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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Feb 2018 8:49 p.m. PST

All things being equal, would you prefer to play a long game or a short game?

rmaker09 Feb 2018 9:02 p.m. PST

Depends on the game.

Calico Bill09 Feb 2018 9:11 p.m. PST

Short. I much prefer the two short games of a One Hour Wargames scenario, switching sides, to the single three hour game I used to play. More action in the limited time I have.

saltflats192909 Feb 2018 10:11 p.m. PST


Navy Fower Wun Seven Inactive Member09 Feb 2018 10:55 p.m. PST

How long is a piece of string?

For a week-night small game 2 hours after an hour of setting up and chatting etc

For a weekend whole day game, then 5-6 hours for a large game is ideal

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 1:44 a.m. PST

Long. Also depends on subject.
Long means more choices, less impact of dice relative to players decisions.
Usually with more troops and space.

UshCha10 Feb 2018 1:46 a.m. PST

Musch less than 3 hrs is a waste of time. Not enough moves to see any tactical flexibility.

Longest game (ON A "Virtual" battlefield thay lasted 150 bounds over several weeks of eveing games.

I look back on the long games as being the best. However they demand high levels on concentration and some effort outside the eveing game. I would not want to play them all the time. Plus a medium to short game lets you experiment with different approaches in a more manageable way.

warwell10 Feb 2018 2:28 a.m. PST


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 2:32 a.m. PST

I prefer games that can be finished in 1-3 hrs, not sure if that is "long" or "short".

Caliban10 Feb 2018 2:40 a.m. PST

Depends on the players…

Green Tiger10 Feb 2018 2:53 a.m. PST

I do both – long solo, short with others…

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 3:53 a.m. PST

All things are NEVER equal. Am I playing solo after dinner? Did I drive three hours to a weekend game? Is it part of a convention, and do I know and trust the host?

All things being equal, Bill, what clothes do you wear?

In the shower, too?

advocate10 Feb 2018 4:27 a.m. PST

All things are never equal.
Apologies, Robert, I posted before reading your post.

redbanner414510 Feb 2018 5:23 a.m. PST


Dynaman878910 Feb 2018 5:24 a.m. PST

4 to 6 hours. No idea if that is long or short.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 5:50 a.m. PST

Long is defiantly my preference


Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 6:09 a.m. PST

I like about a four hour game.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 6:15 a.m. PST

3-4 hours.
I like to put on small, "important" AWI battles, as most of them were. And we use simple rules that give a believable result.
If a Cowpens or Bennington game is dragging for more than 3 hours, you're doing something wrong. grin

Note that I said "game". The word "simulation" is not uttered in our club.

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

I'm with the 3-4 gang.

14Bore10 Feb 2018 7:51 a.m. PST

Don't know but hate it when its over before I want it to be

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 8:22 a.m. PST

3-4 hours but longer if it is a re-fight of a large
historical battle.

21eRegt10 Feb 2018 9:14 a.m. PST

As others have said, it depends on what kind of game. But in general I prefer games of substance where the game warrants the investment in time setting up. So anywhere from 4-14 hours.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

How long is long and how short is short?

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member10 Feb 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

Easy as taking a breath… Long.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

I like to play for 2 to 10 hours, depending on the game. It's also fun to play a really really long game that you leave set up and play for two hours once a week for months.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 1:43 p.m. PST

I like big games which take a while to play. This two hours and your done is okay for a while, but sometimes I just have to do Borodino at battalion scale.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

Medium to long

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

short = 2 hrs.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2018 2:05 p.m. PST

As long as it takes.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

Longish – I play quite a lot of short games because I'm time poor. Make me time rich and it's back to epics !

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