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Games you might never finish
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Games which you may start with the best of intentions, but may find yourself unable to finish in a single sitting, and may need to take over the kitchen table for a while...
These are inevitably old-school hex-and-counter games
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1. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:44]
Jeroen van der Valk
Netherlands
Rotterdam
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Swimming against the stream here maybe, after having seen the other entries, but I had played like two turns with a friend of mine on a Wednesday evening, and we decided to set aside a Sunday for playing the whole game. After having played over 10 hours, with minimal breaktime, we had to call it quits. And we found ourselves on... turn 10! wow

Still, I will get this fucker played from start to finish in one day, because I think it is a fantastic board-wargame.
 
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2. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:110]
ANDREAS MILIOPOULOS
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KOROPI
ATTICA
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Good game. If, however, you do not finish it in one day you may have to wrap it up. In the past, we sometimes finished in two afternoons, other times we had to give it up because someone couldn't show up...
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3. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:360]
Richard Morris
Scotland
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
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Never finished a game of this face-to-face (not even at the UK championships). I did finish some games played postally - 3 years or more for one to finish properly.
 
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4. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:434]
William Hostman
United States
Eagle River
Alaska
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Given that a hand can take 5-45 minutes (depending upon players abilities)
and a full game is 16 hands (4 rounds of 4 hands each), a game can stretch up to 12 hours...

 
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5. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:600]
Frank Strauss
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Berlin
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The box says 240 hours of playing time ( with 10 minutes per diplomatic phase ).

I´ve heard from games with diplomatic phases that last 8 hours.

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6. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:613]
Donogh McCarthy
Ireland
Skerries
Co. Dublin
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I've never played this, but stories of the host of add-ons (so that the Nazis can conquer Antartica!) and the weekend-by-weekend accounts of a single game over a year at university convinced me to give this one a miss...
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7. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:936]
Randall Bart
United States
Winnetka
California
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Silverton has a four hour scenario and a ten hour scenario. We chose the four hour scenario. After four hours the game ended, but it was clear we had played the first four hours of a ten hour game.
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8. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:994]
Jonas Jacobsson
Sweden
Upplands Vasby
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Playing 7 ages with the Total History option so you will be guaranteed to play through every age takes a loooooong time.
 
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9. Board Game: Rise and Decline of the Third Reich [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1071]
Donogh McCarthy
Ireland
Skerries
Co. Dublin
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Setup takes a good while, and when you add all the optional scenario variants and rules even getting through a single turn can take a good while and a flurry of rules look-ups...
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10. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1329]
Jae
United States
Bryan
TX
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With Talisman Timescape, it might even be possible to make this game go on infinitely....
 
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11. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1551]
United States
Lexington
Kentucky
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I've been working on this damned thing for over a year now and it seems like I'll never finish. I might never finish.

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12. Board Game: The Siege of Jerusalem (second edition) [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1533]
Wulf Corbett
Scotland
Shotts
Lanarkshire
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I thought I'd never finish this - it sat on my game table for well over 3 months! Admittedly, I was playing solo, and at most a turn a day, but still...
 
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13. Board Game: War and Peace [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1574]
Donogh McCarthy
Ireland
Skerries
Co. Dublin
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Not a bad game, and this at least has divided the Napoleonic Wars into bitesize chunks. It's the scenario covering everything that you need to be careful of...
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14. Board Game: The Longest Day [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1731]
J.L. Robert
United States
Sherman Oaks
California
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I had known about this beastie for years, but never saw it in action until I attended Avaloncon I, in 1991.

I saw some guys had set it up and were playing on Friday evening. Stacks upon stacks of 3-4 counters per hex, 3-4 hexes deep on both sides of the front lines.

I went back and visited them again the Sunday that same weekend. They had been playing all day, every day that weekend, but I couldn't tell if there was any movement by either side.

That said, I still eventually obtained a copy for myself.
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15. Board Game: Imperium [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1798]
William Hostman
United States
Eagle River
Alaska
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A single war runs 1-5 hours. The campaign game, however, is at least 3-4 wars, and with balanced players, can go on indefinitely.
 
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16. Board Game: Pax Britannica [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1837]
Donogh McCarthy
Ireland
Skerries
Co. Dublin
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In this game, war is not really the object, but peaceful (if we don't count war with the natives) expansion. Despite everyone's best efforts at sabre-rattling the game will drag on, with interminable peace conferences...
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17. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2074]
Donogh McCarthy
Ireland
Skerries
Co. Dublin
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I can't remember ever actually finishing this game except in the wee hours of Sunday morning at university.
Plus I think the game is hamstrung without 5 players...
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18. Board Game: Imperium Romanum II [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2141]
Donogh McCarthy
Ireland
Skerries
Co. Dublin
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There was one time when playing the Pompey vs Caesar scenario when I won in the second turn, and where setup took longer than the gameplay, but that was a (glorious) exception. Some of the scenarios are monstrous, and finishing any of them in a single session usually comes down to one of the players losing their patience and staking everything on a do-or-die battle...
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19. Board Game: The Next War [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:2733]
Paul Lister
United Kingdom
London
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My ping pong (Table tennis) table hosted this for 3 months. I used to play a few hours at the weekend. If memory serves me right Nato gave up before we finished.
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20. Board Game: Time Agent [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2758]
Dave Arlington
United States
Andover
New Jersey
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If you get past the first three turns without the Buralti winning right away (only really possible with them), good luck ever getting it done. Just trying to figure out which inventions are still viable after each turn will take you 10 times longer than actually playing any of the turns.
 
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21. Board Game: Europa Universalis [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2957]
Johan Pettersson
Sweden
Smygehamn
Skåne
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And the mother of all monster-games.
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22. Board Game: Federation & Empire [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3682]
Tom Grant
United States
Washington
DC
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Maybe, just maybe, if you were left alone at an Antarctic research station for a year, and you could teach the penguins how to play both Federation and Empire and Starfleet Battles, you might have a chance of finishing the full game.
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23. Board Game: The Succession Wars [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4406]
J.L. Robert
United States
Sherman Oaks
California
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Between 5 evenly-matched players, all of whom are familiar with the Battletech universe and the strengths and weaknesses of each House, a stalemate is about the best one can hope for.
 
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24. Board Game: The Conquerors [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:5127]
Lindsay Thomas
United Kingdom
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I think that this was the inspiration for the Total War series of PC games.

You have 2 strategic maps and when you have a battle you move all your pieces onto a tactical map to fight it out there.

And just like the Total War series of games, it just goes on and on without ever ending...
 
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25. Board Game: Objective Moscow: The Death of Soviet Communism [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:5794]
Lindsay Thomas
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The problem with this one is the combination of time and space.

Can you afford to set aside the space required for those 4 large maps for the 30 hours playing time required for the full campaign?

Can you stop cat-attack whilst you sleep?

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