View Poll Results: How long does a Civ V game last you?

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  • 6+ hours

    15 30.00%
  • 12+ hours

    9 18.00%
  • 24+ hours

    19 38.00%
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    7 14.00%
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Thread: How long are your Civ V games?

  1. #1
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    How long are your Civ V games?

    I was reading something in another thread about winning or playing for the experiance. Then a thought came to me the game is tailored for the "cassual gamer" so the game was made easier for them.

    Then I realized the casual gamer will not spend weeks playing a Civ Type game. I keep reading how alot of people on the forums have won their games.

    So now I have to think, how long is a Civ V game lasts? I know in my Civ II and Civ IV BtS days, one game could take weeks to play.

    So I am guessing for the casual gamer, a Civ V game must not last longer than 12 hours or so. I am just guessing, so I would like to know how long a Civ V game lasts for you.

    I voted 12 hours, because after that, I just can't finish the game any longer so I either quit or start a new game.

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    First game lasted about 6-12. 2nd game lasted inifinite (crashed/couldn't finish). 3rd game 12-24. 4th game nonexistant - stopped playing. So 0.

    Just checked here afeter a week and see another patch is on the horizon. Might give it another go then. Until then, I have other games to play

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    24+

    I play on Standard because the game doesn't run larger maps, and I play on Marathon because otherwise units become obsolete too quickly.

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    I'm working on bringing as many of my early game units to the modern age to get as many upgrades and promotions as possible.

    Makes for very powerful veteran units and eliminates the need to purchase more as raw recruits are often lost in combat unable to maneuver or defend when necessary.

    Doing this takes me a long time, so, don't laugh when I tell ya, the current game I'm involved in is somewhere over 40 hours - 700 turns old.

    And no wars have been declared yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandos View Post
    I'm working on bringing as many of my early game units to the modern age to get as many upgrades and promotions as possible.

    Makes for very powerful veteran units and eliminates the need to purchase more as raw recruits are often lost in combat unable to maneuver or defend when necessary.

    Doing this takes me a long time, so, don't laugh when I tell ya, the current game I'm involved in is somewhere over 40 hours - 700 turns old.

    And no wars have been declared yet.
    Wow, is your game any fun? I had a game like that once, but kept having combat because of the Barbarians. I guess this is the case for you?

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    My game times vary from one today i just completed in less than 6 hours to games lasting a few days, it all depends on how often i get to play, if i am using my old slow pos or my wifes better one, if we are playing together on lan or single games, and finally if we play epic speed or standard speed, which victory condition i have been going for ect.

    For the casual gamer i would set it to quick but if you want to enjoy a long game play on epic/marathon.

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    A BIG factor in length of the games is what strategy you pursue. Games with lots of military action take a lot longer then peaceful games where you spend most of the time clicking the "Next Turn" button.

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    As long as I want them to. After about 1 hour of play, I can usually beat the game at any turn. But the longest is about 8 hours, just to win the space race on marathon.

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    Between 8 and 10 hours.
    Small map.
    Default number of Civs and CS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Draco View Post
    As long as I want them to. After about 1 hour of play, I can usually beat the game at any turn. But the longest is about 8 hours, just to win the space race on marathon.
    Not meaning this to sound bad at all, but how in the world do you get the space race accomplished in 8 hours on marathon? I play marathon all the time and in about 8 hours time I'm maybe just hitting the industrial era. I usually play about 8-10 hours a day taking about 2 days to finish a marathon game, but if I take my time, the game can last longer. Is there something I'm doing wrong to not beat a marathon game in one sitting??

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    6 if im being aggressive and want a quick win, 24+ if im playing the game culturally/scientifically on marathon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davor View Post
    I voted 12 hours, because after that, I just can't finish the game any longer so I either quit or start a new game.
    Ahahah well put.

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    More Factors

    size of map and game speed.
    Obviously marathon takes longer than standard of a given map size and playing dual vs. standard vs. huge is another. So a poll this generic of "how long" will inevitably be biased. Thrown in difficulty level and now you are in the realm of worthless statistically.

    Perhaps just standard map, standard time, at least prince level? I am not saying the idea of the poll was bad, but there are too many factors involved and too low a sampling of each with no controls to make it work.

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    I only ever play Marathon length games starting at 4000BC on a Standard sized Continental map. I usually go to war a few times throughout the length of a single game so my games usually last about 20-30 hours. I usually get to the Medieval Era after about 3 hours and then, things slow down, usually because I go to war more frequently.

    More cities = more time spent managing each city, more improvements that need to be built, specialists assigned etc. The work-load increases as the game clock advances.

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    Usually I just finish my games on QUICK speed in like 5 hours, usually i get bored by the fourth hour because everything's easier and there's no more mystery in the game.
    But I don't get why a lot of you guys play marathon, is it actually more "fun" or do you just like to wait a long time?

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    I've only ever played standard speed, I've always believed that Marathon must be fairly boring, waiting for those excruciatingly long production times. But none of my games have lasted longer then two days (over the weekend).

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    5 to 6 hours for me per game.

    I use Duel Map with no Barbarians or City States and only one AI opponent. I can finish a game in 5 to 6 hours.

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    Stopped playing, so game durations are zero now.

    On the other hand, I'm trying to get the historical victory for the Mayans right now which, for me anyway, is a severe pain; I keep on getting buried in Frenchmen.

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    8 to 10 hours per game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davor View Post
    Wow, is your game any fun? I had a game like that once, but kept having combat because of the Barbarians. I guess this is the case for you?
    When I finished researching satellites over 50 ancient ruins appeared.

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