How long do games last?

by Eden

I am interested in The Last Gasp, Casino Fatale, and The Immortal Murders. My time cap for a murder mystery is about 3.5 hours. Would these ones fit within that time limit?

My response:

The short answer is, yes, you can run these games in 3.5 hours.

The longer answer is that the games themselves typically take 2-2.5 hours to play out, depending a bit on how experienced your players are (experienced players tend to be quicker) and how many players you have (if you have only a few players then the game will be quicker).

The rest of the time is taken up with introductions, reading character sheets and a debrief and wind down afterwards - and you can take as long (or as little) as you want over those.

You can speed up reading character sheets by sending them out a couple of days in advance.

I hope that helps.

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