Tabletop Games That Take The Longest To Complete (& How Long They Take)
One common misconception about board games is that they are boring and long. This is mostly false. With there being plenty of short and sweet board games on the market, that reputation has to come from somewhere. Monopoly is mostly to blame, but it doesn’t crack the top 20.
Many board games are built to last. Legacy games break down a long game into multiple 2-hour sessions, which makes it easier to manage. Either way, there’s a bunch of very long games out there that hobbyists probably shouldn’t bring out for the family Christmas.
Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization – 4 hours
Many of the longest board games have a common theme. Because they offer unique and fascinating scenarios, historical settings are common in the hobby. This theme is the mainstay of pages that are the longest.
Although the historical period is varied, many attempts to cover all of it in one package, through the Ages is here to help. This is a card drafting game where players look to build a great civilization by managing food, science, production, and all the things any Civilization player will be familiar with.
The Republic Of Rome – 5 Hours
While this game’s theme will make most people laugh until they pass out, it will make history buffs squee at the mere thought of it. The Republic of Rome has a secret. Despite its boring appearance, it is actually quite brilliant.
During one of the most important periods of empire, players must navigate the complex political system of Rome’s Republic. Players will need to manage resources in order to submit proposals to the Senate. The objective is to put the player’s faction into control of the Senate and make proposals that others vote on. This is a complicated mix that requires players to work together while each player sets up the pieces to get to the top.
Nemesis – 6 Hours
This is a must-see for Aliens fans. Nemesis creates a great atmosphere of terror. Semi-cooperative, this game requires players to navigate a ship and avoid an alien that can listen to their movements. The alien gets stronger as the game progresses.
Each player is given secret objectives to achieve victory in the game. Some of these might be useful to the group, such as restoring power to a ship. Some of these may be helpful to the group, like restoring power to the ship or getting a specific player killed. It’s a tense mix of strategy and social deduction, full of memorable moments.
Civilization – 6 Hours
There have been a whole host of Civilization board games that have come out over the years. Each version has its own take on the game’s structure, but 1980 original captures the game’s length best.
Interestingly for a Civilization game, players don’t progress through all of history, just from around 8000BC to the dawn of the Roman Empire in the 3rd Century. This is a disturbing fact, as the game was cut short but still managed to be extremely long. It is considered one of the best games for deep-dive into ancient civilisations. Although the mechanics are sound, it is possible to argue that they won’t last for 6 hours.