Top 10 Longest Boardgames You Can Play at Ludo!
This coming April 11 is International Tabletop Day and Ludo would like to share our love of board and card games by hosting the 2015 24-hour gaming marathon. But many people ask us how is it possible to play multiple games over a span of 24 hours? The answer is quite simple, all you need is a voracious love for anything cardboard and a lot of coffee (lots of it)! But sometimes you don’t want to play multiple games over a span of 1,440 minutes, maybe all you need are a couple. Never fear as we’ve got you covered, here are the top 10 longest games you can play at Ludo:
#10. Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Summary of Game Play: Through the Ages is a civilization building game. Each player attempts to build the best civilization through careful resource management, discovering new technologies, electing the right leaders, building wonders and maintaining a strong military. The game takes place throughout the ages beginning in the age of antiquity and ending in the modern age. (Source: Boardgamegeek)
Who Should Play this Game: If you enjoyed the video game “Civilization” or relish in the idea of a building a civilisation then this game is definitely for you.
Game Length: 4 hours is a “cakewalk” for a game that spans a good 4,000 years.
#9. Game of Thrones
Summary of Game Play: In A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, three to six players take on the roles of the great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, as they vie for control of the Iron Throne through the use of diplomacy and warfare. Based on the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones is an epic board game in which it will take more than military might to win. Will you take power through force, use honeyed words to coerce your way onto the throne, or rally the townsfolk to your side? Through strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, spread your influence over Westeros! (Source: Boardgamegeek)
Who Should Play this Game: If you liked the books or the TV series then you’ll definitely love this game! The game is tense with a lot of negotiations and potential back-stabbings very much in line with the flavor of the series. Plus, you get to gang up on those Lannisters for some sweet revenge.
Game Length: 3 to 4 hours depending on the number of players and how fast people decide to turn on each other. And Remember: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” – Cersei Lannister
#8. Dominant Species
Summary of Game Play: Dominant Species is a game that abstractly recreates a tiny portion of ancient history: the ponderous encroachment of an ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth.
Each player will assume the role of one of six major animal classes—mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian, arachnid, or insect. Each begins the game more or less in a state of natural balance in relation to one another. But that won’t last: It is indeed “survival of the fittest”. (Source: Boardgamegeek)
Who Should Play this Game: Ever thought what it would be like to like during prehistoric times? Interested in watching animal survival shows on the Animal Planet? Ever thought what it would be like if Reptiles ruled the Earth past the Ice Age and Dinosaurs walk the Earth until this day? Well if so, then you should definitely check this game out.
Game Length: 4 hours will fly by as you watch your species consume and devour your opponents (or get devoured and starved out in return). Either way it’s great fun.
#7. Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
Summary of Game Play: Twilight Imperium Third Edition is an epic empire-building game of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Players take the roles of ancient galactic civilizations, each seeking to seize the imperial throne via warfare, diplomacy, and technological progression. (Source: Boardgamegeek)
Who Should Play this Game: If you enjoy space epics with a lot of combat and tons of inter-planetary negotiations, then welcome home my friend. This is the quintessential “4X” game meaning there will be a lot of expanding, exploring, exploiting and surely exterminating.
Game Length: This game really takes sometime to get through. With an average play time of about 2 hours per player not including rules explanation. You should be devoting at least 5 to 6 hours of your time to conquering this beast of a game.
#6. 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt
Summary of Game Play: In this game players explore an asteroid belt and lay claims to various mining resources. Ships then move from mine to mine, limited only by their fuel and the players’ refueling stations, seeking to make a profit by delivering the mined resources to locations in need of them.
Who Should Play this Game: If you like trains and if you like space, but most especially if you like trains is space.
Game Length: 6 hours is a hefty time investment, but this game offers something that the others previously on this list do not, and that is a strong economic system for those math geeks out there. And who doesn’t like trains (especially trains in space).
#5 and #4. Here I Stand and Virgin Queen
Summary of Game Play: Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation 1517-1555 and its sequel Virgin Queen: Wars of Religion 1559-1598 covers political and religious conflicts of 16th Century Europe. Take control of the great minds of the period such as: Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ignatius Loyola, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Suleiman the Magnificent and Ferdinand Magellan in guiding the fate of the world. This game covers all the action of the period using a unique card-driven game system that models both the political and religious conflicts of the period.
Who Should Play this Game: If you love history, political machinations and negotiations then this is the game for you. Imagine taking control of the great empires of the period such as the Ottoman’s, the Hapsburgs, the budding Protestant Reformation and the Vatican and changing the history of the world we know it. You can choose to grant Henry the VIII divorce to Catherine and prevent the rise of the Anglican Church. You can crush Europe to spread Islam far and wide. You can send Ignatius of Loyola to challenge Martin Luthor in a head-to-head Theological debate. All you know is that after the dust has settled history will never be the same again.
Game Length: Here I Stand take approximately 6 hours to finish and going back-to-back with Virgin Queen which takes about the same amount of time you’re looking at a whopping 12 hours of play time excluding rules explanations and set-up time. If you love historical scenarios this game is a heaven of a good time.
Summary of Game Play: In the game, players represent one of the seven “Great Powers of Europe” (Great Britain, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Russia or Turkey) in the years prior to World War I. Play begins in the Spring of 1901, and players make both Spring and Autumn moves each year. There are only two kinds of military units: armies and fleets. Players instruct each of their units by writing a set of “orders.” The outcome of each turn is determined by the rules of the game. There are no dice rolls or other elements of chance. With its incredibly simplistic movement mechanics fused to a significant negotiation element.
Who Should Play this Game: Published in 1959, Diplomacy is a hallmark in game design as it removes any form of luck and uses negotiation instead as its main game mechanic. People who are interested in the history of boardgames should play this game at least once in their life. The game is also terribly notorious for ruining friendships as it relies on flat out lying to another persons face in order to win.
Game Length: All it takes is 6 hours to ruin a lifetime of friendship, huh, who knew…
#2. 7 Ages
Summary of Game Play: 7 Ages is a game of world history from 4000 BC/E to 2000 AD/CE. Players represent dynasties that decide the fate of the world across the millennia. You, as a dynastic head of one or more empires must guide your empires through history gaining glory points for historical, scientific, religious and cultural advances as you increase their health, wealth and prestige. All the leading figures of history are included, as they attempt to influence events and their society through their great words and deeds. (Source: Boardgamegeek)
Who Should Play this Game: If there were a real monster of a game on this list it would be 7 Ages. With 2 large maps spanning about a square meter each and 800 chits and counters there is a lot of stuff going on in this game. If you relish the idea of steering your dynasty though 6,000 years of civilization and controlling the fate of the world this is a game you should be looking to try at least once in your lifetime.
Game Length: Only 8 hours? This game pales in comparison to our number one game on this list.
Summary of Game Play: You roll dice, you move your pawns and you buy property. Rinse and repeat for a few hours until your trusted banker starts “borrowing” from the bank, a fight breaks out over a bad business deal, and the first one eliminated starts watching TV and you all adjourn the game for other forms of entertainment. Sounds familiar?
Who Should Play this Game: Everyone once in their lives should play this game to its bitter-bitter end.
Game Length: According to the box the game should last about 3 hours, however the longest game of Monopoly ever played was 70 days straight and was won by David Montieth in March 13, 1975. So the moment you think about opening up your game of Monopoly for a few hours of fun, think about David Montieth and ask yourself how committed are you to finishing this game?
So there it is the top 10 longest games you can play at Ludo. At the cafe most people always tend to gravitate towards the shorter games lasting about 30 minutes to an hour, but there is also a certain beauty in delving into a long and immersive game that occupies that special space in the mind for hours at a time. You are drawn into a beautiful narrative that the players craft through their moves and actions, breathing life to cardboard. So I hope to see all of you in our 2nd 24-Hour gaming marathon this coming April 11 to 12 from 10am to 10am the following day. Drop by even if you’re not a participant and cheer on our tabletop athletes as they burn the midnight oil for prizes and glory. So until next time Live to Play!
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