News for October 2011
Games in Under an Hour 5
Less time-consuming, all the flavor
News | Published 31 October 2011

It’s Halloween, and many of you are soon likely to find yourselves busy with holiday preparations and family gatherings. With all the other demands on your time during this busy season, it may be difficult to squeeze in games of Arkham Horror or Twilight Imperium. However, you can still enjoy top-quality entertainment with many of our games that play in under an hour.

Today, Fantasy Flight Games shines our spotlight on a few of our many games that play in under an hour. You can teach the rules to your family and friends, motor through set-up, enjoy rich gaming experiences, and still leave time for pumpkin pie.

Rune Age

Designed by Corey Konieczka, Rune Age is a deck-building game of adventure and conquest for two to four players. Set in the fantasy realm of Terrinoth (Runebound, Descent: Journeys in the Dark, Runewars, and DungeonQuest).

Wage wars or cooperate with your fellow players in this innovative deck-building game. Rune Age centers around scenarios that define your objectives and create tremendous replay value as the different scenarios drastically impact your efforts. Will you battle other players to seize control of the legendary dragon runes? Or will you work together to survive the deadliest storm ever to hit Terrinoth?

With war on the horizon and the first prophetic whispers of a storm approaching, now is the time to gather all your strength and forge your place in Terrinoth’s book of legends!


If you’ve got a larger group, or you’re looking for something a bit more medieval, Citadels is a game of scheming nobles for two to seven players. While it may take over an hour with a full seven players, Citadels packs rich player interaction into a small time, taking as little as 20 minutes for just two players.

You are a medieval noble who knows your city is destined for greatness. There is only one problem: it isn’t built yet. As you race to build the greatest city and dominate the kingdom, you must carefully balance your flow of gold and the construction of your districts with the roles from which you must choose each turn.

Each turn, players select roles from among the eight possible options, and their powerful abilities can boost your strategies or destroy your opponents. As your opponents seek new roles to disrupt your plans, your strategies must be flexible and forward-thinking.

Accordingly, careful observation and trained intuition play a large role in Citadels, as do bluffing and risk-management. Immense power and prestige await those nobles who can master the intrigues of this rich city-building game.

Cold War

If there’s just a couple of you looking to pass some time while the dinner’s cooking, you can recreate one of the modern world’s greatest conflicts in under an hour with Cold War: CIA vs KGB.

At the height of the Cold War, two global superpowers vie for control of the world’s resources, each employing their own network of highly trained spies and assassins.

Cold War is a fast-paced card game of bluffing and resource acquisition for two players. As different countries experiences crises, you dispatch your covert agents to advance your ideology. These shadowy operatives will use all the dirty tricks, devious ploys, and underhanded machinations they can to ensure their side emerges victorious.

In Cold War, you assume the role of the director of either the CIA or the KGB as you attempt to gain control of various countries by manipulating their economies, media, political machines, and military complexes. Each turn, you can draw cards from a shared deck or utilize those cards’ abilities to take control of the nation’s resources without compromising its stability.

Your agents must be quick to react to the crises in countries across the world as your opponent seeks to undermine your efforts. The Cold War burns white hot, and the only way to win it is to see your ideology gain global dominance.

The revised edition of Cold War: CIA vs KGB will release in the fourth quarter of 2011. Add a little covert politics and global manipulation to your holiday gatherings.

Games for all tastes

Rune Age, Citadels, and Cold War are just a few of the many Fantasy Flight Games that pack rich gaming experiences into a short period of time. Other fan favorites include Condottiere, Death Angel, Elder Sign, and Letter of Marque. From unique scenario-based deck-building action to covert operatives and intrigue, we have games that run across a wide variety of themes and strategies. During the busy holiday season, take advantage of your time with family and friends to enjoy some of our great games that play under an hour.

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Published: 11/1/2011 10:41:08 AM

 I'd also like to point  out that I never played a game of cidadels that lasted less than an hour (and usually more) and rune age goes up to 2 hours (only now that the players are getting used the games are lasting about a hour and a half). Sometimes I'm playing rune age and wondering if I shouldn't be playing runewars instead as it usually doesn't last longer than 2 hours and something.

Published: 10/31/2011 5:49:50 PM

Can't wait for the cheaper version of Cold War. I'm hoping FFG starts releasing more of these card based small games in the less expensive box.

Published: 10/31/2011 5:13:33 PM

 I've never played a game of Citadels that has lasted an hour or more, and I've played with groups as large as 6 players.

Published: 10/31/2011 3:47:50 PM

 But it will take much less than an hour once that iPhone app is released. The one announced in 2008 ... *ahem*

Published: 10/31/2011 2:41:06 PM

 Citadels, with over four people, takes considerably longer than an hour

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