The note on the box says this game takes about 1 hour to play. Well, ok. If you all already know the rules. If you are all starting off, or even if you have new players, this is going to take a good two hours to play. As to the game itself, if you tend towards the geekish, or are a big fan of Lord of the Rings-type books etc., then you'll love it. Plenty of weird and exotic sounding names to get your head round, never mind the fanciful powers that each character has. The premise is good but you’ll need to play a couple of times to understand the types of cards that you need to play and certainly any experienced players would easily beat any novices. I guess I should congratulate whomever came up with the idea, as the playing of the game is demanding enough, never mind thinking it up in the first place.