Yes, we set up at the game shop at 10AM when it opens, and end around 5-6PM. Game 111 is tomorrow at 10AM.
Wow. How many rounds does such a game go for? Typically, the first round goes for about 1.5-2 hours in my experience. Later rounds might be under an hour but I can’t see getting to 10 rounds in this time unless you play significantly faster than my experience.
A few things help with this though.
Deside before the game who gets what. That way the axis can already plan germany ahead of time, so germany takes like 10 minutes to play.
Also since japan isnt affected at all by allies ( except russia ) you can also plan that 1 ahead.
A laptop with excel and some setup so you can buy using that. Saves you calculating. Also allows the allies to plan their buys ahead of time without the axis knowing about it. Just not having to calculate what the total costs of you units is and easy swapping between buys without redoing all the calculations really saves time. Again even a 2-3 minutes saved each nation is already 20 minutes a round.
Plenty of dice so you can throw a round in 1 go. Does not sound like much but saving even 10 seconds each combat adds up to about 1 minut saved the first round for germany. And with bigger combats the time saved goes up as well. Can easy save you 5-10 minutes each game round ( that is 1 hour in a 6 round game)
Russia Far east movement goes before the rest of russia ( if there is only non combat play that part and then do the western front ) since russia is so vast your dice throws will not affect this area anyway and it allows the japan player to think while you are playing russia.
Using these small things depending on the side i play i can either play the allies really fast 5-10 minutes each country maximum. I normaly buy and plan all the allies while japan is busy.
UK-Eu isnt affected and once combat moves are shown you already know if USA and UKP and ANZAC are affected and how. Sure some non combat might affect it but using a laptop swapping a few units out for others takes seconds.