How many points would you think each side should have in order to play a game in one hour (not including the time to setup terrain)?
At a guess, I'm thinking 500 points on each side. I want to start playing GF:F over my lunch break, thus the 1-hour game constraint. Planning on playing on a 24x36" board with 3" deployment zones on each narrow end. Any advice is appreciated :-)
With that small of a board, you should be able to get into the thick of things pretty quickly, though it may have disadvantages for some armies. Try 500, and if cannot finish the game in time, try 300.
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I think it also really depends on the amount of models and types of terrain you are taking. Units with multiple models or lots of special rules will take longer to play with, and if the terrain is really thick movement can become a bit of a hassle.