If you are anything like me, sometimes your gaming time can be restricted and every second counts. I have come up with a few tips for maximising and making the most of your gaming time because there is nothing worse than having to cut a game short, right?

A few of these might seem obvious or slightly silly to mention even, but you would be surprised how often they can be forgotten or overlooked.

How long have you got to game?

Not everyone has the freedom in their schedule to dedicate a whole day to gaming maybe it’s just a few hours on a specific day. So if it’s at your house, a friend’s or a public place with specific opening times, plan and organise with the other attendees beforehand so you know how long you have.



Game selection

Now you know how long you have to game it’s time to select the games. I can’t stress enough how important it is to pre-select your games. The amount of time that I have wasted on debating on what game to play has been enough in that a few filler games could have been played.

There are two factors to bear in mind when selecting your games; that can help you maximise your gaming time.

  • Game duration
  • Do all players know how to play the game?

There is no point in trying to churn out a 6 player game of Twilight Imperium 3 if you only have 3 hours of gaming time so check the duration of the game; you can usually find this somewhere on the game box.

When selecting a game ask players if it’s a game they have played before. To have every player know the rules of the game isn’t always possible so take into consideration how long it takes to teach the game.

Board game duration


Know the rules

This tip is a continuation of one of the last points I made. Do all the players know how to play the selected game(s)? Do you know how to play? If the answer is no to either of these questions why not take the time to watch a few how to’s, playthroughs or even reviews. Some games rules are even available to read online.

game rules

Learning the rules before your gaming session will free up a lot of time, allowing you to get straight into playing and possibly being able to squeeze in another game.

Organise to optimise

You have followed all my other tips, but there is one final tip I have for you and that’s to organise your games to optimise set up time.

There are various ways you can do this from making game box inserts, buying custom box inserts or using baggies.

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Games with numerous amounts of chits, tokens and wooden bits, all of which can take a long time to sort out and place in their correct spots, before you realise 20 minutes could have passed and you haven’t even began to play yet.


If players have starting pieces, group these together so when it is time to play you can just give a bag to each player, saving you time by not having to sift through various pieces.


Doing this will reduce your set-up time allowing you to fit in more gaming.

There you have it my top tips to help you maximise your gaming time. Hope you found this helpful and I would love to hear any of your tips on how to make the most of your gaming time, just leave a comment below.