Quoting minijag, reply 19
I think you could finish a game in less than a month on average, if you had asynchronous multiplayer, with synchronous turns as well. 4 or 5 turns a day, with 30 turns on a weekend? that would be, around 200 turns. Nothing wrong with those numbers.
Other than it's a complete fantasy. Don't expect more than one turn per day even from dedicated players. And random strangers are not exactly dedicated, especially if they'll feel they're not likely to win in that match. Did you ever participate in such Civ 4 games? I bet you didn't.
So, 200 turns is a year long game even if everyone can do turns at the same time. It will never be finished.
Nah, ive played asynchronous games with extremely casual players, at the minimum you can expect AT LEAST 2 turns. I think a dedicated gamer group will get to 10 or 15 turns a day. I already know that 4 to 5 is extremely easy. Everybody will take a turn when they wake up, once when they get home, maybe check on it after dinners or something, and once right before bed.
And i dont think anybody cares about playing against random strangers, because nobody is going to finish those games. Am I right? I sure am not excited about playing against strangers. I'm excited about bringing my friends into my space opera with me, so we can talk about the same game! I dont think multiplayer with strangers has the same attachment as it did 10 years ago. I dont get excited to play against strangers on the internet anymore. In fact, I generally dont even care. The only time I do care, is when I'm playing competitively and desire challenge. Everybody just wants to play with their friends. Thats all.
So once again, 200 turns is not a year long, it will probably take a month or 3