I have 2 friends who I've known for years, they're both like me in that they are highly competitive. However they also have relatively short attention spans.
4-5 hours is probably the maximum time they would likely be willing to spend per game, and as we all know this game can far exceed that!
I've shown them the game many times, and they both love the RTS/4X elements to death, but the long game times bother them.
I am looking for idea's on what YOU would do if you were in my place, trying to convince them to play. Would you start them off on a certain map, with a certain race? Certain victory conditions maybe?