In my mind there is a class of games that are epic, games that you can spend a whole day (and most of the night) playing just once. A game that you can get right into and for a few hours you really think that your friend across the table is out to get you.
Out of the games in my collection I like to think of a few of them as epic, including Twilight Imperium and Diplomacy, but the one that I value beyond all the others is Here I Stand.
This is the game that has it all, factional objectives, hidden deal making, alliances and wars, just epic on another level. But there in lies the problem, with a game with so many things to deal with you need a set of players that understand the rules and how each player works towards their goals.
The last time I had set up a game, and in fact it was the only time to date, we had the full 6 players (which I feel is the best way to play an epic game like HIS, go full or not at all) and it did not go well.
First issue was that while two of us had gone over the rules and knew them rather well (we still made some mistakes) while the other 4 didn't read them, I had sent them the links to the rule book before the game day.
Second issue we had was time frame, we started way to late in the day, 3pm is NOT a good time to start an epic game.
Third issue was that we had one guy coming in late, as a sub in for another player that had to bow out.
But what I feel was the biggest issue was that no one was using Diplomacy, no alliances and no card trading took place.
Well that and the one player that decided that the Pope (myself) was the biggest military threat to his (Habsburg) empire. I have already made my point about this player in another post long ago and have already decided that he will not be invited back due to his seemingly vindictive behavior towards myself.
So now Here I Stand waiting for the perfect game of HIS, or at least another kick at the can. The game, with a good group of people, is one of my geek wishes. But for now I am left wanting and waiting.