Well, the game of Civilization took about nine hours, not including time explaining rules, setting up, having dinner, or waiting for people to log off their machines at work and get to the table. It was a lot of fun. But, as is usually my opinion with longer games, it's not something that I'd want to do more than "very rarely," because you can get a lot of fun games in if you have nine hours to spend. You just can't get an experience like Civilization playing a "normal" length game.
Oh, I lost horribly. I didn't understand how to properly place cities or manage disasters early on, which crippled me for the whole game, then I got quite a few unlucky card draws in a row, and then I failed to be aggressive enough in my trades and conquests later on. Out of the seven of us, five were extremely close, and then Louise and I were way behind.
But perhaps the best part is that Louise's cat usually destroys my eyes. After a couple hours in her place, I can barely breathe, and my eyes are on fire in terrible pain. But that didn't happen today. I did get a little stuffy, and I'm sure my respiratory system will still be getting over the cat exposure tomorrow, but my eyes are just fine. These new contact lenses are miracles with respect to my feline nemeses.