Oren: This has been a really long game.
Mike: Nah, we're only, what, like a half hour over normal? That's not bad at all.
Mike: Wait, does that say 9:00 or midnight?
The game was Age of Steam. We started at around 6:30. We ended at midnight. Needless to say, it's a pretty intense, brutal game. I'm not a huge fan of the super-involved games where a single mistake at any point can cost you the game, but for that genre of game, this one's pretty decent. And, hey, I won, just barly edging out Mike, who loves the game and plays it often. It was my first time.
I played the strategy of (1) being very frugal, and (2) trying to avoid getting in situations where I would be in direct conflict with other players. It paid off. I got a lot of advice from the veterans, and followed just about all of it. About half of it was good advice, so I figure things even out in the end.