I've only played it as a player so far. My boss at work bought a set at the same time as me (yes we are both geeks and he has a serious kickstarter addiction problem). He watched a couple of youtube videos on how to run it as the Evil Overlord first and it seemed to run smoothly. Only thing I can say is that to make the first evening go smooth, make sure you assemble all the cards, models etc. you need in one place.