theres a saying that "players make the game what it is"
which is mostly true. But I also think that some host depend on that saying too much. Ive been to 24 hour games with periods of non action going on and people just waiting for something to do.
The best game Ive ever played was hosted by dagger and wolfpack called jaguar kings up in muskoka. It rocked because there were so many things besides just shooting at people to keep people occupied.
-listening for morse codes on the radio, decoding the morse code
-finding co-ordinates on gps, digging up artifacts
-finding jewels spread along the field... soo much more stuff
Keeping players occupied, thats all I want out of a game.