Eurogames at the Royal Standard

Come one, come all!

Join umpteen diverse and friendly folks for a spot of socializing and strategizing with a selection of some of the best family strategy board games around: The Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, and much, much more. Enjoy a meal and a relaxing beverage. No fees! Beginners are very welcome.

Game on,

Corey (organizer chap)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do we play?

Eurogames at the Royal Standard is all about good fun. All are welcome.  If you're a really hardcore gamer or you're ultra-competitive, however, this might not scratch your itch; we strongly encourage beginners as well as seasoned gamers who like to teach. Bring your favourite strategy game or join a table and learn a new one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are these 'eurogames' we play?

We are open to all sorts of strategy games, but these nights focus particularly on the German- or European-style designer strategy games—'Eurogames' for short.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eurogames are family board games that emphasize strategy, play down luck, lean towards economic and historical rather than military themes, and usually wrap up in about an hour or two. A hallmark of these games is that you don't need to eliminate the other players to win and you get to do interesting stuff even when it's not your turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might find yourself in a fast-paced auction bidding for stocks in an American railway company, or building a power grid across China, or playing cards to forge your galactic empire, or attracting great thinkers to your palace in Renaissance Italy, or ploughing a field in 17th century Germany, or hammering out a trade deal as you settle the island of Catan, or defending your dynasty in ancient Mesopotamia, or co-operating to manage a deadly pandemic, or rigging elections in revolutionary France, or setting up a wine business in Portugal... and so much more!!!

 

For more information on individual games—including photographs, discussions, videos, reviews and more—visit http://www.boardgamegeek.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t have any Eurogames, can I still play?

Abso-bloody-lutely! There are usually more than a dozen games on any given night, and we encourage experienced board game geeks to teach and make newcomers feel warmly welcome.

That said, we heartily encourage you to bring your own games along. The success of these nights depends on the generosity of people sharing their collections. The more who share, the less wear and tear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games you won't see.

We sometimes play a lightish wargame or something with zombies in it, but please—no Monopoly, Jenga, Risk, Cranium, Hungry Hungry Hippos, or the like. For lighter, party games, we heartily recommend Cafe Games, but you're more than welcome to come along to both! Sorry all you Level 17 elves, but don't do role-playing games either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who comes along?

We're a merry, cosmopolitan little crowd of lads and lasses, ladies and gents. We hail from Ol' Blighty, Malaysia, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, Canada, India, Switzerland, the US of A, Singapore, Venezuela, China, North Fitzroy and even further than that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board game etiquette—keeping the games (and your karma) in good nick.

Here are a few simple guidelines to remember when playing board games. It's all about keeping the games in good condition, having a good time, and not annoying your fellow players.

* Please keep your hands reasonably clean whilst playing the games—greasy, sticky fingers and expensive board games don’t mix!

* By all means, enjoy some pub nosh and a drinky or two with the game, but please take care to avoid spillages. Be especially mindful of wonky tables and people who like to gesticulate wildly when they win or lose! (You know who you are.)

* Try to focus on the game. Put the mobile phone to one side for the night. Better still, switch it off! If you really have to take a call, excuse yourself for a short while.

* When it's not your turn, use the time to plan your next move. This helps for a swifter game for everyone.

* Emergencies notwithstanding, once you've committed to a game, stick with it until the end. Leaving part-way through can seriously unbalance a game.

* Pay attention when the rules are being explained. We also miss a point here or there; save your questions until the person explaining the rules is finished.

* Try to avoid bending cards! (I know, I know, bending helps your thinking, right?)

* Once the game is done, offer to lend a hand to pack up. Check the floor for components lest they're vacuumed up and lost forever.

* Put the pretty components back into the box how you found them.

* If you don't like a game, don't complain; just don't play it again.

* Relax. Be of good humour. It's only a game.

Support the pub that supports you!

Eurogames Nights at the Royal Standard isn’t a club and there are no fees. We hope you'll help to keep us sweet with the publican and at least buy a beer, wine, soft drink or cuppa, and chip in for a snack, or enjoy a counter meal. (See guidelines about board-gaming etiquette below.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loyal Eurogamers are eligible for a 10% discount on all front-of-house boards games at Mind Games on Swanston St in the CBD.

 

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  • Matt C.

    My first night, was a lot of fun. Still a bit disappointed pandemic is about saving the human race and not destroying it though :)

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Joshua

      Damn you cursed toasters!

      October 10, 2013

    • Joshua

      Damn you cursed toasters!

      October 10, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Wow. What a fantastic group! I turned up--a total noob--and ended up playing "Thurn und Taxis" for the first time ever. Brilliant game and brilliant gaming experience. Thank you so much David and Evelyn, and especially Michael for leading us through the game.

    After my session I took the time to wander the tables and was gob-smacked by the range of games being played. From the familiar (hello "Catan") to the I've-heard-the-rumours ("BSG", "Mansions of Madness", "Powergrid") to the totally unfamiliar ("Fury of Dracula" and "Francis Drake" both look really cool...)

    I look forward to coming back (and possibly bringing my wife when she finally finishes her uni course).

    And I don't care what I play :-)

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Stuart

      Trust me, there is more variety and diversity in this hobby than you could possibly imagine. Just keep a close eye on your wallet; they have this strange tendency to get lighter far faster than you'd expect...

      3 · October 10, 2013

    • Michael

      Glad you enjoyed it Andrew - and that my bumbling efforts to get us through Thurn and Taxis were appreciated :)

      October 10, 2013

  • Tom

    Thanks for games tonight. Bit sad it has changed to the alternate fortnight. A few of us can't make it now.

    October 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Corey,

      I read the email you put out recently. I looked at the future dates of Eurogames at the Royal Standard and at first glance, looked like the current format. What exactly will change?

      Cheers

      October 10, 2013

    • Charmaine

      Oh, is it a permanent change? I too have a long-standing commitment on the alternate fortnight....

      October 10, 2013

  • Mark

    Fun as always. Thanks for the games and the laughs.

    October 9, 2013

  • Kathy

    Thanks for a fun night!

    October 9, 2013

  • Stuart

    I'm in the mood for something relatively heavy tonight, so Power Grid will probably make an appearance (and this time, I won't forget the poker chips!)

    Might also haul out a couple of others, but I haven't decided for certain - not likely to until about five minutes before I leave. :P

    October 9, 2013

    • Stuart

      Bah - you never buy coal fired plants, which almost always puts you in a very bad position. :P

      1 · October 9, 2013

    • Charmaine

      Haha! True! ;-)

      October 9, 2013

  • Margie

    Sorry guys, just finished work, so won't be coming :(

    October 9, 2013

    • Mark

      Boo. Much fun is being had.

      October 9, 2013

  • Ian

    Looking to try out BSG Daybreak. The new stuff looks interesting. Who's up for finding Earth at last?

    October 9, 2013

    • Ian

      Should be there around 6 if not a bit before. Will try to grab a big table with decent light.

      October 9, 2013

    • Aaron

      On my way now. Should be there around 6:15.

      October 9, 2013

  • Mark

    Will Mansions of Madness be making an appearance? I'd love to play that again.

    October 9, 2013

  • Paul K.

    Iv'e never been here before. What do I need to do?

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Mark

      One of the friendliest groups I've been to. You'll have no trouble finding a game to join.

      2 · October 8, 2013

    • Paul K.

      This has probably already been answered but what kind of games will you be playing?

      October 9, 2013

  • Frank La T.

    Bringing the following: Rex, fury if Dracula, rune age, elder sign.

    October 9, 2013

    • Frank La T.

      Sure thing

      October 9, 2013

    • Enrique

      Cool, but if you feel like trying or playing something else go for it, no worries! I'll be there around 6 pm

      October 9, 2013

  • Will

    Do i have to rsvp? I'm a maybe

    October 9, 2013

  • Jules

    I'm sick again ;(

    October 7, 2013

    • Stuart

      Okay. Okay. I get the message. If I promise to _not_ try to teach you Flash Point and/or Dominion, will you promise to not get sick again?

      Sigh. Some people will do anything to get out of learning a new game.

      1 · October 8, 2013

    • Jules

      Hahaha you two :-)

      October 8, 2013

  • Ben

    Looks like it's replacement bus services out on the Lilydale / Belgrave / Alamein lines after 9pm this week - which I really don't fancy ! Would anyone be driving Camberwell direction, happy to offer a poor gamer a lift and leaving around 10-10:30ish ?

    October 3, 2013

    • Ben

      @Mark I have been chatting with Chris about the co-existence of our events, but I'd still like to get a couple of mutual events under our belts before asking Chris about publishing the event on meetup. There is also a potential for confusion and an over-saturation of gaming events, so taking it slowly at the moment !

      1 · October 6, 2013

    • Jason

      Think I might check out Games Lab too, ....well actually I'll see. I .... have a tournament I'm going to poke my nose into on this day. I'll make a decision from there as to whether I come in or not, if I do it'll be GL to check out the scene there.

      October 7, 2013

  • Jacob

    Is anyone looking to add Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights to their board games collection? I've got a copy (played once) I'd like to trade/sell, so if you are interested contact me on [masked]

    October 1, 2013

  • Nic G.

    I am finally going to make it to one of these.

    September 25, 2013

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