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Eurogames at the Royal Standard

Come one, come all!

Join umpteen diverse and friendly folks for a spot of socializing and strategizing with some of the best family strategy board games around, including 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're 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 often 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




























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

Abso-bloody-lutely! There are dozens of 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 if you can. The more who share, the less wear and tear on any one person's collection. Also, you'll get good karma!






























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 the Café Games group, 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 and everybody having a good time.

* Please keep your paws 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 but try not to keep everyone waiting.

* When it's not your turn, use the time to plan your next move. This makes 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 things.

* Pay attention when the rules are being explained. We all miss a point here or there but 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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  • Jules

    Michael and I will be playing and teaching a game of Terra Mystica. We already have 2 confirmed new players with space for ONE more. It takes around 30 minutes to learn and about 3-3.5 hours to play, so this may be the only game you play on the night. We'll be kicking off at 6.30pm with the rules, so if you're interested then say so in the comments and we'll ask around for you.

    January 25, 2014

    • Elise

      Many thanks to the (very) patient Michael and Jules for teaching the game last night :)

      January 30, 2014

    • Jules

      You're very welcome, Elise. Anytime. Thanks for staying with it and learning!

      January 30, 2014

  • Alastair

    Can anyone recommend a sleeve brand and size that won't stick or split that will fit the galaxy trucker anniversary edition?

    January 30, 2014

  • Ben

    Sorry if anyone was hoping to steal my Munchkin packs, but I'm too zonked from travel to make it.

    January 30, 2014

  • Catie

    Sorry Guys, not going to be able to make it tonight, hopefully get to the next one :) Hope you all have fun

    January 29, 2014

  • Viesha K.

    Not sure if i can make it after all. Car troubles - still hoping to make it

    January 29, 2014

  • Ian

    Anyone up for Battlestar Galactica (with expansions)? I'm hoping we can get 5-6 players for the full experience.

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Aaron

      Tram running late. So it looks like it'll be closer to 6:30 for me to get there

      January 29, 2014

    • Hughie

      Not sure what time I'll be getting there so feel free to start without me. Seems like a hit me so I'm sure I'll jump in next time :-)

      January 29, 2014

  • Shamim de V.

    Would really like to try Munchkins, Lords of Waterdeep or that terror game, they looked fun! If anyone's starting one drag me in =D

    January 15, 2014

    • Gerard

      I'd be in for Munchkins

      January 27, 2014

    • Jason

      Hey gang. Well I'm booked in for Terra Mystica tonight, and ... unfortunately I've forgotten my copy of Waterdeep elsewhere. If there is a copy I'd be happy to teach people before I get started.

      January 29, 2014

  • Hughie

    Hope to meet all you tomorrow and wow you all with the way I move wooden pieces

    January 21, 2014

    • Hughie

      Yeah, figured it out eventually. Was a little deflated last Wed when I found out but back to exited

      January 29, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    Bother. Just changed my RSVP to "No". Sorry folks. Turns out I can't make it at all this evening. Have fun. Catch you in a fortnight!

    January 29, 2014

  • Naman T.

    Helloo! Its been a long long time since my last attendance. Looking forward to tomorrow's sessions!

    January 28, 2014

    • Jules

      Come and find me Naman as I still have one if your German version of Catan cards in my wallet!

      January 28, 2014

    • Naman T.


      January 29, 2014

  • Mike S

    I'll bring Eldritch Horror again in case people feel like another try/want to give it a go (max 4 players).

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    Once again I'm going to bring Firefly: The Game along and, once again, I'm happy to hand it over to others to play (I've just come off playing the marathon "King of All Londinium" story card with my wife and I need a break).

    This time I'll just pop it on the front table and whoever grabs it first can have it. But grab it early... you'll be looking at a couple of hours play.

    Rulebook has been posted on BGG here - - and I'd strongly advise running the story card "First Time in the Captain's Chair" posted by GF9 here - (which I've printed and included in the box).

    January 28, 2014

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