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.
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!!!
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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.