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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 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






























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 Café 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.




























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 all 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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  • Ian K.

    Great times!

    February 13, 2014

  • Ben

    This session I will be hoping to play Cave Evil. It's not a friendly or easy game. It has quite a few fiddly rules, and is rather brutal. You probably won't like it. But if you do, I'm going to try and start going over rules around 6:15pm, so that'd be a good time to be there :)

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • Chris S.

      It was good times

      February 12, 2014

    • John

      It does sound good!

      February 13, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    Also, I didn't actually play it, but "Galaxy Trucker" looks kinda neat...

    1 · February 12, 2014

    • Ben

      It is superb, a must try

      1 · February 12, 2014

    • Joshua

      I'll bring it again next time!

      February 12, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Fun times I'm glad I went. Cave Evil was entertaining.

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    Fantastic night, as always. Thanks for some great gaming Tim, Joel, Evelyn and Ian, and special thanks to Josh for a great introduction to "City of Horror"!

    February 12, 2014

  • Tim N.

    Thinking of coming along for my first time! but wouldnt be able to get there till 7-7:30-ish. Would that be a problem?

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Tim N.

      Listed a few on my profile...
      Catan to Carcasonne, Powergrid to Ticket to Ride, Pillars of the Earth to Ra, Civilisation (yea, that utterly mega day-consuming one) to Age of Empires 3 - the board game, Endeavor to Railway tycoon (i think it was railway tycoon, was my mate's) and more!
      But its been a year or so since i last really played.

      January 31, 2014

    • Raj

      I will be there at 7:30. I hope that will be OK.

      February 12, 2014

  • Lexi

    Hey I am still a bit of a newbie. Is there a group who would be willing to let me join a game and teach me as well

    2 · February 10, 2014

    • Viesha K.

      Everyone is friendly, just hover around the table laden with games and whoever else is looking for a game will play with you

      1 · February 12, 2014

    • Jacob

      To the misfortune of time-travelling post-humans with anti-grav capabilities and those with hover-boards, The Royal Standard actually has a strict no-hover policy due to inherent instability issues with this form of movement combined with the serving of alcohol at the venue. Standing is quite acceptable though.

      1 · February 12, 2014

  • Ben F.

    104 attending - wow. Might be a bit crowded.

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Tim N.

    Does anyone here have RoboRally? Havent played that in AGES - no idea why that just occurred to me.

    February 11, 2014

  • Ki

    This will be my first time joining in - 96 people attending though.. Really?!

    February 10, 2014

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