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 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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  • Frank La T.

    I have super dungeon explore & zombicide

    October 30, 2013

    • Mark

      It looks like Descent but with cuteness. I kind of want to play it.

      October 30, 2013

    • Paul K.

      Awesome. When are you coming next? Can you bring Super Dungeon Explore in?

      March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really surprised by the huge turnout! The games were fun but joking with new people around the table was the best part. I'm definitely looking forward to the next meetup!

    2 · October 31, 2013

    • Jason

      That was actually a little smaller than usual turn outs.

      October 31, 2013

  • Simon F.

    Last night was my first Eurogames at the Royal Standard, had a ball! Many thanks to all the regulars who made us newbies feel so welcome.

    Sadly I think I left my sunglasses behind. Did anyone find a black-framed pair of sunglasses while packing up?

    October 31, 2013

  • Dan

    Gah! Lost key issues :( no can do tonight.

    October 30, 2013

    • Mark

      This is why unusual piercings are good. Never lose those keys again.

      October 30, 2013

    • Dan

      I have some unusual piercings bit none that will hold keys...

      October 31, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Awesome evening, and I wasn't even particularly sociable. Played a co-op game of "A Touch of Evil" where my mate Sarah and I totally kicked the Spectral Horseman's non-corporeal arse (thanks mainly to Sarah playing Isabella Von Took). Happy Almost-Halloween, and see you guys again in a fortnight!

    1 · October 30, 2013

    • Mark

      That looks like a good game. Wouldn't mind giving it a try someone.

      October 30, 2013

    • Mark

      * sometime ... This phone is not to be trusted.

      1 · October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very nice evening :)

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Matt C.

    Bah traffic is awful so I'm going to be late :( I hope I can still get a game

    October 30, 2013

  • Hilary C.

    Hi. So sorry. Forgot to say I (+1) can't come tonight. Can't figure out how to decline on Meetup. So if it's not too late notice there is space for 2 more. Enjoy!!

    October 30, 2013

  • Dany

    my first boardgame meetup tonight... looking forward to a fun night with all of you guys!

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Mark

    I'll be bringing Descent this evening for those with a taste for killing baddies. Be there around 7pm.

    October 30, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I am bringing a bunch of lighter games: Augustus, Belfort, Forbidden Desert, Get Bit!, Hanabi, Love Letter and Timeline

    October 30, 2013

  • Nic G.

    Looking forward to it.

    October 29, 2013

  • Lauren

    Looking forward to checking out some games and meeting some new people. :)

    October 27, 2013

  • Jules


    October 22, 2013

  • Nic G.

    Looking forward to it.

    October 18, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    Night before Halloween... should I bring "A Touch of Evil"?

    October 9, 2013

  • Alastair

    Corey just checking this Meetup is ment to be on a Tuesday?

    October 9, 2013

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