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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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  • William R.

    Up all night puking and shitting from food poisoning.

    March 13, 2014

  • Dan D.

    First time to this event - bringing A Study in Emerald and carnival zombie

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Dan D.

      I'll save you a spot if you like mark

      March 12, 2014

    • Michael

      Been wanting to play carnival zombie for quite sometime. Can't make it tonight but if you decide to bring it along in future I'd love to play

      March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring Game of Thrones! I'd love also to play Battlestar Galactica if someone brings it.

    March 12, 2014

    • Ian

      We can wait for you.

      March 12, 2014

    • Aaron

      Cool. On my way now

      March 12, 2014

  • Mark

    I'm bringing Citadels and Dominion. Hoping to find a few willing players.

    March 12, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Hooray I can make it this time

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi ! :-) it seems really fun! Until what time do you think it will be on ? And do you meetup every Wednesday? I already have a birthday so it might be hard but I would love to join another time! :-)

    March 11, 2014

    • Jason

      This group meets once a fortnight. To get exact details on meetups the best way is to check the calendar on the site. Running til after 11pm now but it depends on how long ppl decide to stay there. There'll be heaps of games on offer to play, don't be afraid to talk to ppl standing at the 'Games Table' where all the games will be to start up a game, or even just speak to ppl playing. There's always ppl on hand who are happy to teach a game to a newcomer.

      1 · March 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok thanks guys! I ll most likely join next time :-)

      2 · March 11, 2014

  • MT

    Hello Alexia,

    Gamers trickle in from about 5.30pm but the majority turn up around 6.30ish. Also its every fortnight.

    March 11, 2014

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