Godzilla Games - Euro board games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant

Board gamers unite!

Board game geeks or interested beginners are all welcome at Godzilla Games, a board game meetup at one of Melbourne's oldest Japanese restaurants, Izakaya Chuji.

Board gaming is a great way to keep the brain active and meet a group of friendly and sociable individuals.

We have a bias towards fun orientated, "euro" style games such as The Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride, Small World etc but you are welcome to bring your party or strategy games as well. Anything that is fun to play and share is welcome!

Enjoy a game, meet people and take advantage of a 10% discount on food and drinks from the reasonably priced menu at Izakaya Chuji.

We do not charge a fee, this meetup is FREE.

We do hope you will support the venue with an order of food and or drinks. Thanks!

Tell me more about this meetup...

Godzilla Games - Euro board games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant is all about an enjoyable evening around the game board. Play, talk, relax, it's a great way to ease into the week on a Tuesday night. The emphasis is relaxed fun so if you're a hardcore competitive gamer this probably isn't your speed. We love to introduce new people to the joys of board gaming so if you are new to the hobby please feel welcome to drop in and say hi! For those of you who are well familiar with the joys of board gaming we enthusiastically encourage you to bring your games in and share the love with other beginners and regular gamers.

We will have a small selection of games on hand but we encourage the help of those that have collections to help us out.


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 emphasise 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 http://www.boardgamegeek.com/


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  • Andre

    Hi Godzilla Gamers,

    I have just received a great offer from Gamer Comedian Mike Brown, please read on.

    My name is Mike Brown and I am the creator and producer of "The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party", a show starting at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival next week. In order to encourage Godzilla Gamers to come by and see the show, I'd like to offer your group the following: A special group discount code for any show of the run. Usually we offer groups of 6+ $15 tickets, but with code GODZILLA that will drop tickets to $10 each - 9 tickets for the price of 6. More information (plus links to redeem the double pass) are available atwww.alwayspassgo.com.

    Also, Mike has kindly donated 2 free tickets to see the show for free next Saturday night, April 29 at 10:45pm. First person to email me with the correct answer to this question gets ‘em!

    What is the name of the awesome mutant monster, gigantic robot and strange alien, smackdown game set in Japan’s capital?

    March 22, 2014

  • Mark M.

    That was another fantastic night - so many new friends! It was great to see Corey, our Meetup.com guru, and organiser of the Royal Standard games nights. We welcomed travellers from Lismore NSW (hi Trent and Bonnie!) but farewelled Manuel, who is off home to Italy - we hope one day we can play together again, safe journey mate!

    It was a record crowd and you folks were so organised - all games underway by 6:15pm! Games played included Catan, Love Letter, Formula De, Saint Petersberg, Shogun, Pitchcar, Carcassonne, Stone Age, Labyrinth, Cash n Guns, Warhammer Diskwars and many more. There are some photos now added.

    RSVPs are now open for our 1 April event, we hope to see you again!

    2 · March 21, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Had a great time again playing Formula De

    2 · March 19, 2014

  • Maree

    Another great opportunity to play some 'Settlers'. Thank you David S, Alex, Charlotte, Stephen and Peter for joining in the fun. Congratulations Alex on winning both games!
    The numbers are flourishing...'from little things big things grow'. Well done Andre and Mark on your organisation. Everyone is made to feel extremely welcome!

    3 · March 19, 2014

  • Helen C

    Shogun was great, thanks guys!

    1 · March 19, 2014

    • Mark

      Agreed - thanks all, and see you again in a fortnight!

      1 · March 19, 2014

  • Alex

    It was a great event, really enjoyed playing Settlers of Catan.
    Big thanks to Andre for organizing it.

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Andre

      You are very welcome Alex! Mark and I are having a blast running this Meetup and we are really enjoying the friendliness and good nature of the gamers attending.

      March 19, 2014

  • David S.

    Had a great time. Great to see you Mark after so many years.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Varun

    I had a really great time, already looking forward to the next one.

    2 · March 19, 2014

  • Hugh

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the 8-person Pitchcar Grand Prix - I'm definitely glad I lugged it all the way there

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Jason

    Well, learnt Stone Age and Formula De', both enoyable. Now for round 2..

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • Hwan-Yi C.

    Soo fun!

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • Sam

    Thanks for tonight! Those who want to avenge all of my wins, I will return next fortnight!

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • Mark M.

    Wow, 54 RSVPs! We have cracked the half-century! I'll be making name tags this afternoon - if you Reply with the first names of your +1 guests, I will add them.

    March 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, partner had a bad dentist experience so will try again in a fortnight. Sorry :(

      March 18, 2014

  • Andre

    Dear Godzilla Gamers,

    We have just hit 40 RSVP's for tomorrows session and I wanted to personally thank you all for your support.

    It is a great achievement for our 4th Meetup!

    I am so chuffed to be able to offer a space for so many fantastic gamers to gather and have fun.

    I would also like to thank my sidekick Mark, who has thrown his enthusiasm and unfaltering help at this without hesitation.

    Due to pesky work getting in the way, I will be late (I'm convening a business meeting downstairs in the restaurant) but I'll be up later to game on!

    Best regards,

    Andre

    2 · March 17, 2014

    • Andre

      Hi Corey, given we have hit 55 gamers and I have to run a business meeting downstairs for the first part of the evening, does that offer to run games for newcomers still stand? :-)

      March 18, 2014

    • Andre

      Thanks! I'll buy you a beer! :-)

      March 18, 2014

  • Jason O.

    We are interested in playing Dominion or Pirate's Cove or Tobago if people have them :)

    March 18, 2014

    • Andre

      Hi Jason, I will bring Pirate's Cove for you.

      1 · March 18, 2014

  • Sarah C.

    I'm sick as a dog today so I can no longer make it. I will definitely be at the next one! Keep me posted!

    March 18, 2014

    • Mark M.

      Hope you feel better soon Sarah, see you next time!

      March 18, 2014

  • Gavin O.

    Is anyone interested in playing 'Eclipse'. It's a bit of a longer, more complicated game, and would run at least 40 mins per player.
    If you are interested let me know here, and the rules are available at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/72125/eclipse
    http://files.geekdo.com/geekfile_download.php?filetype=application%2Fpdf&filename=Eclipse_rules_EN_light.pdf&filecode=8sfvfpcvzq&validationcode=552aaebe551296c3f7f00fc1030ebb52

    1 · March 17, 2014

    • Gavin O.

      And if I don't get an Eclipse off the ground I would love to learn Shogun :-D

      1 · March 17, 2014

    • Andre

      Thanks Corey!! I have you to thank for this is the first place :-)

      March 17, 2014

  • Mark M.

    It's great to see so many RSVPs and we are still a week away! We're looking forwards to another great night of boardgaming upstairs at Chuji.

    I thought I might bring Formula De, as it might be fun to have our own 10-player race around Albert Park after the weekend's Formula One event. Does anyone else have any games they particularly want to play?

    2 · March 12, 2014

    • Hugh

      Mark, I could bring some Pitchcar track along with me too, if there's enough table space

      1 · March 17, 2014

    • Andre

      Hi Hugh,We have PLENTY of table space :-)

      2 · March 17, 2014

  • Hugh

    I'll be bringing a few lighter games that can accommodate larger numbers of players: Jamaica, Heimlich & Co., Incan Gold and Pit

    Also hoping to get in a 5-6 player game of I'm The Boss! if anyone's up for some chaotic boardroom negotiations

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Jason

    Ok so the question every newbie has looking on their minds, parking?

    March 16, 2014

    • Mark M.

      Hi Jason - There is a Parksafe directly opposite Chuji, it is $9 all night after 4pm. There's also street parking, but that is 2 hr and in high demand.

      March 16, 2014

  • Andrew N.

    Yay this meetup is finally a repeating one.

    1 · March 10, 2014

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