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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  • Brendan D.

    Thanks for organising a great night. Had a ball and can't wait for next time!

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Charmaine

    Great meetup, thanks for organising it guys. I'll be back but next time I will know to dress for a very warm room!!

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Clara

    Argg - I'm still struggling with a cold and I think it's best I don't put my mits all over people's lovely board games. I'll have to give tonight a miss, but looking forward to the next one!

    April 15, 2014

    • Mark M.

      Sorry to miss you Clara, hope you are getting better. Next time!

      April 16, 2014

  • Ben

    Great meetup and brilliantly organized again.

    One thing is the noise does echo around a bit, which is along is fine and par for the course for large gaming meetups.

    But... and I hate to be a grumpy gamer... but a couple of the larger tables got REALLY loud, which for those of us trying to discuss / learn new strategy games got quite painful and distracting. Being adjacent to the table, I struggled to hear people sitting at my own table over the noise.

    Was still a fun a gaming session in all, and a brain-burner of a new game. Slight headaches accompanied me home - not sure from which part though :)

    2 · April 16, 2014

    • Mark M.

      Sorry you had a headache Ben, that's not the desired result! Andre and I will have a chat about what we can do to mitigate this - we welcome all games, but some games are more raucous than others.

      3 · April 16, 2014

  • Stephen F

    Great meeting last night. Really well organised, especially the nametags, and great venue.

    2 · April 16, 2014

    • Mark M.

      It was great to meet you, Stephen! Glad you had a good night.

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Ben

    Study of Emerald in my bag again, in case anyone wants to wait 10 mins for some Cthulhu Euro action...

    April 15, 2014

  • Christian Gemballa M.

    Hi Mark - just realised you are one of the authors of Horror on the Orient Express and a bunch of other chaosium Call of Cthulhu stuff. Wow - very, very cool. One of my top 2014/2015 gaming resolutions is to play a new HotOE campaign - have it on order from Kickstarter, as well as CoC 7th edition.

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Ryan P.

      I'm in on HotOE when you get it Christian.

      1 · April 15, 2014

    • Ben

      As the original "Cthulhu Ben" I'm too ;-) Yey to Cthulhu Mark, in the presence of greatness and we never knew...

      April 15, 2014

  • Maree

    Unfortunately Peter and I are unable to attend this week...family down from Sydney. Tough choice but in the end the grandkids won out! Will be 'Settling' and 'Ticket to Riding' at home...ALL WEEK!
    Have a great night and we will see you all next time.

    April 14, 2014

    • Maree

      There is always the 29th David! Sam and his +1 were keen for a 'Settlers' challenge, happy for you to join us...

      1 · April 15, 2014

    • Maree

      Thank you Mark. Having a great week with the family. Lots of Settlers happening! I hope you and yours have a lovely Easter as well and yes, you will see us on the 29th.

      1 · April 15, 2014

  • Dan D.

    I'm going to bring The Capitals and Bruges at this stage. Will probably change my mind at the last minute!

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • David L.

    I will be bringing Kings of Air and Steam.

    2 · April 14, 2014

    • Aaron L.

      Godfather plundering all the way

      April 14, 2014

  • Christian Gemballa M.

    Cuba Libre? 1989? Sekigahara?

    2 · April 14, 2014

    • Hugh

      I'll be bringing 1775 and some light/middle-weigh euros, but I'd be up for some Cuba Libre if the opportunity presents

      1 · April 14, 2014

    • Christian Gemballa M.

      I'll bring Cuba Libre and hope for the best.

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Sam

    Sad news, I will no be able to attend next week ahead of two mid-semester tests on Wednesday. I will see you all in a fortnight. Can't wait!

    April 13, 2014

    • Sam

      Thanks, but I wholeheartedly disagree!

      1 · April 13, 2014

    • Maree

      Good luck with your tests Sam. Agree with Mark, right choice...sad but true :( Look forward to a game next time.

      April 14, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Sadly, Zi and I won't be able to make it this time around. See you in another fortnight!

    April 13, 2014

    • Mark M.

      See you both then!

      April 13, 2014

  • Victoria S.

    Hey Andre, a colleague told me about your regular event now. Great stuff! Happy this is going so well. Will try to come by one night :) Long time no see, hence would be the perfect opportunity! See you soon!

    1 · April 11, 2014

    • Andre

      Hey Victoria! Yes it has been way too long. It would be great to see you at Godzilla Games. We aregetting a decent turn out, around 50 - 60 players per session :-)

      April 11, 2014

  • Naz

    Hi, some of my friends and i are avid players of ticket2ride and other similar games. We would be very interested in coming along to eurogames night to check it out and meet other board game lovers.

    1 · April 10, 2014

    • Mark M.

      It will be great to see you! Ticket to Ride is very popular at our meetups, so you're sure to get a game of that, and plenty more.

      April 10, 2014

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