Eurogames at the Royal Standard

Come one, come all!

Join a broad mix of friendly folk for a spot of socializing and strategizing with some of the best modern strategy board games around. Enjoy a meal and a relaxing beverage. There are no fees! And beginners are very welcome.

Eurogames at the Royal Standard welcomes anyone who wants to have good fun with good people and good board games.

We are open to all sorts of strategy games, but focus particularly on European-style designer games—Eurogames.

So, you won't see Risk, Monopoly, Scrabble or Hungry Hungry Hippos. But, you will find The Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Carcassonne, Dominion, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, and much, much more.

Never heard of 'em? No problem! Our friendly local gamer geeks are happy to teach and make newcomers feel very welcome. We love our strategy games but we're not too hardcore.

Bring along your favourite game or join a table and learn a new one.

'The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.' — G. K. Chesterton

What are these Eurogames we play?

Eurogames are board games that emphasize strategy, play down luck, often 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 name it, it has been made into a board game!

You might find yourself in a fast-paced auction bidding for stocks in an American railway company, building a power grid across China, forging a galactic empire, attracting great thinkers to your palace in Renaissance Italy, ploughing a field in 17th century Germany, hammering out a trade deal as you settle the island of Catan, saving the world from global warming, defending your dynasty in ancient Mesopotamia, running a Japanese sushi bar, co-operating to manage a deadly pandemic, rigging elections in revolutionary France, setting up a wine business in Portugal... and so much more!!!

I don’t have any Eurogames, can I still play?

Of course! There are always plenty of games to play! Space and time, however, are finite, so it's best to get in on time so you can settle into a game.

We also heartily encourage you to bring your own games along. The more who share, the less wear and tear.

Games you won't see.

We sometimes play a lightish wargame, 'Ameritrash', or something with zombies in it, but please—no party games, Monopoly, Jenga, Risk, Cranium, Scrabble, Hungry Hungry Hippos, or the like. Sorry all you Level 17 elves, we don't do role-playing games either.

Where do I find out more about modern board games?

For more information on board games visit http://www.boardgamegeek.com/

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  • Andrew M.

    I've just had my shiny new copy of "Warrior Knights" - http://ow.ly/yWAW5 - delivered and I've spent the afternoon unboxing it. (And yeah, I know... it's not actually a new game, it's just new to me).

    I got this on the recommendation of "The Dice Men Commeth" - http://ow.ly/yWB0r - as it is apparently more 'Game of Thrones' than any of the licenced Game of Thrones games available.

    It's also strongly endorsed by "Shut Up & Sit Down" - http://ow.ly/yWB4t - and after hearing / watching / reading so much good stuff about it I had to have it.

    I am *attempting* a mock play-through right now, but I'd love to try this with a group.

    It can take up to 6. If there are any experienced "Warrior Knights" players available to help coach us through a game that would be great. Otherwise I can take a group through based on my meagre, quasi-experience + a couple of printed player aids from Universal Head - http://ow.ly/yWBs4.

    Is anyone interested?

    1 · July 9

    • Stephen F

      No worries Andrew (re:6.30pm). See you then.

      1 · July 15

    • Stephen F

      Great game last night. Thanks for bringing it along, and thanks also Frank and Ian.

      1 · July 17

  • Adam R.

    Was a great night of games with good people. To the winner of Dungeonville from the raffle I have it, so you know who to hunt down to find it.

    July 17

  • Ben

    Thank you one and all coming down last night and getting involved. I notice the Games Library games getting a lot of use, so extra thanks to all who participated in the raffle to help maintain and grow our collection. We collected enough money to cover our newest game, Medici, as well as a bit extra to go towards our next purchase. What will that be? Well, as a hint, it involves trains... I hope everyone had a great time; I'm always happy to take feedback on this we could do better (like remembering to explain what the raffle is for!) and look forward to seeing everyone again in a fortnight's time.

    3 · July 17

  • Jessica M.

    This was only my second time attending but lots of fun and starting to understand the games, well a couple of them anyway.

    1 · July 17

  • Serena

    I actually wouldn't be able to make it tonight. Sorry for the late notice.

    July 16

  • Ben

    Our games library continues to grow, with a copy of Medici joining the eight or so other Euro classics we have. We will also be having another raffle, of course, to help pay for these new shared games. Three prizes, $2/ticket (or 3 for $5), all money raised goes towards our running costs and new games library games. Finally I'll have a voluntary donation pot next to the games library. When borrowing a game, if you fancy making a good coin donation to the library, that'll help us ensure we can maintain then over time / replace missing parts or damaged components (perish the thought!) Eurogames will always be free, of course, but these are great ways to give back and build a great club library to keep encouraging new players (as well as have more games to pick from on the night!)

    2 · July 9

    • Jules

      I'm happy to donate Allhumbra to the games library :)

      July 12

    • Ben

      Very kind offer Jules, although we do already have a copy of it in the library currently. Must put a list of what we do have in the meetup notes, in fact.

      July 12

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