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. Scroll down to see the growing library of games we have available for anyone to play.

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! The club also maintains some classic easy-to-learn games for all to make use of on the night, and you'll easily pick up someone keen to teach (or you can even teach yourself, if you'd prefer !)

For those that own some, we heartily encourage you to bring your own games along to play and teach, of course.

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.

So what is in this "Games Library" you mentioned?

Currently we have copies of:

Alhambra, Medici, Pandemic, Saboteur (1+2), Settlers of Catan, Small World, and Thurns and Taxis.

Every week, money raised at the raffle goes into a fund to buy more "gateway" or "next step" games that are easy to pick and learn in an evening.

You mentioned a raffle?

Yes ! We are running a raffle most nights where we aim to have up to three prize games to give away. Any profits from the raffle go straight into a fund which covers any basic running costs (minimal) and new games for the library.

In the spirit of good transparency, a spreadsheet of this fund is maintained online for anyone to view.

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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  • Ben

    Hey guys - thanks for coming down for a record breaking night in terms of numbers and raffle ticket sales. It was truly one of the best (and most packed) nights we've had in a while.

    On that note, please do make sure you RSVP if attending, as I'm pretty sure we were a good few people above our 53 RSVPs; if we start getting too full, it may become essential to limit attendance just to those who've RSVP'd. A good problem to have !

    I'll have a word with the landlord about the missing lights, as I saw one bold group playing my torchlight on the dark table - sorry you had to do that guys ! The bar around the corner is available (if a little removed) if people are short of tables, and I'll see if we can get any extra tables added down the end too.

    Final things is the "lost and found" parts collection all went missing ? Not sure if someone packed these away, or picked them up by mistake ? I am particularly concerned as I just discovered the missing "Splendor" card in that is mine !

    August 13

  • Aaron

    On my way

    August 13

  • Ben

    Tomorrow I am torn between Study in Emerald - a Eurogame mashup of Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu. It's got deck-building, area control, bluffing and a few other mechanisms - so maybe one for those with a few other games under the belt already !

    I also fancy playing Sentinels of the Multiverse, a co-operative superhero game, where each player has their own superhero deck, and we battle against the villain (and possibly minions of said villain). Each deck is ranked by difficulty, so there should be a hero deck to match everyone's taste - and a villain deck to ensure the challenge is tough (but not TOO tough...) !

    Anyone have a strong feeling / leaning towards either of these ? Or, of course, I could just pack both; but I need to leave some room for the all important raffle / new games library games !

    3 · August 12

    • Stephen F

      If Dune doesn't get up, I am interested in either. I just bought Emerald and it's always good to get games in. However I haven't played Sentinels and have been wanting to have a go.

      August 13

    • Ben

      I think Sentinels first sounds like a winner. Can see what we have time for afterwards !

      1 · August 13

  • Frank La T.

    Small bag today - I have blood bowl team manager with me including both expansions.

    August 13

  • Stephen F

    Someone had Dune (Frank or Mark?) 4 weeks ago and we talked about allocating 5 hrs for a session. Any chance of that happening tonight, with a 5.30pm start?

    August 13

  • Dan D.

    I'll be bringing Greed, the latest card game from Donald X., the designer of Dominion, and a couple other small box games (Glen More, Spyrium and Istanbul.)

    August 13

  • Pasquale L.

    Stephen are you still keen for Dune?

    August 11

    • Stephen F

      Yes I am! Do you have it? I understand we will need a 5.30pm start because it is a long game. I'll be there at 5pm.

      August 13

    • Pasquale L.

      I'm afraid I don't have it! I thought you had, oops. I do have Rex, but not with me today.

      August 13

  • Ben

    Looking forward to another gaming session tonight !

    If people are still keen, then we've got three more games for raffle prizes. This time it's Splendor, Masquerade and Coloretto - all excellent games that play in under an hour, and are fairly easy to learn / pick up. This week, I finally have Ticket to Ride in hand to add to the Games Library, and am also hoping to grab a copy of Carcassonne for the library too from one of our gamers before he migrates overseas *sniff*

    I'll be keen to know if people are (a) still keen for games raffles and/or (b) have any requests for the games library. Now that we have a good selection of "basics", we could simply wind things down for a while, but if not, I am still actively picking up great games at great prices, which lets me give out better prizes each week, and still fund extra games for the library - if anyone has an opinion about this, please post here or even better, chat to me tomorrow night - your feedback would be awesome !

    1 · August 12

    • Ben

      After some soul-searching, I decided to include Forbidden Desert into the raffle pile, and shift Coloretto over to the the games library pile - it's a great little game, and a good starter to an evenings games, so deserves to be part of our library.

      1 · August 13

  • Andrew M.

    I'll have a copy of "Eight-minute Empire" in my backpack (which I have yet to play), but am really up for anything at all.

    August 13

  • Kamal Mohamed K.

    Hi everyone! I'm new to this kind of meetups. I already reserved a place specifying a guest. Seems there's no option to specify more of them. Can I bring another couple of friends anyway?

    August 10

    • Kamal Mohamed K.

      Thanks! I'll tell them to register. See you on Wednesday! ;)

      August 10

    • Ben

      Hi Kamal! Yourself and guests are very welcome, and look forward to having you all over for gaming. I'll raised the RSVP guest limit slightly, so you can add any other +1's you might have, if they haven't registered already that is.

      See you all tomorrow night !

      1 · August 12

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