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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, Ticket to Ride, Thurns and Taxis, Coloretto and Carcassonne.

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

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  • Andrew M.

    Thanks again for a great night! Got to play "Thurn und Taxis" and "Alhambra" both for only the second time ever, and was reminded why I played them in the first place (not too fiddly, not too long, not too complex etc etc etc). Thanks to Gem, Brett and E.T. for a great evening!

    September 11, 2014

  • Michael

    I'll be bringing Lords of Vegas and Tammany Hall for anyone interested in fighting for control of famous cities

    September 9, 2014

    • Vegan1980

      I've played Tammany Hall once and I'm keen to play again.

      September 10, 2014

  • Ben

    Boardgames tomorrow !

    I shall be bringing two piles of goodies along. Firstly for the LIBRARY, we have 7 Wonders and Smash Up. Then for the RAFFLE, we have Seasons, City of Horrors and Jaipur. Look forward to the games. Not sure what I'll bring from my stash - I'll see how much room I have left after all of the above ;)

    September 9, 2014

  • Christian Gemballa M.

    Bringing Race! Formula 90, again, for all takers.

    1 · September 8, 2014

  • Jules

    I'd like to play Lords of Waterdeep with the expansion and 7 Wonders. Bringing a friend who will need to be taught both.

    1 · September 3, 2014

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