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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.

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

I'm new here, what should I do?

Never heard of these games? Not been before? 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.

We also will have one or two people on hand at the start of each meetup dedicated to helping teach and get new players set up in a game. So if you've not played many Eurogames or not been to the group before, then simply head along the bar to the open space at the rear of the Royal Standard where you should be greeted and settled into a game with other keen newcomers!

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, 'Amerithrash', or something with zombies in it, but please—no party games, Monopoly, Jenga, Risk, Cranium, Scrabble, Hungry Hungry Hippos, or the like. Sorry 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:

7 Wonders, Alhambra, Elder Sign, Medici, Pandemic, Saboteur (1+2), Settlers of Catan, Small World, Smash Up, 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.

Who runs this?

With the help of a few friends, the club is run by Ben. Look, there he is above, pointing out a very interesting card in Shadows over Camelot. Ben's dirty secret is he mainly owns thematic 'Amerithrash' games, but some how has taken over a Euro games club, which both puzzles and amuses him. He's also English and a rather nice chap - if you're not sure what to do on the night, ask Ben!

You mentioned a raffle?

Yes ! We are running a raffle most nights where we aim to have three great 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?

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  • MT

    Have Imperial Settlers. 4 players Max and I'm guessing Dan Devine wants a seat so that's 2 spots left. Will start at 6.30pm so I can assist in getting newer players getting into games etc

    September 23, 2014

    • Dan D.

      You guessed right! Hopefully sorted out new players by then, see how we go

      September 24, 2014

  • Aaron L.

    Bringing Suburbia (+Suburbia Inc), Endeavor, King's Forge, Council of Verona, Mascarade and Abluxxen.

    September 24, 2014

    • Christian Gemballa M.

      Hi Aaron, I'd be eager to play Abluxxen. Maybe a quick session before you move onto something longer?

      September 24, 2014

    • Aaron L.

      Yup. We could start off with Abluxxen before Endeavor? Abluxxen is really quick anyways. Good kick-off or end of night game.

      September 24, 2014

  • Mike S

    Bringing Dungeon Petz (best with 4) and Tash-Kalar (for 2 or 4).

    September 24, 2014

    • Stephen F

      One for Dungeon Petz please. I have it coming in a Kickstarter bundle but haven't played it yet.

      1 · September 24, 2014

  • Vroenis (.

    I only brought a couple of lighter Euros, may not be up to teaching this evening depending on how work goes if that's alright for my first Standard visit. Istanbul, Vikings (need to read through rules for a refresher), Shipwrights (nice NZ Kickstarter) & I think Santiago de Cuba & RftG (with AA - I haven't read orb world rules but the cards are fine without it) are still in the car.

    September 24, 2014

  • Ben

    Newcomers - look out for myself (and Dan, my beautiful assistant) at the back of the bar. We'll be here at 6pm to welcome, and make sure new players can get taught and eased into a fun fun Eurogame.

    1 · September 23, 2014

  • Andrew M.

    Won't be able to make this one unfortunately. Should be at the one after, and will *hopefully* be carrying a shiny, new copy of "Heroes Wanted" under my arm.

    2 · September 14, 2014

    • Linas K.

      Heroes Wanted sounds fun! The build for the construction of heroes like Franken-Skull is so funny..

      September 16, 2014

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