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Eurogames at the Royal Standard

Come one, come all!

Join umpteen diverse and friendly folks for a spot of socializing and strategizing with a selection of some of the best family strategy board games around: The Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Small World, Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, and much, much more. Enjoy a meal and the beverage of your choice in a relaxing Melbourne pub. No fees! Beginners are very welcome.

Game on,

Corey (organizer chap)

How do we play?

Eurogames at the Royal Standard is all about good fun. All are welcome. If you're a really hardcore gamer or you're ultra-competitive, however, this might not scratch your itch; we strongly encourage beginners as well as seasoned gamers who like to teach. Bring your favourite strategy game or join a table and learn a new one.

What are these 'eurogames' we play?

These nights focus on the German- or European-style designer strategy games—Eurogames for short.

Eurogames are family board games that emphasize 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 an electricity network across China, or playing cards toforge your galactic empire, or attracting great thinkers to your palace in Renaissance Italy, or ploughing a field on your farm in 17th century Germany, or hammering out a deal to trade wool for ore so you can build a city on the island of Catan, or laying tiles to strengthen your dynasty in ancient Mesopotamia, or tin mining in Cornwall (hey, don't knock it till you've tried it), or co-operating with your fellow players to cure a deadly pandemic, or shipping cargo across the sea, or rigging elections in revolutionary France, or setting up a wine business in Portugal... and so much more!!!

Depending on the game and the players, sessions can last anywhere between half an hour and three hours, with most falling into the middle somewhere.

If you're familiar with a game, we encourage you to teach it to others. If you're a beginner (and we're all beginners at one game or another), it'll click, never fear!

For more information on individual games—including photographs, discussions, videos, reviews and more—visit

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

Abso-bloody-lutely! There are usually more than a dozen games on any given night, and we encourage experienced board game geeks to teach and make newcomers feel warmly welcome.

That said, we heartily encourage you to bring your own games along. The success of these nights depends on the generosity of people sharing their collections. The more who share, the less wear and tear on any one person's collection.

Decisions are made by the Law of Two Feet, i.e. if you can muster a quorum, you have a game. Normally, people play two or even three games of an evening.

Games you won't see.

We sometimes play a lightish wargame or something with zombies in it, but please—no Monopoly, Jenga, Cranium, Hungry Hungry Hippos, or the like. For lighter, party games, we heartily recommend Cafe Games, but you're more than welcome to come along to both! Sorry all you Level 17 elves, but don't do role-playing games either.

How often do we play?

Ordinarily (not that we're ever anything but extraordinary), we play every other Wednesday evening and sometimes a Monday here and there. It's best to keep an eye on the Meetup noticeboard for regular updates.

Who comes along?

We're a merry, cosmopolitan little crowd of lads and lasses, ladies and gents. We hail from Ol' Blighty, Malaysia, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, Canada, India, Switzerland, the US of A, Singapore, Venezuela, China, North Fitzroy and even further than that! Usually, there are between thirty and forty players on any given night, which means ten or more games going simultaneously.

Support the pub that supports you!

Eurogames Nights at the Royal Standard isn’t a club and there are no fees. That said, we strongly encourage folks to keep us sweet with the publican and at least buy a beer, wine, soft drink or cuppa, and chip in for a snack, or even order a meal. (See guidelines about board-gaming etiquette below.)

The Royal Standard serves decent fare, including vegetarian and gluten-free stuff, with specials every Wednesday.

My pressshhhiiiissss—keeping the games (and your karma) in good nick.

Here are a few simple guidelines to remember when playing board games. It's all about keeping the games in good condition, having a good time, and minimizing your chances of being strung up by your toes and pummelled into unconsciousness with an organic carrot

Please keep your hands reasonably clean whilst playing the games—greasy, sticky fingers and expensive board games don’t mix!
By all means, enjoy a drinky or two with the game, but please take care to avoid spillages. Be especially mindful of wonky tables and people who like to gesticulate wildly when they win or lose! (You know who you are.)

Put the mobile phone to one side for the game. Better still, switch it off!

Try to avoid bending cards! (I know, I know, bending helps your thinking, right?)

Relax. Be of good humour. It's only a game.

After finishing up, before leaving for the night, please scan the floor and tables for any game bits that may have fallen out and risk being sucked up by the cleaners!

Finally, please put the pretty components back into the box how you found them.

Have fun!

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  • Pha P.

    From Dominion to King of Tokyo; good mix of games + great mix of people = Fun times had.

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great evening of Quebec and Bonhanza! Thanks everyone!

    August 16, 2012

  • Greg

    Special thanks to Simon for explaining, with patience, how to play Puerto Rico

    August 16, 2012

  • Ben

    King of Tokyo went on tour. Getting some good mileage out of this long overdue gem !

    August 16, 2012

  • David

    I wonder what games Ben can bring along this time? I am keen to play Dominion again and even Robo Rally :)

    August 14, 2012

    • Solomon M. G.

      I'll have RoboRally for you. You will need to teach others who may wish to join you if required. Details of my collection: http://boardgamegeek....­

      August 14, 2012

    • Solomon M. G.

      Sorry couldnt make tonight though will have roborally for you Sunday.

      August 15, 2012

  • David

    Hi Ben, you can count me in for King of Tokyo and Death Angel tonight:) We can play a game of Dominion with Michael who has posted that he is bringing along his copy and I don't mind which expansion we play

    August 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bringing Quebec and Carcassonne, see you all tonight!

    August 15, 2012

  • Ben

    This week, my games are lightweight (both metaphorically and actually). I've got King of Tokyo, The Resistance and Death Angel. All 30-45 minute games, good gap fillers. Dominion a bit too heavy with other stuff to carry this week :( Happy to play with someone else's set though :)

    August 15, 2012

  • Christian Gemballa M.

    Cool - I'd really like to play Letters from Whitechapel!! Never played it though!

    August 15, 2012

  • Erwin

    I'd love to play Citadels or Dominion this week. No preference on the expansions for the latter from me. And if someone is keen to teach and play Puerto Rico, I would love to stop procrastinating and finally learn it as well!

    August 14, 2012

  • Charlie T.

    Hey guys, looking forward to joining in tomorrow. I'm hoping this is newbie friendly as I haven't played any Eurogames before but I'm keen to learn.

    August 14, 2012

  • David

    Hi Corey, can you bring along Ticket to Ride Europe and Stone Age?

    August 14, 2012

  • Hoang V.

    hi, may i ask for the membership fee or any fee/cost per session?

    August 13, 2012

    • Hoang V.

      tks Ben. I'll join in next meeting. is it permanently organised on in Wednesday evening?

      August 13, 2012

    • Ben

      Generally it's every fortnight - I think Corey has put the event in as a "recurring one" so you should be able to find the dates of the next few on the website. And it's very newbie friendly !

      August 13, 2012

  • David

    Hi Kristina, you can count me in for Citadels as well. I am also keen to play Dominion again with Ben and his merry band of followers :)

    August 9, 2012

  • Kristina

    Count me in for Citadels! :-)

    1 · August 5, 2012

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