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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?

We are open to all sorts of strategy games, but these nights focus particularly 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 http://www.boardgamegeek.com/

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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  • Hendrikje

    Has anyone played 'Cuba' yet?
    I only just got it and am dying to play it... It's been said it is the more attractive Puerto Rico, but I haven't played that one either so can't say if that is true..
    I can also bring Navegador and/or Village or maybe Dungeon Petz...
    Any suggestions?
    I'm so excited to have found this group!

    February 25, 2013

    • Vedo

      dungeon petz might be interesting

      March 12, 2013

    • Hendrikje

      I'll bring Dungeon Petz too then!
      :)

      March 12, 2013

  • Ian

    Thanks all esp Corey for another great night. I managed to leave Shadow Hunters behind. Did anyone happen to pick it up?

    February 28, 2013

    • Ian

      Thanks Jules and Michael for looking after it. Next fortnight is fine with me (or maybe the one after, I can usually only make one a month). Will let you know.

      1 · February 28, 2013

    • Michael

      No problem Ian. I'll bring it based on when you can go next

      March 2, 2013

  • jared

    always awesome, thank corey for another great night

    March 1, 2013

  • Warren L.

    Definitely a great night last night. Look forward to next meet

    February 28, 2013

  • Cym

    Always 5 stars!

    February 28, 2013

  • Jules

    Super amounts of fun and laughs as per usual. Loved Lords of Waterdeep. I think you're next meetup group needs to be a support one for those of us addicted to EuroGames Corey :-)

    February 28, 2013

    • Stuart

      "Hello, my name is Stuart, and I'm addicted to Eurogames. It has been fifteen hours since I last played a game, and I ... I ... just can't take it any more! I need to play! Who brought Settlers? Ticket to Ride? Dominion? Power Grid? I'll even play Ameritrash if there's nothing else - I'm desperate!" *bursts into sobbing*

      1 · February 28, 2013

  • KK

    Thanks Corey for a great night. A 5p game of Agricola is always enjoyable. Thanks for making it possible.

    February 28, 2013

  • Tim C

    Thanks Corey for another great night. Enjoyed Powergrid (4 people, France), thinking about one for myself now.

    February 28, 2013

  • Ben

    So... I've picked up a copy of the Merchant of Venus reprint. It's reported to be a 3-4 hour game for new groups, so wondering if 1,2 or 3 others want to try it out ? Probably not for anyone who suffers big analysis paralysis, or for anyone who hasn't played a few Eurogames before, just because it's a long game.

    February 21, 2013

    • Ben

      Darn - paid $72 and now it's $55 ! Well, bargain for anyone interested :-) look forward to a game next week; looks like we have a "crowd" now.

      February 22, 2013

    • MT

      Thanks for the game Ben, was really fun. Glad I bought it now :)

      2 · February 28, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    Didn't get to play anything new, but the games I did play were really great. Thanks for creating such a fun environment!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Natascha

    I am new to melbourne and would love to play board games like I used to do in Germany with my friends.

    3 · February 25, 2013

    • Hendrikje

      Mein Erkennungsmerkmal heute war meine Abwesenheit ;)
      War dann doch etwas zu spät für mich, aber hoffentlich klappt es ja beim nächsten Treff!
      :)

      February 27, 2013

    • Victoria S.

      No worries! See you next time :)

      February 27, 2013

  • Victoria S.

    Will be there in 15' :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Cym

    Be there in 20 mins!

    February 27, 2013

  • Hendrikje

    I can't make it after all...work :( hopefully the next one though!

    February 27, 2013

    • Victoria S.

      You can also join the fun later, we're usually there til 11pm-ish. Otherwise see you next time!

      February 27, 2013

  • Eugenia

    Work! :(

    February 27, 2013

  • Stuart

    Driving from the Whitehorse council area in about a half hour or so. If anybody wants a lift - either there or back - tap me on the shoulder. (I'll be one of those playing Power Grid, most likely - I'm in the mood for something heavy tonight. Or Corey knows me.)

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not going to be able to make this now. Will be there on Saturday though with a stash of new games :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Joshua H.

    Might be a bit late, depending how the weather turns, in the next hour or two.

    February 27, 2013

  • Rebecca N.

    Unfortunately I'm not going to be there, I've got the flu :( will see you next time

    February 27, 2013

  • KK

    Planning to drive in that night. Anyone know where's the best place to park?

    February 26, 2013

    • Solomon M. G.

      I generally arrive around 6:30pm or just beyond when the Loading zones become untimed parking. There's reasonable parking in the surrounding streets within 200m as well.

      February 26, 2013

    • Stuart

      The streets around the pub are metered parking until 6:30pm; the cost for a half hour or so is only forty or fifty cents (if I remember rightly). Usually no issue getting a spot within very easy walking distance.

      February 26, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I'm planning to bring Guildhall, Courtier and Alien Frontiers (with Factions expansion).

    February 25, 2013

  • Warrick W.

    Anyone know how to play MAGEWARS? I know its not euro - just thought Id put it out there, I want some training.

    February 20, 2013

    • Warrick W.

      Ok...I've got it...just a bit wary of teaching...maybe down the track - its really only two player. Cheers

      February 21, 2013

    • Aaron L.

      I've played it once. The barrier to entry is just getting to know all the cards, the game itself isn't too difficult. Also, there are plenty of new terms and exceptions to keep track of on your first go, but you should be ok if you have the glossary handy.

      February 25, 2013

  • Maree

    Is anyone wanting to playing Settlers of Catan this week? I hope so!

    February 22, 2013

    • Maree

      Fingers crossed!

      February 25, 2013

  • Warren L.

    Anyone bringing lords of Waterdeep? I've played it once but keen for another shot at it

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm bringing my copy

      February 21, 2013

    • Warren L.

      Sweet hopefully we can get a game in. Played it once and enjoyed it

      February 22, 2013

  • Vedo

    If I learn water deep or merchants of venus that would be a good evening for me.

    February 22, 2013

  • Amy

    Slight change of plans, am working 5pm-1am that day now :(

    February 20, 2013

  • Stuart

    Is anybody planning on doing a raffle at this one? If so, I'll donate some consolation prizes (they're not big enough to warrant a raffle on their own.)

    February 17, 2013

  • KK

    Bringing work colleagues! :)

    1 · February 14, 2013

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