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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  • Eugenia

    Had a lot of fun playing Ticket to Ride Europe. Stuart was a patient teacher in taking the newbies through the game. Had 2 runs of bad luck in building the tracks :( Ah well, better luck next time...

    March 28, 2013

    • Stuart

      Eh, first game is always the hardest; there'll be other chances to play TtR Europe (and US, and Asia, and India, and Switzerland, and Africa, and Nordic Countries, and ... :) )

      Glad you had fun!

      March 28, 2013

  • Barry S.

    Great stuff - lots of friendly people all interested in boardgames, thank you Hendrikje for letting us play Village with you, will definatley go again

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • Hendrikje

      Thank you Barry, Lisa and John for joining me!
      I really liked Lisa's hoarding strategy...

      March 28, 2013

  • Ariane

    Ben, what was the name of the game we played after the gp one last week, would you be able to bring that again, i would love to play it :-) thank you

    March 26, 2013

    • Ariane

      Cool hopefully have a better chance this time, now we know the rules!

      March 26, 2013

    • Ben

      Be there just a little after 6pm - it's darn hot, so I'm taking my time... someone grab a big table - we need 7 or 8 knights for the full Camelot experience :-)

      March 27, 2013

  • Martina

    Technology melt down... looks like I can't make it tonight at this rate. :(

    March 27, 2013

  • Maree

    I would really like to learn to play 'Ticket to Ride'. Anyone bringing it this week and willing to teach?

    March 26, 2013

    • Stuart

      *sulks* :)

      March 27, 2013

    • Stuart

      You're the one who ran with it beyond all reasonable boundaries! :P

      March 27, 2013

  • Wenji

    Sorry. Cant make it. So no Zombicide. Not that there was overwhelming interested

    March 27, 2013

    • Ben

      Sorry to hear that ! Apologies for lack of Zombiecide interest - played it twice, it was a fun and pretty experience, but a few too many rough edges in the rules and execution even for my pro-plastic-minis-and-ra­ndomness tastes. Does seem to be a hit with many though - and suspect once you put it on the table, you'd get lots of interest (that's my dirty ameritrash trick anyway)

      March 27, 2013

    • Wenji

      I do agree that once it is on the table, people will play. that was what happened for me. Not interested, then bam! hey that was quite fun. Had to go visit a friend

      March 27, 2013

  • Warren L.

    Anyone bringing lords of Waterdeep? Wouldn't mind a game of that tonight

    March 27, 2013

  • Stuart

    I'll also haul out Flash Point (in celebration of the Kickstarter - yes, there will be a brief spiel by me about it) and Lords of Waterdeep for those who want to play them.

    March 27, 2013

  • Nick

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation; I won't be able to make it tonight.

    March 27, 2013

  • Hendrikje

    I'm coming with Village and BoraBora...
    Yay!

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't ba able to come. Hopefully next time i will!

    March 26, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I'm planning to bring Legendary (the Marvel DBG), Alien Frontiers (with Factions) and 51st State (with The New Era), if anyone is interested in those.

    March 19, 2013

    • Ben

      Have been keen to try Legendary for a while - count me in

      March 25, 2013

    • Aaron L.

      I've just had a work function changed to Wednesday, so I can't actually make it this time :-/ Next time then!

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Barbara

    Is it okay if i bring another person along on wed

    March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! The more the merrier!

      March 25, 2013

  • Jules

    I'll be bringing Stone Age, Fresco and Terra Mystica (experienced players only for TM as it takes around an hour to teach and is quite full-on otherwise) :)

    March 25, 2013

  • Glenn G.

    Bah, forgot I have a comedy festival thing on, can't make it this time.

    March 24, 2013

  • Carlos R.

    Don't always make it in...or it's full etc, so if anyone else lives close by (NE suburbs), Bellfield, near Heidleberg, Preston, Thornbury etc, feel free to send a PM,and we can organize some local games, sure beats vegging in front of telly.

    March 21, 2013

  • Hoang V.

    sorry i dont make it. it turns out i'll have a study group meeting until 9.

    March 19, 2013

  • Linas K.

    re: X-wing, 4 player xwing.. or a 2 v1 xwing is fun.
    Bring a starter and ill referee it if you want.
    I have just acquired Slave I heh!
    Zombicide is a fun cooperative, rules can be tricky and harsh

    March 18, 2013

    • Wenji

      X wing looks really fun. Would love an intro is someone can do one. Zombicide isn't too tricky. Facing off 4 zombies with a frying pan is harsh...

      March 18, 2013

    • Linas K.

      Well when one of the players throws a grenade or shoots a zombie in the same room as you it can!

      March 19, 2013

  • Linas K.

    im in for Legendary!

    March 19, 2013

  • OD

    Hi,
    I'm currently getting into Android Netrunner and Star Wars X-Wing. Are there any players there that could give me an intro in these games? Got a few cards and ships to start myself.
    OD

    March 14, 2013

    • Christian Gemballa M.

      I can bring Netrunner and teach!

      March 19, 2013

    • Aaron L.

      I can bring a copy as well, if you want to try multiple factions without having to reconstruct the decks each time.

      March 19, 2013

  • Wenji

    Finally got a copy of zombicide. Who wants to play?

    March 17, 2013

  • Linas K.

    Most likely one guest in addition. RSVP pending.

    March 15, 2013

  • KK

    Bringing more colleagues!

    1 · March 14, 2013

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