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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  • Jules

    Hi Everyone,
    At last Wednesday's EuroGames night I took home a pair of fingerless 'BraveIT' gloves that might be used for cycling or the like. Please message me if they are yours, with your postal address, and I'll post them back to you.
    Cheers,
    Jules

    April 13, 2013

  • Ariane

    Fun

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Hilary C.

    Thanks for a fun evening

    April 10, 2013

  • Stuart

    I'm in the mood for a good co-op, so I'm bringing Flash Point. Also Ricochet Robots. But we'll see what people want to play.

    April 10, 2013

    • Christian Gemballa M.

      Hi Chris, I'll seek you out and you can decide if you want to play one of my games or any of the above. I wouldnt mind Flashpoint or BSG myself.

      April 10, 2013

    • Christian Gemballa M.

      Played Flashpoint and Ricochet Robots. Nice!

      April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm afraid I was a little optimistic in hoping that we'd be ready to be sociable only a week after returning to the country, and while still in temporary accommodation! When we're settled in, we'll be excited to come and meet some fellow game lovers!

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm afraid I was a little optimistic in hoping that we'd be ready to be sociable only a week after returning to the country, and while still in temporary accommodation! When we're settled in, we'll be excited to come and meet some fellow game lovers!

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cant make it will be at work for a few more hours yet. Next time...

    April 10, 2013

  • Maree

    Not going to make it tonight...sorry for late notice. Hope everyone has a great night.

    April 10, 2013

  • Jason

    Hey Guys, I've just joined Melbourne Boardgames and am working on my Boardgame collection as we speak. However I currently don't possess any Eurogames but would love to play a game of Power Grid if someone has it, I played it and Carcassone about a year and half ago in Africa and would love to play either again.

    April 10, 2013

    • Stuart

      I think that Corey usually brings a copy of Power Grid along, but he's not in tonight. Unfortunately, my copy is missing a couple of oil tokens, so it's not on the agenda until I get a chance to cut up some doweling for replacements, but I'm hoping to have it sorted in time for Cafe Games (on the 20th.) Short version: probably not tonight, but hopefully in the very near future.

      April 10, 2013

    • Michael

      Hi Jason, I'll bring my copy of Power Grid for you tonight

      April 10, 2013

  • tom c.

    Got sucked into an extra shift at work. Looking forward to next time though!

    April 10, 2013

  • Christian Gemballa M.

    I'm bringing Android Netrunner and Twilight Struggle, should anyone have interest in these.

    April 10, 2013

    • Christian Gemballa M.

      Both 2 player games, one a cyberpunk card game, the other a wargame of sorts covering the cold war. See Corey's post, you can read a lot about these 2 games on boardgamegeek.com. They are very well known games in their genre.

      April 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Both sound interesting to me, I'd be keen. I hadn't heard of them before and just like having conversations :)

      April 10, 2013

  • Eugenia

    Very busy this week and have to give it a miss... and I was hoping to learn new games too.... :(

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd be keen to join some sort of epic game like game of thrones, civilisation, ankh mophork etc... If anyone's running one and there's a space?

    April 10, 2013

  • Wenji

    I have to go to the doctors and I will probably be late. I think I'll just let someone else take my spot

    April 10, 2013

  • Lauren T.

    As I finish work at 6:30pm, I will be able to get there by 7:30pm if I'm not caught up at work..thanks, Lauren

    April 10, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I'm out due to work as well. Will be visiting Townsville for a month. Know any good weeknight groups there?

    April 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    Alas, i'm going to be a victim of work too :(.

    April 8, 2013

  • Ben

    Alas. I'm out too this week - hopefully that frees up a slot for somebody new :-)

    April 6, 2013

  • Jason

    Granted that the event has been booked out with its full compliment of 80 purportedly turning up, exactly how often do the full 80 turn up? I'm happy to join the wait list for the event but am wondering how many, cause I'm sure, people on average sign up but don't turn up on the night. I think it would be a waste to end up on the wait list when there could be spots available on the night.

    April 5, 2013

  • Tuan T.

    I am new as well. However, playing some boardgames at home with my wife and friends. Look forward to meet you guys and and may enjoy a game together

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the group but looking forward to meeting you all.

    March 28, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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