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
















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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  • Jason

    Already plotting what to do at the next one. Thanks for taking the time to teach us all Power Grid Stuart!

    April 25, 2013

    • Tim

      yes, that was awesome! thanks again! :)

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kingdom built, trainline rode, Tokyo utterly destroyed.
    Next time, Quebec board of Powergrid... Next time...

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Ian

    Good times as always :) Did anyone pick up King of Tokyo for safe keeping? Thought I checked but obviously not very closely!

    April 25, 2013

  • Eugene Lai E.

    great fun! played 7 kingdoms and ticket to ride.

    April 25, 2013

  • David B.

    Fun! Enjoyable!

    April 25, 2013

  • Stuart

    Another day, another awesome crowd.

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Ditto. Thanks to Paul for struggling through a big session of Race For The Galaxy. I also enjoyed stomping Tokyo. :-)

    2 · April 24, 2013

  • Gemma

    Had a great time! Thanks guys :)

    April 24, 2013

  • M

    Sorry about late notice am going to be stuck in geelongwill email person on waiting lisft

    April 24, 2013

  • Dani

    Can't make it again. Hope someone plays a game of Kingsburg or Puerto Rico in my name. Enjoy all!

    April 24, 2013

  • Tim

    Hey everyone! :)

    So how does the waiting list work?

    April 23, 2013

    • Ben

      It's usually one in, one out. The pub really hits capacity at 80-90 people, so there has to be a hard limit. That said, it would seem more than likely that 1-2 of those 84 will cancel last minute, so I'd say your most likely to find a spot.

      1 · April 23, 2013

    • Carlos R.

      Yeah , not sure if | can make it, but don't want to lose my spot so will update 2-3pm if I can't make it.

      April 24, 2013

  • Stuart

    Not for me this week - I really do need to start working on other things, and unfortunately, the sessions clash. :(

    March 28, 2013

    • Stuart

      Looks like my body is insisting on the Eurogames. I'll be seeing you all tomorrow night, it would appear.

      1 · April 23, 2013

    • Jules

      Good for us, bad for your foot. Good foot :-)

      April 23, 2013

  • Jason

    Hey all. A change of work roster as me down at work until 7pm. I hope it finishes sooner, either way I'll make it down when I'm done, want to keep my bookings for the evening.

    April 23, 2013

    • Jason

      Hey mate. Definately, Hobgoblin Ruby Beer I believe.

      April 23, 2013

    • Jules

      Just sent you an email Jason. You might need to pick one game- either PowerGrid or Lords of Waterdeep as we won't get through both if we're starting around 7 with 5-players :-)

      April 23, 2013

  • Ben

    Brining some lighter, 4-5 player action in the form of Flash Point (cooperative fire fighting) and Ra (bidding / push your luck game set across Epochs in Egypt, by Reiner Knizia).

    Then, in case a larger group kicks off, I'll have Sabateur - an up to 12 player game of gold mining - with traitors, hidden teams and other roles. Like a blend of the Resistance and Carcassonne ? Maybe not, but it's jolly good fun (and I've picked up the expansion now).

    1 · April 19, 2013

    • Thomas S.

      Magnificent mate! Should be awesome fun!

      1 · April 19, 2013

    • David

      Hi Ben, I have kept your Shadows over Camelot game safe and sound for you and shall return it back to you tommorow night at Eurogames, thanks again for the loan Sir Turner The great :)

      April 23, 2013

  • Barry S.

    sorry have to pass for this week have fun all

    April 21, 2013

  • LI Y.

    first time

    April 20, 2013

  • Jules

    Jason, we're confirmed for Power Grid & I'm sure we can fit in a game of Lords of Waterdeep afterwards. Thanks for seeking us out at the last meetup- it's always nice to have more PowerGrid & LOWD fans!

    April 13, 2013

    • Jules

      14 months ago I'd never heard of a EuroGame before and now I'm thoroughly addicted with a collection to match. Corey reels you in with the promise of good company and fun times but I don't think he counted on so many people making lasting friendships over cardboard boards and (mostly) wooden pieces. Welcome to our world- we hope you'll become as addicted as we are :-)

      4 · April 19, 2013

    • Jason

      Fun times ahead. I'm imagning I'll be there pretty much around 6pm so if you guys are there early too we can get the ball rolling early and cram as much in as we can.

      April 19, 2013

  • Jules

    Fingerless Gloves...
    Is anyone missing a pair from the last EG night? Please let me know if you left them behind as I took them home for safe keeping :-)

    April 19, 2013

  • Raymond

    can't wait

    April 16, 2013

  • Warren L.

    Can't make this one for work. Damn the job !

    April 13, 2013

  • Jason

    Bring on Power Grid! Also if someone brings D&D Lords of Waterdeep I'd be down for that too, played it yesterday and quite enjoyed it.

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Jules

      Happy to- see my other comment :-)

      April 13, 2013

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