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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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  • David

    Did anyone leave behind their games last night? Our group of 5 gamers were the last to leave and I collected 2 games that were left behind. The first was a boardgame starting with the letter "S" and a case containing items starting with "C" and "P".

    I shall keep these games safe and will bring them along to the next Eurogames Night for our fellow members to collect.

    May 23, 2013

    • Joshua

      I've just been through my bags of games I brought along and seem to be minus my copy of Smallworld.....

      May 27, 2013

    • David

      Hi Joshua, yes I did collect a copy of the small world boardgame that had been left behind last Wednesday. I Had posted up a message about it the day after regarding a boardgame starting with "S" and small world is the game, so it must be yours :) I can return it back to you on the next Eurogames night, how does that sound?

      May 27, 2013

  • Jason

    Fun night again. Enjoyed learning Shadows over Camelot and nearly costing the group the game.

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Met an interesting mix of people. Learnt, played & enjoyed Snowdonia

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • David

    A fun night of gaming

    May 23, 2013

  • Mark

    A fun evening of gaming, and I got to meet some new people!

    May 23, 2013

  • Miles

    So I just finished teaching and can get down soon - worth coming along or are most people heading off?

    May 22, 2013

  • Rob

    Too sick to attend :( I just got new games this morning in the post too.

    May 22, 2013

  • Nick

    Sorry for the lat cancellation; it's been a long day.

    May 22, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Sorry guys, will have to work late tonight. Will def see you next time!.

    May 22, 2013

  • Gem

    My plus 1 just bailed, so does it automatically let the next person on the waiting list know if there's a spot?

    May 22, 2013

    • Stuart

      Yes. It's in order: first on the waiting list, first into the event. If the first is an individual "plus one", it'll go through to the second, third, fourth, etc. until the spot is filled. If everybody is plus one, it'll wait for a second slot before moving the first individual up.

      Not entirely ideal, but also not unreasonable.

      May 22, 2013

    • Gem

      Oh good, at least I know someone will get a chance :)

      May 22, 2013

  • Ben

    All - on behalf on the many in the waiting list, including a few new faces, if you don't think your going to make it tonight (or your +1 might not make it along) then please remember to change your RSVP status.

    Thanks !
    Ben
    (the ginger terror of old London town)

    2 · May 22, 2013

  • Christian Gemballa M.

    I have Twilight Struggle with me. Let me know if there is any interest.

    May 22, 2013

    • Jules

      Damnit I love Twilight Struggle. Next time...

      May 22, 2013

  • Jason

    If anyone's bringing Pandemic I'm keen to tackle it again on the hardest setting. Almost pulled it off the first time I played! But feel free to rope me into Waterdeep or 7 Wonders... or something else.

    May 16, 2013

    • Gem

      I'm keen to learn it better (not played it much yet!) but not sure I'm ready for super hard mode yet lol!

      May 17, 2013

    • Chris R.

      Sorry for the super late reply Jase.. Ill be there around 6-6:30 I think. Im not a veteran player by any means Gemma but we almost won the last game on the super difficulty. We can do this!!

      May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have "Village"? I've been meaning to try it so if it's available i'm ready to give it a go.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Aaron L.

      I can bring Village, but I might only get there around 7

      May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, very appreciated. I'll keep my eye open for it during the evening.

      May 21, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Hi guys!. First timer here. Met Paul in a store and told me about this group. I've signed up for tomorrow but I'm on the waiting list. Should I rock up nonetheless or are you strict about admissions?. Happy to skip this one if it's full as I've already signed up for the next one :)

    Cheers!

    May 21, 2013

  • Vegan1980

    Excellent I've made it through the waiting list. I'll see you all tomorrow.

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Ben

    Hoping to play some Snowdonia - a light to medium weight worker placement game set in Wales. Hopefully Mark can bring his copy - I've read the rules, so happy to teach it if your not up for a game, Mark ! Hopefully you are, though :-)

    May 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      May 21, 2013

    • MT

      Two Run throughs if you are interested, http://boardgamegeek....­ and http://boardgamegeek....­

      May 21, 2013

  • Maree

    Sorry Iwon't be able to make it again this week. Flying off to US Thursday morning and really nowhere near organised! Have a great night and I hope to see you all again in a few weeks.

    May 21, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Busted with the flu so giving up my spot. Enjoy. M

    May 21, 2013

  • Hugh

    This is my first time - I'm thinking of bringing a couple of games that I haven't been able to try with a high player count: Jamaica and Elfenland. Are card games (Hanabi) welcome?

    May 19, 2013

    • Christian Gemballa M.

      I would be all over Andean Abyss if you bring it. I've played Hanabi a number of times, it's a nice filler game.

      May 20, 2013

    • Hugh

      I think I need to slog through the solo game a few times before I'll feel confident teaching AA to others (not to mention playing it competitively), but I'll definitely keep it in mind for a future meetup.

      May 20, 2013

  • Jules

    Still too sick ;-(

    May 20, 2013

  • Rob

    I will bring ticket to ride, i've never played it but looking forward to playing it. Anyone is welcome to join to teach/learn/enjoy.

    May 15, 2013

    • Gem

      I love TTR :) hopefully can sneak a game in with you!

      May 17, 2013

    • Jules

      I love TTR too. I think you'll find lots of willing players!

      May 19, 2013

  • Joshua

    I have a shiny new copy of Cyclades I'm looking forward to busting out. Plus Dominion, Galaxy Trucker, Smallworld and a few other faves.

    May 17, 2013

    • Glenn M.

      I would love to play galaxy trucker, I'm umming and ahhing about buying it

      May 17, 2013

    • Joshua

      I'll make sure I bring it then! It's a wonderful game, but not for control freaks.

      May 18, 2013

  • KK

    Cynthia and I are looking forward to it!

    May 7, 2013

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