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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, Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, and much, much more. Enjoy a meal and a relaxing beverage. 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 a power grid across China, or playing cards to forge your galactic empire, or attracting great thinkers to your palace in Renaissance Italy, or ploughing a field in 17th century Germany, or hammering out a trade deal as you settle the island of Catan, or defending your dynasty in ancient Mesopotamia, or co-operating to manage a deadly pandemic, or rigging elections in revolutionary France, or setting up a wine business in Portugal... and so much more!!!


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.







































Games you won't see.

We sometimes play a lightish wargame or something with zombies in it, but please—no Monopoly, Jenga, Risk, 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.

























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!













Board game etiquette—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 not annoying your fellow players.

* Please keep your hands reasonably clean whilst playing the games—greasy, sticky fingers and expensive board games don’t mix!

* By all means, enjoy some pub nosh and 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.)

* Try to focus on the game. Put the mobile phone to one side for the night. Better still, switch it off! If you really have to take a call, excuse yourself for a short while.

* When it's not your turn, use the time to plan your next move. This helps for a swifter game for everyone.

* Emergencies notwithstanding, once you've committed to a game, stick with it until the end. Leaving part-way through can seriously unbalance a game.

* Pay attention when the rules are being explained. We also miss a point here or there; save your questions until the person explaining the rules is finished.

* Try to avoid bending cards! (I know, I know, bending helps your thinking, right?)

* Once the game is done, offer to lend a hand to pack up. Check the floor for components lest they're vacuumed up and lost forever.

* Put the pretty components back into the box how you found them.

* If you don't like a game, don't complain; just don't play it again.

* Relax. Be of good humour. It's only a game.

Support the pub that supports you!

Eurogames Nights at the Royal Standard isn’t a club and there are no fees. We hope you'll help 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 enjoy a counter meal. (See guidelines about board-gaming etiquette below.)























Loyal Eurogamers are eligible for a 10% discount on all front-of-house boards games at Mind Games on Swanston St in the CBD.


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  • Jason

    Great night, landed my first LoW victory. Very happy.

    July 4, 2013

  • Eugene Lai E.

    great night tonight, won a game of ticket to ride, had a great game of lords of waterdeep.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Killed people in Village... Killed people in Shadow Hunters... Killed monsters in King of Tokyo... But you know, for fun! Great night!

    July 3, 2013

  • Hilary C.

    Thanks for another great night.

    July 3, 2013

  • Jae

    Stuck at work... don't think I'm going to make it tonight. :-(

    July 3, 2013

  • Christian Gemballa M.

    Bringing perennial crowd pleasers MARIA and 1812: INVASION OF CANADA, for those who want to try something slightly original.

    July 3, 2013

    • Neil T.

      1812: Invasion of Canada. I'll keep a lookout for an opening tonight.

      July 3, 2013

    • Warrick W.

      I ma not attending tonight, just gave notice

      July 3, 2013

  • Warrick W.

    Unable to now attend due to un for seen commitment, sorry for late notice

    July 3, 2013

  • Ben

    For all fans of strategic, dice-less hardcore Euro games... I bring nothing to the table this week.

    Otherwise I bring "Rush and Crush", an dice-rolling, push-your-luck race game, with weaponry, turbo boosts and ramming. For PlayStation gamers, comparisons to the game Wipeout would be quite appropriate.

    Looking to get six people together for a race (or two).

    2 · July 3, 2013

    • Solomon M. G.

      @Jason: Do the paints have the required lustre to be worthy of use on the effigy ?

      1 · July 3, 2013

    • Jason

      lol. C u guys soon.

      July 3, 2013

  • Stuart

    Oh, one other thing. I'll be driving tonight; if anybody wants a lift to the eastern 'burbs (straight down the eastern freeway) after the evening, let me know - either here, or in person.

    July 3, 2013

    • Stuart

      and when I say "eastern freeway", I mean exactly that - I get off at Springvale Road, normally, rather than head down the tollway.

      July 3, 2013

  • Frank La T.

    Haven't been in a long time, I have zombicide, blood bowl team manager and rune age with me.

    July 3, 2013

  • Nick A.

    OHHI! I would like to try getting through a game of Dominant Species. It is a worker-placement game (Waterdeep, Agricola & similar), but on a common map, rather than building an individual empire. It's made for up to 6 people, and will likely require the entire evening to play - if we setup by 6:15, half an hour for introduction and mock turn, and 3 - 3.5 hours to play. So, it's a commitment. Look out for it on the evening if you'd like to join. If we don't find enough people by 6:15, we'll pack up and play shorter games :)

    June 24, 2013

    • MickeyJames

      oh, and make sure you do a scoring round!

      June 24, 2013

    • Nick A.

      Yeah, trying to fit this in 2 hours is... unlikely. I wasn't planning to, for that matter. It's a big game, long game. All-evening game. Scaaaary game... With actions, and points. And some murder, but you know... species.

      July 3, 2013

  • Carlos R.

    Not so likely I'll make it

    July 2, 2013

  • Tom

    Appols. Just got rostered on to work. Very much looking forward to the next meetup.

    July 2, 2013

  • Darren P.

    Sorry guys. Work's a killer at the mo but I'm looking forward to joining the next session.

    July 2, 2013

  • Mark

    I'll bring Dominion and Settlers of Catan.

    July 1, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    Planning to bring Endeavor, Copycat, and Infiltration if anyone else is interested.

    July 1, 2013

  • Marcus W.

    Hi I'm new to this but look forward to meeting all you wonderfully welcoming gamers

    June 23, 2013

  • David

    Hi everyone, just sending this comment to post the correct name of the of the boardgame that I did find left behind at a previous Eurogames night and it is called "Small World", I shall bring it along to our next event on the 3rd of July and can return it to it's owner :)

    June 23, 2013

  • David

    Is anyone missing their copy of Small Word the boardgames? This game had been left behind after a Eurogames night 2 months back and I have left a few comments about it on our comments page. I shall bring it along to our next event on the 3rd of July :)

    June 23, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Looking forward to catching up. M

    June 19, 2013

  • Sarah A.

    New to eurogames but love playing lots of different board games

    June 14, 2013

    • Jules

      I was in your position 18 months ago Sarah-- welcome! EuroGames are, generally, highly strategic with little to no luck. Loads of fun and very addictive. Some nice starter games to look out for are Carcassone, Settlers of Catan, Ticket To Ride and Pandemic (co-operative). There are always loads of people around to teach/initiate you :-)

      1 · June 17, 2013

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