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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  • Dan

    Hi all,

    I am thinking of bringing Mansions of Madness but it takes so long to set up I'll probably have to get in early lol Anyone interested?

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • Marcus W.

      Mice and Mystics sounds like fun. I'll be bringing a '+ one' with me next time so I'll need to be considerate of them and not just dump them on another table :) probably want to play a couple of shorter games in that case. However, an epic MoM game with plenty of beasties, slivering, slimy lovecraftian horrors and (dare I say it) dark rooms would be grand too.

      2 · September 13, 2013

    • Mark

      Done. I'll bring Mice and Mystics.

      1 · September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you everyone! It was great seeing you and i was able to give 200$ to Diabetes Australia! All the best and keep on Eurogaming!

    3 · September 12, 2013

    • Jason

      Have a safe trip mate.

      September 12, 2013

    • David

      Thanks for generously raffling off your games. Have a smooth flight tomorrow and good luck back in Quebec.

      1 · September 12, 2013

  • Jason

    Great night, new game expansion played, and car keys returned to their relieved owner. What adventures await us next time?

    September 12, 2013

  • Emilie

    I am really sorry. I can't come tonight. I changed my rsvp I hope someone will be able to replace me. I hope to play with you next time.

    September 11, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I will have with me Copycat, Lords of Waterdeep + Skullport, Innovation, Get Bit!, Guildhall + Job Faire and Sentinels of the Multiverse. I'll be keen to get a game of Copycat and/or Guildhall: Job Faire going tonight :)

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute plans cancellation and I grab the last spot! Whoop!

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      PS. Happy to try most games! :) I do like complex longer games generally though!

      September 11, 2013

  • Gavin O.

    First timer, would love to come along and play.

    3 · September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ;) Then see you there! :)

      September 11, 2013

  • Ben

    I'll be pulling out a few short games - Alcatraz: The Scapegoat, and Dungeon Roll - as well as Fury of Dracula (maybe) for a longer game.

    Or I'll just jump onto someone else's game :)

    September 10, 2013

    • Stuart

      I could be tempted to join in on Fury of Dracula; it's a bit of a shame that it's out of print (and doesn't look likely to be reprinted any time soon), as it looks like a good twist on the basic Scotland Yard type of gameplay (one versus the rest.)

      September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also i had planned to give Corey the game Québec but since he won't be there, is there someone who can take the game and give it to him? That would be appreciated, thanks!

    September 9, 2013

    • Ben

      I'm seeing him at the weekend, so should be able to grab it off you

      September 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Ben!

      September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi again! Just letting you know how i will proceed for the games raffle this wednesday. I will raffle all 5 of the games individually, 2$ per ticket, one ticket per person per game, so you can buy tickets for the games you'd actually want to win. I think Alalstair's idea of being able to win only one game is a good one, so if you're picked twice, you'll have to decide which game to keep. The proceeds will go to charity through my worplace to Diabetes Australia. So go check out these games online if you don't know what they are and good luck!

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok take 2... Hello everyone! This wednesday will be my last boardgame meetup! I'm flying back to the frozen wasteland known as Canada... But to thank you all for being such an awesome group (even those i wasn't able to play games with: i know you are awesome too), i decided to do a Please-Accept-My-Games-As-A-Farewell-Gift-So-I-Don't-Have-To-Pay-Thousands-In-Excess-Baggage-Costs Game raffle. I don't know if i'll make anyone pay for a ticket or if i'll just ask for a gold coin for charity yet, and also not sure if i'll do a "winner takes first pick" or do a separate draw for each game so people can get tickets only for those they are actually interested in winning... Anyway i'm open to suggestions! The games (used but in good condition) will be: Agricola, Torres, Elder Sign (Unseen Forces expansion included), Carcassonne (Inns and Cathedrals expansion included), and Seafarers of Catan expansion (base game NOT included). Again, a big Thank ypu and Merci for two great years of boardgaming

    4 · September 5, 2013

    • Alastair

      I think that a silent auction in this case wont help as it is more complex then a straight auction and will still come down to who can spend the most although it might raise more money. Personally (with the stated aim of games not necessarily going to the biggest wallet) I'd like to see a raffle with maybe $2 tickets with a max of 5 tickets per person, with all tickets getting pooled and the tickets drawn for a specific game (rather than 1st drawn 1st pick) and each person can only win 1 game. If a person was luck enough to win 2 games they could choose whichever they preferred and the 2nd games is redrawn to find a new winner. Although I haven't had a chance to play games with you I hope you have enjoyed your time in Australia and you have a safe journey home :)

      September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will indeed remember that! Cory! But in all seriousness, that meetup has been a blast to be a part of!

      2 · September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone!

    September 5, 2013

  • MickeyJames

    Dare I say that I will attempt to play Lords of Waterdeep this time? I am consistently told I will enjoy it, play play play....ok ok ok I can no longer resist.

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Solomon M. G.

      Geez, you missed out, we played it SUndayu after you left for your birthday bash.

      September 2, 2013

  • Jules

    Oooooh! I think it's safe to say you have a following now Corey :-)

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Stuart

      Suuuuuuuuuuuure it's not.

      August 30, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Going back home on holiday for a month. Will Catch-up when I get back. M

    August 29, 2013

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