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"What is a Eurogame?"
This is the most common question asked by those unfamiliar with the genre. Briefly, Eurogames, also known as "German-style" or "designer" board games, are a broad class of games that feature simple rules, attractive hobby gamers. In general, a greater degree of thought and planning are required to play well in these games than is the case with party games such as Pictionary, Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit. And while it is true that Eurogames rely less on the random element than classic American party games, it is not absent (to the woe of some serious gamers!)
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"What games do you play?"
Here's what some of our Twin Cities Eurogames (TCE) members are saying about the games we play:
"I've never even heard of any of these games!"
- I'm a big fan of Eurogames. I like the elegant mechanics and the logic and optimization involved in the game tactics. Each move is like solving a mini puzzle. Most games have attractive components. Puerto Rico was my favorite; but I think it's Caylus now. - Todd
- I've played quite a bit of Settlers of Catan, including the two player card game, and I like the strategy, pace and interaction of the game. - Cari
- Although I haven't played Eurogames much, my favorites are Citadels and the Cities and Knights expansion of Settlers of Catan. I enjoy the social interaction, the strategy, the feeling of progress and accomplishment that you get from playing most of these games. - David
- I like the intellectual stimulation and social interaction of games like El Grande, Alhambra, Carcassonne, Blue Moon City, Shogun and Railroad Tycoon. - Evan
- My favorites are: Caylus, Goa, Shogun, Ra and El Grande. It's been a blast learning all of these new Eurogames over the last year. Man, what I would have done to have had these types of games as a kid ? Oh wait! I still am! - Adrian
- I like to play a lot of Eurogames; but, my favorites are probably Carcassonne and Iron Dragon. I enjoy the complex strategies, the fact that luck often plays a minimal role, and the good conversations that arise from play. - Alan
- My current favorite Eurogame is Hansa. I like the interesting mechanics, the fact that it is accessible to non-gamers, and the wooden pieces! - Aaron
- I like playing Settlers of Catan and Puerto Rico. I enjoy these games because they involve the management of acquiring resources and building things with them. - Mike
Don't worry if some or all of these games are unfamiliar to you. At all our meetups there's always someone (usually several someones) willing to teach. Just bring your enthusiasm, your curiosity, your willingness to explore the new terrain of Eurogames and your commitment to attending at least one meetup every three months.
You can also try playing several of these games
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"Do I have to bring a game to play?"
Definitely not. There are always many games to choose from at our meetups. Many of our members have closets full of Eurogames with numbers of titles exceeding 80. Others, like myself, have only a handful. And some have none at all. What is important is that all closets, whether bursting at the seams or empty, are welcome in this group. Take care, however, because, as discovered by one of our newbie members, empty closets do not stay that way for long;
"This group is getting me in trouble. I now have $100 worth of games I want to buy."
I encourage you to take a
at the contents of our
where you can read descriptions for all the titles mentioned above as well as many other favorites!
"When and where do you meet?"
I want everyone who joins this group to have an opportunity to meet and play. That is, after all, why people join! With several events happening every month there is a day, a time, and a place for everyone!
When planning the next gathering I consult an open poll created to solicit member preferences for days/times and rotate the "When" between the top four choices. As the seasons change and lives take on new twists and turn, I encourage members to update their vote.
"Where" we meet varies as well. Sometimes we gather at a member's house for an afternoon of "serious" gaming or to play a specific game. For example:
Meetup Title: Calling All Wannabe Barons & Tycoons
Description: Challenge your railroad rivals and build your budding railroad network into a vast empire. Connect New York to Chicago, earn the most money, develop bigger and faster locomotives and maybe even span North America and build the Transcontinental Railway. But hurry! This challenge is only open to six players. Don't miss your opportunity to make it big, to be the next "Railroad Tycoon"!
And at other times, we hold large gatherings at local restaurants and pubs around the Twin Cities metro area.
"Does it cost anything to join?"
Yes, there's a one time membership fee of $10.00 associated with this group to help defray the costs charged by Meetup.com. As a new member, however, you are welcome to try us out for for one month. You may attend up as many meetups as you like during this time.
Your membership will be approved once you submit your dues to
Remember if you decide to leave the group,
for whatever reason
, within the first month, you will receive a
. No questions asked.
Well, that's easy; because it's fun and we love to play!
I hope this has intrigued you, has inspired you to try something new, and has made you feel more comfortable about
Twin Cities Eurogames Organizer