"I love the diversity of cultures, ages and walks of life. We've tried to create a space that is welcoming of beginners and casual gamers, rather than the usual geek-clique. We aim to get more women involved and to make strategy games more mainstream. I try to make everyone feel welcome," says Corey Watts, who organizes the Eurogames meetings.
Surprisingly, Corey, who works on climate change and rural policy for a small non-partisan non-governmental organization, says that he is a newcomer to the hobby.
"It was only about three years ago that I really started to get into board games. A lot of my old friends really wanted to play more often, so I started to organize gatherings. We started with about fifteen or twenty people in a local pub about a year and a half ago and we now get upwards of seventy every fortnight."
So, how do you join the Melbourne Boardgames Group?
- Join Meetup.com
- Search for the 'Melbourne Boardgames group (party and strategy games)' or click here
- When you click 'Join', you will be asked to complete your profile and answer a few questions
- You will then be sent an invitation to the next group meeting
Now, where to buy boardgames in Melbourne? Although you can find the more popular boardgames in big department stores, I highly recommend checking out MindGames. With branches in Melbourne CBD, Geelong, Malvern, Hawthorn and Brighton, they house an extensive range of boardgames. Armed with your favourite boardgame, you can now march off to the next boardgames group with pride.