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Question of the Week  - 
 
What's the most important life lesson that a boardgame has taught you? 
#questionoftheweek
 
And another one: New people are always helpful, and some can also be sold for money.
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Game of Life - Life is a competition in which having more money and children (preferably at least a pink and a blue one) than everyone else when you die is the ultimate peak. :p
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Join NSEG (Northern Suburbs Eurogamers) for an afternoon of #boardgames and card games of every style at the Stolberg Beer Cafe. 

We’ll be playing in the Mahogany Room (it’s to the right after you walk in the door, but ask at the bar and they’ll be able to point it out).

What sort of games do we play?
We play a lot of different style of games which have  a wide variety of skill levels. 

We have:
* Games for beginners (which we call gateway games) like Ticket To Ride, Carcassonne, Small World and King of Tokyo
Strategy (Euro) games like Power Grid, Lords of Waterdeep and Suburbia
* Thematic games (that involve lots of dice and role play) like Betrayal at House on the Hill and Dead of Winter
* Party Games (quick and easy games) like Resistance, Spyfall and Time’s Up
* Card Games like Love Letter, Fluxx, Bohnanza, Red7, Munchkin
And much, much more!

And if you love a game, bring it along and show us… maybe we've never heard of it and will love it too!

We do a rules explanation before each game (unless everyone has played it before) so don’t worry if you've never played (or heard) of any of these games… we welcome new players!

Cost
A $3 donation is requested towards the cost of running the event. If you can't spare it, please come anyway - we would rather have as many players as possible.

Food & Drink
The Stolberg has a $14.95 all day Lunch Menu 
http://www.stolberg.com.au/stolberg-beer-cafe-lunch-menu/

There’s also a fuller dinner menu http://www.stolberg.com.au/stolberg-beer-cafe-dinner-menu/

Plus there’s $10 Pizzas ($5 for students!)... check out the varieties here http://www.stolberg.com.au/stolberg-beer-cafe-pizza-menu/

The Stolberg has a fully stocked bar and a wonderful espresso machine… and they do a lovely tea.

How to get there
The Stolberg Beer Cafe is located at 197 Plenty Rd (which is on the Corner of Bell St). 
If you’re driving there is a small carpark next door (on the Bell St side) and a small carpark behind it (on Plenty Rd)

By Tram: you can jump on the 86 and get off at Tram: Catch the #86 tram and get off near the  corner of Bell and Plenty (Stop #46) [Details at: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/1881]

By Bus: jump n the 513 and get off at the corner of Bell and Plenty. You can get on at Coburg, Bell, Glenroy, Watsonia, Greensborough and Eltham stations [Details at: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/5812 ]

By Train: Bell Station is a brisk 700m walk from the Stolberg 
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Digital Gaming  - 
 
It's not super cheap, but does look lovely
 
Splendor is available now on Apple iPhone and iPad appstores and Android!

Splendor is an addictive strategy turn-based card game, where players assume the role of wealthy Renaissance merchants, exploiting mines and caravans, hiring craftsmen and leveraging their influence with the nobility.

Key Features:

● Truthful adaptation of Space Cowboys’ board game
● Pick-up and play. Rules only take 5 minutes to learn with the game tutorial
● Sublime graphics, originally seen in the board game, coupled with atmospheric Renaissance music
● A solo mode and a local Pass and Play mode for up to 4 players
● Exclusive “Challenges” game mode based on actual historical facts, which occurred during the 15th and 16th century
● A complex artificial intelligence based on player behavior instead of difficulty levels
● A playful interactive tutorial with an intuitive and user-friendly interface
● Online leaderboard enables players to compare scores from all over the world

More info:
http://www.dow-online.com/splendor?utm_campaign=spl&utm_source=gp&utm_medium=social

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The Official Digital Adaptation of the best-selling board game
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I really enjoyed playing this on Sunday with +Ethan Chua +Leif Smart
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In 2012 Andy Robertson suggested that game criticism was becoming monotone and flat and that there needed to be new ways of discussing and interpreting video games (I'm paraphrasing, but still)....
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Board Game Shopper searches a range of Australian websites to find you the best price for games...
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Question of the Week  - 
 
Ack.. not enough #questionoftheweek  any more...

Not sure if we've asked this one before, but what's your preferred way to store display your games? 

Do you Kallax, Billy or Besta? (or the floor)?
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Billy
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Besta
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the floor (or something else)
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Preferred method or actual method?
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So its time for the Annual General Meeting of Melbourne Meeples.

The AGM will be held at the Stolberg Beer Cafe (cnr Bell St and Plenty Rd, Preston) from midday on August 9.

To vote or to nominate for a position, you need to have been a full Melbourne Meeples member at least 10 business days before the AGM. So all new members should submit a membership form by July 26th at the latest. Memberships forms are available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6gLsx8Utn5UbmEzUGVxWlhveGM

At the AGM, the minutes of the previous AGM, the annual report and financial statements will be presented. Additionally the fees for 2016-2017 will be determined.

Also during the AGM, all of the committee positions will be declared vacant,  nominations will be accepted and elections held.

These positions are:

President
- Vice President
- Secretary
- Treasurer
- Quartermaster

The position descriptions for the above (except Quartermaster) can be found in the Melbourne Meeples Rules (http://meeples.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Melbourne-Meeples-Rules.doc).

The Quartermaster is responsible for the keeping and maintaining the Melbourne Meeples games library.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Melbourne Meeples AGM
Sun, August 9, 12:00 PM GMT+10
The Stolberg

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Finally the review for Dark Moon... is it enough to replace BSG:E (or BSG) for you?
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+Mathew Utting Not sure it does. I love the BSG theme so much that I'll stick to the boardgame for full experience and BSG:E when I want something quicker.
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Join NSEG (Northern Suburbs Eurogamers) for an afternoon of #boardgames and card games of every style at the Stolberg Beer Cafe. 

We’ll be playing in the Mahogany Room (it’s to the right after you walk in the door, but ask at the bar and they’ll be able to point it out).

What sort of games do we play?
We play a lot of different style of games which have  a wide variety of skill levels. 

We have:
* Games for beginners (which we call gateway games) like Ticket To Ride, Carcassonne, Small World and King of Tokyo
Strategy (Euro) games like Power Grid, Lords of Waterdeep and Suburbia
* Thematic games (that involve lots of dice and role play) like Betrayal at House on the Hill and Dead of Winter
* Party Games (quick and easy games) like Resistance, Spyfall and Time’s Up
* Card Games like Love Letter, Fluxx, Bohnanza, Red7, Munchkin
And much, much more!

And if you love a game, bring it along and show us… maybe we've never heard of it and will love it too!

We do a rules explanation before each game (unless everyone has played it before) so don’t worry if you've never played (or heard) of any of these games… we welcome new players!

Cost
A $3 donation is requested towards the cost of running the event. If you can't spare it, please come anyway - we would rather have as many players as possible.

Food & Drink
The Stolberg has a $14.95 all day Lunch Menu 
http://www.stolberg.com.au/stolberg-beer-cafe-lunch-menu/

There’s also a fuller dinner menu http://www.stolberg.com.au/stolberg-beer-cafe-dinner-menu/

Plus there’s $10 Pizzas ($5 for students!)... check out the varieties here http://www.stolberg.com.au/stolberg-beer-cafe-pizza-menu/

The Stolberg has a fully stocked bar and a wonderful espresso machine… and they do a lovely tea.

How to get there
The Stolberg Beer Cafe is located at 197 Plenty Rd (which is on the Corner of Bell St). 
If you’re driving there is a small carpark next door (on the Bell St side) and a small carpark behind it (on Plenty Rd)

By Tram: you can jump on the 86 and get off at Tram: Catch the #86 tram and get off near the  corner of Bell and Plenty (Stop #46) [Details at: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/1881]

By Bus: jump n the 513 and get off at the corner of Bell and Plenty. You can get on at Coburg, Bell, Glenroy, Watsonia, Greensborough and Eltham stations [Details at: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/5812 ]

By Train: Bell Station is a brisk 700m walk from the Stolberg 
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More concordia!
Or Zombicide, Francis Drake, or five tribes
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Generally known across the interwebs as urbaer.

Member of Melbourne Meeples, which runs NSEG (Website & Community), a board gaming group in Melbourne Australia as well as MeepleCon (a boardgaming convention in Melbourne)

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Welcoming staff, good food at great prices. with good cider on tap.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Decent selection and friendly staff (we got a free sample of some cold meats because our baby is cute). Prices seemed on par for the area.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Food so-so. Food took forever to arrive. Burger came with bacon with rind on but still soft. Parma was topped with tomato sauce and kraft singles. Portion sizes good, but not tasty. Overpriced for what you get.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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A relaxed environment with great music and a cool beer. A wonderful barber who will give you a haircut that you ask for and clarifies along the way. She can even cut hair while her cockatiel rests on her shoulder. What more could you ask for?
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Good serving sizes and generous with the meat. Dim sums were lovely and staff quite welcoming.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago