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30Nov/160

18 years

At some point I really should work out what I'm doing with this site.

Y'know 18 years ago it had a very fixed purpose. It was really just a great way for me to fiddle around with HTML (and later PHP). And that was fun because quite honestly I had the time to do it.

And from the Discworld MUD to street art to  LEGO to rollerderby to boardgames... this site has been a real hodgepodge of concepts.

Looking back is fun though....

So anyway... no promises to update this ever.  Microblogging is so much easier and requires no thought.

But maybe I'll use it for staging area posts (lists of interesting links) and er... other stuff I guess?

But hey, how excited are you if you've subscribed to this RSS and then you actually get something? Let me know in the comments!

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22Jan/160

Australian Retail Board Gaming News – Jan 2016

It's been a busy month for retailers in Australia, seems like a lot of changes are happening, some good and some bad. Let's take a quick run down of what's going on!

adventAdvent Games have changed hands 

It's amazing to think that Advent Games have only been open since April 2013. It's so quickly made a splash by being one of the quickest retailers to get games in from Essen and GenCon.

But Advent Games is changing hands from Sean to Dean... As a part of the change of hands (and ABN) there having a stocktake sale. However even if you're an existing customer, you'll need to setup a new account (or just buy as a guest). They'll also be shipping with Australia Post for a few weeks.

Milsims seems to have shutdown

It appears that Milsims website has gone down and their doors appear to have closed. Milsims was one of Melbourne's tabletop stores, with an equal focus on wargaming/minituares gaming and board gaming. Their customer service has slipped dramatically in the last year or so, and it appears that the business may have changed hands, it's not super clear what has occurred.

Hopefully this is temporary, but if you have an outstanding order that you paid with Paypal, it's might be a good idea to dispute it at Paypal's Resolution Center.

gg

Good Games tackles the US

Good Games have announced that they will be moving into the US market. The US division will be headed up by Robert Teirney, former Manager, Global Premier Play Operations for Wizards of the Coast.

Certainly seems like a bold move and we wish them every success!

[via ICV2]

guildCivic gets a Game Cafe... well Pizza Place

A new board gaming restraunt has opened in Civic (ACT) just in time for CanCon. GUILD looks fantastic and from all accounts, the pizza is super tasty and they have a wide range of games that should tickle both gamers and families alike. So if you're in Canberra head on down and try a slice and a game.

[Via The Canberra Times]

 

23Apr/150

Melbourne Gaming Sessions – May 2015

May Boardgame Calendar

Sat 02 Cafe Games @ Celtic Club, Melbourne CBD from noon [Meetup]
Sat 02 Urbangamer @ Urbanlife Community, Ringwood from 7pm [Facebook]
Sun 03 EGF, Mt Waverley, from 10am [Meetup]
Mon 04 Eurogames @ Hairy Little Sister, Melbourne CBD from 6pm Meetup
Tue 05 Pub Werewolf @ The Local Taphouse, St Kilda from 6:30pm [Meetup]
Tue 05 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 05 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [BGG]
Wed 06 Eurogames @ The Royal Standard, West Melbourne from 6pm [Meetup]
Thu 07 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
Sat 09 DB&C:  @ Games Lab from 10am [Facebook]
Sun 10 NSEG @ the Stolberg from midday [Meetup]
Tue 12 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 12 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [BGG]
Wed 13 Stranger Gamers, Newport from 6pm
Thu 14 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
Sun 17 EGF, Mt Waverley, from 10am [Meetup]
Mon 18 Eurogames @ Hairy Little Sister, Melbourne CBD from 6pm Meetup
Tue 19 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 19 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [BGG]
Wed 20 Eurogames @ The Royal Standard, West Melbourne from 6pm [Meetup]
Thu 21 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
Sat 23 Gaming in the Meadows (Altona Meadows) [Meetup]
Sat 23 Werbrary Games - Eurogaming in the Werribee Library from 10am [Meetup]
Sun 24 NSEG @ the Stolberg from midday [Meetup]
Tue 26 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 26 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [BGG]
Wed 27 Stranger Gamers, Newport from 6pm  [Meetup]
Thu 28 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
Fri 29 Tabletop Nights @ Hoyts Frankston from 6:30pm [Facebook]
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8Apr/150

Unplayed and New to Me – March 2015

So last month for the unplayed challenge I was at -2... let's see how. we go for March.. oh dear....

Received

  • Ha! Ha! Moustache: Dead People edition
  • Adventure Time: Card Wars (Jake and Finn Edition)
  • Alley Thieves
  • Sheep & Theives
  • Stuff & Nonsense

Played

  • Sheep & Theives
  • Stuff & Nonsense
  • Adventure Time: Card Wars (Finn vs Jake Edition)

Starting: -2
Received: -5
Played: 3
So that's urgh... -4... anyway on to New To Me!

New to Me

One Night Ultimate Werewolf

It's Werewolf! But it only goes for 8 minutes. And there's no player elimination. Huzzah!

Good, but not something I always want to play. Certainly never want to play Werewolf.

Stuff and Nonsense

I had to drop out half way through... but, we played with the full compliment of players and it felt just to slow for what it is. Go here and do that... wait for every other player, go here and do that... wait for every other player. Bit of a drag. Apparently this is more streamlined than the old version...

Stuff & Nonsense is a set collection game where you're running around London trying to grab artefacts to pretend that you went to far flung lands while avoiding the professor who's going  around trying to rat you out.

The artwork is lovely and there's certainly humour on the cards... but...  it just felt that it overstayed it's welcome. Now this may have been because every player was new and maybe it's better with 3-4... might try to get it to the table again to double check.

Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game

I haven't played Blood Bowl, but hearing good things about Team Manager I bought it as a birthday present for someone who had played Blood Bowl.

And it is a quite a good game. There's less deckbuilding than I expected. It very much feels like what I thought Smash Up should be... quick fighting over a match (or location in Smash Up) with some special abilities. Problem with Smash Up is that it's hard to play quickly because there's just so much going on in the cards (that I often play them incorrectly).

There's a bit of luck with the cheating tokens, but it's not too brutal (especially if you go with a do-good race like the humans). I enjoy it quite a lot and probably would like to play it a lot more.

But I don't think I'd enjoy Blood Bowl itself...

Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn vs Jake

Similar but different to the digital edition, but not necessarily worse/better... In the RL version, you get two action points per turn which makes life easier as compared to the digital version (where each turn your actions increase), but does mean that the digital version doesn't have as much a sense of ramping out throughout the game.

Jake feels like he has a very strong advantage if Finn suffers from a bad shuffle (which happened in our game). Jake's pigs can eat up Finn's corn fields but if Finn doesn't have the particular card to flip lanes back over. Finn's deck relies primarily on having multiple corn fields, so Jake flipping them has a very quick and lasting effect on the game.

That said, Finn and Jake are much easier to play than LSP and Bubblegum.

Sheep & Thief

Sheep & Theif combines drafting with tile (well card) placement. And it even contains cute little fluffy sheep.

And it was pretty good even if we played it wrong. Will need to play it again to get it down properly and certainly want to give it a whirl with 3 or 4 players.

Abyss

A pretty straight up euro with some wonderfully dark and inventive artwork and some slippery pearls. What Abyss does it does OK, but too many of it's mechanics feel disconnected from each other.

The market action (I'm not sure what it's actually called, I was told it was an auction but...) is slow going and a bit odd. If you take it you draw a card and the next player has an opportunity to buy it. The first card purchased costs one pearl, the second 2 and so on and that's paid to the current player. If the next player doesn't buy it the player after that has an opporunity to buy it (and so on. If no one wants it (or if someone that's not the current player wants it), then another card is drawn and the process starts again. And it's a little tiresome.

There's also a push your luck mechanic, but meh...

Anything unbought goes into it's respective colour under the market and you can take an action to take one of those piles.

So from the market action/unbought area you're converting pearls to coloured currency (of which there are four colours) so that you can purchase lords. Some of the lords have between 0-3 keys on them and a power (and VP). Once you get your third key, you get a location that sits on top of that lord's power so you have to be careful when you do it... I kind of wanted it to replace all three lords but, wasn't the case.

I'd play it again, if it was suggested, but feel no need to pick it up.

The Castles of Burgandy

Ah Feld. It was OK... would play again.

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1Apr/150

Melbourne Gaming Sessions – Apr 2015

Switching up the format a bit... here's a pretty calendar (details and links after the image)...
Melbourne Boardgame Calender April 2015

 

Wed 01 Stranger Gamers, Newport from 6pm [Meetup]
Thu 02 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
Fri 03 BunnyCon, Mt Waverley, from 10am [Website]
Sat 04 BunnyCon, Mt Waverley, from 10am [Website]
Sun 05 BunnyCon, Mt Waverley, from 10am [Website]
Mon 06 BunnyCon, Mt Waverley, from 10am [Website]
Mon 06 Eurogames @ Hairy Little Sister, Melbourne CBD from 6pm Meetup
Tue 07 Pub Werewolf @ The Local Taphouse, St Kilda from 6:30pm [Meetup]
Tue 07 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 07 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [Meetup]
Thu 09 Eurogames @ The Royal Standard, West Melbourne from 6pm [Meetup]
Thu 09 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Website]
Sat 11 Cafe Games @ Celtic Club, Melbourne CBD from noon [Meetup]
Sat 11 International Tabletop day, various locations, various times [Website]
Sun 12 NSEG @ Stolberg Beer Cafe, Melbourne CBD from noon [Meetup]
Tue 14 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 14 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [Meetup]
Wed 15 Stranger Gamers, Newport from 6pm [Meetup]
Thu 16 Modern Parlour Games @ Bella Union from 7pm [website]
Thu 16 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
Fri 17 Freeplay 2015: Boardgames Up late, from 8pm [facebook]
Sat 18 Dice, Boards & Cards @ Games Lab, Melbourne CBD from 10am [facebook]
Sun 19 EGF, Mt Waverley, from 10am [Meetup]
Tue 21 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 21 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [Meetup]
Thu 22 Eurogames @ The Royal Standard, West Melbourne from 6pm [Meetup]
Thu 23 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
Sat 25 Saturday Gamers @ Games Lab, Melbourne CBD from 11am [Facebook]
Sat 25 Werbrary Games - Eurogaming in the Werribee Library from 10am [Facebook]
Tue 28 Godzilla Games @ Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant Melbourne CBD from 6pm [Meetup]
Tue 28 Billabong Boardgamers @ Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre, Chadstone from 7pm [Meetup]
Thu 30 Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne from 6pm [Website]
3Mar/150

Melbourne Gaming Sessions – March 2015

Here's the gaming sessions going on this month in Melbourne and surrounds...

03 Mar (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
03 Mar (Tue) Pub Werewolf and boardgames at The Local Taphouse, St Kilda [meetup] from 6:30pm
03 Feb (Tue) Billabong Regular meetup at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (Chadstone)  [meetup] from 7pm
04 Mar (Wed) Stranger Gamers @ Junction Hotel, Newport [meetup] from 6pm
05 Mar (Thu) Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne [website] from 6pm
7 Mar (Sat) Cafe Games at The Celtic Club [on meetup here for Party Games (from midday) and here for the everything](from 5pm).
8 Mar (Sat) Dice, Boards and Cards at Games Lab (CBD) [facebook]
09 Mar (Mon) Eurogames at Hairy Little Sista [meetup] from 6pm
10 Mar (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
10 Mar (Tue) Billabong Regular meetup at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (Chadstone)  [meetup] from 7pm
11 Mar (Wed) Eurogames at the Royal Standard, West Melbourne [meetup] from 6pm
12 Mar (Thu) Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne [website] from 6pm
15 Mar (Sun) EGF at Wadham House, Mt Waverley [meetup] from 10am-6pm
15 Mar (Sun) Northern Suburbs Eurogamers at Stolberg [meetup] from midday
17 Mar (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
17 Mar (Tue) Billabong Regular meetup at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (Chadstone)  [meetup] from 7pm
19 Mar (Thu) Modern Parlour Games at Bella Union [website]
19 Mar (Thu) Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne [website] from 6pm
23 Mar (Mon) Eurogames at Hairy Little Sista [meetup] from 6pm
24 Mar (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
24 Mar (Tue) Billabong Regular meetup at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (Chadstone)  [meetup] from 7pm
25 Mar (Wed) Eurogames at the Royal Standard, West Melbourne [meetup] from 6pm
26 Mar (Thu) Dockers @ Good Games Melbourne [website] from 6pm
28 Mar (Sat) Werbrary Gaming at Werribee Library, Werribee [meetup] from 10am-3pm
28 Mar (Sat) Melbourne Saturday Gamers @ Games Lab [facebook] from 11am
31 Mar (Tue)  Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm

Cons and other goings ons

BunnyCon

BunnyCon

On at EGF's usual location at Wadham House in Mt Waverley from April 3-April 6 (Easter weekend).
Why do I tell you about this in the March listing? Because you should go and buy a ticket now at TryBooking now.

As well as open gaming there will be a flea market, an Easter Egg Hunt and much more!

For more details check out the BunnyCon page at iloveboardgames.com

GateKeeper Games

 Gatekeeper Games

I may have forgotten to tell you about GateKeeper Games' opening (a new boardgaming store in Fitzroy). They appear to have many events coming up and you can check out the details of that on their facebook page.

1Mar/150

New and Unplayed – Feb 2015

Feb was a very slow boardgaming month for me...

Acquired:

  • Spring Fever
  • Mysterium
  • Adventure Time Card Wars
  • Ticket To Ride Marklin

Played

  • Spring Fever
  • Ticket To Ride Marklin

So with 4 received and 2 played, that's a -2... oh that's not good start to the year.

New To Me

But as I'd played Ticket To Ride: Marklin before... only one new game for me which was Spring Fever

And it's an interesting filler bluffing game (by Friedemann Friese) the rules are super simple and it plays very quickly. And it's a cheeky kind of bluffing... you see if you can get away with lying .  The artwork and theme (flowers and snails) really help with this cheekiness

Only having played it once, I'm not sure how balanced it is. Is it better to lie every time or should you pick your moments? I suspect the latter... but more play will bear this out.

 

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2Feb/150

New and Unplayed – Jan 2015

Unplayed

So it's January and the Unplayed/Aluminium Gamer challenge resets (see this post for details on how it works)

A few card games came in this month...

Received:

  • Friesmatenten
  • One Zero One

Played:

  • Friesmatenten
  • Red7

So with 2 received and 2 played, that's a net zero!

New to me

It's been a month of lying, bluffing and backstabbing...

Red7

Red7 is super quick, super clever and you should super buy it.

Coup: Guatemala 1954

I've spoken about Coup before... I'm not very good at it.

I tend to end up playing Coup at the end of the night and it's usually the worst time for me to do so (because my brain is usually fried and I forget what I'm supposed to be lying about).

So thankfully I played this early in the afternoon and it was quite entertaining.

What 1954 does is it takes the Coup roles and has multiple variations on the same type of role. You can then mix and match the variants so that each game is different to the last... it kind of makes it like Dominion where you sit down, look at what roles are on the table and try and figure out how they can best be used to get you ahead.

It also helps that you can only block a role with the same role, so it takes out that confusing "what blocks what" logic that you have to get the hang of in the original Coup.

It's not terribly available at the moment, but I'd be surprised if Indie Games and Cards don't make a version of it, because it is so much fun.

Escape: Zombie City

Having played Escape: Curse of the Temple (and enjoyed it quite a bit) I was curious to see how Zombie City would play.

And it's good, but it adds complexity without really upping the tension or fun. Am not running out to buy it, think we'll stick with Escape and maybe pick up some more expansions if we ever get bored of it.

Spyfall

Or Spyfaux as we were playing the print and play copy of it.

This is a party traitor game where every player is at the same location but one player is a spy who doesn't know where they are. The game goes for 8 minutes (at most). The spy can guess where they are, but if they're wrong they lose and everyone else wins. If they're right, obviously they win.

If the game lasts eight minutes every player votes on who they think is the spy (or they can do this during the 8 minutes, but it soaks up those precious seconds). If everyone agrees that one person is the spy (except one) and they're right, then they win and the spy looses.

So how does it work? The first player asks any other player a question. That player answers. They person that answers wants to give enough information to indicate that they're not the spy, but not so much information that it tells the spy where they are. The player that answered can then ask any other player (other than the player that asked them a question) a question.

It's fun and quick and fairly relaxing if you're not the spy. If you're the spy, it's incredibly tense. Not reacting the right way to an answer (or worse still asking a question that exposes themselves) can be the end of you.

Friesematenten

Which is subtitled "We're not here to make friends"...

This is a surprisingly good game and it's rather odd that it's never managed to be translated into English.  It's basically a bidding/engine building game with some bluffing thrown in.

Now, I've only played it twice, once with 2 and once with 4 players... and it's OK with 2 but much better with 4. But here's some quick thoughts on it.

It's basically a game to see who can get to forty points first (or if Step 2 ends, whoever can grab the most points).

The game is divided into two steps, the first step ending when the deck runs out, at which point the discard deck is shuffled and forms the new deck. If this deck runs out before a player gets 40 points, then the game ends and the player with the most points wins.

Each round is split into 4 phases, restocking the market, the action phase (where action and influence cards can be played), the auction phase and the income phase (where players get income based on their factories).

The bidding is interesting and different and can get quite tense. Each round 3+(player count) cards are in the market and put up for auction one at a time starting from the closest to the deck to the furthest. Players can buy as many as they like (if they can afford to do so) and passing on a card only passes on that card. If a card is not bought in that round it gets tagged as such and if it's still not bought it goes into the discard in the first step or out of the game in the second.

Interestingly you can bid more than you have (I assume this is because some of the cards let you pay less than what you bid). If you win the bid but can't pay it, you pay all your money to the bank and the auction for that card restarts without you. Did I mention that money is secret? Which is brilliant if you only have one or two Euros left (or none!) as you can try and push up someone else's bid beyond what they really should be paying.

The cards combo well together (some more easily than others) and both times we played there was at least a contest for first place.

I'm quite eager to get this back to the table again. I can't quite put my finger on what's great about this game... I think it's the bluffing/bidding that really makes it amazing... but it will be interesting to see how many times it can be played with the base set before it gets a bit stale.

I'm getting the expansion :)

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery

Having never seen the show, I wasn't super invested in the theme. I mean gladiators are cool and everything... er, yeah.

So blind bidding  can be quite entertaining as are gladiatorial fights. Being able to setup a battle where the result will be obvious, but then turning it around with smart card play is hugely entertaining.

It's not really the sort of thing I'd want to do every week, but as an occasional Ameritrash, it's pretty good.

Oh and you get to make that Spartacus joke...

The Resistance: Hidden Agenda & Hostile Intent

I liked it, but I wouldn't play it every day.

In fact I'm pretty burnt out on The Resistance at the moment.

We with plot twists (I think that's what they're called). Basically the leader each turn draws 2 cards and gives them to the players the leader thinks they should go to. They mess with the game, allow players to look at other's roles (or show other's roles) or look at the Success/fail card that a player plays. Wasn't a fan.Just got bogged down in "that player knows something about this player, and that player knows something about this player, but they've said that they're a spy... maybe they're lying and they're a spy... or perhaps they're both spy's" and it all just got a bit to complicated.

But did like the variant we played where the leader select the number of people to go on the mission +1 and then they get to look at one of the cards and it doesn't go towards the mission. Was much more interesting and tense for the spies (I did ask the player whose card I was going to look at if they wanted to pay me a bribe... but then I realised I was playing the wrong game).
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2Feb/150

Melbourne Gaming Sessions – Feb 2015

Here's the gaming sessions going on this month in Melbourne and surrounds...

1 Feb (Sun) NSEG at Bar Nancy, Northcote [meetup] 3pm-11pm
1 Feb (Sun) EGF at Wadham House, Mt Waverley [meetup] from 10am-6pm
03 Feb (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
03 Feb (Tue) Pub Werewolf and boardgames at The Local Taphouse, St Kilda [meetup] from 6:30pm
03 Feb (Tue) Billabong Regular meetup at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (Chadstone)  [meetup] from 7pm
04 Feb (Wed) Stranger Gamers @ Junction Hotel, Newport [meetup] from 6pm
09 Feb (Mon) Eurogames at Hairy Little Sista [meetup] from 6pm
10 Feb (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
10 Feb (Tue) Billabong Regular meetup at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (Chadstone)  [meetup] from 7pm
11 Feb (Wed) Eurogames at the Royal Standard, West Melbourne [meetup] from 6pm
14 Feb (Sat) Cafe Games at Bull and Bear Tavern [on meetup here for Party Games (from midday) and here for the everything](from 5pm).
15 Feb (Sun) NSEG at Bar Nancy, Northcote [meetup] 3pm-11pm
15 Feb (Sun) EGF at Wadham House, Mt Waverley [meetup] from 10am-6pm
17 Feb (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
17 Feb (Tue) Billabong Regular meetup at Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre (Chadstone)  [meetup] from 7pm
19 Feb (Thu) Modern Parlour Games at Bella Union [website]
23 Feb (Mon) Eurogames at Hairy Little Sista [meetup] from 6pm
24 Feb (Tue) Godzilla Games at Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant [meetup] from 6pm
25 Feb (Wed) Eurogames at the Royal Standard, West Melbourne [meetup] from 6pm
28 Feb (Sat) Werbrary Gaming at Werribee Library, Werribee [meetup] from 10am-3pm
28 Feb (Sat)  Saturday Session @ Games Lab [facebook]

Throughout Feb

1000 Cities
The City of Melbourne and Pop Up Playground are inviting people to take part in a new interactive game that will change the way they see the city – forever!
Using a smartphone, a bike and a helmet, the interactive game 1000 Cities turns the CBD into a mythical adventure where riders will fight monsters, collect treasure and explore the hidden parts of the city.

Feb 2-28, further details here 

27Jan/150

Global Game Jam 2015 Melbourne tabletop games

Global Game Jam was held over the weekend just gone. I've grabbed all of the tabletop ones that I could find from Melbourne's.

I'm tempted to try and print and play each of them and see what they're like. Have you played any of the below (assuming you didn't also create them)? What did you think of them?

Giant Snail Will not Prevail!
A Giant Space Snail is menacing the globe! Players join forces to build the ultimate snail-eating robot and defeat the snail before it destroys all of human civilization.
Link

March of Time
A card game about politics, timelines and temporal sabotage
Link

quality¿control
Quality control is a game about needing to know what to do next and following the instructions. It's also about some other things which I hope you can discover.

This one is a PC/tabletop combo...
Link
Yo Ho Votes
A multiplayer seafaring boardgame with democracy... and PIRATES! As a team, players must try to explore as many islands in eight days as possible in order to acquire treasure, while at the same time pursuing their own secret agendas (on their Agenda cards). The winner is the player with the most Coin at the end of the game.
Link

YouTube Cat Video Creator Simulator 2015
A card game about creating YouTube cat videos.
Link