Gather, Laugh, Play … Are You Game?

The Hobart Games Society, affectionately known as HoGS, is a relatively informal collective of people passionate to one degree or another about games.

We mostly play social board and card games, the likes of which you’ll see described in abundance on Many of these are known in the English speaking world as German games, Euro games, strategy games, or designer games.  They are generally elegantly designed and eminently playable by people of almost any age. When someone mentions board games, do you think of Monopoly, Risk, or Trivial Pursuit? If so, then there is a whole world of games you’ve probably never experienced, and you’ll be very pleasantly surprised at what is on offer at a HoGS event.

We’re based in Hobart, Tasmania, and we run a games night almost every weekend. Sign up to our Mailing List to get an email every second month with a list of our upcoming games nights and events!

Winter Gamesfest 2016 — Schedule of Events

Patricia Mackenzie : August 10, 2016 2:44 pm : HoGS News

Saturday, 20 August

10 am HoGS Sixth Annual Winter Gamesfest begins
all day Used Games Sales Table — Bring your old or unwanted games to sell and/or check out what others are offering.
11 am Splendor Tournament teaching game for those who don’t know the game.
12 noon Splendor Tournament — More information/Sign up
1 pm A Game of Thrones Tournament — More information/Sign up
2 pm Door Prize Drawing
2 pm 18OE (Orient Express) — More information/Sign up
3 pm Lightning Transfer chess — More information/Sign up
Hosted by the Hobart International Chess Club
4 pm Stonemaier teaching game/s – More information/Sign up
5 pm Dice Masters teaching game — More information/Sign up
8 pm Door Prize Drawing
8 pm Two Rooms and a Boom — Will the President be assassinated??
Hosted by The Dice Men, come join in the fun
10 pm See you tomorrow!

Sunday, 21 August

10 am Doors open
all day Used Games Sales Table — Bring your old or unwanted games to sell and/or check out what others are offering.
11 am Bullet Horde chess — More information/Sign up
Hosted by the Hobart International Chess Club
11 am Twilight Imperium teaching game — More information/Sign up
11 am 18OE (Orient Express) — More information/Sign up
12 nn Dice Masters teaching game — More information/Sign up
1 pm Sushi Go! Tournament teaching game for those who don’t know the game.
2 pm Sushi Go! Tournament — More information/Sign up
3 pm Door Prize Drawing
5 pm Good-bye! We hope to see you soon at HoGS!


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Sixth Annual Winter Gamesfest

Patricia Mackenzie : July 10, 2016 1:53 pm : HoGS News

Logo in SnowballHoGS’ sixth annual extravaganza of weekend-long board games, Winter Gamesfest (WGF), will occur on 20-21 August 2016. Once again our Winter Gamesfest will be a part of Area 52’s DI Con.


Saturday, 20 August — 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, 21 August — 10 am – 5 pm

Terrace Room, 1st Floor
Hobart Best Western, 156 Bathurst Street

Are you new to strategy board games (think ‘Risk on steroids’)? This is your perfect opportunity to escape the winter’s chill and explore the many varieties of strategy games available. HoGS members bring a huge number of their own games to WGF, and are more than happy to let you borrow one — or teach you how to play!

Special events:

Our WGF wizards are busily planning several events that will tie in nicely with two days of playing games. These include —

  • door prizes on both days
  • trade table — bring your old games to sell or trade
  • Splendor tournament
  • Sushi Go! tournament
  • A Game of Thrones LCG tournament
  • Dice Masters teaching/playing
  • Long Games, including Twilight Imperium
  • Lightning Transfer chess (with Hobart Chess Club)
  • Bullet Horde chess (with Hobart Chess Club)
  • and more

Places are limited for all tournaments and special games, so you’ll want to sign up early. When the schedule has been finalised, we’ll also include details on how to sign up for each event.

Watch this space and our Facebook page as we firm up plans and can share more details with you.

A gold coin contribution to help cover the costs of running the event is appreciated.

Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

We hope to see you at Winter Gamesfest 2016!

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HoGS presents… GEEK QUIZ NIGHT #2

Georgie Woodward : March 6, 2016 8:58 pm : HoGS News


The Hobart Games Society (HoGS) Inc. is excited to announce our second annual GEEK QUIZ NIGHT! We will be keeping the structure pretty similar to last year with topics including video games, comics and cartoons, tabletop games, tv, science and more! There will be even more opportunities to win prizes this year and we already have over $500 worth of prizes confirmed from the likes of Area 52Good Games Hobart, Polymorph, Dan Solo Comics & Collectables and Cadbury!

Our first quiz last year sold out very quickly so you’ll need to get in fast to confirm your spot! First in best dressed (the tables at the front have better viewing of the screens). The price is $60 per team of 4-6 people. To book, all you need to do is pay the $60 to the HoGS bank account (details at the end of the description) and email with the name of at least one team member (more if you know them) and the contact number of the person booking. We will also need your team name at some point before the night so get brainstorming!

We are holding the quiz in the function room on the top floor of Hotel SOHO with a starting time of 7pm on Saturday April 30th but you’re welcome to come earlier if you want to grab something to eat first. We will be setting up the room earlier in the day so you should be able to come in and sit at your table from 6ish if you want to settle in and eat dinner there before the quiz.

Please note that as Hotel SOHO serves both food and drink, you will not be able to bring either of those things on the night. Rest assured that there is a great menu to keep you going throughout the night though.

There will be 10 rounds, plus two table rounds that you can work on throughout the night. The rounds will be split into three sections with breaks in between. We would be hoping to finish up by around 11pm but no promises!

Keep in mind this is an 18+ event.

Contact for more info :)

Bank Details:

Name: Hobart Games Society

BSB: 633 000

Account No: 144619558

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Patricia Mackenzie : October 10, 2015 4:27 pm : HoGS News

HoGS Halloween 2015

Saturday, 31 October 2015
4 pm – midnight
Lenah Valley Community Hall, Creek Road, Lenah Valley

October is a five-weekend month and we’re taking advantage of that to celebrate HoGS’ eleventh year with a Halloween Spooktacular on the 31st. We’ll have themed tabletop games (City of Horror, Zombie Fluxx, etc) for those who like that sort of thing, and a fund-raising barbecue at dinner time. Costumes are optional but welcomed, and we’ll have a prize for best costume as well as a lucky door prize.

At the birthday bash there will also be a used game sale table to help the games you’re over (or never got into in the first place) find a new home. There’ll be plenty of fun for everyone. We hope you’ll join us!

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2015 Annual General Meeting

Patricia Mackenzie : August 19, 2015 4:39 pm : HoGS News

Saturday, 22 August 2015, 7 pm
Lenah Valley Community Hall, Creek Road

HoGS’s Annual General Meeting will be held this Saturday, 22 August, at 7 pm at the Lenah Valley Community Hall in Creek Road, for all those who have paid their 2015-16 membership fees.

The meeting is open to the public, but non-members cannot vote. If you have not yet paid your membership for the year, you will have the opportunity to do so on the day.

The AGM is when the committee reports on all that has happened in the previous twelve months and announces plans for the coming year, and when a new HoGS committee is voted in.

This year we have an unusual situation, in that we have exactly the number of candidates to fill the seats on the committee. Thus, there will be no committee election, and the new committee will be introduced at the meeting.

We will consider a resolution that exempts us from lodging an annual financial statement with the Government. As an organisation with an income of less than $40k, we can avoid this requirement and the accompanying audit fees.

All members are encouraged to make an effort to attend this once-a-year event. It will occur in the middle of our 4-10 pm evening in Lenah Valley. If you’re playing a game that hasn’t finished by 7, you can pause the game for the few minutes the meeting will take.

We hope to see you Saturday.

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Hobart Winter Gamesfest 2015

Georgie Woodward : July 4, 2015 2:31 pm : HoGS News

WGF 2015

The fifth annual Hobart Winter Gamesfest will be hosted by the Hobart Games Society Inc. (HoGS) and Area 52 on the weekend of 8th and 9th of August 2015, as part of  the second annual Devil’s Island Con (DICon).

Devil’s Island Con will incorporate a number of gaming-related events organised by both Area 52 and HoGS. We’ll share the details on Facebook and our website when they become available.Come and join us for two days of board gaming fun! You can bring your own games, or play ours. New to board games? We’ll help you get started!

Opening hours:

  • Saturday 8th August: 10am to 10pm
  • Sunday 9th August: 10am to 5pm 

For discussion about the event head to our Facebook event.

DICon will be held at the Best Western, 156 Bathurst Street, with the Winter Gamesfest again in the Terrace Room on the 1st floor. It’s a great room for gaming with lots of space and natural light.

Features of this year’s Hobart Winter Gamesfest will include:

  • Mini-tournaments where you’ll have a chance to win a game or expansion
  • Trade Table (bring your games to sell or grab some bargains!)
  • A huge selection of games brought along by members who will be more than happy to lend them out for you to try (if you ask nicely!)
  • Area52 selling a wide selection of games
  • Access to a bar for purchasing drinks and snacks

A gold coin donation upon entry to help us cover the costs of running the event is appreciated.

Children are more than welcome but must accompanied by an adult.



  • 1 pm — Splendor tournament. PRIZE: a copy of Splendor.

Learning games will commence at 10:30 am. Sign up by FB message or email Georgie Woodward, our secretary, on All players must sign in and pay the gold coin tournament entry fee by 12:30 pm on the day.


  • 12 noon — Sushi Go! tournament. PRIZE: a copy of Sushi Go!

Learning games will commence at 10:30 am. Sign up by FB message or email Georgie Woodward, our secretary, on All players must sign in and pay the gold coin tournament entry fee by 11:30 am on the day.

  • 2 pm — 7 Wonders tournament. PRIZE: Babel expansion (latest 7 Wonders expansion).

No learning games; this is for those who already know 7 Wonders. Sign up by FB message or email Georgie Woodward, our secretary, on All players must sign in and pay the gold coin tournament entry fee by 12:30 pm on the day.


This year we are pleased to announce that the Hobart International Chess Club will be joining us at our Winter Gamesfest. It makes sense – Chess is, after all, a strategy board game!

Throughout the event, members of the HICC will be present to introduce people to various forms of chess. We hope that they will also have the opportunity to learn more about the kinds of games HoGS people usually play!

The HICC schedule is:

  • 10:30 am – Chess 960 Demo

Chess 960 (or Fischer Random Chess) was invented by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It employs the same board and pieces as standard chess, but the starting position of the pieces on the players’ home ranks is randomised.

  • 12:30 pm – Horde Chess Demo

Horde Chess is a fun variant where White has 36 pawns and no other pieces, Black has a normal set of chess pieces. White must checkmate the black king before Black captures all the pawns. All normal chess rules apply… well, as much as possible when one side has no King!

  • 2-3 pm – Simultaneous Chess Challenge

One HICC member will face off four challengers at once. Try it and see if your skills are a match to a quarter of an experienced chess player’s attention!

  • 5-8 pm – One-on-One Challenge

This is your opportunity to play one-on-one with an HICC representative and receive some coaching and information. Each session is 15 minutes and will include one or two games, plus comments.


  • 10:30 am – Chess 960 Demo
  • 12:30 pm – Horde Chess Demo
  • 2-3 pm – Simultaneous Chess Challenge