HoGS is about every person who comes through the door at one of our regular meet-ups or special events. Our club is run by volunteers, including our Committee and others who regularly donate their time to see that the doors are open when scheduled, and closed accordingly, that free coffee and tea facilities are available, and more.
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Meet the 2018-19 Committee
Glen Mackintosh – President
For Glen, HoGS is coming back to the games that he remembered as a teenager, playing games of Diplomacy and the original version Civilization (and splashes of D&D), until late in the night with friends in the 80s.
In 2014, on moving to Hobart, he and his family found a group of like minded people at HoGS who enjoyed playing a variety of strategic and euro style games together. And his interest (and game shelf) has grown from there. His passion is now to introduce this hobby to other people, and he is often seen teaching new players one of the many great games available today. Current favourites would be Orleans, Lords of Waterdeep, Viticulture and Carcassone. But he is always happy to try something new.
Andrew Reynolds – Vice President
After a lifetime of playing ‘standard’ card games such as 500, Hearts, Oh Hell and boardgames (Monoploy, Scarbble etc.) I was introduced to The Resistance: Avalon and I was hooked. Followed by Catan, Carcassonne and 7 Wonders. After growing my collection during 2016 I found HoGS at the end of the year and I have been enamoured since. Current favourites include Terraforming Mars, Codenames, The Grizzled, Star Realms and Friday.
Christina Chiavassa – Treasurer
Christine has enjoyed playing games all her life, starting with the usual suspects – Monopoly, Scrabble, card games of all kinds, Trivial Pursuit etc. Then she discovered HoGS and fell in love on the first evening !!! So many games !! So many interesting and fun games !! After every HoGS night for almost the first year, you would find her on the internet late that night, looking for the game she had played that she most enjoyed that evening.Her game collection has grown to fill an entire cupboard that takes pride of place in her lounge room. Louis XIV is still one of her favourites (Thanks Jon – the first of anything is always special) as well as Carcassonne and El Grande and Tigris & Euphrates and Samurai and Stone Age and Kingsburg and Small World and too many more to name. In fact she doesn’t think she’s played a game yet that she hasn’t enjoyed !! Christine is always ready with a welcoming smile to teach new games to beginners and newbies and also enjoys getting her teeth into a ‘hard core’ game. Gather, Laugh, Play – it’s all good !
Patricia Mackenzie – Secretary
One of Patricia’s earliest memories was playing Scrabble with her grandmother and aunts. In the 1980s she was a trivia geek. Until 2013, she didn’t know the games she loves today — strategy games — existed. Now, her top game picks include pretty much anything Stonemaier, Dungeon Lords, Yedo, Terraforming Mars and Terra Mystica. So, yeah, heavy games; but she’s happy to venture into other realms, and wholly supports others’ rights to play zombie or werewolf games. And she wishes she could play Lisboa and Ave Roma more often…
Tessa Groenewold – Public Officer
General Committee Members
Since the Dawn of Strategy Board Games in the 1970s, Jon the Grey has been an acolyte of the Eurogames sub-genre. He takes great pleasure in reading rules and learning new games, and will play any game once. (No guarantee of a second play if it doesn’t push the right buttons.) Jon enjoys introducing others, experienced gamers and neophytes alike, to the Mysteries of the Eurogame. His favourite games include Dungeon Lords, El Grande, Terra Mystica, Suburbia and the oldie-but-goodie, Hare and Tortoise.