To get in contact with a member of the committee you can either turn up to one of our events listed on our calendar and Facebook group and approach one of the committee members (listed below) or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some committee members can also be reached directly by email, and these addresses are listed under the appropriate names below. If you would like to get a feel for what HoGS is about (what types of games we play etc.) you can also head over to our Facebook group to join in the discussion with members there. The Hobart Games Society is overseen by a committee consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, a Public Officer and four General Members. The present committee introduces itself below.
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.
Patricia Mackenzie – Vice President
One of Patricia’s earliest memories is playing Scrabble with her grandmother and aunts. In the 1980s she was a trivia geek. But until 2013, she didn’t even know Strategy Board Games existed. Now, after three years at the HoGS helm, she’s kicking back a bit. HoGS nights will find Trish at a table playing as many games as possible, old and new. Her current favourites are Scythe, Dungeon Lords, Yedo, Viticulture, Terraforming Mars and Terra Mystica. So she’s a Eurogamer, but she’s happy to venture into other realms every now and then, and wholly supports others’ rights to play zombie games.
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 4 years ago 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 !
Paul McClarron – Secretary
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 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 at the current time are Dungeon Lords, El Grande, Terra Mystica, Suburbia and the oldie-but-goodie, Hare and Tortoise.
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.