What kind of games does HoGS play?
We play anything. Yep, anything. You bring it, and we’ll play it…almost. Typically we’ll be playing board games or card games of a genre most Australians have not encountered: the sort of games that you can buy online, are really popular in Europe, and have been growing in popularity in the US and here for the last decade. They’re simple, pretty, entertaining, and diverse as a rule. What games are played depends entirely on who puts what on the table and attracts players to it. If in doubt, bring it along and try it out.
To get a feel for what mostly goes on, you can find recaps of games nights on our Discussion page (which links to our Facebook Group) or look at the site boardgamegeek.com which pretty much covers every game ever made!
Where and when are HoGS events?
We hold a games event almost every weekend of the year, in a monthly pattern that rolls through Friday and Saturday evenings, to enable as many people as possible to find a day that suits them. Events are scheduled as follows, and are pinned on the first Friday of every month:
- First Friday of the month (7pm), at the Lenah Valley Community Hall Meeting Room, 22 Creek Rd, Lenah Valley.
- Saturday 8 days later (7pm), at the Community Hall, 59 Cambridge Rd, Bellerive.
- Saturday 7 days later (4pm), at the Lenah Valley Community Hall Meeting Room, 22 Creak Rd, Lenah Valley.
- Saturday 7 days later (7pm), at a number of venues, including Good Games (Brisbane Street, CBD), BattleAxe Games (Kingston), and the New Sydney Hotel (Bathurst Street, CBD). Check our Events page for details.
For most meetings we supply free tea and coffee, and players often bring refreshments to share, so there are usually chips, snacks, dips and nibbles, soft drinks etc. Whilst we often have a little wine or beer around, we’ve never seen it abused; it’s indulged in only moderately.
At our Good Games and New Sydney events, we can order food in-house since both have kitchens. There are also plenty of snacks and drinks to purchase at very reasonable prices.
In the months which have a fifth weekend, we run a special event of some kind which vary from visiting new venues to full 12-hour gaming days. Keep an eye on the calendar and Facebook page for details of these!
Do I need to bring games?
No. You’re more than welcome to bring your own games, but it certainly isn’t required. There are always plenty of games to play.
What kind of people come along to games events?
We’re social players. HoGS is intended to bring people together through board games. Ages span about 5 to 75, although the core group of enthusiasts is in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Men and women are fairly equally present.
How many people attend the games events?
A typical games night will see between 15 and 30 people present, playing on 5 to 10 game tables, in groups that vary in size from about 3 to 6 on average, though larger groups are not uncommon.
Can I just turn up?
YES! …and you’ll be made to feel welcome.
What does it cost?
Free Membership: You can join HoGS for free, and contribute $5 each time you attend an event.
…or you can become a Supporting Member – details on our Joining HoGS page . Being a financial member gives you free entry to the 50 events (approximately) that we run each year.
How do I join?
Simply turn up at any event and ask to join. You can ask anyone, and they will point you towards one of our nine committee members who will sign you up!
Alternatively you can head to our Joining HoGS page for information on how to join from the comfort of your own home.
What’s it all about?
It’s all about fun. Members are diverse and some will take a game more seriously than others. …but even the ‘serious’ players manage to keep it fun; after all, if it’s not fun… well who wants to do it? If you’re not having fun, you don’t have to come back, though we would really love constructive feedback.
How organised is HoGS?
In 2010 we got more organised. We adopted a constitution, and began to pursue more interesting and bigger things as a club to promote the interest, such as the annual Hobart Winter Gamesfest. This has been successful, and our membership has been steadily growing each year. In 2013 we became incorporated. …but really it is about having fun.