Hobart Games Society

 

Spring Games Fest 2020 is coming (3–4 October.

Lenah Valley community hall.

 

For information about how COVID-19 has changed our attendance policies, please scroll down.

Hobart Games Society (aka ‘HoGS’) — We love tabletop games

When someone mentions board games, do you automatically think of Monopoly, Risk or Trivial Pursuit? If so, then there’s a brand-new world of games for you to discover and explore, the kind of games we play here at HoGS.

We meet each weekend throughout the year to play ‘strategy’ tabletop games. They can be card or board games, and can comprise an almost infinite variety of playing pieces: dice, miniatures, meeples, resources, coins and more. 

They’re the kind of games you’ll find at any one of the many board game conventions (cons, such as CanCon) that have cropped up around the world in recent years. They’re the kind that Wil Wheaton and his friends discuss on the popular web series, ‘TableTop‘. They’re also what’s featured on boardgamegeek.com.

We welcome everyone, young and old, and are keen to share our love of the hobby with you. Even if you’ve never played, for instance, Settlers of Catan or Pandemic or Lords of Waterdeep or Ticket to Ride, you’ll find these games surprisingly easy to learn — and lots of fun to play. 

Want to find out more? Poke around our information pages:

What to expect at a HoGS meet-up
HoGS mission
HoGS membership
HoGS Committee

For our calendar, check out the Events page.

To keep informed about what we’re doing, sign up to our Email list or join our Facebook group.

See you at the games tables!

HoGS Annual General Meeting, upcoming meet-ups and COVID-19

With recent changes to State Government restrictions on gatherings, we have the opportunity to return to some face-to-face meetups.

Before we do so, we shall continue our virtual gatherings. Check out the details for those on our Events page.

On Saturday, 11 July, we return to the community hall in Bellerive for our Annual General Meeting at 7pm, followed by a regular games night.

We will also meet at Bellerive on Saturday, 18 July and Saturday, 25 July if there is sufficient interest, and if volunteers are available to help out on the night (since more restrictions mean more work involved).

Government requirements place a number of restrictions on these events, so this is strictly a trial run. From August, we will be again reviewing any remaining restrictions, as well as how successful the first meet-ups were.

We respect that some people may decide that they don’t feel comfortable enough to attend a face-to-face event because of personal circumstances. Given the games we play, handling shared game pieces is unavoidable and the players are usually close in order to see the game.

Currently, the following rules apply:

  • You must sign in and sign out on the night. The COVID-19 specific sign-in sheet includes questions around risk factors (i.e. symptoms, travel, contact, etc).
  • If you feel unwell (fever, cough or shortness of breath), stay home. If you become ill after arriving, you may be asked to leave.
  • Please practice good hygiene practices, including covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and regular thorough hand washing (even if feeling healthy). Hand Sanitiser will be available.
  • We will ask you to wipe down chairs and tables used before you move from a finished game and at the end of the night.
  • Games should be played on double tables with one person on each side of the table – in other words, games should have no more than 4 players unless the participants can all keep a good distance from each other (e.g., some social deduction games might allow for this).
  • If possible, play games with fewer shared components.
  • There will be NO SHARED SNACKS or DRINKS until further notice. You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks for yourself.

As the Government guidelines continue to change, so will HoGS rules around meet-ups. We shall keep you informed, here, on Facebook, and via our email list.

If you require further information on COVID19, please refer to the following trusted sources:
• Federal Government COVID-19 Information (https://www.health.gov.au/healt…/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov)
• Tasmanian Government COVID-19 information (https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/…/infectious_diseas…/coronavirus)
• World Health Organisation COVID-19 information (https://www.who.int/emergen…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019)