Melissa and Fraser's
We will be exhibiting some of our 300 or so boardgames as part of
the Melbourne Museum's Community Collections program
for the month of September 2006
Modern european-style boardgames typically offer plenty of
interaction between players, relatively short (up to ninety minute)
playing times and opportunities for involvement even during other
players' turns. The emphasis is on skill and strategy over luck, with
many games offering players a choice of actions and opportunities to
trade or negotiate.
Melissa and Fraser have a playing collection of around three hundred games, bought locally as well as on mail order from overseas. They have regular game nights with friends and also play with their daughters, aged three and eight, who are also keen game-players.
They enjoy the social aspects of getting together with friends for a fun game or three, as well as the challenge of trying to out-negotiate an opponent (or each other). They see games as a great way to bring families together and as an interest that crosses over age and geographic differences.
The exhibit will be on show for the entire month. Thanks to Scott Nicholson of Boardgames with Scott who has kindly allowed us to show his video reviews of popular boardgames.
Every Saturday and Sunday
during September, between 11 am and 3 pm, we will run demonstration
games in the Australia Gallery. You will be able to try out a game, or
watch others play it, to get a better feel for how it works.
We will also be running demonstration games between 11 and 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Victorian state school holidays (the last two weeks of September).
With apologies to the museum brochure (which is very nice and professional), here is a map of where we will be. The Australia Gallery is up the escalators to the right after you have been through the main museum entrance.
- Big City
- Magicians' Night
- Plus and Minus
- Power Grid
- Settlers of Catan
- Shadows over Camelot
- Shear Panic
- Sunda to Sahul
- Tier auf Tier (animal upon animal)
- Great games for 2 (PDF, 50kb)
- Great games for families
- Games in education
- Games for preschoolers
- Running a family game night
- Australian games
- Aviation, naval and maritime games
- Civilisation-building games
- Games about history
- Great games for lovers of natural history
- Great games about travelling
There was an article about our collection in the Moreland Leader on September 4, 2006. Read transcript
- Australian Games Expo -
Albury, June. Targeted at the general public as well as game
enthusiasts. Compete in the tournaments to win a trip to the game fair
in Essen, Germany.
- Melbourne Gamers - online forums for gamers in Melbourne - discuss and arrange gaming events, and find out what's on.
- Eurogamesfest - monthly game days (new players welcome!) in Melbourne, Canberra and Albury - Melbourne's are run in Kew on the first Saturday of the month.
- Game clubs - there are a number of game clubs in Melbourne, meeting
anywhere from once a week to once a month. You're welcome to email us
(boardgamescollection -at- gmail.com) for your nearest club.
- Boardgamegeek - the best site on the internet for boardgame reviews and information
- Boardgamenews - what's new in gaming
- Boardgames with Scott - weekly video reviews of popular boardgames
(tell them you saw our display!)
- Military Simulations (MilSims) - based in Bentleigh, but they also offer online ordering.
- Mind Games Melbourne - city-based store, a great range, very knowledgeable staff.
- The Games Shop - another city-based store with the best of the best games. Online ordering available.
- Caterpillar games - fantastic range of hard-to-find kids' and family games, with fast and friendly service.
- Games Paradise - large Sydney store with online ordering.
- Mind Games Albury - excellent range, flat rate postage, discounts off retail prices for online orders.
- Unhalfbricking games - Internet-only store, based in Melbourne - discount prices and local delivery /pickup options.