Introductory Board Games

One of the best things about board games is that anyone can play. All you need is some time and some people to play with! When bringing in friends and family to share your new hobby, most people have no idea where to start.

Here are some games that the Lab Assistants think are great to get people started in tabletop board gaming.

These games are easy to learn, take around an hour to complete and nobody gets eliminated so everyone gets to keep having fun to the very end!

carcassone

Carcassonne by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede

Draw a tile, play the tile, maybe place a meeple. Carcassone features easy to learn rules with little set up time. This makes the game easy to teach with minimal downtime between turns and each individual game doesn’t take long to play.

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Ticket to Ride by Alan R. Moon

At its core Ticket to Ride is choosing between 3 actions: claim a train route, collect train cards or gather destination ticket. Each decision has its own strategic implications with questions that impact future decisions. Which colour train do you take? Which route? Risk big payoff tickets or keep smaller, safer point destinations?

So simple it’s perfect even for children but has enough depth for even veteran board gamers.

Settlers of Catan Box Art

Settlers of Catan by Klaus Teuber

Settlers of Catan is one of the most popular games on this list and for good reason. It features a high level of player interaction but in a non-confrontational way. This player interaction is key to having fun in any game. As well as this interaction, it introduces players to resource management, trading and the victory point mechanic seen in many other games.

Any one of these games will be perfect to start off yourself and your friends on an exciting new hobby! All of these games are in the Board Games Library at Games Laboratory and our staff would be more than happy to take you through the basics, so come in and check them out!

This Weekend! Doomtown, My Little Pony, Painting Mayhem!

First ever Doomtown Tournament!

Games Laboratory is proud to present the first in a series of Doomtown: Reloaded tournaments!

This new progressively expanding story driven game from AEG is set to be a cult classic. Get much sought after promotional items by participating in these official tournaments!

My Little Pony – The Crystal Games – Pre-Release Event

Games Laboratory presents the The Crystal Games Pre-Release!

$25 entry each player receives a theme deck and 2 boosters!

Kicking off at the lazy time of 3pm, there’ll be four 1 hour rounds with promo cards and giveaways!

10 Hour Painting Mayhem!

Got an army you just need to get painted? A new Zombicide expansion that needs a lick of paint? X-Wing miniatures that need custom paint jobs? Then this is the event for you!

Bring your miniatures and painting supplies and paint furiously for 10 hours!

Check out the facebook event for details on rules and prizes!

Buy List Updated!

Buy list updated! Now including Commander 2014!

As always we buy far more than what is on the list, bring in some cards and we’ll have a look, you’d be amazed what you could get for cards you don’t even use. We buy full collections too.

Donations of basic lands (let’s be honest, you got them drafting here and forgot to put them back :D) or old sleeves are always welcome and will receive a high five.
If anyone has a big stack of forests we might even give them two high fives!

Fate Reforged Prerelease Soon!

Preregistration and Preorders are up on the website now!

Check out all the prerelease details!

Note that all preregistration closes strictly 8pm Wednesday 14th January
If you want discounted entry for the weekend you MUST preregister by then.

There’s a discount on booster boxes at only $145 and fat packs at only $55 if you preorder by the above date. Again, you MUST preorder by then if you want the discount.
We’ve also got buy-a-box promos for the first orders.

This Weekend – Warhammer LCG, My Little Pony Prerelease!

First ever Warhammer 40’000 Conquest Tournament!

Saturday 13 December 2014

Games Laboratory is proud to present the first in a series of Warhammer 40’000: Conquest tournaments!

This exciting new LCG from Fantasy Flight Games set in the Warhammer 40’000 universe is set to be a big hit. Get much sought after promotional cards by participating in these official tournaments!

 

 

My Little Pony  The Crystal Games Pre-Release Event

Sunday 14 December 2014

Games Laboratory presents the The Crystal Games Pre-Release!

$25 entry each player receives a theme deck and 2 boosters!

Kicking off at the lazy time of 3pm, there’ll be four 1 hour rounds with promo cards and giveaways!

November FNM Top Results

Who’s going to topple these guys this month?!

The top 6 players by match points from November Standard FNMs
(4 rounds per week)
William Hui 27
Callum Mcleish 27
Rodrigo Rodriguez 25
Adrian Emerson 24
Chris O’Brien 22
William Deasy 21

The top 6 players by match points from November Draft FNMs
(3 rounds per week)
Liam Shiels 27
Adrian Rogers 27
Byron Mihailides 24
Lachlan Singleton 21
Tom Jancik 18
Aaron Lau 18

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas opening hours!!

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – Closed
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – Closing early

Other than that we’re open all through the holiday season!
Come and play FNM on Boxing Day!