All reality is a game. Physics at its most fundamental, the very fabric of our universe, results directly from the interaction of certain fairly simple rules, and chance... (Iain Banks)
Hi Jon - welcome to BGG. There is quite an active "game culture" in Melbourne, with a lot of regular open game groups, some conventions and other gatherings. Please feel encouraged to participate, all the groups are welcoming and like to see new people. Sometimes the array of new games may be bewildering but fundamentally more games = more fun :} In addition to BGG, there is discussion and local announcements at http://www.melbournegamers.com - please feel free to join us there too.