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A famous Australian game company is Australian Design Group.

World in Flames is a game known worldwide. I haven't played it yet, but it looks like the perfect game for university students!
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petzl wrote:
Hi everyone!
And one last thing, is there any board game conventions or conferences in Australia that are similar to this so called ‘Essen’ that has been elevated to mythological proportions by users on these forums?


I think you just missed the Australian Games Expo.

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wrkeech wrote:
petzl wrote:
Hi everyone!
And one last thing, is there any board game conventions or conferences in Australia that are similar to this so called ‘Essen’ that has been elevated to mythological proportions by users on these forums?


I think you just missed the Australian Games Expo.



Having been to both I can confirm that it is is not quite in the Essen league yet
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Karlsen wrote:
Having been to both I can confirm that it is is not quite in the Essen league yet


but it's still mighty good fun...
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In addition to Australian Design Group, there is also Sagacity Games, who published the cool puzzle-map game, Sunda to Sahul. I'm pretty sure there are other Aussie game publishers.

If you want a beer and pretzel, pub-crawl game, singing and trivia game, there's Oz Crawl. That might go down well with the uni crowd!
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Welcome Sam

Ive found that games in australia are very expensive.
you can buy games off ebay international cheap however the shipping is the killer.

From my research only really seems worth buying international for small card games like sabetour, citadels, munchkin things like that.
However if you are buying in australia www.gamesparadise.com.au isnt bad seeing as they offer free shipping if you spend over $85.

Other than that what I have been doing is checking around for cheap games in the bgg marketplace.plus i occasionally find the rare cheap game on ebay australia.

Goodluck finding a game group. wish i could help you out but im located in brisbane

I recently got into board games near the end of last year so im pretty new to the scene also but have spent a lot of time latelly obsessing on bgg so if you have any questions or just want a fellow aussie to have a chat with feel free to send me a message or add me as a geek buddy
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Welcome Sam,

If you're looking for some games to buy you can do the following:

Under the "Bazaar" menu select "Marketplace".

Then hit the "edit filter" link. Check the Australian dollars box and uncheck the other currencies. Click "Apply filters".

Under Select a letter to browse you can click on "ALL" or individual letters to see what games are for sale on BGG in Australia.

Good luck.

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G'day Sam,

Welcome to BGG. There are a few boardgame gatherings in Australia - the largest is AGE over Australia Day in Canberra. There are also boardgames at Gencon Australia (Brisbane) and at several of the roleplaying conventions. Bordercon (Albury - Queens Birthday weekend) is excellent too. The best thing is to keep a close eye on the Australian forums so you get advance notice of events.

Boardgame prices here are very high compared with Europe and North America due to shipping and warehouse costs. Even the larger local distributors can pay $20 shipping per item. You will find there is an ongoing debate about the ethics of buying (somewhat) cheaper items from online stores vs paying a premium to buy at a physical shop - the latter costs more, but you get to see and sometimes play the game before buying. This list might be helpful: 2009 Online Australian Retailers List & Price Comparison Guide

Good luck, I hope to meet you at a con some day.

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Funny, he doesn't look newish.
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cold_fuzion wrote:
Funny, he doesn't look newish.


Now thats funny!
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petzl wrote:
So where do people buy their games from? Online? Or are there any other places to buy games apart from the charlestown square games shop? (for those in newcastle).

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petzl wrote:

And whats the go with expensive games! For example caylus was $100 dollars at the games shop (one hundred freaking dollars!). I have noticed it goes for around $50 dollars in the US, and with 1 AUD = roughly 0.90 USD, thats an equivalence of $90! Thats just ridinkculous! So where do people buy their games from? Online? Or are there any other places to buy games apart from the charlestown square games shop? (for those in newcastle).

Unfortunately, we're in the arse end of the world, with a relatively small market for this stuff, and very few suppliers for competition. The bulk economic principle: The more you buy, the bigger the discount, the cheaper each individual item is. If Australian suppliers could be sure half of Sydney would buy Caylus, then it would be closer to $70, but you've still gotta factor in shipping and a whole bunch of related costs. And the fact that board game stores keep losing their clientele to online shops isn't bringing prices down.

Thing is, if the games shop is worth its salt, they'll make up the price difference with value. If you're in Newcastle, find a free day and jump on a train to Chatswood, (bring a book or something, it's a fair trip), and stop by the game shop here. Sometimes it's worth a little bit of extra money to be able to hold the game, have a conversation about it, get a good recommendation on others, not have to wait for it to be shipped, and of course, be able to bring it back if you're missing a piece. If you're lucky, we'll even have a game of it with you before you buy it.

And as a gamer at uni-student age myself, sounds like you'd be into Saboteur. Flexible, quick to pick up, but plays on strategy of politics between players, and of course, RRP $30 hehe.
 
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Hi Sam,

Welcome aboard. Expect to spend a LOT of time here.

I'll concur with all the previous comments. Games in Oz are ridiculously expensive, but the same is also true for books and lots of other commodities, here in the antipodes.

There are a few alternatives to buying from a retailer;

You could use the BGG marketplace

Or you could trade games you don't want with other BGG users.

I'll also put in a second vote for Saboteur.
 
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Hey Sam, and welcome to the forums.

We here at the Newcastle Area Boardgaming Society are always looking for new members. We meet every two weeks for an evening of good games and good company in the Newcastle area. Our next meet is on Saturday, February 27th.

Come see us at www.nabsonline.org

-rkt
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