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OzBunnyCon 2024 Update

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Tickets are On Sale Now

OzBunnyCon 2024 will be running from Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April at the  Glen Waverley Bowls Club, 690 Waverley Rd, Glen Waverley VIC 3150.

You can pick up a four day pass for $55 (+ booking fee), or day passes are $25 (+ booking fee). Don’t leave purchasing tickets too late – it’s an intimate venue and tickets are limited. We’ve sold out the last 3 years and expect 2024 to be no different, so get in quick to avoid disappointment!

Blood on the Clocktower Returns

The ever popular Blood on the Clocktower sessions will return for OzBunnyCon 2024, with numerous games scheduled throughout the weekend, so all those with a love of social deduction can get their fix. Schedule of sessions will be released closer to the event.

Melbourne Meeples Merch Available

Including OzBunnyCon 2024,  MeepleCon X and Melbourne Meeples merch!

OzBunnyCon T-shirt
OzBunnyCon T-shirt
OzBunnyCon T-shirt
OzBunnyCon Hat

After the popularity of our commemorative MeepleCon X shirts last year we’ve decided to launch some merch for OzBunnyCon 2024, and some adorable Melbourne Meeples items as well.

We have partnered with a local company to produce our merchandise. Even better you can choose to either: Get it delivered to you before OzBunnyCon so you can wash and have it ready for the event, or Select to pick it up at OzBunnyCon in Glen Waverley

Check out what’s on offer !!

Announcing OzBunnyCon 2024

It’s official, Meeps! 4 full days of board gaming fun over Easter in Melbourne’s South East is back for another year!

OzBunnyCon 2024 will be running over the Easter long weekend from Friday the 29th March to Monday 1st April at the Glen Waverley Bowls Club, 690 Waverley Rd, Glen Waverley VIC 3150.

You can pick up a four day pass for $55 (+ booking fee) or day passes are $25 (+ booking fee). It’s an intimate venue and tickets are limited. OzBunnyCon sold out the last 3 years and we anticipate a high demand for tickets again this year, so grab one now before they sell out!To view all the details of OzBunnyCon, including what to expect, how to get there, the food situation, and more, check out https://ozb.meeples.org.au/.

Don’t forget Melbourne Meeples Members get a $20 discount on their ticket and are also entered into an exclusive Members only draw! Check out the discounted Melbourne Meeples Membership before you buy your ticket.

Announcing Board to Death

We’re partnering with our friends at True North to bring you a new event in the Melbourne Meeples calendar, namely Board to Death.

The Board to Death logo sits above artwork of a zombie in a meeple shirt passing a Calico token to the viewer as a red demon holds it's head in it's hands and the Grim Reaper studies his board.

The box from Calico sits on the table as well as some beer and pretzels

Board to Death runs every third Saturday of the month at True North in Coburg (just near the Coburg station and the number 19 tram) starting again on Feb 17th 2024 .

True North is a fantastic cafe with a chilled out vibe and some great retro decor. They serve meals with a rock and roll vibe (and most of them are puns related to 80s and 90s bands and songs). They’re open from the crack of dawn until the dead of night (1am!). 

Unlike Audacious, Board to Death runs during the evenings, currently from 7pm until late.

Featuring all the great modern board games you’ve come to know and love from a Melbourne Meeples event, with the chill vibe of True North and a great variety of drink options and some food to die for.

While we’re aware that some may be disappointed that Audacious is no longer running, we hope that you’ll join us at Board to Death as a new Saturday tradition.

Find out all the gory details on the Board to Death page.

What’s Happening in 2024

There’s a lot of exciting meeple things planned for 2024, and we’re getting started straight away.

Board in the West is the first event on the meeple calendar with the January event starting 6pm, Friday January 5th. Also Board in the East and Games After Dark are not missing a beat and are scheduled as normal in January (BitE Friday 12th and Games After Dark Thursday 18th).

NSEG will return to the Croxton on Sunday February 11th. 

Dates for Devonshire Society are still being organised. We will communicate the details when they are finalised.

Unfortunately Audacious Games will not continue in 2024. We’re looking into the possibility of starting some new events in 2024, and will communicate the details when they are finalised.

Our next major event is OzBunnyCon over the Easter weekend, Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April. Tickets will go on sale in January – we’ll let you know more soon.

Members will hear first and will get first access to purchase tickets at the special member discounted price! 

Watch this space for announcements about OzBunnyCon and all the exciting Meeple events planned for 2024!

2023 – Meeple Year In Review

Hi Meeples!

It was an exciting, almost epic 2023 for our team here at Melbourne Meeples, and for our amazing community of members and supporters. We have more members than we’ve ever had, and hold more events in more areas of the city than ever before too – building on our mission to make board gaming accessible to as many people as possible across our great city.

People take in the games and accessories at the Melbourne Board Game Market 2023

In May the Melbourne Board Game Market brought over 600 people together with a host of local tabletop creatives, as well possibly the largest board game flea market Melbourne has ever seen. On the night before, PAX we brought board gaming to Fed Square, hiding just under cover on a drizzly night and converting many brand new gamers in the process!

People play at MeepleCon 2023

Now, waking from a packed MeepleCon, with more events, volunteers, contests (and raffle prizes!) than ever before and our biggest ever library – it feels important to add a bit of humility. We have an amazing, hard working team it’s true, but all of this is only possible because of you.

You meeps – our supporters, and especially our members – are the magic that makes our community special and keeps the magic alive. When new gamers come to our events – whether MeepleCon or OzBunnyCon, or NSEG, Board in the West, Board in the East, Games after Dark, the Devonshire Society, or Audacious Games – it’s the joy of sitting around a table playing a great game that brings them back, and it’s the other people at the table that make that experience magical. That’s you meeps. To our members – you make such a massive difference in ensuring we can continue doing what we do, and so often you take that next step from being a member to helping run our events and in doing so making board gaming more accessible to more great people like you. Thank you for being awesome, have a fantastic holiday season, and be assured – we have an even better 2024 to look forward to.

All the best,

Chris Ingold
President
Melbourne Meeples

New Boardgames added to the Library

We were lucky to have two Melbourne Meeples committee members attend Spiel Essen this year, and grab some hot new games to add to the Meeples Library, just in time for MeepleCon!

Our members were surveyed on what boardgames they thought should be added to the library, and we’ve been able to secure some of their most requested games!

  • Apiary is a worker placement game for 1-5 players set in a far-distant future where humans no longer inhabit Earth. Over the span of untold generations, one species of the humble honeybee evolved to fill that void. Players explore planets, gather resources, develop technologies, and create carvings to demonstrate your faction’s strengths over one year’s Flow. 7.7 BGG Rating
  • Among Cultists is a social deduction thriller where you become a member of M, the secret society. Try to prevent the arrival of an evil being at your university… but beware: vicious cultists are already among us! 8.1 BGG Rating
  • Earth is an open world engine builder for 1 to 5 players with simple rules but tons of strategic possibilities. With its encyclopedic nature and the enormous number of unique cards and combinations, every single game will allow you to discover new synergies and connections, just as our vast and fascinating world allows us to do! 7.8 BGG Rating
  • Evacuation life on our planet is being burned away thanks to increasingly intense sunlight, so everyone is trying to move all the people and factories in their territories from the “old” planet to a new one — and they have only four rounds in which to do so.  7.8 BGG Rating
  • Evenfall is a card-driven, engine-building game with both novel and familiar mechanisms for 1 to 4 players. Manage your resources, execute your actions in an efficient order, and discover card and action synergies that generate victory points. 8.1 BGG Rating
  • Kutná Hora: The City of Silver is a historical city-building Eurogame for 2-4 players that features a real-life supply and demand experience in which every action you take has an impact on the game’s dynamic economic systems. 7.9 BGG Rating
  • Nucleum is a heavy euro board game in which players take role of industrialists trying to succeed during the economic and technological boom of 19th-century Saxony, fueled by the invention and spread of the Nucleum (a nuclear reactor). 8.3 BGG Rating
  • Satori is is a Japanese Buddhism term for awakening and refers to a full and deep experience of enlightenment. In Satori, players compete to advance on the spiritual path. For this end, you’ll build new temples for the votaries to pray, get the wisest monks and contribute to build up the great pagoda to turn Koyasan in the heart of the zen Buddhism. 8.0 BGG Rating
  • Sky Team is a co-operative game, exclusively for two players, in which you play a pilot and co-pilot at the controls of an airliner. Your goal is to work together as a team to land your airplane in different airports around the world. 8.2 BGG Rating

23/24 Annual General Meeting Minutes


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held online on Monday 17th July at 8pm.

Committee Members

PositionAppointee
PresidentChris Ingold
Vice-PresidentMelissa Gilbert
SecretaryTamara Price
TreasurerMathew Utting
General Committee MembersJennie Florez
Francois Grobler
Sonika Balyan

Draft meeting minutes are below.

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2023/24 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 17th July, at 8pm, online.

If you would like to nominate for one if the elected positions, discuss the future of the club or get involved, please attend and have your voice heard.

Positions are;

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • General Committee Member(s)

Nominations will occur on the day, so be sure to attend and either nominate yourself for a position or vote on whom you’d like to run the club.

If you are unable to attend, you may nominate for a position and specify a proxy by emailing meeplecon@gmail.com.

You will need to be a paid member to be involved in the nomination process or take part in voting.

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2023/24 AGM Date Change

It’s that time of year again, with the end of financial year approaching, so does a new membership year for Melbourne Meeples! All our members help keep the Melbourne Meeples alive, as well ad getting great discounts on events run by Melbourne Meeples, as well as fantastic discounts at a range of our retail partners. The date for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) has also been moved back 2 weeks, to allow for the various reports to be created and everything checked that’s required at an AGM. We hope to see as many of you there (online) as possible!

Membership Renewal

If you love attending our events and what we do, want discounted/free entry to an array of events and discounts at retailers, consider renewing your Melbourne Meeples Membership for the next financial year.

You can renew either online anytime.

Melbourne Meeple Members receive for the following benefits;

  • Free entry into NSEG game days
  • Free entry into Audacious Game days
  • Discount off your OzBunnycon ticket
  • Discount off your Meeplecon ticket
  • Discount entry to Board in the West events
  • Discount entry to The Devonshire Society events
  • Discounts at select board gaming retailers
  • Access to borrow from the Melbourne Meeples Inc. Library
  • Help decide what games are added to the games library
  • Voting rights at Melbourne Meeples general meetings

Memberships are anytime online, however, you will not be able to vote or receive the above benefits until you have paid your membership fees.

Date Change – 2023/24 AGM

The Melbourne Meeples Inc. 2023/2024 AGM will be held on Monday 17rd of July at 8pm, and will be held online.

If you would like to nominate for one if the elected positions, discuss the future of the club or get involved, please attend and have your voice heard.

Positions are;

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • General Committee Member

Nominations will occur on the day, so be sure to attend and either nominate yourself for a position or vote on whom you’d like to run the club.

If you are unable to attend, you may nominate for a position and specify a proxy by emailing meeplecon@gmail.com.

You will need to be a paid up member to be involved in the nomination process or take part in voting.

Want to Help Run Boardgame Events?

Maybe you’ve got an idea for a new boardgame event, and need some assistance, e.g. manpower, library, insurance etc.

Or perhaps you just like attending our awesome events and want to help contribute to ensure we can keep delivering boardgame events for the Melbourne community.

Melbourne Meeples Inc. is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation run by a small number of volunteers who put on a large number of events throughout the year with the aim of building and developing the Melbourne boardgame community.

We’re always in need of more people to volunteer their time, whether it’s at an event helping setup/packup, or assistance with the organisation, either for one specific event, or by joining the Melbourne Meeples Committe or one of the sub-committes for a specific event.

Anyone who is interested, please reach out to meeplecon@gmail.com to find out more!

2022 Annual General Meeting

The Melbourne Meeples Inc General Annual Meeting is being held on Sunday 10th of July at 12pm at Croxton Park Hotel, 607 High St, Thornbury

If you would like to nominate for one if the elected positions, discuss the future of the club or get involved, please attend and have your voice heard.

Positions are;

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Quartermaster

Nominations will occur on the day, so be sure to attend and either nominate yourself for a position or vote on whom you’d like to run the club.

If you are unable to attend, you may nominate for a position and specify a proxy by emailing meeplecon@gmail.com.

You will need to be a paid up member to be involved in the nomination process or take part in voting.

Membership Renewal

You can renew online anytime.

Continue your Melbourne Meeple Membership for the following benefits;

  • Free entry into NSEG game days
  • Discount off your OzBunnycon ticket
  • Discount off your Meeplecon ticket
  • Discount entry to The Devonshire Society events
  • Discount entry to Board in the West events
  • Voting rights at Melbourne Meeples general meetings
  • Access to borrow from the Melbourne Meeples Inc. Library
  • Help decide what games are added to the games library
  • Discounts at select board gaming retailers

You will not be able to vote or receive the above benefits until you have paid your membership fees.

Agenda and Attachments

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