Committee

The Melbourne Meeples Committee serves from the Annual General Meeting (normally held in July) of one year to the next.

The current committee consists of the following members:

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Reuben Atchison

President

What was your gateway game/draw card into boardgaming?
Catan

Favourite game?
Terraforming Mars

Favourite Designer/style?
Engine building

What do you like most about the tabletop hobby?
Solving ‘puzzles’ in a social and (sometimes) competitive context

Do you have a favourite meeple colour?
Blue

What do you like most about being involved in the Melbourne Meeples Committee?
Great people and enjoy being part of an organisation that promotes and introduces people to this fun and cool hobby

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Ashley Gardiner

Vice President

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Tamara Price

Secretary

What was your gateway game/draw card into boardgaming?
Ticket to Ride

Favourite game?
Wingspan

Favourite Designer/style?
Worker Placement

What do you like most about the tabletop hobby?
The way boardgames lets you meet and connect with new people. I’ve made so many friends in the tabletop community and has become my favourite hobby.

Do you have a favourite meeple colour?
Purple, pink or red.

What do you like most about being involved in the Melbourne Meeples Committee?
Being able to deliver events for the tabletop community, able to contribute to run awesome events and hang out with fantastic people.

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Mathew Utting

Treasurer

What was your gateway game/draw card into boardgaming?
For modern boardgaming, Carcassonne

Favourite game?
Power Grid

Favourite Designer/style?
Designer is Friedemann Friese (whose designs aren’t always amazing, but are always interesting) and style is probably bidding/economicy kind of games.

What do you like most about the tabletop hobby?
The people. Oh and the games.

Do you have a favourite meeple colour?
Purple

What do you like most about being involved in the Melbourne Meeples Committee?
The free secret jetpacks are pretty cool. Oh… I wasn’t supposed to talk about those. Um… it keeps me busy?

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Ethan Chua

Quatermaster

What was your gateway game/draw card into boardgaming?
I was in a Bridge club in high school, so probably that

Favourite game?
Pandemic Legacies 0-2

Favourite Designer/style?
Probably Uwe Rosenberg, I like strategy games in general

What do you like most about the tabletop hobby?
Trying out new games with friends

Do you have a favourite meeple colour?
None

What do you like most about being involved in the Melbourne Meeples Committee?
Seeing events coming into fruition

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Maya Kraj-Krajewski

What was your gateway game/draw card into boardgaming?
As a kid we played a lot of Memory, Chinese Checkers, 500 & Scrabble
Then after tiring of Monopoly and Upwords

I was introduced to Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne & Ticket to Ride and my world of tabletop gaming suddenly got a whole lot bigger!

Favourite game?
Is it okay to pluralise that? i.e. “games”… yes? Okay!
Right now, they’re Wingspan, The Crew, Pandemic (Legacy S1 was epic!), Lords of Waterdeep, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Rise of Augustus, and Shadows Over Camelot

Favourite Designer/style?
Medieval/Adventure
Trading
Engine Builders
and Area Movement
Matt Leacock and Vladimír Chvátil

What do you like most about the tabletop hobby?
Going on adventures with old friends and making new ones. I also love that I get to be social whilst doing something more introverted – which suits my INFP/ENFP personality well!

Do you have a favourite meeple colour?
Purple – although I often end up playing Yellow (livin’ the Puff-life).

What do you like most about being involved in the Melbourne Meeples Committee?
It has helped me to make friends (as someone originally from interstate), I’ve been able to share the love of my hobby with others, it has put my events, media & comms skills to use, and I have learned more about the wider world of board gaming

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Melissa Gilbert

What was your gateway game/draw card into boardgaming?
Scrabble!

Favourite game?
Too many to name! Currently really enjoying Potion Explosion and Wingspan.

Favourite Designer/style?
I’m pretty open to most styles, don’t really have a favourite.

What do you like most about the tabletop hobby?
That there’s a game for everyone and almost every situation.

Do you have a favourite meeple colour?
Red – it’s lucky!

What do you like most about being involved in the Melbourne Meeples Committee?
It’s a great way to contribute to events that give us more opportunities to play boardgames and also let more people know how much fun they are :blush: