Welcome to NAGA!

The Nashville Area Gamers Association is an open community of gamers who work to foster games in Nashville by connecting fellow gamers and providing support for gaming related events and activities. We aim to be a resource for existing gaming communities as well as foster new ones.

The Motto: "More opportunities for more games".

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Major Gaming Events in 2016

Tabletop Day - Saturday April 30th (The Library)

NashCon - Weekend of May 27th (Click for NAGA discount admission!)

Origins - June 15th - 19th (Columbus, Ohio)*

GenCon - August 4th-7th (Indianapolis, IN)*

Mind's Eye Society - Weekend of October 15th

GMX - First weekend in November

PhreakNIC - Weekend of November 4th

* National events listed for those who road trip; carpooling is common.

Here are some of the local Meetup groups:

  NAGA Meetup (Add your events!)  Board Game Lovers  Greater Nashville RPG & Board Gamers Group  Middle TN Tabletop Game Designers

Photos from the last year of conventions:

 Photos: Nashcon 2013  Photos: GMX 2013  Photos: TN Game Days 2014  Photos: MTAC 2014 Friday  Photos: MTAC 2014 Saturday

Event Calendar

This is a combined calendar of several different groups in Nashville. Add your game to this calendar by joining our Meetup Group. We're happy to list any active traditional game event in Greater Nashville.

Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, July 25th at 6:00pm Frontline Games

Let's play games and have some fun.

Join us for board games and lots of fun with a great group of people. You do not have to know how to play the games as most can be learned first time you play. Join us for a fun night. Feel free to bring games or just join in on games being taught by others.

Where adults (18 years of age and older) can meet up to play board games and card games and make new friends. Bring games of your own to play with others or just come and learn new games. These games are easy to learn, so join in the fun!

This group tends to favor Euro style or worker placement style board games and other modern day favorites on http://boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgame

An example of typical board games played at the meet up include: Dominant Species, Eclipse Ascension, Small World, Carcasonne, Dixit, Kingsburg, DC, Survive Escape from Atlantis, Power Grid, Lords of Waterdeep, Stone Age, 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan, Thurn and Taxis, Citadels, Dominion, Pandemic, Caylus, Agricola, Ticket to Ride Europe, Risk Legacy, and Dice Town.

All of these games are a ton of fun, and we always have someone there who knows how to play them. We are always more than happy to teach games to people who are new. We would love for you to come out and give it a try.


Monday Night Board Games @ The Game Keep

Monday, July 25th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Flames of War

Tuesday, July 26th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Flames of War Open Gaming all the time, but expect to find people here playing Flames of War for sure.


Board Games Night

Tuesday, July 26th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Bring in a Boardgame, or show up to play. This is a regularly-scheduled night for playing a random variety of boardgames.


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, July 26th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

The Track & Hull Club is a historical miniature gaming group that plays strategic games, primarily historical recreations or situations. We meet weekly at the Game Keep for miniature gaming.


Comics Day

Wednesday, July 27th at 12:00am Grand Adventures


Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00pm Cheshire Hall

Open board game and card game night - feel free to drop in! We have a large library of advanced board games and card games.  There are usually a couple games running at any given time, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to jump into a game. Doors open at 5:00pm; games usually get going around 6:00pm and end between 10:00 and Midnight.


Modern Constructed 6PM

Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00pm Grand Adventures

$5.00 entry Modern Constructed


Greater Nashville D&D Adventurers League - Curse of Strahd

Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

The D&D Adventurers League is an ongoing official organized play campaign for Dungeons & Dragons. It uses the fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons rules, and features the Forgotten Realms setting. You can create a character and bring that character or create one with the aid of DM's and players.

                           The new season of Adventurers League begins!

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                                   CURSE OF STRAHD LAUNCH EVENT

                                Wednesday nights at the Game Keep

We welcome new and veteran players! Bring some paper and a pencil. If you have dice, bring them too! Karl has a great selection at the store if you need dice!

We will help new players create characters using the Player's Handbook before we start if needed. We will have veteran players and Game Masters to help assist with questions.

We will have Character Sheets and AL Logsheets available for everyone.

Bring your imagination and get ready to experience the mists of Strahd. This is the launch event for the new season of Adventurers League that will run on Wednesday nights. 

The Curse of Strahd storyline season runs from Friday, March 11, 2016 through Sunday, June 19,2016.

RSVP now and reserve your spot!


This season:

Unravel the mysteries of Ravenloft® in this dread adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game


Under raging storm clouds, the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich stands silhouetted against the ancient walls of Castle Ravenloft. Rumbling thunder pounds the castle spires. The wind’s howling increases as he turns his gaze down toward the village of Barovia. Far below, yet not beyond his keen eyesight, a party of adventurers has just entered his domain. Strahd’s face forms the barest hint of a smile as his dark plan unfolds. He knew they were coming, and he knows why they came — all according to his plan. A lightning flash rips through the darkness, but Strahd is gone. Only the howling of the wind fills the midnight air. The master of Castle Ravenloft is having guests for dinner. And you are invited.

Table 1: DM Matt; Curse of Strahd Hardcover storyline

Table 2: DM Josh; Curse of Strahd Hardcover

Table 3: DM Rick; Curse of Strahd AL Modules storyline 

Table 4: DM Mike;  Curse of Strahd Hardcover storyline


40K Gaming and open gaming as always

Thursday, July 28th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Whether you're loyal to the Emperor, a traitor to the corpse god, or an alien race bent on domination, you can find an opponent today.


40K Gaming

Friday, July 29th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Whether you're loyal to the Emperor, a traitor to the corpse god, or an alien race bent on domination, you can find an opponent today.


Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, July 29th at 5:00pm Cheshire Hall

An evening spent on the more in depth games.  These can include tabletop roleplaying games, and strategy or long play board games (like Ogre, Duel of Ages, or Battlestar Galactica).  One-shots, campaigns, and long board games or card games are all welcome.  New players are always welcome and there are pretty much always a few seats free at a game.

Participants are encouraged to organize together in advance as groups for a particular game to better allocate tables.  While there are usually some gamers hanging out for a pick-up game, the idea of the evening is to organize for specific, longer games that aren't as feasible on the more casual Wednesday open gaming night.  Which isn't to say that it's a serious tone... we're a friendly group, and there's a bunch of laughter and cheering on most nights.

We encourage people to show up early, so games can get rolling earlier rather than later.  If you're planning a particular game, please note when it starts.  From Pathfinder to Fiasco, Arkham Horror to Railways of the World, you'll be able to find other people interested in playing just about anything under the sun.  Feel free to plan games in the comments section here.

Note: Doors open at 5pm with an eye toward play starting by 7pm. Like every other open event, this is participatory, so feel free to suggest and put forward ideas.  This is a Cheshire Hall event, part of NAGA, which includes many different gaming groups.


Friday Night D&D Adventurers League @ The Game Keep!

Friday, July 29th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

       The new season of Adventurers League continues!

                                                       Curse of Strahd

Under raging storm clouds, the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich stands silhouetted against the ancient walls of Castle Ravenloft. Rumbling thunder pounds the castle spires. The wind’s howling increases as he turns his gaze down toward the village of Barovia. A lightning flash rips through the darkness, but Strahd is gone. Only the howling of the wind fills the midnight air. The master of Castle Ravenloft is having guests for dinner—and you are invited.

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Adventure opportunities into the mists are abundant:

DDEX4-01C: Suits of the Mist

(levels 1-2)

DDEX4-02: The Beast (levels 1-4)

DDEX4-03: The Executioner (levels 1-4)

DDEX4-04: The Marionette (level 1-4)

DDEX4-05C: The Seer  (level 1-4)

DDEX4-06C: The Ghost  (level 1-4)

Each module is designed for 4-8 hours play. Jump in anytime! We welcome new and veteran players! 

We will have Character Sheets and AL Logsheets available for everyone.

Bring your imagination and get ready to experience the mists of Strahd.

RSVP now and reserve your spot!

This event is limited to 2 tables - RSVP early to save your seat!


Magic Tournament!

Friday, July 29th at 7:00pm Grand Adventures


Force of Will Constructed @2PM

Saturday, July 30th at 12:00am Grand Adventures


40K Gaming

Saturday, July 30th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Whether you're loyal to the Emperor, a traitor to the corpse god, or an alien race bent on domination, you can find an opponent today.


Regular Open Events

Want your group listed here? We're going to be opening up this website for collaborative editing in May 2016, or you can contact Evan to get your group listed right now. You can also list events on the NAGACentral Meetup, or ask that your meetup be added to the calendar to the left.

Open Board Game and Card Game Nights

Every Wednesday Cheshire Hall hosts a Open Board Game Night, which can range from card games through all manner of board games, through to strategy wargames. There is often a pot luck dinner, and plenty of pick up games. Everybody is welcome to show up, meet other gamers and play from the extensive library of games our members have. Feel free to bring a game, or show up to look for new players. For more information, call Evan at (814) 889-8845, or Sarah at (814) 404-0008.

Another Wednesday group meets at Frontline Games in Clarksville on Wednesdays, and it's a great open group too!

See Wednesday Open Nights on Meetup »

RPG and Strategy Game Nights

Every Friday Cheshire Hall hosts a Open RPG and Strategy Game Night, which is honestly just the night for longer games -- including board games if you want. It's a little more organized, so you might want to declare a game you want to run and get some players. On the other hand, there are usually a few people who just show up that can form a table.

See Friday Open Nights on Meetup »

Nashville Unveiled

Do you like murder mystery parties or improv theater? Are you into urban and modern supernatural fantasy games? Then join the ongoing story that is Nashville Unveiled! This is a theatrical style LARP: no foam weapons, and more like a dinner party with character sheets. Well... and occasional bloodthirsty combat resolved through a variant of the classic RPG turns and dice. Alternates with Tabletop RPG Day on Saturdays.

Visit the Website »

GenCon Caravan

Every year we head up to the biggest four days in gaming: GenCon Indy. The 2016 Caravan is already shaping up for the largest gaming convention in the world.

Visit the Website »

What is NAGA

The Nashville Area Gamer Association is an open community of gamers who work to foster games in Nashville by connecting fellow gamers and providing support for gaming related events and activities. We aim to be a resource for existing gaming communities as well as foster new ones.

Our motto: "More opportunities for more games".

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July 17th, 2016

Sunday, July 17th at 3:04pm

Normal people play Pokémon GO as it is presented. But when a bunch of roleplayers all gather around a table for dinner, and the phones come out to show each other the game, this is the result you get. Because gamers just can't leave a system alone without tweaking it.

From the post-CofD game dinner at Chuy's. +V. Leigh Husson and +Amber Roberts pictured.

July 15th, 2016

Friday, July 15th at 7:26pm

All the map I'll ever need I got from David Rees.

July 12th, 2016

Tuesday, July 12th at 4:19pm

I'm not a fan of Lulu's print quality, but there are some RPG books there that aren't available at OneBookShelf.

Original Post from Steve Keller (Robotkarateman):

h/t to +Michael Harrel -

SHIPWEEK16 gets you 50% off at Lulu until July 15th. 50% off is about the right price for the print quality there, so pick up GENERALA for $2.50 and you'll be getting what you pay for!


July 11th, 2016

Monday, July 11th at 11:52am

And now for something entirely unrelated to Pokemon Go. That'll have to wait until 2017. GenCon lists 43 traditional Pokemon events for this year (that I can easily find), and you know there will be hallway collisions this year with people playing Pokemon Go. It's only a matter of time until it's a tabletop RPG with optional LARP rules. The hallway collisions, I mean. People with their heads down to their phones while running through narrow halls make for awesome Paranoia or Tales of the Floating Vagabond NPCs.

By the way, in choosing to be bemused in good nature by the popularity of this game, I'm mock horribly disappointed that Pokemon Go isn't played with two types of creatures, white and black, on a virtual grid. #GottaPonnukiThemAll

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July 9th, 2016

Saturday, July 9th at 12:37am

My definition of the OSR:

So, I just ran a party from a map by +Dyson Logos into a map by +matt jackson in the Elemental Plane of Earth, where they fought (and occasionally ran from) creatures from +James V West, +James Raggi's Slügs, and +Richard LeBlanc's Creature Compendium, while playing classes ranging from original Clerics, Elves, Magic Users and Thieves (using Dyson Logos' 2d6 Thief rules) to +Josie x's Blood Druid, +Ray Chapel's Witcher, and +James V West's Chainmail Chick (currently petrified and in search of flesh). All using a custom system based on B/X and S&W Whitebox.

One and a half PC deaths (KIA by a Gravity Guard, and petrified counts as half dead), and game ran nearly an hour late with no complaints from our eight players ranging from their early 20s to their 60s.

The state of tabletop roleplaying in 2016 is pretty danged awesome thanks to all of you. The Music City Murderhobos thank you for our evening!

July 7th, 2016

Thursday, July 7th at 3:45pm

Just noticed this on my wife's desk as I walked through. It's actually a corset shaped lamp -- +Sarah Edwards is really into corsets -- and the black bit at the top is her beret. The button, however, is new. It's from one of my players, who created OSR buttons for the Music City Murderhobos (the name of the group at one of my tables). 

July 7th, 2016

Thursday, July 7th at 9:37am

Filed under "Stuff we're Kickstarting" is Urban Knights, which I think we backed simply because I've been playing The Rockford Files and classic Law and Order in the background while I work. Plus it's downright refreshing to have a straightforward "modern" genre game that isn't a "mashup of {insert list here}."

It'll be nice to sit in a 70s game that doesn't involve "and there's a conspiracy of steampunk clown aliens fighting the ninja superheroes created after the earth was cracked open by the magic dinosaur zombies led by Cthulhu." Not that there's anything wrong with that per se, but a steady diet of it gets boring.

Gimmie some anti-heroes on the side of good, car chases in land yachts from Detroit, and a pile of dice. Urban without the fantasy -- or the cellphones. Drop a dime and work your CIs because the sergeant is breathing down your neck. Oh, yeah...

Thanks to +RPG Circus podcast for the headsup about the project.

June 30th, 2016

Thursday, June 30th at 3:08pm

It always amuses me the strong feelings some people have about this. Semi-related, I can't seem to find a classic illustration with multiple, mixed demihumans. So just cross your eyes when looking at the picture. Or have a few stiff drinks.

June 30th, 2016

Thursday, June 30th at 9:40am

If you are planning a RPG Kickstarter, look to +Goodman Games and +Onyx Path Publishing as examples of what to do.

I've watched the latter be phenomenally open and honest, publically sharing their process of improving over each mistake made in their early projects, and impressively leveraging the net as they do open development, sharing drafts and incorporating cultivated feedback without ever letting the mob rule.

I swear Goodman Games is using planar magic to outsource from some outer plane where you get more for your money. Their ability to manage and stay in constant communication about a dozen fiddly stretch goals -- ones that other Kickstarters would fail on delivering as their main goal -- is amazing.

June 25th, 2016

Saturday, June 25th at 6:20pm

The top and bottom are replacements - like many others, I wore my originals out. The orange spine PHB I got when it was released at a defunct bookstore in a mall that no longer exists. It has finally started to give up the ghost after a trip to NashCon. Luckily this was an easy fix, but I foresee a day soon when all my original books from this era are lost or unusable in their original form.

A book in "poor" condition like this was not abused -- it was just actively played through its entire lifespan. May all the books wind up this way.

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