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, February 27th 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, February 27th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, February 28th 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.


Adult Board Game Night

Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00pm Camino Real

A diverse, adult board game group that weekly (Tuesday evenings, 6:00 p.m.) at Camino Real to play all kinds of board games.

Come on out and join us for board game night on Tuesday at Camino Real!

Make sure you RSVP so we have an idea of how many tables/chairs to ask them to set up.

Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to close! We are starting at 6:00 p.m. so everyone has a chance to order and eat, and then we will start playing at 6:30 p.m.!

Everyone is welcome to bring their board games, although it is not a requirement. Plus, if you don't know how to play a game, no worries... that's what we are all here for, to learn new games, meet new people and have fun! Hope to see you there!"

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1533090900337368/

The event location changes rarely but 99% of the time its at the same place, the area the event is in however is always 100% in the Nashville/Antioch area.

The link above is for the groups official FaceBook page. The FB group officially does it every 2 weeks. But I "unofficially" handle the meetups on the weeks in between. Just incase you do join the FB group and see contradicting information. Thats why.


Boardgames Downtown

Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00pm The Cumberland

Open boardgame evening - although numbers are limited due to space restrictions. I'm looking forward to meeting fellow Nashvillians who like to play!

We have a communual space with some 4 seater tables, some high long benches and a larger boardroom space with a giant table (which I have to book). 

Feel free to bring a favourite game. I have a small selection of games available: Dominion (all sets), Five Tribes, Splendor, Stone Age, Ubongo, Evo, Raiders of the North Sea, Alhambra Big Box, Ticket to Ride, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Portal, Incan Gold, Piece of Cake, Genial and a number of smaller quicker games.

This is a secure building, so to enter you will need to scroll through the resident list until you find Adrianne - call me and I can let you in. 

Parking is free at Bicentennial mall in the employee lots after hours and there is a free bus than will bring you very close, or else it's an easy 5 - 10 minute stroll. The Library Garage parking is right across the street. There is very limited on-street parking in the area.

I hope to make this a weekly event, so keep an eye out for one that suits you.


Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, March 1st 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.


Nashville D&D Adventurers League

Wednesday, March 1st at 6:30pm The Game Keep

      The new season of Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League begins!

                        Greater Nashville D&D Adventurers League

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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 play D&D Adventurers League games at any place that features adventures bearing the D&D Adventurers League logo. You can create a character and bring that character to games anywhere D&D Adventurers League is supported. 


THE NEW SEASON CONTINUES:

Giants have emerged from their strongholds to threaten civilization as never before. Hill giants are stealing all the grain and livestock they can while stone giants have been scouring settlements that have been around forever. Fire giants are press-ganging the smallfolk into the desert, while frost giant longships have been pillaging along the Sword Coast. Even the elusive cloud giants have been witnessed, their wondrous floating cities appearing above Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate. Where is the storm giant King Hekaton, who is tasked with keeping order among the giants?

The humans, dwarves, elves, and other small folk of the Sword Coast will be crushed underfoot from the onslaught of these giant foes. The only chance at survival is for the small folk to work together to investigate this invasion and harness the power of rune magic, the giants’ weapon against their ancient enemy the dragons. The only way the people of Faerun can restore order is to use the giants’ own power against them.

This season's Dungeon Masters:

Table 1, Rick D; Table 2, Matt T, Table 3, Don C, Table 4, Mike S

BRING A CHARACTER OR YOU CAN CREATE ONE AT THIS EVENT.

BRING YOUR PENCILS, PAPER, AND LUCKY DICE!

NEW AND VETERAN PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN ANYTIME.

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Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, March 3rd 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.


5e Nentir Vale ( not AL )

Friday, March 3rd at 6:30pm The Game Keep

This will be an on going campaign. Please rsvp early and feel free to ask questions.

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The players are currently in a region known as Harkenwold, and are assisting a resistance against an oppressive leader who has recently taken control.

The heroes are level 2 currently. I will be tracking special items and reputation as the campaign progresses. This is meant to be a heroic adventure, where the players will be front and center for major events.

Thanks all,

Jesse


The Changed - Changeling the Lost and Changing Breed

Saturday, March 4th at 12:00pm Cheshire Hall

The Changed is a Theatrical LARP -- think "Murder Mystery Dinner Party" or "Escape Room" -- set in a modern fantasy setting. Characters are Changed: they look human, but are actually ogres, werecreatures, fair folk, or other things from myth and folklore. They travel the world to maintain balance in change: shepherds of the powerful fantastic creatures, forging peace between humans and their more magical neighbors.

Uses the Chronicles of Darkness rules for Changing Breeds and Changeling the Lost.

New players are always welcome! No experience needed; this is a story focused event.


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, March 4th at 12:00pm The Game Keep

The Pathfinder Society is a living campaign. On Golarion, the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the Pathfinder Society is an organization of explorers, vagabonds, sages, and treasure hunters determined to plumb the depths of the darkest tombs, and collect relics and lore from bygone ages. In Pathfinder Society Organized Play, you play a member of the Pathfinder Society, seeking fortune and glory all over the face of Golarion. At the same time, your character works for one of eight factions, all with their own motivations and secret agendas. The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is an evolution of the 3.5 rules set of the world's oldest fantasy roleplaying game. You can find a free download of the Guide to PFS play here: http://paizo.com/pathfinderSociety/v5748btp... There will also be pregens on hand. Come join us! New players (and GMs!) welcome.


Athens In Ashes - Mind's Eye Society, Vampire: The Masquerade

Saturday, March 4th at 5:00pm Cheshire Hall

This is an improvisational LARP taking place within the Mind's Eye Society continuity of Vampire: The Masquerade, utilizing the By Night Studios LARP system.

Cost: None!
Time: 5pm to 10:30pm CST

Dive into the elaborate, sanguine universe of suspense and supernatural horror. Clan Assamite has made a series of assassination attempts on visitors to the city during Countess d'Adhemar's Grand Ball, murdering up-and-coming and established members of the Ivory Tower. With these assassinations, the looming presence of the Sabbat, and the tense environment after the mysterious death of the former Prince, Elder Gideon Ash, progeny of the famous Victoria Ash, what will become of the city in the aftermath of tragic loss?

If you're a visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your character sheet 48-72 hours prior to the game. Sheets and questions can be sent to ca.vst@nashvillenocturne.com.


Board Game Day

Sunday, March 5th at 12:00pm The Game Keep

Board Game Day! The first Sunday of every month!

Come play some new board games or your favorite Euro games at the Game Keep!

Join us and the Nashville Board Game group for an afternoon of fun at the Game Keep!


(Logan)^2

Sunday, March 5th at 3:00pm Regal Cinemas Hollywood 27

NAGA is doing a group outing to see Logan and then have dinner at Logan's Steakhouse.

The movie will be at the Regal Cinema on Thompson Lane (showtime TBA, they are not posted yet). Followed by dinner at the nearby Logan's Steakhouse in the 100 Oaks.

Even if you can't make the movie, you're welcome to join for dinner. I'll update this description with the expected dinner time.

You may want to purchase tickets in advance.


Bistro Meetup

Monday, March 6th at 6:00pm Soy Teriyaki Bistro

We are meeting at Soy Teriyaki Bistro. So if you are hungry you can indulge in their interesting fusion fare. As usual games start at 6pm. But I will be there at 5:30 for food.

RSVPs open two weeks before the meetup starts.


Monday Night Board Games @ The Game Keep

Monday, March 6th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


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.

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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.

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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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February 16th, 2017

Thursday, February 16th at 11:34am

Is it just me, or has the character creation at doctor's offices gotten out of hand? And the background section is mandatory, even for one-shots. You'd think I could just use the backstory I had written for a different office visit, but no... you have to fill it all out in different stats each time.

Plus I'm pretty sure my current edition is starting to get rules heavy. I seem to have to add more and more each decade that goes by.

February 15th, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th at 12:42pm

For some reason pirates have been having a bit of resurgence in my local gaming group. Stepping in with perfect timing is the Kickstarter for this fun little volume. It's a published RPG with some great reviews now being released in a hardcover. It's roughly based on the Dagger system and unlike many "rules lite RPGs," it is a complete playable game, not just suggestions.

Has anybody played it? We decided to chuck in on the project, and I hope the KS funds; it is tragically lacking information on the campaign page, although there are plenty of glowing reviews around the web and on DTRPG (the link is now on the page).

I figure it will be a nice volume for the shelf when somebody starts talking like a pirate and we want to do a quick, fun one-shot. Or when somebody brings a bottle of rum over and we're around a table. And being based on Dagger, it's also an easy one to loan to somebody wanting to run a kid's table full of pirate fans... and next to dinosaurs, pirates are pretty popular among that set.

Review: http://arcanacreations.blogspot.ca/2013/09/weekend-r-yarr.html

January 28th, 2017

Saturday, January 28th at 10:46am

I hate Bardbeetles. They get all the other vermin all worked up and cause a -1 to hit and I swear they slightly raise the chance of wandering into a monster! The effect goes away with a Silence, and they wander off after being silenced on a 2-in-6, but otherwise it's a full turn to search for them - usually in the most dangerous possible place to stop and waste time searching - by picking through your clothing and gear, and you only find them by rolling d20+d8 under your Wisdom (Thieves and Druids d20+d4).

A fellow GM just pointed out via Hangouts that during the search, there's a decent chance most of the group will be unarmored when that wandering monster walks in on the party. Yep, even zero HD annoyances can be deadly...

No. Appearing: d4+1
HD: zero (hard to locate, easy to kill)
XP: 35-50ish per beetle (depending on system)
Found in: Cities, in treasure found in dungeons and wilderness




h/t to +Jonathan Black for the inspiration post and +Baphomet666100 for posting the image to G+.

January 16th, 2017

Monday, January 16th at 9:33pm

You may be a gamer if you do minor home repair using dice as a shim because you recognize the size of the gap and have plenty to use.

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December 31st, 2016

Saturday, December 31st at 11:20am

If you're a fan of simple, abstract board games, consider Glux. I have only played it twice, so this is merely an "I quite enjoyed it" rather than a solid review or recommendation. Like many abstract games, it can play fast or slow, depending on the depth of thinking at each turn. 2 to 4 people take turns pulling cardboard discs that are actually opposite faces of a die, and place them on a board. The placement and pip count determines the placement of the next, with simple blocking and stacking rules. Areas of the board called "rooms" are quickly and easily scored at the end.

It is one of those abstract games that has the feel of a traditional game, and the rules are simple but (after two plays) appear to lead to some really nicely complex play spreads that challenge you to place well. My first game was two player and we both nearly played solitaire, trying to max our own scores. My second was with four players, and we were fiercely competitive, blocking and stacking to pen in people and sway the scores in contested rooms.

December 22nd, 2016

Thursday, December 22nd at 7:48pm

The holiday Dirty Santa game swap went great, despite our founder having moved out of state. A neat set of games, given it was kind of last minute and we had a limit of $20. But a fantastic group and a fun evening, even if I myself was running late due to work.

I have decided that I vastly prefer Batman Love Letter to the original, to the point that I will advocate using those rules with the original (get a point if you succeed at guessing using a Guard/Batman). There's more of a bluffing/social deduction component when you up the stakes.

December 18th, 2016

Sunday, December 18th at 2:49pm

This year has had some great games released. These are not them. (Edit: and to be clear, if it wasn't clear by the title, these are from 2015, as we're awaiting 2016's reviews) Read 'em and weep. Even some of the covers are wonderfully awful, so check them out.

December 9th, 2016

Friday, December 9th at 1:58pm

I generally do not bother with accents for NPCs. I do occasionally with characters that I'm playing over the course of a campaign. Mostly because if I'm switching around during a game, it is likely that I'll start randomly changing accent in the middle of a speech and distract myself when I'm trying to convey something to the players.

I do have body language for each NPC, which is just something I developed naturally. It's gratifying the times players have realized who just walked in or who they walked in on based on how I'm holding my head or arms.

It is interesting to think about how some of the stereotypical accesnts for creatures that never were came about.

November 23rd, 2016

Wednesday, November 23rd at 11:17am

Thanksgaming is tonight! It's an annual potluck celebration of our local gaming community. Here's some footage from 2015, wherein I accidentally discovered that if I am standing next to my wife and talk with a group with the camera pointed slightly down, or lean in for a kiss, I take footage of her cleavage that Google seems to always autoselect when making a movie. Ah well.

First turkey has been in the oven for awhile making delicious smells. Next turkey going in soon.

If you're a gamer in the Nashville area, we've got it listed on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/NAGACentral/events/235639204/

November 12th, 2016

Saturday, November 12th at 12:05pm

So, somewhere somebody on G+ posted about semi-randomly dropping a donkey wearing a straw hat into a dungeon crawl and then watching the reactions of the players. My players promptly named him Lord Billingsworth (the name changes a little each time: Billingshire, Billingham), and will fight like hell to protect it. I'm actually thinking about adding a bard-like bonus when fighting to rally around the donkey.

I highly recommend it for all games out there. Make 2017 the year of the donkey in a straw hat.

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