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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We were at Geek Media Expo 6 in Franklin on Octover 24th through the 26th. There will be photos up soon of this outstanding event... thanks to all the fantastic folks at GMX for supporting gaming in Nashville and giving us such an excellent venue to play in and introduce gaming to new people, and also to our excellent presenters, merchants and guests who helped make it a smash hit. And thanks to you, the people who atteneded and had such fun playing!

We will be adding new collaboration capabilities in October 2014 to better document gaming in Nashville. As a result, this site is a touch outdated in the center column. We've grown a great deal in the past several months, adding several resources like a game library, and reached out to many new groups who are underrepresented here. We've taken feedback from local gamers and are allowing filtering of events for people who only like Eurogames or RPGs, all in an easier to use calendar. We're also working to allow groups to add themselves directly, and help document what gaming is going on in Nashville!

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.

Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, November 21st 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 Expeditions @ The Game Keep!

Friday, November 21st at 6:30pm The Game Keep

We will be offering the new D&D Expeditions modules.

Modules will be for levels 1-4.

Module name to be released on Monday before event!


WoW TCG Battlegrounds

Friday, November 21st at 6:30pm Grand Adventures


Magic Tournament!

Friday, November 21st at 7:00pm Grand Adventures


40K Gaming

Saturday, November 22nd 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.


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, November 22nd 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.


Magic Two-Headed Giant

Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00pm Grand Adventures


Playtest Follow-Up!

Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00pm Brentwood Library

Saw some interesting games on 10/20.....looking forward to seeing updates on them, and even some new ones! Let's keep those ideas flying!


Nashville Unveiled - Vampire, Blood and Smoke

Saturday, November 22nd at 5:00pm Cheshire Hall

Nashville Unveiled is a twice monthly live action roleplaying game in Nashville, Tennessee. The players take on the roles of humans and/or supernatural creatures such as Vampires, Changelings, and other creatures of legend that inhabit a fictional version of the modern day world. We create stories set in the World of Darkness (a fictional fantasy universe created by White Wolf Publishing). It is basically the current world with a subtle and supernatural twist. Think "X Files" or "Fringe", only the stories are usually told from the perspective the supernatural inhabitants of the world.

New Players are welcome. No experience needed: we'll help you get started. We're a friendly and open group.  Some level of costume is fairly common, but certainly not required.  While the event begins at 5pm, the doors open at 3pm, and it is recommended you early to prepare your character.

Live Action Roleplaying is similar to a murder mystery dinner party. It is a cross between improvisational theater and a board game. Players in the group create a character that they play out over many games, developing their character and his or her relationship to the other characters.

Characters move around in a given area and interact socially with each other, sometimes with props or clues regarding the current stories that they are participating in. When two players take actions that conflict, it is resolved through non-physical means (a deck of cards and their character sheets).  This is not the "foam weapon" style sometimes seen, but rather a story and character oriented event.

You are not confined to having your character match your physical appearance: an 18 year old hipster might play a 62 year old business tycoon. Or a 45 year old woman might portray a 600 year old vampire or a priest who happens to be a werewolf.  Recently, we had a mother of two portray a five year old girl.

Finally, just in case you might be concerned: this is a form of entertainment. We do not actually think we have magical powers any more than an actor playing Peter Pan on stage believes that she can actually fly.

Links:

http://nashvilleunveiled.com/

Our Meetup Group

 


Warhammer Fantasy

Sunday, November 23rd at 12:00am Grand Adventures


Awaken your inner warrior and join us for chess!

Sunday, November 23rd at 1:00pm American Legion Post 88

We meet up every Sunday afternoon, 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion, Post 88. We're located at 2864 Elm Hill Pike, Donelson. You need not be a member of the American Legion to join us. Experienced and novice players are welcome. If you've never played, we can teach you. Optional tournament play is scheduled for December and we've scheduled a new member welcoming meeting for November 23rd.
We encourage chess games but also enjoy chats and less formal variations, like team chess matches. Anyone coming to our club expecting a totally quiet, extremely well lit atmosphere where they plan to always "get down to business" of formal chess matches may be disappointed. While we will formalize our tournaments as much as necessary, a more casual atmosphere prevails over most of our weekly gatherings. Our chess matches are for 21 and older, please.
Come join the fun!


WoW TCG Battlegrounds

Sunday, November 23rd at 1:00pm Grand Adventures


Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, November 24th 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.

Please patronize Freedom Deli as a thank you for letting us use their dining room as a meet up space. Thanks.

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, November 24th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Board Games Night

Tuesday, November 25th 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.


Warmachine/hordes

Tuesday, November 25th at 12:00am Grand Adventures


Regular Open Events

Want your group listed here? We're going to be opening up this website for collaborative editing in July 2014, or you can contact Evan to get your group listed right now.

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.

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 2014 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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January 9th, 2014

Thursday, January 9th at 9:51pm

This makes me want to play one of the two serious-tone Big Ears, Small Mouse modules I wrote awhile back for +Sarah Edwards.  This is  the one inspired by Watership Down as set in a generic-fantasy setting while the other is a really twisted mouse Beowulf.

November 2nd, 2012

Friday, November 2nd at 1:38pm


September 14th, 2012

Friday, September 14th at 9:54am

Gamers take note:  James Ernest is one heck of a boardgame designer, and is regularly lauded for the sheer variety of games he put out.  He pretty much withdrew from the industry for a few years (as he put it at GenCon, Microsoft offered him a pile of money).  He's back, and so is his company, Cheapass Games, which is literally being kickstarted with this Kickstarter (ending tonight).  Help fund the reentry of a great designer: $25 nets you a copy of the game, which is a excellent deal these days, even for Kickstarter.

May 2nd, 2012

Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:00am

This is an open invitation to three gamer related things going on in Nashville:

* Wednesday nights we host a board game/card game and indie one-shot night. Mostly board games historically, but the more complicated ones with characters and stats. http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-HorrorRPG/

* Saturday nights alternate between two LARPs: a World of Darkness setting that is currently focused on Vampire the Requiem, and a Werewolf the Apocalypse game. http://nashvilleunveiled.com/Home/ and http://musiccityfrenzy.wikidot.com/

* I've been working on a tabletop RPG for the past several months during a closed playtest. I'm looking to open the playtest up with the now (mostly) stable set of rules, and am looking for RPG players who have not yet played the system, or people who are interested in learning tabletop gaming but have little experience. It is a modern game with a story oriented play system, but with some novel features that have appealed to people who like tactics. If you are interested and in the Nashville area, contact me with any questions.

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April 6th, 2012

Friday, April 6th at 11:05am

I realize that the pinnacle of the work I've put into my RPG system really has to be the fact that I have an ability listed in the corebook named "Put the Lime in the Coconut". And this is a serious system. Really.

March 30th, 2012

Friday, March 30th at 9:00am

For the slavering, rabid dice fans. We had somebody at a recent playtest spend serious time getting his android tablet die roller app set up just perfect with the dice laid out the way he wanted them. Of course, before the tablet, he was that guy who lined dozens of dice up carefully with their max value displayed.

Original Post from North West Wargaming:

Techno-dice is it the future?


March 11th, 2012

Sunday, March 11th at 7:53pm


March 9th, 2012

Friday, March 9th at 10:37am

If you ever think humanity has not accomplished great things, remember: this happened.

March 2nd, 2012

Friday, March 2nd at 12:44am

I'm doing something a little different than most G+ posts. Here's a selection of stuff I've found from around the net (sometimes G+ itself) today.

Realistic Creature Design

+Greg Christopher has found a neat rule regarding animals and their dietary needs. You can use it to figure out just how much food (and thus hunting or grazing grounds) a horse sized saber toothed rat or a flock of 4 inch flying hippos need. Or, in his more mundane example, a D&D dragon.

Link: http://goo.gl/oDHdU


Harassment as Culture

Here's a great article on sexual harassment in the video gaming community, specifically fighting games. It lays bare and attacks an argument I loathe: If it's not illegal, then it is okay to do. It also concludes with a paragraph that contains a beautiful and general statement that should be applied to all hobby groups (and probably all communities).

Link: http://goo.gl/U0d2w


Building an Elder God

It's the cool Kickstarter everybody is talking about, so I'll sum it up: It's a Lovecraft card game. It's short and you build tentacled elder gods that do battle. Think Creatures, only with a variable layout.

Link: http://goo.gl/gSVrt


TSA Fail

There are loads of such articles. This one is by an ex FBI agent whose focus was anti-terrorism and Al Qaeda in particular. And he's a pilot whose dad was Manager of Security for United Airlines.

If you don't read it, take this one fact. With zero arrests for terrorism, they exceed in manpower and budget the following groups combined: the Department of State, the Department of Energy, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Link: http://goo.gl/HizmY


Bots and Pricing

Here's a short, twisted -- and true -- tale about how Amazon's prices are controlled by bots. And not their own. It includes an opening of a fictional book being controlled by multiple bots with fictional copies of the fictional books assigning a real price to a thing that does not exist. Well, kinda. It's a good read for authors and people interested in how computers determine value in our marketplace.

Link: http://goo.gl/w5q4e

February 29th, 2012

Wednesday, February 29th at 10:09am

There are hidden things all over the world, tucked away in forgotten corners.

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