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 As a result, this site is a touch outdated in the center column.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.

WoW TCG Battlegrounds

Sunday, January 25th at 1:00pm Grand Adventures

Monday Night Board Games @ The Game Keep

Monday, January 26th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!

Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, January 26th 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.

Board Games Night

Tuesday, January 27th 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.


Tuesday, January 27th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Flames of War

Tuesday, January 27th 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.

Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, January 27th 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.

Roleplaying Games Night

Wednesday, January 28th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Comics Day

Wednesday, January 28th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, January 28th 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.

D&D Encounters @ The Game Keep

Wednesday, January 28th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

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D&D Encounters is our weekly Wednesday play program, geared for a casual play audience with short sessions each week. It serves as a great introduction to our main storyline events, and uses material right from published adventure product. Each session only takes 1-2 hours to play, so it’s easy to fit your game in after school or work. And each week there’s a new and exciting challenge. Jump in anytime!

DnD Encounters

Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00pm Grand Adventures

40K Gaming

Thursday, January 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.

Flames of War

Friday, January 30th 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.

40K Gaming

Friday, January 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.

Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, January 30th 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.

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.

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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.

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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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January 1st, 2015

Thursday, January 1st at 4:31pm

Twilight Struggle's Backstory

Every game has a story in how it was created.  _Twilight Struggle_ is the top ranked board game at BGG, and will turn 10 this year (it was released in 2005).  Here's a neat article about how it came to be, and what the creator sees in the future for board games.

January 1st, 2015

Thursday, January 1st at 11:38am

This is weighed toward RPGs, and the boardgames tend to be popular licenses (as opposed to RPG things like #2, which I am looking forward to getting), but it makes me ponder my favorites of 2014.  I always feel like I won't know what games I really like for a couple years; whatever I keep pulling down and playing.  One thing for sure: it was a good year for gamers who are fans of Firefly, regardless of what type of games you play.

December 30th, 2014

Tuesday, December 30th at 12:50pm

If a laser on a window recording the conversation inside the room is a little too low-tech for your game, consider allowing things like this: recovering a private discussion via the mute security cam footage of the closed blinds.  The theory is solid and already tested in real life.  Perhaps a cyborg (or "gargoyle", an individual who records everything digitally) captured the footage.

December 26th, 2014

Friday, December 26th at 7:27pm

Christmas continues its war on me.  The flu got worse, some opportunistic bacterial allies joined in, then hearing loss, leading to an ER visit... At least Sarah and I got to spend some time together in a quiet room.  Sincere thanks to the wonderful team working over Christmas Day at Vanderbilt Hospital.  And it still beats Christmas 2012.

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December 25th, 2014

Thursday, December 25th at 4:31pm

As a reminder, folks: "From Christmas Day morning (the 25th) until Monday morning on the 29th, all Onyx Path and White Wolf PoD book prices will be reduced 15%, which is pretty much “at cost” for most of our books. This even includes VtR 2nd as mentioned above! Then, if you are a member of our Onyx Path Mailing List (look to the right on this page to sign up) we will be providing you with a 20% off code for all PDFs at DTRPG in the Wednesday sales email we send out."

December 23rd, 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd at 8:00pm

A few finds from Monday

Sarah and I were in East Nashville Monday and the place we were going for lunch was closed for the holidays.  So, while looking for food, we stopped at a thrift store and picked up a few simple additions to the NAGA library.  Nothing fancy, but they should be enjoyable.  Considering I am now sick as a dog with a flu, I'm glad we took the time to head out for lunch (we wound up at Fattoush Cafe on Charlotte Avenue, which I recommend highly).

One thing we should probably do as a community is put together a list of local thrift stores that tend to have complete board games.  _Southern Thrift_ (the place we stopped at) tapes the boxes shut, and the games all appear to be complete.  It would help get those games back into circulation and on tables being played.

December 23rd, 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd at 6:36pm

Of Universal Monsters and Worlds of Darkness

There are a handful of good horror RPGs.  Quite obviously Call of Cthulhu is based on Lovecraft, and +Kenneth Hite is out there creating a alternate history all his own (check out the Dracula Dossier!).  But the World of Darkness as a whole owes a great debt to the Universal Monsters.  And so it's notable when Universal decides to relaunch their classic horror characters in a modern, interconnected series of movies, a la the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is the financial juggernaut that everybody wants to emulate (ha! pun!).

The first movie in the new Universal Monsters series was released earlier this year, Dracula Untold, and for Nashvilians, it is still playing at the Carmike Hickory 8.  A few of us went and saw it, and while it isn't the greatest vampire movie ever, it certainly is a fun fantasy-action movie with some well executed formula.  And it is pretty much dead on as a Vampire the Requiem story, with Dracula almost becoming Santified, then turning to a more -- functional outlook.  If only they hadn't cut Baba Yaga from the finished edit...


December 21st, 2014

Sunday, December 21st at 8:59pm

This video demonstrates just how bad a Life Mage's paradox backlash can be.  Of course, if you're Thyrsus-y, you're probably drinking quite a bit, which might explain the overactive bladder.  But not why it is looking up up at you with adorable eyes as you walk around town.

December 15th, 2014

Monday, December 15th at 5:06am

Original Post from Scott Dorward:

Here's another location that's crying out to be used in a Cthulhu scenario.

December 12th, 2014

Friday, December 12th at 4:21pm

Chill 3rd Edition

Chill is one of those great games that died for really dumb reasons.  It rose out of TSR via former employees founding Pacesetter games.  It went to Mayfair and released a excellent second edition, but when Mayfair exited the RPG market, the license was sold and it simply disappeared.  As a result, a fantastic game with a good system and huge set of supplements just stopped being made.  The void was somewhat filled by the World of Darkness in genre, but Chill had some really great features that make it a fun game with a unique feel.  There's some compliment that the new World of Darkness stepped a bit toward it, but WoD has always hied to a strong hopeless feel that not everybody appreciates.  To the point of that aspect being ignored by many groups; for these people, Chill would fit perfectly.  You are the bright line defending against the unknown.

This October the game was resurrected by a married pair of game developers who picked up the license and ran a successful Kickstarter.  I first saw the fliers at Gen Con, and jumped on the Kickstarter.  Michelle and Matthew McFarland are veterans of D&D, Shadowrun and WoD, and they are interviewed here by Escapist Magazine.

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