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.

Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, July 1st 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 1st 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!


Nashville Unveiled - Enraged

Saturday, July 2nd at 12:00pm Cheshire Hall

Nashville Unveiled - Enraged is a once a month live action roleplaying game in Nashville, Tennessee. The players take on the roles of werewolves or their wolf-blooded kin 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 and owned by The Onyx Path Publishing). It is basically the current world with a subtle and supernatural twist. Think "X Files" or "Fringe" meets " Supernatural" or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," only the stories are usually told from the perspective of 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 1pm, the doors open at 12pm (noon), and it is recommended you arrive 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 will 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 you 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 an aging, near death's door werewolf, struggling to keep hold of his status and Renown.

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

((This is a shared universe with the other Nashville Unveiled games, and has an overarching story based on Werewolf: The Apocalypse, as well as meshed with the ongoing stories from the other games.))


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, July 2nd 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.


Nashville Unveiled - Vampire, Blood and Smoke

Saturday, July 2nd 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.

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http://nashvilleunveiled.com/

Our Meetup Group

 Contact:

Evan Edwards is your Requiem Storyteller, available via evan@nashvilleunveiled.com and (814) 889-8845


Board Game Day

Sunday, July 3rd 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!


Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, July 4th 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 4th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, July 5th 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.


Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, July 6th 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.


Greater Nashville D&D Adventurers League - Curse of Strahd

Wednesday, July 6th 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


Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, July 8th 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.


GMT COIN Series: Falling Sky

Saturday, July 9th at 11:30am Outer Limits

Come play the newest COIN game from GMT, Falling Sky!

This is a good entry point into the system if you don't have previous experience. We'll do a rules overview and play through the shortest scenario: The Great Revolt.

All Gaul …

Late Summer, 54 BC: In a series of brilliant and brutal campaigns, Caesar has seized Gaul for Rome. But not all tribes rest subdued. In the north, the Belgic leader Ambiorix springs a trap on unwary legions while Caesar is away. In the south, an ambitious son of the Arverni seeks to unite a Celtic confederation in revolt against the hated Romans. And what of the influential Aedui? Their republic appears content to shelter under Roman protection – but can they be trusted any further than any other Gauls? Meanwhile, along the Rhine, Germanic warbands multiply. … FALLING SKY takes 1 to 4 players into the military actions and complex politics of Roman-occupied but not-yet-conquered Gaul. Caesar and his hard-hitting legions cannot be everywhere and will not triumph without powerful allies among local tribes. But each Gallic confederation has its own agenda and must keep its eyes not only on the Romans but also on Celtic, Belgic, and Germanic rivals. Players recruit forces, rally allies, husband resources for war, and balance dispersed action with the effectiveness and risk of concentrated battle.

Leveraging GMT’s popular COIN Series system to integrate historical events with wide-ranging strategic options across the gameboard, FALLING SKY provides accessible and deep historical gaming of war, politics, and diplomacy. A full solitaire system enables solo players to test their skill against an array of game-run factions, each unique. From Britannia to the Rhenus and down to Narbonensis, armies are on the move. Who shall finally subdue Gaul?

http://www.gmtgames.com/p-503-falling-sky-the-gallic-revolt-against-caesar.aspx


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, July 9th 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.


Monday Night Board Games @ The Game Keep

Monday, July 11th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, July 11th 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.


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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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.

June 24th, 2016

Friday, June 24th at 6:27pm

I do not boardgame online. I don't really play video games. But for those that do, this is a fantastic game, and on sale.

Original Post from Eric Franklin:

Twilight Struggle is part of the Steam Summer Sale.

I ... I didn't need to know that.


May 31st, 2016

Tuesday, May 31st at 1:29pm

While it is completely clear that Jim Rockford was the ne'er do well uncle of Ash Williams, I just can't figure out how Charlie Allnut is related to Jim. But he is.

#SmartassWoldNewtonBranch
#RIPPJF

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May 27th, 2016

Friday, May 27th at 11:04am

Doodled this fellow while waiting for a data change to propagate. A couple months ago, I started sketching now and then, inspired by +James V West's excellent work. I'm certainly not great (I use the back of the index cards I keep my code notes on), but it's fun watching actual progress. It was intended to be a Wizards style elf, but when I scanned it to color it, I realized it was more of a goblin. Self declared king of the goblins, even.

May 20th, 2016

Friday, May 20th at 2:24pm

Star Wars D6 - For the folks who were in the land raid/rebellion on Kashyyyk, this is where I cribbed the Empire's base map from. The one where you all were pinned down in that corridor for awhile, and then eventually locked most of the officers in the control room, until the wookies stormed the base. I remember +Draven Adams was critical early on - who was it who managed to lock down the base computer from the medical bay, turning the tide?

Original Post from Khairul Hisham:

Tierfon Outpost plans. Almost 30 years apart. From the Star Wars Sourcebook (1987) to Strongholds of Resistance (2015). 


May 11th, 2016

Wednesday, May 11th at 7:57pm

I'm really glad to see these popping up again.

Original Post from Cory Gahsman (DM Cojo):

Please consider donating to my middle school RPG club, so I can get kids playing more old school (and some new school) games!


May 4th, 2016

Wednesday, May 4th at 6:53pm

Edit: To be clear, he's giving away a print copy. See the orginal post, not the link.Hey, free print game! GENERALA is a fantastic "pick from a menu" fantasy RPG system designed for fun one-shots, and using a neat dice system based on Yacht (branded as Yahtzee). Less than serious in tone, but very well written, and easy to run a very serious game with. It is one of the few "great for a single shot game" that is actually written with that in mind, so that XP is burned off during the session, and you start off with a top level character, well rounded and capable of a few exceptional moves. It also has a quick-reference PDF for players to have when creating or playing their character, so you can show up at a Con with a copy of the core rules and two or three printed references to go around the table for spells and the like.(I have a copy, Nashvillians, so if you want to run/play a game, ask me)

Original Post from Steve Keller (Robotkarateman):

I have enough credits on DTRPG again that I can give away a print copy of GENERALA. Who wants one?


April 30th, 2016

Saturday, April 30th at 1:15pm

Not seen in these photos: thanks to +benjamin crumpler, +Corey Davidson, +James Chatham, and +Sarah Edwards for helping inventory, tag and pack all the games up last night, load them into two vehicles and get them to the site. And to +Laura Bailey and +Draven Adams for covering Friday game night. Plus Andy, Rebecca, and Josh (I think I got those names right) who were there to help unload.

Original Post from NAGA:

International Tabletop Day is in full swing in downtown Nashville, and there are gamers everywhere!

#TabletopDay


April 14th, 2016

Thursday, April 14th at 4:41pm

All it has right now is the brief intro clip to get the ball rolling on the iTunes submission, but I know he's done a whole bunch of interviews already, and I'm looking forward to hearing the results.

Original Post from Steve Keller (Robotkarateman):

Well, this is about as live as it's going to get, I suppose. 


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