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, January 23rd 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, January 23rd at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Bistro Meetup (Date Change)

Monday, January 23rd 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.


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, January 24th 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, January 25th 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, January 25th 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, January 27th 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, January 27th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

       The new season of Adventurers League continues!

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


This adventure is DDAL05-11, Forgotten Tradition.

This adventure is for character levels 5-10


(All AL Legal characters will be seated first, room for others as seating allows. Bring your logsheets for you character.)

We will have a second table running DDAL05-01/02s for character levels 1-4.


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, January 28th 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 - Mage, Antebellum Ashes

Saturday, January 28th at 12:00pm Cheshire Hall

Antebellum Ashes is a twice monthly live action roleplaying game in Nashville, Tennessee. The players take on the roles of Mages 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 1pm, the doors open at 12pm, 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 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.

 


Nashville Unveiled - Vampire, Blood and Smoke

Saturday, January 28th 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

 Contact:

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


Monday Night Board Games @ The Game Keep

Monday, January 30th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, January 30th 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.


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, January 31st 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, February 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, February 1st at 6:30pm The Game Keep

      The new season of Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League begins!

                        Greater Nashville D&D Adventurers League

View More

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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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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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.

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.

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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.

November 11th, 2016

Friday, November 11th at 11:37am

My grandfather died this year. Over 70 years after the war, he still wouldn't really talk about it. He trained bombardiers and was in the Pacific theater toward the end. He was in the Army Air Forces, which later became the Air Force. He had a subscription to Air Force Magazine, and I grew up flipping through his copy of Jane's All the World's Aircraft. He had a framed bulldog painting in the bathroom that read in large letters, "War is Hell."

He handed a young kid a knife and some wood and I learned how to shape it. He taught me how to plane down a door to fit and how to hang it so it would close well. He loved my grandmother very much and was an example of how to treat your spouse (something he also taught my dad). He was a irrepressible punsmith, and I will always remember the look on his face right before I stepped outside to get married, and years later, right after we found out that my dad died. Most of all, I will remember his quick and easy smile.

I am of the generation that was never drafted. To all those who were, and those who chose and choose to serve, thank you.

November 3rd, 2016

Thursday, November 3rd at 11:31pm

#Mapvember 3 - The Descent

I decided to try for a style of map for today that is different from most RPG maps: something along the lines of the air safety instruction cards from jetliners. As a non-artist, it's pretty much as difficult as any other style for me, but I've laid out a nice modern adventure, with 17 encounter opportunities in nine floors, a few of them structural issues, as the building has clearly suffered significant damage.

Micro description: When aliens attacked the city, we were on the top floor. Their bombing run shattered the city, and the first order of business was to figure a way out, rescuing that person crying for help on the sixth floor, and get past all the dangers. Beyond the physical obstructions, that includes both panicked people -- some armed -- and the alien parasite things that flooded the city. Fire in the front entrance and debris blocking the back means a run through the basement, down to the sub-basement, and a climb up through the exhaust vent. But something now lurks in the basement, preparing for the next phase of the invasion.

However, I can not figure out for the life of me how to draw simplified isometric stairwells from the front and back. I have two in the basement and sub-basement from the side that work great. But that stairwell on the left side of the building is near impossible for me to figure out.

The great thing about being a non-artist trying to learn is that I can just say to heck with it, focus on the rest, and figure that I'll know what to do when I have more experience. I tossed a icon for a stair in there, and it's usable. The size is due to it being aimed at a 11x17 print that you can pop on the table for a nice one shot; the original is stupid high resolution for that reason, and I have that space for some nice player resources. The actual floors are to be covered with sticky notes and revealed as the players progress. I have nifty black notes for that reason.

#Mapvember2016

November 2nd, 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:09pm

Mapvember 2 - Derelict - A yacht run aground on a set of reefs (preliminary).

Why such a small yacht would have a cell with iron bars and a hidden space behind a wall is unknown. Also, whatever was in the cage seems to be missing -- and likely on your island. Alas, discovering this takes you over a set of coral heads between which some finny and suckered friends are lurking.

Preliminary because I quickly tossed it together (game night tonight!). I may clean it up or I may not. It's based on a spot where, as a kid, I used to build forts and play.

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