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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NashCon 2015 - May 22nd through the 24th.

When: Friday, May 22, 2015 5:00 PM to Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2:00 PM

Where: Franklin-Cool Springs Marriott Hotel and Convention Center - 700 Cool Springs Boulevard, Franklin, TN

Cost: Varies by events (tournament fees may apply for some activities). See how to volunteer below!

NashCon is Tennessee's top gaming event, and this Memorial Day weekend is our 27th annual convention. With a strong history of historical miniatures, the convention has expanded into a wide variety of gaming in recent years, with fantasy and science fiction games, roleplaying, board games, card games and much more. NashCon also has plenty of vendors with fun and hard to find gaming items, plus a full weekend packed with ongoing game events and people from across the country to meet and play games with.

NAGA will be there coordinating many of the game events. First and foremost, we'd love to see you there. But if you volunteer to run eight hours of games (like board games, dice games, card games, or tabletop roleplaying) at the convention you will get a free weekend pass for the whole convention.

Please let us know if you are interested in running a game or otherwise volunteering at NashCon 2015. You're a gamer, and we want to help put you where you want to be: at a table, gaming!

Sarah Edwards
NAGA Coordinator for NashCon 2015
(814) 404-0008

The first gamers getting started early on Friday in the NAGA room.

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.

Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, May 27th 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 (Elemental Evil) Season - 5e

Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

D&D Encounters - Prince of the Apocalypse

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! New players are always welcome! Pregens available - bring your lucky dice!

The new season of D&D Encounters! 5th Edition continues!


Called by the Elder Elemental Eye to serve, four corrupt prophets have risen from the depths of anonymity to claim mighty weapons with direct links to the power of the elemental princes. Each of these prophets has assembled a cadre of cultists and creatures to serve them in the construction of four elemental temples of lethal design. It is up to adventurers from heroic factions such as the Emerald Enclave and the Order of the Gauntlet to discover where the true power of each prophet lay, and dismantle it before it comes boiling up to obliterate the Realms.

DnD Encounters

Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00pm Grand Adventures

40K Gaming

Thursday, May 28th 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.

40K Gaming

Friday, May 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, May 29th 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.

Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, May 29th 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, May 29th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

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

TABLE 1: DM Eric

LEVEL 1 - 4 

This module is for characters of levels 1-4 only

Please use the Player's Guide for character creation. Use Standard Array only for stats.

WoW TCG Battlegrounds

Friday, May 29th at 6:30pm Grand Adventures

Magic Tournament!

Friday, May 29th at 7:00pm Grand Adventures

40K Gaming

Saturday, May 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.

Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, May 30th 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.

D&D @ The Game Keep

Saturday, May 30th at 2:00pm The Game Keep


DM: Andy Glover

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Magic Two-Headed Giant

Saturday, May 30th at 2:00pm Grand Adventures

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

Saturday, May 30th 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.

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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.

Warhammer Fantasy

Sunday, May 31st 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 May 2015, 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.

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 2015 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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March 10th, 2015

Tuesday, March 10th at 2:23pm

Presented without comment.  I just feel people should be aware they live in a world where this exists.  No matter what your stance is.

March 9th, 2015

Monday, March 9th at 10:12pm

+Eddy Webb was at PAX East.  See if you can spot him in this photo of his fellow panelists.  Alas, he's hard to photograph.

(With love.  I've been working near 24/7 and needed a brief break.)

March 8th, 2015

Sunday, March 8th at 8:44pm

My favorite holiday is tomorrow, but let's not forget the reason for the season. Daylight Savings Time commemorates humanity's first triumph over the cruel tyranny of relentless time.

Pioneer H.G. Wells created the first time slips, a silken garment worn in his day by both men and women.  But it wasn't until Ben Franklin stood triumphant astride the steaming corpse of Mark Twain, shaking his fist full of the chunks of Twain's comet that we could truly say that we had wrested control of time from the universe.  The comet's eerie glowing particles were incorporated in the first atomic clock at the pinnacle of the Washington Monument and served the country for nearly seventy years.  His words that day are taught to school children around the world: "A stitch in time saves nine."  By the time he was finished, the colonies numbered not just nine, but an astounding fifty three.

Other than the unfortunate accidents -- when Soviet researchers accidentally set loose a Tyrannosaurus Rex in Red Square -- and near misses such as the Vela Flashback incident which almost sparked a full fledged Time War, the history of time control has been almost entirely peaceful.  Since the 1950 laws that prevented personal gain, prompted by the 48 lottery wins in a row by Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, there has been no abuse of time technology.  Many credit the current peace to our beloved 98 year old President, John F. Kennedy, trusted curator of the “football”, or keys to time, who is now serving his 14th consecutive term.

So at 2am tomorrow, celebrate twice with the traditional pop rocks and banana daiquiris, but also think back on our strange and ever-shifting history that led us to where we are today.  For now.

March 3rd, 2015

Tuesday, March 3rd at 4:29pm

Original Post from Steve Keller (Robotkarateman):

The D&D "just mush two animals together into one monster" thing only went so far before it started getting silly.


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February 28th, 2015

Saturday, February 28th at 3:57pm

I just had a good friend show up at my home, a fine fellow whom I haven't seen in months.  We discussed his kids, his wife, my wife's year long position at a university in another state... and all the game plots and characters that we'd been part of or thought up in the past few months.  This is how we will always be able to bond: by sharing all the cool universes we were part of creating since we last talked.  What can be tedious from strangers becomes compelling and fascinating when it is from a friend.

February 26th, 2015

Thursday, February 26th at 5:51pm

Here's an enhancement to the absolutely gorgeous Dread Pirate game: the pieces are nearly the same color and do not correspond to the jewels or the bags that define which player is which.  I added a bit of colored tape around the base, and now we have "clear", green, blue and red player pieces that correspond to the jewels, while maintaining the beautiful metal pieces.

I've been utterly hammered with work lately (I did these as I waited for coffee to brew), but when I have time to devote to it, I'm planning to write some rules to add flotillas to the game, based on a variant we invented on the spot last year to play it as a two player game.  There have been a few other people who wanted to add some rules that use the various elements of the map that are currently ignored by the standard rules.  It feels like it should have an expansion.

...and right before I posted this, I did a search to check if there ever was an expansion and found out that there's a sequel game.  And it has colored tape at the base of that game's uniformly black plastic ships to distinguish them, nearly identical to what I did.  Seems it's a good idea.

February 24th, 2015

Tuesday, February 24th at 10:12am

If you're looking for a simple press your luck game for casual gamers or kids, Martian Dice by +Tasty Minstrel Games  is nearly half off at Amazon.  It's a quick game, very basic, with just enough to it to have different strategies and approaches to play.  It's dicey enough that a streak of luck can carry the game, so if that turns you off, it's not for you.  On the other hand, for kids, that gives them a chance, even if they are just enjoying bouncing plastic.  

We play it while waiting for people or after a long serious game night when we're mentally winding down and people are leaving.  Our copy was first played at the Steak and Shake at GenCon, and that seems like a fitting venue for it.

The dice are well made, and have two UFOs, a tank, a human, a chicken, and a human face.  Just so you know if you can come up with a use for them beyond the game (wandering monster in Conspiracy X? Story dice for writing Slither 2: Electric Boogaloo?).

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.

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.

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.

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