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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Akaicon 2015

When: Friday August 7th to Sunday August 9th

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

Cost: 1/2/3 Day badges are $20, $25, and $35

NAGA (Nashville Area Gaming Association) is sponsoring the tabletop and board game side of the game room at this year’s con.

We will be in the Morgan room across from the ballroom. The room will be open 10a to 10p, Friday and Saturday, August 6 and7, and 10a to 5p, Sunday, August 8. You can borrow a game from our vast library or bring your own and set up on one of our tables, find someone to play with you or learn a new game. Come by and check us out!

AkaiCon3 is a weekend of Japanese anime. Come sail away with us during our pirate themed weekend. Enjoy meeting the voices of many of you favorite characters, panel discussions, workshops, cosplay competitions, and a great dealer room AkaiCon, LLC is an organization formed by fans that were interested in building a corporate quality show around Japanese anime and culture without the corporate feel. Find out more at their website.

Emily Blackburn
NAGA Coordinator for Akaicon 2015

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.

Board Game Day

Sunday, October 4th 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!

Open Gaming come in and play some 40K Kill Team, Deadzone, or Malifaux

Monday, October 5th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

As any other day we have open gaming. Monday is the start of your week and maybe you can come in and play a small skirmish game like Deadzone, 40K Kill Team, or Malifaux!

Bistro Meetup

Monday, October 5th 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.

Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, October 5th 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, October 5th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!

Board Games Night

Tuesday, October 6th 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.

Flames of War

Tuesday, October 6th 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.

D&D @ Roll the Dice

Tuesday, October 6th at 12:00pm Roll the Dice Games

I currently have a group starting up with two confirmed players and a maybe. It will be D&D 5th edition every Tuesday @ Roll the dice in Murfreesboro. We will be starting around noon and ending around 4-5. Every class is available. We are currently only allowing the core races from the PHB, minus the Tiefling and Dragonborn. We start at LVL 5 and if you wish to roll up a character please let me know. I'll go over the house rules with you. Anyone is welcome to come and join. We will have pre-made characters for anyone that wants to show up.

Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, October 6th 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.

Comics Day

Wednesday, October 7th at 12:00am Grand Adventures

Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, October 7th 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.

Modern Constructed 6PM

Wednesday, October 7th at 6:00pm Grand Adventures

$5.00 entry Modern Constructed

Dungeons and Dragons - Encounters (Rage of Demons) 5E

Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

The new season of Dungeons and Dragons Encounters!

D&D Encounters is Wizards' weekly Wednesday play program, geared for a casual play audience with short sessions each week. It serves as a great introduction to the 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!


Following on the critically-acclaimed Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil stories, Rage of Demons will transport characters to the deadly and insane underworld. Rumors of powerful demon lords such as Demogorgon, Orcus and Graz’zt terrorizing the denizens of the Underdark have begun to filter up to the cities of the Sword Coast. The already dangerous caverns below the surface are thrown into ultimate chaos, madness and discord. The renegade drow Drizzt Do’Urden is sent to investigate but it will be up to you to aid in his fight against the demons before he succumbs to his darker temptations.

Storyline Info here


Bonds and Backgrounds for Hillsfar:  Click HERE

New and veteran players welcomed! Bring your lucky dice. pencil and some paper and you are all set to play! Meet fellow D&D players in the Nashville region!

40K Gaming and open gaming as always

Thursday, October 8th 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, October 9th 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, October 9th 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 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.

Visit the Website »

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.

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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September 10th, 2015

Thursday, September 10th at 2:33pm

I have quite enjoyed four player Star Realms in recent weeks (and I'm not a huge fan of deck builders), and this intrigues me, even never having played Magic: the Gathering.

Original Post from Ted Anderson:

Epic finally made it to the mailbox today. I decided last minute to back the Kickstarter (even after I swore off Ks projects...).

From the guys that brought us Star Realms, this is essentially Magic in a fixed box format. It's got draft, constructed and fixed deck rules. The art is amazing (as opposed to Star Realms generic space setting) and the game itself looks to be just as good. Looking forward to testing this out soon.

August 29th, 2015

Saturday, August 29th at 11:24am

For those of you considering Lulu vs. OneBookShelf (aka DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, DNDClassics, etc), here's a side by side comparison of a black and white book with a color cover printed from the same source.  I also have a Lulu print of GENERALA and am generally disappointed in the quality of the printing compared to my many DriveThruRPG books, so this generally jibes with my experience as well.

Original Post from Steve Keller (Robotkarateman):

So here's a few iphone shots taken under my white shop light comparing GENERALA as printed by +Lulu Press and +DriveThruRPG. I don't need to scan a high resolution comparison for you to see the differences. The Lulu covers are muddled and color shifted, the paper is thinner, and the ink is lighter and less sharp. 

Something else I'd like to point out -

• my Lulu order shipped on July 16th, didn't arrive until August 7 (https://www.fedex.com/apps/fedextrack/?tracknumbers=74899994980220064654). Lulu only offers SmartPost shipping to Alaska - this is a big deal for Alaskans as USPS is hands-down the cheaper and faster option for shipping from the Lower 48. I asked Lulu twice to offer it and they won't budge. 
• DTRPG does offer USPS, and even going MEDIA RATE, my order shipped on the 17th of August and arrived 11 days later (https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction?qtc_tLabels1=9449016901454471907648)


So tell me again that walking my book across the country before giving it to USPS is the best option, you lying bastards (https://plus.google.com/+SteveKeller/posts/9AL7F2GpqBe)

August 20th, 2015

Thursday, August 20th at 7:00pm

I just received the new edition in print. GENERALA is a fun single shot (including serial one-shots) fantasy roleplaying game that is a great way to introduce board gamers and card gamers to RPGs, and has a fluid and open base for creative gaming.  It's a great example of how to write games toward a purpose: the talents system works well to quickly build a unique character (remember, this is ideal for one shots), and XP burns off during game, encouraging action. It's pretty much perfect for convention games and quick games when the campaign GM couldn't make it.

http://generala.playaarg.com/ - I have the Lulu print, but the DTRPG print edition is on the way, I believe.


July 4th, 2015

Saturday, July 4th at 9:39pm

Someday in the world of +Eddy Webb's #Pugmire there will be stories of how every so often it would get hot and the sky dog would grew angry and fill the night with loud barks and bright flashes at the land.  Dogs would meditate, whimpering in special-built safe rooms called "closets" full of comforting smells of mankind, and ponder what they had done and making fervent promises that they would be a Good Dog.  

For all the pets in the US (including my buddies Nanners, Blye, Spook, Rosie, Buddy, and the spirit of Espresso), where the sky dog is angry tonight:

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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.


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.

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