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.

OutCentral Game Night

Thursday, May 25th at 7:00pm OutCentral

Join us for OutCentral's monthly LGBT+ game night. Game night is every 4th thursday of the month from 7-9pm. There are bins of games to choose from or you can bring your own! Admission is free and this event is open to the public. Parking is available for free on the street ( the meters are free after 6pm) and there are some spots available directly behind the building via the alley. Be aware that parking in the post office or where tow away signs are located do result in parking boots or being towed. 2 gender neutral restrooms are available. OutCentral is available via the bus system and is wheel chair accessible.


Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, May 26th 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.


5e Nentir Vale ( not AL )

Friday, May 26th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

This will be an on going campaign. Please rsvp early and feel free to ask questions.

This is meant to be a heroic adventure, where the players will be front and center for major events. I roll from last sessions end to next sessions start with as little downtime inbetween as possible, no time skips. This is as open world sandbox as I can get, and I try to be as flexible as possible. 

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Thanks all,

Jesse


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, May 27th 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 Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, May 29th 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, May 29th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, May 30th 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.


Antioch Board Game Night

Tuesday, May 30th at 6:00pm Camino Real

A diverse, adult board game group that meets weekly (Tuesday evenings, 6:00 p.m.) at Camino Real to play all kinds of board games.

Come on out and join us for board game night on Tuesday at Camino Real!

Make sure you RSVP so we have an idea of how many tables/chairs to ask them to set up.

Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to close! We are starting at 6:00 p.m. so everyone has a chance to order and eat, and then we will start playing at 6:30 p.m.!

Everyone is welcome to bring their board games, although it is not a requirement. Plus, if you don't know how to play a game, no worries... that's what we are all here for, to learn new games, meet new people and have fun! Hope to see you there!"

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1533090900337368/

The event location changes rarely but 99% of the time its at the same place, the area the event is in however is always 100% in the Nashville/Antioch area.

The link above is for the groups official FaceBook page.


Boardgames Downtown

Tuesday, May 30th at 7:00pm The Cumberland

Open boardgame evening - although additional meetup numbers are limited due to space restrictions. We usually have 4-6 other non-meetup people from the building who come.

Feel free to bring a favourite game. I have a small selection of games available: Dominion (all sets), Five Tribes, Splendor, Stone Age, Ubongo, Evo, Raiders of the North Sea, Alhambra Big Box, Ticket to Ride, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Munchkin, Portal, Incan Gold, Piece of Cake, Genial and a number of smaller quicker games.

This is a secure building, so to enter you will need to buzz the concierge and tell him that you are here for games. He will let you in, and direct you to where we are.

Parking is free at Bicentennial mall in the employee lots after hours and there is a free bus that will bring you very close, or else it's an easy 5 - 10 minute stroll. The Library Garage parking is right across the street. There is very limited on-street parking in the area, but you might get lucky.


Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, May 31st 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, May 31st at 6:30pm The Game Keep

• We have limited seating, please make sure to RSVP in order to save your seat!

      The new season of Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League begins!

                        Greater Nashville D&D Adventurers League

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:

When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.

Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.

Tales from the Yawning Portal includes the following adventures:

Against the Giants, Dead in Thay, Forge of Fury, Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, Sunless Citadel, Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain

This season's Dungeon Masters:

Robert R, Matt T, Mike S

BRING A CHARACTER OR YOU CAN CREATE ONE AT THIS EVENT. (We do not roll for stats or hit points, use standard array or point buy only.)


BRING YOUR PENCILS, PAPER, AND LUCKY DICE!

NEW AND VETERAN PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN ANYTIME.

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NashCon

Friday, June 2nd at 4:00pm Franklin-Cool Springs Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

NashCon is Tennessee's top gaming event, and this is our 29th 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. Scheduled tournaments include Advanced Squad Leader and Magic the Gathering. 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.

For ticket information, visit www.nashcon.org


Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, June 2nd 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, June 2nd at 6:30pm The Game Keep

• We have limited seating, please make sure to RSVP in order to save your seat!

      The new season of Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League begins!

                        Greater Nashville D&D Adventurers League

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:

When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.

Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.

Tales from the Yawning Portal includes the following adventures:

Against the Giants, Dead in Thay, Forge of Fury, Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, Sunless Citadel, Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain

This season's Dungeon Masters:

Robert R, Matt T, Mike S

BRING A CHARACTER OR YOU CAN CREATE ONE AT THIS EVENT. (We do not roll for stats or hit points, use standard array or point buy only.)

BRING YOUR PENCILS, PAPER, AND LUCKY DICE!

NEW AND VETERAN PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN ANYTIME.

Follow us on Facebook


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, June 3rd 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 - Werewolf the Forsaken

Saturday, June 3rd 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.))


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.

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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".

Conversations

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May 23rd, 2017

Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:20pm

I know a few people who have run Top Secret in recent years, not for nostalgia, but just as a fun game. Seems this is due.

May 23rd, 2017

Tuesday, May 23rd at 9:41am

In my dreamworld, the repopularization of D&D spreads to truckers, and a vast living chronicle begins at truck stops, in diners and in the back of the semi-rig cabs. Character sheets are played in one state and then, after six states and a long drive later, they are pulled out at a different stop for a different DM and party. Over time, the chronicle informally merges maps just to give plausible reason for the moving characters, eventually becoming a united mega-world chronicle, hidden from outsiders, no central repository, and undocumented on the net, but populated in great numbers each night as beflanneled women and men roll polyhedron dice under fluorescent light.

#ThoughtsBeforeTheCoffeeKickedIn

May 18th, 2017

Thursday, May 18th at 10:25am

Music not like each other: Closing Time by Tom Waits, and Closing Time by Semisonic.

Related: Last night I discovered there's a non-English musician or group named ELO, which Google Play helpfully adds into my Electric Light Orchestra mix whose CD-ripped MP3s I hand tagged as "ELO" 20 years ago.

May 17th, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th at 9:12pm

Of the top five posts in my stream, three are about the new Star Trek trailer. One hates it, one is "we'll see," and one is gushing.

And here's the meta post about the trailer!

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May 17th, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th at 6:03pm

Phased combat idea: Roll one d6 for each side (party/monsters) for initiative as usual. If the party wins, they go as usual. If the monsters win by one, the party members with a +1 Dex mod can go simultaneously in first round, if they win by two, +1 and +2 Dex modifiers, and so on (if you use +3 or have some magic item that affects the modifier).

Possible: On a tie, negative Dex mod means you miss the first simultaneous round.

Probable: For the rare monster that actually has modifiers, apply them similarly.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the first with the idea (heck, it may be in a book somewhere, and I'm "inventing it" by dredging up an old memory), but it just lept into my head while writing a business email.

May 16th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th at 8:17pm

Anybody live in Southern Kentucky (I believe +James V West does) who can recommend any local FLGSs along the Cumberland Parkway/State Road 80? +Sarah Edwards is heading to a chemistry conference at Eastern Kentucky University, and we're planning on driving across from Bowling Green to I-75, and up to Richmond. 

May 16th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th at 1:40pm

In the Nashville Gamer Hangout yesterday there was talk of the Barbarian Mindflayer printable mini (link below), and then the famous "Mindflayer atop a Beholder steed" art came up. Somebody asked what could possibly be worse. Any GM knows how to answer that: if in doubt, turn up No. Appearing. So I fired up GIMP and quickly banged this out. Thanks to the unknown (to me) artist.

What started the chat: https://www.patreon.com/posts/mindflayer-mini-2384704

May 10th, 2017

Wednesday, May 10th at 11:31pm

"Because while all the other people who run action franchises appear to have taken their creative cues from Star Wars, Diesel is working from another sacred text. And it has shaped his perspective on movie-making. He learned how to tell stories from a lifetime of playing Dungeons & Dragons, not rewatches of “The Empire Strikes Back.” He’s not following the Joseph Campbell storytelling guide; he’s following Gary Gygax."

h/t +James Raggi

May 4th, 2017

Thursday, May 4th at 6:18pm

Assuming I get the players, tomorrow night I'll be running Toontown 1941, using +James V West's Rabbits and Rangers. It's the animated animals from Toontown Zoo (yes, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit) defending Los Angeles from Japanese invasion. I'm open as to the tone; I have no problem with a gritty, serious game, or a looney tune-esque one. I'll let the players lead on that.

(Apologies to JVW for murderizing his art with completely my crude effort at coloring.)

They were imprisoned by their society for a crime they didn't commit, just because they were painted with fur and fang. But when the Zeros appeared in the skies over Los Angeles, they rose up as a savage team to defend the country. They aren't heroes: they were just drawn this way.

April 29th, 2017

Saturday, April 29th at 11:30pm

International Tabletop Day sold out at the Nashville Library, with over 400 people in attendance playing games of all types. Big thanks to local gaming wunderkind +andy matthews and the fine folks of Meeple Mountain for organizing a wonderful day for all!

On a personal note, thanks to all the people who helped me prep games for the event and those who helped get the board and card game library sorted and will help get it back on the shelves.

#ntd2017 

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