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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We were at Geek Media Expo 6 in Franklin on Octover 24th through the 26th. There will be photos up soon of this outstanding event... thanks to all the fantastic folks at GMX for supporting gaming in Nashville and giving us such an excellent venue to play in and introduce gaming to new people, and also to our excellent presenters, merchants and guests who helped make it a smash hit. And thanks to you, the people who atteneded and had such fun playing!

We will be adding new collaboration capabilities in October 2014 to better document gaming in Nashville. As a result, this site is a touch outdated in the center column. We've grown a great deal in the past several months, adding several resources like a game library, and reached out to many new groups who are underrepresented here. We've taken feedback from local gamers and are allowing filtering of events for people who only like Eurogames or RPGs, all in an easier to use calendar. We're also working to allow groups to add themselves directly, and help document what gaming is going on in Nashville!

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, March 4th 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 @ The Game Keep

Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

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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!


DnD Encounters

Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm Grand Adventures


40K Gaming

Thursday, March 5th 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, March 6th 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, March 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.


Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, March 6th 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.


D&D Adventurers' League - D&D @ The Game Keep

Friday, March 6th at 6:15pm The Game Keep

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DDEX1-11 Dark Pyramid of Sorcerer’s Isle

Characters of Level 5-10


Playtime: 8 hours (2-4 hour slots)

Premiered at Winter Fantasy 2015

Long unoccupied, the pyramid on Sorcerer’s Isle now flows with strange magical energy, warping creatures and the landscape around it. The Cult of the Dragon and Red Wizards of Thay have taken notice, and it’s up to you to keep whatever power dwells there out of their hands. An adventure for 5th-10th level characters.

PART ONE

Please bring your Adventure logsheet


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DDEX1-4 Dues for the Dead

Designer: Steve Winter

Characters of Level 1-4

Playtime: 4 hours

Premiered at Fan Expo Canada, August 2014

For years, the Most Solemn Order of the Silent Shroud has tended the dead at Valinghen graveyard, providing them a peaceful eternal rest. Now, that rest has been disturbed by a necromancer seeking out a key to re-activate the Pool of Radiance. A four-hour adventure for levels 1-4.


 


WoW TCG Battlegrounds

Friday, March 6th at 6:30pm Grand Adventures


Magic Tournament!

Friday, March 6th at 7:00pm Grand Adventures


40K Gaming

Saturday, March 7th 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, March 7th 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 Adventurers' League - D&D @ The Game Keep

Saturday, March 7th at 1:00pm The Game Keep

DDEX1-11 Dark Pyramid of Sorcerer’s Isle

 

 

Designer: Claire Hoffman

Characters of Level 5-10

Playtime: 8 hours (2-4 hour slots)

Premiered at Winter Fantasy 2015

Long unoccupied, the pyramid on Sorcerer’s Isle now flows with strange magical energy, warping creatures and the landscape around it. The Cult of the Dragon and Red Wizards of Thay have taken notice, and it’s up to you to keep whatever power dwells there out of their hands. An adventure for 5th-10th level characters.

PART ONE

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Card Games Meetup

Saturday, March 7th at 2:00pm Panera Bread

This meetup is for people who love to play traditional card games! We play hearts, spades, euchre, and canasta, among other popular games. Cards will be provided, but feel free to bring an extra deck. We always have some people who are new to certain card games, so please come with a patient and willing attitude to help others learn.

Some have expressed an interest in learning pinochle, one of my favorite card games. It is a more complicated game and takes time to learn. I'm attaching a link to a page with instructions. Please read this over if you're interested in trying pinochle at this meetup. I'm used to playing with the simplified scoring.

 Pinochle Rules


Magic Two-Headed Giant

Saturday, March 7th at 2:00pm Grand Adventures


Warhammer Fantasy

Sunday, March 8th 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 July 2014, or you can contact Evan to get your group listed right now.

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 2014 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 3rd, 2015

Tuesday, March 3rd at 4:29pm

Original Post from Steve Keller:

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

#weaselpecker


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?).

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February 19th, 2015

Thursday, February 19th at 5:20pm

So, this is happening.  Also, don't forget about the national April 24th to 26th Catan Day event being held here at the Opry Center!

January 1st, 2015

Thursday, January 1st at 4:31pm

Twilight Struggle's Backstory

Every game has a story in how it was created.  _Twilight Struggle_ is the top ranked board game at BGG, and will turn 10 this year (it was released in 2005).  Here's a neat article about how it came to be, and what the creator sees in the future for board games.

January 1st, 2015

Thursday, January 1st at 11:38am

This is weighed toward RPGs, and the boardgames tend to be popular licenses (as opposed to RPG things like #2, which I am looking forward to getting), but it makes me ponder my favorites of 2014.  I always feel like I won't know what games I really like for a couple years; whatever I keep pulling down and playing.  One thing for sure: it was a good year for gamers who are fans of Firefly, regardless of what type of games you play.

December 30th, 2014

Tuesday, December 30th at 12:50pm

If a laser on a window recording the conversation inside the room is a little too low-tech for your game, consider allowing things like this: recovering a private discussion via the mute security cam footage of the closed blinds.  The theory is solid and already tested in real life.  Perhaps a cyborg (or "gargoyle", an individual who records everything digitally) captured the footage.

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 25th, 2014

Thursday, December 25th at 4:31pm

As a reminder, folks: "From Christmas Day morning (the 25th) until Monday morning on the 29th, all Onyx Path and White Wolf PoD book prices will be reduced 15%, which is pretty much “at cost” for most of our books. This even includes VtR 2nd as mentioned above! Then, if you are a member of our Onyx Path Mailing List (look to the right on this page to sign up) we will be providing you with a 20% off code for all PDFs at DTRPG in the Wednesday sales email we send out."



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