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 October 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 on April 1st, 2015 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 As a result, this site is a touch outdated in the center column.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.

Nashville Unveiled - Mage, Antebellum Ashes

Saturday, March 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.

 


Magic Two-Headed Giant

Saturday, March 28th at 2:00pm Grand Adventures


Nashville Unveiled - Vampire, Blood and Smoke

Saturday, March 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:

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http://nashvilleunveiled.com/

Our Meetup Group

 Contact:

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


Warhammer Fantasy

Sunday, March 29th at 12:00am Grand Adventures


WoW TCG Battlegrounds

Sunday, March 29th at 1:00pm Grand Adventures


Monday Night Board Games @ The Game Keep

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

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, March 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.

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.


Bonus Meetup

Monday, March 30th at 6:00pm Soy Teriyaki Bistro

This is an bonus extra meetup for March. As usual games start at 6pm but I will be there earlier to dine on some of their tasty Asian fusion fare.


Flames of War

Tuesday, March 31st 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.


Board Games Night

Tuesday, March 31st 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.


Warmachine/hordes

Tuesday, March 31st at 12:00am Grand Adventures


Flames of War

Tuesday, March 31st 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.


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, March 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, April 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.

Dinner for Tonight’s Festivities:

Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for dinner…what is this April Fool’s chicanery?!  Well there is no fooling around with tonight’s breakfast themed potluck! If you would like to participate, examples of things to bring would be but not limited to are the following: bacon, sausage, syrup, grits, blueberries, chocolate chips (for pancakes) or any other breakfast-ey like items. Drinks of the alcohol and non-alcohol nature are always welcomed. This goes doubly so for snacks and yummy things too! For coordinating purposes please leave a comment if you are bringing food/beverages to the meet up.


D&D Encounters (Elemental Evil) Season - 5e

Wednesday, April 1st 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!

PRINCE OF THE APOCALYPSE

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.


Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, April 3rd 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 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 27th, 2015

Friday, March 27th at 12:06am

I'm sure everybody has a character in their roleplaying circles who would have a handful of these as retainers or henchmen of some sort.  In our Requiem game, his name is Raz.  And Raz is awesome (he does terrible taxidermy of fallen PCs as uncomfortable tributes).  If our game was set near an ocean, he'd be the one to have ghouled clams.  Or maybe just dead, rotting shellfish with googly eyes he claims are his ghouls.

March 19th, 2015

Thursday, March 19th at 3:05pm

Local +David Lowry has one of the best game blogs and sites on the net.  And the net agrees, with +Club Fantasci ranking #4 at Boardgame Links.  Cast your vote and give some support to a local (and more importantly, if you haven't already, check out Club Fantasci!)

March 13th, 2015

Friday, March 13th at 11:59am

So, anybody at TN Game Days already?  I am unable to attend this year, to my deep and lasting regret, so I am hoping to live vicariously through your photos and reviews.

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.

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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:

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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