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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  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 Game Night - 3rd Wednesday

Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00pm Nashville Software School

Meeple Mountain hosts the largest, and one of the longest running, Game Nights in the city of Nashville on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. Each month we partner with a different publisher to give away a copy of a hot new game!

Nashville Game Night is a chance to relax and unwind by playing games with friends and colleagues! B.Y.O.G. (bring your own game) or just show up and see what's "on the table". Dice games, card games, board games, co-op gaming and more.

Head over to http://www.meeplemountain.com/nashville-game-night/ for details on location, history, and hosting.

Nashville Game Night is open to gamers of all beliefs and backgrounds and our goal is to cultivate a community that can come together over our shared love of board games.


Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00pm Cheshire Hall

Play board and card games at this weekly event, open to gamers of all levels of experience -- 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. Regulars often stop by without RSVPing (but we encourage everybody to).

We're a residence set up for board gaming across the first floor, with multiple rooms of tables and a welcoming group of gamers. If you're looking to discover the modern gaming scene, or if you collect prestige editions, we're happy to have you at our tables.

There is parking in backyard. Please try to park next to each other to make room for everybody. The driveway is a bit steep. Street parking is also available if needed, and while not official, many people park in the back lot of a church one house over and across the street.

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, August 15th at 6:30pm The Game Keep

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

Get your D&D Adventures League Player’s Pack here: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/208178/DD-Adventurers-League-Players-Pack. It contains everything you need to get started playing Adventures League with us!

All new players should visit http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules and download the free player’s handbook and catch up on all the rules.

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.

BRING YOUR PENCILS, PAPER, AND LUCKY DICE!

NEW AND VETERAN PLAYERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN ANYTIME.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/827483734063971/)


Come Game in Berry Hill

Thursday, August 16th at 5:30pm Berry Hill Community Center

• What we'll do
Come out to the Berry Hill Community Center for fun times and board games. It's a fun crowd - everyone is always willing to try a new game. The venue is cozy and not over crowded so you can hear each other explain rules and carry on a conversation too!

• What to bring
You can bring a game or two or just show up - there's usually a tub or two on hand full of games to play.

• Important to know
Most of the people that go don't RSVP so don't worry if there's not a lot of responses, people will be there and have been for close to ten years running!


Strategy and Tabletop RPG Night

Friday, August 17th 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.

Cheshire Hall:

The house has a huge pale blue side that we hang a Tennessee flag from as a landmark for new players.

There is ample parking in the backyard: it is one of the reasons we selected the location. The driveway is a semi-steep incline. Street parking is available, and many people informally park at the church across the street.


MCMH Classic Dungeons & Dragons

Friday, August 17th at 7:00pm Cheshire Hall

Table is: CURRENTLY FULL (we have guest openings periodically; watch this space for one to open up)

Classic D&D, the way it was played at the dawn of the 1980s! 3d6 down the line, pit yourselves against the dungeon, with creative thinking and careful planning rewarded with gold and glory. This is very different than modern roleplaying: the table works together as a team of players in collaboration, and you aren't limited to just what is on your sheet -- propose any epic plan of action, and you can do it... if you can roll well enough. And if you can't, well, it's easy to roll up a new character.

We use B/X with a sprinkle of AD&D and modern OSR publications that have expanded and added a new depth to classic play. And yes, that photo is of our table.


Pathfinder Society at Game Keep

Saturday, August 18th 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.


Cube Pushers Game Club and Swat Meet

Saturday, August 18th at 12:00pm Nashville Public Library

Do you like hobby board games? Come play at the library. Great lighting and super comfy chairs. BYOG (bring-your-own-game) or play one of the library’s games. Real life game librarians can teach you a new board game. There will be door prizes and an all day game swap.

Cube Pushers is for grown-up gamers. Munchkins should be accompanied by adult gamers.

Contact: Bryan Jones 615-862-5853Categories: Adults, Games, Locations, location/Main Library


Infinite Edge (MES Space) - Twilight of Doubt

Saturday, August 18th at 12:00pm Cheshire Hall

Where is the new location? West Inglewood: that’s basically the bit of East Nashville directly north of downtown. Take 24/65 north, and turn right (east) on Trinity Lane. Turn left at the third traffic light (1 mile off the highway) and follow Jones Ave past the two quick turns left and right. The house has a huge pale blue side that we’re hanging a Tennessee flag from as a landmark for players.

It’s also easily accessed from Gallatin Pike or Ellington Parkway in East Nashville: we’re between the highway and all the foodie places you could want, a block from East Nashville Beer Works, a minute from fast food, a dozen restaurants, and two minutes from Kroger.

But… I use my phone for directions: The address is 2005 Jones Ave, Nashville, 37207

What about parking? There is ample parking in the backyard: it is one of the reasons we selected the location. The driveway is a semi-steep incline. Street parking is available.

The Games? Room? The NAGA Game Library is at the new location, and we have a much better layout: multiple large rooms, plus a socializing kitchen, a big backyard, and so on. Events will continue as they have in the past, just in a better location.

How far is it from the old place? Easy for current gamers: The new location is the same travel time for anybody who takes 24 from the south and nearly the same if you take 65 from the south (Franklin/Brentwood). It is closer if you take 40 from the east or 24/65 from the north, and the same if you come in from west of the 440/40 split (Dixon). If you are nearby, it’s about 15 minutes from here, plus traffic if it’s rush hour.

Cheshire Hall is at 2005 Jones Ave, 37207 as of August 2017 - Spread the word!


Mind's Eye Society, Vampire: The Masquerade

Saturday, August 18th 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.

Cost: None!
Time: 5pm to 10:30pm CST

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.

Where is the new location? West Inglewood: that’s basically the bit of East Nashville directly north of downtown. Take 24/65 north, and turn right (east) on Trinity Lane. Turn left at the third traffic light (1 mile off the highway) and follow Jones Ave past the two quick turns left and right. The house has a huge pale blue side that we’re hanging a Tennessee flag from as a landmark for players.

It’s also easily accessed from Gallatin Pike or Ellington Parkway in East Nashville: we’re between the highway and all the foodie places you could want, a block from East Nashville Beer Works, a minute from fast food, a dozen restaurants, and two minutes from Kroger.

But… I use my phone for directions: The address is 2005 Jones Ave, Nashville, 37207

What about parking? There is ample parking in the backyard: it is one of the reasons we selected the location. The driveway is a semi-steep incline. Street parking is available.

The Games? Room? The NAGA Game Library is at the new location, and we have a much better layout: multiple large rooms, plus a socializing kitchen, a big backyard, and so on. Events will continue as they have in the past, just in a better location.

How far is it from the old place? Easy for current gamers: The new location is the same travel time for anybody who takes 24 from the south and nearly the same if you take 65 from the south (Franklin/Brentwood). It is closer if you take 40 from the east or 24/65 from the north, and the same if you come in from west of the 440/40 split (Dixon). If you are nearby, it’s about 15 minutes from here, plus traffic if it’s rush hour.

Cheshire Hall is at 2005 Jones Ave, 37207 as of August 2017 - Spread the word!


Monday Board Games and Fun with Friends

Monday, August 20th 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, August 20th at 6:00pm The Game Keep

Join the Nashville Board Game group for some games!


McAlisters Deli Meetup

Monday, August 20th at 6:15pm McAlister's Deli

We are meeting at McAlisters Deli at 6:15. I will be there at 5:30ish for food. RSVPs open two weeks before the meetup starts. REMINDER: please keep your RSVP updated, it helps with planning.


Track & Hull Club

Tuesday, August 21st 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.


Boardgames Downtown

Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00pm The Cumberland

This is the second to last session of this event.
Open boardgame evening - we welcome those new to boardgames and seasoned gamers, everyone and anyone is welcome to join us.

We usually have a group of 10 - 15 people any given Tuesday. (Most people have stopped signing up here, and some are not meetup members)

Feel free to bring a favourite game, you can also bring yourself something to drink, or snacks, we have ice, a fridge, microwave, and a water cooler in the games room.

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. Right now there is often a group playing Red Dragon Inn or Secret Hitler. Often attendees bring their favourite game, but there are always plenty of games to choose from, you're welcome to come with or without a game.

This is a secure building, so to enter you will need to buzz the concierge and tell him/her that you are here for games. She/He will let you in, and direct you to where we are. We play in the 'games room' lounge area where the pool table is.

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.

Looking forward to gaming with you...


Open Board Games and Card Games Night

Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:00pm Cheshire Hall

Play board and card games at this weekly event, open to gamers of all levels of experience -- 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. Regulars often stop by without RSVPing (but we encourage everybody to).

We're a residence set up for board gaming across the first floor, with multiple rooms of tables and a welcoming group of gamers. If you're looking to discover the modern gaming scene, or if you collect prestige editions, we're happy to have you at our tables.

There is parking in backyard. Please try to park next to each other to make room for everybody. The driveway is a bit steep. Street parking is also available if needed, and while not official, many people park in the back lot of a church one house over and across the street.

Doors open at 5:00pm; games usually get going around 6:00pm and end between 10:00 and Midnight.


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.

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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".

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August 10th, 2018

Friday, August 10th at 12:38am

Revelatory. Even if you already run it like this, as some do, this seems to reveal an unspoken assumption in how traps were originally envisioned. From "Fatootie" on Stack Exchange (click through for several excerpts and points which would seem to support this):"There are two different trap mechanics presented in Moldvay's Basic D&D rules, the general one that uses 1d6, and the thieves' ability that uses d%. The reason for this, although it is far from obvious, is that the game distinguishes between two different types of traps. What Moldvay knew (but mostly failed to communicate) was that exactly one mechanic applies in any given situation, and which one applies depends entirely on whether the trap in question is a room trap or a treasure trap:* "A room trap is a large architectural feature such as a concealed pit, or a block that falls from the ceiling when someone passes underneath. Indiana Jones movies are filled with of examples of this kind of trap. Room traps can sometimes be discovered by a thorough search of the area, taking great care and using common sense. Thus, any character who searches for them has a chance to find room traps. Dwarves, being most familiar with underground construction, have a 1 in 3 chance of finding them. All other classes, including thieves, have a 1 in 6 chance. The thieves' ability Find or Remove Traps does not apply to room traps. * "A treasure trap is a devious little mechanism such as a poisoned needle hidden in a lock, or a vial of sleeping gas which shatters when a chest is opened. These kinds of traps are intricate and cunning. Only thieves possess the special knowledge and training needed to uncover treasure traps and disarm them. This expertise is reflected in the thieves' ability Find or Remove Traps. Only thieves are able to find or remove treasure traps without the aid of magic."Note: The terms room trap and treasure trap are Moldvay's, which he coined on page B52. I find them a little misleading, but I have kept with them for the sake of consistency."

Original Post from Gavin Norman:

Check out this awesome evidence-trail for a proposed distinction between trap types in B/X! https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/108477

I think this is worthy of a note in BXE, in the future.


July 31st, 2018

Tuesday, July 31st at 5:10pm

I showed this to +Sarah Edwards, explained the basics, and she (who is a serious gamer, but bad with game designer names) asked, "Do I know any games he's made?"

She does, but the first I happened to say was, "Yeah, beyond his professional stuff, he wrote the Gargoyles the Vig..."

"Done. Back it. Add $10 for the hobo knife. Dude has our support."

I can't tell you how many times we played Tales of the Floating Vagabond as a between games one-shot. I am sure I'm not the only one. And I have now run three very successful campaigns of Gargoyles the Vigil.

Plus, it looks like a pretty fun little easy-to-play card game.

July 29th, 2018

Sunday, July 29th at 6:46pm

I had a family member pass away late last week. Suddenly, this week's plans are (likely) changed for my wife and I. Anybody know if there's anything possible to do with GenCon tickets? Any way to transfer them or recover some of the cost in any way? I know the website says no, but I figured I'd ask the pooled experience here just in case.

Still kind of reeling; I won't even know what's going on for sure until tomorrow.

July 18th, 2018

Wednesday, July 18th at 8:46pm

As a reminder: when school supplies go on sale, so do school lunch supplies. Including plastic bags of all sizes. Kroger has already dropped prices on all kinds of ziplock style baggies, perfect for storing meeples and dice. Plus cheap pads, index cards, and writing implements for scorekeeping in their back to school supplies.

It is surprising how the prices at a grocery store can meet or beat an office supply store until you consider they both are huge chains that manage large inventories of items. It's a bit more limited in kid friendly licences, but thus also tends to be the specific kinds of things you need for board games.

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July 8th, 2018

Sunday, July 8th at 10:31pm

I am amused by this typeface example for Recoleta. Not only does it clearly evoke good old Souvenir, the designers seem to associate it mentally with Retro D&D. So do I.

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/latinotype/recoleta/

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