Suggested Games Groups near California
San Francisco Dungeons & Dragons Newbie Sessions
San Francisco, CA
*** Important info, please read! ***
Come learn Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (latest version) in a comfortable and welcoming environment. New and experienced players are both welcome!
We’ll be playing a mix of one-shot adventures designed specifically for new players. Ask questions, learn how to play, and meet new people! Pre-made characters are provided in the event description or you can roll your own on D&D Beyond. Play time is typically around 4 hours. Please arrive on time and keep your RSVP status up-to-date! More details can be found in the individual events.
Some of the common questions we get:
What if I've never played D&D before and know nothing about it? Perfect! Lots of people who show up for Newbie Sessions have never played before. You'll be in good company and we will help you along the way!
Can I spectate a game? Unfortunately, no. We found spectators to be disruptive because they were connecting and disconnecting or forgetting to mute their microphones. We also found that many players don’t like having an audience when they play since it adds more pressure. See our FAQ for more information.
Which races and classes can I play? This may depend on your DM, but generally anything officially published and playtested is acceptable. See our Player Resources page on each event for more information.
What is a one-shot? What if I missed the last event? That's ok! One-shots are events that are completed in a single sitting. Each game is independent from the others. Just don't sign-up for the same event a second time because it's the same story.
What if I'm not very creative or bad at roleplaying? No problem. We've got you covered! If you're struggling with something, the DM will step in and help provide some ideas. Many new players struggle with the openness and freedom of D&D. We'll be there to support you throughout the entire game.
Official website: https://www.dndnewbies.com/
More FAQs: https://www.dndnewbies.com/faq/
Join our Discord server: https://discord.gg/RkYRrkC
Important links: https://linktr.ee/dndnewbies
South San Jose near Morgan Hill Women's Bunco
Morgan Hill, CA
This intentionally small group is for women 40 and up young in years in the South San Jose / Morgan Hill area that love Bunco or want to learn how to play, and enjoy spending a few hours together once a month socializing and having fun in the hope we connect with others and form lasting friendships for game night and other activities, in and outside of the group venues.
Although a private group, the group description is available for reading by all who click on our group. Please ensure we would be a good fit before sending a request to join.
Our Bunco game nights are, for the most part, the 1st Friday of each month, and start at 6:30 pm where we socialize and eat then start play around 7-7:15 pm. Ideally, we will rotate homes and hostesses but if you are unable to host at your home, you could always be the hostess in someone else's home for that month. To enjoy the game and game night to the fullest, we will need 12 ladies (3 tables of 4) but will still have game night if we have a minimum of 8 (will be a High and Low table). If less than 8 rsvp's then we will poll to see if interested in skipping Bunco and meeting for something else. Hoping we will have more members than that as we can always plan additional ladies' get-togethers now and then if there is interest. Please, be a team player (gets along well with others), no drama, and non-abrasive.
To join our group you must provide a legible fairly current photo of yourself, complete profile, have a residence in the south bay area in which you reside, be willing to host in your home, or be a co-host in someone else's local home, and open to an initial meet and greet if you do not know the organizer or mention who you do know (or referred you) from the existing group members. Usually, game nights are open for rsvps at 12 noon on the 1st Friday of each month. They fill up fairly quickly so don't expect to ask to join our group the day before or on Bunco night and attend that months game night.
We have intentionally kept this group small and do have a running list of game substitutes so we are not seeking members who only want to sub. If you are asking to become a new member and mention you have a friend who wants to attend a game night, your friend will have to join as a member too. If you have been a member for a while, you are more than welcome to bring a guest if we have spots open and members have been given a chance to fill the spots. Guests always need to be run by the organizer. Please know that we are definitely open to a few more happy, laid-back, and local active members. Looking forward to our first Bunco game night together.
East Bay Board Gang (EBBG)
Hello Table Toppers,
Glad to have you! We gather every other Wednesday night (rain or shine, lightning or snow) at 7 pm, currently Moving around between Tigers Taproom, Oakland United Beerworks and Modern Times. We're a fantastic (emphasis on fantastic) gang of Table Toppers with interests in table top (woo hoo), board, card, dice, chance, co-op, skill, luck and other games that encourage conversation, critical thinking and laughter!
Although we have nothing against any specific game or type of game (lets face it, games are games because they're fun) we try to avoid games that run longer than 60-90 minutes or take more than 30 minutes to explain. This does not mean "no games over an hour" or anything like that, just that we want to play as many games as possible with as many people as possible. If longer/epic games are your style, just make sure that you coordinate with members prior, or that the members you recruit on the night of the Meetup are aware or knowledgeable of what they are about to play.
We also try to avoid games that are too exclusive in type like Poke'mon, Magic The Gathering, Warhammer, D&D, etc. Three games we definitely try to avoid are Settlers of Catan, Monopoly and Cards Against Humanity. We hope this does not discourage anyone from coming and joining in on the fun, seriously this group is awesome. Other than that, we encourage new games in all forms! Bring any game you are able to teach or one even one you're willing to learn, new and old. Also, if you have a game you may be developing, bring it on by for some feedback and test plays!
We work hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and that the group runs smoothly every week. Diana and I work diligently on this group (about 15 hours a week) by approving and greeting new Table Toppers, writing the Meetups, scheduling events, picking weekly games, finding instructors for games, talking with breweries/game developers/game stores/conventions/etc., purchasing new games, and much more. We never ask for money and will never charge for the Wednesday Meetups. There are no member fees and no annual dues. However, if you would like to contribute to the group, it would be a huge help and we would be forever thankful. Our Venmo account and a Cash App account are as follows:
Cash App: $EastBayBoardGang
Enough jibber jabber. Let's get together, have some drinks, eat some food, laugh it up and play some games!
Cheers and Love,
David, Diana and Gang
Board Game Geek: https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/East_Bay_Board_Gang
D&D n RPGs of Sacramento @dndnrpgs
Have you ever wanted to be included in a D&D adventure or a Tabletop RPG of any kind?
Been playing for years? Never played at all, but wanted to try?
This is the place for you! We will even show you how to play!
We are passionate about D&D and Tabletop RPGs! with all levels of experience!
We work with all of the Sacramento area game stores to create a welcoming and fun environment!
We will be hosting multiple events each month to make sure you can attend the ones that suite you the best!
We are focused on inclusion and having fun so please express the same to other members.
Make sure to review our Code of Conduct https://docs.google.com/document/d/12MlXn3KzarNzrY-i-8WuLTMGJYIubR7RkNRoOy9HtN8/
Join our Facebook group ... https://www.facebook.com/groups/dndnrpgs
Join in on the excitement and the fun!
-Role Play On !!!
Pacific Mahjong League
East Bay Riichi (EBR) is a competitive riichi mahjong club, and a member of the Pacific Mahjong League (PML). We use modern Japanese riichi rules and have a published rulebook. Whether you are a seasoned player that wants play competitively, or a curious beginner that wants to learn how to play, we welcome you to play with us!
South Bay Classic, and Current Video Game Meetup
This group is for people that love video gaming, and love playing couch multiplayer games, such as Halo, Mario Kart, Bomberman, Super Smash Bros, Ultimate Chicken Horse, and the like.
Fun modern, and retro games will always be welcome.
Expect most activities to be in south bay, such as Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose.
The SF-Oakland Euchre Club
San Francisco, CA
Founded in June 2002, The San Francisco Euchre Club is one of the oldest & largest of its kind on the West Coast.
We're a laid-back and diverse group brought together by our love of Euchre. Most of us are transplants, mainly from the Great Lakes, Midwest & Canada - with a growing contingent of Locals, too!
We typically have 2-3 Euchre events each month at conveniently located bar/restaurants in San Francisco & Oakland.
If you're new to Euchre, you'll need to know how to play before coming to an event. That being said, it's very easy for you to learn beforehand!
1. Read the rules of Euchre here: https://www.dummies.com/games/card-games/euchre/the-basics-of-playing-euchre/
2. Watch a Euchre Basics tutorial on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLOS84a6FtQ
3. Practice online for free at https://cardgames.io/euchre/ or on your phone using a Euchre app such as: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/euchre-3d/id364909474?mt=8
That's it! We look forward to you joining us for a few games very soon!
Join our companion Facebook Group: San Francisco Euchre Club
The Campbell Boardgames Meetup Group
Meet nearby board game players! Come to a Boardgames Meetup to play old and new favorites with new friends. All players aged 21 and up. To be approved to join, you will need a profile containing your first name and a recognizable self image.
No marketing. Not here to run a business, just to play a fun game. If you'd like to make a contribution to the group, buy yourself a game and bring it to a meetup to share. All events must be hosted by a responsible adult.
Hayward Pool/Carom/PingPong/Foosball/Karaoke Meetup Group
To gather all the pool/billiards players in the surrounding areas and make friends. I have pool table and billiards table, ping pong table, foosball, karaoke, Gokart and hot tub at my place. If you are up for hangout and make new friends, let's get together and have a game. I'm bored playing by myself all day. It's all free. Just bring beer if you want. Once the group has 5 or more members, we will begin to meet up regularly.
Bay Area Girls Who Game
San Jose, CA
Are you a girl who games? Then you've come to the right place. We are a safe place for women around the Bay Area to talk about gaming without the presence of a typical guy gamer. Let's build friendships both online and in-person!
LAN parties, movies, hangouts, brunch and more hosted at hot spots around the Bay Area. Noobs welcome! Join your fellow Bay Area Girls Who Game!
We have a discord!
Message one of our hosts for an invite! Joining our discord will give you access to chat, share photos, LFG, etc, with other ladies from our group.
We host Mixers!
We love our ladies, but we love sharing experiences with our loved ones too. If you see an event flagged as a **Mixer**, this means the event is SO friendly. Bring your husband, boyfriend, favorite guy friend, etc. Just add them as a +1 when you sign up for an event.
Elk Grove Boardgames And Potluck
Elk Grove, CA
Like boardgames and food? Then welcome to the group! Meet new people and make new friends while enjoying playing boardgames. You’re not required to bring any boardgames or food!
We play different type of games, most are euro type strategy games but all other games are welcome. Never played boardgames? Don’t worry, we will teach you!
Turlock’s It’s Your Turn - Game Night
Come join us at my home as we play strategy and other board games! I have over 200 board games and their expansions. Some of my favorites are: Scythe, 7 Wonders, Clank!, Dominion, Kingdom Builders and Five Tribes to name a few.
If you like, you could bring snacks, hors d’oeurves or wine, but it’s not necessary. I’ll provide something to eat and drink.
Let’s have some fun!
The D&D Experience Point
WHO ARE WE & WHAT WE DO: We are a Cinema House for the Mind, specializing in Dungeons & Dragons (and other fantasy and sci fi role playing games) for newcomers and veterans alike!
We are here to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment to not only play the game but to experience it. For our (GMs) game masters D&D and other roleplaying games aren't just games, but vehicles of entertainment, self-expression, reflection, team building, and community building that when facilitated well create an emotionally unforgettable experience.
We invite you to join this beginner friendly D&D (5th edition) based group whether you are looking for a casual game or a full on campaign.
Our games encourages players to steer the course of the adventure. Everything is provided for you. To get a feel for the games check out:
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg3B_7Ui5ouncfndoRYg82Q
Instagram handle: https://www.instagram.com/gentleman_gamemaster/
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED:
We provide all of the essentials for you. You don't need to worry about bringing dice, mini's, maps or anything else! Just show up ready to have fun. (applies to in person games but we also provided access to most digital content as well!)
First timers: For your first session you can choose from a pre-made character or build your own.
WHY DO WE CHARGE A TICKET FEE?
We all pay for high quality entertainment and D&D is no different. Now don't get us wrong, we are not saying you NEED to pay to play D&D. If you have a great home group of friends you’ve been playing with for years and/or a solid group you play with at a game shop then we may not be for you. That said, maybe you are that "forever GM" who's always running the game but never gets to play a character. Maybe you are part of a group in which players constantly flake or that group of friends who have been too busy to get together recently. Maybe you have played a lot of games where the GM just didn’t seem well prepared. Maybe you are newcomer or an old player coming back to the game and you are looking for a great place to jump back in! If any of those apply to you then RSVP for a game. Our GMs treat D&D with passion and professionalism which adds to your overall experience. Below are just a few reasons why we believe a good gaming session is worth paying for!
· Accountability: GMs plan session according to the number of players who RSVP and tickets hold players accountable to attending games. This makes a better experience for everyone at the table.
· Leveling Up: We see skilled GMs no different from artists, musicians, writers, directors, teachers, and the like. If you have been doing something long enough with proficiency (pun intended) there’s nothing wrong getting paid for it. (In D&D this is essentially adventuring 101. Adventures are usually offered coin for completing said adventure. )
· Time & Money: On average our GMs spend 3 to 8 hours planning a single session. They are often spending their own cash for modules, game books, miniatures, digital products, dice, etc. to give their players an awesome game!
· Games range from $6 to $30 per session with price being based on GM experience level, time and prep cost, overall estimated length of session, and cap on number of players at the table.
· Note that we are not clock watchers and session often typically go over our allotted time due to everyone having so much fun. We will never charge for going over.
Our Code of Conduct
Our primary goal is to facilitate collaborative adventure based storytelling through the medium of Tabletop Role Playing Games (TTRPG’s). We are committed to providing well crafted games that not only entertain but provide friendly, safe, and welcoming environments for all players.
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for everyone who participates in this community, as well as consequences for unacceptable behavior.
All players should come to the table prepared to have fun while being aware to be respectful to all others at the same time. All players should be allowed time and space to express their opinions and listen respectfully, regardless of whether or not you agree with the other player’s opinion.
Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
We see Game Masters like artists and therefore do not believe in stifling their voice or censoring their games.
Sometimes games will cover more mature subject matter such as body horror, suspense, terror, violent combat, language, and/or sexual themes. The gamemaster should make this clear in game descriptions and discuss possible themes and subject matter before a game. If players are uncomfortable with any particular scenario, they should refrain from participating in that session. If the session breaks any rules players should report it. (See unacceptable behavior below)
Depictions of specific sensitive subject material should be avoided for club games. E.g. Hate crime, rape, domestic and child abuse
Disagreements are a natural part of the game, but the attacking or use of verbal abuse to fellow members of the table will not be tolerated.
Offensive comments (in or out of character) based on race, gender, sexuality, religion, or politics will not be tolerated.
Players of gamemasters who talk to other players in a condescending or belittling way will not be tolerated.
Consequences of Unexpected Behavior:
Offenders of the Code of Conduct will receive a verbal warning for the first offense. Consequences for multiple offenders include, but are not limited to, offenses temporary suspension from a particular table up to being permanently banned from the Group.
Please report any perceived violations of the Code of Conduct to your Game Master. If that makes you feel uncomfortable, or if your issue is with a particular Game Master’s behavior, then please immediately message the head Game Master, Malcolm. He will respond ASAP.
Sacramento Cribbage Meetups
Our Cribbage meetup is a weekly social cribbage evening - each Thursday. There is no cost to play every week, but donating to the cribbage meetup fee every 6 months is appreciated. We just play cribbage - there isn't a structure to the evening - just show up ANY time between 4 and 7 (one game or two hours worth). If you want to learn how to play - just ask. If you want to help teach - please, I would be honored to learn from you if you have the knowledge and skills. I try my best to teach tournament style cribbage - but you have the right to play as you desire, just follow the basic rules of cribbage.
Cribbage is available 4 nights a week ... if you feel you are a good cribbage player and would like to test your skills - please join us - I will let you know where the clubs meet and what time.
Thursday night ... SOCIAL CRIBBAGE - various locations depending on requests from YOU ... Anytime after 4 pm - there isn't a set time to show up or leave.
Thursday nights - Is a SOCIAL cribbage night for those who want to learn how to play ... or play better ... or teach others how to play better. Monday through Thursday - Meet other local Cribbage players and test your skills.
Our weekly Cribbage Events (not the social meetups) consist of tournaments of 9 games of Cribbage against 9 different opponents. Great friends, laughter and the best nights of card playing in town - Cribbage! Players of ALL ages and ALL skill levels are welcome. Please join us for a fun evening of Cribbage. We have some very talented Cribbage players ranking among the top players in the country so there is always plenty to learn!
If you are just curious and want to see what Cribbage is ... yes, you can come watch and ask questions. Hope to see you soon!
Fresno Board Games and Booze
Do you like Board Games? Do you like alcohol? Well boys and girls, you have come to the right place. Welcome to Fresno Board Games and Booze. A group dedicated to bringing people together over their favorite games, and their favorite alcoholic beverage. How does it work? Each month I will host a potluck style game night at my home, where we each bring our favorite games, and favorite alcoholic beverages. That simple. The group will also meet at other Board Game and booze friendly establishments, as well as other events, just to keep it spicy.
This will be a great place to meet new people, play that game that has been gathering dust in your closet, and become exposed or expose someone else to that Yugoslavian craft beer people can't stop talking about.
Update: 10/2017 a few guidlines for this group...(Unfortunately some incidents have happened in the past which now warrant them)
GUIDELINES (Rules of Conduct)
1) This is NOT a dating or singles “hook up” group. The harassing or stalking of members will result in you being banned from this group.
2) Inactivity in the group for three months or more may result in you being removed from this group. In addition to this, members who haven’t attended an event in over a year will be assumed to be a bot and removed as a non participant of this group. (You did join this group to particpate and play games...right?🤔)
3) Being disrepectful toward group leaders or fellow members may cause you to be removed and banned from the group. (This also includes trying to get inviduals intoxicated for ulterior motives)
4) When consuming alcohol, we ask that everyone please drink responsibly. We want everyone to have a good time and make it home safely, so we can see you again for the next event.
5) Consistantly not showing up for events after submitting a RSVP will cause you to be removed from the group. Group leaders should be given respect for taking time out of their day to host events for members. After all, we are all adults here and should be held accountable for our own actions and commitments.
6) If you live over 50 miles away or out of state, please do not join this group. It’s designed for locals only. (You will also be declined entry into the group if your profile location reflects this guideline)
7) When guests are allowed, they too are expected to follow this groups guidelines or will be asked to leave (so far we’ve never had to so let’s keep it like that 👍🏻😊). Guests MUST be 21+ to attend events
8) Please have a clear profile photo of yourself prior to joining this group because you will most likely not be approved without one. <br>This is a safety issue for our hosts! <br>So we know whom to expect at our events. (Especially when they’re hosted at private residences)
9) If you’re signing up as a couple, it would be best for you to consider having two separate profiles on here instead since some events we host will have very limited seating. Because of this we may not allow members to add to their RSVP. Thus the settings will only allow current members via first come first served and only one RSVP per member.
10) Regarding COVID-19, everyone attending private events in this group is EXPECTED to be fully vaccinated before submitting a RSVP. We’re not here asking for your opinion on the issue whether you agree with it or not, this is just how it’s gonna be. Nobody is making you join this group and on the same note, no one is making you go out and get vaccinated too. You are joining this group and respecting its rules with your own free will.
You must acknowledge these guidelines/Rules of Conduct or you will not be allowed to join this group.
Jewish Geeks - Bay Area
COVID Update: We have virtual game nights every Tuesday night and book club the second Wednesdays of every month.
This group is for Jewish geeks and nerds looking to hang out with other Jewish geeks and nerds in the Bay Area. If you're a Jewish geek or nerd that likes movies, board games, video games, museum trips, Shabbat dinners, mitzvah projects, or other geeky or Jewish-themed events and activities then this group is for you!
San Francisco Gamer Ladies
San Francisco, CA
This group is for ladies or lady identified geeks, nerds and gamers. Our primary age range is 20's to 30's. Meetups will be focused around playing board games (like Catan and Dominion NOT Monopoly and Life), or maybe just watching a movie and doing crafts! We're also into video games. Most meetups I create will take place in San Francisco (where I live and can host).
Must be a lady or lady identified
Must be 21+
Your profile should have something in it! I do read them to make sure you knew what you were signing up for. Your answers should reflect why you're a good fit for a gaming/geeky group. There is no strict enforcement on level of nerdiness (you don't have to be 'hardcore' :p), but this is not a typical ladies hanging out group.
Examples of Games Played:
* Terra Mystica
* Castles of Burgundy
* Notre Dame
* 7 Wonders
* Puerto Rico
* Power Grid
RSVP's & No-Shows
Try to be courteous on your RSVPs. If you no show or cancel your RSVP last minute 3 times in a row you will be removed and banned from the group. Beyond that, if we start noticing you no-show more than you're attending, we will issue a warning with possible removal of the group to follow. This rule stops people from taking spots in capped events when they had no intention of ever showing at meetups.
-Guidelines for Meetups-
(only need to be referred to if you're making a meetup)
Meetups must specify Ladies Only or All Genders Allowed. All Genders Allowed means that a lady who is a member of the meetup knows this someone who is not a lady, and they are her guest. Anyone who is not a lady is not allowed to join this group directly.
No spam or advertising! Please advertise elsewhere. If you are interested in sponsoring the meetup for advertising, please contact me directly. All advertising that is not a sponsor will be removed with possible removal of the member involved. Meetup.com costs organizers money to use.