Suggested Games Groups near California
Mountain View WereWolves and other board games
Mountain View, CA
This group started as a werewolves group, many of the group members love other board games so now it's a board games group with werewolves being the main game.
Events are usually at a park so you can consider it a board games picnic ;)
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
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 !!!
Mahjong in Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA
Looking for American MahJong players for weekly games of MahJong. We will follow regulations for National MahJongg. New or patient experienced players are welcome to join. We'll meet weekly in home or backyard in downtown Palo Alto on Tuesday mornings for 2-3 hours.
The members are at different learning levels and all will learn best by playing the game. (We will not spend time in the beginning going over tiles and rules). Everyone should familiarize themselves with the card, the tiles and the rules before playing on their own. If unsure of tiles or how to play you can partner with someone and learn from them during the game.
OUT OF CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS PLEASE JOIN OUR GROUP ONLY IF VACCINATED.
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.
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!
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 Original Pattern Brewing, Crooked City Cider and Tigers Taproom in the East Bay. 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...for free) 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
PPP (PoC Pathfinder Party)
San Francisco, CA
This is a Dungeons & Dragons group centered on players who identify as PoC. Allies are welcome. However, the table is set for folks who have felt marginalized or limited by the ethnic makeup of the standard tabletop RPG session. This meetup will also be focused on introducing PoC to the collaborative storytelling model of D&D. Therefore, newbies and/or RPG-curious folks are strongly encouraged to participate. If you've ever been labeled a nerd, weirdo or outsider by members of your PoC group but found yourself on the margins in the geek culture, this is the meetup for you.
LA Geeky Fun Times
Los Angeles, CA
Why hello there!
Thanks so much for your interest in our fun little group. Our purpose? To find fellow like-minded individuals who enjoy the same things we all do: movies, TV shows, books, video games, board games, card games, music, concerts (when those eventually come back), some outdoors stuff (fear the day star!!!!), popular franchises like Star Wars or LotR, and much more. Or maybe you just want to find people to vent to about the final season of Game of Thrones. I know I'd like to!
Who should join? Anyone and everyone - since we are all home right now it doesn’t matter where you’re located! We welcome people of different ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, sexual preferences, religious preferences, etc. All we ask is that you're super cool to everyone (like, don't be a weird creeper or problematic) and be accepting of others. Fandom and passions for hobbies know no bounds, so if you are into the same hobbies and passions we all are then you've found your peoples!
Due to current events, a decent chunk of everything will be virtual, but I will constantly be looking for ways to have safe outdoor gatherings (drive-in movies, for example) ...again, safety first and all that jazz.
Some "rules" (I hate to do it, but this is the Internet):
• No hate speech
• No abuse/bullying
• No threats, doxxing
• This isn't Tinder, so please don't treat it as such
• If you will partake in alcohol or other controlled substances during events for this group, please do so in a responsible way. There definitely are levels of inebriation/intoxication that aren't cute or good/safe for the group
• Be excellent to each other
• If on camera, make sure your "cash and prizes" are covered before standing up O_o
East Bay Martian Society - Tabletop SciFi RPGs
Looking for an adventure that doesn't involve your standard orcs and goblins? This group will focus on Science Fiction and Indie Tabletop RPGs for people who are looking for a quest outside of Dungeons & Dragons.
All are welcome regardless of how much (if any!) RPG experience you have.
Possible Games include homebrew StarFinder, Monster of the Week, Call of Cthulhu, & FateCore. During the shelter-in-place we will be meeting online.
Simi Valley - Vaccinated Only - Classic Board Games Meetup
Simi Valley, CA
If you love classic board games such as Parcheesi, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Monopoly, etc. and you are fully COVID vaccinated, we are the Meetup for you! We do not mean to exclude anybody, but we want this Meetup to be as safe as possible for everyone. For this reason, all participants are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination before each Meetup with I.D.
Now let the games begin!
House Rules: Tabletop Gaming in Your Neighbors' Homes
HOUSE RULES is a gaming group for anyone and everyone. Our game nights are hosted by nice folks in the Sacramento area with tables, chairs, and a deep love of games.
What kinds of games do we play?
A bit of everything! From Cosmic Encounter to Codenames, from roll-and-writes to RPGs, from Monsterhearts to Misspent Youth, from Dead of Winter to D&D ... you get the idea.
Who can join?
All are welcome! Whether you are brand new to tabletop gaming or a hardcore hobbyist, you are welcome! HOUSE RULES is actively committed to diversity and inclusion for all individuals of all backgrounds, races, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, ages, and socio-economic statuses.
A few HOUSE RULES rules:
- Spaces are, by design, limited. Please don't RSVP if you aren't 100% sure you can commit to a full night of gaming.
- Our game nights are SAFE & INCLUSIVE spaces. Any form of oppressive/intolerant/exclusionary language, harassment, or inappropriate behavior will get you booted, because that is extremely uncool. (Shit-talking, on the other hand, is encouraged and celebrated. Sore losers take note.)
- Bring GAMES you enjoy. Be ready to teach those games with clarity and enthusiasm.
- If it is within your means, bring SNACKS & DRINKS to share.
Interested in becoming a HOUSE RULES host? Use this Google Form to let us know!
Reno Area Tabletop
We love Roleplaying Games, Board Games and being able to relax and have fun.
Join us for a game or two at one of our scheduled events. If you are interested in hosting a game or playing a specific game please let us know.
Some of the games we love:
Pathfinder Society by Paizo for Pathfinder RPG.
D&D Adventure League for Dungeons and Dragons RPG.
....and many other RPG's systems!
Board Games are our passion:
Rising Sun, Gloomhaven, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Smallworld, Munchkin, Arkham Horror, A Game of Thrones, Lords of Waterdeep, Stone Age, Le Harve, Dominion, Alhambra, King of Tokyo, many many more!
More Traditional games:
Outburst, Trivial Pursuit, Scattergories, Risk, Monopoly, Taboo,Scrabble, Cranium, the list goes on!
RSVP to an event and stop by for some fun!
The organizers are here for you so please let us know if we can add or improve anything!
Board Game Night at Off The Rails Brewing Co.
Come enjoy craft brews/cocktails, tasty food, and of course board games at Off The Rails Brewing Co.
Bring your games, positive attitude and vaccination card lol.
The difference between our game night and others? Well, we require vaccinations and the two weeks after to be fully vaccinated.
No dues or fees or any affiliation with anything.
Cooperative and Adventure Board Games Reno/Sparks Nevada
A group to play a variety of board games. These games will be more challenging and have more rules than most mainstream and party games, but will not be as complicated as Euro style worker placement games. Events will be held at a variety of locations in Reno and Sparks so that we can try different food and drinks while we play board games. People interested in playing board games that all players play together to beat the game should join this group. We will not charge membership dues and we are not affiliated or associated with any business or organization.
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.