Suggested Games Groups near California
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.
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
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 San Jose near Morgan Hill Women's Bunco
Morgan Hill, CA
Update: At this time we are not accepting any new members unless you are referred by someone already in the group. This intentionally small group is for women 50 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.
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 !!!
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.
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!
Davis Ladies Game Night
Attention Lady Game-Players! Join us for tabletop games at various Davis locations. We're open to playing all varieties of games: board games, card games, tile game, short games, long games, etc. This group is for local ladies of all ages to hang out, use our brains, make new friends, strategize, problem-solve, laugh, and enjoy board games in a casual setting. Please bring a new game to teach us or just bring yourself (there are usually plenty of games to choose from). We hope to meet you at our next game event! :)
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!
Game Designer Roundtable Discussions
San Jose, CA
Join us for Game Designer Roundtable Discussions, where you can meet and talk with other local game designers!
Designers of all game types are invited! We are open to designers of tabletop games, video games, escape rooms, text adventures, art RPG’s, and more!
All experience levels are welcome! Whether you are a veteran designer or just starting out, there is a seat for you at our table. We all have something to teach and learn from each other!
Sit down with other game designers to discuss your current project’s progress, share insights and advice, network and offer your related skills, and more!
Hosted by Sanchez Michaels, designer of the card game "Gosh Darn Bubbles!", and founder of the independent tabletop game publishing label Sandwich Bag Games!
See you there!
Game Designer Roundtables Discord Channel:
I Attack the Darkness
A community of tabletop gamers committed to diversity, safe spaces, and making tabletops accessible and welcoming to all. #IAttacktheDarkness #IAtD
Serving all of the greater Bay Area and northern California, from Gilroy, to SF, to Sacramento and beyond!
Bay Area Board Game Boosters and Designers
Santa Clara, CA
You can use your love of board games to do something useful. Help local indie designers and publishers playtest prototype games. Play expansions for some of your favorite games before they release and get some SWAG. For designers, network, test your games and get practical hands on advice. Our goal with this group is to cross-promote with many of the board game groups in the Bay Area to bring designers and play testers together.
East Bay Gamers Guild
WE ARE BACK! Were so excited to be offering our game nights again at local places in the east bay!!
WELCOME! We love meeting new friends! We are a welcoming community of gamers from all different levels and preferences, from Jenga to Dungeons and Dragons. We love our game nights because, we learn new games, wind down after work, socialize, and get invites to new events. So please come join us!!
Don’t know board games very well? No problem! We are happy to teach you how to play our favorites!
Come to our next game night! When you do, walk right up to any group playing game and introduce yourself. We’ll make sure you feel welcomed! See ya soon!
Gold River NL Hold Em Poker - Live Game
Rancho Cordova, CA
Wanting to start a low stakes friendly NL Hold Em Poker Game. Will be played in my well ventilated garage with the door open. Keeping the game to 6 to 7 people max so we can spread out.
This will be a low stakes friendly game. Sharks will be bored. I’m a Dad of two small kids and looking for people that want to play for the love of the game and nothing too serious.
Typical games will be .25/.50 or .50/$1 blinds with $60-$100 max buy in and occasional tournaments
Have a nice table and chips, flatscreen tv and big beer fridge. Let’s shuffle up and deal!
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.
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