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.
Central Coast Tabletop Gaming
San Luis Obispo, CA
This group is for those interested in tabletop gaming on the Central Coast.
Love playing tabletop games? We run a variety of systems, mostly Dungeon World and Dungeons and Dragons 5e.
Interested in being a Dungeon Master? We have experienced DMs ready to help you start running your own games.
Love talking rpg theory? Every month we host RPG Chats and homebrew workshops where we discuss everything from writing a character backstory to creating whole adventures.
Just want to hangout with other nerds? Every month we do a meet and greet where you can meet other people interested in tabletop gaming.
Please contact any of the organizers (Aaron, Chris, Andy, Nicole) for the link to our discord.
Hope to see you at our (virtual) table soon!
-Aaron, Andy, Chris, Nicole
Mountain View WereWolves Meetup Group
Mountain View, CA
This Group is to play werewolves, if you don't know the game you can also join and learn the game, It's a fun role-playing game. Every game takes about 20 minutes up to 2 hours to finish depends on the number of players and the game flow
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.
South Bay Video Gaming Community
San Jose, CA
This group is for those Gamers that want friends they can hang out with in person but spend more time online gaming in their own space. As well as those who want to create video games, and want a community of other creators and gamers to brainstorm with and give them feedback, and help with testing. We will meet in person once a month but will have online meet ups on either discord or Zoom several times a week for different activities.
Some of the Activities I have come up with are, collectively choose a new games to try and talk about. A random number generator game meeting, where we role dice with different categories to determine what game to play that month. Like one dice is Genre other is decade. Monthly online video games based movie night. And Video game book club.
We will also have a guild in e MMO we chose together, as will as play multiplayer games we vote on.
Plus if you want to make your own video games, once or twice a month we will meet up and discuss specific genres of games how what mechanics and themes make them good, plus help you workshop your idea. Plus if you need beta testers, start your search here.
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
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 !!!
East Bay Cribbage Meetup
(UPDATE: Since most of our members have been fully vaccinated, and local restrictions on social gatherings at the venues we typically use for our events are being relaxed, we are once again OPEN to new members at this time. We appreciate an attitude of respect for your Organizer(s) and fellow members, and are happy to finally be able to resume a regular schedule of (bi)weekly sessions to play. However, please read the Liability Disclaimer below before joining the group or attending any event. Be healthy, stay well, and PEG ON!)
Let's get together and play cribbage! Cribbage is a classic card game for 2 or more players. Meetups are fun and social, and twice a year we plan a tournament with a buy-in and prizes. We are now celebrating 5 years since our "Organizer Emeritus" Jodi started this "beer-and-cribbage thing" in Oakland!
Organizer Terry, with input from group members, plans gatherings every other week on Sunday afternoons (weekly from June to August), and we are open to holding summer weeknight sessions when we can enjoy the lengthier daylight. We rotate gatherings among breweries, brewpubs, restaurants, and taprooms in the East Bay, concentrated mostly in the Oakland/Berkeley/Alameda area. Favorite craft beer locations such as Jupiter, Mad Oak, and Temescal Brewing have outdoor seating and picnic-style tables that are perfect during the spring and summer, while other places like Alameda Island Brewing Company, Cornerstone Craft Beer, and The Fourth Bore offer cozy comfort indoors during the fall and winter months.
All members are welcome to suggest additional venues, days, and times. With a little notice, the group can gather 6-10 players. We provide all the necessary equipment (boards, pegs, and cards), so all you have to do is bring yourself, invite a friend, and have a good time pegging along with us. New players are welcome, so if you're ready to learn the best two-handed card game ever invented, we're ready to help you shuffle, cut, deal, discard, peg, and count your way into a lifetime of fun. Happy Pegging!
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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!
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! :)
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.
Occasional weekend board games in San Jose
San Jose, CA
"Occasional weekend board games in San Jose" pretty much says it all. It's a continuation of my old "Occasional weekend games in San Jose" group which ran for about two years, but seems to have lapsed.
Small gatherings: typically we would do one Saturday / month with up to 5 or 6 people at my little condo in San Jose.
Longer games: Usually we'd gather around 11:00 and do a longer hobbyist game that we might be able to play once or twice through the day. Terraforming Mars was probably our most common game but Eldritch Horror, Blood Rage, Shadows Over Camelot fit the type.
CA and Santa Clara county are saying that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people, so for now this will be for fully vaccinated people.
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!
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
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
Moms who love Board Games
Scotts Valley, CA
Come join other moms who LOVE to play board games . Whether your players are too young and you just can't play ONE more round of 'Candyland' or your 'Settlers 'have all left for the treasure islands. Come make new friends and play your fav game . Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play we’ll teach you .
Vacaville Roleplaying Gamers (RPGs)
We are looking for anyone who is interested in tabletop RPG games or wants gamer buddies! Vacaville or surrounding area preferred, but if you are willing to drive or commute to events, the more the merrier.
My intention is to have this group be a place to meet fellow gamers and make friends; coordinate RPG campaigns or other gaming events; and basically be a one-stop shop for any game-related activity you want to enjoy with other people.
So check us out, stop on by, join and let's start gaming!