Northeast Atlanta Gaming

August 1, 2010

Where can I find wargamers in Atlanta?

Filed under: Clubs,Shops — foodnearsnellville @ 5:43 pm
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When I first found the huge DIY Panzerblitz community, it took my breath away and brought back a hobby I hadn’t done seriously since my teens. It was the modern aspect of the game that are appealing to me: if I want counters, I make them. If I want new boards, I make them. If I want to extend play into the modern era, I adapt what I can find and publish that.

But where were wargamers in the ATL? They seemed invisible through Google. I looked, and found old abandoned sites and places to play, emails that did not work and clubs that no longer existed. The priority was no longer finding a Panzerblitz player, but finding people who played these styles of games, period.

My first breakthrough was a single post that mentioned a club named the North Atlanta Tactical Organization and said that they played in a Lilburn based shop called the Gaming Pit. So I hung out at the Gaming Pit for a while. It was a complete waste of time. While the shop is admirably suited to handling MAGIC players and D&D sessions, it really doesn’t have the clientèle to accommodate wargamers.

Looking again, frustrated, I tracked down something called the Gwinnett Boardgame Society. From them I tracked down a shop called Tower Game Center. From their calendar I tracked down NATO. Yay, I found it. It’s in the same mall area as Fini’s Pizzeria, Gold Gym and Carvel Ice Cream, on the Duluth Highway side of the mall. Yes, there are plenty of board gamers there. Well, more appropriately, it’s largely a miniatures crowd. A lot of Flames of War, Warhammer 40k, and Axis and Allies miniatures. So I’ve run into people like Scott, and Ray, and Jim, and life is substantially better. That said, I still haven’t found anyone who plays Panzerblitz style games and would be willing to test rules, counters, and situations with me. Drop me a line on the board if you are interested.

Shops or clubs: if you’re in the Atlanta area, please also drop me a note. I’ll try to include you on a page or post, and perhaps visit your shop or club, to report on the action there.

FnS.

Note: I’ve added a Google Map of all wargaming locations I know about on the page “Where to Play”. It will be updated as I know more.

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3 Comments »

  1. Hey there,

    there’s actually quite a number of stores and clubs around the area. As you already noted, there is Tower and Gaming Pit. Also in Marietta, there is Giga-Bites Cafe which has alot of gamers, and Treefort Games in Fayetteville, which has a god bit of historicals and Fantasy

    Comment by David — August 2, 2010 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  2. Hello, My name is Tom Beeler. I am searching for any table top wargamers in the Gwinnette area.
    My phone number is 706-994-3268 or e-mail beelertom@aol.com

    Thanks

    Comment by tom beeler — August 19, 2011 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  3. I’d be up for it. My phone number is 772-940-2297 (it’s a Florida area code, but I now live in Newnan, GA

    Comment by Joe Lammers — March 7, 2012 @ 11:41 pm | Reply


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