Northeast Atlanta Gaming

August 6, 2010

Alpharetta Board Gamers, Alpharetta GA

Filed under: Board,Card,Clubs,Games — foodnearsnellville @ 12:34 pm
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I dropped by their meeting site recently, Alpha Soda Restaurant, and said hello to the guys of Alpharetta Board Gamers. I met Chris, Carlos, David, and one other whose name I didn’t quite catch. So it was a group of 5, with me watching mostly. The first game was Small World, the second I believe was called Innovation. Simple games to play, not necessarily simple tactically.

I liked the people and the vibe, very low key and friendly. It’s an easy introduction into these kinds of games and Chris and Carlos seemed to bring enough games for a wealth of choice. So if you’re in the area, and a quick board fix is your cup of tea, drop by and enjoy the group.


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.


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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