To organise Conpulsion we spend a lot of time trying to get to know and work with the different local gaming communities across Edinburgh. If anyone is looking for some more regular gaming in their local area, here are all the different groups we’ve found:
Argonaut Books’ Game Nights: We run board games and roleplaying games on alternating weeks. A friendly atmosphere welcoming players of all levels of familiarity.
Edinburgh Board Gamers: If you are into modern board games, and can get into Edinburgh, then this is the group for you! We are very welcoming of people new to the tabletop gaming hobby, and nothing makes us happier than helping another person discover new games.
Edinburgh Indie Gamers: Edinburgh Indie Gamers is the club for creativity, story and throwing away the rules. Think PbtA, diceless, Nordic-style, GMless and GMful games, though perhaps not all at the same time. Our regular Storygames Hangout features a wide range of one-shot games, while our community is a launchpad for longer-format games, design discussions, and our vibrant annual zine. We value inclusivity highly and all games run with safety tools.
Edinburgh Playtest Group: The Edinburgh Playtest Group was setup to help Tabletop Game designers out with playtesting their games. Although we welcome all stripes of designers we are mostly focused on card and board games but are delighted to try and help you find people if you are looking to playtest an RPG or wargame.
Edinburgh RPG Guild: Discuss and play anything tabletop. From boardgames, Warhammer wargames, to roleplay of any system: D&D, Warhammer Fantasy, Vampire the Masquerade, etc.
FAQ: FAQ is the boardgaming society of the University of Edinburgh! You enjoy playing? Join us!
Fools and Heroes Edinburgh: The Edinburgh branch of Fools and Heroes Live Action Role Play, a national LARP system with 21 branches around the country. They create and run games featuring roleplay, combat and heroic adventure.
GEAS: The Edinburgh University Roleplaying Society is an inclusive and welcoming ttrpg society which plays a variety of game systems from D&D to more complex and recent systems like Cyberpunk 2020 and indie systems like Urban Shadows. Additionally, lots of our GMs make their own systems, not published or released yet!
Juniper Green Board Gamers: Family Gaming group for people in and around Juniper Green, Currie, Balerno, Baberton, Longstone, Colinton Village and anywhere on the West side of Edinburgh.
RolePlay Haven: The Edinburgh branch of a nationwide network of roleplaying groups. They are a Community Interest Company whose mission statement is to introduce Tabletop Roleplaying Games into local communities and raise money for nearby charitable organisations.
Table Top Games SQ: Based in South Queensferry but all are welcome. We meet fortnightly and play a wide range of modern board games and players of all levels of familiarity are welcome.
True North Megagames: True North Megagames is a megagame network for the north of the United Kingdom. Running events in Glasgow, Carlisle, Dundee, Edinburgh, Newcastle and online, the network hopes to expand the hobby of megagaming by running engaging and inclusive events to cater to all tastes. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Discord to join our community!
Watt-Gamers: Heriot-Watt University’s gaming society. Covering roleplay, boardgames, wargaming, card games, and even occasionally LARPs, we welcome everyone interested in any form of gaming.
Are you a representative of a gaming group based in Edinburgh or the nearby area that’s not on the list? Contact us here. We’d love to talk to you!