Atlanta Fan Clubs & Meetup Groups

THE ATLANTA FANDOM GUIDE: ATLANTA FAN CLUBS & MEETUP GROUPS

LAST UPDATED: 3.23.2013

NOTE: Please pardon our construction. Listings are currently being reorganized by category/genre/fandom rather than alphabetically — project 80% completed as of 3.23.2013. To be added: categories for Trivia, Puppetry, Storytelling, Music, as well as expanded listings for existing categories.

For requests to add a group to this list, please send a message through the Facebook page for The Atlanta Fandom Guide or send an email to voiceroy – @ – yahoo.com (remove the spaces and hyphens first, please).

*** As of October 2012, The Atlanta Fandom Guide has partnered with Metro Atlanta Geeks which now serves as The AFG’s official meetup group/forum/community.

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ANIME / ANIMATION / CARTOONS

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- 3D ATLANTA USER GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/3D-Atlanta-User-Group/

- ANIMATED MEDIA AND MERCH COLLECTORS
Web: Facebook Group
+ Facebook Page: SAMMICH! – The Society of Animated Media and Merch International Collectors Hub
Details: “Collectors’ community for all things animated.” Founded by Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, publisher of The Atlanta Fandom Guide and Voice Actors in the News.

- ANIME CLUB AT GEORGIA STATE
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50498466243/
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Details: “Georgia State’s official anime club.”

- ANIME O-TEKKU
Web: http://www.animeo-tekku.com/
Details: Georgia Tech’s anime club.

- ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA
Web: http://www.awa-con.com/phpbb/
+ Official AWA Facebook group
+ Unofficial AWA Facebook group
+ Official AWA Staff Facebook Group
+ AWA’s Sailor Moon Cosplayers
+ AWA Video Room Staff
+ AWA Security

- ASIFA-ATLANTA
Web: http://www.asifa-atlanta.com/
Details: International Animated Film Association of Atlanta; Animation and related events in Atlanta.

- ATLANIME
Web: http://atlanime.ning.com/
+ Facebook; Yahoo Group
Details: Active anime fanclub meeting monthly at The Dragon’s Horde in Stone Mountain, GA.

- THE ATLANTA CHRISTIAN GAMING & ANIME GUILD
Web: Facebook Group [Closed Membership]
Details: Active faith-based anime fanclub and gaming group meets on the first Friday of every month around the Atlanta area.

- I.A.P. (INDUSTRY OF ANIME PROFESSIONALS) ATLANTA BRANCH
Web: http://www.meetup.com/iapatlanta/

- OTAKU ASCENDED
Web: ttp://www.otakusocialnetwork.com/clubs/otakuascended/
Location: Roswell, GA
Details: Anime fan club meets every Friday @ 7pm in Roswell. Visit the website and contact the host in advance to join a meeting.
[Contributed by "videomaster21XX" via AWA-CON.com]

- UGANIME – University of Georgia Anime Fan Club
Web: http://www.uganime.org/

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BOOKS / BOOK CLUBS

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- ATLANTA’S LADY LITWITS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/litwits/

- BOOKS, BANDS AND BEER
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Books-Bands-and-Beer/

- THE BUCKHEAD FANTASY FICTION BOOK CLUB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/The-Buckhead-Fantasy-Fiction-Book-Club/
Details: Buckhead, GA area book club for fans of fantasy and science fiction.

- BUFORD BOOK CLUB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Buford-Book-Club/

- MIDTOWN REVIEW BOOK CLUB
Web: http://www.MidtownReview.com/
+ Facebook, Meetup Group

- NERDY BLACK WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Nerdy-Black-Womens-Book-Club/

- NERDY ROMANTICS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Nerdy-Romantics/

- THE OVER-50, NON-INTELLECTUAL, READ FUN BOOKS GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/The-Over-50-Non-Intellectual-Read-Fun-Books-Group/

- SOUTHERN ORDER OF STORYTELLERS
Web: http://southernorderofstorytellers.org/
+ Related Meetup.com Group “Firefly/Storytelling Night” (hosted and attended by SOS members)
Details: “A group of storytellers and listeners whose goal is to bring storytelling to wider audiences and help make storytelling once again an integral part of culture and entertainment in Georgia and the Southeast.” SOS members/performers participate in local live events and host regular “cluster” meetups with workshop sessions throughout the Atlanta area.

- V.A.M.P. BOOK CLUB – ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/vampbookclub/
Details: Genre book club/meetup group for adult females only.

- WOMEN’S BROOKHAVEN/BUCKHEAD BOOK CLUB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Womens-Brookhaven-Buckhead-Book-Club/

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COMICS / COMIC BOOKS

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- THE ATLANTA COMIC BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/The-Atlanta-Comic-Book-Discussion-Group/

- ATLANTA COMICS
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/288805667057/
Details: “A medium for comic book graphic artists and comic writers in the Atlanta and middle Georgia area to network, connect with and collaborate on projects.”

- BLAM! ATLANTA FEMALE COMIC BOOK CREATORS’ GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaFemaleComicCreators/
Details: For females only.

- GRAPHIC NOVEL CREATIVES
Web: http://www.meetup.com/graphicnovelcreatives/
Details: Atlanta-area “collaboration of writers, artists, marketing, and publishing talent to inspire and encourage the production and successful marketing and distribution of graphic novel, comic book, and other sequential art projects from conception to finished, distributed product.”

- I.A.P. (INDUSTRY OF ANIME PROFESSIONALS) ATLANTA BRANCH
Web: http://www.meetup.com/iapatlanta/

- PEACHTREE CITY COMIC BOOK GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Peachtree-City-Comic-Book-Group/

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COSTUMING / COSPLAY

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- ATLANTA AREA COSPLAYERS
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/atlareacosplayers/

- ATLANTA-AREA COSTUMING EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENTS
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AACEE/

- ATLANTA FURRY MEETUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaFurryMeetup/

- ATLANTA PIRATES AND WENCHES GUILD
Web: http://www.meetup.com/movies-465/

- ATLANTA WORLD OF DARKNESS LARP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/ATL-WOD-LARP/

- COSPLAY ATLANTA
Web: http://www.cosplay-atlanta.com/
+ Meetup.com, Facebook; Twitter

- DRAGON*CON COSPLAYERS
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155203131258950/

- DRAGON*CON COSTUMES CLUB
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272788786149766/

- THE HARVEY DENT DATING SHOW
Web: https://www.facebook.com/TheHarveyDentDatingShow
Details: Atlanta-based group cosplay being proposed as an event for Dragon*Con 2013.

- LARP ALLIANCE MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/LARP-Alliance-Atlanta/
Details: “Non-profit 501c, education and charity based corporation dedicated to promoting the art and hobby of LARP (Live Action Role Playing).”

- NOTORIOUS PIRATES – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FAN CLUB AND MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/notoriouspirates/

- SOUTHERN COSPITALITY
Web: https://www.facebook.com/SouthernCospitality

- STEAMPUNK ATLANTA
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Steampunk-Atlanta/

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FANDOM / FAN CLUBS

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- THE ATLANTA AREA HARRY POTTER MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.atlantahp.org/
+ Meetup.com

- ATLANTA BROWNCOATS
Web: http://www.atlantabrowncoats.com/
+ Facebook, MySpace, Meetup.com
Details: This Firefly/Serenity fanclub meets every third Sunday at 1pm at Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, GA.

- ATLANTA BUFFY MEETUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlbuffyfans/

- THE ATLANTA CHRISTIAN GAMING & ANIME GUILD
Web: Facebook Group [Closed Membership]
Details: Active faith-based anime fanclub and gaming group meets on the first Friday of every month around the Atlanta area.

- ATLANTA GALLIFREYANS
Web: http://www.atlantagallifreyans.com/
+ Facebook, Yahoo Group, LiveJournal
Details: Doctor Who fan group. Meets the third Saturday of every month in the Doraville, GA area. Also serves as co-host for Atlanta’s annual TimeGate convention.

- ATLANTA MISFITS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Misfits/
Details: Geeks/Gamers meetup group with monthly events and group outings.

- ATLANTA OUTWORLDERS
Website: http://www.outworlders.info/
+ Facebook; Twitter
Details: “Science fiction, fantasy and horror fan group that supports and promotes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes within these genres.”

- ATLANTA SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY
Web: Facebook Group, Yahoo Group
[Contributed by Jayne Rogers]

- ATLANTA SWG (STAR WARS GAMERS)
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/20806874949/

- ATLANTA STAR WARS COLLECTORS CLUB
Web: http://aswcc.blogspot.com/
+ Facebook

- CANTERLANTA
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/canterlanta/
Details: For Atlanta-area fans of “My Little Pony.”

- DEAD, BURIED, AND BACK
Web: http://www.deadburiedandback.com/
+ Facebook
Details: Promotes itself as “Atlanta’s Premiere Zombie/Horror Community.”

- FANS FOR CHRIST
Web: fansforchrist.org
+ Facebook Group
Details: International, non-denominational Christian organization of geek fandom, with a number of members in the Atlanta area who occasionally have group meetups. Check the “FFC Real Life Meetup Forum” for upcoming events.

- GEEK GIRLS OF NORTH ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Geek-Girls-of-North-Atlanta/
+ Facebook group

- GEORGIA BRONIES
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/georgiabronies/
Details: Regional community of “My Little Pony” fans.

- GEORGIA GHOSTBUSTERS
Web: http://georgiaghostbusters.com/
+ Facebook, Twitter
Details: Ghostbusters fans who are also a “full service Paranormal Investigation and Elimination firm [specializing] in charity events, parties, non-profit events, and fundraisers.”

- GEORGIA G.I. JOE FANS
Web: N/A
Details: Not just limited to fans/collectors of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero — open to action figure collectors in general. Meets regularly on the 3rd Thursday of the month in Dunwoody, GA. (Group also meets annually at JOELANTA.) For the time/location, please contact Craig: voiceroy – at – yahoo.com

- GEORGIA TRANSFORMERS FANS
Web: http://georgiatransfans.wordpress.com/
+ Facebook, Yahoo Group, TFW2005.com Georgia TF Sightings
Details: Atlanta-based group of Transformers fans, but open to members throughout the state of GA.

- GREATER ATLANTA STAR WARS COLLECTOR’S CLUB
Web: https://www.facebook.com/StarWarsGreaterAtlantaCollectorsClub
Details: Meets monthly at the East Cobb Public Library
Address: 4880 Lower Roswell Rd. Suite 510-B, Marietta, GA
(Park Aire Shopping Center)

- GWINNETT GEEK GIRLS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Gwinnett-Geek-Girls/
+ Facebook group.
Details: “For geeky Christian women in their 30’s+ in the Gwinnett/Mall of Georgia area.”

- LEGO CLUB
Web: http://club1.lego.com/en-us/default.aspx
Location: Lawrenceville, GA @ Discover Mills Mall
Phone: 678-847-6078
Details: Meets 3-4 times per month — 1st Tuesday of the month is always the “Monthly Mini Model Build.” Regular LEGO Club meetings are held on Saturdays (anywhere from 1-3 times per month) and you can join to the tune of $25 per meeting which gets you a “free, exclusive LEGO Club T-shirt and bag of LEGO bricks.”

- METRO ATLANTA GEEKS
Web: http://www.metroatlantageeks.com/
+ Facebook Page; Facebook Group
Details: Regular meetups in Marietta, Peachtree City, Roswell, and other areas around Atlanta. This is also the official meetup group (and discussion forum/community) of The Atlanta Fandom Guide.
[Contributed by Johnny League]

- MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 ATLANTA MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaMST3KFans/
Details: MST3K fan club meeting in Kennesaw, GA on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

- NERD FUN – ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/nerdfunatlanta/
+ Facebook group.
Details: Atlanta-area meetups celebrating geek/nerd interests, hobbies and events.

- NORTH WEST GEORGIA COLLECTORS CLUB
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NWGCC/

Details: Douglasville, GA-based meetup group for action figure collectors.

- NOTORIOUS PIRATES – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FAN CLUB AND MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/notoriouspirates/

- SCI-FI MARATHON IN HOTLANTA
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SciFi.Marathon.Hotlanta/
Details: Monthly Sci-Fi movie/TV marathon meetup group.

- SOUTHEASTERN BROWNCOATS
Web: http://www.southeasternbrowncoats.com/
+ Facebook Group; Yahoo Group; LiveJournal
Details: Regional Firefly/Serenity non-profit corporation serving to support children’s and other 501(c)(3) charities.

- STARGATE ATLANTA
Web: http://www.stargateatlanta.com/
+ Facebook group
Details: “Active fan group of all things Stargate.” Meets on the first Saturday of every month at The Dragon’s Horde in Stone Mountain, GA. Also serves as co-host for Atlanta’s annual TimeGate convention.

- STEAMPUNK ATLANTA
Website: http://www.meetup.com/Steampunk-Atlanta/

- TORCHWOOD 5
Web: http://www.meetup.com/tw5-atl/
Details: [Est. Feb 2012] Meetup group for fans of “everything Geek Chic.”

- UNIFIED INTELLIGENCE TASKFORCE (U.N.I.T.) OF ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/doctorwhoatl/
+ Facebook group
Details: Meetup group for Doctor Who fans.

- THE WALKING DEAD FANS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/The-Walking-Dead-Fans/

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FILM / MOVIES

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- ALPHARETTA MOVIE CLUB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/OurMovieClub/

- ATLANTA FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Film-Makers-Alliance/

- ATLANTA INTOWN FILM BUFFS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/IntownFilmBuff/

- THE ATLANTA MOVIE FANS MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://movies.meetup.com/265/

- ATLANTA MOVIE FANS PARKWAY POINT MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/cobbmovies

- ATLANTA MOVIE, MUSIC, THEATER and ART FANS MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlantamovies/

- ATLANTA SCREENWRITERS GROUP
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/80024924199/

- DEAD, BURIED, AND BACK
Web: http://www.deadburiedandback.com/
+ Facebook
Details: Promotes itself as “Atlanta’s Premiere Zombie/Horror Community.”

- GWINNETT MOVIE GOERS
http://www.meetup.com/Gwinnett-Movie-Goers/

- HORROR FILMMAKERS FROM THE SOUTH
https://www.facebook.com/groups/15889167617/

- MACON CLASSIC MOVIES
Web: http://macon-classic-movies.ning.com/
Details: Forsyth, GA movie club with monthly meetups hosted in a private residence with a 16-foot movie screen.

- MOVIE PEACHES ATL
Web: http://www.meetup.com/MoviePeaches/
Details: Atlanta-area “dinner and a movie” meetup for movie fans.

- NW ATLANTA WEEKEND MOVIE WATCHERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/NW-Atlanta-Weekend-Movie-Watchers/

- SCI-FI MARATHON IN HOTLANTA
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SciFi.Marathon.Hotlanta/
Details: Monthly Sci-Fi movie/TV marathon meetup group.

- WESTSIDE DINNER AND A MOVIE
Web: http://www.meetup.com/WestSide-Dinner-and-a-Movie/

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GAMING: BOARDGAMES, CARD GAMES, ROLE-PLAYING GAMES, VIDEO GAMES

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- 575 PARTY GAMES
Web: http://www.meetup.com/575-PARTY-GAMES/

- 50+ CARD PLAYERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/6cardkitty/
Details: Enthusiasts for bid whist, spades and pinochle card games, socializing, and listening to old school R&B music.

- THE ART INSTITUTE OF ATLANTA POKEMON LEAGUE
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/232244236879572/

- ATL CARD SHARKS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlcardsharks/
Details: Adults-only group for Bid Whist, Spades, and Pinochle card games.

- ATLANTA AXIS AND ALLIES
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Axis-and-Allies/

- THE ATLANTA BOARDGAMES MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/boardgames-35/

- THE ATLANTA CHRISTIAN GAMING & ANIME GUILD
Web: Facebook Group [Closed Membership]
Details: Active faith-based anime fanclub and gaming group meets on the first Friday of every month around the Atlanta area.

- THE ATLANTA DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Dungeons-and-Dragons/
Update: Group has expanded and changed name to The Atlanta Gamers Guild (listed below).

- ATLANTA EUCHRE MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlanta-euchre/
Details: Four Euchre card game groups in Marietta, Lawrenceville, Buckhead, and Alpharetta meeting 2-3x each month.

- THE ATLANTA GAME DEVELOPER MEETUP GROUP (aka IDGA Atlanta)
Web: http://gamedev.meetup.com/150/
+ Facebook
Details: Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at Thrust Interactive (address below), as well as special events.
Location: 455 Glen Iris Dr NE, Atlanta, GA.

- THE ATLANTA GAME NIGHT MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaGameNight/
Details: Active gaming group meets in Alpharetta, GA.

- THE ATLANTA GAMERS GUILD
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AGGuild/
Details: Formerly “The Atlanta Dungeons & Dragons Meetup Group” — now expanded to cover more than just D&D roleplaying games, and as of Nov. 2012 boasts more than 800 members. Meets regularly at The Giga-Bites Cafe in Marietta, GA.

- ATL GAMERS
Web: http://atlgamers.com/
+ Facebook, Twitter
Details: “[Connecting video game players] in Atlanta and across the nation to play together, socially, competitively, and for improving skills.” Hosts regular gaming tournaments and events at the Xspot Gaming Center in Lithonia, GA.

- ATLANTA POKER CLUB
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/121583375646/

- ATLANTA REGIONAL ROUSTABOUTS and RAGAMUFFINGS GAMING HORDE (ARRRGH!)
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/187935241336683/

- ATLANTA ROLE PLAYING GAMERS MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://roleplayers.meetup.com/451/

- ATLANTA SPADES SOCIAL GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/spades-244/
ATLANTA SUNDAY SCRABBLE MEETUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/scrabble-329/

- ATLANTA SWG (STAR WARS GAMERS)
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/20806874949/

- BATTLE & BREW
Web: http://www.battleandbrew.com/
Location: 279 Powers Ferry Rd. SE #H – Marietta, GA
Phone: 678-560-1500
Details: “Atlanta’s only video gaming pub.” Besides hosting gaming tournaments and live events, every Tuesday night is “Geek Trivia.”

- BOARDGAMES AT THE IHOP IN CHAMBLEE (formerly BOARDGAMES 85)
Web: http://www.meetup.com/BoardgamesattheIHOPinChamblee/
Details: Boardgame enthusiasts meet every Friday night at the IHOP on Peachtree Industrial in Chamblee, GA.

- BOARDGAMES AT THE BOULEVARD DINER
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Boardgames-at-The-Boulevard-Diner/
Details: Boardgame enthusiasts meetup on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at the Boulevard Diner in Norcross, GA. (Spinoff group of “Boardgames 85.”)

- BOARDGAMES ITP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Boardgames-ITP/
Details: Midtown-area Euro-style boardgaming group.

- CHESS CLUB OF COBB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Chess-Club-of-Cobb/

- CSRA GAMERS ASSOCIATION
Web: http://www.siegeofaugusta.com/
+ Facebook
Location: Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) near Augusta, GA
Details: Community of table top gamers.
[Contributed by Michael C. Baker]

- FANS FOR CHRIST
Web: fansforchrist.org
+ Facebook Group
Details: International, non-denominational Christian organization of geek fandom, with a number of members in the Atlanta area who occasionally have group meetups. Check the “FFC Real Life Meetup Forum” for upcoming gaming events.

- A GAME OF THRONES LCG: ATLANTA
https://www.facebook.com/AGameOfThronesLcgAtlanta
Details: Meetup group for the Game of Thrones Card Game, hosted by The Tower Game Center in Suwanee, GA.

- GAME SHOW PLAYERS ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/GameShow/
Details: A “group for people to find out when and where our Game Shows will be played. Games like Clobber, Trivial Feud, Wheel, and Atlantean Squares …. playing in various restaurants, bars and pubs throughout the Atlanta metro area.”

- GAY GAMERS OF ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/GayGamers/

- GEORGIA GAME DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION (GGDA)
Web: http://www.ggda.org/
+ Official Facebook Group, Twitter
+ Athens Chapter (Facebook group)
*** Also see IDGA ATL‘s listing below.

- GEORGIA DUST TACTICS MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Dust-Tactics/
Details: For fans of the “Dust Tactics” board game. Meets at Hobby Town in Kennesaw, GA.

- GIGA-BITES CAFE (aka GIGA-BITES WARGAMING)
+ GM, DIN
Web: http://www.giga-bitescafe.com/
+ Facebook page; Facebook TCG gaming group
Location: 2197 Roswell Road, Ste 101 / Marietta, GA 30062
(In the East Lake Shopping Center)
Phone: (770)578-1497
Details: Large gaming cafe for table top, card games, mini’s, and D&D gamers.
[Contributed by Thomas]

- GREATER ATLANTA MAHJONG
Web: http://www.meetup.com/greateratlantamahjong/

- THE GWINNETT BOARDGAME SOCIETY
Web: http://boardgames.meetup.com/368/

- HALO LAN PARTIES – ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/HaloLanPartiesAtlanta/

- IDGA ATL (INTERNATIONAL GAME DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION, Atlanta Chapter)
Web: http://igdaatlanta.org/
+ Facebook, Meetup Group
+ Athens GGDA/IDGA Chapter (Facebook Group)

- JOHNS CREEK SCRABBLE & WINE
Web: http://www.meetup.com/JohnCreek-Scrabble-and-Wine-for-fun/

- THE KENNESAW SCRABBLE MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://scrabble.meetup.com/276/

- MARIETTA MAGIC THE GATHERING & RPG MEETUP
Web: http://www.rngames.com/
+ Facebook
Details: Active gaming group (RPG, Miniatures, Adv. Boardgames) meets regularly at The Raven’s Nest in Marietta, GA.

- MARIETTA TABLETOP WARGAMING & RPG GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/mariettawargaming/
Details: “Open community for tabletop gamers, RPG gamers and PC gamers of all ages and types.” Meets regularly in the Marietta, GA area.

- METRO ATLANTA GAMERS
Web: penandpapergames.com – Atlanta Chapter

- METRO ATLANTA LAN GAMING GROUP
Website: http://www.meetup.com/atlantalan/

- MICROSOFT STORE ATLANTA GAMING COMMUNITY
Website: http://www.meetup.com/MicrosoftStoreAtlantaGaming/

- NORCROSS SCRABBLE & WINE
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Norcross-Scrabble-for-fun-and-wine/

- NORTH FULTON/GWINNETT SPADES GROUP
http://www.meetup.com/North-Fulton-Gwinnett-Spades-Group/

- ON TILT ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/ONTILTPromos/
Details: Charity fundraising group hosting local Poker tournaments. (Restricted to ages 21-up.)

- POSH POKER PRODUCTIONS (North Atlanta)
Web: http://www.meetup.com/poshpoker/

- SAVING THROW
Web: http://www.meetup.com/savingthrow/
Details: “Monthly meetup group in Atlanta designed to be a haven for all gamers, nerds, geeks, etc. who want a place to play and socialize without the pressure of having to purchase something, rent space, or feel limited because of the public presence.”
Note: Meetup.com page expired in August 2012. Still has a Facebook profile which states that the group is still meeting monthly in the basement of Midtown Church in Atlanta. Contact the admin through the Facebook page for details.

- SECRETS FACTORY GAME NIGHT
Web: http://www.secretsfactory.com/
+ Meetup.com, Facebook
Details: “Open gaming salon” and “business that provides hospitality for open gaming events and other special events through out the month.”
Location: 2030 Powers Ferry Road SE, Suite 440, Atlanta, GA

- SOUTHSIDE CARD PLAYERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Southside-Card-Players/

- STAR WARS LCG PLAYERS – ATLANTA, GA
https://www.facebook.com/groups/swlcgatl
+ Yahoo Group
Details: “A place for players of the Star Wars Living Card Game in the Atlanta area to talk, share events, and meet.”
Locations: See the group description for meetup locations all over Atlanta in Duluth, Marietta, Smyrna, and Suwannee.

- THREE KINGDOMS LOREMASTERS GUILD OF ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/3kingdomslore/

- TITAN SMYRNA GAMING
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Titan-Smyrna-Gaming/
Details: Gaming events hosted by Titan Gaming and Comics in Smyrna, GA. [See the Atlanta Geek Shopping page here on The AFG for store listing.]

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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- ATLsalt PHOTOGRAPHY
Web: http://www.meetup.com/ATLsalt-Photography/

- BOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY GUILD
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Booth-Photography-Guild/

- DECATUR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY MEETUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Decatur-Digital-Photography-Meetup/

- ROSWELL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Web: http://www.meetup.com/roswellphotosociety/

- THE SOUTHEASTERN PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEETUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/SPS-Meetup/

- SWEETWATER CAMERA CLUB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Sweetwater-Camera-Club/

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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- 3D ATLANTA USER GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/3D-Atlanta-User-Group/

- ADOBE USER GROUP OF ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Adobe-User-Group-of-Atlanta/

- AMDEV – ATLANTA MICROSOFT DEVELOPERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AMDEV-Atlanta-Microsoft-Developers/

- ARATLANTA: THE ATLANTA AUGMENTED REALITY MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/ARAtlanta-The-Atlanta-Augmented-Reality-Meetup/

- ATLANTA DRUPAL USERS GROUP
Web: http://www.drupalatlanta.com/

- ATLANTA ERLANG USERS GROUP (ATLEUG)
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlanta-erlang/

- ATLANTA HADOOP USERS GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Hadoop-Users-Group/

- ATLANTA HTML5 USER GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaHTML5/

- ATLANTA iOS DEVELOPERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/iosatlanta/

- ATLANTA JAVA USERS GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlantajug/

- THE ATLANTA JAVASCRIPT MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.atlantajavascript.com/
Details: “Meet other local JavaScripters to share knowledge, to review the state of the art, or to dream up new applications.”

- ATLANTA MACINTOSH USERS GROUP
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AtlantaMUG/

- ATLANTA PEOPLE WITH BLOGS WHO GET TOGETHER TO DRINK
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2315284060/

- THE ATLANTA RUBY MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlantaruby/
Details: “ATLRUG is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in developing, promoting, fostering, strengthening, and improving the Ruby programming language and Ruby community.”

- ATLANTA SCIENCE TAVERN
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaScienceTavern/
+ Facebook group

- ATLANTA SCRUM USERS GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/agile-38/

- ATLANTA SOFTWARE CRAFTSMANSHIP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlanta-software-craftsmanship/

- ATLANTA SPRING USER GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaSpring/

- ATLANTA TITANIUM DEVELOPERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Titanium-Developers/
Details: “To provide the latest information about Titanium and other mobile related technologies while creating opportunities for community members to network.”

- ATLANTA WEB DESIGN GROUP
Web: http://www.awdg.org/

- ATLANTA WINDOWS APPS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Windows-Apps/

- ATLANTA WORDPRESS, SEO & WEB DESIGN
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlanta-wordpress-seo/

- ATL-JBUG
Web: http://www.meetup.com/ATL-JBUG/
Details: For JBoss and Java developers.

- BIG DATA – ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/BigData-Atlanta/

- DATA SCIENCE ATL
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Data-Science-ATL/

- GEORGIA GAME DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION (GGDA)
Web: http://www.ggda.org/
+ Official Facebook Group, Twitter
+ Athens Chapter (Facebook group)

- GREATER ATHENS AREA SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Athens-Area-Software-Developers/

- GWINNETT GEORGIA MICROSOFT USERS GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Gwinnett-Microsoft-Users-Group/

- INSTAGRAM ATLANTA
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/422650467749281/

- PYATL: ATLANTA PYTHON PROGRAMMERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/python-atlanta/

- TECHNOHEADS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/TechnoHeads/

- UNITY 3D ATLANTA USER GROUP
Web: http://www.unity3datlanta.org/
+ Facebook

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WRITERS & WRITING

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- 10 DAYS BEFORE…THE WRITERS’ GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/10daysbefore/
Details: Atlanta-area writers’ support community.

- ATLANTA SCREENWRITERS GROUP
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/80024924199/

- ATLANTA SONGWRITERS’ CLUB
Web: http://www.meetup.com/ATLSongwriters/

- BLAM! ATLANTA FEMALE COMIC BOOK CREATORS’ GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaFemaleComicCreators/
Details: For females only.

- I.A.P. (INDUSTRY OF ANIME PROFESSIONALS) ATLANTA BRANCH
Web: http://www.meetup.com/iapatlanta/

- GRAPHIC NOVEL CREATIVES
Web: http://www.meetup.com/graphicnovelcreatives/
Details: Atlanta-area “collaboration of writers, artists, marketing, and publishing talent to inspire and encourage the production and successful marketing and distribution of graphic novel, comic book, and other sequential art projects from conception to finished, distributed product.”

- THE LAWRENCEVILLE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITERS GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/The-Lawrenceville-Science-Fiction-and-Fantasy-Writers/

- PENPAPERWRITE WRITERS’ GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/penpaperwrite-writersgroup/

- SOUTHERN ORDER OF STORYTELLERS
Web: http://southernorderofstorytellers.org/
+ Related Meetup.com Group “Firefly/Storytelling Night” (hosted and attended by SOS members)
Details: “A group of storytellers and listeners whose goal is to bring storytelling to wider audiences and help make storytelling once again an integral part of culture and entertainment in Georgia and the Southeast.” SOS members/performers participate in local live events and host regular “cluster” meetups with workshop sessions throughout the Atlanta area.

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MISCELLANY / UNSORTED: RECREATIONAL / SOCIETY & CULTURE-RELATED

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- ATLANTA 80s BABIES
http://www.meetup.com/80s_Babies/

- THE ATLANTA BEER MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Beer-Meetup/
Details: Does this really need a description?

- ATLANTA CELTS
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/atlantacelts/

- ATLANTA COMEDY FANS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlantacomedy/

- ATLANTA CURLING CLUB
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/atlcurling/

- ATLANTA FLASH MOB
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50904628862/

- THE ATLANTA FOUNDLINGS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/The-Atlanta-Foundlings/
Details: “If you’re looking for things like Geek Trivia, Small Group Dinners, Hiking, and a smaller group where people actually like each other and look forward to hanging out together then this is more your speed.”

- ATLANTA GOTH MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlgoths/

- ATLATNA JAPANESE CONVERSATION MEETUP
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Japanese-Conversation-Meetup/

- ATLANTA JAPANESE SOCIAL CLUB – Nihongo o hanaserukai
Web: http://japanese.meetup.com/431/

- ATLANTA JUGGLERS ASSOCIATION
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Jugglers-Association/

- ATLANTA PUPPETRY GUILD
Web: http://www.atlantapuppetryguild.org/
+ Facebook

- THE ATLANTA SCAVENGER HUNTERS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/atlanta-scavenger-hunters/

- ATLANTA SKEPTICS
Web: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaSkeptics/

- THE ATLANTA TEAM TRIVIA MEETUP GROUP
Web: http://trivia.meetup.com/101/
Details: Active competitive trivia group meeting twice a month at various locations around the Atlanta area.

- ATLANTA VAMPIRE ALLIANCE
Web: http://atlantavampirealliance.com/
+ Meetup Group

- FLASHMOB ATLANTA
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/264212710310783/

- G.A.S.S. – GREATER ATLANTA SCOOTER SOCIETY
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GOTGASS/

- GEEKSPACE GWINNETT
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Geekspace-Gwinnett/
+ Facebook group.

- JAPANESE STUDY BUDDIES
Web: http://www.meetup.com/nihongostudybuddies/

- METRO ATLANTA PAINTBALL PLAYERS
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369866653083667/

- PUPPET SLAM ATLANTA
Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113829305296319/

- SCAD: SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN / SCAD-ATLANTA
+ SCAD ATLANTA GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
+ UNI – INTERCULTURAL CLUB OF SCAD ATLANTA
+ SCAD ALUMNI IN ATLANTA
+ SCAD. ANIMATION STUDENTS
+ SCAD SUMMER SEMINARS
+ SCAD-ATL
+ SCAD-ATLANTA ILLUSTRATION
+ SCAD GAMERS GUILD
+ SCAD-ATLANTA ANIMATION SOCIETY

- SCAVENGER HUNT ATLANTA
Web: http://www.meetup.com/Scavenger-Hunt-Atlanta/

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HEADS-UP: If for some reason you don’t find a meetup group/fan club here that suits your interests, OR you want to find MORE groups like any of these to join, register on meetup.com (it’s free) and do keyword searches on your interests. Meetup’s search engine will suggest groups within 50 miles of your location. To illustrate, there are (as of this posting) 23 group results if I search for “geek” and 136 group results if I search for “movie” or “movies” — and that’s just for the Atlanta area.

You can attempt similar searches on Facebook.com and LinkedIn.com, but Facebook’s group/page search by keywords yields inconsistent results and LinkedIn groups are mostly career/business/professional networking-related and often not for hobbies/social activities. Yahoo Groups is still useful and you might find active local groups there, as well as NING.com

I will add specific meetup.com and Facebook groups here either by request or based on what I think my fellow geeks might be looking for. I also review meetup group and fan club pages before adding them to make sure they are current, active and have at least 2-3 dozen members.

Also, with meetup.com groups it’s important to know before you join ANY group that there could be a membership fee to join and/or to participate in meetups with individual groups (either monthly, annually, or a fee per meeting). If the group doesn’t mention this on their page or you aren’t sure, ask in advance of attending a meetup.

List compiled by Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton

Special thanks to ATLANIME Founder Jer Alford for compiling this list of other (non-anime) geek fan clubs as a resource for members of his group. His page helped a great deal in adding several listings here.

  1. I’m fairly new to the Warner Robins area. I’m 25 and would love to meet some gamers to hang with. Please respond to comment if you can help me. I’m into D&D or any RPG or XBox gaming! Give me a shout!!!

  2. I am new to Atlanta ( 5 mos ) and i am looking for D&D, AD&D, or Playstation games. looking to meet gamers to hang or chat with..Anyone need a experienced gamer with a quick wit?

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