The Great Guide to San Francisco Bay Area Tabletop Gaming

Where can you play tabletop games in the San Francisco Bay Area?

For those new to the area, here's our guide to some of the best venues and stores for both casual and veteran board gamers. We've also included a few board game groups. One day we hope it will be a complete list of all the board game opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank your for supporting your local game store!

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Board Game Groups of the Bay Area

SF Games  |  Website  |  Meetup Group

The Euro Gaming League (EGL)  |  Meetup Group  

SF Board Game Geeks  |  Meetup Group

Bay Area Games Day  |  Yahoo Group

Board Gamers of the Peninsula  | Meetup Group

The Palo Alto Boardgames Meetup  |  Meetup Group

Fairfield Tabletop Gamers  | Meetup Group  |  Pop Up Store

 

Board Game Stores of the Bay Area

 

 

Berkeley Victory Point Cafe

Board Game Cafe in Berkeley

The first board game cafe (finally!) in the San Francisco Bay Area: Pay $5 to access a collection of over 800 board games, stay as long as you'd like, and enjoy a selection of locally roasted coffee, craft beers, sandwiches and snacks. You'll also meet the Victory Point game guru's that will teach you any game from the collection. 

Berkeley's Victory Point Cafe events:

Victory Point opened in late September. To be updated. The place is open every day, so get down there!

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Black Diamond Games

Game store in Concord

Located in Concord, this is a clean, well-lit store with a broad selection of games and even a great gaming area in the back.

Black Diamond Games events:

Warhammer 40K, Warmachine/Hordes League, Infinity League, Malifaux 2.0, Warhammer Fantasy, Star Wars X-Wing

Pathfinder Society, Dungeons & Dragons Encounters, Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition

Vanguard League, Pokemon League

Magic: the Gathering Tournaments and Prereleases, Magic Legacy, Friday Night Magic

Board game nights 

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D20 Games

Game store in Alameda

A small, welcoming "dad-run store for kids and adults" with a passion for having people meet and game face to face. Very kid friendly and you can book the place for parties. They event have game rentals! Recently moved to its current location at 1405 Encincal Ave in Alameda. Closed Mondays.

D20 Games Events:

D&D Attack Wing - Tyranny of Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters

Pokemon League

Magic: the Gathering Tournaments and Prereleases, Friday Night Magic

Board game nights

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Endgame

Game store in Downtown Oakland

Located in Oakland, this game store features a large retail section downstairs and a sprawling, beautiful gaming area upstairs. This is particularly a great place for miniature war games like Warhammer 40K, but you'll also find board game nights and active roleplaying events here. They're even planning a board game cafe!

Endgame gaming events:

Warhammer 40K, Dropzone Commander, Star Wars X-Wing, Historical miniatures, Warmachine/Hordes, Malifaux 2.0, Warhammer Fantasy

Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers LeaguePathfinder SocietyFATE RPG

Magic: the Gathering Tournaments and Prereleases, Magic Legacy, Magic Constructed, Friday Night Magic

Board game nights 

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Eudemonia

Game store and LAN center in Berkeley

Just two blocks away from Games of Berkeley, this is a combined board game store and LAN center. If you're looking for a large Magic the Gathering community with Commander events, Prereleases and tournaments; look no further! This is also a great place to trade in your cards or meet members from the Junior Planeswalker Society. East Bay roleplayers will also find games here.

Eudemonia gaming events:

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters, D&D Expeditions, Pathfinder Society Scenarios

Magic Legacy, Magic Modern, Magic Standard, Magic: the Gathering Booster Drafts, Friday Night Magic, Magic Back Drafts

Board Game Night

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Folsom Street Foundry: Game Nights

Recurring gaming event in San Francisco

A massive gaming event with video and tabletop games, drinks, food, tournaments, and much more. Hosted by Showdown Entertainment, the game nights at the Folsom Street Foundry are second to none in size. Drop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Age limit is 21+ due to the available bar. 

Folsom Street Foundry games:

Video Games: Hearthstone, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bro

Board Games & Card Games (Bring your own or find a group there)

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Gamescape

Game store in San Francisco

A direct descendant of the first game store that was established in San Francisco in 1973, Gamescape has been offering the best shopping experience for games you can find in the city. Here you'll find the latest in modern board games as well as classics such as chess, dominoes and backgammon.

Gamescape SF Events:

Card Game Night: Android: Netrunner, Doomtown, 40K Conquest

Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Hordes

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters, D&D Expeditions

Pokemon League, DC Deck Building

Magic: the Gathering Booster Drafts, Friday Night Magic! 

Board Game Night, Fantasy Flight Minis Night: Star Wars X-Wing, Star Wars Imperial Assault, Star Wars Armada

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GameScape North

Game store in San Rafael

Gamescape North is the prime gaming location in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area. You'll find all sorts of non-electric games here, as well as a large community of gamers.  Also features a monthly Designers Guild where board game designers can meet and play test each others prototypes.

GameScape North events:

Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy battles, Warmachine/Hordes, Saga Historical Skirmish Game, Dropzone Commander, Infinity, Malifaux 2.0

Star Wars X-Wing

Dungeons and Dragons Encounters, Open RPG Night featuring D&D Adventurers League

Magic the Gathering Prereleases and Tournaments, Booster Drafts, Friday Night Magic

Android: Netrunner, Legend of the Five Rings

Open Board Game Night, Board Game Demo Nights (New demo each time!), Pizza & Painting Night

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Game Kastle Fremont

Game store in Fremont

The second location of Game Kastle. Don't confuse it with the other location in Santa Clara (see below). Great place for hobby gamers with lots of exciting events and gaming tables.

Game Kastle (Fremont) events:

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters, Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, Pathfinder Society

Warmachine/Hordes Journeyman League, Warhammer Fantasy, Star Trek Attack Wing, Star Wars Armada, Star Wars X-Wing

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pokemon Open play

Friday Night Magic

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Game Kastle Santa Clara

Game store in Santa Clara

The main Game Kastle. Don't confuse it with the other location in Fremont (See above). Great place for hobby gamers with lots of exciting events and gaming tables. Especially roleplayers will find a large community here. You'll even find miniature paint events here as well as a seasonal Flea Market.

Game Kastle (Santa Clara) events:

Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Star Trek Attack Wing, Flames of War

Android: Netrunner, Doomtown: Reloaded LCG, Pokemon League, Friday Night Magic

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters and Expeditions, D&D Adventurers League, Pathfinder RPG, Pathfinder Society

Star Trek RPG, Star Wars RPG, Numenera RPG, Dungeon Crawl Classics

Open Board Gaming Night, Myth Cooperative Fantasy Game Night

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Games of Berkeley

Game store in Berkeley

Located right next to the Downtown Berkeley BART station, Games of Berkeley is easy to reach from anywhere in the Bay Area. The 35 year old store features the deepest selection of games on the West Coast including modern tabletop games, classics like Chess and Poker, darts, tabletop roleplaying games, miniature war games and both collectible and living card games. 

Come by every third Sunday of the month for Locally Grown Games Sundays - where Californian game designers pitch their games to the visitors of Berkeley's Eats, Beats and Brews festival. Or you can just try one of the store's 100+ free-to-play games while enjoying the sun and nearby beer garden.

 

Games of Berkeley events:

Android: Netrunner, Doomtown, Star Wars LCG, Game of Thrones LCG, 40K Conquest LCG, Living Card Game Nights

Warhammer 40K, Star Wars X-Wing, Malifaux 2.0, Star Trek Attack Wing, HeroClix CMG, Casual Miniature Wargaming (FB Group)

Dungeons & Dragons EncountersPathfinder Society (FB Group)

Pokemon League (Collectible Card Game), Yu-GiOh! Collectible Card Game

Magic: the Gathering Tournaments and Prereleases

Board game nights, Tabletop Game Designer Events

Go Club and classes, YoYo Classes

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Gator Games & Hobby

Game store in San Mateo

San Mateo's own game store since 1992, with a vast selection of tabletop games and more. Visit the online store for a great way to review their shelves and find out of print items. Or check out the live webcam of the store interior that broadcasts 24/7. 

Gator Games events:

HeroClix Miniatures, Warhammer 40K Tournaments,

Magic the Gathering Prereleases and Tournaments, Commander, Friday Night Magic

Weekly Dungeons and Dragons,

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments, Pokemon League

Open Board Game Day

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Heretic Games

Game store in San Bruno

Heretic Games is a new store in the Bay Area that is committed to hosting a fun and friendly environment where you can play your favorite games. Go there for their gorgeous, hand crafted tables alone.

Heretic Games events:

Warhammer 40K, Star Wars X-Wing, Star Trek Attack Wing, HeroClix Organized Play

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters and Expedtions, Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Doomtown: Reloaded, Friday Night Magic!

Board Game Night

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House of Games

Game store in Danville

Your classic, FLGS (Friendly, Local Game Store) with all sorts of board games and an event space.

House of Games Events:

Warhammer 40K, Star Wars X-Wing, Warhammer Fantasy

Dungeons & Dragons RPG, Pathfinder RPG, Iron Kingdoms RPG

Android: Netrunner

Friday Night Magic! and Casual Magic Nights

Board Game Nights

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Hotel Durant: Tabletop Thursdays

Board game event in Berkeley

Sponsored by Hotel Durant, Tabletop Thursdays sees a new theme each game night and raffles with prizes from Games of Berkeley. The event space is set in the hotel lobby and the restaurant or hotel's pub. Every third Thursday's theme is Game Designer Night. Food and drink available from Henry's.

Hotel Durant Games:

Always available: Settlers of Catan, Cards Against Humanity, Dominion, Scrabble, Jenga 

Popular games brought by players: Hanabi, Coup, Bang! (dice game), Dead of Winter, Dixit and many more

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Isle of Gamers

Game store in Santa Clara

A new, vibrant and welcoming store in the Moonlite Shopping Center. It's the game expansion of Illusive Comics & Games, which is right across the street. They offer Beginners RPG classes and bonuses at certain events when you bring a friend. 

Isle of Gamers events:

X-Wing League

Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder RPG, Pathfinder Society, Star Wars RPG

Friday Night Magic, Magic Tiny Leaders, MtG Commander League, Force of Will TCG

Android: Netrunner, Doomtown Reloaded, Pathfinder Card Game, My Little Pony CCG

Open Gaming Nights

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It's Your Move

Game store in Oakland near Rockridge

A small, but welcoming board game store featuring frequent board game events and even free local stand-up comedy shows. Closed Mondays. 

It's Your Move gaming events:

After School Youth Pathfinder, Pathfinder Society, Adult RPG sessions, Roleplaying Program: Ages 7-11

Magic: the Gathering Booster Drafts, Friday Night Magic! 

Open Board Game Night, Chess Club

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Versus Games

Game store in San Francisco

Located between Parkside and Sunset District in San Francisco. This is your ultimate Magic the Gathering spot. You'll find a few board games here too if you drop by Monday-Thursday. For the weekend the store transforms and moves board games to the back room; which allows for a fifth table for the MTG players.

Versus Games events:

Magic the Gathering; Any format you can think of. Draft, Standard, Legacy, 2 Headed Dragon, Constructed

And they play some Android: Netrunner too.

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