Gamescape North is the prime gaming location in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area. We carry a massive selection of non-electronic games of all sorts, including board games, role-playing, card games, miniatures, traditional games, and hobby supplies. We also feature a great selection of traditional games, puzzles, and wooden abstract strategy games. Gamescape North prides itself as a bustling hub of activity for our local gaming community, and we have a busy schedule of events, including demos, tournaments, open-gaming nights, and classes to offer our customers. Feel free to browse our calendar page, check out our community forum, or contact us for info on products, services, and community!
Gamescape North carries enough goodies to bring a twinkle to the eye of any gamer. From “Axis and Allies” to “Zorcerer of Zo” we pride ourselves on our ability to help you find what you’re looking for. Card Games, Board Games, RPGs, CCGs, Minis Games and Puzzles all have a home here. Totally lost? No worries! Check out the brief guide below to some of our top offerings or call to schedule a free demo of any of the games listed below.
With a selection of over 300 board games, we are confidant we can help you find something new and exciting to play. Our selection ranges from classic games to contemporary, delightfully simple to insanely complex, and catering to every age and experience level.
Stop by Board Game Night for an evening of unplugged entertainment, conversation, and more games than you can shake a fistful of meeples at! There’s something for everyone at Board Game Night, from Euro games, to Cooperative games, to party games to card games and beyond. So grab a game from our library, or bring your favorite from home and get ready for an evening filled with fun and friendly competition.
When it’s happening: Every Thursday, 6:00-9:45pm Genre: Board Games of all kinds
Collectible Card Games
Collectible Card Games, commonly abbreviated to CCGs, are strategic card games with a range of themes and play styles. Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Warhammer Champions and Magic the Gathering are all popular examples of this unique and fun category of gaming. These games all commonly involve booster packs containing an unknown assortment of cards which you can add to your collection, trade, or assemble into a deck to battle against other players. Because new sets are always in the making, strategies are constantly evolving making these games both complex and challenging games to master.
One of the most popular and well-known CCGs across the globe is “Magic the Gathering”. With over twenty years under its belt, Magic draws players of all ages and skill levels. With regular Friday Night Magic events, semi-regular Saturday Magic events, Pre-Release Tournaments and a variety of different play formats our Magic program offers something for just about everyone. New Magic sets release every three months and offer products in a variety of price ranges with ten card Booster Packs starting at $3.99.
When it’s played: Every Friday, 6:00-10:00pm (Casual games may start at 4pm), most Saturdays 2pm-6pm Genre: Collectible Card Game (Fantasy)
In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, players build decks around their favorite Pokémon and then play against each other, sending their Pokémon into battle to prove who the best Pokémon Trainer is. Open to both new and experienced players, our Pokémon League is a great time for kids and adults to play the ever-popular monster-collecting card game together. Organized by an awesome host of parents and Pokémon enthusiasts, the league offers a casual and friendly environment for beginners to learn to play or for masters to hone their tournament skills. Come battle against other players, trade cards, and talk about deck strategy – all for free. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the entire time…the fun is in the challenge.
When it’s played: Sundays, 3:00-6:00pm Genre: Collectible Card Game (Fantasy/Young Players)
For home hobbyists and serious strategists alike, there is nothing like the world of miniatures gaming! Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the lore of a new world, express your unique vision through custom modifications and paint-jobs, or build a winning army for competitive tournament play; miniatures gaming has something for you! There are a variety of play styles, game sizes, and themes from the distant future, to the historical past, to the fantastical races of myth and legend. Miniaturists of all ages experience a unique and relaxing creative outlet in this lifelong hobby. Tuesday nights are reserved for minis games, 40K in particular, with painting nights every other Saturday and special tournaments in abundance.
Tuesday night is the regular home of the most popular miniatures game in the store: the mighty Warhammer 40,000. If you’re not yet familiar with it, 40K is a set of straightforward, squad-based, skirmish-level rules that’s great for beginners and veterans alike. Gamescape hosts an open and friendly community, plenty of table space, and a fabulous terrain selection all for free use. Free demo games featuring fully-painted armies are available for new or interested players to have a go.
When it’s played: Every Tuesday, 6:00-10:00pm Genre: Sci-Fi Miniatures
Infinity is an intricate, exciting, and unforgiving sci-fi skirmish-level miniatures game for discerning players. It’s set in our own universe 400 years in the future; humanity has struck out into the stars but hasn’t gotten very far yet. The unique gameplay mechanics make for some very tense, cinematic moments as units move through enemy fire trying to hold their own. Played on ultra-packed tables full of dystopian-futuristic terrain, alien forces, and human factions evolved from modern political powers, Infinity is a unique and rewarding game for the experienced strategist.
When it’s played: Select Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm Genre: Sci-Fi Miniatures
With a focus on fleet-building and tactical movement, X-Wing is a streamlined and approachable miniatures designed for both inexperienced and advanced gamers to enjoy. Combat is quick and deadly, with each shot being a deciding moment for the outcome of the turn. Choose between the tyrannical Imperial Navy, the ragtag Rebel Alliance, the mercenary Bounty-Hunters and many other factions… It’s time to pick your side and join the fight!
When it’s played: Space available for casual play Sundays from 12:30-5:30pm. Check the calendar for tournament play. Genre: Sci-Fi Miniatures (Star Wars)
Role Playing Games
Role Playing Games, or RPGs, are a guided adventure limited only by the imagination of the players. In these cooperative storytelling games, the players create their own characters, often with fantastic abilities that they choose to wield for good, or for evil. Each session is led by the Game Master who plans the adventure and acts as the story’s narrator. RPG’s play like an episode of your favorite TV show, except you and your friends play the main characters. As the danger builds, your character’s abilities grow, until the campaign reaches it’s exciting conclusion. Games can be as short as one session or continue on for years! It’s up to you!
Dungeons and Dragons, popularly known as ‘the world’s first role playing game” is set in a fantasy world populated by fantastic creatures from myth and legend. Will you be human or halfling? Ranger or rogue? Will you fight with your fists, your wits, or arcane machinations? The choice is up to you! You’ll need luck, imagination and cooperation to thrive in a world of magic and peril, so grab your dice and get ready for adventure! Great for beginners and veterans alike, there is a reason D&D has been around for over forty years and is on its fifth edition! Join us for Adventure League every Monday at six.
When it’s played: Monday 6:00-9:30pm Genre: Fantasy
Every Monday evening is Open RPG Night. ORPG provides an open-table format for your regular role-playing campaigns, either with room for walk-ins or closed just to your friends. We want it to be like your living room, only with lots of space, plenty of tables, and the perfect atmosphere to meet other gamers. If you think you’d like to move your monthly game to Mondays at Gamescape, shoot us an e-mail and we’ll get you a table.
When it’s happening: Every Monday, 6:00-9:30pm Genre: Role-Playing (Various)
Good Conduct Policy
Gamescape North’s Official Policy on Tolerance and Abuse
Like many of our customers, the staff of Gamescape North grew up within the world of gaming – a very special sector of society that espoused distinctive characteristics of acceptance, enthusiasm, imagination, and tolerance. We learned these things from playing, and thereby learned how to play well with others. In creating the community space that GSN enjoys today, our mission has always been to uphold those venerable characteristics. To this end, the staff of GSN will always attempt to provide a safe space for anyone who wishes to respectfully use it – regardless of race, religion, gender, age, ability, sexual preference, or any combination of the above. Likewise, we will not tolerate abuse of any kind within the store, whether it be against customers or staff. We will always reserve the right to refuse service and entry to those who attempt to threaten our community or our livelihoods, and the final word is that our store is meant to be a haven for all good-natured comers, which we will defend to the very best of our ability.