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André Fleischer
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Hi,

I am planning my california road trip. I will do a round trip starting in San Francisco and then visition the major places like the Yosemite NP, Sequoia NP, LA, San Diego etc.

I need some recommendation for game shops in california. The shops should offer a good choice of board games. RPG is not important for me, imported games from Europe are not important too. (because I come for Germany)

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André
 
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Check Richard Oldham, living in Sacramento and pick up a copy of Dinosaur Chess directly from the designer of the game!
Go to his website or send him a geekmail, you save a lot of shipping cost:
www.dinochess.com
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Plus:
FLGS of the USA - A List of Game Store Advice on BGG II
 
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Chris Ferejohn
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In the San Francisco Bay Area I would check out Endgame in Oakland, Games of Berkeley in Berkeley, Black Diamond Games in Concord, and Just Awesome Games in San Francisco (Gamescape has a somewhat bigger selection, but Just Awesome has a lot of demo copies and will take the shrink off of anything to let you take a look at it).

I'm giving short shrift to the south bay stores here 'cuz I haven't been to any of them (though I hear good things about Game Kastle in Santa Clara and Gator Games in San Mateo).
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Game Empire probably has the best selection in San Diego from what I know.
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cferejohn wrote:
I'm giving short shrift to the south bay stores here 'cuz I haven't been to any of them (though I hear good things about Game Kastle in Santa Clara and Gator Games in San Mateo).


Both are good. Game Kastle is much better organized and has a large play area.
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Roberto Chavez
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Pair-A-Dice Games, about an hour north of San Diego, has a mix of Euros and American games. Get on state freeway 78, going east. Look for the In-And-Out Burger on the right and get off at the next exit. Your stomach may not be used to greasy beef at first, but that store is an experience by itself.
 
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http://spotlightongames.com/list/bayarea.html
 
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Game Empire in Pasadena is great, huge selection of new, old and used games and superfriendly staff. Pasadena is north-east from LA, around ~20 miles. 2302 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA‎.

http://gameempirepasadena.com/

Also Pasadena itself is worth a short stop, nice downtown (well, nice for a US city), Norton-Simon museum with some great paintings, Huntington Library with some nice gardens and more. If you need one day off in your trip, it's a good option.
 
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Mark Clark Jr
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If you're going to Sequoia then you'll probably pass through Visalia to get there. There's Pwner Games here. Also you'll likely pass through Fresno as well which has The Game Preserve in the Tower District. The link below leads to a few more options in the Central Valley.

Central Valley Gamers, The Market
 
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Re: recommendations for california
In the L.A. area, the top surviving game stores besides Game Empire in Pasadena are The Last Grenadier in Burbank, Aero Hobbies in Santa Monica, and The War House in Long Beach. There is a new store in Santa Barbara, by the way, on the west side of lower State St. downtown.
 
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Tycalt wrote:
Game Empire probably has the best selection in San Diego from what I know.


In San Marcos you should be checking out Pair-a-Dice!

I like both stores but I think P-A-D in Vista has a bit better selection.
 
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Also in the LA/Anaheim area there's Brookhurst Hobbies.
 
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kentreuber wrote:
Both are good. Game Kastle is much better organized and has a large play area.


Game Kastle is one of my favorites.
 
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I hate to say this(*), but if you already know what you want, you should consider placing an order with one of the major US online vendors and having it delivered somewhere along your itinerary.

The US does not have a national sales tax or VAT, and very few states have reciprocal agreements with each other. A sale of merchandise delivered across state lines is tax-free. That, plus the discount business model of the online vendors, can add up to significant savings that far outweigh the cost of shipping a package.

(California residents are supposed to keep track of the value of merchandise they mail-order from out of state and pay a lump sum tax on it when they file their annual income tax paperwork, though few people actually do so. You are not even a California resident.)

(*) There are lots of threads filled with arguments and flamewars about supporting local game stores versus buying from cheaper online vendors...
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You'll want to plan ahead and check out Game Kastle's schedule to see which events you want to attend. Free RPG day is coming up. Although you don't play RPGs, the Free RPG giveaways are fun reading on the plane.

Los Altos Gamesday is *the* largest SF Bay Area game club, and the next event is in late June. 13 hours of mostly Eurogames, although I plan to run a FFG game at 10am: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/gamesday/

Pacificon / ConQuest SF will be held in September.

After planning, I recommend you post your itinerary, so we can suggest smaller shops and clubs you might enjoy.
 
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soccerref wrote:
In the L.A. area, the top surviving game stores besides Game Empire in Pasadena are The Last Grenadier in Burbank, Aero Hobbies in Santa Monica, and The War House in Long Beach. There is a new store in Santa Barbara, by the way, on the west side of lower State St. downtown.


I believe the Santa Barbara store is called Game Seeker. Stumbled upon this store while vacationing in the town for a weekend. The guy at the counter, possibly the owner, was a hilarious Irish guy. Don't take any of his jokes to heart, show you have a sense of humor, and he may even give you a discount (if you ask for it).

Ended up buying Lost Cities and RoboRally there. Highly recommend.
 
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