AT THE STORE
Gamescape is a direct descendant of the first game store established in San Francisco and was a vision fulfilled by gaming enthusiast Robert Hamilton who is better known by “Bob.” Being introduced to chess in the early 1970s via the Bobby Fischer phenomenon, Bob quickly grew an affinity to the game and to the gaming world in general. Wanting to learn more about the intricacies of chess, Bob went on a search in downtown San Francisco for books on chess tactics only to find out that there wasn't a proper store offering such items. Acting on his intuition and passion for games, Bob with a few partners, decided to start a business that revolved around offering chess and backgammon supplies while supplementing it with tournaments for players to join, creating the store called “Gambit” in 1973, the first store of its kind in San Francisco.
Ten years had passed and Gambit unfortunately closed due to partnership disagreements, but Bob continued his pursuit of operating a game store that could serve the San Franisco gaming community. In 1985, using the money he saved driving a cab while also taking a loan from his mother, he realized his vision again with the creation of the store called “Gamescape” in San Francisco's Western Addition. Gamescape would incorporate the most endearing aspects of the world of tabletop gaming had to offer while including a wide selection of games to purchase, a space to play those games, and having events for community members to participate in.
Thirty four years later, Gamescape continues to resonate with the gaming and neighborhood communities by practicing the traditions that were established during its formative years. Robert Hamilton remains a resident of San Francisco and operator of Gamescape and is involved in the local gaming communities to this day.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Really great game store! Tons of the latest and classic games. They got a few tables in the back for playing games, they have weekly game days and hold tournaments regularly. Everything is very well priced and the staff is super friendly and very knowledgeable about all the games they carry and even the ones they don't!
You can play a variety of board games at the tables in the back of the store. They sell soda, chips, candy bars if you need a little snack.
A true game store, which is hard to find these days. Definitely the best game shop I have been to in terms of variety for tabletop RPGs. I came in to purchase the core D&D books and was surprised to see the huge collection of other games and systems that they carried. The cashiers were incredibly helpful and friendly. They answered all of my questions and made some really great suggestions. I'll definitely be back!
Great games. great staff. The selection was fantastic but honestly the staff is what earned this place five stars. I’m that shopper who sits there staring at stuff for 30 minutes and despite that the staff was helpful, honest, and had great recommendations. Excellent spot. Quick note. There are tables at the back to play and a lending library so it’s a great spot to come with a group if your looking
I am a huge nerd for cooperative board games. Everybody working together against the board game? I'll take it. This shop was amazing with such an extensive collection of games. There was a lot to choose from as well as so many expansion packs galore. Why this hits the five star mark is the astounding customer service that I experienced. The staff is very knowledgable and helped explain a lot of the different games that were in the store.