My son has come here over the past few years to play Pokemon on Saturdays. The group of players who all flock here are extremely helpful, friendly, and eager to learn more about Pokemon. If you're just starting out in Pokemon, just let the owner know when you sign up. The other kids and adults who participate are more than happy to help train and coach until you're ready to play on your own.
An awesome store to discover tabletop games, Magic & Pokemon cards. Ben, the owner, is engaging to customers, recommending stuff in an honest and genuine way, not just to make a sale. There's a lot going on in the store... People setup on tables, playing their own games, or demo games. It's a little cluttered, but shouldn't take away from your shopping or browsing experience. I found it rewarding once I was able to dig through stuff to find what I was looking for. It's in a nice neighborhood in Alameda. Street parking is enough, even on a busy weekend.
This is the kind of local business I want to support. Ben, the owner, is very knowledgeable about board games, card games, classic games, and newly released games. He can help you find a game you might like, or help you choose something appropriate for your giftee. There are games for all ages, from games for pre-readers through adults. The store has "tester" copies of most games, and tables to play them. On Friday night, there is always a Friday Night Magic event, for playing Magic The Gathering. The store emphasizes friendly play and helping new players learn the game at all but a few events (which are designated as competitive events). D20 has a variety of Magic products, from cards to limited edition releases to accessories like dice and play mats.