Burbank's Emerald Knights is the premier, live-table-gaming venue in the region, a place where eager aficionados gather to compete at Cosmic Encounter, Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons, among other titles. A spacious structure with a second balcony level of additional tables, the shop also sells comic books, games (both RPG and board), miniatures and T-shirts. Co-owner Julian Rodriguez calls his store "a family-friendly business, almost a clubhouse," where people hang out all day and have passionate discussions on Picard versus Kirk, or "Was Santa Claus a wizard or a druid?" "We're Cheers for geeks," he says. Only here, everybody not only knows your name, they also know your battle quotient.