About this project
Board game cafés are opening all around the world - yet there is still nothing similar on the South Coast of England. We want to bring this fantastic concept to Portsmouth and provide people with an exciting and new environment to socialise!
We want to create an experience that caters for everyone - whether you are completely new to board gaming or have been playing for years. You will be able to enjoy great food and drink whilst playing games from our vast in-store library.
What makes a board game café special?
Aside from doing all the good things a standard café offers, such as delicious coffee and snacks, we will have a library of hundreds of exciting board games to play.
We will have dedicated staff members on hand to recommend a game for you and then teach you how to play it. Alternatively just grab a seat, browse the shelves for a game and get cracking! We aim to cover all genres - from family classics such as monopoly and cluedo, to modern hits such as Dead of Winter, King of Tokyo and Sheriff of Nottingham. In fact we welcome any suggestions today from our backers and will be constantly adding new games to the library once we open.
For just £5 per person you will be able to play any amount of games for the entire day! We will not have game or time limits for our paying customers and members will only pay £3.50 per gaming session. We also want to cater for families, so children under 16 will only pay half priced cover charges and under 11's go free with a paying adult.
We will also have a selection of your favourite games to buy and take home. Great for continuing the fun at home or introducing a friend to the hobby!
What else will you offer?
As a hub for socialising, Dice will host all kinds of interesting events including: Game designer workshops, themed parties, tournaments and even beer tasting! In fact, we are are already in discussions with the Hogs Back Brewery and Staggeringly Good to supply us with a selection of tasty beers.
Additionally we are working with other local food and drink suppliers to ensure the best quality produce at reasonable prices. We want to have a positive impact on the local community and will be exploring all opportunities to partner and work together where applicable.
What are your opening hours?
We will open 7 days a week from 10am til late. You can pop in for a coffee and light bite during the day or settle down for a full evening of fun.
It sounds great...where will you be?
We are currently looking at locations in Southsea and the city centre. We are in contact with all of the local commercial property agents and hope to be able to announce our location soon.
We have been working since January 2015 to bring the project to this point. Whilst we are investing a large amount of private capital, we need some extra funding to make sure we can create our full vision! We will not be personally drawing any money out of the café, so all of your funding will go directly into making Dice the best it can be.
We will use this funding to renovate the venue to the required standard, grow the board game library and purchase the necessary equipment to offer a full food and drinks menu.
See the available funding options below. In addition to these rewards ALL PLEDGERS will receive an extra free board gaming session for themselves! This includes the 'Supporter' and 'Your First Visit' levels.
We will be offering all physical rewards as add-ons, so if you want to get multiple rewards for family and friends, or you want to customize your order, you just have to over-pledge the amount for the items you want! These can be collected from the café itself or posted to you for an extra £5.
£12,000 - Dice will have a pizza oven to churn out delicious board-game themed pizzas!
Risks and challenges
We have put a considerable amount of time and effort into Dice so far and have a comprehensive business plan that has been interrogated by several business advisers. We have also met with a range of experts for advice on property, marketing and retail. Between us we also have many years of experience in retail and project management.
Our biggest issue so far has been finding the perfect venue and we are working day and night to try and achieve this. Having the financial support from a successful funding campaign will enable us to commit to a property as soon as it becomes available.
We will also need to obtain an alcohol license and will start this process as soon as the venue is secured. We believe the risk of obtaining this will be low as we are not looking to serve spirits or other high alcohol volume drinks.
We really appreciate your support during this crucial stage - so please pledge what you can and spread the word about Dice on social media!
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