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By Kieran James Franklin
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About this project

Thank you for taking the time to look at my Kickstarter page!

The Plan

All my life I have been passionate about playing games in both forms, board and digital, most of all I have enjoyed playing with others more than anything! Recently I have got back into playing both forms more regularly and enjoyed it more than ever! I want to follow this passion for social gaming and bring it to Brighton City Centre, 8BitBoards, a gaming café that sells local food and drink, has a great library of board games and a collection of retro consoles with some of the classics. Our research has been done, people love this type of café and there are many other successful ones in other areas, it's time Brighton got theirs! 8BitBoards will focus on bringing a fun and friendly environment where everyone feels welcome and gives them a chance to play for fun and learn how to play new games. We are hoping to open this summer, 2017!

A few of the games we will stock - there will be MANY more!
A few of the games we will stock - there will be MANY more!

 

A few players enjoying Super Smash Bros!
A few players enjoying Super Smash Bros!

 

An example of the games stock!
An example of the games stock!

 

The Good Ol' Days

I remember the days with the family around the dinner table playing games such as Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble, Jenga and many others. When I wasn't playing with my family I could be found playing on a console such as the SNES with Street Fighter or the Playstation with Worms against friends or family. Both forms of games bought amazing entertainment and a social aspect, best of all you had to actually be there to play and socialize unlike today's form of multiplayer gaming.

Ticket to ride - A fun competitive game for all!
Ticket to ride - A fun competitive game for all!

 

Who can forget the classic fight that is Ryu vs. Ken! Hadouken!
Who can forget the classic fight that is Ryu vs. Ken! Hadouken!

Board Games and Console Games

8BitBoards Gaming Café already has a good stock of board games from including of my favorites but we need more from popular choices and ones that you suggest, after all, you will be playing them! A few favorites are: Ticket to Ride, Exploding Kittens, Pokemon Trading Card Game, Forbidden Desert, Munchkin and many more. The café will also have an area for the retro consoles where we will stock consoles such as the NES, SNES, Sega Mega Drive, N64, Game Boy, Gamecube, Playstation and more. A few favorite retro multiplayer games of mine are:  Worms, Mariokart, Super Smash Bros, Micro Machines, Goldeneye, Tekken, Super Mario, Crash Team Racing and many more! 

A Game Boy Colour with a variety of retro games!
A Game Boy Colour with a variety of retro games!

Support Kickstarter

We also want to help other Kickstarter projects by stocking their board games and indie games to help them achieve their goal giving you a chance to try out the games first. After all, if you help us we want to help you!

Exploding Kittens was funded through Kickstarter! We will be stocking this!
Exploding Kittens was funded through Kickstarter! We will be stocking this!

Does it cost to play?

The gaming café will simply charge a cover fee for your time at the café of £5 (Cheaper with membership) to cover any accidental damage or loss. Imagine playing Chess without the king, pretty pointless so the cover charge helps us to replace any missing pieces or damaged games. As you are playing you will also be able to order food and drink that will come from local sources to help support the community. We want to take the best of Brighton and offer it in our café in turn helping local businesses thrive. Whether you need a coffee, tea, a sandwich or a cake, eat, drink and play for the time you are with us!

Our food and drink will be locally sourced!
Our food and drink will be locally sourced!

 

We are currently in talks about this property however are looking at multiple locations to get the best possible location for you! (Obviously there will be less knives and forks and more dice!)
We are currently in talks about this property however are looking at multiple locations to get the best possible location for you! (Obviously there will be less knives and forks and more dice!)

Tournaments

8BitBoards Gaming Café will also hold special events and tournaments where people can come and take part in competitions with particular games. These tournaments will be purely for fun, cost an entrance fee and the winners will receive their prize from the café. Some tournaments we will look to hold with board games are: Carcassone, Catan, Pokemon, Ticket To Ride, King of Tokyo and many more. We will also hold retro console game tournaments such as: Mariokart, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros and many more!

Smash Bros tournaments on the Gamecube and Pokemon card tournaments! Now, Where's that Charizard?
Smash Bros tournaments on the Gamecube and Pokemon card tournaments! Now, Where's that Charizard?

What is your money paying for?

We need an injection of cash to bump up what we have already acquired in order to build up the stock of games that we have so you have a large choice to choose from when you arrive. The Kickstarter funds will also help us buy our furniture such as the tables for the board games along with shelving and initial stock of food and drink supplies. Properties don't come cheap either, your funds will help to ensure that your first couple of months with us are run as smoothly as possible and we can offer the best possible experience without us having to worry about overheads like rent. (This may also mean we can offer games we stock at a reduced rate to begin with, win/win)

With your backing we can complete our plan and bring a fun, social, community focused gaming café to the streets of Brighton.

Risks and challenges

As we approach our launch once we have acquired the funding we will need to purchase certain stock and furniture. As you know there may be issues with delivery dates that hold us back on our desired summer 2017 launch.

The property we are looking at seems very suited and we are in talks, if this one falls through we have already got others in mind but may push us back slightly.

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    Name on website for thanks

    Your name will be added to our website thanking you for your support!
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    8BitBoards Personalised Dice

    A set of 6 dice with our logo on! Only available through this campaign!

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    Sponsor a game

    Have your name or your business name inside a game of your choice, feel free to recommend a game. You will also receive a free session, drink and name on founders wall along with the 8BitBoards Personalized Dice!(All pledges higher than this will also be on the founders wall!)

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    1 year membership

    Claim a 1 year membership with us which will offer you lower entry fee of £3 instead of £5 and 10% off food and drink. You will also receive the 8BitBoards Personalized Dice!

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    Sponsor a console

    Have your name or your business name by the console of your choice, feel free to recommend a console. You will also receive a free session, drink and name on founders wall along with the 8BitBoards Personalized Dice!

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    Exclusive Kickstarter Membership

    You will receive a 1 year membership that is exclusive to Kickstarter. This will entitle you to only pay £1 cover fee each time and receive 20% off food and drink on each visit. We will also give you £20 café credit and personalized dice. You will also receive the 8BitBoards Personalized Dice!

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    Colour Deed

    You will be able to select a colour of your choice that whenever you come to play with friends or in tournaments then you will automatically be able to use that colour! No Arguments! You will also be placed on the founder's wall, with the colour, receive a 1 year membership and the 8BitBoards peronalised dice!

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    Player 1 Priority

    Everyone likes to be player 1 but there can only ever be one, that can be you with the Player 1 Priority. You will always be player 1 when it comes to retro gaming! No Arguments! You will also be placed on the founder's wall with a P1 sign, receive a 1 year membership and the 8BitBoards peronalised dice!

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    Name on a table

    You will have your name or business name/logo (Sensible options please) engraved on a table. You will also receive a 1 year membership, 8BitBoards personalized dice and £50 cafe credit.

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    A game for every birthday

    We will send you a game of our choice for every birthday until either of us die, the business dies or you tell us to stop! You also get a 1 year membership, free sessions on your birthday for you and friends, £50 cafe credit, 8BitBoards personalized dice and your name on our founders wall.

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    Lifetime membership

    Wow! You will basically be able to live at the café (Well while we are open!), never pay for a session, 10% off food and drink for life, receive a free board game, personalized dice, have your name engraved on a table and the founders wall, £100 café credit and one private use of our shop for whenever you choose!

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Funding period

- (30 days)