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Last updated October 1, 2013

Nidus Gaming Centre (Newcastle Upon Tyne)

Nidus is a safe, cool and unisex gaming hub in Newcastle for video, board and alt games. We offer contests, gamejams and food/drink.

Nidus Gaming Centre (Newcastle Upon Tyne)

Nidus is a safe, cool and unisex gaming hub in Newcastle for video, board and alt games. We offer contests, gamejams and food/drink.

£1,867
pledged of £44,500pledged of £44,500 goal
56
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 1 2013 8:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 1, 2013

About

Nidus is the vision of a team of three friends who in essence, love gaming. The Nidus team have enjoyed years of amazing experiences, reveals and memories and feel that they have a great idea to develop. We have a vision to add something amazing to the industry.

Nidus was conceived from the small experiences that the team have enjoyed together, taking time away from work once a week to enjoy a board game or a competitive video game and yearning for a way to enjoy these experiences more frequently, which as you know becomes more difficult as your life progresses. We've dreamed of a hub where we can go and unwind once in a while and it simply doesn't exist. So we realise that we have had to create this environment.

We understand that online gaming has helped us to develop lasting relationships with people that we would otherwise never get to meet.

At Nidus you can interact with fellow gamers through the games themselves, expressing personality, skill and humour in a fresh and unique environment.

The Nidus team have lifelong relationships with gaming, verging on obsession. We consume the culture, the headlines and the media hourly, not just daily. We love chatting and generating buzz between each other.

Combining these core experiences, Nidus was born.

To give you an idea of the minds that Nidus gaming centre came from allow us to introduce ourselves:

Lee comes from a development background and spends his free time attempting to create awesome games and thoroughly enjoys the indie scene and the unique games that come from it, Nidus will be a space in which I can work on my games with direct feedback from our community.

Keiren comes from a background investing in people and providing hospitality and great atmosphere, has dedicated himself to the study of martial arts for over 10 years, A key player in the online gaming scene Favoring AAA titles and always a fan of Nintendo offerings "im really excited to be bringing Nidus from a concept to reality" favorite game the Legend of Zelda series.

Rich comes from a background in Finance and Logistics, which has in many ways tore the very essence from his soul, and made him yearn for something better, something more interactive, something interesting. something...Nidus. Academically, he studied demographics and sense-of-place and brings to the team the concept a strong sense of identity and community. "Nidus will give me the opportunity to create an truly unique space, full of creativity, joy and opportunity."

Lee, Keiren and Richard. The Nidus team.
Lee, Keiren and Richard. The Nidus team.

Nidus is a social environment in which people can gather to enjoy video, board and alternative games and technology. Breaking this down into two sections, Nidus is at it's very core a Location and a Community.

Our concept for Nidus aesthetics (May not be representative of finished product).
Our concept for Nidus aesthetics (May not be representative of finished product).

Nidus is a space in Newcastle Upon Tyne for people just like us, gamers. We are a business looking to provide an amazing service for gamers, from latest software, innovative technology, classic games, and those mentioned above. We are looking to provide a perfect gaming experience for our customers.

Nidus will be an open environment, functionally designed to promote interaction between customers, be that competitions, cooperative or encouragement. We are seeking to challenge the stereotype of solitary gaming sessions by making Nidus a space where you are among friends and peers. You can enjoy an amazing experience every day.

Proposed PC layout, designed for full visibility of fellow gamers.
Proposed PC layout, designed for full visibility of fellow gamers.

We are looking to have an install base of several current generation consoles and a multitude of high end PCs for or customers to enjoy. To supplement our library of video games we have a selection of the coolest board games for the customers and a great range of seats, booths and couches.

Nidus will also feature a selection of gaming related bespoke refreshments, snacks and meals for our customers, to ensure that they can truly relax without breaking their experience.

Beyond the location, the essence of Nidus is its community. What we want to do is challenge the tradition of gaming in the home and appeal to our customers to enjoy their hobby in a safe, unisex and cool environment.

We want Nidus to be a home for gamers, where the community can converge to be among like minded people and friends. We see Nidus as the venue where gamers can meet, share experiences, make memories and develop their dreams, and we have a selection of services we offer to facilitate this.

Concept booth design, open plan, communal gaming.
Concept booth design, open plan, communal gaming.

We want Nidus to encompass both sides of gaming, cooperative and competitive. We plan to do so through a variety of weekly events to help nurture out communities such as contests and gamejams. We want our customers and community to come and demonstrate their skills, in gaming completions or in game development. Nidus will be a place to share knowledge, skills and experience. Nidus will be the place to create and innovate. Nidus is the place inspire your gaming career!

In addition to those who access the facility. We are creating a robust online community with access to previous media, our twitch feed and forums. At nidusgaming.co.uk everyone can get involved, regardless of your location.

As our community grows, we feel we can offer a better experience. As our customer base develops we feel we can access more exclusive promotional materials, new experiences and technology for you. That is why our commitment is to focus on community.

We need your help to help us reach our objectives. Our core objectives are centred around the following three points and to achieve this we are asking for your backing.

Currently we have a business plan, we've met with grants Councillors and local businesses. We have a very strong positive reaction to our vision and we're now at the point where we're looking to generate funding.

Nidus initial core objectives.

  • Open the venue before end of 2013.
  • Develop a great community.
  • Offer weekly events for gamers.

These three core objectives demonstrate our goals for 2013. As we continue to develop we plan to introduce further goals. But first, we need the funding to progress.

We're opting to use Kickstarter to generate the funds to launch Nidus for several reasons.

Firstly, what matters to the Nidus team is that we keep the Nidus community as the main focus throughout the development. We recognise that a strong sense of community is the key to our continued success. We feel that Kickstarter is the perfect platform with which to reach our community at a fundamental level. Our potential backers will help to generate our identity from a grass roots level and be instrumental to our development to opening day. We have designed our tier rewards to reflect this decision.

Secondly, we are firm in our conviction that we don't want to compromise the identity of Nidus by partitioning the business for the highest bidder. We want to answer only to our customers and make Nidus an environment centered around experience and creativity...not maximum profit. 

We want our customers to have some influence in sculpting Nidus. Your help will be instrumental in taking Nidus from concept to reality.

The target funds take into consideration the hardware we aim to offer and the furnishings we require. Your money will go towards providing these items.

As well as this, your funds will help us to secure the property we have in mind as we do not have our property secured. A small proportion of our target goal will help us to make this possible.

If we are able to exceed our target. We will be pushing to provide access to Omnis and Rifts, and provide a dedicated server for those less able to journey to Nidus and our customers in store. These facilities have been in our long term plans since Nidus was first imagined.

In addition, your backing will directly contribute towards opening additional venues throughout the UK.

We need some time and your funding to transform our site into Nidus. We require this to make Nidus the business and at the same time put in place the structure to help the business grow. 

We will also use this time to make and distribute the great tier rewards that we have created.

Example of tier reward Original Artwork. Unframed & unsigned.
Example of tier reward Original Artwork. Unframed & unsigned.

This time will help us to start our community that is central to the business.

Our business plan factors in our costing and we have identified that our target goal is the bare minimum to bring Nidus to you. 

During the campaign, we're going to bring to you 28 days of content to give you a more focused appreciation of our concept and business. Please check back daily for updates.

Music used: Quiet Melodies In The Dark by Mike Jackson.

Risks and challenges

We acknowledge that a challenge for the Nidus team is arranging the merchandise that we offer, and dealing with the shipping in a timely manner. We have located stockists and suppliers to create these goods and we're working closely with a logistics company to offer the best solution for speedy delivery.

The Nidus team see that the biggest challenge in creating a successful environment is to have a strong, vibrant and interactive community. We take on board that creating this type of community will be challenging, but we have developed a strong sense of identity and robust business ideas from months of innovating to make Nidus a dynamic and interesting place to be.

We're keenly aware that the geographical location of Nidus makes it very specific for our target audience. We are working to create ways to have Nidus the venue fully integrated with Nidus online. We want our online space to be just essential to the business as Nidus the venue so that you can enjoy our product, where ever you are.

The success of the Newcastle branch will feed into our plans to expand throughout several cities in the UK. Your backing will genuinely contribute towards our expansion to a city near you!

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    Your name included in the Nidus Wall of Game, (a collage art piece in Nidus of the company logo, made entirely from the backers names).

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    A founding members card, 8 hours of game time in store and a limited edition core founders T-shirt. Also includes your name on the wall of game and a certificate of thanks.

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    ***EARLY BACKER REWARD*** A limited edition Nidus USB members card, 10 hours game time, a private booth session for up to 8 people as-well as your name on the Wall of Game and a founders T-shirt).

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    A framed A4 print of the Wall of Game featuring your character, a certificate of thanks and a distant backers T-shirt (This is a tier for people who may not easily be able to access the store due to long distance from store. Remember if you do get the opportunity wear your distant backers T-shirt and visit us you are still eligible for some free game time and a few drinks).

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    A limited edition Nidus USB members card, 5 hours game time, a private booth session for up to 8 people as-well as your name on the Wall of Game and a founders T-shirt).

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    Access to the VIP opening party (free gaming) as well as limited edition VIP party founders T-shirt. Includes your name on the Wall of Game, founding members card and a certificate of thanks. (Based on demand, multiple opening parties over a number of weeks to approx 100 people per party).

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    Unique Founders key chain, Access to the VIP opening party (free gaming) as well as limited edition VIP party, includes a founders T-shirt, 8 hours game time, private booth hire for up to 8 people, your name on the Wall of Game founding members card and a certificate of thanks.
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    Invite to VIP party +1, 15 hours game time, one free tournament entry, limited edition VIP founders T-shirt and certificate of thanks, name on the Wall of Game.
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    One of our artists hand drawn sketches of your favourite game character signed by the founders, 15 hours game time in store and the founders T-shirt, one free tournament entry Invite to VIP party +1 and your name on the Nidus Wall of Game.

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    A piece of controller art (a deconstructed controller, components mounted and framed - based on availability) signed by the founders, 8 hours game time in store and the founders T-shirt, name on Wall of game, one month of free tournament entry, members card and access to VIP Party.

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    A trophy and free tournament entry for 1 year. A custom controller for the console of your choice and all previous tier rewards excluding the 3 pieces of art.

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    A custom controller for the console of your choice, Our artist will draw your character on the Wall of Game. Unique founders key chain, access to the VIP opening party (free gaming), limited edition VIP party founders T-shirt, 32 hours game time, a certificate of thanks, a limited edition Nidus USB members card and a meeting with ourselves. The Nidus founders will take you for a meal and evening out in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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    A custom built and branded Nidus gaming PC, access to vip party and VIP founders T-shirt, members card and name and character on Wall of Game.

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    Sponsorship deal utilising all of our vacant displays for one year, as-well as a 10 T-shirts and your company's name on Wall of Game. Terms to be discussed with Nidus.

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    Sponsorship deal including a branded area in the store for one year, as-well as a 10 T-shirts and your Company's name on Wall of Game. Terms to be discussed with Nidus.

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Funding period

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