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Random Encounter will be York's first ever pop culture cafe. 
Pause reality in our one of a kind social hub for anyone who's game!
Random Encounter will be York's first ever pop culture cafe. Pause reality in our one of a kind social hub for anyone who's game!
89 backers pledged £10,366 to help bring this project to life.

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Random Encounter is a pop culture cafe coming to the heart of York.

What is a pop culture fan?

Well it’s pretty much everyone - Be it a love of movies, television, video games, board games, books or comics, the vast majority of people these days are pop culture fans, but they just don’t know it yet.

What was once known as niche, geeky and strange is now embraced and loved by millions, and the random encounter is for those people.   

What is a pop culture cafe?

 

Random Encounter is a café with a difference - We’re more than just sandwiches and sodas.  

Here, you can settle old scores on Mario Kart, introduce a friend to a board game you've always wanted them to try, or kick back with a few friends and a movie. All while being served with our unique selection of geek-friendly snacks, food and drinks.  

It’s also the perfect place to try new hobbies and make new friends. Getting into a new card game is ten times easier with some helpful advice and a plate of Tetris-shaped cookies.

About Random Encounter

A unique social experience

Random Encounter isn’t just a board game café. 

We’re looking to be premier pop-culture hub in York, and to do that, we’ll be running our own unique events:  

• Theme Nights  

• Film & Comic Book Clubs   

• Screenings & Marathons  

• Pop-Culture Quizzes  

• Tournaments  

• Competitions  

• Live Streams  

• E-Sports  

• Beginner Workshops  

• Midnight Launches  

• Charity Events  

• Viewing Parties like during Oscar night!

...and that’s just the tip of the Triforce

We want to be the convention that never ends – with events, stocking merchandise from your favourite local and international artists, as well as our favourite games and comics.  

Not only that, Random Encounter hopes to be York's premier eSports viewing bar - eSports are bursting their way into the mainstream and we want to be the first to bring it to the people of York! We also hope to screen the biggest and best pop culture events LIVE such as E3 and the Oscars!

But most importantly, it’s a place for those who want to share and enjoy their pop culture hobbies in a judgement free safe space. Even if you are not as fanatical as some, Random Encounter is a place anyone who’s game!

Food of Champions
 

Don’t think we’ve forgotten what makes us a café though: great food and drink

Here’s a selection of the kinds of power ups we’ll be stocking:  

• Imported Cup Noodles  

• Next-level Nachos  

• Hot Dogs & Veggie Dogs  

• Sandwiches & Snacks  

• Home-made Pop Culture Cakes and Biscuits  

• Ice Cream & Milkshakes  

• Damn fine bean to cup Coffee  

• Local and Exotic Teas

Coming to the heart of York!

Random Encounter will be opening its doors in the historic city of York – a utopia for small, quirky start-ups like us. Home to countless pop-culture fans, it has a great con scene – with its last annual comic-con bringing in over 2,000 attendees!  

Having looked at a number of potential sites, we’ve picked our favourite at Spark:York - an exciting new cutting-edge shipping container park, bursting with like-minded entrepreneurs. With ready-fitted units, and Wi-Fi, power and other services all included, it means that Random Encounter can be open for business by mid-summer.  

Opening times will be 11-9 Sunday to Thursday and 10-11 Friday and Saturday, though these could expand depending on how busy we are.

York is awesome!
York is awesome!

Nearly two years in the making - with help from the Princes Trust!

We've been working hard to bring you Random Encounter with help from the Prince's Trust: A charity dedicated to mentoring young entrepreneurs. Thanks to our two experienced advisors, we have a fully costed business plan in accordance with the Trust's high standards. With our premises secured, the Trust will also provide us with start-up funds – meaning we have over 30% of our funding ready and waiting to go.

 

Join the Club  

If you’re a regular customer, we want to treat you right – That’s why we’re also going to be offering a completely optional annual membership for those wanting to upgrade their Random Encounter experience!

Members will receive – 

  • Free entry to all our events 
  • Priority booking 
  • Members-only events  
  • 10% off food and drink  
  • Point reward system  
  • Birthday Gift
  • Exclusive Members Discord Chat

Most rewards for £40 or more will include an exclusive lifetime membership – Something we’ll only be offering during this Kickstarter!

 

By pop culture fans for pop culture fans!

Random Encounter comes from our lifelong vision: Create the ultimate space to do the things we love with like-minded people! Here’s a bit about the doers behind the dream.

Wes Hall

 Wes has been a pop culture fanatic since he can remember. 

Random Encounter is his brain child and dream, a place where like-minded people can come and revel in their dedicated pop culture pursuits!

Ellen Stubbings

 

Ellen is a gifted illustrator and ruthless board game enthusiast, with a penchant for cafes, cakes and all things cute. Her baking is the stuff of legend (as you’ll find out), and her artist’s eye will guarantee new and exciting merch every time you visit.  

Both are natural hosts, endlessly teased by their families for throwing too many of their own pop-culture parties. Now, with Random Encounter, they want to bring the fun to the people of York!

We need YOU

Random Encounter is an exciting project and we want to be able to bring it to York in the best possible way – but we can only do it with your help. With backing from the Prince’s Trust we are already over 30% funded - but with your support, we can deliver the biggest and best Random Encounter possible.

Where your money is going

Pie Chart or Pac-Man?
Pie Chart or Pac-Man?

 

We want to be as open as possible with our backers, so this is a full breakdown of where your funds will be used. The fact that our pie-chart is a near-perfect Pac Man is a happy coincidence.

Backer's Loot

We have 20 awesome rewards for you brilliant backers, check them out in our reward section.

Below you can see samples of some of the physical rewards we have on offer!

 

These awesome goods can be yours!
These awesome goods can be yours!

Help us Pause Reality and receive awesome stuff - win win! 

Stretch Goals

If we're lucky enough to hit our target we would like to keep the Katamari rolling and make Random Encounter bigger and better with stretch goals!

 

Our coffee machine is already pretty great - Let's make it BETTER!
Our coffee machine is already pretty great - Let's make it BETTER!

 

Who needs the Cinema!?
Who needs the Cinema!?

 

 

Virtual Boy, anyone?
Virtual Boy, anyone?

 

 

This will be EPIC
This will be EPIC

 Spread The Word and Follow us!

We'd love to bring Random Encounter to as many people as possible! To spread the word, and for all your Random Encounter news, updates and info, check us out on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you at Random Encounter!

 

 

Risks and challenges

We always knew that bringing Random Encounter to life wasn’t going to be easy.

The main obstacle we’ve faced so far has been securing premises in York. It’s a hugely popular town with small cafés and shops, which makes it a perfect place for us to set up. The existing support and customer base are phenomenal, but vacant shops and stalls disappear almost as soon as they become available.

Luckily enough, after surveying a number of areas, our favourite happens to be one that’s still being built. We should be amongst the first wave of businesses to set up at Spark:York, a new shipping container retail park in the heart of York.

This has its benefits, not only that the location is perfect, but also saves us time waiting for leases to expire as we’d need to anywhere else in the city. The one possible risk is that although incredibly unlikely, the construction work could be delayed.

Our plan B, should that happen, will be to obtain premises on Gillygate instead. It’s our second choice, mostly for its buzzing scene of small shops and restaurants (and of course, the foot traffic and customers those attract), and we’re sure we could be just as successful there. If this is the case, Random Encounter will still happen, but it will add a few months to our intended opening date in a worst-case scenario.

The only other real risk we can see is that our team has never run a café before. We completely believe though, that our past experiences mean we’re up to the job.

Wes comes from a management role in Cinema, where he spent his time around thousands of hungry pop-culture fans, keeping the hospitality wheels turning, running events for fans, and arranging promotions for new films. He also has his own personal alcohol license, and knows how to use it from years of catering and bar management.

Ellen is a freelance illustrator, who has spent the last several years creating her own highly successful business. This has involved not just thousands of hours of hard work, but a knack for finances, business law and self-promotion, as well as dealing with suppliers, agents, and satisfied customers on a daily basis.

With our combined skillsets, in addition to our burning passion and drive, and we are confident we can deliver Random Encounter to the people of York!

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.28

    Thanks for playing !!!

    Thank you so much for helping us make Random Encounter a reality!
    Also included is our monthly newsletter that includes up to date info on Random Encounter events and happenings as well as exclusive offers and the biggest pop culture news!

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    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    All-Star Wall plus a drink on us!

    All £5 and up backers make it onto our All-Star wall!
    An opportunity to be part of Random Encounter history by having your name immortalized on our glorious All-Star Wall!
    Plus, we'll email you a ticket for one free drink to redeem when you come visit us!
    You'll also receive our snazzy monthly newsletter!

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    A Random Encounter!

    The full Random Encounter experience -
    Free drink + free snack + goodie bag during your first visit!
    The goodie bag is exclusive to Kickstarter backers and will include badges, stickers and postcards
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and monthly newsletter

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    • A Random Encounter Coupon
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    A Random Encounter for two!

    Have a unique first date or a fun filled catch up with a buddy - Enjoy a Random Encounter for two!
    Any 2 drinks + any 2 snacks + 2 goodie bags during your first visit!
    Plus All-Star Wall and monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • A Random Encounter Coupon
    • All-Star Wall!
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    Name Our Video Game Consoles!

    Random Encounter will have all your favourite gaming systems, old and new, for people to enjoy - and you can name one of them*!
    At launch the consoles we have will be as follows -
    + PS1 +PS2 +PS3 +N64 +NES +SNES +MEGADRIVE +PS4 +XBOX ONE +WII U +SWITCH +DREAMCAST
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall, a free drink and our monthly newsletter

    *Consoles will be named at a first come first serve basis and the name's must be approved by us

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin Badge
    • Name a Video Game Console
    • Free Drink e-Ticket
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    Unique pop culture painting!

    A one of a kind watercolour painting of your favorite pop culture character - painted by professional illustrator and Random Encounter co-founder Ellen Stubbings!
    Be it a blue hedgehog, superhero, Disney princess or even your D&D OC - We can guarantee you'll fall in love with your character of choice all over again!
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall, a free drink and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • One-of-a-kind pop culture character watercolour painting
    • Free Drink e-Ticket
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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Super Backer Pack

    A super amount of loot for a super backer like you!
    Ltd. Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin + A Random Encounter Coupon.
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin Badge
    • A Random Encounter Coupon
    • All-Star Wall!
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    Pledge £30 or more About $38

    Exclusive Random Encounter T-Shirt

    A one-of-a-kind T-Shirt by our professional graphic designer
    Pick one of 2 designs!
    Plus Random Encounter Coupon, your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Random Encounter T-Shirt
    • A Random Encounter Coupon
    • All-Star Wall!
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    Name Something on our Menu!

    We're going to be selling a whole bunch of different food and drink at Random Encounter and we're letting you name something on our menu!
    Once our menu is finalized we will send you a copy and you can name whatever food or drink item you would like!*
    The namer will then be entitled to 10% off that item for as long as it's on our menu!

    *Name must be approved by us!

    PLUS your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
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    MVB - Most Valuable Backer Membership

    *Kickstarter Exclusive Membership*
    Our standard membership will need to be renewed annually but MVB members are for LIFE!
    MVB Membership includes -
    + Free entry to all our events and priority booking to limited space events plus access to members only events
    + 10% off food and drink
    + Point reward system
    + Exclusive Members Discord Chat
    All included on one great looking membership card
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Exclusive MVB Membership Card
    • Random Encounter Goodie Bag
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    Pledge £45 or more About $58

    Ultra Backer Pack

    An Ultra amount of loot for a ultra backer like you!
    A one of a kind watercolour painting of your favorite pop culture character - painted by professional illustrator and Random Encounter co-founder Ellen Stubbings! + Ltd. Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin + A Random Encounter coupon that will get you 1 free drink+ 1 food item and goodie bag during your first visit!
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • One-of-a-kind pop culture character watercolour painting
    • Limited Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin Badge
    • A Random Encounter Coupon
    • All-Star Wall!
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    MVB Membership & T-Shirt

    Our Kickstarter Exclusive Most Valuable Backer Membership &
    A one-of-a-kind T-Shirt by our professional graphic designer (Pick one of 2 designs!)
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Exclusive MVB Membership Card
    • Exclusive Random Encounter T-Shirt
    • All-Star Wall!
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    Power-Up Cup & MVB Membership

    Two Kickstarter Exclusives in one - Our Power-Up Cup - One of a kind mug with one of a kind power - Bring it with you on your Random Encounter trip to get your first hot drink free! As well as our Most Valuable Backer Membership
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Power-Up Cup
    • Kickstarter Exclusive MVB Membership Card
    • All-Star Wall!
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    MVB Memership, Power-Up Cup & T-Shirt

    Three of our Kickstarter exclusive item in one handy package - Our Most Valuable Backer Membership + A one-of-a-kind T-Shirt by our professional graphic designer (Pick one of 2 designs!) + Power-Up Cup
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Exclusive MVB Membership Card
    • Exclusive Random Encounter T-Shirt
    • Power-Up Cup
    • All-Star Wall!
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    Pledge £125 or more About $160

    Mega Backer Pack

    A Mega amount of loot for a mega backer like you!
    Five of our Kickstarter exclusive items - Our Most Valuable Backer Membership + A one-of-a-kind T-Shirt by our professional graphic designer (Pick one of 2 designs!) + Power-Up Cup + A one of a kind watercolour painting of your favorite pop culture character - painted by professional illustrator and Random Encounter co-founder Ellen Stubbings! + Ltd. Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin!
    Plus Random Encounter goodie bag, your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Exclusive MVB Membership Card
    • Exclusive Random Encounter T-Shirt
    • Limited Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin Badge
    • One-of-a-kind pop culture character watercolour painting
    • Power-Up Cup
    • Random Encounter Goodie Bag
    • All-Star Wall!
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    Pledge £250 or more About $320

    Fan of the Month

    Have your say in Random Encounter's happenings for one month, including -
    + Choose 2 events, competitions and/or tournaments E.G. Smash Bros Tournament, Bad Movie Night, TCG swap meet, X-Wing Tournament, Doctor Who Fan Social etc.
    + Any other events held during your month will be free entry
    + 1 Film Screening of your choice
    + Pick the monthly Comic Book club title
    + 1 free day pass per week for your month
    + Food and drink discount

    PLUS MVB Membership, Power-Up Cup, Goodie Bag, your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Fan of the Month
    • Kickstarter Exclusive MVB Membership Card
    • Power-Up Cup
    • Random Encounter Goodie Bag
    • All-Star Wall!
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    Name Our Coffee Machine

    Coffemachiney Mccoffeemachineface?
    We will allow you to name* our coffee machine!
    Upon being questioned, if at any point we forget the name of our coffee machine we'll give you a choice of free food item, free non-alcoholic drink or half price off in our shop. This name will be past on to new coffee machines if we ever upgrade etc.

    *Name must be approved by us!

    PLUS MVB Membership, your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Name Our Coffee Machine!
    • Kickstarter Exclusive MVB Membership Card
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    Random Encounter Party!

    A private Random Encounter party experience for you and up to 14 friends/colleagues/relatives -
    From 7pm till late you'll have the whole Random Encounter to yourselves and includes -
    - Free play on our video game consoles/board games for the evening
    - Screenings of films/TV shows of choice throughout the evening
    - 1 organised gaming tournament of choice with prizes
    - 1 free drink per person
    - 1 free food item per person
    - 1 goodie back per person
    Ain't no party like a Random Encounter Party!
    Plus your name on the All-Star Wall and our monthly newsletter

    Includes:
    • Random Encounter Party!
    • All-Star Wall!
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    Platinum Membership

    Legendary Ultimate AAA Platinum S-Rank Top Tier Membership Or 'Platinum' Membership for short
    + Become an honorary member of the Random Encounter Team!
    A super exclusive, one of a kind membership that will never be offered again!
    Perfect for anyone who really wants to get involved with Random Encounter!
    + 20% off our shop
    + 40% food and drink
    + Create one regular event*
    ++ One annual film screening of your choice*
    + One annual tournament/competition of your choice*
    + One annual Comic Book Club pick of your choice*
    + Priority booking and free entry to our events as well as members only events
    + Double points
    + Birthday Gift
    + Members only Discord Chat

    Plus all other physical rewards!

    *must be approved by us

    Includes:
    • Platinum Membership
    • Exclusive Random Encounter T-Shirt
    • Limited Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin Badge
    • One-of-a-kind pop culture character watercolour painting
    • Power-Up Cup
    • Random Encounter Goodie Bag
    • All-Star Wall!
    • Monthly Newsletter!
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    Platinum Membership for two & party

    Our super exclusive, one of a kind membership that will never be offered again - But or two awesome people!
    Perfect for a couple who want to get fully involved in Random Encounter!
    Plus throw a Random Encounter party!

    Plus plus all other physical rewards!

    Includes:
    • Platinum Membership
    • Platinum Membership (X2)
    • Random Encounter Party!
    • Random Encounter T-Shirt (X2)
    • Power-Up Cup (X2)
    • Exclusive Random Encounter T-Shirt
    • Ltd. Edition Enamel Pin Badge (X2)
    • Limited Edition Random Encounter Enamel Pin Badge
    • Watercolour Painting (X2)
    • Random Encounter Goodie Bag (X2)
    • All-Star Wall! (X2)
    • Monthly Newsletter! (X2)
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Funding period

- (30 days)