The Painful Last 1%
We planned to finish construction this week, but parts are delayed. The LED lighting for our retail area and the remaining carpet won't arrive until Friday. Other than a... Read more
Order of Knighthood Logos
This update is specifically for all of our Order of Knighthood backer reward tiers. When we first completed our project, we sent out request emails for each related... Read more
Carpet and Paint
Carpet is being installed as I write this.
The contractors would really like to walk away from this project tomorrow. The bathrooms are done. The primary painting of walls and... Read more
Down to the Wire
We're a week or so away from paint and carpet.
It's mostly electrical workat this point. The electricians are finishing up the wiring of the lighting systems and installing... Read more
Last Few Weeks
We're getting towards the end of this project. The contractors are openly talking about two more weeks before they move on, with probably another week without them with paint... Read more
Big Update Week: Sprinklers, Lights, Fencing, AC and IT
This week I'm going to post photos with captions. We're moving pretty quickly at this stage.
If you haven't been reading weekly updates, it's hard to see that anything is happening with construction. That's the feeling I get from the casual observer. Many customers are impatient,... Read more
The Storm Before the Calm
Yesterday was our 4 month construction anniversary. If you were planning to send a gift, grout is traditional. 5 months is duct tape, so we're kinda excited.
The "middle"... Read more
Mudding is the topic of the week! We passed our framing inspection, so the drywall is getting taped and mudded.
Doorsare getting installed, with a couple installed on the... Read more
Plumbing and Electrical
Let me start this update by thanking youfor your patience. I know there is construction fatigue among our regulars. We're also at the point of construction where about 80%... Read more
Bargaining (The Third Stage of Construction Grief)
We continue to make progress this week. The plastic curtain is down and customers are coming in and marveling at the future space.
The title of this post refers to... Read more
Hell of a Deal
"You're getting a hell of a deal on this place. A hell of a deal."
-- project manager (about to be replaced)
This project is really far behind schedule,... Read more
This week we're working on air conditioning. Unlike a traditional system, we're using what are called "cassette" units. We've got eight of these units, four on each floor. They're... Read more
Sprinklers and Railings
Construction continues to move forward at a rapid pace!
We're further behind schedule, this time due to scheduling with our fire sprinkler subcontractors. They're a couple weeks behind, which... Read more
Staircases and Electrical Work
I'm on vacation this week, off roading around California, but I have construction photos from the staff. This week they built both staircases. The electricians ran electricaland our... Read more
Flooring and Drywall
Another week and we continue to see construction progress. The plywood sub floor is going in upstairs. Eventually it will have a sound deadening layer and carpet squares.
Drywall installation... Read more
Sub Floor and Schedule Update
The sub floorfor the second story should begin going in tomorrow. After the sub floor, the bathrooms for level two will get framed. I assume there will be stairs... Read more
Joists and Office Framing
Another week and more framing. This time for the (much smaller) office.
We also see the ceiling joists going up. These are bolted and welded into place.
The photos... Read more
Framing and Bathrooms
Framingcontinued this week. The bottom bathrooms, storage space and supports for the rear staircase are built out (there are two staircases). The framing for the front of the game... Read more
We're Being Framed
Framing started today.
Monday, the contractors poured 10 yards of concrete. That is a lot of concrete, I'm told. It sounds like a distance measurement, like 10 parsecs of... Read more
Inspection, Concrete and Framing
The plumbing is complete and today we wait on the building inspector to sign off on this part of the project. He's here now.
If we get sign off, we'll... Read more
Plumbing and Concrete
Revisions have been approved by the city and we're back to work.
They're working on the plumbing now. That will hopefully get finished and inspected by Wednesday.
Framingis scheduled... Read more
Toilets of Shocking
Construction could start again as early as tomorrow.
Our footing problem is resolved, but the electrical conduit also runs under our bathrooms. The contractors brought the building inspector in for... Read more
The last time I posted an update, it was about the discovery of an unforeseen electrical conduitrunning under the floor of the Event Center. It intersected one of our... Read more
Pole Position (A Delay)
We ran into trouble with our foundation holes this week. These are the holes used for the structural supports for the mezzanine level. One of the holes has... Read more
Building a Foundation
Demolitionis complete. The contractors found a drain pipe that wasn't in the plans, which resulted in a call to the architects for guidance. Minor stuff. A re-route of that... Read more
Tail End of Demolition and Melltorp
The demolitionshould be complete today. The bathrooms are gone. The old sprinkler pipes have been torn out. The duct work goes today, since the building code calls for different... Read more
Demolition (Day 1)
Demolition began today.
We rented a second storage unit today to get rid of a lot of extra stuff cluttering the store.
We condensed some of the retail space so... Read more
Construction Begins Monday
We were given short notice this morning that demolition will begin Monday and we are responsible for clearing out the demolition area (office, game center, restrooms). I was home sick... Read more
Deposit Down: It's a Go
We did it! We put down our first payment of $20,000 to get construction started. We don't have an exact start date yet, since we messed up the schedule by... Read more
Lease is Signed
The lease is signed. With four business days left on our current lease, it is done. I'll be turning it in Monday morning, which means a few things. Most importantly... Read more
The news of the month is I'm working on project finances, having submitted paperwork to my mortgage broker. That required the 2015 taxes to be completed, so this was about... Read more
Leases and Permits
My last update had us on the fence regarding whether we stayed put and built or moved to a bigger location. We've shifted towards the stay put option since then. ... Read more
Both Here and There
We've found a great new location AND we're negotiating to stay in the one we have now, moving forward with the mezzanine project. I can't tell you right now which... Read more
Just a quick update to say there's nothing solid to report. We haven't decided on anything, but....
1. We're negotiating with a property manager on a new location.
2. That... Read more
Our lease negotiations, including mezzanine construction, are going slowly, so I've been looking around at other properties. What I've found is a mixed bag, but overall pretty good. I thought... Read more
Ding & Dent Early Entry
If you're a Kickstarter backer at the Order of Knighthood (or higher) level, we're allowing 10am access to our DING & DENT sale on Sunday, August 30th (it's scheduled for... Read more
We're still working on our lease. The current draft includes a 7 year extension with construction starting in January. We're working on various stipulations regarding loss of... Read more
Time Extension !!
The city extended our permit application today. I went down to the planning office to pick up the drawings, since they were due to be destroyed in a couple days... Read more
Plans Moving Forward
Sorry for not posting an update for over two months. Here's where we stand:
We've found a contractor for our project, our property management company. We've agreed on an all... Read more
Good News Everyone!
We've received an all inclusive construction bid from our property management company. It's within the bounds of our initial estimate, which means it's now a matter of negotiations. We won't... Read more
Update and Into the Pit
We're told we will get an offer very soon from our property managementcompany for constructing the mezzanine level. Our lease is up a year from this month, so the... Read more
I've got some progress to report.
We got an additional contractor bid. The good news is he found ways to save us twenty percent on our design. The bad news?... Read more
Contractors and Permits
We're still working with contractors.Several have come and gone without a bid. One gave us a pretty good initial estimate. We'll call it "X." "X" was good.... Read more
Project Update: Contractors Again
We're still in contractor purgatory. A bucket of money and a fistful of completed permits is apparently not enough to entice a contractor to do our project. We bring... Read more
Paladin Club Cards
Our Paladin Club cardsarrived today for "basic" membership. The higher level cards will be made in house. Basic membership was only selected by 21 people, but we hope to... Read more
Physical Rewards Shipped!
We hit our deadline for shipping physical backer rewards. Charlotte shipped out all our rewards today, pretty much an all day affair.
With the electronic and physical rewards taken care... Read more
We're planning to ship out our physical rewards at the end of the month. We're waiting on the custom dice from Chessex. Everything else is in and waiting... Read more
The Bag Update
With the digital rewards complete, September is the month for physical rewards. We've got our totes and dice bags in, with the custom Chessex dice arriving a bit later... Read more
Digital Products, Permits and Delays
Our digital productsare complete and were sent out to all the backers who chose that level as of August 31st. If you think you should have received them and... Read more
We continue to move forward with the permitting process. The building department got back to the architects with several changes, including adding a second drinking fountain (not required by... Read more
Game Store 3.0
It has been a quiet week for the project, with the only real news being the new store layout. You can see it below. We'll be implementing this layout as... Read more
It's been a quiet week, following last weeks exciting delivery of the architectural plans. A few things we're working on:
80 Inches. That's the distance the new game space extends... Read more
Where We At
As our architects prepare for a much deserved vacation, both myself and our contractor (my brother) are perusing our copies of the architectural plans. Obtaining the plans was the final... Read more
Quick update on our progress.
We're spending an extra week on the architectural design. The City of Concord's implementation of the 2014 California Title 24 energy efficiency standards went... Read more
This is a quick update of our progress this week. We've got our not responded to survey numbers down to 25, from 53. We can contact people directly at... Read more
Timing of Memberships (and construction)
Just an FYI, if you've got a Paladin Club Membershipfor your own table, we will be extending your year of membership through 2015. Construction projects have a tendency to... Read more
Just a quick update on what we've been up to. Backer Surveyshave been sent. We're still waiting on 53 backers to respond, so please fill out your... Read more
Funds transferredfrom Amazon last night. It will take about a week before the money arrives. We were able to get $23,500 or so in funds. Less than... Read more
Waiting on Disbursement
Thanks again for making this project happen! Right now we're in what's normally a two week waiting period for funds disbursement. We don't yet know the total... Read more
You Did It!
The Kickstarter campaign is over with the final funding amount at $28,493with 224 backers, that's nearly $3,500 over our goal. I'm stunned and still trying to wrap my head... Read more
The Kickstarter closes at 10pm PST tonight, about 14 hours away as I write this. A flurry of activity surrounds this project, although you wouldn't know it by the numbers.... Read more
3 Days to Go and King of Tokyo
As we enter our last three days, I have to admit my "mission accomplished" statement, as they tend to be, may have been a bit premature. Some of our backers... Read more
Thanks to you, we've hit our $25,000 funding goal. We now have enough money to build our mezzanine level and greatly expand our event offerings. This will be a great... Read more
Stretch Goal One
We're at around $22,000, 87% of the way to our $25,000 goal with 4 days to go. Momentum is slowing a bit, so I wanted to share our first stretch... Read more
Over $20,000! with 5 Days to Go
What an exciting last couple of days!
We're at $20,590 with 5 days to go. That's 82% to our goal.
Digital panhandling has been paying off, as we've... Read more
7 Days To Go!
We're at $15,270, a bit over 60% of our way towards our $25K goal. That may sound hopeless, but most Kickstarter projects get their funding in the first... Read more
Pacificon Gaming Expo & Digital Rewards Previews
Hello Black Diamond Backers!
First off, I wanted to share a huge boon for our project. The wonderful folks who run Pacificon Gaming Expo have announced that they... Read more
$10,000 and more on the Pathfinder Adventure
We hit $10,000 over the weekend, which is a milestone. We're at 41% of our goal although we're already 50% through the campaign. Still, there's momentum! Plus, this... Read more
The Hard Truth - Only 25% Funding
Hello Black Diamond Backers,
For those who are unaware, I’m Gary’s right hand man, his Manger on the ground, and the Event coordinator for our store calendar.... Read more
Keep Up The Momentum - 20% Funded
This is Gary.
First, I want to thank you for supporting the Kickstarter! We are making great progress towards our goal, thanks to you.
But, your job isn't... Read more