About this project
Black Diamond Games is expanding our Game Center! We want to build a mezzanine level above our current game center space, but we need your help to do it.
Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA is nestled behind the shopping complex known as “Park N Shop,” next to Fry’s Electronics. We have hosted your favorite hobby games at this location for over 7 years. Our community is booming, with people visiting our awesome location from throughout the Bay Area and far beyond. Over the years, our events have continued to grow and thrive to the point where we are filled to capacity every night. We’re tired of turning people away and we’ve been thinking about how to solve this problem. We are confident expanding our Game Center is the best solution.
Our customer base in the Bay Area is unique in their diverse interests. What we do here can’t be done in most places around the country. That’s why we want to continue to support and grow our community by giving people more space to play the games they love. This project will strengthen the community focus of our store. It will allow us to host more events, bigger events, and special events.
Black Diamond Games has secured basic construction funding, enough to get most of the way there, but we need your help to finish what we’ve started and to make this project so much more.
Black Diamond Games was founded on the drive to be the perfect destination for avid gamers, an attractive venue, and to introduce the uninitiated to the creative world of hobby gaming. We’re coming up on our ten year anniversary, and we want to give back to you and the community to make this an awesome year for everyone. Thank you for your support over the years. We’re looking forward to this giant leap in supporting our community.
Let’s Quest for Fun!
We have a unique opportunity to put our local and expanded community to the test. This expansion is only possible if our community wants it to happen. There are a number of ways to show your support. You can pick from any of our reward levels and get something for it. We have ways for individuals to support the project with our new Paladin Club Membership program. Also, individuals, game developers, manufacturers, and even outside businesses can support us in the form of our Knightly Order supporter wall. In addition, we have our Game Store Rescue levels, designed so other game stores can support us in exchange for expert advice. On top of all that, we have a few physical rewards for those who want them; see our Swag section below or our Swag Pack reward tiers.
Almost all of these levels also come with some unique digital rewards- there is something to appeal to just about everyone.
See the descriptions below for full details of each.
Paladin Club Membership Program
Regular customers who have been with us for a long time may remember our original rewards program: The Paladin Club. With our new game center expansion we have re-imagined the Paladin Club. We want our new space to be available to our community and our new Paladin Club will help us focus on our community in different ways.
$100 - Basic Paladin Club Membership
You will gain access to all of our Basic Membership benefits for one year (less than $9 a month).
- Access to all of our events without paying the nominal “pay-to-play” fee.
- During events you gain access to our game library, table toppers, terrain, battle mats, figures, and anything else we provide based on the success of this Kickstarter.
- Access to exclusive offers and special events including a Backers Reward Party, Special Ding & Dent Sale Events, and Special Membership Game Day!
$300 - Paladin Club Onyx Membership
In addition to the basic membership benefits, you will gain special access to our game center for yourself and up to 5 of your gaming group. You will have a reserved table once a week for a year, where you and your group can play any hobby game you want. Space is subject to availability, but every effort will be made to accommodate our members.
$300 - Paladin Club Gold Membership
In addition to the basic membership benefits, the Gold Membership offers our regular event participants special benefits, including:
- Once per month if you bring a friend to an event they won't need to Pay to Play.
- Participate in one of our tournaments with a waived event fee 12 times over the course of a year. This can be at any of our monthly tournaments, including Warmachine, Warhammer, FFG LCG events, or even one of our FNM events. This fee cannot be waived for any tournament run outside our normal event structure, such as SCG IQ's, Magic GPT, Magic Pre-releases, or Magic PTQ.
Onyx & Gold Add-On:
If you pledge for either the Gold Membership or the Onyx Membership levels, you can add an additional $200 to your pledge as an “add on” to receive the benefits of both memberships.
Black Diamond Order of Knighthood
$50 - Squire: 2” x 6” name displayed
$150 - Knight: 6” x 6” displayed name plus logo or heraldry of choice
$300 - Lord: 12" x 12" displayed name plus logo or heraldry of choice
$1000 - King: We will hang a 27" X 41" framed poster (standard Movie Poster size) in our Game Center for at least one year. The poster must be supplied by the backer and can be for any game, product, or company that has to do with an aspect of our hobby. This can include product posters, a company logo, or fantasy/sci-fi art as long as it is appropriate for public display.
In addition, if you pledge for any of our other reward levels, you can still get your name on the Wall of Knighthood. If you pledge for any of our non-knighthood rewards at $300 or more will also get the rewards of the Squire level of the Order of Knighthood! You can then add-on additional funds to upgrade that Squire level to Knight or Lord. If you add on $50 you will be upgraded to the Knight level, or add on $100 to be upgraded to the Lord level. This upgrade is only available if you pledge for our Game Store Rescue or Paladin Membership tiers. at $300 or more.
Game Store Rescue
If you are familiar with our game store, it is likely you have seen Gary’s well regarded, syndicated blog. In his blog Gary postulates, pontificates, rants, and raves, all while providing his unique take and experience of running a game store for nearly a decade. Many fledgling store owners have pointed to his many Tradecraft blog posts as sources of sound advice about critical steps during the start of their business. We are offering some exclusive rewards for fans of the blog. Based on a blog post we are calling these rewards 'Game Store Rescue'.
$100 - Quest For Fun Blog
Gary will write a blog post about a hobby games topic of your choice. This could be focused on a topic in his Tradecraft series, a product review, or his opinions about other areas of the hobby.
$500 - Remote Project Consultant
You will receive 8 hours of remote consultation from Gary, which can include phone conversations, emails, and other remote or telecommuting options. This can also include a short project report about your issue at hand.
$1000 - Game Store Consultant
Gary will come and consult with you at your game store for one day. He is your consultant and will assist in any number of ways. Based on the request from the backer, he will also compose an after action report, providing you with fully detailed information about the issues at hand. Airfare and travel expenses to be paid by the backer in addition to their contribution to this Kickstarter.
Black Diamond Games hosts a huge community of hobby games including Pathfinder, Warhammer 40k, Warmachine & Hordes, Pokemon, board games, and many others. We have a number of digital rewards for people who want to support us and get some exciting game exclusives.
We will contact backers after the conclusion of this Kickstarter to determine which reward(s) each person wants if they don't qualify for all of them.
Pathfinder: A custom Pathfinder Adventure, written by Amber Scott
Warhammer 40,000: A custom scenario pack developed by the brilliant minds behind the Golden Throne Grand Tournament.
Warmachine & Hordes: A custom league and scenario packet developed by the GTGT and Iron Rebellion team.
Print & Play Card Game: "Quest for Fun!" By Jeff Smith (Based on "Do What!?")
Anyone can pledge at the My Store ($25) to get their choice of one of these Digital rewards. However, anyone who supports us at the $50 pledge level will get their choice of two of these digital rewards. Anyone who pledges $100 or more to any reward level will receive all of our digital rewards.
We want to offer special promotional items to our backers. If all you want is a bit of swag, then you can pick one of our swag packs. All swag packs and add-ons include domestic continental US shipping. We are exploring international shipping options, but at this time cannot ship internationally. When the items become available, local customers are encouraged to pick them up from the store instead of waiting for them to be shipped.
We are offering a few reward tiers simply for people who only want a bit of swag.
Swag Pack 1: $20 - Dice and Bag
You will receive a set of our Kickstarter exclusive dice and a Black Diamond Games dice bag - a great option for our role playing community or any other gamer.
Swag Pack 2: $20 - Dice and Tape Measure
A set of our Kickstarter exclusive dice and a Black Diamond Games tape measure for all of your Wargaming needs.
Swag Pack 3: $50 - Dice and Playmat
You will receive a set of our Kickstarter exclusive dice and a custom Black Diamond Games play mat, perfect for our CCG community.
If you are pledging at the My Store ($25) level or higher, you can add any of the following swag add-ons to your pledge at the listed prices. Simply add the value of the swag onto your pledge, and you will then be able to tell us which items you have added on after the campaign is over. Once again, local customers are encouraged to pick them up from the store instead of waiting for them to be shipped.
Kickstarter Exclusive d6's: $8
A set of 4 Kickstarter exclusive d6's with the Black Diamond Games logo.
Dice Bag: $10
A 4" dice bag with the Black Diamond Games logo.
A Black Diamond Games patch, with our logo. Perfect for miniatures cases, book bags, laptop cases, and backpacks.
Play your miniatures game in style with a Black Diamond Games tape-measure.
Reusable Tote: $10
These Black Diamond Games reusable totes are the perfect thing to transport your gaming materials. Sized to fit 3 board games.
Card Game Play Mat: $30
A Black Diamond Games play mat with the store logo, perfect for playing Magic, YuGiOh, Pokemon, and any other card game.
Risks and challenges
We have secured funding for a large portion of the project, however projects like these are rife with unexpected delays and worst of all cost. The funding from this project will help ensure that we get to expand our game center in a way that will make everyone happy.
We have a plan, and with that plan also comes the understanding that those plans will change and adapt to any unforeseen circumstances. Dates may change and details may be altered but we here at Black Diamond Games are committed to our mission and, most of all, our community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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