We want to bring great games, great coffee and great company together under one roof in the heart of Milton Keynes.
Whether you want to embark on an adventure, discover new games and new friends, or just escape into your own world fueled by delicious cake and freshly ground coffee – we’re building Players Paradice for you. We’re opening in September 2018 (just a few weeks away now), but need your help here on Kickstarter to bring some extra touches to the world we’re busy building.
• Three Ideas… One Dream
When we set out to create Players Paradice, we wanted to create a community hub where people of all ages can come together to learn and play new board games, a central venue that everyone can easily get to, enjoy great food and drink, share great times and make new friends.
• Choose Your Destiny – Games
Whether you’re looking to get back to something traditional, spend an afternoon playing your favourite game, or discover something new – with a starting library of over 250 games to choose from, there’s something for everyone. If that sounds overwhelming – don’t worry, the Game Gurus will be on hand to help you discover, learn and enjoy the perfect game every time you visit. Our other local game stores in Milton Keynes mean our growing board games library will be constantly stocked with the newest, and most enjoyable games for years to come. Our onsite store will also have a copies of your favourite games should you want to take the adventure back to your own dining table, too.
• Fuel Your Adventure – Food and drinks
When we first started planning Players Paradice, we wanted the Café part of ‘Board game Café’ to be as important as the games. We wanted to create a haven not just for gamers, but for people looking to read a book over coffee, grab a bite away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, or even drop by with a laptop to escape the office. With this in mind we found local suppliers of great cakes and savoury treats as we feel it’s important to support other businesses in the area. We’re going to be serving true, barista-crafted coffees, we’ll be offering a variety of fabulous cakes and a range of hot treats and snacks. Best of all, we’ll have ice-cream and not just any ice cream! Drop by and you’ll find none other than Northampton’s own Gallone’s ice cream to try, buy and indulge in – something that’s worth a visit alone!
• Companions for the Road – Community
To us, games are about friendships, new experiences and community. In a world that’s becoming more about digital screens and online connections, the chance to sit down with real people and play together is priceless. So, whilst you will always be welcome to drop in, pick up your favorite game and play on your own terms, we’re working hard to create some new experiences and opportunities for you. We’ll host community gaming events, a sprinkling of tournaments, themed evenings and game discovery events; we even hope to offer corporate team building opportunities based around playing board games, cooperation and fun. It’s a community we’re excited to help build, and one we’d love you to be a part of.
The Nitty Gritty
Players Paradice is opening at Unit 28 Lloyds Court and will be open from midday until 10pm most days. We’re surrounded by parking (if you’re familiar with MK, the bays nearby are mostly purple, only 50p per hour and are free after 6pm) and we are only a few minutes’ walk from the major bus routes in the centre of Milton Keynes and we are easily accessible from the train station too. Anybody can drop into the café during opening hours to join us for food and drink, there will be a small cover charge to access our board games library and as you may expect from a Kickstarter campaign, for the next few weeks you have the chance to pick up some great offers!
Under 12’s are exempt from our cover charge provided there’s at least one adult gamer with them, or though we can’t help you with their love for ice-cream!
So, Why Kickstarter…
We knew Players Paradice had to be in the centre of Milton Keynes, with both parking and bus routes and a major train station on the doorstep. That meant taking the shell of a space and creating the café from scratch – from the electrics and plumbing, the decoration and furniture right up to the equipment and stock. We’ve had a couple of unexpected delays on the way, but we’re expecting to open the doors to welcome you in just a few short weeks! Which begs the question - why Kickstarter? We’ve had to focus on building the core Players Paradice experience but with your support we can make it even better, so we need your help to bring them to life. For example we want to expand our own kitchen facilities to add a wider range of healthy choices to the menu, we also want to take Players Paradice onto the street with a giant chess set and bistro seating right outside our doors! We’d love you to get involved today and support our Kickstarter. If you do, we’ve dreamt up some fun, exclusive and money-saving rewards to say thank you for helping us bring the dream to life.
Risks and challenges
We have signed a lease, almost fully completed all shop works, are fully stocked and ready to go in just a few short weeks.
It’s an unfortunate part of life - risks and challenges are a part of the adventure. Whilst we’re confident that we’ll open at the start of September 2018 and all rewards will be delivered in time for our opening or soon after (for example, we’ll need to order T-Shirts to size), there’s always a risk of delays due to suppliers or building works. We’ll post regular updates in any event but, should the worst happen and the opening date be pushed back, we’ll notify you all immediately.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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