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$5,182 pledged of $15,000 goal
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About this project

 

Shuffles started out as just an idea to be able to build up the board gaming community in Tulsa. This idea and dream grew in the minds of other members of our gaming community, and these people would form the brain trust behind Shuffles. All of our team comes from strong gaming backgrounds with a passion for introducing this hobby to Tulsa. Our main goal is to create an inclusive space to experience board and tabletop games for gamers and non-gamers alike. 

 Think of us as like, if your favorite board game store and your go to cafe had a baby. We are just that, a board game cafe! Board game cafes have been popping up everywhere around Canada, Europe, and the United States. They provide you with access to a fully curated library for a low fee (normally $5) and usually has a menu of cafe items and beverages. 

Shuffles' plans on having a full restaurant and bar to go along with your gaming experience from one of our many games in the library. We also have many events in the works like after school programs for kids, new player mixers, game designer night, and more! We believe this model focuses on providing you with the best gaming environment and experience.

The Space

Shuffles will be located downtown in the Archer Building, right at the corner of Archer and Detroit. We are extremely lucky to be a part of the Kaiser Foundation's Archer Building project and to have the amazing design guidance of Lilly Architects.

As you walk in our door you first see our space in its entirety while being in our retail section. You will also be greeted by our hosts that will seat you and your gaming group.
As you walk in our door you first see our space in its entirety while being in our retail section. You will also be greeted by our hosts that will seat you and your gaming group.

 

Right in front of our retail and entrance area is our bar. This is where you and friend could have a drink while having access to our selection of games that we will have at the bar, while also enjoying our full restaurant menu.
Right in front of our retail and entrance area is our bar. This is where you and friend could have a drink while having access to our selection of games that we will have at the bar, while also enjoying our full restaurant menu.

 

We wanted to create a space that you will be able to have a fully immersive gaming experience. In our gaming cubes, you and 5 of your friends will be able to have your game come to life through lighting and sound controlled through a panel on the wall.
We wanted to create a space that you will be able to have a fully immersive gaming experience. In our gaming cubes, you and 5 of your friends will be able to have your game come to life through lighting and sound controlled through a panel on the wall.

 

We also really wanted to bring a calming, but lively element to our store. Not only will the green wall tie our space together but it also offers added benefits of cleaner air and noise reduction.
We also really wanted to bring a calming, but lively element to our store. Not only will the green wall tie our space together but it also offers added benefits of cleaner air and noise reduction.

 

Lastly, our crown jewel, our gaming library. Currently, we have over 300 games with plans for having 600 by the opening. This will have any game from the classics to the modern designer games that you be able to pick up and play in the store.
Lastly, our crown jewel, our gaming library. Currently, we have over 300 games with plans for having 600 by the opening. This will have any game from the classics to the modern designer games that you be able to pick up and play in the store.

Shuffles' owner Eric Fransen (Fransen Furniture) will also be designing all of the gaming tables in our space.

Gaming Tables

With gaming in mind, the tables are created will just the right amount of space for almost any game to be played.
With gaming in mind, the tables are created will just the right amount of space for almost any game to be played.

 

With access to side trays for food and drink, charging locations, and even 1st player randomization displayed by LEDs at each seating location.
With access to side trays for food and drink, charging locations, and even 1st player randomization displayed by LEDs at each seating location.

 

 Right now Shuffles has been hosting various events around downtown for almost a year. At our events, we bring out our traveling library of over 100 games, raffle prizes, and game gurus on hand, and at no cost to our community. In the beginning, most of our events had around 15-20 gamers in attendance, but as the word got out about our project we have now grown to an attendance of over 100. 

These pop-up events were the thing to prove to us that Tulsa is wanting a space like ours! Hosting the events have also allowed us to already meet people like you and be able to get some great feedback from our community leading up to this Kickstarter. 

We couldn't have come this far if it wasn't for the amazing businesses that let us host our event in their spaces!

For most of our team, this isn't our first business. We are a group of business owners and freelancers that have been helping Tulsa grow over the years. Now Shuffles has slowly grown from a side project to a full-time venture for all of us, and we want to see this become successful.

So this is where we need to ask for help.

Most of the base funding for Shuffles is there, but Kickstarter will help us get to the amount we need to be able to finish building out our library and allow us to be able to fully furnish the store with gaming tables and chairs. 

Down below we also have some stretch goals displayed if we were to go past our basic funding goal.

Rewards

Not only will you get a pair of custom Shuffles dice, but also you will be able to get all of our updates! 

 We are excited to collaborate with Meeple Realty in making a deck box/dice tower just for our Kickstarter. You will be able to carry a deck from your favorite card game then be able to transform the box into a dice tower with ease! Great for CCGs and card heavy board games.  

 

 

 

 We really like hats...no really the owner Eric Fransen probably owns 56 hats. Getting this reward will guarantee you a high five too!

Shuffles' Kickstarter shirts will be printed by our friends at Flash Flood Print Studios and on the softest high quality cotton. 

For Kickstarter ONLY, and limited by the first 100 backers for this reward. 

Our monthly membership covers your library fee and you get 10% off retail for the month.

 Carry around your favorite board games and drink your favorite beverage. Perfect for game night preparedness!

Rep some of the coolest gear around! At this level you will also get access to our preview night where you will get to experience our store before we even open! (details to follow)

 

For Kickstarter ONLY, and limited by the first 50 backers for this reward.  

Our yearly membership covers your library fee for the year, and gives you 10% off food and retail. At this level you will also get access to our preview night where you will get to experience our store before we even open! (details to follow)

 Ever want to put your mark on something? Now you can! Name one of our 9 gaming nooks after your D&D group, favorite nerdy pun, your cat, the options are endless!

At this level you will also get access to our preview night where you will get to experience our store before we even open! (details to follow)

 Wow...ok if you back us at this level we really owe you everything... REALLY! 

Our lifetime membership covers your library fee FOR LIFE, and gives you 15% food and 10% retail. At this level you will also get access to our preview night where you will get to experience our store before we even open! (details to follow)

 So what happens if you go over your goal? Well we have some awesome stretch goals that will help us add to our space too!

Logo Behind The Bar $20,000

We want to be able to emphasize our bar space and really tie it together with our D20 logo. We hope for this to be a memorable staple for our store.

Green Wall

Even though planed in our initial designs, we currently can't fund our green wall. Like we have mentioned above, we want to bring a calming, but lively element to our store. Not only will the green wall tie our space together but it also offers added benefits of cleaner air and noise reduction.

2nd Story Mezzanine Cubes

 $100,000 is crazy, we know, but this is what it would be able to fund. The 2nd story, similar to our green wall, is in our initial designs. Right now we can't fully fund the build out for our additional cubes. This would allow us to not only have an pleasing design element but to be able to provide additional space for more people to game!

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Risks and challenges

We are entering Tulsa as the first board game cafe in Tulsa, but certainly not the first game shop. The Shuffles team has traveled to numerous board game cafes around the nation for research so we can truly make a unique board gaming experience in Tulsa. Like any new business, there are standard inherent risks; we have some protection from these, in that, we are the first business of its kind in Tulsa. We have worked closely with a local restauranteur as a technical advisor for the bar/restaurant portion of this model. Perhaps the most compelling reason for our eventual success is our passion for all aspects of this venture.

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