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Help us make our board game cafe & pub the coolest, geekiest space ever!
Help us make our board game cafe & pub the coolest, geekiest space ever!
Help us make our board game cafe & pub the coolest, geekiest space ever!
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We can't say enough about how much we love board games! In fact, we think board games have the ability to make everyone better people - better at communicating, better at critical thinking, better at compassion, and they help people with their memory, their education, and even their social skills. The benefits are numerous. And if they make everyone better people, it stands to reason that it makes the world a better place. So we want to get people together in an inviting social environment, sitting down with games, and letting them have at it. It's one of the richest experiences you can get, and we are all about that! So when we say our motto is "Unplug. Sit down. Reconnect" we mean it!

 So how do we plan on creating this environment? Simply put, we are a board game café & pub – which is just what it sounds like. We are a café that serves locally-sourced panini, crepes, salads, ice cream and other yummy bites. We are a pub which serves beer and spirits from Colorado's best breweries and liquor producers. We will also have local soda and milkshakes. And, most importantly, we will have board games. And not just a few board games, a lot! Starting with at least 600 board games - everything from chess and Monopoly to Catch Phrase and Cards Against Humanity to Settlers of Catan and Power Grid. No matter what your gaming tastes and gaming experience, we want to get you to the table. A basic $5 table fee gets you a spot at our tables where you can access our entire library along with roaming Play Pros who will help you select and get started playing some excellent games.

 We've got all the basics locked down.  We've got our kitchen and bar plans finished. We have over 600 games collected. And basic floor plan is drawn out. But we still have a few cool ideas that are beyond our current budget, and we're hoping you want to help us make our play space as cool as we imagine. The kickstarter goal we've set will get us a couple of interactive play areas.

The interactive play areas will be in the front of the house. Great for anyone to play but especially for those who might need to hang out waiting for an open table. We already have a 3' tall jenga-style game that will be waiting for you in the front but we'd also like to have a puzzle wall. It could be a giant-sized crossword puzzle or giant sudoku that you can use magnetic letter and numbers on.

And maybe a lego wall... 

We've also thought about a LiteBrite wall, but we'll have to see what finished wall space there is and what time and money allows us to fit in.

The goal should also allow us to upgrade some surroundings. We are aiming to include some booth or bench seating. And hoping to spruce up our community tables that you'll see as you walk in.  We even have some cool s-t-r-e-t-c-h goals in mind, if we are that lucky!

We will be centrally located at 900 W 1st Ave, intersection of 1st and Santa Fe in Denver.  That puts us inside The Yard which is a lumberyard redevelopment project.

 This cool project creates a variety of multi-use buildings situated around a central area with ample parking all in the boundaries of what used to be the Stark Lumber yard.  Renegade Brewing, Rocky Mountain Flex Fitness, and Fin Art Fine Furniture is already there. We have space for some retail, some dining and some offices when the project is completed.

This location also puts us at the south end of the Santa Fe Art District, as well as few short block from SoBo, and in between two campuses and two light rail stations. So you are probably hanging out not too far from us already. Now you'll have another fun option when you're looking to get out.

 We are Keith Meyers and Adam Alleman.  We've been avid gamers for years and years.

Keith is actually a game industry veteran of 28 years.  He's worked for such recognizable names as The Game Keeper, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro and IELLO.  His industry work has spanned retail, publishing, and game design.  He believes we are in the 2nd Golden Age of gaming and a board game cafe is the perfect way to introduce everyone to what this new world of gaming has to offer.

Adam is a European-trained chef who has worked in restaurants and catering in Vail and Denver.  He loves eating, drinking, gaming and dreaming of creating a perfect meal and drink menu to enhance the gaming experience for all tastes.  For him, a board game café and pub is just about the best thing imaginable.

We are anxious to see what we can create with all of your help. Your generous pledges are much appreciated!

We want to reach out to the community.  Are staff will be encouraged to bring gaming out into the community such as with the Boys & Girls Club, senior centers, halfway houses, rehab facilities - wherever it is needed.  To accomplish this we will need about 2 dozen games specifically set aside for this purpose. We will also need some mobile signage and some marketing materials to get this off the ground.   

Thank you all for your support!

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    A Sticky Thanks.

    Thanks so much! We'll list you as an original backer on our website.

    And we'll send you a removable vinyl bumper sticker. 3-3/4" x 7-1/2". Attach it to your guitar case, your laptop, or yes, even your car.

    Reads "Unplug. Sit down. Reconnect." and the smaller "BG Pub" logo. Lettering in the BGR colors against white background.

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    Passing Go

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    Includes two Play Passes ($5 value each), which can be used for any full day of gaming any time before the end of 2016.

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    Dice-Dropping Game Master

    Roll your dice in BGR style! This engraved wood dice tower, created by our friends at Broken Token, features the BG Pub logo on the front. Dice tower measures 6x4x6. Handles standard 16mm dice and smaller. Ship flat and unassembled - a little glue and time and you've got a smart addition to your gaming nights.

    All orders of this amount or more include web thanks, one bumper sticker and two Play Passes.

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    Etched Giant Tumble Tower Block

    Have your name or favorite word etched onto a side of a giant Tumble Tower (e.g. big Jenga) block. Imagine playing this giant game whose starting height is 3 feet, and pushing out a block that has your name or favorite word(s) etched into it. Game can exceed 5' height as game develops. Limited to 12 characters etched into block.

    Note: these are etched by hand using a wood burning tool by us. We will lovingly replicate the word(s) or name your provide us, but please know this will not look like a impersonal heat stamp. There will be imperfections that will make it all the more unique.

    Also note: this is a family-friendly place for all people, so no words or names that can be construed as profanity, religious or political statements or otherwise off-color remarks.

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    Dress To Impress

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    Looking good in this black t-shirt with the full Board Game Republic logo (3 color), with the tag line, "Unplug. Sit Down. Reconnect" under it. Printed on front of t-shirt. Available in mens and womens sizes - S thru 5XL.

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    Silver Play Pass Package

    10 play passes for the price of 8. A savings of $10 - and that's not monopoly money, folks!

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    Both the t-shirt and the dice tower. Holy double-sixes, Batman!

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    Off to a Good Start

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    Our custom glass BGR start player token! Made by talented glass artist and gamer, Jenefer (wife of Rahdo of 'Rahdo Runs Through'). Token is roughly conical with a ball top, is crafted from the BGR logo colors (teal, raspberry and orange) and stands about 1.5 inches tall. Since they are crafted by hand, no two will be exactly the same!

    Now you'll be able to note who the start player is with your custom bling! Or it's beauty can be used decoratively around the house.

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    Massive Moody Meeple!

    We've got our very own giant meeple - and by giant, we mean 10" tall - now that's huge! The perfect decorative accessory to prove your geekiness. Set it on your desk, your bookcase, or put it with your games - sure to raise a smile whenever you see it!

    And here's the best part, it comes with an assortment of removable cartoon face stickers, so you can change the mood of your meeple to fit your own. Also includes some blank stickers that you can modify with a dry erase marker to create your personal statement!

    Available in chartreuse, yellow, or pale berry.

    Note: these are cut by hand in mdf out of two pieces and wood glued together. They are lovingly sanded, but know that you will still see the seam. As with all imperfections that's where the beauty lies.

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    Gold Game Pass Package

    25 game night passes for the price of 20. That'll put $25 back in your pocket. That's enough to buy yourself a game!

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    The Game Master

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    The Game Guru

    For those who can't control themselves...

    This gets you the sticker, the dice tower, the t-shirt, the start player token, the massive meeple, AND 29 game night passes.

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    Party Like a Rock Star

    This gets you our event room for 5 hours which can hold approximately 36 people comfortably. You will have your own individual Play Pro to advise and teach games. Plus you'll get a catered meal and beverage plan to make your event the party to end it all!

    Great for personal or corporate events. Can be used anytime before the end of 2016.

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