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It's time to move to a larger space. We have outgrown our current location and need more room! Help us grow Pinball in CT and beyond!
It's time to move to a larger space. We have outgrown our current location and need more room! Help us grow Pinball in CT and beyond!
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Established in 2014, we are a pinball co-op that offers a large scale collection (30) of pinball machines consistently open for public play. What is a pinball co-op? We are a group of pinball enthusiasts that realized the only way Connecticut will have a place to enjoy the hobby is if we set up a location ourselves. So that's exactly what we did.

The Sanctum: CT Pinball
The Sanctum: CT Pinball

We collectively put all 30 pinball machines from our private collections into a warehouse space located in Meriden, CT. We maintain all of our machines to a high standard to consistently play as they should. We host competitive events from tournaments to weekly league play. We also encourage those who just want to play some pinball for fun to come join us.

24 Hour Final Battle Tournament Players
24 Hour Final Battle Tournament Players

With 30 machines and more players showing up weekly, we need more room! Our current location is roughly 1000 sf. and simply will not allow us to grow any further. We are aiming to move our facility to a 2200 sf. warehouse in the same building. This will help us expand our abilities to hold more games and have more players involved. Let's keep growing pinball in Connecticut and beyond!

1st Row of games.
1st Row of games.

With this move we will incur a number of expenses that have up until now been mostly out of pocket. The list of upgrades includes but not limited to the following. Updating electrical for proper game setup. Updating lighting for anti glare. Updating AC units in order to keep the facility comfortable. Insurance costs. Build out of the new unit to fit our needs. Internet upgrade. Furniture. Floor mats. Rent and Security.

2nd row of games
2nd row of games

We are asking for your help to continue growing this amazing hobby so that people can reconnect with a lost part of their youth, and younger generations can enjoy a true national pastime that at one point came close to disappearing. We are at a time when more pinball machines are being produced each year, and more tournaments are being organized across the country. We will continue to provide pinball to the community by hosting well organized tournaments and having more open nights for casual players. If you're a part of the pinball community please show your support. If you are new to the hobby we welcome you. Pitch in and participate, and you will not be disappointed.

After hours
After hours

We greatly appreciate all of the support we've had over the past year. Many people have dedicated a ton of time and effort, and for that we cannot thank you enough. This endeavor has reached a size that we can no longer support financially on our own. We need your donations to make The Sanctum bigger and better than we had ever imagined. I can promise that we will give back to the hobby as much as we possibly can.

We hope to see you come through our doors soon!
We hope to see you come through our doors soon!

If we are successful with our current goal, we have a ton of other great ideas we hope to implement far down the road currently, that we can put up as stretch goals. Things like complete camera setup for streaming all the machines and the facility during weekly meet ups, tournaments, game repair nights and tech talk. Lounge area improvements and amenities as well.  

8/13- Our first stretch goal is to purchase a camera setup for each bank of games on a rail system so we can stream any game we want at any time. We will stream games every night we are open and follow top seed games in our tournaments and leagues. We will also stream when we are working on games and explain what we are doing and what we are hunting down. If you've ever seen any papa.tv broadcasts or streams of major tournaments that's what we are shooting for.

The goal is to reach 7000$. If we hit that goal we will throw in a Koozie(or a second one if already included) into any reward starting at the 35$ level and going up.

Let's shatter this goal so we can throw up some more! We can make this place as awesome as you'll help us too! Let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements in our new spot.  

8/18-

In a weeks time we reached the stretch goal of a live streaming setup! Now everyone will be able to enjoy everything we do here even if you can't be here.

For our next stretch goal if we get to 8000$ we will upgrade our announcement system of a bullhorn and small TV screen. We'd love to upgrade to a PA system for better communication with all our players when all the games are running and swap out the TV for a projector to fit all players standings and info on the wall during our events and tournaments.

We are so thrilled with all the support and can't wait to present the new Sanctum to everyone.

8/26

We've hit our last goal again with plenty of time left! Thanks again for all the help.

Our next goal is $10,000 to setup up a repair and maintenance shop. Our hope is to have enough spare parts and tools on hand with all the proper tools to get games back online as soon as they go down. We don't want to have any downtime on games. We know how much that bums everyone out. We have been working with a lot of our part vendors to help us out with keeping fresh parts on hand and keep these games running in top shape consistently. This combined with our streaming setup we can do regular tech nights to help everyone to learn how to repair there own games and start doing local repair nights for the community in the future.

Risks and challenges

We are looking to move into the new space by 9/1/15, and currently on schedule to do so. We've moved most of the 30 machines once before. We'll do it again!

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    KEEP IT COOL
    Limited Edition Sanctum Koozie! Special Phurba design to keep any beverage cool. Plus you're invited to our Sanctum Supporter Party.

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    THE DRINK SPECIAL
    Get a limited edition bottle opener to go with your phurba Koozie! Use both to enjoy our Sanctum Supporter party.

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    SUMMERTIME STEAL
    Limited Tshirt, Koozie, and bottle opener!

    From league nights to the beach, we've got you covered. See you at the party!

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    IN THE HOOD
    Limited Edition zip hoodie. Different design than the Tshirt. Stay comfortable when our new A/C units keep the new space nice and cool. let's party!

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    OCTOBERFEST
    Limited Edition zip hoodie, Koozie, and bottle opener. Stay warm and party with all the backers in our new location!

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    VIP TREATMENT
    Get the whole prize pack! Hoodie, Tshirt, Koozie, Bottle opener, and banner. Enjoy yourself at the backer party, but save the date for the VIP party! Food and beverages provided by the Sanctum. Pinball it up with all the VIPs in our new spot until we've all had enough food and fun.

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    PRIVATE PARTY
    Invite any 20 friends you'd like to join you for an evening of fun and pinball. We will open the doors on a mutually agreed upon date for your birthday, anniversary, or just an excuse to have some fun! Limited quantities available so get your's first and set the date!

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    Free passes for all of 2016! We'll have more events happening in the new location and we hope you're there for all of them!

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    PIMPED OUT
    Private Catered Pinball Party for you and 15 of your closest friends! Our very own professional chef will host a private party with fine dining options and plenty of pinball for dessert. (Mutually agreed upon date)

    You will also enjoy free passes for 2016 as well as the hoodie, Tshirt, Koozie, Bottle opener, backer and VIP parties.

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