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Taking our new games room space from 'pretty good' to 'the best in the UK' with upgraded furniture and facilities.
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eclectic games is one of the leading board game retailers in the UK, winner of the prestigious 'Retailer of the Year' award in the 2014 Reading Retail Awards, and a huge supporter of in-store events of all types.

We’re moving!

We’ve outgrown our current space, found new and bigger premises even closer to the centre of Reading, signed the lease on them, and are going to be refitting them to be the best games shop in the UK. 

Which is where you come in... 

Having successfully funded us in 42.5 hours, the deluxe furniture is a reality. The order has gone in to IKEA for the tables (slightly revised from our original plan), and the supplier for the chairs. You now get to play with Stretch Goals - how many can you unlock?

Stretch Goals - Now working on £12500...

£5500 - Achieved!

With a resounding "thank you!" to everyone who has got us here, we’re unlocking a second bundle of digital content for all backers who have pledged £5 or more.
 We’re starting with Covenant from Matt Machell. “An apocalypse that never arrived. An ancient secret society in turmoil. Your loyalties are divided. Your beliefs are in doubt. Do you stand with a shattered sect, or let it fall into chaos? Covenant is a story game of failing conspiracies. Create your own stories of what happens when you put your faith in the end of the world, but it doesn't happen.”  

£6000 - Achieved!

Bringing our large games room firmly into the 21st Century, we will install screens and infrastructure to display round times, pairings, standings and announcements for our tournament events. There will also be a second item in the ‘all backers’ digital bundle. Nick Robinson (of Cubicle 7 fame and all-round nice chap) will be writing us three exclusive encounters using the floorplans of the new shop. Titled 'Selling Porkies' it features a pie shop - we think he's looking forward to the Sweeneys pies at our Launch Party!

£6500 - Achieved!

Extending the digital signage and screens to the Games Lounge to replicate the info from the main room in the breakout area. This also opens the possibility of showing a ‘Feature Match’ or similar without everyone crowding round a table… Third item for ‘all backers’ digital bundle will be three short Sci-fi stories from Dr Simon Fern (long-time customer and all round barking mad genius).

£7000 - Achieved!

Secret Event Saturday – We will host the UK launch of the next Ticket To Ride expansion, UK and Pennsylvania. (Reading is the only destination on both sides of the board!) Pending any scheduling conflicts, we are hoping to have Adrien Martinot from Days of Wonder and Julien Delval, the illustrator of all the Ticket to Ride games with us for the day. Full details of times, dates and other things will be made available as they are finalised.  The novella 'Saving Stone' from Jonny Nexus will be available in the ‘all backers’ digital bundle on release.

£7500 - Achieved!

Digital screens for the small games room, replicating the set up in the large room. We will be able to show tournament information in the Lounge from both the small room and the large one. Backers digital bundle will include 'Afterlives' by veteran designer James Wallis

£8000 - Achieved!

The fantastic 'Night's Black Agents' pdf from Pelgrane Press and the 2nd edition of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen goes in the backer bundle for everyone who has pledged £5 or more.

£8500 - Achieved!

Z-Man Birthday Party - If we unlock this goal, Zev Schlasinger has promised to fly over from the USA and spend the weekend of the 12th and 13th of March with us, to help us celebrate eclectic games' 10th Birthday. The itinerary will look something like this, Friday night Casual Boardgaming with Zev, Saturday, Z-Man demo day, Sunday, more casual gaming and hanging out. This is mind-blowingly amazing, and we really, really want to see this happen! 
Check out the link below if you don't know who Zev is...

£9000 - Achieved!

PA system for the games rooms - We love the idea of making our judges lives easier and not having to shout. So the next £500 of stretch goal is to get a local PA system set up in the games rooms for announcements. This will also allow us to run simultaneous games of Space Alert, or Escape, or other soundtrack driven experiences. IF we were to run a LARP event across the whole three rooms, we can have sound effects, announcements, simultaneous time freezes... And it improves our facilities for hosting events such as Judge Conferences, seminars and workshops.


£10000 - Achieved!

Added Matt Leacock - Break the 10k mark, and not only will we have funded 200%, we will fly Matt Leacock, (Pandemic Legacy, Thunderbirds, Roll through the Ages) over from the USA for a weekend of events at the shop. Pending scheduling conflicts, we will try to make this our birthday weekend, as with Zev.

£11000 - Achieved!

Lockers - Swimming pools have them, offices have them, places to store your stuff that you want to leave on the premises, that have a key and are lockable, and can be rented for a period of time. This means the GM can leave all the heavy splat books safe and not have to lug them around, or minis gamers can leave a small force occupying the place, or you can stick your trade binders safely out the way while playing in a tournament.


£12500

Upgraded customer wifi - The new store will have free customer wifi. It probably won't allow you to stream HD movies from Netflix, but checking Facebook, email, Twitter, basic looking up webpages will all be possible. If we hit this goal, we'll upgrade the available bandwidth for the customer wifi, to speed things up somewhat.

£15000

Upgraded Air Conditioning - At this point, you will have put enough into the budget for us to upgrade the air conditioning system in the store. Currently, the first floor is air-conditioned, with a unit that services the whole floor. If we hit this stretch goal, we will be able to afford to install a separate unit for each games room. This will mean we can control the temperature independently in each games room as appropriate. No more freezing in winter or melting in summer!

Thank you!

This is what you've already made happen. Be proud of yourselves, you're amazing.

BJORKUDDEN table and example comfy banqueting chair
BJORKUDDEN table and example comfy banqueting chair

You and us, bigger and better...

eclectic games has always succeeded because of our customers and our community focus. While we had limited space on our shop floor and in our games room, we were constrained to be as prudent, efficient and cost effective as possible in the product ranges and events we supported. This led to a number of hard decisions; supporting this product range over that one, hosting one set of events as opposed to another. With twice as much shop floor, and moving from a cramped maximum capacity of 50 players to 120 across two games rooms and a casual gaming lounge, we can stock more ranges, run more events and support more of what our gaming community loves.

Plans of gaming space above new shop
Plans of gaming space above new shop

We’re running this Kickstarter so that you can get involved, and put your name on a piece of eclectic games. The £5000 funding target is the money we need to spend to upgrade the games room furniture from ‘professional and comfortable’ to ‘luxurious’. By pledging to the Kickstarter,you are showing your support for our vision, and being tangibly recognised for that support, which has been key to our success over the years – from the early days of proving a games shop could survive and thrive, to winning Reading Retailer of the Year 2014 on the back of the customer testimonials and nominations the judges received.

Winners - Retailer of the Year 2014
Winners - Retailer of the Year 2014

Our extra gaming space will allow us to reach out to new communities that can enjoy and benefit from the gaming hobby, as well as continuing to provide the excellent gaming experience we currently offer our customers. We can provide the space and expertise to run after school clubs for school children; a regular social boardgames event for pensioners; workshops for new game designers to playtest and get feedback on their games, all alongside the full schedule of events we already have on our calendar for board games, card games, minis and roleplaying. We will continue to work with local artists, displaying their creations on a dedicated ‘Gallery Wall’ and with new British games designers launching their creations into the market.

But I can't choose! Help!

Most of our pledge levels do not involve physical shipping of items so it is relatively straightforward for us to add pledge levels together. For multiple rewards, pick the highest one, and increase your pledge amount by the total cost of the other rewards you want. Remember to include any shipping! Then, email eclectic.games@gmail.com with the breakdown of which rewards you have selected. (Please see the FAQ for worked examples). We will confirm your selections and adjust the remaining totals of limited rewards. Launch Party tickets are limited to one per Kickstarter Account.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is the tight timescale we are operating to. We have deliberately worked to pick rewards that minimise the amount of shipping required, as this is one of the common areas for a Kickstarter to run into problems, and set our shipping date with enough time to deal with unforeseen delays.

The move and refit are going ahead, irrespective of the Kickstarter. Our budget already includes fitting out the games rooms to a similar level as the current premises (IKEA Ingo and Terje tables and chairs). If we fund, we upgrade from folding wooden chairs to cushioned banqueting chairs and from light-weight Ingo tables to Bjorkudden solid wood tables. If we don't fund, we don't upgrade.

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    Your name as a backer on our 'Wall of Thanks' displayed for all to see in the main games room, and on our list of backers on our website, access to backer updates and the warm, fuzzy knowledge you have helped us achieve our goal.

    The 'Wall of Thanks' will display the names of everybody who backs the Kickstarter at any level.

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    eclectic games dice. Two six-sided dice with our logo on them. To pledge for more than one set of dice, or to add dice to another pledge level, please see the FAQ for instructions on how to do this.

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    Physical Reward COLLECTED from the new shop.

    If you wish to pledge for any of our physical rewards (dice, bag, mug or some combination of all of them) and wish to collect the items from us after we have moved, rather than having them shipped somewhere, please use this reward level. Pledge £5 per dice set, £9 per bag or £10 per mug, in whatever permutation. Then EMAIL eclectic.games@gmail.com with a note of which items you are pledging for, and how many.
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    eclectic games fabric shopping bag. Modeled after the best bags we have seen at Essen, (thank you Queen Games, Mayfair Games!) and designed to hold even the largest board game. To pledge for more than one bag, or to add a bag to another pledge level, please see the FAQ for instructions on how to do this.This item only ships within the UK, or can be collected from the new store.

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    eclectic games insulated coffee mug. To pledge for more than one mug, or to add a mug to another pledge level, please see the FAQ for instructions on how to do this. This item only ships within the UK, or can be collected in store.

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    Electronic Game Bundle - pdfs, epubs etc from games companies and authors who have supported us. Confirmed to include Game Night and If Pigs Could Fly from Jonny Nexus of Wild Jester Press; two previously unpublished short stories by veteran fantasy author Peter Morwood; PDQ Edition of Three Kings scenario with complete PDQ system rulebook for Achtung! Cthulhu from Modiphius Entertainment, the Rocket Age Rulebook from Cubicle 7. This level can be selected on its own or added to any other pledge by simply adding £20 to your pledge amount.

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    Your Seat at the Table!
    Sponsor a chair in the games room. Your name/your business name and company logo will be placed on an engraved plaque to be attached to the chair. This reward level may be used to name multiple chairs, with the same or different names. Pledge in multiples of £25 and contact us to confirm how many chairs you will name. We reserve the right to veto names on grounds of taste and decency.
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    Pledge £40 or more About $51

    Get yourself a place at a three-hour workshop on designing board and card games, run by veteran game developer James Wallis (Once Upon a Time, Baron Munchausen). The workshop will run on the evening of 20th November at eclectic games.

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    All the physical goodies plus the pdf bundle. Two dice, one coffee mug and one cloth bag plus the electronic rewards. This only ships within the UK or you can save shipping and collect from the new store. Note - this pledge level does not include chair sponsorship.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $63

    Ticket to our Exclusive Launch Party in the new shop on the evening of Friday 16th October, fully catered and with a goody bag of gaming loot to take away. Industry celebrities, game designers and eclectic games staff will entertain you for the evening. Launch Party tickets are limited to one per Kickstarter account.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $76

    Coffee Mug plus coffee for a year. Pledge £60 to receive your eclectic games branded mug, and unlimited use of our coffee machine for a year at any point we are open. (Also includes using the machine for making tea, hot chocolate etc.) Mug is collectable in store and can be personalised.

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    Head of the Table!
    Sponsor a table in the games rooms. Your name/your business name and company logo will be placed on an engraved plaque to be attached to the table. This reward level may be purchased multiple times, with the same or different names. Pledge in multiples of £100 and contact us to confirm how many tables you will sponsor. We reserve the right to veto names on grounds of taste and decency.

    Games Publishers - If you would like to sponsor and brand one or more tables, we are happy to work with you regarding table wraps, artwork, logos etc. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your exact requirements!

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    Annual pass to eclectic games regular events. Includes coffee mug and coffee privileges, two eclectic games dice and an eclectic games cloth bag. You will receive a unique, personalised, laser-cut membership token which serves as your annual pass. This entitles you to free entrance to any of our regular £3 gaming events, your eclectic games branded and personalised coffee mug, and free use of the coffee machine whenever we are open. This reward is only available to collect in the new store.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $502

    Name and Sponsor our smaller games room. We will put up a sign with the room name on the door, and a separate wall plaque with your name/your business name and company logo next to the room doors. We reserve the right to veto names on grounds of taste and decency. Pledge level also includes the physical goodies and pdf bundle.

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    Name and Sponsor our games lounge. We will put up a sign with the name on the door, and a separate wall plaque with your name/your business name and company logo next to the room doors. We reserve the right to veto names on grounds of taste and decency. Pledge level also includes the physical goodies and pdf bundle.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,255

    Name and Sponsor our larger games room. We will put up a sign with the room name on the door, and a separate wall plaque with your name/your business name and company logo next to the room doors. We reserve the right to veto names on grounds of taste and decency. Pledge level also includes the physical goodies and pdf bundle.

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