Geek Out Games will be a world class gaming destination that caters to geeks. While we have a generous start up budget, it is being stretched to its limits building out the massive 3,520 square foot slice of geeky paradise we are leasing.
We want to build amazing, durable, easy to play on wargaming tables. Sure, we could just slap a piece of plywood on top of a rickety fold out table, but that’s not what we’re about. A wargaming table built to satisfy the needs of the avid wargamer requires a lot of thought and a lot of lumber. Each table will cost at least $100 in wood alone, but it’s worth it. Extra storage space built in to the table will keep people from tripping over their army storage cases. A 2’ deployment section for Games Workshop games will make deploying (and burying) little dudes much more convenient. An 8’ long table also makes it perfect for running two Warmachine / Hordes battles on the same table. Don’t worry; there will still be plenty of storage space on three different shelves for Warma-Hordes players.
We want our players to be comfortable during their board game, role playing, and collectible card game (CCG) sessions. We could buy a fleet of solid metal folding chairs and pack everyone in like sardines, but again, that’s not what we’re about. Our restaurant style booths will allow our tabletop and wargaming customers a luxurious space to play for hours. We’re going to buy steel chairs for our CCG players, but they’re going to have thick padding on the seat and back of the chairs. No one wants to sit on cold steel for hours.
At Geek Out Games we view these luxuries as essential to the store, not something we will trickle in over the next five years. When we first open our doors in April, we want the jaw to drop on the very first geek that walks into our store. They will understand that this store understands them, appreciates them, and adores them; because we do.
Thank you for your support and contribution. Together we can make an amazing space for geeks to get their game on!
Announcing 3 new reward tiers!
$30 - Solid metal d20!
$40 - 5 pack of solid metal d6's!
$55 - Solid metal RPG set!
Space Marine Helmet:
Stretch Goal: $1,500 - Achieved!
First, a huge thank you to all of our supporters! We reached our initial modest goal in near record time. It’s amazing. You’re amazing. Thank you. We at Geek Out Games were concerned that $1,000 was unobtainable and that our campaign would fail after 30 brutal days of begging and groveling. You proved us wrong. We’re incredibly grateful. Thank you.
The optimist in us (that was beaten down by dread when we started and is now dancing for joy) had planned on unlocking a spinning dice pen if we reached $1,500 in total money pledged. This pen is crazy good and we’ve only found it through one supplier. That means that it’s also pretty rare, as far as promotional items go. If we’re going to order pens, there is nothing more geeky than having a six-sided dice spinning on the top of the pen. Of course we’ll have our logo on it as humongous as possible, and we want to share that geeky glory with all of our supporters.
If we hit our stretch goal of $1,500 we will order a heap of these pens and include them in every tier that has stuff mailed out to the backer. That’s pretty much every tier since even our adopt-a-booth and adopt-a-table tiers come with a SWAG Pack.
Thank you again for all of your support and we cannot wait to open up our store so that we can show it off to our amazing supporters! Stay tuned for more information as we get the build-out rolling full steam in the next couple of weeks! The transformation from vacant cave into a boutique style gaming store will be incredible.
Stretch Goal 2: $2,500 - Achieved!
First, let me just say that you guys are amazing. You've blown away my expectations and humbled me beyond words; and that's hard to do. I usually have a ton to say but all I can find myself doing recently is blubbering about the best supporters in the world.
It took me a while to find another SWAG item worthy of you guys, but I finally found it. Wargammers need a good tape measure that is small enough to carry around but long enough to measure across the table. Heck, we could all use another tape measure around the house too.
If we hit our SECOND stretch goal (amazing!) we'll throw in a carabiner tape measure with our beloved logo to everyone that gets a piece of SWAG already. This is in addition to the spinning dice pen y'all have already unlocked!
Stretch Goal 3: $4,000
We’ve already achieved 250% of our initial goal and we’re only half-way done with the Kickstarter! So what can I possibly want another fifteen hundred smackers for?
Here is what what the stretch goal cash will go towards: Inventory.
Stocking a new store from scratch is blasphemously expensive. While the additional funds raised will go to increasing inventory in general, here is an idea of how those costs can skyrocket. We'll look at just stocking 16 different t-shirts as en example
I want to build a rotating t-shirt display that will hold 16 different t-shirts, 4 per side. You’ve probably seen them. There is a t-shirt on display and then next to it is a little cubby that holds the product you can pick up and take to the register. The display cabinet is not very expensive (my contractor is awesome and will build it for me). But the product inside of it adds up very quickly.
In order to have enough sizes to fit the variously shaped geeks that may want a shirt, and to meet minimum order requirements from suppliers, I will need to carry about 30 of each shirt. At $10 a pop, that’s $300 per shirt. To fill my awesome, custom built t-shirt display rack, I need to buy $4,800 worth of t-shirts.
That’s four thousand eight hundred dollars in t-shirts alone. Now, that’s nearly $10,000 worth of product at retail value and will greatly help our store break even and maybe even turn a profit way before I expect to. You can’t make money without having inventory. But that is an awful lot of money up front for a start up on a budget. That also doesn’t take into account the “core” products I need to buy; you know, the games that our game store needs to live up to its moniker.
Hence the new stretch goal at $4,000 in hopes of off-setting the cost of the initial inventory purchase. I have no idea if we can reach that goal or not, but I’m going to shamelessly squeeze you guys in the attempt.
We’ll be offering a blue baseball hat with GEEK OUT GAMES proudly emblazoned on it and the word Supporter across the back (right above the little pony-tail hole) at $50 donation. This will be the only way to get the hat (hence the squeezing part). I could put it in the SWAG pack contribution level, but then I wouldn’t be squeezing you guys very hard, would I?
What is a stretch goal without offering a big juicy carrot for those that shell out their hard earned cash to make it happen? A lame one, that's what. Geek Out Games isn't lame so here's what we'll offer everyone that contributed at any level once the stretch goal is met:
PICK ANY SWAG ITEM in addition to what you're already getting and we'll throw it in your care package. Want an extra mug? Done! have a thing for hats and want two? Done! Want an extra logo dice bag with matching dice to give to a fellow geek as a present? Done! Seriously, you can pick anything that we're offering and we'll gladly add it to your SWAG shipment.
For those of you that have generously offered a donation without selecting a reward, please let us send you something. Just pick it and we'll ship it. We'll send you an email when the KS ends asking what you want and we'll be honored to send it to you.
It's the least we can do for turning our modest $1,000 goal into an amazing $4,000 triumph!
Risks and challenges
If the Kickstarter is successfully funded, we will have the funds to purchase and ship all of the deliverable items. Any additional costs for the booths or wargaming tables beyond what this Kickstarter generates will be covered by the company so there is no risk for tiers that adopt these fixtures.
Pictures of the fully built out wargaming table with terrain will take longer than just building the table. As noted in that tier's reward, the expected delivery of the final picture is expected a few months after the store opens. However, a picture of the table with the supporter's name on it can be delivered in April.
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