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We are building 3,520 sq ft of gaming glory in Central, SC and need help making the space a  geek paradise!
We are building 3,520 sq ft of gaming glory in Central, SC and need help making the space a geek paradise!
52 backers pledged $4,148 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

The BEAST next to its baby bro.
The BEAST next to its baby bro.

$40 - 5 pack of solid metal d6's!

5 solid metal d6
5 solid metal d6

$55 - Solid metal RPG set!

Full set of solid metal RPG dice
Full set of solid metal RPG dice

Halo Helmet:

Halo Helmet
Halo Helmet

 Space Marine Helmet:

Space Marine Helmet
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!

Carabiner Tape Measure
Carabiner Tape Measure

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.

The risks are quite negligible if the Kickstarter is successful.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Immortality

    The budget friendly way of showing your support for Geek Out Games. We appreciate all donations to the cause of tabletop gaming. This entry level tier gets your name stenciled in black onto the edge of one of our wargame tables and listed on our website and our sincere thanks!

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    Caffeine Injector

    In addition to having your name stenciled in black onto one of our wargame tables, we’ll mail you an exclusive “in store only” coffee mug with the Geek Out Games logo. Every time you take a sip of the caffeinated goodness, you’ll be reminded of your contribution to helping a game store get its doors open.

    Additional details and images can be found on our website here: http://www.geek-out-games.com/kickstarter

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    NEW! 45mm solid metal d20! The BEAST!
    Only available in this tier or in the super-duper dice combo tier!
    There are dice, and then there are statements. A wimpy, waxy, dog-chewed d20 may be "lucky" but this monstrosity is a force to be reckoned with. Your puppy won't be chewing on this goliath!
    Colors available: Black, gold, mithril (brushed silver).
    (shipping is a bit extra - this dude is HEAVY!)

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    NEW! 5 pack of metal d6 dice!
    Only available in this tier or in the super-duper dice combo tier!
    These hefty dice make a statement when they thunder across the table. Every roll is a critical success when these metallic titans are used!
    Colors available: black, gold, or silver.
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    Geek Pride

    The uniform for Geek Out Games will be a blue T-shirt with our logo on the front in white and the job title of person wearing it on the back across the shoulders. You can get your very own uniform shirt with the word “Supporter” proudly emblazoned across your back!

    Your name will also be stenciled in white (or similarly contrasting color) onto our wargame table and listed on the website.

    If our stretch goal is met, we’ll also throw in a Spinning Dice Pen!

    Additional details and images can be found on our website here: http://www.geek-out-games.com/kickstarter

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    Pizza Party (nom nom nom)

    If you’re local (or willing to travel) we’ll hold a pizza party at the store on a Monday for you and a guest when we’re normally closed. You’ll get exclusive use of the store, a tour by the owner (who will be more than happy to talk your ear off) and all the pizza you can eat. The party will take place in the evening to accommodate the working folk among us and will end at midnight.

    Your name will also be stenciled in white (or similar contrasting color) onto our wargame table edge and listed on the website.

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    NEW!
    Blue baseball hat with the company logo emblazoned on the front and the word Supporter across the back (right above the pony-tail hole). This is the standard uniform hat for the store. If you want to visit the store with your hat on, be ready to provide some awesome customer service!

    This is the only way to get this hat! It is not offered in the SWAG pack or any other contribution level. Yes, I'm blatantly trying to squeeze you guys for every penny I can get. See Update 5 for the weak justification for such grovelling.

    Shipping costs are included in this contribution amount.

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    NEW! Full set of metal RPG dice!
    Only available in this tier or in the super-duper dice combo tier!
    This set includes a d10 and d100 combo. These glittering metal masterpieces are the envy of the dwarf in all of us!
    Colors available: black with white numbers, black with red numbers, gold, or silver.
    (shipping is a bit extra - these dudes are HEAVY!)

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    Miniature Painting Class

    For locals and those willing to travel a bit, we will host a painting session with the artist that is painting all of the in-store miniatures for us. This class will cover both the basics of how to get your regular troops looking awesome without spending a lot of time on them and how to make your champions look amazing. In addition to learning how to get amazing results in a short period of time.

    Each student will also get a coffee mug and a supporter T-shirt.

    Your name will also be stenciled in white (or similar contrasting color) onto our wargame table edge and listed on the website.

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    Rubble Wall Terrain

    Four sets of rubble wall corners that are at least 3.5 x 2.5 inches long will be yours to enjoy for years to come. Good terrain is hard to come by and these rubble walls will be made from a very hard plaster (Hydrostone) using Hirst Arts molds. We will cast the molds, dry the bricks, assemble, prime, and paint them for you. All you have to do is love them when they show up in your mailbox.

    Your name will also be stenciled in white (or similar contrasting color) onto our wargame table edge and listed on the website.

    Additional details and images can be found on our website here: http://www.geek-out-games.com/kickstarter

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    NEW! FULL set of ALL THE DICE!
    You save $5 (and more in shipping) by snagging all the dice at once.
    You'll be the envy of all geekdom with 5 d6, a full set of RPG dice and a monstrous d20!
    Colors available: black, gold, or silver.
    (shipping is $15 US and $20 International, which is $5 more than the dice separately. They are heavy.)

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    Adopt a Table

    You will get to name one of our 8 wargaming tables AND pick the terrain type (Arctic Snowball, The Red Desert, Meatgrinder Avenue… you know, get creative!) We will then emblazon the table with its new name, and a brass plaque that dedicates that table to you. We'll send you a picture of us geeking out on your table when it's fully completed.

    Note: The table will be built long before the terrain is completely done, so the picture may take a while. You can admire your name on our website until we get the terrain fully built out. Your name will also be listed on the website.

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    SWAG Pack - Free Shipping

    Some of us are just in it for the SWAG. Well, this is for you then. You'll get the supporter T-shirt, coffee mug, spinning dice pen (if our stretch goal is met), 2 custom dice and a logo dice bag.

    You'll also get your name stenciled in silver on one of our table and a listing on our web page.

    Additional details and images can be found on our website here: http://www.geek-out-games.com/kickstarter

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    HALO 4 Warrior Cosplay Helmet

    Love blasting bad guys in the face in Halo 4? Love the “Warrior” Helmet? Well now you can own it! This painstakingly hand crafted piece of awesome can be yours for a $200 donation. Shipped for free and fully insured, this helmet will protect your face while you melt those of your enemies. Pew pew!

    Your name will also be stenciled in gold onto our wargame table and listed on the website.

    Additional details and images can be found on our website here: http://www.geek-out-games.com/kickstarter

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    Dark Angels Space Marine Cosplay Helmet

    We only have one of these to give away and let me assure you, it’s awesome. If you love the Warhammer 40K universe, this is a must have. Handmade, one of a kind, trophy of the Emperor’s love for mankind can be yours for a mere $250. We’ll even pay to ship it. This glorious piece of cosplay magnificence will be fully insured when it ships and packaged like the mummies of old to ensure that it arrives ready to defend humanity from the perils of the warp.

    The helmet is made of fiberglass and resin. The interior contains electronics for radio and fans to keep your noggin cool.

    The paint scheme is for Dark Angels cosplay but can easily be repainted at the new owner’s leisure.

    Your name will also be stenciled in gold onto our wargame table and listed on the website.

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    Adopt a Booth

    We will have five "regular" booths and they need someone to adopt them! If you choose to make one of these booths your own, we'll put your name on a plaque right above the table so that everyone that sits down to enjoy a nice gaming session will look up and know who to thank.

    We'll also stencil your name in gold onto one of our wargame tables and list your revered name on our website.

    What the heck, we'll even throw in a Swag Pack!

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    Adopt a Corner Booth

    There will be two corner booths anchoring "booth row" and they will be able to accommodate up to 8 people! This is where the large roleplaying groups will explore countless worlds and carve their names into fictional history. Who will be the lord? Who will take up their cause? Why, you will! Your name, on a beautiful plaque, will hang over their every mission, crusade, and adventure.

    We'll also stencil your name in gold onto one of our wargame tables and list your name on our website.

    What the heck, we'll even throw in a Swag Pack!

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