GameFé - Newcastle's Board Game Cafe
GameFé - Newcastle's Board Game Cafe
Bringing you the best board game cafe to Newcastle. Hundreds of games, great food, and relaxing atmosphere. Stay all day & game
Bringing you the best board game cafe to Newcastle. Hundreds of games, great food, and relaxing atmosphere. Stay all day & game Read more
About this project
Call me an immigrant or migrant worker, or economic explorer. I left America in 2011 for Turkey. After that I found myself in China. Then I stumbled across a board game cafe and I found myself making real friends, meeting people and really having fun.
I've fallen in love with my new home in the UK. And I want to share my love of board games and BBQ with my new home. So I've spent the last few months planning the business, testing recipes and growing a board game collection. Now all I need to make Newcastle's first dedicated board game cafe is some funding to secure a location.
What is a board game cafe?
Some might wonder, what is the point? Is this just a Starbucks knock off with a monopoly board? No. Not at all.
The basic idea of a board game cafe is that unlike most traditional cafes that rely on really high turnover and trying to get people in and out as fast as possible, GameFe is different. At a board game cafe, we WANT you to stay and hang out for 4 hours straight! The other big difference is we are not a ‘place with a few games’, we are a library of games that rival most stores. When you walk in, the first thing that should stand out to you is how large the game library is. And it is ALL available to play. Think of it more like a pool hall, but instead of billiard tables, it is board games.
What makes GameFé so special?
Doesn't the pub down the street has a pile of board games? Why does Newcastle need a board game cafe?
GameFe is special because of our attitude. We are not like any other shop in the country because our focus is on you having fun. I am setting this shop up to provide the service that I can’t find elsewhere, a place to put down the phones, walk away from the computer and be with people. A place to make new friends, a place to disconnect from the world and just enjoy life. That is what GameFe is about.
And unlike that pub down the road, we don’t have a pile of games. We have hundreds. And every month that collection gets bigger. And don’t let all that selection put you off, or think that this is for the uber-geek. If you haven’t played a board game in 20 years, play them every week, or never played one, then this is a place for you. The atmosphere we aim to set is one of community. Staff will sit down and teach you how to play, sit with you for a few rounds to help make sure you know what you are doing or just to help answer a rule question. If we can, staff will sit down and play with you. After all, GameFe is about the people and the games!
Why does newcastle need one?
The short answer is that Newcastle doesn’t have one a fully fledged board game cafe. There aren’t many in all of the North of England. Right now board gamers are meeting in cold dark church halls, crowded pubs that don’t terribly love them, or scratching out table space in a restaurant. I want them to have a place to go and I want to share my hobby and love with everyone. I want this hobby and industry to grow, I want more people to discover how awesome board games are. Newcastle has so many people, so many gamers, and no awesome place to play.
Newcastle gamers need a place that is warm, good lighting, comfortable seats, great food and an awesome collection of games.
We are in negotiation over a few properties. While the exact location hasn’t been signed, all the properties will offer a minimum of 50m2 of gaming space and parking. But it won’t be until we get this funding that we can afford the downpayment.
The market in Newcastle is very competitive. Depending on how well we do on this kickstarter will determine how ideal our beginning will be.
We will be a good mix of parking, size, distance to public transport and all the other 1001 details.
How does GameFé work?
The idea is simple. Come and play. Thats it! No admission fee, No entrance fee, no hourly fee. All we ask is that you buy some food and drink while you play. We would rather have this unspoken agreement than shake you down for money with an entrance fee.
In order to make GameFe awesome we wanted to be different. So our menu comes from across the world.
As a Texan, good BBQ is in my blood. But unlike most families we don't have a secret amazing recipe. Instead we have a BBQ recipe that comes from the streets of Shanghai. Our ShaoKao recipe comes straight from the streets of Shanghai, offering authentic Chinese BBQ. This isn't like any BBQ you have ever had. A blend of spices, some I can pronounce and some I can't, come together to make the signature taste of Shanghai.
We have lamb, chicken, peppers, mushrooms, breads, turkey and a mess of other great foods you might not of ever thought about being used for BBQ.
All of our snacks, be it fudge, nuts, or other delicacies are all local. We love small businesses and want to bring our customers quality foods instead of factory foods. We could have higher profit margins if we went with a large distributor, but for us it is about quality.
Our Current Menu
Below is basically what we will sell. The full range and prices will be detailed out closer to the opening date.
The Game Collection
Our Library is currently at 200 games. It will grow each month and soon will double. If things go according to plan we will have 500 board games by the end of 2016 and if the gaming gods favour us we will have 1000 by the end of 2017.
We will also feature a library of RPG books and manuals, all free to use of course. We are also designing tables for war-games. Tables for mythic games like Warhammer. A space table with art from NASA for your X-wing or other space games. Lastly, we are working on a city scape table that would be great for mecha or WW2 war-games.
Reward Tiers Explained
BBQ & Drink Vouchers
A voucher is simply that, a voucher for free food later on. Essentially you are pre-ordering some food to help us get started. Your vouchers will be emailed to you and you can claim them in house at any time.
Everyone likes to brag a little sometimes. So do it with a KS exclusive T-Shirt that tells everyone YOU helped make this happen. Sizes from S-XL and men/women options available.
Wall Recognition Tiers (0-4)
We wanted to give credit in the biggest and most unique way possible. And we realised that the best way to make this a community centre is to show how the COMMUNITY made this cafe happen. So if you contribute your name will appear either on our website, on the wall, or if at a high enough backer tier, as a giant portrait. Yea, just like those big portraits you see in castles. You provide us the photo (with our approval) and we will put it up so everyone can see, remember and give thanks to the people who made GameFe a reality.
- Tier 0 - Your name goes on the website
- Tier 1 - Your name will be part of a long string of names that will wrap around the cafe. Exact design will vary according to the number of names
- Tier 2 - Your name will be in a much larger font than Tier 1 and will be put at a higher eye level height. Names will be concentrated on one wall and be a focal point of that area!
- Tier 3 - You get your picture and name up on the wall. We will post a framed (appropriate) picture that you provide and your name will go under it.
- Tier 4 - This is the biggest we can give. A LARGE framed picture will be hung on the wall with your name on it. No one will ever be able to ignore the contribution you made!
Together we will formulate a yearly charity tournament in your honour. You will help us design, name, and formulate this event! You can decide what charity we support, how we name it, and what kind of games are played. Is this a Settlers of Catan tournament for the Red Cross? Or a poker tournament for a nature reserve? Perhaps a Formula D grand prix to benefit a local school or council? You come up with the ideas and we will work to make it happen!
To purchase any of these add-ons just increase your contribution by the sum value of any items you want below.
Sponsor a game details:
You can choose any game that is currently in print and we will make sure it is in stock at the opening of the cafe. This is a great deal in that for a much lower price of purchasing the game yourself, you secure the game available to play at all times! Plus your name will be posted on the side of the game so everyone can silently thank you and your contribution when they play it.
How will the funds be used?
The funds will be used to secure a larger investment loan from the bank and added to current cash reserves. Together it is enough to rent a property, stock it and run it for several months.
Risks and challenges
This project is risky, all new businesses are! But at GameFé we have spent almost the entire past year preparing for this moment.
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