About this project
We're building a Cafe and event space for the neighborhood and our gaming community. Help us make this a reality. Better yet: help us make this awesome.
EndGame in Old Oakland lives in the corner space of the Historic Swan's Market. It's pretty much the best location ever, with great neighbors and easy access for our fans near and far. We're surrounded by wonderful restaurants, we're near to the convention center, and Swan's offers us big windows that let in a lot of light. All of this has added up to make EndGame one of the most distinctive and pleasant game stores you'll ever care to visit.
Together with the high quality gaming community of the bay area, we've brought ten years of games and laughter to the neighborhood. As our lease came up for renewal this year, we asked ourselves what more we can do to serve the neighborhood and gaming community.
When we asked ourselves that question, we realized that it was time to take OUR game up a notch, and provide even more incentive for people to come down, enjoy the store, and play games.
EndGame was founded on the desire for building the gamestore we always wanted. We started as a one man operation on Lakeshore thirteen years ago and have spent the last ten being a great place to be in Old Oakland. We love community, and that’s why our entire upstairs space is devoted to a place where people from all walks of life can meet, play games, attend special events, and become friends.
As we've grown, we've seen that some types of events are great to host but had a huge impact on our regularly scheduled, daily events. The Doubleclicks, Molly Lewis, and Marian Call have all performed musical shows in our space. We've been asked to do author signings, spoken word and improv shows, and more.
All we need to keep doing that is a place to make it work. And we found one, right next door. We're even building a small stage in there for the performances!
Why a Cafe?
For years, we've been one of the only late evening destinations in Old Oakland that isn't a sit-down restaurant or pub. The closest coffee shops close by 7:30pm, leaving folks with few options for quick dining, and no options for warm delicious coffee and tea.
So we combined this need with our idea for an event space to come up with the whole plan. Everyone (not just gamers) loves their caffeine at all times of the day—so why not make sure they can get it? It just feels natural!
We built the gamestore we had always wanted, and for thirteen years we have been committed to growing that here in Oakland. Now we want to try something new, doing the same with coffee—something else we're passionate about. We need your help to make it a reality.
It's also about investing in the neighborhood, in Oakland. The space next door to us has been a perennially empty storefront. Expanding into it to create our cafe gives our little corner of Old Oakland a facelift, and we're happy to do it.
We're also committed to bringing in locally sourced coffee and food items. That's something we're still investigating, and we will talk more about as the campaign progresses—if you have any suggestions, please do leave a comment to let us know!
In short there are tons of reasons to do this, and they all have to do with serving our neighborhood and our customers as best as we possibly can. The EndGame Cafe isn't just about expanding our store; it's about expanding what Old Oakland has to offer. And we're excited to bring you in as a part of that.
Why a Kickstarter?
We have secured basic funding to get us started, but we would like to do more. The initial goal on this project gives us the boost we need to get the business up and running right at launch. Your pledge means money for espresso machines, a plumbing buildout, chairs, tables, the construction of the event stage, and more.
When we pass our initial funding target, we will announce stretch goals to make our new space (and maybe even the old one) a whole lot more fun, too.
In short, we're looking for your help to make this a cafe that steps up and delivers with EndGame quality and EndGame style. We couldn't have gotten this far without the help of our fans and community, after all!
More than money, your social network is our best friend. Please, be loud on our behalf. It means a lot to us, even if you never pledge yourself. :)
We also want to give all our fans a way to be a part of EndGame's next evolution. Read on for the details.
So how are we gonna get to goal?
It's been a tremendous pleasure to be part of many of your lives in the 10 years EndGame has been around. We have fans just a block away, and some across the world in Australia, Finland, and tons of other locations people have visited from. We're super aware (and thrilled) that our community extends well beyond the bounds of Oakland, beyond California.
So how do we make sure everyone gets to participate?
As you will see, many of our reward tiers are intended for locals, with local pick up. (We have to keep shipping costs at zero to make all this work.) But we have two great ways to show your love for EndGame no matter where you live.
Rewards for Everyone, Wherever You Are
Everyone at $10 and above gets a PDF of an Exclusive Fiasco Playset by Jason Morningstar, a Fate adventure scenario based around EndGame by Ryan Macklin, and a Print and Play EndGame themed Card game by Eric Vogel. (What are these? See the very end under the plans)
#1 - Join the Wall of Heroes.
As you can see from the image below, the more you pledge, the larger your Hex with your name (or your company's name) will be appear in our permanent Wall of Heroes display. This will hang on the game store's wall until the end of days. Names given are subject to our approval.
With a pledge starting at $10 you will get your name/business in a hex placement on the Wall. The more you pledge, the bigger your hex! These hexes will be put against a dark purple background (seen above), so those high-value hexes should really "pop".
#2 - Become a HERO OF GLORY.
Choose the HERO OF GLORY reward tier and you can sponsor one or more sections of the game store or cafe, one section per $25 contributed. We will add your name to a plaque prominently displayed in the area you have chosen! (More than one backer may sponsor the same section. We'll size the plaque to fit! Names given are subject to our approval.)
You may also add a section sponsorship to any higher-value reward tier by adding $25 to your pledge.
We have a long list of things we will need for our cafe that we will re-order all the time. We'd love to get your logo on there (subject to our approval)! With both the Basic and Advanced sponsorships, you will have a variety of goods to choose from for 2 full years no matter how many we end up printing.
Rewards for Our Local Supporters
We have a number of tiers for our locals that offer a wealth of food and beverages. We haven't entirely sussed out the cafe's menu yet, so we've left it easy for you to choose once the cafe is up and running. Choose a level that lets you fill your mug and your belly while hanging out and playing with your friends or attending a gamer-friendly event!
Please note, Copper through Elemental Crystal Heroes get the perks for one year from the date the cafe opens for business. (Limited to supply on hand.)
The Bottom Line
We are eager to bring a new era of EndGame, gaming, and community to our supporters and neighborhood. Let's make this as awesome as we know it can be. With our powers combined, the Cafe will open with a java-powered bang!
Thanks for your support, your voice, and the past ten years, folks. You are why we're looking forward to the our new chapter for EndGame, and we're thrilled to have you as a part of it.
Let's do this!
Owners of EndGame: Aaron Lawn, Chris Hanrahan, Finn Kisch, Chris Ruggiero, Philip Pederson-Hanrahan
The Crew at EndGame: Mike Montesa and Matt Sommer-Reid
CopyWriter and KSer Graphics: Fred Hicks
Photos: Ben Krantz
Videographer: Erik Scanlon
Video Editing/Direction: Eric Vogel
Wall of Heroes Concept: Josh Qualtieri
Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the building of the KS. there are WAY too many of you to thank individually.
What are these Digital Awards?
EndGame is a game store first and foremost, and we know a lot of you are coming here to help make the cafe happen because of what we've meant to you as a game store. So naturally we wanted to thank you all for your pledges with some games!
Two of the most popular roleplaying games we sell at the store are Fiasco and Fate Core. If you pledge at least $10, we'll be sending you PDFs of new scenarios for each of them after the campaign is over. One will be a brand-new playset for Fiasco by the game's author, Jason Morningstar. Another will be a Fate adventure set around a fictionalized version of EndGame, written by Ryan Macklin.
No matter what you like to play when you visit us — or wherever you live — we've got something for you for just a little bit of coin. Game on!
Risks and challenges
The EndGame Cafe is funded enough to get the doors open, and business running. We have contracted known and reliable architects and contractors, but the biggest mystery is always inspections and delays resulting in them. We have high confidence we will be open and running by July 1st, if not sooner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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