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We're opening a board game cafe in Lancashire, UK. Be part of it!
We're opening a board game cafe in Lancashire, UK. Be part of it!
We're opening a board game cafe in Lancashire, UK. Be part of it!
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Dice & Donuts - The Board Game Cafe in Lancashire!

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We're opening a board game cafe in Preston, Lancashire.

Be part of it!

Dice & Donuts is opening in Preston, Lancashire this year and we're asking if you'd like to help give our board game cafe a Kickstart!

We've already got our wheels in motion to bring you a venue that offers great food, drink and craft beers, friendly staff and LOTS OF BOARD GAMES, at a great location in Preston city centre.

To play games at Dice & Donuts there will be a cover fee, much like you would for a trip to the cinema or a bowling ally, but only £3 per person.  For this you'll get to use our whole library of games and our games gurus will be on hand to help find the right game for your group, and help set up & teach you new rules (no time limit, no game limits).

We're planning a calendar of events, from spooky themed games at Halloween to Pandemic Tournaments, to much more, but also making sure that anyone who just wants to turn up and play games will have space and be welcome too.

We have plans for;

  • Games Design Classes - for those of us who want to make our own games,we'll be getting some advice from The Museum of Gaming and running Game Design classes and workshops,
  • Playtest Nights - come test your prototype games, or help designers play test their new games with Playtest UK
  •  Mega Games - giant games with 20 – 30 people all playing, (Werewolf, Watch The Skies, or other Mega Games)
  • Free Evenings - with no cover charges, and some specially set up to introduce modern board games to new players,
  • Tournaments - some just for fun, and others with prizes,
  • Guild Nights - special events only open to Guild Members(see below for more info on Guild Membership),
  • Geeky Quiz nights,
  • much more!
Playtest UK
Playtest UK

 Our menu will feature local suppliers. We're working with a local dairy, bakers and butchers to have a simple, but tasty selection of great hot and cold food, cakes and pastries for you to enjoy. We also have local coffee roasters and brewers so that we'll have some delicious hot beverages and some amazing craft beers available too.

Our venue will be in Preston city centre. We're currently in TOP SECRET negotiations with the landlord. As soon as our solicitors are done, and we've signed on the dotted line, we'll update the exact address.

Late October 2015.

We're taking the "soft launch" approach to opening, and rather than have a grand opening night, we'll take the opening slowly over a couple of weeks and once we're all set we'll have a great big board gaming party!

We've already received funding, from our local Chamber of Commerce and Preston Council, so we're set to open Dice & Donuts.

This Kickstarter campaign is to help us hit the ground running, get better equipment and do some cool things for our backers and the board game community in Lancashire.

    Beer!
    We'd like to install a 2nd (and possibly 3rd) draught beer line, so we can have a regular draught beer, and some guest ales and ciders.

    We'll also purchase extra beverage fridges, so that we can stock more varieties of bottled & canned drinks, or just keep more of your favourites chilled for you.

Coffee!

We'd like to get a Dice & Donuts blend of coffee, just the right mix of arabica and robusta beans to get you the perfect board gaming caffeine hit. We'd also be able to have a decaff blend, if you didn't want to stay up all night!

Community!

We'd love to bring board games to a wider audience. 64oz Games sell a range of kits that make board games accessible to blind players.

We'll have a number of these kits in the library to start with but we'd like to make more of the games we have blind accessible. 

GAMES, GAMES, GAMES!

Finally, we'd just plain LOVE to add more games in the game library!

We've a heap of great rewards for our Backers, and we'll never offer the physical perks again (unless you, the backers want us to), so get them while they last!

Also don't panic if you can't get to Dice & Donuts to collect your rewards, there's more info about postage further down too!

£1 or more - THANKS!

We'll add your name to the Backer Wall. This isn't a “wall” on a website, this will be a physical wall in our venue. We'll put your name (or your nickname) on it and everyone will know we couldn't have done it without you!

(We're a family establishment, so we reserve the right to veto names that are inappropriate, but we'll make sure you're happy with what goes on the wall.)

£6 or more - DICE AND DONUTS!

Two exclusive dice & two delicious donuts! We're got custom six sided dice made for you, and we'll have delicious donuts. If you pledge £6 or more you can have two of each, ready for your collection on your first visit to the venue!

Dice on Donuts (NOT a serving suggestion)
Dice on Donuts (NOT a serving suggestion)

(We won't be making these dice again! Kickstarter will be your ONLY way to get this reward!)

Plus (naturally) your name on the Backer Wall.

£10 or more - Mega Game Ticket!

 We'll be hosting a second run of the Watch The Skies Mega Game this November!

This reward will get you a ticket for £10, normally £15 - £20.

Please see update 13 for more information!

Also your name goes on our Backer Wall!

(also available as an Add On!)

£11 or more - Dice & Donuts TANKARD!

An exclusive Dice & Donuts branded tankard, ready for collection on your first visit!

(We won't be selling these glasses in store! Kickstarter is your ONLY way to get this reward!)

Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

£11 or more - Dice & Donuts CUP!

An exclusive Dice & Donuts branded cup!

A green 16oz (450ml) cup made just for backers with the Dice & Donuts logo!

(We won't be selling these cups in store! Kickstarter is your ONLY way to get this reward!)

 £13 or more - Guild Student!

A Guild Membership for the UCLAN academic year!

Student Guild Members will receive 9 passes to use the games library for free, this can be used any way you like, 3 a semester, share them with your friends & family... they'll be your passes to the library,use them how you wish!

Student Guild Members will also receive 10% off our menu prices, and benefit from advance bookings, and a 10% discount, for any of our events during term time. We'll also be inviting ALL Guild Members to vote on what games we add to our library & menu across the year, from standard releases to Kickstarter & indie games, as well as special beers and cakes. Our Guild Members will help shape the future of Dice & Donuts.

All Guild Members will be able to renew their membership at a lower rate that standard members. Starts on opening day, and as this is after the start of the academic year, we've reduced this membership in cost accordingly, but still included all the library passes for the full membership.

You will need your student ID the first time you use your Student Guild Membership.

£15 or more - Sponsor a Game!

Sponsor a game in the Cafe, we'll put your name & photo inside the box lid & present you with a lovely certificate of sponsorship. You'll receive 24 passes to play the game at Dice & Donuts. You can share these with your friends and family or use them how you wish.

You'll also receive 50% off the Library charge if you stay and play games afterwards.

Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

(Available as an Add On!)

£17 or more - A DICE & DONUTS TSHIRT!

We'll make an Backer Tshirt for you! Everyone will know you backed Dice & Donuts, and you'll look super cool!

Front design
Front design

(You may even be allowed to re roll one of your dice if you're wearing your Tshirt during some of our events.)

Back design
Back design

Plus your name on the Backers Wall!

(Available as an Add On)

£20 or More - Colour Deed!

The exclusive rights to play with a certain colour of pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts! Only ONE of these deeds will be issued for each of the following colours; Yellow / Blue / Red / Green / Black / White / Grey (or silver) / Orange / Purple

We will issue you with a Deed to take home & place a copy of the Deed & your picture on our wall!

£25 or more - Guild Member

12 months membership to Dice & Donuts!

Guild Members will receive 12 passes to use the games library for free, this can be used any way you like, one a month for a year, share them with your friends & family...  they'll be your passes to the library,use them how you wish!

Guild Members will also receive 10% off our menu prices, and benefit from advance bookings, and a10% discount, for any of our events. We'll also be inviting Guild Members to vote on what games we add to our library & menu across the year, from standard releases to Kickstarter & indie games, as well as special beers and cakes. Our Guild Members will help shape the future of Dice & Donuts.

All Guild Members will be able to renew their membership at a lower rate that standard members. Starts on opening day.

Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

(Available as an Add On)

£30 or more - DICE & DONUTS HOODIE!

We'll make a backer hoodie for you!

Don't look at my face, look at the amazing HOODIES!
Don't look at my face, look at the amazing HOODIES!

Everyone will know you backed Dice & Donuts, and you'll stay warmer than wearing just the Tshirt! (Especially useful as we're opening in winter and it will be cold outside, when you're dashing through Preston to get to us!)

Plus your name on the Backers Wall!

(Available as an Add On)

 £50 or more - Senior Guild Member

12 months Senior Guild membership to Dice & Donuts.

As well as the Guild perks, Senior Guild Members will receive an extra 12 passes to use the games library (that's a total of 24), another 10% off menu prices (that's a total of 20% off). Senior Guild Membership  also includes passes to some of our special events, and preferential booking, and 20% discount on others.

Starts on our opening day.

Plus your name on the Backer Wall

(Available as an Add On)

£60 or more - Collectors Pack

All the physical perks.

Two custom Dice, two delicious donuts, one Dice & Donuts branded glass, one Dice & Donuts Tshirt, one Dice & Donuts Hoodie!

Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

(Available as an Add On)

£150 or more - Board Game Night

Tables reserved for you & 7 others, no cover fee for the evening & your own dedicated staff member, a set of Dice & Donuts custom dice and branded glass for everyone and £70 food & beverage credit for the evening.

Date must be booked at least 3 days in advance.

£500 or more - Private Party

Private party space for you & 29 of your best friends, no cover fee for the evening and your own dedicated staff members, a set of Dice & Donuts custom dice and branded glass for everyone and £250 food & beverage credit for the event.

Date must be booked at least 5 days in advance.

Pledge £1,000 or more - ETERNAL GUILD MEMBER

You'll be a Dice & Donuts Guild Member for EVER! No really, as long as you want to be a Guild Member you will be!

Naturally you'll receive all the physical perks. (Dice, donuts, glass, tshirt & hoodie.)

You'll always be the first player when playing at Dice & Donuts, but only if you want to.

We'll make you a brew and give you a donut every day, and we'll make you a cake for your birthday and we'll give you a present on ours!

Plus we'll put your name on the Backer Wall, bigger than all the others.

You can choose any of the following as “Add Ons” to your pledge;

  • £5 a set of all 5 Dice & Donuts custom dice (orange, black, purple, green & blue)
  • £11 a branded Dice & Donuts glass
  • £11 a branded Dice & Donuts cup
  • £13 Student Guild Membership
  • £15 Sponsor a Game
  • £17 Dice & Donuts Tshirt
  • £25 Guild Membership
  • £30 Dice & Donuts Hoodie
  • £50 Senior Guild Membership

(Donuts aren't an Add On, as we'll have them available for purchase every day we're open!)

If you're not able to get to Dice & Donuts, but still want to support us AND get some of our awesome rewards then we'll post it to you!

All you need to do is add on the right amount to cover the postage packing;

  • UK - £2
  • EU - £4
  • USA / Canada - £6

If you're from a place not listed, get in touch and we'll work out your rate.

If your pledge includes delicious donuts, we'll trade them for extra dice (We don't think fresh donuts will stay fresh in the post, plus they'd mess up your other rewards too!)

Thanks for checking us out, if you'd like to ask us any questions feel free to get intouch here on Kickstarter, or via facebook (facebook.com/DiceandDonuts) or over on Twitter (@DiceandDonuts

My name is Millie Lavelle, earlier this year I organized Preston TableTop Day, and ran the Kickstarter that funded it! (Thank you to everyone who backed the Kickstarter, and to the 180 people who came along and played ALL THE GAMES!)

Towards the end of this Kickstarter I'll be running Preston's first Mega Game! (We're playing Watch The Skies, on 22nd August, sorry tickets are sold out! But you could join the wait list and I'll let you know about the next one as soon as possible.)

I run a weekly (ish) podcast called Geek On Radio, and that's how a I got involved in “modern” board gaming.

Most of my professional career has involved retail, from fast food to sandwich franchises, coffee and beer, even a little ethical soap selling. I've plenty of experience setting up and operating successful (and profitable) locations for other companies.

With Dice & Donuts I'm bringing these two areas together, and I can't wait to show you the game collection!

Risks and challenges

There's been heaps of preparation & advice gone in to Dice & Donuts already. We're certain that we'll open in October 2015.

One of the biggest risks is, simply, delays. If some of the suppliers are late, or there are problems with the build & fitting phase, this will set the opening back accordingly. We've given ourselves "wiggle" room, and there's also the risk we'll be able to open earlier than planned.

What ever happens we'll keep you informed as soon as we know.

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    THANKS!

    We'll add your name to the Backer Wall, and everyone will know YOU backed Dice & Donuts on Kickstarter, we couldn't have done it without you!

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    DICE AND DONUTS!

    Two exclusive dice & two delicious donuts!

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    PLAY OUR MEGA GAME!

    We'll be running a version of the Mega Game - Watch the Skies on Sunday 29th November in Preston.

    Available as an Add On

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    Dice & Donuts Glass

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    Dice & Donuts CUP!

    An exclusive Dice & Donuts branded cup!

    A 16oz (450ml) green cup just for backers!

    Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

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    Student Guild Member!

    A membership to Dice & Donuts for the UCLan Academic year!

    Inc 9 passes to use the games library for free, a special Guild Menu and MORE!

    Starts on opening day.

    Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

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    Sponsor a Game!

    Sponsor a game in the Cafe, we'll put your name on a certificate of sponsorship inside the box lid & present you with a certificate of sponsorship to take home. You & a friend will also be able to come play the game for free once a month for a year!

    Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

    (Available as an Add On!)

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    Pledge £17 or more About $27

    A DICE & DONUTS TSHIRT!

    We'll make an Backer Tshirt for you!

    Everyone will know you backed Dice & Donuts!

    Plus your name on the Backers Wall!

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    RED Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the RED pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

    We will issue you with a Deed to take home & place a copy of the Deed & your picture on our wall!

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    GREEN Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the GREEN pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

    We will issue you with a Deed to take home & place a copy of the Deed & your picture on our wall!

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    BLUE Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the BLUE pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

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    YELLOW Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the YELLOW pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

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    BLACK Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the BLACK pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

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    WHITE Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the WHITE pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

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    GREY Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the GREY pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

    We will issue you with a Deed to take home & place a copy of the Deed & your picture on our wall!

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    ORANGE Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the ORANGE pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

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    PURPLE Colour Deed!

    The exclusive rights to play with the PURPLE pieces when playing at Dice & Donuts!
    Only one of these deeds will be issued EVER.

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    Guild Member!

    12 months membership to Dice & Donuts!

    Inc 12 passes to use the games library for free, a special Guild Menu and MORE!

    Starts on opening day.

    Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

    (Available as an Add On)

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    DICE & DONUTS HOODIE!

    We'll make an backer hoodie for you!

    Everyone will know you backed Dice & Donuts, and you'll stay warmer than wearing just the Tshirt!

    Plus your name on the Backers Wall!

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    Senior Guild Member

    12 months Senior Guild membership to Dice & Donuts.

    Inc 24 passes to use the games library for free, a special Guild Menu and MORE!

    Starts on our opening day.

    Plus your name on the Backer Wall

    (Available as an Add On)

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    COLLECTORS PACK!

    All the physical perks

    Two custom Dice, two delicious donuts, one Dice & Donuts branded glass, one Dice & Donuts Tshirt, one Dice & Donuts Hoodie!

    Plus your name on the Backer Wall.

    (Available as an Add On)

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    Board Game Night

    Tables reserved for you & 7 others, no cover fee for the evening & your own dedicated staff member, a set of Dice & Donuts custom dice & branded glass for everyone & £70 food & beverage credit for the evening.

    Date must be booked at least 3 days in advance.

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    Private Party

    Private party space for you & 29 of your best friends, no cover fee for the evening & your own dedicated staff members, a set of Dice & Donuts custom dice & branded glass for everyone & £250 food & beverage credit for the event.

    Date must be booked at least 5 days in advance.

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    ETERNAL GUILD MEMBER

    You'll be a Dice & Donuts Guild Member for EVER!

    You'll receive all the physical perks. (Dice, donuts, glass, tshirt & hoodie.)

    You'll get to host your own Private Party!

    You'll always be the first player when at Dice & Donuts.

    We'll make you a brew & give you a donut every day, and we'll give you a cake for your birthday & a present on ours!

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Funding period

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