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We're holding the biggest boardgaming day we possibly can on International TableTop Day, 11th April 2015. Come help make it AWESOME!
We're holding the biggest boardgaming day we possibly can on International TableTop Day, 11th April 2015. 62 Backers made it AWESOME!
We're holding the biggest boardgaming day we possibly can on International TableTop Day, 11th April 2015. 62 Backers made it AWESOME!
62 backers pledged £1,268 to help bring this project to life.

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Save the date! Saturday 11th April is International TableTop Day!

Why save the date, what's it got to do with this Kickstarter?

Back this Kickstarter and we'll go from pretty cool TableTop Con to AWESOME TableTop Con!

Our awesome early backers have made #PrestonTableTopDay a reality after only 5 days on Kickstarter! So now the question is just how AWESOME can we make it?

(Plus we've got some pretty cool ( AND exclusive) rewards for people who do back us!)

About a year ago I started a project on my local community radio station where I basically got geeky for an hour on a Sunday morning.

Listen to the Geek On Radio archives over on Mixcloud
Listen to the Geek On Radio archives over on Mixcloud

 I never expected anyone to listen, I just wanted to have fun and share that with whoever happened to tune in, I didn't realize there were quite so many Geeks in Preston, in Lancashire, and you did tune in, and invited me to your events and downloaded podcasts and we all had a massive geeky amount of fun every week.

Even though the community radio side of the show is completed, we're still going over on iTunes, check us out if you like https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-on-radio-the-podcast/id959320404 

What I also didn't realize was how awesome the Preston & Lancashire geek community is compared to places around the UK, and indeed the world.

When I spoke to out of town guests they were amazed, and a little envious of all the things we have going on here. From organized play events at our Friendly Local Game Stores (aka FLGS) to independent groups and individual geeks, there's a lots of us TableTop gamers in the North West!

And you don't have to just take my word for it, look what it says on the YouGov poll when you look up Preston!

What if we all get together on International TableTop Day, 11th April, and Play More Games?

We'd no longer have to watch the US gamers vlogs of things like Gen Con or BGG Con and cry into our dairy free ice cream*, it'd be happening here in our own back yard.

We could have Net Runner tournaments, dress up as Indianna Jones to play Fortune & Glory, or gangsters for Ca$h & Gun$, get out all the X-Wing miniatures and have EPIC space battles, possibly have one nice long play through of Twilight Imperium, or set up Arkham Horror with ALL the expansions, hold miniature painting competitions, play war games. PLAY ALL THE GAMES!

Playing XCOM at Preston Board Gamers
Playing XCOM at Preston Board Gamers

*No? You don't do this? It's just me? oh.

Just before TableTop Day 2014 I spoke to the man who created this Geek holiday, Boyan Radakovich , you can listen to the interview at

http://geekonradio.libsyn.com/boyan-radakovich-interview

Click the image to go to the podcast
Click the image to go to the podcast

 It's basically a great day where we can play games, show everyone that they're awesome and make new friends to game with.

Why not make this a ticket event? Why come to Kickstarter?

Well, we want the event to be free on the door, we want as many people to see that there's more to board gaming than those 3 games they ask you about when you say you're a modern board gamer. We want you to be able to bring your friends and family.

 What games would you like to play?! 

Seriously, once you're a backer let me know. You can bring your favourite game along and meet new players, or we're stocking up a games library so you'll be able to borrow games to only play on the day, and if you want you can buy brand new games from the FLGSs who'll be there.

I want to play lots of Pandemic

I also love Resistance

 but there won't just be my favourite games, join us as a backer and tell us what YOU want to play.

We've arranged some cool merch for people who do back us. Things that you'll only be able to get through this Kickstarter, things that will make you look really cool. And we'll obviously be really thank full.

Good karma with your rolling!

We'll keep you up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website.

BADGES!

On our Facebook Page, (https://www.facebook.com/PrestonTableTopDay) the top item of merch you asked for was dice bags... Turns out Dice Bags are really hard to find at good prices... How about some Badges instead?

Plus we'll keep you up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

Limited reward (Only 12 available)

COMMUNITY TABLE!

Want to sell or trade your unloved games? Don't want to have to stay with a stall all day and miss all the gaming?

How about just an hour? We'll have 2 tables, and you can have one to do what you like for a hour!

(Well almost what you like, you'll need to keep it clean & legal)

Plus we'll keep you up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

 A GAME!

A fun drafting game, where you can assemble your own Geek Army to rule over TableTop day (or your game night!)

Nate Brett, the Minister of Board Games (@MofBG), the man behind #BoardGameHour (7pm Mondays on Twitter) has created us a drafting game where you’ll assemble your army and take over the world!*

There’s a catch, we can only offer you this version of the game if you back us here, on Kickstarter, we cannot sell it on the day, or do any under the game table deals.

*or just game night!

COLLECTION ON THE DAY

Limited reward (Only 50 available)

Super Special TSHIRTS

On our Facebook Page, the 2nd item of merch you asked for was Tee Shirts! Here you go! These first 50 will have a design from Preston artist Heather Smith on the front & then YOUR NAMES on the back! Immortalized for ever as a backer for Preston TableTop Day 2015.

Plus we'll keep you up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

COLLECTION AT THE EVENT!

GIVE ME ALL THE THINGS

The badges, the Tshirts and the Game for you to collect on the day!

SEND ME ALL THE THINGS

The badges, the Tshirts and the Game posted to you after the day!

WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED!


We've crunched numbers and checked them twice, we don't NEED more than the £643 to make this happen and send you your rewards.

But as we funded in only FIVE days, let's add some stretch goals to make the day even more amazing!

We never expected to be able to get our hands on one of the amazing TableTop Day kits from Geek & Sundry, so when the chance arrived, we blew the marketing budget to get on the order list. 

At this level of funding we'd be back on track with our marketing budget AND we'd be able to upgrade to the larger TableTop Day Promotional kit!

Pandemic is a game that gets you to team up with some friends and pits you all against the board, in an epic race to save humanity from disease and yuk!

It’s a game that changes many people’s perception of board gaming. There’ll be open play of the game on the day, but reaching this stretch goal will allow us to open up more space for that AND a room to host a Pandemic Tournament too. There’s also the cost of the games, and things we’ll need to run the tournament, as well as making sure our refs are fed & watered.

What happens in a Pandemic Tournament?

There will be several rounds across the day, each round will be for 4 teams, each team will have 2 players. We’ll have identical boards set up, all with the same initial infections, start hands, and the player decks will be ordered the same, with the same number of Epidemic cards . Each game will also have the same infection deck.

The challenge will be to choose your roles carefully, and make each of your four actions count, cure the diseases quickly, prevent outbreaks and see who can save humanity before anyone else!

Kickstarter backers will get first refusal on spots in this tournament, but a number of spots will be reserved for people who arrive on the day.

XCOM The Board Game is another game that changes the way we play. This game uses an app to relay information to the players and brings a whole new dynamic to the table!

There will be opportunity to play this game on the day, but reaching this stretch goal will also allow us to open up more space for play AND also host a championship. There’s also the cost of the games, and things we’ll need to run the tournament, as well as making sure our refs are fed & watered.

Much like our Pandemic Tournament we’ll have multiple rounds across the day for 4 teams of up to 3 players. UFOs will descend upon you in identical places, missions will be the same, your choice of crisis cards will be the same. Will your team’s choices save humanity, or doom the earth!?

Kickstarter backers will get first refusal on spots in this tournament, but a number of spots will be reserved for people who arrive on the day!

Did you know Preston is home to some of the best Miniature Wargamers in the country!? That’s not just my bias, that’s fact! Red Steel Gaming Preston have award winning painters, gamers and combat teams. 

That’s not why we invited them, they’ve also won awards for best players, and it’s their sportsmanship, their infectious enjoyment of the hobby and the spirit of TableTop day is why these guys will be amazing hosts for tournaments and challenges on the day!

Reaching this stretch goal will allow us to open up even more space for everyone to game in, hold more taster games with Red Steel and give them a room for you to come test your mettle against them!

After the day of gaming is done, let’s regroup and game some more!

It’s that simple, we’ll secure a venue, and backers over 18 years can come play games, and drink beverages (alcoholic or not, your choice) and eat pizza and / or cake until the venue says GO HOME!

Playing Carcassone with Preston Board Gamers
Playing Carcassone with Preston Board Gamers

 Firstly, the venues. They get the biggest slice of the pie. (mmm pie)

Then, there's the cost to cover badges and Tshirts, and also Kickstarter and payment processing fees.

There's also furniture hire, possible insurance (depending on venue) and support staff costs, making sure that any of the ref & volunteers are fed & watered, paying artists and designers and some promotional costs too.

What it's not being spent on is salary for Millie or anyone organizing the event. There's no lavish organizing meals or anything of that sort.* All your money will be spent on making this event for you.

 * Except for this pie. I did eat this pie, but I didn't buy it with Kickstarter funds.

I'm the host of Geek On Radio, the mum of 2 kids, wife of one, and Geek of many flavors, a jack of many trades.

Recording one of the first Geek On Radio shows at an International Table Top Day 2014!
Recording one of the first Geek On Radio shows at an International Table Top Day 2014!

This is not the first event I have under my belt, from wonderful corporate parties, small private conferences, and blogger thingies to a multi site LadyFest in Preston 2013, I know what I'm letting myself in for saying I'll organize this event.

If there's anything you'd like to know I'm happy to have a chat in the comments, or come visit me on Twitter @RunfortheQuiet (www.twitter.com/runforthequiet)

You know when this Kickstarter ends you'll only have a month to sort out the event, right?

Yep, Preston TableTop Day has actually been in the works for some time, since September 2014, so by the time we get to the day, we'll have been at this for 7 months. Plenty of time to dot the ts and cross the lower case js.

We didn't want to be one of those Kickstarters that didn't deliver their promise for years. We end in March, and will play in April. Then we send out the rest of the rewards and start planning for 2016 once the hangover has subsided! Everything should be done by May 2015.

Is this a Local Con for Local people? I'd like to come but I'm not from Preston!

Hello! Pull up a chair and lets game! Everyone is welcome to come game with us, the more the merrier! During our time on community radio it was the Geeks of Preston who gave us all that support, and it's where our nerdy little heart rests, so it's where our con will be. It's also a great place, you should come make it a weekend away, it'll be awesome

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is you don't believe us. I've not managed to convince you that there's loads of us board gaming geeks, and that we CAN march on London and soon my pretties we will rule England and then THE WORLD!!!!

But seriously, the biggest risk is you don't back. You don't back, nothing happens and we all just carry on regardless.

Venues of various sizes have been found, all central to Preston, caterers and support staff are waiting on the go ahead, and if we make our goal we'll have a nice cosy event.

If we over fund, we've got bigger venues and more caterers and more things we can add into the mix. But lets fund before we get there.

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    BADGES!

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    Plus we'll keep you in up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

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    COMMUNITY TABLE!

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    How about just an hour? We'll have 2 tables, and you can have one to do what you like for a hour!
    (Well almost what you like, you'll need to keep it clean & legal)
    Plus we'll keep you in up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

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    A GAME!

    We've got our own version of a game, but you can't come get it? Shall we ship it to you?

    We'll post you a copy of the game after the event for you to treasure and play for EVER!

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    Super Special TSHIRTS

    On our Facebook Page, the 2nd item of merch you asked for was Tee Shirts! Here you go! These first 50 will have a design from Preston artist Heather Smith on the front & then YOUR NAMES on the back! Immortalized for ever as a backer for Preston TableTop Day 2015.
    Plus we'll keep you in up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

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    I NEED ALL THE THINGS!

    Can’t come on the day? Want the shiny stuff anyway?
    After the event we’ll ship you a Tshirt with Preston Artist Heather Smith’s awesome design on and a pack of 4 Badges.
    Plus we'll keep you in up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

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    SEND ME ALL THE THINGS!

    Can’t come on the day? Want the shiny stuff anyway?
    After the event we’ll ship you a Tshirt with Preston Artist Heather Smith’s awesome design on and a pack of 4 Badges and a copy of the game!
    Plus we'll keep you in up to date with all Preston TableTop Day news, give you a shout out on Twitter & Facebook and the Geek On Radio podcast when we fund, and if you come along to the event we'll give you a high five! We’ll also add your name to a list of AWESOME people on the Geek On Radio website!

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