This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, May 25 2019 4:12 PM UTC +00:00.
If you want to play a board game, you need people to play with.
Let's Play Games brings players in the same town together, in some of the most fun places to play.
We love board games. Board games have everything: order, chaos, intrigue, strategy, urgency, the ability to gain vast riches and lose them all within an hour, the foundations for building lifelong friendships or mortal enemies. The best part: you're sitting around the table with real people; duking it out or working together to achieve ultimate victory. When you get that win, when the last victory point falls into place, there is no better feeling. And you're doing it together, face-to-face.
What's missing from board games? The ability to find other players and friendly places to play.
Let's Play Games has created a platform with the express purpose to foster board gaming in your city. It's a community, an adventure and a path to discovery.
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Why are we raising money? To expand our reach to more cities, and to develop a killer app.
1. Expand to More Cities
We currently have over 1,200 members and dozens of venue partners in Chicago - our goal is to expand. We want to start hosting game parties in major cities with active board game communities within the next year. Obviously, we are targeting the larger metros such as New York, San Francisco, Seattle, etc., but there are many smaller cities with vibrant gaming communities we want to engage with.
There are several contacts in place to help facilitate this expansion but what's currently lacking is the capital to create the necessary, supporting infrastructure as well as interface with the venues and gamers.
Here are some of the towns we are looking at:
Are we missing some? Do you think your city should be on our list? Contact us and let us know! Tell us about the board game scene in your home town and some of the great venues we should sign up as partners.
Still unclear about how your money will help with expansion? This brings us to our second reason...
2. Build a killer app
Your contributions will help us move forward with the development of the app version of our service. The LPG app will make it easier for gamers everywhere to join LPG, book and organize games, and suggest venues to the LPG administrators. Venue leads go straight to our sales team who then get in contact with the venue owners to sign them up with LPG. Once a venue is a partner, they become an LPG accredited, game-friendly safe haven for board gamers - visible and bookable on the LPG platform.
By making suggestions and submitting venue prospects you are, in a very big way, helping us build a national network of board game bars - all on the app.
Venue partners have their own interface with the app where they can display their geographic information, upload menus, provide preferred hours and days for gaming, link to their website and social, etc. The biggest value here is that the game organizer (Game Masters) will be able to directly communicate with the venues through the app to schedule game parties on a whim, and community members will receive notifications telling them about that game and where it's located.
If a user’s venue referral becomes a venue partner, that venue will forever be attributed to that user.
Once funded, we expect development of this app will take approximately 6 months.
What's The Benefit?
So what will this mean for gamers? With the LPG board game app live, and with your help submitting venues, we will be able to sign bars up at a rapid pace. Within months, we will have partner venues all over the U.S. registered on our platform. This means more game parties at friendly, fun locations in YOUR city!
We will build a community of board gamers nationwide and a network of venues wherever you travel or currently reside, which you can reach out to through the platform to schedule a game event.
Soon you will be able to find and organize board game parties on YOUR schedule – and since you will have recommended the places, you’ll know that the venues will have:
· Great food
· Great drinks
· Friendly wait staff
And above all, a board game friendly atmosphere.
Here's the situation as we see it:
- Board games are fun
- The people who play board games are awesome
- Bars with a fine drink selection and delicious food are great...
Getting awesome people to play fun board games at great bars should be easy.
Getting Started with Let's Play Games:
Organizing a board game party has never been easier. The LPG platform gives board game players the ability to create profiles, usernames, display gaming preferences, chat with other gamers/game organizers, set-up game parties and connect with venues.
Signup is easy, simply follow the steps to start playing board games.
Explore what's happening in your city. Take a look at the Events Page to book board game parties in your neighborhood. Geo-location feature will be available in the new app so users can find the closest board games and board game friendly.
Get in touch with Game Masters (hosts) to learn information about your events. Ask them what games are being played or what sort of food the venue serves. Explore your city, make friends, drink, and play games! This is what it's all about:
Become a Game Master and create your own game! There are several options to choose from when creating a game:
- Name the event
- Choose a time/date
- Select a category to let players know what sort of games to bring and expect
- Stylize your game party by creating custom backgrounds and icons
- Browse your local partner list to see what venues are board game friendly in your city
- Add a description for more information
- Let users know how many players you are looking for
Once you're finished, announce your game to the LPG community and watch the RSVP's roll in!
FAQs for this Kickstarter:
Q: Will the app be free for gamers?
A: The app is 100% free for gamers.
Q: Where will the app be available?
A: Our app will be available for download on:
- Apple App Store
- Google Play Store
Q: What platform is the app built for?
A: Both Android and iOS.
For other LPG-related questions, visit our FAQ page!
Risks and challenges
We are confident about the delivery of our platform and see no risk in that area. Our team has extensive experience working on web and mobile applications. The only risk factor, which can always happen, is a delay in delivery due to unforeseen circumstances. We're perfectionists, as well as geeks. We would never launch a platform if we couldn't see ourselves enjoying it.
Currently, we are expecting a six-month development timeline from start to finish.
Thorough testing is required and our team is working very hard to meet our deadlines and accomplish our goals. We expect a spirited back-and-forth with our users in the early stages of this project as we make improvements based on their feedback. We are fully devoted to creating an amazing experience, and you can trust that every choice made will be done with the intent of improving the standard of the final product.
We are sure that our standard of trustfulness, privacy, and security will be recognized and appreciated by our users. The end goal is to build a community that gamers are proud and excited to be a part of.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter