Meeples' Corner: Bigger & Better
With our move into a new shop we have managed to achieve the bigger, now we need your help to make our shop better!
Meeples' Corner: Bigger & Better
With our move into a new shop we have managed to achieve the bigger, now we need your help to make our shop better!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 4 2019 7:00 PM UTC +00:00.
Meeples' Corner is a shop for board and card games based in Crediton, Devon. We stock all sorts of games for the enthusiast, from hard-to-get imports to family-friendly games to introduce the whole family to this great hobby.
Meeples’ Corner started 2013 in one small unit in the Creedy Centre as an online shop. In 2015 we added another unit to get more storage space and in 2017 we moved into two larger units and opened our local shop.
We are running regular gaming nights and are organising a larger one day event twice a year in Crediton.
At the beginning of July Meeples’ Corner moved into new premises on the High Street in Crediton. The new shop is more spacious compared to the old one in the Creedy Centre but still quite affordable. The bigger area means we have enough space for a separate gaming area and a large storage area in the basement which results in a tidier and more organised shop.
Being directly on the High Street gives us a much better visibility in the local community, which we have already noticed in the few days we have been in the new shop. We are also no longer inside a small arcade with other units. This independence from other businesses in the same building means we have more freedom in regards to our opening hours in the evening and also to the events we can run at the shop instead of outsourcing them to local pubs or other places we have to hire for the day.
We have already moved into the new shop, so why this Kickstarter? The property became available at the end of April and between the beginning of May and the first week of July we managed to:
- Secure the lease by paying the deposit
- Get the shop connected to fast broadband
- Sign a contract with a competitive utility provider (again a deposit was necessary)
- Check the electrics and replace the old lightning
- Partly renew the flooring
- Install /upgrade all the necessary locks for doors and windows and install security cameras which allowed us to secure affordable insurance
- Move all our stock, shelving and furniture from the old to the new shop
All these things were necessary, but depleted our funds.
Being in a shop this size for the first time allows us to do so much for our customers and make Meeples’ Corner bigger and better than ever before.
With your help we could:
- Equip our designated Gaming area with two large expandable tables (for 4-8 players each) including comfy chairs for long sessions
- Install one or two flatscreen TV’s to give shop customers access to online reviews and tutorials on Boardgamegeek and Youtube and present slideshows of the newest games available to pre-order
- Further upgrade/renew the flooring to give the shop a more modern look and make the shop an inviting place for our customers
- Install outside signage to increase the visibility of Meeples’ Corner in Crediton
- Set up a gaming library including a selection of highly rated games and Kickstarters we have backed for the shop. Games from the library would be available to rent for a week for a small fee and any rental fee would go toward the game price if you decide to buy the game later on
- Create a reading corner in the shop with a selection of Gaming Magazines and books to read and a coffee machine to enjoy a nice coffee or hot chocolate
- Offer a fulfilment service for your online trades/sales: you can bring games you have traded or sold online to our shop and we will pack and ship the game(s) for you.
IMPORTANT: SOME PLEDGE LEVELS STATE OCTOBER 2020 AS THE DELIVERY DATE. THIS IS A MISTAKE, WE AIM TO DELIVER ALL REWARDS IN OCTOBER 2019!
If you would like to support us to realise these ideas, here are the different options you have:
Tier 1: £5 - Discord access and Wall of Fame (included in all other tiers)
This pledge will give you exclusive access to a Discord channel (text and voice chat service on a private server) that we will setup to communicate with our Kickstarter backers. The Discord channel will give you direct access to us and we will use it for new announcements and early heads ups about new specials on the website. We can also organise online games for our customers on Tabletopia, talk about interesting games that we have discovered on Kickstarter and look ahead to events we are planning.
The Wall of Fame is a tiled wall in the shop we will reserve for our Kickstarter backers. Everyone who has supported us during the Kickstarter can sign the wall during a visit or you can scan your signature and we will transfer it to the wall.
IMPORTANT: These two rewards will be included in all other pledge levels for free.
Tier 2: £10 - Mug and 12x Beer Mats
Choose this tier and a stylish glass mug with our logo and a set of twelve Meeples’ Corner beer mats are yours. Perfect for a late night coffee at a gaming night and to protect your games from spillage!
Tier 3: £20 - (limited to 12): Sponsorship of Gaming Chair
Sponsor one of our 12 new comfy chairs for the gaming area and we will put your name or business name tag on one of them. If you come to our shop for gaming nights this will be your chair for the evening.
Tier 4: £20 - (limited to 4): 12 Month Sponsorship of Poster Frame
We will put up four 50x50cm frames (Ikea RIBBA) with prints of board game covers up in our shop for decoration. If you sponsor one of them, you will be the one (every three months for a year) to choose the board game cover print we will put into this frame.
Tier 5: £25 - Shirt and a Bag (shipping included)
Our famous UK Games Expo team shirt (white with two colour logo) is yours together with a Meeples’ Corner jute bag that is large enough to carry two Ticket to Ride-sized square boxes and one or two smaller games.
Please email the shirt size you need to email@example.com.
Tier 6: £25 - Trade fulfilment service
Sold or traded a game on Facebook or Boardgamegeek and don't know how to ship it? No problem - with this pledge level we will ship it for you! Just bring your game(s) to the shop and we will take care of the rest (limited to six packages in one year).
Tier 7: £50 - Games library membership and Meeples' Corner bag
One of our ideas for the new shop is a Gaming library which allows our customers to rent a game for a week for a small fee. Small boxed games will cost £2 for a week (if it is a small card game like LAMA you can rent two games for a week), standard sized games (Ticket to Ride-sized square box or Alea Games-sized rectangular box) £4 and big box games £6. Alternatively you can also sign up for a Library Membership which will be £60 for a year and allow you to rent games for free for a year (limited to two games at a time). Whenever you rent a game we will put a hold on your card of £20, £40 or £60 to cover for the case that game components have gone missing, the game has been damaged or it hasn't been returned to the shop at all. If the game gets returned to the shop in time and is complete and undamaged, we will remove the hold and you will pay the normal rental fee. And if you decide to buy the game you have rented because you liked it a lot, we will give you the rental fees as a discount on the normal price of the game.
If you back us on this level, you will receive a library membership and the Meeples' Corner bag to get your rental games homes safely.
Tier 8: £60 - Free shipping for online orders for a year
This is the main reward for our loyal online customers: in exchange for your support on this tier you will get free shipping for all your online orders (minimum order value £20 and valid for one year).
Tier 9: £100 - (limited to 2): Sponsorship of Gaming Table
Sponsor one of our two new gaming tables for the gaming area and we will put your name or business name tag on one of them in a prominent position. If you come to our shop for gaming nights this will also give you the right to choose the first game to play at this table on the night.
UPDATE (16/08/19): TWO NEW REWARDS ADDED
- Bag of Goodies
You will get a Meeples’ Corner jute bag (large enough to carry two Ticket to Ride-sized square boxes and one or two smaller games), a promo game of UNDO (thank you for Pegasus Spiele who provided them to us to support our Kickstarter) and your pick of two promos from our selection of available promo items. Available promos are:
- King of Tokyo: Zombify card
- Res Arcana alternative art Mage deck
- Gizmos Lost Designs Promo Set
- Underwater Cities Biodome
- Settlers of Catan Sheep pin
- Assembly and The Dwarfes Beer Mats
If you pledge for this reward, please send us a message afterwards to confirm which two promos you would like to get.
- Bring & Buy shelf
The feedback to our plans for offering Bring & Buy at our shop was very positive. We have decided to set up a dedicated shelf for customers to sell their second hand games on. You put a price label on the game and we keep it on the shelf for up to a month. If it sells during that month, Meeples' Corner gets a 10% sales fee.
With this reward, you can sell your games on our Bring & Buy shelf for free for one year (maximum of two games at a time).
Where possible we will ship physical rewards with your next online order. Otherwise we will ship your reward as soon as everything is available (early to mid-October). If you can collect your reward at the shop, you will instead receive a 5% discount for your next buy.
We will again be at the TableTop Gaming Live show at the Alexandra Palace, London (28th and 29th of September 2019). There is a chance that all physical rewards will be available to collect at our stand, but we can't guarantee it 100%. We will communicate this to all our backers once the project has ended and we have exact dates for all items. If you can collect your reward at our stand instead of getting it shipped to you, you will also receive a 5% discount for your first buy at the show.
The following add-ons can be added to any pledge (just follow the instructions below):
- Pack of 4x Beer mats: £2
- Glass Mug £6
- TShirt: £15 (emails us your size with your add-on confirmation email)
- Shopping bag: £10
Combine Pledge levels and add-ons
It is straightforward for us to add different pledge levels together and add any of our add-ons to your pledge. For multiple rewards and different add-ons, back the highest pledge level you are interested in and increase your pledge amount by the total of everything you like as your reward/add-on. As soon as this is done, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the rewards you have selected. We will confirm your selections and make sure that you will receive everything you wanted.
Example: if you want to pledge for table sponsorship (£100), but also want to receive the trade fulfilment service credit (£25) and add a TShirt (£15), pledge for the table sponsorship and add £40 to your pledge (total pledge = £100 + £25 + £15 = 140). After you have finalised your pledge on Kickstarter, please send us a short email confirming what is included in your pledge.
Reaching our target £3500 would allow us to realise all our aims we listed above. Should we get more support, we will use the additional funding for the following two projects:
£4500: Equipment for video recording and streaming
The idea is to have a streaming/recording setup at our main gaming table, which would include camera(s), microphone(s), proper lightning and a PC with a capture card and the software needed. The shop already has fibre broadband which is fast enough to handle live streams.
With this setup we can start to produce our own online content like unboxing videos, rules explanations for German-language games and live Q&A sessions regarding new releases and pre-orders.
Reward: Should we reach this stretch goal Nick Shaw (co-designer/developer of Rome and Roll, Welcome to DinoWorld, Cerebria (solo mode), Euphoria: Ignorance is Bliss (solo mode), Wingspan (solo mode) and My Little Scythe (solo mode)) has agreed to join us for an event at the shop to play his games and to have a chance to talk to him about his work. This event will be for KS backers only and thanks to reaching the stretch goal we should be able to stream it for everyone who can’t attend in person.
The date for the event has to be confirmed, but will be sometime between September and Christmas.
£5500: Garden area and BBQ
We are very lucky that included with the new shop is an outside area. With additional funding we can restore/update the patio area, buy chairs and tables and a proper BBQ. This would allow us to have our Gaming Nights during the summer outside and have BBQs for release parties/shop events.
Reward: We have backed On Mars for our shop and are planning a release party once it has been delivered. Should we reach this stretch goal Paul Grogan from Gaming Rules! will join us for the release party. Paul was a developer on the game, helped write the rulebook, and created the official rules video for it. He is the perfect person to teach us the game.
The release party will be exclusive for KS backers should we reach the stretch goal and we will stream the event online for backers who are not local.
Risks and challenges
The shop has moved into the new premises regardless of any funding we generate on Kickstarter. If we reach our target, we will be able to realise our ideas to make Meeples’ Corner a better place for our customers. You can help us realise the potential of the new shop.
In regards to the timeframe for the realisation of the different ideas/projects: We are planning to finish most of the main projects (Gaming Area, Flooring, Gaming Library and Streaming Setup) before Christmas. But because this is also our busiest time of the year, there is always the risk that we have to wait until everything calms down after Christmas before we can work on the bigger parts. The only project we will definitely not finish or even start this year is the restoration of the garden area. This would be something we will try to begin next spring with the aim to have everything in place for a great summer 2020 at Meeples' Corner.
In regards to our rewards: all the online rewards will be available from the 1st of October (maybe earlier). For the physical rewards, we have chosen suppliers which can send us all the necessary items within a few weeks. So four to five weeks after the end of the campaign (around the 15th October) we should be able to start shipping using our regular shipping service we have been using for five years to fulfil all our online orders. Local customers will be notified by us as soon as we have received our deliveries and they can collect their rewards whenever it is convenient for them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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