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Lafayette, Indiana's First Board Game Pub
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Bring all your friends! You pick the four that play for free.
Bring all your friends! You pick the four that play for free.

Welcome to Merlin's Beard! 

 You’re sitting at a heavy oak table on a finely crafted but rustic bench. A bit of mud still clings to your damp boots. It was raining when you and your fellow adventurers arrived at the tavern. The fire has dried your cloak and now you’ve got a stein in your hand and you can smell the stew cooking on the fire. You are surrounded by a variety of travelers enjoying the comforts of the inn. Your friends are throwing dice to see who gets the jeweled dagger you found in the tomb that afternoon and it’s your turn. You pick up the dice and shake them in your hand and throw the lot onto the table…

Not actually Merlin's Beard
Not actually Merlin's Beard

 … and instead of being in that fantasy inn you are actually sitting in Merlin’s Beard, a board game pub that caters to gamers of all ages. The tables are heavy, the benches comfortable, and the trappings fantastic. Everything about the room breathes life into the illusion that you are sitting in a pub in a distant fantasy realm and yet you will be sitting in a restaurant on a street corner in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. You're just a mile from Purdue University and you are surrounded by people having a great time. It's a bit of magic tucked away in fast paced world. 

This is our vision for Merlin’s Beard as we prepare to relocate from our current home at 1001 Main Street to the corner of 3rd Street and Columbia Ave in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. We want to create a brand new gaming experience that is immersive and fun with a well crafted and deeply thematic gaming and dining space, a fantastic menu, excellent beverages, cocktails and craft brews, and hundreds of board games. We’ve got some phenomenal artists and craftsmen on staff and ready to realize our vision. All we need are the materials and supplies to get started and create a fantastic gaming space for anyone in the Greater Lafayette area, be you a local or traveler, Boilermaker or Townie, casual gamer or enthusiast.  

What do you get if you back us on Kickstarter?

First, you get to stop by Merlin's Beard and enjoy the fantasy themed pub and gaming space that you helped create. Second, and the big takeaway for you, potential backer, is our kickstarter exclusive “Fellowship of the Game” T-Shirt designed by Alex Monik. It will be available in burgundy, navy, and dark green, unisex and women’s cuts. Additional shirts can be purchased by adding $35 to your pledge for each shirt you wish to order.  

"Fellowship of the Game" T-shirt designed by Alex Monik.
"Fellowship of the Game" T-shirt designed by Alex Monik.

Memberships

Planning on being a regular? Don't think you can get enough? This is the level for you!

Our Kickstarter memberships come in 1 month or 12 month terms. If you won't be around for a month but you want to bring a party in for a visit, then you can swap the 1 month membership out for 6 "free play" vouchers. Add your spouse, child, or best bud to your membership by adding $100 per person to your pledge.

Our Kickstarter membership terms include:

  • Free access to the library while the store is open.
  • A 5% discount on food, drinks, board games, and event fees at Merlin’s Beard.
  • Free all-you-can-drink soft drinks, lemonade, tea, and coffee.
  • 2 additional “free play” vouchers per month that you can use to bring a friend.
  • A "plus one" acts as a permanent "free play" voucher for one specific person. Other benefits of a membership do not apply to a "plus one" member. A plus one can be added or renewed with any membership. The term of a plus one is annual.
Catan League. Making and breaking friendships since 2016!
Catan League. Making and breaking friendships since 2016!

Grand Opening Gala

Get yourself all gussied up for our Grand Opening Gala! Get all dressed up like your very favorite character and come to Merlin's for an evening of board games! Guests will be treated to a special menu including appetizers, free beverages*, and a special entree. Extra tickets can be purchased by adding $40 to your pledge for each ticket.

Order of Merlin

The Order of Merlin is a special list of Kickstarter backers. Members of the Order will have their names displayed on the back of our "Fellowship of the Game" t-shirt and on an honor roll at Merlin's Beard. The current plan is to paint the Order of Merlin onto one of our walls in the store space at Merlin's Beard. Maybe get a spotlight put on it. Names will be listed alphabetically in two tiers. Tier 1: Backers from this Kickstarter that also backed Merlin's Beard 1.0. Tier 2: Backers from this Kickstarter. There is also an exclusive Tier 0. It belongs to our good friend Troy Amones who super-backed Merlin's Beard 1.0. He goes on top of the list. 

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Risks and challenges

Opening any restaurant carries significant risk. Merlin’s Beard mitigates that risk by focusing on providing our guests with a unique experience, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a comfortable atmosphere. Merlin’s Beard has been doing business as a board game pub for three years now and we have a loyal customer base and have established ourselves as a destination for locals and travelers passing through the area. Merlin’s Beard was created as an act of passion and opportunity where Alicia and I developed the expertise needed to run a successful restaurant and entertainment venue along the way. We carry the lessons from Merlin’s Beard first incarnation with us into this new adventure as we create and develop the public spaces of the new location.

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    1 Month Membership + T-Shirt

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    Gala + 1 Month + T-Shirt

    - Admit 1 to our Grand Opening Gala!

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    Order of Merlin

    - Get your name displayed proudly at Merlin's Beard.
    - Get your name on the back of the T-shirt.

    - Admit 1 to our Grand Opening Gala!
    - Become a Member for 1 month
    - Get our Kickstarter Exclusive "Fellowship of the Game" T-shirt

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    1 Year + Order of Merlin

    - Become a Member for 1 YEAR!

    - Get your name displayed proudly at Merlin's Beard.
    - Get your name on the back of the T-shirt.
    - Admit 1 to our Grand Opening Gala!
    - Get our Kickstarter Exclusive "Fellowship of the Game" T-shirt

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    A Long-expected Party

    - Get a private party for you and up to 10 friends at Merlin's Beard.

    - Become a Member for 1 year.
    - Get your name displayed proudly at Merlin's Beard.
    - Get your name on the back of the T-shirt.
    - Admit 1 to our Grand Opening Gala!
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    Lifetime + Order of Merlin

    - Become a Member for LIFE!

    - Get your name displayed proudly at Merlin's Beard.
    - Get your name on the back of the T-shirt.
    - Admit 1 to our Grand Opening Gala!
    - Get our Kickstarter Exclusive "Fellowship of the Game" T-shirt

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    You WIN!

    - Name one of our 4 rooms.
    - Get a super awesome private party for you and up to 10 friends.
    - You may claim that you win every time you play again before you start.*

    - Become a Member for LIFE!
    - Get your name displayed proudly at Merlin's Beard.
    - Get your name on the back of the T-shirt.
    - Admit 1 to our Grand Opening Gala!
    - Get our Kickstarter Exclusive "Fellowship of the Game" T-shirt

    * Check the body of the Kickstarter for details.
    * This is widely considered to be rude. Eventually, people will stop playing with you. For $1500 though, we're going to allow it for as long as it lasts.

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