About this project
We are Kirsty and Tim and we are passionate about two things- games and food.
We both grew up in a typical British seaside town, so when we weren't playing games at home, we could always be found down the promenade playing in the arcades! The social side of gaming has been a fundamental part of our lives since an early age.
In our current jobs, we already service York's foodie population- Tim having managed a local award-winning spice merchants for 3 1/2 years and both Kirsty and Tim currently supervising for a prestigious local chain of eateries.
We are hosts at heart- we love nothing better than to have all of our friends over while Tim tinkers away in the kitchen cooking up a feast, then we all sit together around a board game, or passing round the controllers of our favourite games consoles.
With our Kickstarter venture, we want to invite everyone to join us at our table.
We want Play! to be the premier venue for social gaming in York. As well as video games consoles available to play for free, we will have arcade cabinets, pinball, an extensive collection of board games and with enough funding, we can hopefully bring even more fun additions to our venue. In the evenings we will host various tournaments and themed events including a weekly "Pokemon Centre" and "Magic: The Gathering" draft.
Our food offering will be a mix of good value snacks and drinks, as well as some larger, quality meals and beverages, so that customers will have the choice to either graze as they game, or enjoy a hearty meal in good company and relaxed surroundings.
Our Play! Mission
We want Play! to be accessible to people of all levels of gaming ability, from those looking to try their hand at our competitive tournaments, to those looking for a half hour of Snakes and Ladders with a friend.
We want people to be able to turn up on their own and leave with new friends for life.
We decided to use Kickstarter to look for funding because we really think that this entire business revolves around you. We want to make the kind of venue that York seriously needs and we want to make sure that the local community can help us shape it.
The more money we raise through Kickstarter, the more entertainment equipment we can provide for you when you visit us.
Patrons of Play! will be able to buy membership cards either from the cafe once open, or by donating £10 or more to this Kickstarter campaign.
Membership will last 1 year from the date of issue and will allow the member to benefit from special daily offers on food and refreshments at the cafe, as well as discounts off any paid events and contests hosted by Play!
Also available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign is our Play! Backer's Card which is available to those backing us with £30 or more. This card will come with all the same benefits as a standard membership card but will have no expiry date on it. The Play! Backer's Card will only ever be available through this Kickstarter campaign.
We have various stretch goals in mind for if we successfully beat our target of £11,000, including specific arcade machines, and extras. One idea we have is for a display cabinet full of retro handhelds which members can get exclusive access to while in the cafe.
We will give more information about potential stretch goals if we surpass our £11,000 target
Risks and challenges
We project that we will need £35,000 total capital to comfortably open Play! which is considerably more than our Kickstarter goal, but once we have successfully completed our Kickstarter funding, this will give us a stronger position to acquire funding from elsewhere, as we can prove that there is demand for this type of venue that we are offering. The dream scenario would be that we manage to get to £35,000 in Kickstarter backing and then we won't need to seek extra funds elsewhere.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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