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Play! is an upcoming gaming cafe in York, UK. Think board games, arcade machines, games consoles, live events, and great coffee!
Play! is an upcoming gaming cafe in York, UK. Think board games, arcade machines, games consoles, live events, and great coffee!
Play! is an upcoming gaming cafe in York, UK. Think board games, arcade machines, games consoles, live events, and great coffee!
267 backers pledged £11,634 to help bring this project to life.

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Play! Gaming Cafe, York

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About Us

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. 

Cleethorpes Pier, Winter 2015
Cleethorpes Pier, Winter 2015

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

About Play!

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.

Play! Bottomless Mug (final design may vary)
Play! Bottomless Mug (final design may vary)

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. 

Why Kickstarter?

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. 

Play! Backers T-shirt (final design may vary)
Play! Backers T-shirt (final design may vary)

 

Play! Membership

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!

Play! Membership Card (final design may vary)
Play! Membership Card (final design may vary)

 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.

Stretch Goals

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.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Wall of Fame

    Everyone backing £5 or more will get their name on the "Wall of Fame" behind the counter once Play! opens.

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    Play! Membership

    As well as getting your name on the "Wall of Fame", you will get your first year's membership from Play! Membership cards can be collected from Play! in person and your year's membership begins on your collection day.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $31

    Play! Backer's Card

    As well as getting your name on the "Wall of Fame", you will get a special Play! Backer's membership card which NEVER expires! Backer's card to be collected from Play! in person. Backer cards will only ever be available through this Kickstarter.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $61

    Play! Backers T-Shirt

    An exclusive Black T-Shirt with the Play! logo on the front and "I kickstarted this project." . This tier also comes with the Play! Backer's Card

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    Play! Bottomless Mug

    A super-rare mug with the Play! logo on it. When you bring your mug to Play! we will give you your first coffee/tea of the day for free FOREVER! [Note this tier does not come with membership. Free drinks must be consumed on the premises and not taken away]

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    Pledge £75 or more About $92

    Play! Ultimate Bundle

    As well as your Backer's Card, you will also get the Play! Backers T-Shirt, and the Bottomless Mug.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $153

    One Month of Royalty

    As well as receiving a Backers card, this super exclusive tier grants you one month of VIP service during our opening year.
    During that month, you will have the opportunity to pick 2 themed contests/events to be held during the month, 50% off all food purchases, free tea and coffee, free entry to all events, and you will be able to pick the charity that Play! supports throughout your month.
    [Months will be picked on a first come, first served basis]

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    Pledge £200 or more About $244

    Sponsor a Machine

    Get your company logo on one of our games machines, for direct marketing at our dedicated customers. Once our machines have been acquired, backers will get to choose a machine on a first come, first served basis. Sponsorship will be permanent. Backer to pay cost for the production of sponsorship materials.
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    Pledge £275 or more About $336

    Sponsor our Membership Cards

    Get your business into every one of our members' wallets! All our Backers Cards and standard membership cards will have your business' advert on the whole of the back surface. You must provide your own creative.
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    Pledge £350 or more About $427

    Private Play! Party

    You and up to 13 friends get Play! all to yourselves for 3 hours. All machines will be set to "free play" and a cold buffet is included. A member of staff will lead a gaming tournament of your choice, with a prize for the winner. It works out at £25 per person, so why not go in with some friends on this? (Must be booked to take place before Dec 2018. Your timeslot will be on a sunday evening 7pm-10pm)

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    Pledge £500 or more About $610

    Godly Tier!

    This super exclusive tier allows one backer and their friend to get a true picture of how the idea for Play! evolved.
    As well as receiving 2x T-Shirts, and Bottomless Mugs, the backer and a friend will be whisked off for a day trip to our childhood stomping ground, Cleethorpes Beach for a guided tour of our favourite arcades, travel included. Then in the evening, it's back to York to play video/board games from our personal collection, and Tim will cook dinner. Not only that, but the backer will also get 2x super-rare "Contributor's Card". This card is only available to Godly Tier backers, and gets the card-holder 20% off all food and drink purchases for life!

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Funding period

- (40 days)