About

Player One Arcade Pub is the result of years of planning and hard work by Angela and Nick. This concept was born as Player One Arcade Services back in 2014. They bought a couple of vintage arcade games and Nick discovered that he is really good at repairing and refurbishing them.  This hobby became a side hustle and they started collecting games to repair, and then began to rent out games and do conventions - notably Dragon*Con and MomoCon. Nick also became known for his repair work and commissions. Their first client was My Parents Basement in Avondale Estates; they did a Nintendo cabinet and a DigDug cabinet for them. 

Nick worked 20+ years in the print industry and in 2017, the company closed. Angela has worked in restaurants for 18+ years and her family owned steak houses in the 80s, so she is well versed in how to run the business end. She is also a fantastic cook and has worked for over a year developing the menu. When Nick's job ended, they decided to put all their skills together and came up with this concept. Not only is it timely, but Atlanta is FAR behind other cities in the US when it comes to vintage arcades! Player One will be the largest vintage arcade pub in the Atlanta Metro area - and one of the few arcade bars with a full kitchen.

We want to provide a welcoming safe space to all stripes of nerdity: gamers, cosplayers, sci-fi, comics, you name it. We are nerds ourselves and love all kinds of nerdy things! We are also into all sorts of art and plan to promote local artists, too. We have SO many plans! 

We have sunk 100% of all our money, savings, stocks and credit cards into this project and we are still short. Due to various reasons, we are 6 months behind in the buildout and opening of our pub. The delays have cost us approximately $70k, all of which took away from our liquid cash to open the pub. 

On May 2, Nick had an accident that ruined his left (dominant) hand and sprained his right ankle severely. Now we have medical bills to add to the list of costs as well as losing his skills as a handyman to do several things at the pub, which we will now have to pay a contractor to do. 

We have managed to get about 70% of the costs covered, but we are at the end of our resources. We need $65,000 to get the bar finished and the doors open. It is a lot, we know. But we think this pub is worth it. We hope our gaming and nerd communities will come together and help us succeed. WE CAN DO THIS!! Please share this KS everywhere you can think of! 

You can donate any amount to this kickstarter, so if you want to get a level of reward and have a few more dollars to spend, please add to your amount. 

Our GoFundMe paid for the kegerator, ice bin and reach-in cooler for the bar. This project will pay for finishing the buildout, buying the last equipment we need and paying to train our employees for opening. 

We hope you'll join us to make this pub happen. We think it will be a great addition to the Atlanta Metro. We cannot wait to serve you!  

Teamwork makes the dream work! 

Risks and challenges

The risk we ran with this dream of ours was putting all our money in one basket. But we did it because we BELIEVE in this idea and we know it will be a success. We knew we were close with the funds, but the delays really messed up the finances. Kickstarter is all or nothing, so we will either open or not depending on the success of this campaign.

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    Accolades!

    Everyone who pledges to this KS will be listed on our Patrons page! You'll be famous! ;)

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    Player One Pint Glass

    We'll have custom pint glasses printed up with our logo on them for this KS only. If you need it shipped, we'll need to get your address, please email us: playeroneatl@gmail.com. It'll be about $10 to ship (lots of packaging). Otherwise, you can pick up your glass at the pub!

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    Small Tab!

    You'll get a $20 tab to eat, drink and be merry! You can share it if you want to! Why not? You'll have until December to use this tab and of course we'll need to be open before you can use it! :)

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    POAP T Shirt!

    We are creating a custom KS only T Shirt for this! We'll need your size, please add to your pledge - or you can email us directly playeroneatl@gmail.com Email us if you need shipping of this item, it'll be around $5, or you can pick up at the pub.

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    Pub Swag!

    Get the pint glass and the T shirt! We'll need your shirt size and your address if you need it shipped. Please email us at playeroneatl@gmail.com for shipping costs. It should be around $10. Otherwise you can pick up your swag at the Pub!

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    Large Tab!

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    Tour of a Vintage Game Class with Nick!

    Take this class with Nick to see what's inside the games you love to play! He'll answer all your questions and you'll up your nerd cred substantially! This is for the first class, some time in August. There is also one in September since we can only have a small number per class.

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    Tour of a Vintage Game Class with Nick!

    This is the September class! Since we can only have a small number of people per class, we're offering two. You can learn about arcade games, ask questions and up your game nerd cred!

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    Tix to the Patrons party!

    Two tickets to the Patrons party! This is a private event especially for our KS patrons! There'll be food, drinks, games and who knows what OTHER shenanigans! It'll be RAD! We'll aim for an August party, but we'll poll y'all to find the best time for everyone. If you want to chime in about that, email us: playeroneatl@gmail.com

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    6 Months FREE PLAY!!

    You'll get 26 rolls of quarters (yep, that's more than $250) to use any time you please! We've figured one roll per week (that's 40 plays!) but you can use them all in a weekend if you want! Play until your hands cramp and your eyes bleed!! We'll give you a custom card that you will bring in to get your quarters, so DON'T LOSE IT!!

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    ONE YEAR FREE PLAY!!

    You'll get 52 rolls of quarters to use any time you please (yup, that's more than $500)! We've figured one roll per week (that's 40 plays!) but you can use them any time you like. We'll give you a custom card that you will bring in to get your quarters, so DON'T LOSE IT!!

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    Private Party just for YOU!

    Host a private party for up to 12 people! Angela will cater for you and you can choose your drink preferences. All games will be on FREE PLAY. This is a custom party, so you can create it all yourself or let us do it for you. As you wish! We can work out a date that suits you, the only restriction is that it must happen before the end of 2019. (Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays are not available for this event. Restrictions will apply to the menu and the bar in order to stay within budget. Gratuities NOT included.)

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    Get a Custom Game!

    Nick will build you a custom game! You can choose from Pac-Man style multicade, Street Fighter style multicade or Nintendo style multicade. Nick will build the game for you and he'll show you how he does it if you're so inclined! Please note that it takes time to build games. Nick will give you his estimate for when he'll get the game finished. This is first come, first served, to keep things fair. He'll start building the games no later than Jan 2020. He'll begin these commissions as soon as he can, once the pub is going. Questions? Email us: playeroneatl@gmail.com

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    Playah!

    Get all the swag, a game built for you and a year's free play! We'll also give you the friends and family discount (20%) on your tab for a year. And our undying devotion. (Your game commission will be priority over everything except the Majah Playah level. Nick will work out the timeline with you.)

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    Majah Playah!

    You'll get it all. Free play forever, a custom game (the first one Nick makes), the swag, the 20% discount (forever) and a private party for 12. And our undying adoration and devotion. Email us with Questions: playeroneatl@gmail.com

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