About this project
We'd like to welcome you to Nottingham's Board Game Cafe - The Dice Cup.
We need to build it first though, and that's where this kickstarter campaign comes in.
What we have planned is the culmination of years of dreaming about a place designed with board gaming in mind.
- You can play any of our vast array of board games and if you find one you really like, there will be plenty available to buy and take home too.
- We will have tables suitable for gaming at (more details of those later) and comfortable chairs.
- While you play, you can enjoy great coffee, a pot of tea, hot chocolate, a smoothie, or one of a range of soft drinks along with sweet or savoury snack options.
- Our staff can teach you how to play and help you choose a suitable game for whatever group you're with. There are games for all tastes and age ranges.
- We will host a variety of board game tournaments, themed nights, big social games, and community groups.
What is a board game cafe?
As the name suggests, a board game cafe is a place where anyone can come in to play board games and have some refreshments.
What makes a board game cafe like ours special is more than just the fact that there are over 500 games available to play, with new games arriving each week. Our staff will be able to match you with a game if you don't know what you want to play, match you with other players if you're looking for people to play with, and show you how to play the game you end up choosing.
We have games from a wide range of genres. You can play classics like chess, draughts, and backgammon, well known family favourites like Game of Life, Scrabble, and Cluedo, Euro classics like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne and Alhambra, American style games, Co-operative games like Shadows over Camelot, Battlestar Galactica, and Dead of Winter, Party games, Social games, Games for kids, and many, many more. If it can conceivably be classed as a board game, then we will try to have it.
We will have a different theme each week and will be promoting games that fit that theme with related special offers.
What are your opening times?
We will be open 7 days a week at 10am and stay open until late. How late will depend on you. Come and keep us busy and we'll stay open :)
What does it cost to play?
To play the games from our collection there is a cover fee of £5 per person, which will cover you for a session up to 3-4 hours. If you have one of our membership cards that fee will be reduced to £3, £1, or nothing accordingly.
There is no limit to how long you can stay, If you want to stay and play all day, we will have extended session deals.
There will be a number of social group nights, the cover fee on those nights will be £2 for non-members or free to members.
What else do you have planned?
We will have a youtube channel with video reviews for newly released games as well as videos showing how to play the games in our collection so you can come prepared.
We are also planning to record a weekly podcast where we will discuss games in a fun, laid back, and hopefully entertaining way.
We want The Dice Cup to have a positive effect on society and will be running special workshops for Children with special educational needs, Fundraising events for Charity etc.
What do backers get?
You can choose to pledge for one of 3 Membership levels or just for one or THREE visits.
On any pledge of £10 or over you will also be able to bring along up to 3 friends on your first visit who will each pay only half the normal cover price for that visit.
Membership will still be available to anyone after this campaign ends but they won't come with the Menu Credit.
By pledging to this Kickstarter campaign you will get, depending on the pledge level you choose:
- Your name on our website and via add-ons even immortalised on the surfaces of the cafe itself.
- No cover charge on your first visit
- A years membership at your chosen pledge level,
- An amount of Menu Credit to spend as you wish on items from our food and drink menu.
- Pledges for Premium or Super Friends membership gives you a 10% discount on food and drink.
- Super Friends also get a 20% discount on games purchased!
- We also have a variety of optional add-ons such as extra drink vouchers or branded dice, T-shirts, guest appearances on our podcast and youtube videos, Shelf and game sponsorship, And even a Private Party
In addition to the pledge levels and free rewards often given out as Stretch Goal rewards, we are also able to offer a series of add-ons, usually at a great Kickstarter price!
These add-ons include Tshirts in 4 different designs ( why not get them all?), Custom D6's (Get a deal on a pack of 10), Reduced price entry to some of the first tournaments we'll be running (get nationally ranked in settlers of catan or assert your gem trading dominance in splendor), Hire The Dice Cup for your own private party (Birthday, Stag, Hen, Honeymoon, Anniversary, Graduation, whatever the occasion), Sponsor a shelf (Promote yourself or your business, or just put a cool slogan on a shelf, decency filters will apply), Sponsor a game (Let everyone know who is the true King of New York or Lord of Waterdeep), Appear in of our Video Reviews (and share your opinion with the world), Or join us for a podcast recording session
Adding on one or more of these extras to your pledge is easy - simply follow the steps in the video below and when it comes to entering a new value in the pledge amount, add together the value of the pledge level plus the combined value of all the add-ons you would like:
For example, the recommended pledge level is Premium membership (£100). If I also wanted to pledge for 2 t-shirts (£12 each) and a couple of custom Dice (£2.50 each), I’d click “Manage My Pledge” an enter of amount of £129. (£100 + 2x £12 + 2x £2.50)
How do I select which add-ons I want?
You do not select your add-ons through Kickstarter, instead when the project has finished we send out a survey where you can tell us your address details, contact details and specifically what you pledged for. You can even select more items than what you initially pledged for, which we’ll bill you for via Paypal after the survey deadline has passed.
This survey is normally sent out within 2 weeks after a campaign has finished. It can take a couple of weeks to process the information and send out any PayPal requests when the deadline closes.
If you'd like to get some extra goodies, we have the following add-ons. Simply increase your pledge level to cover the costs shown here and when your pledge has been collected we will send you an email with instructions on claiming your add-ons.
£1.50 Add £2 to your Menu Credit, saving 25%
£2.50 each - Branded Dice
£12 each - T-shirt, 4 designs to choose from. Special shirt styles or personalisation can also be accommodated for an additional cost. Contact us to discuss.
£30 - Sponsor a game (We will print a fancy certificate to be attached inside the game box detailing how great you are for donating it)
£50 - Sponsor a shelf (We will engrave your name on a metal plate to be attached to one of our games shelves)
£50 - Guest appearance on the podcast. You'll need to make your way to Nottingham on recording day and you can join in with our games discussion podcast.
£150 - guest appearance in a YouTube game review. Again, make your way to Nottingham on recording day to pitch in your thoughts on one of our video reviews.
£500 - Private party (You and your friends can have the whole place to yourselves for an evening, including a buffet and 2 game experts)
£12,000 First day free for members
On the day you collect your membership card, we won't charge you a cover fee. If you're collecting a Super Friends Membership, we'll give you an extra free coffee.
£12,500 Three free covers for members
Members will get 3 visits with no cover fee! Super Friends will get an extra free coffee on their first 3 visits
£13,000 Liquor licence
We will definitely have a large selection of hot drinks and soft drinks, but we know some of you like to enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine with your games, so if we reach £13,000 we will be applying for a liquor licence and stocking a range of high quality ales and wines. We'll also accompany this with the addition of a few extra wine and beer related board games to the shelves :)
£14,000 13 Month year
Backers annual membership cards will be valid for an extra month
£15,000 Bigger location
If we reach £15,000 we will open in the larger of the 2 sections shown in our update video #6.
£16,000 Backers party!!
We will have a private party just for backers shortly after opening. No charges and free buffet
£17,000 Top level location
If we reach £17,000 we will take both sides of the unit shown in update #6 allowing us to do more things such as having a separate area for rpg games or quiet sessions, having a comfy sofa area to chill out while playing light games or reading comics or game rules, and even having a full kitchen.
See Update #4 "Change of Plans" for news on how we will have the best tables possible!
£18,000 Super Charged Game collection
It's all about the games, If we reach £18,000 we will increase our games stock to over a thousand games!
Risks and challenges
The Dice Cup has been long in the planning. Due diligence and market research has been made, and having set up as a Limited Company we just need the capital to get up and running as soon as we can.
Coming on board the team is someone who has run a gaming and comic retail business for over five years already, so much of the infrastructure is already in place.
With the groundwork laid the next step will be to secure a good location, we have begun work to that end but can't continue until we have financial support. This step has the potential to cause most delays after the end of the campaign but we aim to be selling you games and drinks within the shortest time possible.
We need your help to make The Dice Cup the gaming centre it has the potential to be, so please help spread the word and get pledging.
- (30 days)