We're Back. Thanks to You!
Words cannot express our gratitude to you, our illustrious Kickstarter donors. It is because of you that we are able to write this update, in which we detail the amazing things we've done in the two weeks since our last update.
Every one of these things is because of you. All of the hard work from our volunteers has only been possible thanks to your donations to our cause. And they did work hard. So incredibly hard. We've bought a great deal of pizza and rented a lot of trucks. Our volunteers are amazing.
All goods have shipped. Our donor walls are up. Our sign is hung. We still have a lot of work to do, internally, to spruce up the place and to make it even better. For now, however, we are open, classes have resumed. Events have resumed. Tournaments have resumed. Open hours have resumed.
We've been open for 2 weekends. We had 209 people at our reopening party. We've hosted over a dozen students in four different classes. We've held our first Interactive Fiction meetup, our first tournament, our first game jam in the new space!
In four months, we moved, renovated, built-out, painted, organized, and shelved everything. Well, almost everything. As we said, there's a lot more we have to show you over the coming year, but for now, we are open!
And it is all because of your generosity! Our grand reopening party saw 209 visitors. Our first class had every seat filled, one by a father/son combo who'd seen the sign and wandered in. Dad was an old game developer.
We've now hosted the Global Game Jam, our first Smash 4 tournament, an App development class, and 3 Scratch classes of varying skill levels.
How many Kickstarters can say they delivered on every promise in 4 months? How many Kickstarters can say that, 4 months after they closed their fundraising efforts, they'd only actually used less than 20% of the funds raised in the Kickstarter?
Oh, did we not mention that? We raised about $51,000 in our Kickstarter. You gave us $51,000. We expected we'd spend about 80% of it on the build-out and move-in, with 20% in reserve for rent. Two months worth of rent.
Instead, we're sitting here on $41,000 left in the bank. That's enough to pay for 10 months of operations. That is amazing.
How did we do this? By raising additional funds to match your generous donations. You can see some of those additional names on the donor walls, photographed below.
These are our temporary donor walls, by the way. If you see something wrong with your name, we will be redoing these in a more permanent fashion as the year goes on. Right now, they are 6 feet tall. They hang in the museum entryway, like tapestries, on either sides of the vault door.
We felt it was important to make sure the public knew who made this possible. You. Y'all. The people with the foresight and trust to understand what we've been up to for the past four years. It is you we have to thank for this triumph.
And as videogames often include competition, we can't help but notice we managed to reopen before the Videogame History Museum in Texas was able to open its doors. They've got the single best collection of videogame related artifacts in the world, so we really hope we can work with them as we both set out into this uncharted realm of being a videogame museum!
As always, you can find out about what we're doing on our Calendar, or on our Website. This weekend, in fact, we have a Smash 64 tournament on Friday, followed by a Street Fighter V tournament on Saturday! As always, classes take place throughout the weekend.
Onward, then, to the pictures. They are worth 1,000 words.