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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, April 28 2019 1:49 PM UTC +00:00.

The Meeple's CafeBy The Meeple's Cafe
First created
The Meeple's CafeBy The Meeple's Cafe
First created
$1,852
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
12
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, April 28 2019 1:49 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Who We Are

We are new to the Phoenix Metro Area (move here August 2018), but have been planning to start a board game cafe since early 2017.  

Darcy (the kitchen manager) has been in the food industry for 15+ years in various roles. She has always wanted to own and operate her own restaurant with a simple menu, a great vibe, and an affordable price for families on a budget.

Kevin (the chief librarian) has been a gamer his whole life, but discovered modern board games in 2008. Since then, it has become a major passion in his personal and professional life.  As an engineering professor, he has performed government funded research on the educational value of board games. For example, he has found how the game Pandemic can be used to teach engineers how to work in teams.

Our Mission

The hobby of board gaming has done so much for us, so we want to bring that to the East Valley.  As such, our mission is simple: Fun, Food, and Fellowship.

In short, we want to bring the East Valley an affordable place to play games, have a bite to eat, and to share quality time with friends, family, and co-workers.

Below are some videos explaining the different pillars of our mission.

FUN

Below are the prices for all of our gaming options and our memberships.

Front of Gaming Menu
Front of Gaming Menu
Back of Gaming Menu
Back of Gaming Menu

Also, we want to put in a line item into our monthly budget for one kickstarter game per month.  This way, we can bring you the games you were curious about, but too cautious to back.  In addition, if funded, we can be can give back to the community that gave to us.

FOOD

Our Menu

Front of Food Menu
Front of Food Menu
Back of Food Menu
Back of Food Menu

Below are images showing examples from our menu. (Don't they look TASTY!?)

Banana Dog
Banana Dog
Cincinatti Style Fries
Cincinatti Style Fries
Seattle Style Fries
Seattle Style Fries
Wisconsin Style Hot Dog
Wisconsin Style Hot Dog
Hawaiian Style Nachos
Hawaiian Style Nachos
Sonoran Style Hot Dog
Sonoran Style Hot Dog
Meeple Style Nachos
Meeple Style Nachos


FELLOWSHIP

Another aspect of "Fellowship" involves what we are trying to do to welcome folks into the board gaming hobby.  Specifically, we want to have a "Gateway Games" section. 

A gateway game is a board game that introduces new board gamers to board games designed in the modern style leading them to many more awesome and fun games.  In addition, they are also easy to learn, quick to finish, and fun to play.

The six gateway games we will host a whole section for include: Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, King of Tokyo, Dominion, and Pandemic.

Timeline

The goal is to be open mid-June.  The deadlines all state August or later. This is in case things go awry or shipping of physical rewards are delayed.  

We have signed the lease for our location and are doing the necessary renovations (3821 E Baseline Rd Suite J-140). We are also working tirelessly to purchase and prepare each game so it is ready for heavy use.  

Why a Kickstarter

We want to offer a good variety of games.  Unfortunately, the cost of games, even from a large distributor, is not low.  With $10K, we can buy all of the games we need to provide the best experience possible.  

Also, we figure this is a good way to give our initial customers great deals on food and games. 

Risks and challenges

Due to relying upon third party vendors for items like t-shirts, they may not be delivered at the time promised. We are in contact with many t-shirt companies to ensure a high quality product and a reasonable delivery time.

We are moving forward with the cafe, no matter what, so not meeting our goals will not result in a lack of a Meeple's Cafe. Rather, it will result in a much more limited library of games and some items not making it to the menu (like popcorn).

Meeting our goals will result in an amazing game library and some niche kitchen equipment like an espresso machine.

The final major risk/challenge is our tentative opening date. The space does not require a lot of renovation, but unforeseen problems may arise.

Also, with the projected number of games we want to offer, they may not all have the supplemental components we want for them. Specifically, we want to include a cliff notes version of the rules for each game so players can learn the game quick if a game librarian is not available.

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    Get a 12-person birthday party in addition to the Card Drafting Player rewards. Specific games will be reserved for your event, we will "rope off" a section of the store just for you, we will coordinate large group party games (at request), and we will provide you with a custom board game themed birthday cake. In addition, we will provide hot dogs, nachos, and fries and two separate styles for 12 people as a food bar.

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    Get a 30 person catered business event and exclusive access to the store in addition to the Card Drafting Player rewards. We will coordinate an event for you and 29 other individuals as a private party. A catering bar will be set up with hot dogs, nachos, and fries with components for three topping styles included.

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