Hey everyone, Eliot & Gabe here, and we are so excited to finally be kickstarting this event!
We've been planning it for months, and we've found an amazing partner in Hotel Durant. There is honestly nothing we love more than to see people have a great time playing games.
That's why we created the Board Game Arcade
We're going to rent a conference room in Hotel Durant, and make it open to 12 hours of tabletop gaming fun! You can bring your own games, or choose from our library, hand-picked by myself and Gabe (graciously loaned by Games of Berkeley).
We'll also have games created by local designers, and other special events throughout the day (more on that in a minute).
That'll be upstairs (wheelchair accessible)
Downstairs, our second room will be dedicated to tournaments for Netrunner, Berkeley's own Labaratory Mayhem, and more!
So why is it an "Arcade"?
We got the idea from the gaming Arcades of our childhood. Just like Chuck-e-Cheese, you can win tickets and turn them in for prizes - except with board games!
You can get tickets by:
- playtesting games from local designers
- competing in tournaments
- and participating in our special events!
These special events include "Pandemic: NIGHTMARE MODE", "Speed-Gaming" and other exciting challenges.
You will also be able to battle the GameMaster.
This mysterious figure will appear periodically throughout the day. Defeat him in one-on-one battle and you'll win twice the tickets you bet against him, but be careful, he is not an opponent to be trifled with.
Awesome! Give me the details
Date: Sunday October 2nd
Where: Hotel Durant, 2600 Durant Ave., Berkeley, California (USA).
Get off at Downtown Berkeley BART station and take the 51b Bus from Shattuck Ave. Get off at Telegraph Ave.
Limited parking available on site. Wheelchair Accessible.
Hotel Durant has its own bathroom facilities, restaurant and bar.
The nearby area also has a lot of choices for food (including vegan and gluten free).
Need more info?
How does backing work?
We're selling a number of different passes to the event: Half-Day, and All-Day.
The All-Day pass will give you full access to the Board Game Arcade, tournaments and special events for the full duration of the event (10am-10pm).
A Half-Day pass can be purchased for the Morning (10am-4pm) or the Evening (4pm-10pm), and still allows you full access to everything the Board Game Arcade has to offer during that time slot.
We also have some deals for 4x passes and one exclusive set of 8x passes!
You will be able to leave the venue and come back during your time. Passes will be coloured coded for your level/duration of pass.
Passes will not be available on the day if we sell out during the kickstarter.
Under 5 years of age play for free.
Most of the money (about $1,000) will go on hiring the space for the event. There will be two rooms, one upstairs for open gaming, and one downstairs for tournament play.
After that, the money will be used to pay for tickets, pass bracelets, other necessary stationary, and prizes.
We're reaching out to publishers for prizes, but we will also buy an assortment of tabletop games, as well as fitting retro 80s goodies (candies, slinkies, neon-sunglasses etc.)
We'll post regularly here on Kickstarter, but you can also follows us on the social medias:
The Board Game Arcade is owned and operated by ToBeGosu.
All art was done by the talented Will Parks, check out his game Keel Haul
Risks and challenges
THIS EVENT WILL BE IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, USA.
Just so that you got. You can still pledge any amount you like for our humble thanks
Hotel Durant has kindly given us a soft-hold on the date until we raise the money for a deposit. If someone else wanted to hire the space for that day, before we have reached our goal, we will be unable to proceed with the event.
So if you want to come, don't leave it until the last minute to back!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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