The Game Center expansion project is beginning to feel like a business plan. That's a good thing, because I'm generally able to accomplish my projects if I put a lot of effort into a plan. It's also a bad thing, because a business plan in the retail sphere has to account for thin margins, so it's a roller coaster, where each day you're not sure if it can be done. Yesterday I felt it could be done, so my mood is good! Other days? Not so much.
We're now in discussion with the contractor and we have an outline for our Kickstarter project. When will the Kickstarter begin, you eagerly ask? We're looking at the June time frame. Meanwhile, we're starting to reach out to those we'll need for the project, including creators of custom rewards. I won't announce that yet, but I do feel honored to be able to work with people I deeply respect in the publishing field. We're looking for more ideas in that regard, in case you're a publisher and have some.
Kickstarter customer rewards focus on various "gym membership" levels that allow for open play during scheduled event times, removal of nominal event fees, "paladin club" discounts at the higher tiers, and, of course, some extra perks. For example, we're working on an exclusive, Black Diamond Games themed, professionally developed, Pathfinder adventure. Most tiers include public recognition on our Wall of Heroes. This will all be reserved for Kickstarter supporters and not available afterwards, at least for an extended period. The details are being hammered out now, so there's room for change and suggestions.
Publishers will also be invited to participate, with recognition on our Wall of Heroes and possibly a larger focus with a poster or logo presented prominently (that's being researched). We're interested in publisher "sponsorship" in this regard and welcome ideas. Finally, a few retailers may request my consulting services. I will visit your store and write a report or work on a problem you have. It feels awkward and conceited, but I wouldn't offer it if I didn't know there are those I could help. I have spent many hours helping friends and colleagues with their new stores, and if I can do it to get this project off the ground, I'm happy to be that guy.
To whet your appetite further, below are new conceptual drawings from the architects.