Great news! We signed off our agreement to lease a few days ago and we’re expecting confirmation of our planning early next week, which should mean we’re 6-8 weeks from opening.
Now we need to get on with sorting the games library, plastering, painting, plumbing, electrics, lighting, signage, hiring staff, staff training, finalising the menu, placing the first food order, kickstarter rewards, organising the opening, fitting the furniture… OMG - there’s so much to do!
Well as you may have seen we’ve made a start on at least one of these - our games library has been catalogued and our website updated with the list of games you can expect to play when you visit. That’s just the start of course as we’ll frequently add new games once we’re open through backing kickstarters, finding out of print gems and buying new releases – that way there should always be something new for you to try.
So what will it be like when you visit and how do you access all this gaming goodness?
As you walk through the door at Coffee & Dice you can expect a warm greeting from a member of our team and the question ‘have you visited us before?’, answer in the negative and they’ll explain how it all works.
For just £4 (£3 for members) you get unlimited access to our library of games for the duration of your visit. We’ll be on hand to recommend games if you need some guidance, or you can browse the library and pick out something for yourself.
The library will be organised by the style of game, so all the quiz games will be in one place, while the strategy games will have their own area and the party games will be somewhere else. We know a bunch of games fall into multiple categories and no doubt we’ll be arguing long and hard about where some belong, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for don’t hesitate to ask us.
Our games will also be labelled, giving you a quick guide to how many players the game can play and how long a game will take. For seasoned gamers these are contentious issues! There’s a certain zombie game which I personally believe should never play more than 5 - even though the box says 6 – and then there’s the highly optimistic expected play times often printed on games. Please be aware that wherever we can we’ll give the benefit of our experience on our labels so they may conflict with what’s written on the box.
Once you’ve picked a game we’ll help you get started by teaching you the rules and helping you set up whenever we can. Obviously with over 500 games and new ones arriving all the time, not all of our team will know every game intimately so please bear with us if we have to sneak a peek at the rulebook!
Of course should you fancy a refreshing drink or a tasty snack while you play we’ll have those available for you too.
Can't wait to see you there!