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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  PaulC on Sun 03 Jul 2016, 09:32

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PaulC wrote:Boarders

I thought you voted remain - now you are going on about this... Jeez

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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  karl_b on Sun 03 Jul 2016, 16:47

Game of Scones. Tom's won.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Jamie on Sun 03 Jul 2016, 17:22

The Board Games Cafe
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Aneurin on Sun 03 Jul 2016, 19:16

BeardyTom wrote:
Game of Scones?

Already a book title. And sounds like a suing nightmare. Don't mess with American TV companies.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  psychomansam on Sun 03 Jul 2016, 22:13

On a serious note, your need a business plan including the various audiences you can appeal to. I'd strongly advise you appeal to the widest possible set of audiences, especially the larger ones. I expect you've visited other games cafes/bars to see how they achieve this. I just mention this because your name needs to be designed to appeal to the appropriate audiences.

D12 strikes me as something that might work as a modern enigmatic name to the average punter with inside knowledge for geeks.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Aneurin on Sun 03 Jul 2016, 22:15

Even better if it was in Dublin and a specific postal area Wink
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  BeardyTom on Mon 04 Jul 2016, 15:10

Aneurin wrote:
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Game of Scones?

Already a book title. And sounds like a suing nightmare. Don't mess with American TV companies.

I wish people would stop stealing my ideas before I even have them.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  AndyM on Tue 05 Jul 2016, 15:12

Bit late to the party, but I'd love this, I wouldn't mind a cover charge for free game rental or a monthly membership, would love to be able to bring my kids along to play games at weekends. Snakes and Lattes in Canada have a channel dedicated to what to do if you want to make a cafe, worth having a look at their stuff.
I'd also like a place to playtest games, a playtest night perhaps and a selfish request is to provide gluten free vegetarian food if possible too Razz

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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  SamVS on Tue 05 Jul 2016, 15:38

Reiner's sounds like a good name for a cafe, though it's a bit cheesy when you know the reference. Anything with "ludi" in makes me want to vomit. Chits and Giggles is an inspired pun. I think I agree with Sam's post (ugh, my stomach turned when I typed that).

Then again, a lot of cafes have dumb names and it's a little endearing. It makes me think it might be run by friendly idiots, rather than well groomed posers. "Amici & Bici"? Bleh. I'd still have a coffee there, though. It looks welcoming.

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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Carl_H on Tue 05 Jul 2016, 17:20

Some really good ideas and names. All will be considered. And D12 was originally going to be D8, until the Mrs pointed out it would be mistaken as Date Cafe! Oops.
See you all tonight anyway
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Jamie on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 00:10

I'm thinking D12 isn't great. The issue being, would people recognise it as being a board gaming cafe? I'm not sure. Mind you, I guess that's what market research is for. Also, as well as being recognisable to gamers, I guess you want something that's meaningful for non gamers too.


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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  psychomansam on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 08:55

AndyM wrote:Bit late to the party, but I'd love this, I wouldn't mind a cover charge for free game rental or a monthly membership, would love to be able to bring my kids along to play games at weekends. Snakes and Lattes in Canada have a channel dedicated to what to do if you want to make a cafe, worth having a look at their stuff.
I'd also like a place to playtest games, a playtest night perhaps and a selfish request is to provide gluten free vegetarian food if possible too Razz

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FYI the Dice Cup in nottingham is vegan. I thought it was awful and not a shade on Ludorati, also in Nottingham (who might well have something meeting your culinary needs). But if you don't mind soy milk, you might well have more favourable thoughts than me.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Aneurin on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 08:57

Jamie wrote:I'm thinking D12 isn't great. The issue being, would people recognise it as being a board gaming cafe? I'm not sure. Mind you, I guess that's what market research is for. Also, as well as being recognisable to games, I guesrs you want something that's meaningful for non gamers too.

I'm with Jamie on this one...
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  AndyM on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 09:59

psychomansam wrote:
AndyM wrote:Bit late to the party, but I'd love this, I wouldn't mind a cover charge for free game rental or a monthly membership, would love to be able to bring my kids along to play games at weekends. Snakes and Lattes in Canada have a channel dedicated to what to do if you want to make a cafe, worth having a look at their stuff.
I'd also like a place to playtest games, a playtest night perhaps and a selfish request is to provide gluten free vegetarian food if possible too Razz

Snakes and Lattes

FYI the Dice Cup in nottingham is vegan. I thought it was awful and not a shade on Ludorati, also in Nottingham (who might well have something meeting your culinary needs). But if you don't mind soy milk, you might well have more favourable thoughts than me.

Thanks will check it out when I'm down that way!
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Andy S on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 15:56

Carl_H wrote:Does anyone have any good names for a board game café?

The Six-Sided Diet
Daftness rating: Medium,  Lawsuit risk: None
"Diet" is used here is in its broader sense (ie, the food one consumes, collectively).  But its more common, intuitive connotation – defined as a particular selection of foods eaten with the specific intent to lose weight or improve health – might not suit your menu or might not give off the vibe you’re after.

Burger and Chits
Daftness rating: Low,  Lawsuit risk: None
Needless to say, if you’re not serving burgers, this doesn’t make any sense.  Fish and Chits is probably better, but I think there would be an even more acute implication that fish would be the primary focus of your menu, which I doubt is your plan.

Pawn, Salad, Sandwich
Daftness rating: Medium,  Lawsuit risk: None
This is a quirky one, but I like it.  Its viability is again dependent on your menu.  If you’re not serving salad or sandwiches, it falls flat.

Hunger/Games
Daftness rating: Low,  Lawsuit risk: High
This is my favourite.  It immediately and distinctly conveys the 2 key aspects of your business: food and games.  The / could be replaced with + or x (in the vein of Fear x Loathing on West Street), however you see fit.
I’m not sure how much crossover there is between fans of Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels (and their film adaptations) with board gamers, but the fact is, even if you’re not overly familiar with the books, you’ve almost certainly heard of them.  And it just rolls off the tongue.
It might not work from a legal point of view.  Cease and Desist brand infringement litigation usually only rears its head if you’re treading on the toes of another brand in the same industry, and arguably this isn’t the case here, because the brand is more focussed in the book and film industries.  But I’m afraid there are, in fact, published board games which use the Hunger Games license, so you might get Scholastic’s and Lionsgate’s legal teams harassing you if the café becomes particularly successful.

Bread Roll for the Galaxy
Daftness rating: Medium,  Lawsuit risk: High
I like the image this conjures of a humble café determined to provide sustenance to the whole of the galaxy.  If this version seems too litigiously risky, there are any number of other possibilities, eg Bread Roll of the Dice, Bread Roll and Move, etc.

Flavour Quest
Daftness rating: Low,  Lawsuit risk: Low
I like this one because it is simple, efficiently descriptive, and memorable.  It has a touch of geekiness to it, but is generic enough not to immediately deter a wider demographic.

Café Legacy
Daftness rating: Low,  Lawsuit risk: None
This one is definitely zeitgeist-y, what with the current buzz about legacy games.  Like “Flavour Quest”, it is tidy, memorable, and unlikely to put off not-as-geeky gamers.  That said, the legacy game reference might be too narrow, and lost on all but a specific subset of hobbyists.  I still think it sounds cool, though.

Variable Flavour Powers
Daftness rating: High,  Lawsuit risk: None
Probably too obscure/geeky and not quite punny enough.  It’s fun, but I suspect a lot of potential patrons would just see it and think, “Er…what?”
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  PaulC on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 16:32

ooh, ooh - if you will be serving cake (Of course you'll be serving cake!) or pie.....


....wait for it....



....are you ready?....



...here it comes....



..."Slice & Dice"!


OK, it's not THAT good, but I liked it.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  DaveB on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 16:34

PaulC wrote:..."Slice & Dice"!

Would be especially good if the food focus was pizza...

Unfortunately pizza and boardgames? Not really an ideal combination! Smile
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Aneurin on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 16:39

Great for Halloween parties I guess...

Reminds me of A Salt and Battered on London Road.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Lizzy on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 16:45

PaulC wrote:"Slice & Dice"!

That was going to be the name of my cafe Sad
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  PaulC on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 16:47

Lizzy wrote:
PaulC wrote:"Slice & Dice"!

That was going to be the name of my cafe Sad

OK - Lizzy's called dibs. Hands off Carl! Smile
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  RikTheChief on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 16:47

I like Bread Roll for the Galaxy! Good one!

Carcass-Scone
Colt Espresso
Mysteri-Yummy
Camel Cup of Tea
Arctic Roll Scavengers

I'm sure there's many, many more.

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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Jamie on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 17:25

How about "Hidden Rolls"...
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  JohnH on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 00:03

Jamie wrote:How about "Hidden Rolls"...

I think Sam has dibs on that....
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  psychomansam on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 00:09

JohnH wrote:
Jamie wrote:How about "Hidden Rolls"...

I think Sam has dibs on that....

Well I was planning on designing the Hidden Roll hidden role game at some point.
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Scott_Fryer on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 08:20

Lizzy wrote:
PaulC wrote:"Slice & Dice"!

That was going to be the name of my cafe Sad

Think someone in Shirebrook has beaten you both to it Smile

https://www.facebook.com/Sliceanddiceshirebrook/?fref=ts
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Re: Boardgame Café

Post  Lizzy on Thu 07 Jul 2016, 09:53

Scott wrote:
Lizzy wrote:
PaulC wrote:"Slice & Dice"!

That was going to be the name of my cafe Sad

Think someone in Shirebrook has beaten you both to it Smile

https://www.facebook.com/Sliceanddiceshirebrook/?fref=ts

Boo!
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