Critical Hit

By Daniel Atkins

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Critical Hit

Project 2012-10-17 00:49:26 +1300

What is Critical Hit?

First and foremost, we are a retailer of traditional gaming wares, including (but not limited to) board games, trading card games, war-gaming supplies, role-playing games, and all manner of other game-related supplies and merchandise. We also do coffee!

We put a huge focus on the community aspect of gaming, too! Want to find a local game group, or expand your current one? Pop on down and put a notice up on our notice-board! Bored in town, and have a deck of Magic: the Gathering on you? We’ve probably got some people looking for a quick game. Events? We’ve got plenty! Looking for organised play for your favourite game? We probably do that too.

Or we would. You see, there’s a bit of a problem: we haven’t actually opened yet. We’re currently off on a massive quest to raise the funds we need to open our doors, so we can bring Wellington the game store it has been missing.

Who are we?

Critical Hit is comprised of three Wellington Locals, who are all active members of the gaming community. We know what it’s like to be deprived of a good local game store, and we’ve all had a lot of fun being part of the gaming community—now it’s time we did something awesome for them.

Susan Wells, our manager, has had years of experience in both retail and food service. She's been the head-chef at a cafe, a barista, and worked full time in a game store.

Ben Wylie-van Eerd is a PhD student at Victoria, who is also involved in the running of a local art studio.

Daniel Atkins is the kind of person who doesn't give up when faced with an impossible challenge. This entire thing was his idea, and he's put a lot of effort into getting it this far.

The three of us are dedicated to seeing this through to the end. It's a hard road ahead, but it's too late to turn back now.

Mission Objectives:

We realise we're asking the community to part with a substantial sum of money. Unfortunately, this sum is what we need before the bank is willing to talk business with us. Of course, this isn't the only avenue we're looking at to get these funds, since there is every likelyhood that we won't meet our pledge goal. But we wanted to give you the chance to get involved, to help us create a great store and venue for the gaming community.

Our goals for this campaign:
  • Raise 50% of our intended initial capital.
  • Raise awareness of our situation, and if possible, make contact with potential investors.


Why do this?

Wellington is without a decent traditional gaming store for the first time in years. With the recent closure of Wargames Supply, many members of the gaming community lost easy access to their favourite games. Worse, the community has no hub, no centre in which to congregate and build a sense of, well, community. We think this is a terrible state of affairs, and want to remedy it as soon as possible.

By providing a decent Local Game Store that can also serve a great venue and meeting place, we hope to bring the Wellington Gaming Community together like never before.


But what do I get if I support your campaign?

A good question! We have several rewards available for various pledge levels. Check them out now!


Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that a great many members of the gaming community are not exactly flush with cash. That's okay! If you can't support us with money, there are many other ways you can help. Tell all your friends about what we're trying to do; spread the word!

Of course, if you'd rather invest than donate, don't hesitate to get in touch! We can send you our business plan, forecast sheets, and other paperwork.

We hope to serve you soon!

Comments

Updates 3

Business Questions

25/10/2012 at 5:13 PM

I’ve recently had some questions as to what we have in terms of a business plan, and other such things. If you’re interested in knowing more about any of the items listed below, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We do have a business plan. It’s probably got a few flaws in it, but I am talking to people about it. I’ve been in contact with WECC, and GrowWellington, as well as an expert from my bank. We’re getting it sorted, so that it’ll be ready to show to potential investors. You can see it, if you’re interested.

We have profit/loss forecasts, cash-flow forecasts, capital expenditure budgets, and a break-even analysis. Yes, they are based on real figures obtained by research into the market. They’ve even been looked over by an accountant.

We have a location in mind. We’ve been talking to several real estate companies and landlords, and we’ve settled on a decent location. Better yet, the landlord actually want a cafe-type business in there and are willing to help pay for fit-out.

We have experience in this area of business. Susan, who will be managing the store, has worked for years in retail and also has years of experience managing a cafe and as a barista.

We are serious about this. Something that I feel needs clarification, as it crops up all too often in this area of retail. Not once has the phrase “Wouldn’t it be cool to run a game store” passed our lips. We don’t want to run a game store just for the sake of running a game store. This is a business. Not a hobby.

Why haven’t we just got a business loan? Believe me, the bank was the first place I went. I’m a student - I don’t have property to secure a loan against. They were only willing to offer 50% of what we needed, and only if we got the other 50% ourselves. This is entirely sensible, even if it does put us in a difficult position. We need money to get money.

Why crowd-funding? We know it’s not likely to succeed, given the amount we’re looking for. We’d be total idiots if we were reliant on that happening. But it doesn’t cost us anything, and at the end of the day, it’s free publicity.

New Reward: Member of the League

23/10/2012 at 5:59 AM

Have you ever wanted to play in a game being run in a high-class establishment? Desired to wear your best eveningwear to a small social gathering? Do we have a reward for you!

We've decided to get a popular Welington GM to run a six-player game of The League of Extraordinary Gentlegamers - with a twist. We're doing it in style. We'll even serve complimentary wine and light snacks. Places are extremely limited -- pledge to get your seat!

Some questions!

25/10/2012 at 5:13 PM

We've already had some questions about our campaign. We thought it might be a good idea to share them, and the answers, with all of you.

  • Are you adding a video?
    • Yes, we are planning on adding a video as soon as it's finished. We're just too excited about this campaign to wait!
  • Are you adding more prizes? I suggest t-shirts.
    • We have planned to add more prizes (and stretch-goals). T-shirts have been discussed, and we think it's a great idea!
  • For a non-coffee drinker like myself what other hot drinks would you sell?
    • Like many other cafe-type places, we will have a selection of loose-leaf teas, and hot chocolates.
  • Where would you most likely setup shop? Or want to setup shop?
    • Location is difficult to pin down without the funding to assure the Landlord that we're actually serious about this. However, we have been looking at a location along Victoria Street, between Manners and Dixon.
  • You noted that most games stores are closed down now, what's stopping the same from happing to this one? Is there a demand for this to make a living?
    • The previous game stores, to the best of my knowledge and research, didn't shut down due to a lack of demand. There were a lot of other factors-ones that we will be avoiding as much as we can. Given our intended location, coffee will contribute substantially to our day-to-day takings.
  • Will you still continue to do it if you fail to make the target?
    • Of course! It will be a little bit harder, but this is something we really want to see happen. We just want to give the community a chance to help out, since this is going to be a place for them.

    Pledgers 21

    ScottK
    2012-11-15 10:31:15 +1300
    Aaron Caskey
    2012-10-26 20:48:18 +1300
    Stephanie Pegg
    2012-10-26 20:06:36 +1300
    Michael Ball
    2012-10-25 22:13:17 +1300
    Russell
    2012-10-24 09:48:50 +1300
    Zane Williams
    2012-10-24 09:45:21 +1300
    Mike Thorn
    2012-10-24 08:22:41 +1300
    Bex
    2012-10-24 07:50:38 +1300
    Max Bell
    2012-10-24 00:18:04 +1300
    Alex Rodgers
    2012-10-23 22:28:50 +1300
    IdiotSavant
    2012-10-23 19:29:36 +1300
    Natalie Atkins
    2012-10-23 09:30:02 +1300
    Andrew
    2012-10-22 14:08:48 +1300
    Cam Owen
    2012-10-22 12:00:54 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-10-22 10:33:52 +1300
    Michael Charles
    2012-10-21 20:55:33 +1300
    Nathaniel Fallow
    2012-10-21 20:25:08 +1300
    Manuel Gebhard
    2012-10-21 18:35:49 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-10-21 18:18:03 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-10-21 18:12:06 +1300
    Jayden
    2012-10-21 18:10:41 +1300

    Critical Hit

    Project 2012-10-17 00:49:26 +1300

    What is Critical Hit?

    First and foremost, we are a retailer of traditional gaming wares, including (but not limited to) board games, trading card games, war-gaming supplies, role-playing games, and all manner of other game-related supplies and merchandise. We also do coffee!

    We put a huge focus on the community aspect of gaming, too! Want to find a local game group, or expand your current one? Pop on down and put a notice up on our notice-board! Bored in town, and have a deck of Magic: the Gathering on you? We’ve probably got some people looking for a quick game. Events? We’ve got plenty! Looking for organised play for your favourite game? We probably do that too.

    Or we would. You see, there’s a bit of a problem: we haven’t actually opened yet. We’re currently off on a massive quest to raise the funds we need to open our doors, so we can bring Wellington the game store it has been missing.

    Who are we?

    Critical Hit is comprised of three Wellington Locals, who are all active members of the gaming community. We know what it’s like to be deprived of a good local game store, and we’ve all had a lot of fun being part of the gaming community—now it’s time we did something awesome for them.

    Susan Wells, our manager, has had years of experience in both retail and food service. She's been the head-chef at a cafe, a barista, and worked full time in a game store.

    Ben Wylie-van Eerd is a PhD student at Victoria, who is also involved in the running of a local art studio.

    Daniel Atkins is the kind of person who doesn't give up when faced with an impossible challenge. This entire thing was his idea, and he's put a lot of effort into getting it this far.

    The three of us are dedicated to seeing this through to the end. It's a hard road ahead, but it's too late to turn back now.

    Mission Objectives:

    We realise we're asking the community to part with a substantial sum of money. Unfortunately, this sum is what we need before the bank is willing to talk business with us. Of course, this isn't the only avenue we're looking at to get these funds, since there is every likelyhood that we won't meet our pledge goal. But we wanted to give you the chance to get involved, to help us create a great store and venue for the gaming community.

    Our goals for this campaign:
    • Raise 50% of our intended initial capital.
    • Raise awareness of our situation, and if possible, make contact with potential investors.


    Why do this?

    Wellington is without a decent traditional gaming store for the first time in years. With the recent closure of Wargames Supply, many members of the gaming community lost easy access to their favourite games. Worse, the community has no hub, no centre in which to congregate and build a sense of, well, community. We think this is a terrible state of affairs, and want to remedy it as soon as possible.

    By providing a decent Local Game Store that can also serve a great venue and meeting place, we hope to bring the Wellington Gaming Community together like never before.


    But what do I get if I support your campaign?

    A good question! We have several rewards available for various pledge levels. Check them out now!


    Other Ways You Can Help

    We understand that a great many members of the gaming community are not exactly flush with cash. That's okay! If you can't support us with money, there are many other ways you can help. Tell all your friends about what we're trying to do; spread the word!

    Of course, if you'd rather invest than donate, don't hesitate to get in touch! We can send you our business plan, forecast sheets, and other paperwork.

    We hope to serve you soon!

    Comments

    Business Questions

    25/10/2012 at 5:13 PM

    I’ve recently had some questions as to what we have in terms of a business plan, and other such things. If you’re interested in knowing more about any of the items listed below, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    We do have a business plan. It’s probably got a few flaws in it, but I am talking to people about it. I’ve been in contact with WECC, and GrowWellington, as well as an expert from my bank. We’re getting it sorted, so that it’ll be ready to show to potential investors. You can see it, if you’re interested.

    We have profit/loss forecasts, cash-flow forecasts, capital expenditure budgets, and a break-even analysis. Yes, they are based on real figures obtained by research into the market. They’ve even been looked over by an accountant.

    We have a location in mind. We’ve been talking to several real estate companies and landlords, and we’ve settled on a decent location. Better yet, the landlord actually want a cafe-type business in there and are willing to help pay for fit-out.

    We have experience in this area of business. Susan, who will be managing the store, has worked for years in retail and also has years of experience managing a cafe and as a barista.

    We are serious about this. Something that I feel needs clarification, as it crops up all too often in this area of retail. Not once has the phrase “Wouldn’t it be cool to run a game store” passed our lips. We don’t want to run a game store just for the sake of running a game store. This is a business. Not a hobby.

    Why haven’t we just got a business loan? Believe me, the bank was the first place I went. I’m a student - I don’t have property to secure a loan against. They were only willing to offer 50% of what we needed, and only if we got the other 50% ourselves. This is entirely sensible, even if it does put us in a difficult position. We need money to get money.

    Why crowd-funding? We know it’s not likely to succeed, given the amount we’re looking for. We’d be total idiots if we were reliant on that happening. But it doesn’t cost us anything, and at the end of the day, it’s free publicity.

    New Reward: Member of the League

    23/10/2012 at 5:59 AM

    Have you ever wanted to play in a game being run in a high-class establishment? Desired to wear your best eveningwear to a small social gathering? Do we have a reward for you!

    We've decided to get a popular Welington GM to run a six-player game of The League of Extraordinary Gentlegamers - with a twist. We're doing it in style. We'll even serve complimentary wine and light snacks. Places are extremely limited -- pledge to get your seat!

    Some questions!

    25/10/2012 at 5:13 PM

    We've already had some questions about our campaign. We thought it might be a good idea to share them, and the answers, with all of you.

    • Are you adding a video?
      • Yes, we are planning on adding a video as soon as it's finished. We're just too excited about this campaign to wait!
    • Are you adding more prizes? I suggest t-shirts.
      • We have planned to add more prizes (and stretch-goals). T-shirts have been discussed, and we think it's a great idea!
    • For a non-coffee drinker like myself what other hot drinks would you sell?
      • Like many other cafe-type places, we will have a selection of loose-leaf teas, and hot chocolates.
    • Where would you most likely setup shop? Or want to setup shop?
      • Location is difficult to pin down without the funding to assure the Landlord that we're actually serious about this. However, we have been looking at a location along Victoria Street, between Manners and Dixon.
    • You noted that most games stores are closed down now, what's stopping the same from happing to this one? Is there a demand for this to make a living?
      • The previous game stores, to the best of my knowledge and research, didn't shut down due to a lack of demand. There were a lot of other factors-ones that we will be avoiding as much as we can. Given our intended location, coffee will contribute substantially to our day-to-day takings.
    • Will you still continue to do it if you fail to make the target?
      • Of course! It will be a little bit harder, but this is something we really want to see happen. We just want to give the community a chance to help out, since this is going to be a place for them.

      ScottK
      2012-11-15 10:31:15 +1300
      Aaron Caskey
      2012-10-26 20:48:18 +1300
      Stephanie Pegg
      2012-10-26 20:06:36 +1300
      Michael Ball
      2012-10-25 22:13:17 +1300
      Russell
      2012-10-24 09:48:50 +1300
      Zane Williams
      2012-10-24 09:45:21 +1300
      Mike Thorn
      2012-10-24 08:22:41 +1300
      Bex
      2012-10-24 07:50:38 +1300
      Max Bell
      2012-10-24 00:18:04 +1300
      Alex Rodgers
      2012-10-23 22:28:50 +1300
      IdiotSavant
      2012-10-23 19:29:36 +1300
      Natalie Atkins
      2012-10-23 09:30:02 +1300
      Andrew
      2012-10-22 14:08:48 +1300
      Cam Owen
      2012-10-22 12:00:54 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-10-22 10:33:52 +1300
      Michael Charles
      2012-10-21 20:55:33 +1300
      Nathaniel Fallow
      2012-10-21 20:25:08 +1300
      Manuel Gebhard
      2012-10-21 18:35:49 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-10-21 18:18:03 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-10-21 18:12:06 +1300
      Jayden
      2012-10-21 18:10:41 +1300
      This campaign was unsuccessful and finished on 15/11/2012 at 10:31 AM.