Pub Raising Money to Bring Tabletop Gaming to Orlando
A University of Central Florida alumna and her husband are hoping to share their passion for tabletop gaming and geek culture with Orlando when The Cloak & Blaster opens its doors near campus this spring. The self-professed “geek venue” launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in order to raise the remaining $15,000 to complete the project before it ends on Thursday, Nov. 21. Now in its last week, the campaign has raised more than $21,000, surpassing its initial goal in just 36 hours, and the owners are hoping to hit their ultimate $40,000 stretch goal – having a replica, life-size TARDIS at the pub.
The Kickstarter campaign, which runs for 30 days, and is available at www.fundgamers.com, will raise money to pay for licensing for weekly movie nights, upgraded game systems, a larger game library, and creative lighting treatments for the pub. Stretch goals include beer-specific glassware, an expanded game library with hard-back campaign books, full sets of miniature terrains, and a specially brewed beer in honor of Kickstarter at the $30,000 level.
“Orlando is lacking in an adult venue for tabletop gamers and we are extremely excited to finally start realizing this dream,” said Andrea C. Zimmerman, owner and ‘chief redhead’ for the pub. “We really need the community’s help to build a home for the geek and gaming community – a place to embrace your passions and meet others who are interested in the same things.”
Mrs. Zimmerman, along with her husband Markus Zimmerman, plan to open the pub next spring near the Waterford Lakes/UCF area of East Orlando. The venue will provide an extensive craft beer selection, along with ciders, meads and wines. It will host most aspects of gaming – board games, card games, miniatures, and even a separate video game lounge with Playstation and Xbox consoles. Should the campaign reach their stretch goals, those consoles will be upgraded to next-gen hardware.
“There are places in the city where geeks can go, but there isn’t a place for adults that’s ideal for tabletop gaming,” Markus Zimmerman said. “Most places are too loud, too dark, or plastered with TV screens showing sports. It’s a not a very comfortable setting for a lot of people.”
The venue runs on one simple philosophy: a home for geeks who drink and have a gaming problem. Inspired by cozy corner pubs in the United Kingdom, The Cloak & Blaster will encompass the philosophy of community – forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones, while sharing new and long-time favorite tabletop games with patrons.
For more information on The Cloak & Blaster, visit www.cloakandblaster.com
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