Vox Republica 136: Creating A Gaming Cafe

Episode 136

Length: 1:02:45

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DESCRIPTION: What does it take to create a board game cafe? It’s something many of us dream about doing, but aside from the desire to do it and a lot of hard work, what else is required to get such a dream off the ground? This week, Erin and Ryan invite on Kathleen Miller of the upcoming House Rules Cafe to get the details. There may also be some talk about games and the 2016 Laurels.

GUESTS: Kathleen Miller


QUICK TOPICS – (16:22):

  • It’s that time of the year again. We are happy to announce the nominees for the CR’s 2016 Laurels – our nominees for the 2016 games of the year. You can check out the full list here, and stay tuned in a couple weeks when start rolling out the winners!


  • Kathleen Miller and her crew are in the process of creating House Rules Cafe in Hudson, New York, deciding to take the brave steps that so many gamers dream about doing. We explore not only why she wanted to take on this endeavor, but what she plans to make this gaming cafe as accommodating as possible. Topics include:
    • How her background in the service industry prior to creating the cafe shaped her planning
    • The central tenants she insists for her cafe with regards to openness and inclusivity
    • How nebulous the whole definition of a ‘gaming cafe’ can be
    • What products and services she plans to offer and how it compares to other gaming cafes
    • Her current Kickstarter perks being offered to future potential patrons
    • Who she hopes to entice into her store and why she isn’t planning to cater solely to gamers for her business
    • The difference between a milkshake and a frappe. (Such things are important.)
    • And more!


PLUGS – (1:02:13):

  • We reviewed the digital version of Colt Express!
  • We’re also also raffling off a copy of Grifters to a lucky Patreon backer. Consider donating today!
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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.