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Noughts & Coffees: Plans revealed for Edinburgh's new 'board game' cafe

Noughts & Coffees: Plans revealed for Edinburgh's new 'board game' cafe

The owner behind Edinburgh’s first escape game has revealed plans for a new board game café.

A Planning application has been submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council for a Noughts & Coffees cafe on Morrison Street, which will have both a board game section and an escape game area.

Daniel Hill opened the capital’s first escape game called Escape Edinburgh in 2014, a live code-breaking game where a team races against the clock to solve a series of puzzles and escape a locked room.

Now, the self-confessed gamer wants to create an ultimate destination for puzzle fans and have a board game café and live escape game under one roof.

If planning permission is granted, Daniel hopes to have the cafe up and running by the end of the year.

All board games fans know the detail is in the rule book so we caught up with Daniel to find out more about his plans.

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Where did the idea for the board game cafe come from?

Since starting Escape, I have been looking for the right type of business to run alongside the escape games.

If you visit places like Budapest you will find escape games in pubs, cafes, museums, anywhere really.

I spent a lot of time looking into new business models in Asia and the board game cafe turned out to be doing very well there.

A little bit further research revealed they were excelling in Canada where live escape games took off before they really hit the mainstream.

After launching the city’s first escape game, why did you want to expand with a board game café?

I like puzzles, I like games but most of all I enjoy the social interaction they bring.

I really wanted to improve the experience in Escape by offering something different and I think this is the way forward.

The board game cafe is a great concept and definitely a place I would have spent time with friends when I was younger.

As a parent now I see it as a great way to interact with my children. In an age where everything is computer, tablet or phone based I think it is refreshing to have physical games in front of you.

What would a board game cafe offer to the city that is different and unique?

With Escape, it became apparent that phones remained in pockets when people were engaged - we want to achieve the same thing in Noughts & Coffees by encouraging people to interact with each other.

Plus we'll have great coffee, light food and superb cakes.

What sort of games can people expect to see?

From classics such as Monopoly, Risk and chess to kids games such as Guess Who and Battleships, and finally to more modern complicated titles like 7 Wonders and A Game of Thrones, we are aiming to cater for everyone.

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What will the set-up be?

We are going to be launching a crowdfunding campaign for the games, should we manage to raise enough the games will be free to play, with just a small deposit just in case of accidents.

We really don't want to have to charge for games. With the crowdfunding we have a number of ideas as to how people can donate and become part of our start-up.

And once you are sat at a table you will have a call button to allow you to enjoy the game with table service and settle the tab at the end.

What sort of look are you going for?

Once you are sat at a table you will have a call button to allow you to enjoy the game with table service and settle the tab at the end.

Whether that is popping in for a quick coffee in the morning before work, groups of friends chilling out in the evening or finally families bringing the kids on a Sunday afternoon - we will be open from early until late and hope to appeal to all audiences.

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