d20 Origin Story!

Back in 2016, gamer buddies and great friends, Michelle, Mario and Page would frequent LAN parties and board game cafes. However these events were far and few between and there was not a board game cafe close to home. They soon realised that they could be the ones to bring board gaming to Hertfordshire, and actually work in an industry where their passions lie.

Taking a giant leap of faith and with bounds of confidence, Mario, Page and Michelle decided to take the plunge! After a year of researching, securing loans, chasing solicitors and Kickstarter funding, the dream became a reality!  Since 26th January 2017 d20 has been Hertfordshire’s first dedicated board game cafe and we couldn’t be prouder of it!

Those Who Helped Us Along The Way…

As well as being a result of years of hard work d20 exists thanks to a successful kickstarter and the plentiful support of friends and family.

Page, Michelle and Mario would like to give special thanks their families, they couldn’t have even come close to realising their dream without them. In particular they would like to thank;

Stephen Page – For supporting me not only financially but in every way possible. Also for letting me shout at you during renovations!
William Chin – for taking 30 years of abuse on the Chin, and doing the tiling
Antoni Karaiskos – For not just your financial support, but for always being there when I need you.
Stella Costas – For being the first one to brave the wobbley scaffold boards and being the crazy mothership that you are.
Stavros Karaiskos – For giving us your collection of games you amassed over the years. You know they’ll get played more with us!
Daniel Chin – For being supportive and forcing me to hone my Patchwork skills
Miles Page – For having faith in us and planning our worldwide domination

The vital cogs in our dream machine;

Philip Cook @ Stimpsons – For your intangible patience with us
Jessica Cornish and Chris James @ Borelase & Co Solicitors – For graciously dealing with our borderline harassment
Mick Dobson @ Wenta – For your expert business advice and support. For your cheeky favours and generally making us believe we could make this happen.
John Lovell @ Start Up Loans – For making a swift and easy process more enjoyable.

We also want to say thanks to;

Becci Peverill – For your perpetual excitement and giving us all your free time.
Danny Johnson – For your generous donation of board games and your 18 years practical experience.
Gary Stoneman – For you time and generosity. Well…
Paul Buttle – For making this glorious website and being lovely.
Tom Mason – For helping us host it… and being reasonable.
Mais Hatam & Josh Wilding – For helping us bring Raoul to life!
Jeremy Bulaun, Jason Lee Pack and Canadian cousins! – For hauling precious board game finds across the pond.
St Albans Board Game Club, Borehamwood Board Games Club, Dice Club, The Northwest London Gaming Group and Hemel Hempstead Games Club – For introducing us to great games and for all the fun we’ve had with you.
Board Game Trading and Chat UK Facebook group: For the wonderful community, great feedback and being a great place to buy more games!
epic.LAN – For being the most epic of LANs.
Dice Cup, Paradice, Sugar and Dice and Chance and Counters – For all your Kickstarter and other advice.
Modiphius Games and the creators of Stak Bots and Hexagony – For sharing your fantastic games with us.

Our O.G. Kickstarter Backers

Sue Metherell
The Ludoquist
Elena, Lee and Max Marzorati
Riyas izzedeen
Big Bad Overlord (bigbadoverloard.com)
Saf & Q
Henry “Henners“ Hulme
Kerrie Farmer
Will “Spartacus“ Harding
Thomas Richard Mason, Esq.
Becci Peverill
Lee M
Greg Minor
Chris Hall
Karen Gaskell
George Voinquel
Rebecca Dunne
TROVE BOX (www.trovebox.co.uk) as applies.
Sarah Voinquel
Martin bai
Daniel Chin
Chris ‘D3TH’ McCafferty
The Clarke Family, LB.
Jessica ‘Mintopia’ Smith
S Dang
Rob “Fish“ Tudor
Chris Davies
Ben ‘Beej’ Hurford
Bez Shahriari
Wayne Stevens
James Olney, rightful ruler of Cimmeria, king of thieves, champion of the people and object of desire of women everywhere.
Victor Tan
Kelvin Chong
Lynda Semaine
David Kirkham
Rob Wright (GiveMeANameX)
Adam Thoume
Shades of Vengeance
Nexus Mods
Paul & Tiggy
Matt Woodhams
Seb Clarke
Paul Buttle
Vince Lammas
Matt Haywood
Mais Hatam
Steven Fox
Evan and Jason from Toronto, Canada
Ben Horner
Paul and Samantha Gilmartin
Nancy and Henry Jaramillo
Tracey Chan
Chris Karaiskos and Nikki Cole
Bruno & Sarah Mediati
Grace Lee-Yan
Laurence Everitt
Ian Stotesbury
Jo Fried
Daniel and Amber Crowley
R Lowe
Craig Lowe
D Lowe
Oscar Russell
George and Helena Karaiskos
Giovanni Paul
Richard & Gemma Archer
The Georgious
Steve Raine
Andreas “Dreeks“ Karaiskos
Jim McCarthy
The Foster Family
Simon Merryfield
Philip & Eleanor Croft
San M. Erdonmez
Danie Ware
Joe Farrell
Steve Rowlands
Tim Boura
Hayley & Steve Beale
Richard Wilson
Thomas Richard
Mark Willis
Tony ‘TigerTone’ Fisher
Carla Baker
Richard Haywood
Team Spongkins
Amanda Jeffries
Mal Geary
Oliver Tsui
Emily “Nanaki“ Rowan
Remy Ng
Alex Karaiskos
Richard Powell
Don Jon
Matthew “J Wall“ Wallace
M CullenJust Kingston
Dave “Idy“ Hamer
Chris Cox
Invention Icon
Alex Karaiskos
Shane Mclean
Jeremy Bulaun
Jon Ruddock
Teroy A Gabriel
Gina Abraham
Robin Bott
Annie & Tom
Michael Champion
Mandy and Efsevios Karaiskos
Natalie and Nick
Rebecca & Jed Ellery
Johanna Swanson
Steff Hunter
Emma Morris
Shaun Bulbrook
Jamie ‘reech’ Walker
Bruce ‘M0RT’ Cunnington
The London Board Games Company
Patrick Gill
Daryl Fernando
Joe Hill
Rob Stevenson
Florent Boyer
Huw Titmuss
James Stringer
Bevan Broadbent
Fran Searle
Josh WIlding
Nikki Hurley
Stephen “Mafi“ Skepper
James Carpenter
David ‘Neon’ Yell
Jo Pellow
Mike Frost
Harry Turnbull
Natalie-Marie ‘Sparky’ Elcock
Thomas Hood
James Wilding
David Rapp
Mason ‘Snacks’ Gaskins
Katharine Hall
Andrew Rollinson
Dallas! (DJTaylor)
John Blake
Warren Fenton
Paul Spencer
Steve Spikings
Doug Kitson
Will Rice
Marcus & Isabella
Kierad McAllister (Lord Kierad)
John Holdway
Hadley and Chloe Batchelor
Lauren Mainwaring
Shaun “Killersheep“ Williamson
Matthew Town
Jaypaul Barrow
Joshua Levin
Mike (Archangel) Smith
Jonathan Kipps-Bolton
Kris OM
Andy Haigh
Claire ‘Vera’ Alford
Stuart Attfield
Ben ‘Anarkistic’ Styling
Chance & Counters
Cadie Yiu
Rob Cassidy
Juha Kivelä
Gio Lasar Design (Constellation Dice)
Dan “Meateh“ Brown
Richard Hum
Duncan conwe
Tony Jones
Katie James
Andy Dickson
Abigail Dickson

Our Expansion Kickstarter Backers

Manoel <Godzil> Trapier
Eduarda Eloy
Andrew Johnson
Kevin Loughlin
Jamie ‘reech’ Walker
David Wray
Rich Higgs
Rob Walsh
Rosina & Iona
Jordan B
Nick Walker
The Shirley family
Jan Blatchford Pace
Tim, Dandan, Henry & Elliot
Ian “keldon“ Porter
Fake Alex McKeand
Maxi Warren
Steph Kearns
Michael Arnold
Stuart Green
Rory Jasper
Ross Harries
Jason and Evan
Colin, Anna, and Violet
Rachel Stuttle
Martin Edwards
Mark Stuttle
Em Smith
Bil Al
James M
none, please do not list
Becs and Pevs
Ceri Ohana
Liina Otsalu
Victor Tan
Alice L
Maddy Searle
Rob & Sandra Illsley
Gregg “Cabe“ Bond
The Shaws
Jamie, Michelle and Sam Reeves
Heidi B & Matt Hicks
The Goddard Family
Lizzie @boardgamingwithmyfamily
The Goddard family
Mark ‘The Mighty’ Walker
George Voinquel
Lee Wells
Simon Gilpin
Raj and Vivek
Team Barnett-Jones
Paul Sennett
Laura Berkeley
Neil Fraser
Holly B
Sarah & Ian Caleb
Dee & Andrew
Chutney & Ed
Matthew Dickinson
Alexander Brown
The Normans
Herostratus Films
Luca’s Table
Robert J. Dodds
Brett Johnson
Chesham Chickenmoose
Chris Cox
James Wilding
Paul Regan
Ruth taylor
Bobbie Curran
Alykhan AnTbaCW Bharmal
Jenny Inman
Joe and Lauren
Morgan R. K. Henderson
Peter Nightingale
Faye LP
Sarah & Callum
Lesley Keech
Mike Bryant
Gary & Leanne
Liam Deowag Hartles
Eleanor Teather
Sarah Croft
Liz and Daniel Stanton
Gemma Randall
Chad Charlie
Dom Johnson
Beth and Hedley
Jane Teather
Paris K
The Willcox Family
Rebecca Dunne
Lee Greatorex
Rebecca & Ross
Jenny hear

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