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
Elena, Lee and Max Marzorati
Big Bad Overlord (bigbadoverloard.com)
Saf & Q
Henry “Henners“ Hulme
Will “Spartacus“ Harding
Thomas Richard Mason, Esq.
TROVE BOX (www.trovebox.co.uk) as applies.
Chris ‘D3TH’ McCafferty
The Clarke Family, LB.
Jessica ‘Mintopia’ Smith
Rob “Fish“ Tudor
Ben ‘Beej’ Hurford
James Olney, rightful ruler of Cimmeria, king of thieves, champion of the people and object of desire of women everywhere.
Rob Wright (GiveMeANameX)
Shades of Vengeance
Paul & Tiggy
Evan and Jason from Toronto, Canada
Paul and Samantha Gilmartin
Nancy and Henry Jaramillo
Chris Karaiskos and Nikki Cole
Bruno & Sarah Mediati
Daniel and Amber Crowley
George and Helena Karaiskos
Richard & Gemma Archer
Andreas “Dreeks“ Karaiskos
The Foster Family
Philip & Eleanor Croft
San M. Erdonmez
Hayley & Steve Beale
Tony ‘TigerTone’ Fisher
Emily “Nanaki“ Rowan
Matthew “J Wall“ Wallace
M CullenJust Kingston
Dave “Idy“ Hamer
Teroy A Gabriel
Annie & Tom
Mandy and Efsevios Karaiskos
Natalie and Nick
Rebecca & Jed Ellery
Jamie ‘reech’ Walker
Bruce ‘M0RT’ Cunnington
The London Board Games Company
Stephen “Mafi“ Skepper
David ‘Neon’ Yell
Natalie-Marie ‘Sparky’ Elcock
Mason ‘Snacks’ Gaskins
Marcus & Isabella
Kierad McAllister (Lord Kierad)
Hadley and Chloe Batchelor
Shaun “Killersheep“ Williamson
Mike (Archangel) Smith
Claire ‘Vera’ Alford
Ben ‘Anarkistic’ Styling
Chance & Counters
Gio Lasar Design (Constellation Dice)
Dan “Meateh“ Brown
Our Expansion Kickstarter Backers