What a year, eh?!
After 463 months of furlough, we're getting ready to bring Twist back even better than before. The building is in the midst of some more refurbishment, we've started to give the games library a zhoosh and we think we can just about remember how to pour a pint and shake a martini.
What's the campaign for?
From day one we've had a room set aside to refurbish into a full, dedicated kitchen. In March 2020, the little kitchen downstairs was really beginning to reach its limit. We'd been saving up hard and were about to get started on the new kitchen. Then, well, the rest is history...
The pandemic forced us to change things up, funds got diverted to make more customer space upstairs, allowing us to space all our tables a full 2m apart, staff costs rose, covid precautions had to be implemented. In short, along with the rest of the world, our 2020 plans went a bit squiffy.
And that is how we find ourselves here: with all the customer space ready, a full 90 seats, everything you need to have a good time under one roof... well, apart from the capacity to serve up delicious food for everyone.
Why crowdfunding? Why now?
Twist will be reopening in Autumn 2021 regardless of the outcome of this campaign. I'm so thankful to say that our survival doesn't hang in the balance. However, we are in a difficult situation with regards to how to move forwards.
We know we have a great community behind us. The consistent message I've heard over the last year and a bit has been, "what can we do? We're here when you need us."
So, here it is! There are some great deals/exclusives/benefits for you to get involved, and if we're successful, we'll fit the new kitchen and have a new, delicious menu for you when you return.
IMPORTANT: new memberships can only be purchased now during this Crowdfunder. There are 150 available. The new format will be test run for at least a year, so memberships won't be available again until the end of 2022/beginning of 2023.
Memberships provide free games sessions for the holder only.
We appreciate it may take a while for you to be ready to return to Twist. Memberships will commence on your first visit back. So even if you don't envisage visiting until 2022, you can still get yourself a years membership.
Up to four under-16s can be added to an adult membership for £35 each. To do this, select the "Membership" reward and adjust the amount in the pledge box to the appropriate amount. Under-16s added this way will be on the adult's membership card and will need to visit with that adult to receive free games sessions.
Games Session Tokens
These snazzy little tokens entitle the bearer to a games session (usually £5). Use the "Games session token" reward to purchase any number from a single token upwards.
Alternatively, to get two free tokens, grab the 7-token bundle reward for £25.
If you don't visit us very often, or your visits are too irregular to warrant a membership then these tokens bundles are a great shout.
Join us to celebrate our first evening back!
Welcome drink, quiz, food & drink deals, be the first people to test out the new menu, Klask tournament with a shiny new Klask set for the winner to take home, pick 'n' mix and of course, games all night!
Date: a Friday evening, TBC. There will be a chance to refund/exchange tickets if you can't make it.
Tickets are £10 for members.
Twist tote bag + Twist coffee cup + Twist badge + small surprise game (or you can choose if you don't like surprises!)
Pick any game in the library and we'll put a certificate in the lid letting everyone know you supported us! You can dedicate it to any person, animal, place or thing you'd like! So pop yourself in Yahtzee, a mate in Monopoly, your company in Cluedo or your dog in Dominion.
If you'd like us to source a particular game for you to sponsor then please get in touch.
This is what the campaign is for right?!
A meal for you and a friend - go halves or treat someone who deserves it!
Two mains + two sides + two desserts + two drinks
The quickest selling reward from the first campaign is back:
BE IMMORTALISED IN TABLE FORM!
We'll put an engraved plaque on a table in the cafe, dedicating it to you (or whoever you want!)
Up to 10 people, all games session charges included.
Meal + two drinks each.
Games reserved especially for you, and a Game Guru ready to get you started when you arrive.
Upstairs all to yourselves for a night!
Up to 50 people, all games session charges are included.
Dedicated staff to get you started on games and look after you for the whole evening.
We've teamed up with some of our favourite local businesses and suppliers to bring you a whole extra set of rewards.
£1 per entry or £5 for 6 entries.
THREE games bundles to win:
1. Classics Bundle - Colourbrain, Muffin Time, The Chameleon & a potato plushie
2. Family Bundle - OK Play, P for Pizza, Dino Dump, The Muddles, Junior Colourbrain & a potato plushie
3. Entertainment Bundle - Weird Things Humans Search For, Blockbuster, Top Of The Pops & a potato plushie
Full terms at the end of the page.
On Sunday 17th October, the mouth-watering Kawaffle will be whipping up a storm at Twist.
£7 = Kawaffle Event Waffle + soft drink
Sweet Bubble Waffle + scoop of Yarde Farm ice cream + your choice of 3 toppings + cream + sauce of your choice
You can either just enjoy your waffles & drinks, or make a whole afternoon of it and join us for games (games sessions payable separately on the day).
Vegan & gluten free options available
4 x halves of Sandford Orchards' finest:
* Hangy Downs - rich, baked apple, medium sweet, 5.5%
* Slack Ma Girdle - crisp, appley, dry, 5.8%
* Berry Lane - raspberry cider, 4%
* The General - aged in ancient oak, rich, complex, strong, 8.4%
+ a tasting card provided by Sandford Orchards themselves to guide you through the whole process.
Available to come and enjoy anytime in the first two months after we reopen.
Design a Game Workshop with local designers Nick Shaw, Chris Manley & Aaron Grove.
Thursday 28th October, 6-10pm.
You’ll learn about modern board games and their mechanics, modify and expand existing games, before being guided through designing your very own simple card, dice or roll & write game.
Tickets includes a soft drink.
For two weeks in October, the incredible Roam Brewery will be taking over our taps with four of their finest beers.
The lineup will include a BRAND NEW BEER LAUNCH, so you’ll get to try it here first!
1 ticket = 4 pints of Roam + games session token = £19
Members can claim an extra pint of their favourite instead of the token.
You can claim everything at once and make an afternoon/evening of it, or pop in several times over the two weeks.
New Plymouth Amphitrite On Sea Horses Prints, by Devon artist Alice Douglas, inspired by the statue on Plymouth Hoe.
Limited Edition numbered 1 – 50 signed by the artist.
Our stairwell mural has been the subject of much admiration, and now you can have a piece of it at home! Benjamin Wright has taken inspiration from the characters and pieces he created for the stairwell to produce this gorgeous print.
A3, three-colour Risograph Print, printed on 240gsm Munken Pure.
Collection from Twist, or +£4 for UK-wide postage.
A copy of Salvage Hidden Treasures from Plymouth-based publisher Ocean City Games.
A board game where you take the helm as Salvage Ship Captains aboard the treacherous high seas. Throughout 16 rounds, you and your rivals will discover and salvage treasure from the depths of the ocean. When the game is up the captain with the biggest haul of treasure will claim victory. Easy – except within the seven seas are pirates, sharks and other hazards lurking in the depths. A clever combination of strategy and good fortune will score you treasures that swing the odds in your favour and ruin the hopes of your rivals.
Guided beer tasting with Katie & Sam from Vessel.
Includes five beers + a freshly made Twist pizza to enjoy before, during or after the tasting.
If you want to rock up early, or stay late, and get some board games in, then your games session is included too.
It'll be a Sunday afternoon in November, date TBC. If you can't make it once the date is announced you'll have an opportunity to either refund or exchange your ticket.
The Twist x Total Fandom Quiz is back!
Join @totalfandomuk on Sunday 28th November for The Quiz of Life, the Universe, Pop Culture and Everything (except the last two years).
Join us to celebrate and test your knowledge of pop culture, the universe and everything else that happened between the beginning of time and 2019.
£100 of prize money up for grabs & spot prizes. But most importantly, no mention of coronavirus!
£40 = a table at the quiz for up to four people + 4 drinks + snacks + games sessions included so you can get your table early for games or stay late and get some games in after.
Inspired by naval workwear, New Plymouth hand-make clothes that are durable and beautiful. They've worked really hard on their ethical supply chain and source talent and materials from Plymouth & rest of the UK to produce slow fashion that is both practical and luxurious.
The Women's Stoke Boiler Suit is one of their flagship pieces and there's one up for grabs now on our Crowdfunder.
100% Cotton Drill, luxury weave with water resistant finish, British Millerain fabric, deep pockets (yes!!) and elasticated waist with shell buttons made from fishing byproducts.
New Plymouth offer a locals discount on their clothes for anyone in a PL postcode, so if that's you, get in touch and we'll arrange that for you.
Together, we've built a great community since we opened in August 2019. Twist is a truly unique space for Plymouth. We really want to see everyone again when we reopen, but are conscious the pandemic may have made a visit to Twist less financially feasible for some. If we successfully reach our target, we'll be creating a Community Fund.
£1,000 will be set aside to provide memberships, vouchers, games session tokens and games for people who have lost income due to the pandemic. The fund will be allocated on a discretionary basis. Priority will be given to previous/existing members, followed by people who have visited Twist in the past, before opening up to a wider audience.
Free Social Gaming
Everyone needs a good evening out after all this, right? If the target is reached, further to the Community Fund, we'll also make our first Social Gaming night free for anyone to attend. So if you know someone who needs a treat, invite them along! If you're a member and don't pay games session charges you can grab yourself a free soft drink instead.
Commercial kitchens are on the pricey side! Flooring, extraction, equipment, lighting, plumbing, electrics, painting and cladding. The fit out is going to cost around £30,000. We've just received the government restart grant which we will be putting towards the kitchen, along with the funds raised from this Crowdfunder.
All rewards are to be collected from Twist unless otherwise agreed.
Big Potato Draw
One of our favourite games publishers, Big Potato have given us THREE games bundles to give away as part of the Crowdfunder:
Classics Bundle: Colourbrain, Muffin Time, The Chameleon & a potato plushie
Family Bundle: OK Play, P for Pizza, Dino Dump, The Muddles, Junior Colourbrain & a potato plushie
Entertainment Bundle: Weird Things Humans Search For, Blockbuster, Top Of The Pops & a potato plushie
Not only are these great bundles of games, they all include a much sought-after Potato Plushie!
£1 per entry or £5 for 6 entries.
Winners will be decided via random draw between 3-8th August if the crowdfunding meets its target. All pledges will be refunded by Crowdfunder if the target is not met and the raffle will not take place.
The first ticket drawn will have the choice of all three bundles, second choice of the remaining two and third will receive the remaining bundle.
Draw is open UK-wide. Games can either be posted to winner or collected from Twist.
You can also enter by first class post, by sending your name and email address/postal address to: Big Potato Draw, Twist, 43 Mayflower Street, Plymouth, PL1 1QL. Entries must be received by 2nd August 2021.Postal entries each count for one entry to the draw. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.