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AU$ 13,360
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131
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 23 2019 9:34 AM UTC +00:00.

BrainHackr: Three More Years

We want to level up our board game cafe so we can have more games, make better food, and keep giving Adelaide somewhere great to play.

BrainHackr: Three More Years

We want to level up our board game cafe so we can have more games, make better food, and keep giving Adelaide somewhere great to play.

AU$ 13,360
pledged of AU$ 5,000pledged of AU$ 5,000 goal
131
backers
3days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 23 2019 9:34 AM UTC +00:00.

About

We are an established board game café in Prospect, SA run by three friends who love board games. We first opened as a retail store in August 2017, later adding some play tables and eventually evolving into Adelaide's only board game bar and café in 2018. Now two years on we are looking to strengthen our lease for a further three years, along with making some improvements to our kitchen infrastructure to reduce waste and provide a wider range of foods. 

Our goal is to raise at least $5,000. This will support us to: 

  • Extend our lease for 3 more years with the confidence from our gaming community 
  • Upgrade our power supply and install an oven to increase our range of food offerings 
  • Upgrade our kitchen with an improved hot water service and dishwasher to reduce our reliance on takeaway cups and offer reusable coffee cups in the café 

It's going to cost us more than $5k to make the improvements we need but we're willing to put in the time and money to offer the best boardgame café we can. We would appreciate your help! 

When we first opened BrainHackr we had no idea how successful it would be. Adelaide had only ever had one board game café, which closed years ago, and we weren't sure if the market was ready for another, but we wanted to try anyway. With limited experience in hospitality we wanted to grow and learn so decided against Kickstarter in the beginning, we didn't want to offer something we couldn't deliver on. Now that we are confident in what we are doing we want offer something more to our community (through the pledge levels) and build on everyone's support to do some things we couldn't afford to do early on.

Board Game Cafés are more common through the US and Europe but slowly developing in Australia (shout out to our friends at Games Laboratory and Queen of Spades in Melbourne). Essentially it's like any other café, simple food and drink choices with a comfortable atmosphere - plus board games. 

At BrainHackr, each person pays a cover charge (Stay N’ Play fee) giving you three hours of access to our playable library of 500+ games. We have varying table sizes to accommodate different groups and recommend booking through our website, especially for Friday and Saturday nights. You can sit and play while enjoying something from our menu (we recommend the grilled cheeses) along with barista-made coffee or something stronger from the bar. 

BrainHackr positions itself as a casual game space, you don't need to be an avid gamer or even have any idea about board games to come in and have some fun. Our team will help you find games suited to you and even get you set up and started with quick tutorials. We also run regular events where you can join other groups of gamers for 'how to play' sessions. 

The Botanist Escape Room

Here at BrainHackr we also have our very own escape room. We designed and built The Botanist in-house and launched mid 2019. Usually $35 per person, you can do it for half that price with the 2 for 1 vouchers available through this campaign! Every You Sunk My Membership and Collectors Edition pledge comes with a 2 for 1 voucher worth $35.

This escape room pits your group as investigators hot on the tail of Dr Audrey Bloom, a distinguished botanist and daughter of the famous philanthropist Seymour Bloom. After the loss of her father in mysterious circumstances, Audrey devolved into paranoia, anger, and eventually, madness. Using a deadly concoction of plant matter from around the world, Audrey has created a doomsday device located in her remote jungle cabin. Your team is able to hunt down the location and although you can’t find Audrey, you do find yourself sealed inside the cabin after stepping through the doors! For the next hour, your team must solve a series of puzzles to disengage the locks and get out alive.

This pledge includes:

  • Go on our website list of BrainHackr Backers

This pledge includes:

  • Get a cool backer (3 more years) badge 
  • An awesome sticker 
  • Two stay n' play passes

This pledge includes:

  • Go on our website list of BrainHackr Backers
  • A 3 hour gaming session for you and three friends
  • A melt or hot dog and drink for each person
  • Snacks and garlic bread for the table 

This pledge includes:

  • 12 months membership! Includes free Stay'n'Play (game session) entry for 12 months, free monthly mixer entry, monthly food/drink offers/discounts
  • A BrainHackr loot box (including a 3 More Years badge and awesome sticker) 
  • A thank you card 
  • The Botanist Escape Room 2 for 1 voucher
  • 12 months exclusive backer/member pricing for all games

This pledge includes:

  • A custom hand-drawn avatar icon for your online BrainHackr profile 
  • A personalised thank you card 
  • A BrainHackr team tee (not available in retail)
  • 12 months exclusive backer/member pricing for all games
  • 12 months membership! Includes free Stay'n'Play (game session) entry for 12 months, free monthly mixer entry, monthly food/drink offer
  • A BrainHackr loot box (including a 3 More Years badge and awesome sticker)
  • The Botanist Escape Room 2 for 1 voucher
  • Set of dice in a BrainHackr dice bag
  • A BrainHackr coffee mug + a travel eco-coffee mug
  • A BrainHackr dice tray
  • Sponsor a game! Write a message on the inside of the game of your choice (priority access to select a game, first come first served)

 This pledge includes: 

  • GeekOut day with the BrainHackr boys! Includes a Sunday lunch followed by a Greenlight visit for some comics and afternoon of games, and escape a room with us at Mindshift followed by a round of golf at Holey Moley
  • Sponsor a table 
  • Life membership – never pay a Stay'n'Play fee again (you and a guest), name printed on our life member wall 
  • Custom designed coffee mug kept in store for free unlimited refill
  •  Plus everything included in the Collectors, Definitive, Deluxe Edition 

If we achieve these three goals...

We will auction off 5 games with a starting price of $1 and the community will get to name a new hotdog and shake combo.

As much as we appreciate any contributions, stretch goal rewards are not available for $1 and $5 backers. Artwork not yet final and will most likely change.

These add-ons will be available after the campaign. To grab one boost your pledge by the amount and you will be able to select an add-on once the campaign is finished.

[Artwork not yet final and will most likely change]

Additional memberships are only available for people that have backed a pledge level that includes membership. Additional member must be in the same household as the backer.

I started BrainHackr in 2013 as a self-development blog dedicated to brain training. As a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and neurolinguistic programmer, I always had an interest in brain development and wanted to be able to share the tools and tactics that helped me work my way through corporate life and become a leader within a multinational business. Gaining 15 years of retail experience through my career led to BrainHackr beginning to offer a few brain training toys, eventually leading to puzzles and games and to the wide range of board games on offer today.

I started BrainHackr with Drew back in 2013. In those days it was just an excuse to make cool brain teaser graphics and visual illusions, and it's surreal to see what it's become. I'm also a web developer and designer, and spend my time outside of BrainHackr building websites and working on projects with museums and community groups. I never thought I'd end up in a kitchen, but on a Friday or Saturday if you can't see me in the café it'll be because I'm out the back grilling sandwiches and making yummy food.

With a degree in behavioural sciences and a diploma in graphic design, I joined BrainHackr in 2015 to help make exciting content centered around brain-training and mindfulness. When we first opened a physical location in 2017 I saw my dream-job come to life, and quickly joined the team full-time. Now I spend my days behind the bar, serving coffees and talking geek with our awesome customers.

Many aspects of the rewards will be available for immediate delivery following the successful end of the campaign, e.g. Stay'n'Play passes. Other items may take us a little longer to develop, such as custom cards, mugs, dice etc. We have already lined up manufacturers for these components and expect to be able to deliver on all aspects prior to Christmas.

Rewards will be available for pick up from the café. We do not recommend shipping but if you do require reward items to be shipped you can add $10 to your pledge for shipping anywhere within Australia.

Risks and challenges

We've been an established retailer for three years and café for two, we don't forsee any challenges and are confident in our business model. Our standard retail lease has the necessary option for us to continue to a full 5 years if we choose (with two years already elapsed)

With established connections to distributors and manufacturers we have no concerns that we will be able to deliver on the rewards offered in this campaign.

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    • A BrainHackr team tee (not available in retail)
    • 12 months exclusive backer pricing for all games
    • A cool backer (3 more years) badge
    • An awesome BrainHackr sticker
    • A BrainHackr Loot Box
    • 12 month BrainHackr membership
    • A 2 for 1 Escape Room voucher
    • Set of dice in a BrainHackr dice bag
    • A custom hand drawn avatar for your online BrainHackr profile
    • A BrainHackr coffee mug
    • A BrainHackr travel eco-coffee mug
    • A BrainHackr dice tray
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