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It's about time Auckland had a dedicated Board Gaming Cafe!
103 backers pledged NZ$ 10,000 to help bring this project to life.
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Welcome to Cakes n Ladders Board Gaming Café Kickstarter page!  

We hope you are as excited about the café as we are. 

This Kickstarter is for us to get a really really large amount of games into our games library. We are investing a lot of our own money into the cafe and really want it to work. 

What is a board game café?

Cakes n Ladders will be an incredible dedicated board game cafe on upper Symonds street, in the heart of Auckland.  We will blend the joy of connecting with people over a wide range of exciting board games, with a funky atmosphere and really good food. Board game cafes have become popular around the globe and fulfill an increasing need in growing cities for a unique place to meet and play and laugh together. 

Our café will welcome a wide variety of customers from hard-core gamer, to families, couples on a date to groups of friends looking for a space to spend time together. We will also host frequent themed gaming nights for people who want to make new like-minded friends over a game. Cakes n Ladders will feature a growing collection of card and board games, including traditional family games, Euro games, as seen on TableTop and beyond. The concept is modelled after popular overseas board game cafés such as Castle over in Toronto and Draughts in London. Customers who wish to play games will pay a very small hourly fee to access our wonderful library of games for all kinds of gamers in a funky, comfortable café.

Why a board game cafe?

The idea for Cakes n Ladders started in the summer of 2015 after a family trip to America and Canada. We visited Castle Board Game Café and fell in love! Everyone in the café was having a great time. We have loved playing games since we were kids and have amassed quite a library of games in our personal collection. We have also enjoyed meeting new friends through board game nights around Auckland. 

Cakes n Ladders will be a place where any age, any skill level, will be able to find a game they love. What's on the menu? Our menu will feature simple, yet well-made options that pair great with games and feature some familiar local favourites. Since our opening hours will be late afternoon to evenings, we plan to serve substantial savouries and plenty of sweets for those wanting to go out for dessert and a game or two.

Starlord helping with games testing
Starlord helping with games testing

What about events? We plan to have many one-off special events throughout the year, spooky games on Halloween, romance/dating themed games on Valentine’s day, deception games on April Fools and the like.

 We will also be be looking to arrange

 Tournaments (with prizes)

 Game launches

 Date nights

 Party bookings

 Fundraising events

 Meet the game designer nights

Plus with regular theme nights you’ll be able to come along and meet new people who like playing the same sort of games you do.

Our journey so far.

We have extensively researched and planned this venture, we have found an ideal venue and partnered with a team of professionals to ensure that we’re successful. Now that we have confirmed the venue it is time for us to get the word out and turn Cakes n Ladders into the board gaming hub that Auckland deserves.

Risks and challenges

There will always be challenges trying open a small business. We have researched board game cafés that didn’t work and those that do work and we’ve adapted our business model accordingly. We have met and talked to some amazing people to ensure that we’re doing everything possible to make this project a success.

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    Pledge NZ$ 5 or more About US$ 4

    [Website Credit]
    Thanks! Your name will forever be remembered on our website as one of the original Cakes n Ladders backers.
    (Included in all pledges over $5)

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    Pledge NZ$ 15 or more About US$ 10

    [Snake Eyes]

    Get your very own set of custom made Cakes n Ladders six sided dice.

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    Pledge NZ$ 30 or more About US$ 19

    [Cakes n Ladders Mug of Awesome]

    Get your very own exclusive branded mug. The Mug of Awesome comes with a free hot drink when you visit us for the first time!

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    Pledge NZ$ 50 or more About US$ 32

    [Adopt a Game]

    Get your name inscribed on a special Cakes n Ladders sponsor certificate which will be lovingly placed inside a game of your choice.

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    Pledge NZ$ 70 or more About US$ 45

    [Let's get this party started]

    Get an exclusive invitation to our opening event. A great night with giveaways, games and a wonderful selection of good food.

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About US$ 64

    [Founding member]

    Be immortalized by having your name displayed within the cafe as one of the founding supporters of Cakes n Ladders
    [One month free gaming] + [Custom dice] + [Mug]

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    Pledge NZ$ 250 or more About US$ 159

    [Absolute power!!!]

    You will get to choose a game for our library.
    We will buy a game of your choice (up to $200) for the cafe.
    Your name will be inscribed on a special Cakes n Ladders sponsor certificate which will be lovingly placed inside the game lid.

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    Pledge NZ$ 800 or more About US$ 507

    [Private party]

    Book Cakes n Ladders for you and around 30 friends for up to 4 hours of fun and games!
    Perfect for Team building or a birthday party.

    Estimated delivery: Sep 2015

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    Pledge NZ$ 3,000 or more About US$ 1,898

    Coffeeless Lifelong

    Play in-store for as long as you like.

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    Pledge NZ$ 5,000 or more About US$ 3,163

    Lifelong member.

    Play in-store for as long as you like. We will even throw in free hot drinks when you come in.

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    [Founding Member]

    Be immortalized by having your name displayed within the cafe as one of the founding supporters of Cakes n Ladders
    [One month free gaming] + [Custom dice] + [Mug]

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    Pledge NZ$ 400 or more About US$ 254

    [Naming rights]

    Cakes n Ladders has a small private games room upstairs. You will be able to call it what ever you want and you will get a four hour booking in the newly named room for up to six people.

    Estimated delivery: Sep 2015

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