He might not be the first name you think of when you think of major Australian crowdfunding successes, but the Brisbane-based card game maker Allen Chang has just scored a healthy hat-trick after BURGER UP, a card matching puzzle game about burgers, became his third project in a row to smash its Kickstarter goal out of the park.
Update: It's been noted that Allen Cheng is the co-founder of Rule & Make, which is BURGER UP's publisher. The game itself was created by Matt Parkes, who you can ping on Twitter at @ThatMattParkes. Alistair Kearney's another co-founder of Rule & Make who has also been working closely on the project.
That information's come courtesy of @trjn, who will have more information on the team later on! The rest of the article follows as it was originally published below.
At the time of writing BURGER UP's Kickstarter campaign has around five hours to go, but funding won't be a problem since it's also raised $43,000 from a goal of $9,500. It's a solid success for Allen Chang and Rule & Make, the company which was also responsible for the crowdfunded card games Rise to Power and ENTROPY.
The amount raised for the Brisbane company now across all three Kickstarter campaigns is just under $142,000 (again, at the time of writing), which is a stellar effort. There are, of course, stand-out successes like TrainZ Simulator, Hand of Fate, Armello, Satellite Reign and, more recently, the multiplayer pirate shooter Blackwake and the 2D platformer Hollow Knight.
That's just in video games though: if you look at tabletop games, the money is spread a little more broadly. Tin Man Games has raised almost $46,000 for their latest Fighting Fantasy project, while a team out of Canberra has gotten Dreary Hamlet, a card and dice game for up to 6 players, over the line with $30,000-plus.
But BURGER UP is today's latest success, and it's all about making burgers. The game dishes out ingredient cards from which you make gourmet burgers, burgers that can then be used to satisfy customers and build prestige amongst the community. This explains it all.
A neat part of the Kickstarter, and something that was used to great effect in the campaign for The Bard's Tale, was the way backers could get Rule & Make's previous board games (not all of which were Kickstarted) for $20 or so on top of their normal pledge. It adds security for backers and it gives them something to play in the interim while they wait for the latest game to be manufactured and shipped. Rule & Make are hoping to ship BURGER UP by April next year, and the campaign has already raised enough money to extend it from its original remit of 2-4 players to a maximum of 6.
Some people — and we have quite a few tabletop fans amongst the TAYbies here — may have even gotten a chance to play BURGER UP at PAX, if the below picture is any judge.
— Whiskey Board Games (@whiskeybg) November 1, 2015
How many Australian projects have you backed on Kickstarter this year, and how likely are you to back a tabletop game versus a video game?