Board game fans Emma and James McFadden are using Kickstarter to help fund a dedicated board game cafe in Grafton.

Emma McFadden says the idea came after the couple visited a similar cafe in Toronto last year.

"It was welcoming, fun, and everyone was having a great time."

To help fund their dream and make the Cakes n Ladders cafe on Symonds Street a reality, the couple has raised nearly raised $8000 using the crowd funding platform Kickstarter.


"We wanted to give Aucklanders the opportunity to collaborate with us, giving them a chance to be a part of Cakes n ladders from the get go. This includes choosing games and coming to our opening party."

A range of rewards are on offer from custom dice and mugs to the opportunity to name a private gaming room.

The couple, from Blockhouse Bay, say that similar cafes are popping up around the world.

"Board game cafes are huge overseas and a couple have popped up recently here including the Caffeinated Dragon in Wellington. "

Emma says she hopes that the cafe will make playing games more accessible by bringing people together and building communities.

She is aiming to open in August.

The Cakes n Ladders cafe will open Wednesday to Friday from 5pm to 10 pm and 10am to 10pm weekends

You can follow the progress of the cafe on their Facebook page. To help fund the cafe head to their Kickstarter page.