Earlier this summer, I had a card game dropped off at my house, and having a game-loving family, we were excited to try it out. It promised to be that perfect length of time, 10-15 minutes, and strategic as well as fun. It delivered on all promises, and we became huge fans, playing almost every night, sometimes multiple times. The game is BLDR and previous to now, you could not buy it.
Jackson Lefler is the inventor of BLDR, and he came up with the game just as you might expect: rainy day boredom. He was just 10 years old at the time, and the card game has been refined over the past two years to bring it to its present day.
All grown up to the wise age of 12, Jackson’s dream is to sell the game at boutique toy stores like Brilliant Sky Toys as well as larger retailers like Amazon and Target. But in order to do so, he needs your help. His Kickstarter campaign just launched on Tuesday, September 12, and his goal is to raise $15,000. Remember Kickstarter is all or nothing, so he either raises all that money or he doesn’t get a penny. When you support his Kickstarter with a $25 pledge, you will get a first edition BLDR card set — sent in time for the holidays — as well as have a vote toward which city will be the first BLDR city edition game (we want that to be BLDR-Nashville, right?!). The money raised will be used for printing the playing cards and setting up a shop on Amazon.
Curious as to how the game is played? In a nutshell, you are trying to build a building, which takes four picture cards worth $500 million dollars. There are wrecking balls, robbers, and twists and turns along the way. It takes strategy, and while it’s easy enough for a 7-year-old to play, it’s intricate enough that an adult will have fun playing with their kids. Along the same lines as UNO, BLDR is a game that brings families together. The game works with two to four players.
Check out this Kickstarter campaign, buy the game and help make this dream come true for Jackson. It’s pretty impressive what he’s done, and as I’ve probably played the game at least 50 times at this point, I can tell you that it’s fun and quick. “Hey, Mom! Want to play a quick game of BLDR before bed?” That’s an easy yes!