Andy Pennick and Elliot Mitchell have given themselves a shot at the big time with their Chupito card game.
But the joke could soon be on them as the founders of Rocket Plate Games have nearly reached their £2,000 target on Kickstarter to reach the next level.
Chupito – the Spanish word for shot – already has a local fanbase as it was recently trialled at The Good Intent. The current version is the 13th incarnation as it’s gone through an “extensive play-test process” over the years.
Chupito is billed as “the original six-shooter challenge game” where players have to draw cards, challenge friends and try not to get shot. It takes less than a minute to learn and the victor is the player with the least bullet holes.
“It originally started off as a drinking game borne out of frustration with games that we know,” said Andy, who can see the game sitting on a shelf in Waterstones.
“Card games were a bit of a counter-culture thing, and were seen as perhaps a bit geeky. But they’re now becoming more mainstream and a Friday night around the table playing board games is just as much fun as going out clubbing.”
He added: “You go around the table and the other players decide what they want to wager. There’s a bit of poker and Ring of Fire in there. It’s a simple concept.”
Some 51 backers have pledged £1,750 at the time of writing, with the campaign finishing on August 31. The finished article will have a recommended retail price of £22.99 and will contain 245 cards, which will be cardboard along with the box and insert.
Pledges can be made by searching for Rocket Plate Games on www.kickstarter.com