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Black Friday Sales!


We have several amazing deals for great holiday gifts!


1) Gearworks: Buy Gearworks (either edition), get the playmat for FREE + free shipping!
2) Wood Pieces: 40% off deluxe wooden trains for Ticket to Ride & wooden lightning!

Click below to see the deals on our Store page.


Buy Deals

Valid until 11/27 @ 11:59 pm CST or while supplies last. Note: unfortunately the deals are mostly for the US, although there are similar deals for other regions (they are labeled clearly). Thanks for your support of PieceKeeper Games!


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Rurik is Live on Kickstarter!


Rurik: Dawn of Kiev is LIVE on Kickstarter!

Thank you for your ongoing support of this project and of PieceKeeper Games!

Please click below to view the campaign.


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Rurik Launches on Kickstarter July 10


Rurik is Coming to Kickstarter

Good News! Rurik: Dawn of Kiev launches on Kickstarter July 10th! That's only four days away. We are excited (also extremely busy) and can't wait to share the campaign with you on Tuesday.

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The best way to make sure you don't miss the campaign is to sign up for our email list here.

Alternatively, click here to sign up for the event on Facebook.

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Rurik: Dawn of Kiev - Art Print Giveaway


Win a 12x18 art print from our upcoming game Rurik: Dawn of Kiev!
0n Kickstarter July 10th!

One winner will receive their choice of art print: Boris or Maria (shown below).

Please wait while the gleam.io app loads below.

For more information about Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, please visit the Rurik: Dawn of Kiev Web Page or follow along in the Rurik Facebook Group.


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Rurik: Dawn of Kiev - Art Print Giveaway


Win a 12x18 art print from our upcoming game Rurik: Dawn of Kiev!
0n Kickstarter July 10th!

One winner will receive their choice of art print: Boris or Maria (shown below).

Please wait while the gleam.io app loads below.

For more information about Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, please visit the Rurik: Dawn of Kiev Web Page or follow along in the Rurik Facebook Group.


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Behind the Board - Episode 3: Product Photos


"Behind the Board" gives you a behind the scenes look into our everyday life as an indie board game publisher. In the third episode, Kirk sits in with photographer Amandalynn Jones while she takes product photos for Gearworks.

Click here to view on Facebook and enter to win a copy of Gearworks!

Behind the Board - 03. Product Photos

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Origins Game Fair 2018


June has been very busy for PieceKeeper Games, and there are no signs of it letting up!

This week we're at Origins Game Fair 2018. Not only will we be at Booth 361, but we'll also be running events for both Gearworks and Rurik: Dawn of Kiev! If you are attending, you can register for these events onsite at the Origins Registration Kiosk.

After that, make your way over to booth 361 for some freebies!

  • FREE Rurik soldier miniature with coupon from Origins booklet.
  • FREE Gearworks Promo Card when you pre-order a copy of Gearworks!

See you there!
-Kirk





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Behind the Board - Episode 2: Playtesting


"Behind the Board" gives you a behind the scenes look into our everyday life as an indie board game publisher. In the second episode, Kirk heads to Protospiel Milwaukee to demo Rurik: Dawn of Kiev. The results and input from players there are then reviewed for consideration of potential updates to the game.

Click here to view on Facebook and enter to win a copy of Gearworks!

Behind the Board - 02. Playtesting

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Behind the Board - Episode 1: Prototypes


Our new video series "Behind the Board" gives you a behind the scenes look into our everyday life as an indie board game publisher. In this first episode, we are creating eleven prototype copies of our upcoming game Rurik: Dawn of Kiev (making prototypes takes a lot of time!), receive updated manufacturing samples for Gearworks, and more!

Behind the Board - 01. Prototypes - Full Episode

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Publishing Insights: Taxes and Your Board Game Business


It's that time of year - March Madness! I mean tax season... We originally posted this article for the 2016 tax year but it is still just as pertinent today. If you read last year's article, read the "What's New" summary before deciding whether you need to read further. Otherwise, you might find it helpful to read the entire post.

Note: I am still working on our 2017 tax return. When I complete it, I'll edit this blog post to show the actual tax savings attributed to the "Overlooked Deductions." You can see our tax savings from 2016 here.

I thought a board game business was about playing games...
I am addressing individuals who file their board game publishing business taxes on Schedule C with their personal tax return. I will start with some of the most valuable deductions I believe are often overlooked (in order of the largest tax savings for us in 2016) and then move on to specific line details.

Please note that I am not an accountant and what is listed below is my own perspective based on reading IRS documents and soliciting professional advice. I am happy to help answer any questions via this blog or email (games [at] piecekeepergames.com) but consider hiring an accountant as needed.

What's New

  • Very few tax law changes

    Very little changed with US tax laws between the 2016 and 2017 tax years that impacts small board game publishers. However, there are larger changes looming for the 2018 tax year.

  • Removed non-taxable gifts

    After further consulting legal advice, I no longer believe any Kickstarter pledge amounts constitute non-taxable gifts. So you need to report all the funds received from Kickstarter as revenue.

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