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Story Board Reviews Flag Dash


Angelus Morningstar from Story Board posted a great blog review of Flag Dash. Check it out! I (Kirk) had the privilege of meeting Angelus at GAMA in March.

Click to read Angelus' review!
Highlights from Angelus:
  • "this is my programmable game of choice"
  • "I also love the characters presented in this game. The artwork is jovial and friendly, but the character identities are charming too. I particularly love that ‘crazy cat lady’ is a viable option, and she is clearly throwing her cats at other players to drive them off as a player power. That is beautifully novel."
  • "[compared with other programmable games] you have a reasonable amount of reflexive adaptability... [that provides] agency over the game as it unfolds."

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Publishing Insights: Taxes


Now that we are 1 year past the completion of our first Kickstarter (Flag Dash), it's about time to start sharing some of the lessons that we learned throughout the process of designing and publishing our first game. I (Kirk) wanted to start with a time-sensitive topic that I see discussed infrequently: taxes.

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 me 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. I am happy to help answer any questions via this blog or email (games [at] piecekeepergames.com) but consider hiring an accountant as needed.

Overlooked Deductions

  • Mileage Costs: $3,181

    When driving anywhere for the purposes of business, you can count the mileage driven as a business deduction. This can save you a lot of money on your taxes compared to just deducting your gas receipts (you can only deduct one or the other). However, many people find it overwhelming to record your business mileage accurately and easily (due to IRS rules) and settle for just claiming gas costs.

    Hopefully I can help make this process much simpler. I created a Mileage Log that satisfies all IRS rules and is pretty easy to use. I have now used it for 2 tax years and am ready to share it with others. Feel free to share with others and ask any questions.

    Notes:

    - Instructions: I put together detailed instructions in the "Instructions" worksheet.

    - Examples: I listed some examples to help get you started on the "Mileage Log" worksheet.

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February Update


Happy President's Day weekend! Here are a few brief updates from us.

Recent play of Flag Dash by another publisher in Madison, WI!
  • We have been working on several early stage projects. However, we aren't quite ready to share about any of them yet.
  • We are attending the GAMA trade show Mar 15-17 to support Ultra PRO's release of Flag Dash and for networking. If you would like to meet up there, please reach out.
  • Kirk has been busy with year-end taxes & reviewing 2016. Stay tuned for some future blog posts about things we've learned!

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Meeple Talk Reviews Flag Dash


Adam and Stephanie from Meeple Talk posted a great video review of Flag Dash. Check it out!

Click to watch Adam and Stephanie's review!
Adam:
  • "Really great little game."
  • "If you like strategy, you're really going to like this game, because it's all strategy."
  • "Excels as a really small game that you can play quickly at any time.
Stephanie:
  • Portable & good for taking on family trips, or when limited for space in public areas.
  • "Rules are simple, not a complex game, and it is something that people of varying abilities can just dive into and go."

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The Long View Reviews Flag Dash


Geof Gambill of The Long View posted a fun podcast review of Flag Dash, featuring Elhannan Lloyd Keller. Flag Dash starts at 26:30. Consider subscribing to The Long View podcast.

Click to listen to The Long View episode (Flag Dash starts at 26:30).
Geof:
  • "It's definitely a unique theme, good family game, great quality for a first design and first publication from PieceKeeper Games... I really thought it was very well done, very well produced, and a really fun family title."
  • "the more I played it, the more I liked it."
Lloyd:
  • "It's a lot of fun. It's a quick game. It's very easy to learn."
  • "I definitely enjoyed it. I liked the way the characters are all slightly different and balanced well enough."

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Ultra PRO Licenses Flag Dash


Ultra PRO Entertainment and PieceKeeper Games are pleased to announce that Ultra PRO has obtained the exclusive worldwide license for Flag Dash. Under the partnership, Ultra PRO will handle publishing and marketing, and PieceKeeper Games will design further additions to the Flag Dash brand.

Ultra PRO is the leading manufacturer and supplier of gaming accessories, with over 50 years of history creating high quality products. This partnership further expands the board game product offerings of the newly created Ultra PRO Entertainment Division.

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BGG Con Success & Out of Stock



Top 10 games from BGG Con & Flag Dash in The Hotness.

BGG Con: We had tremendous success as Flag Dash was voted the #1 game of the show! As a result, Flag Dash was prominently featured in The Hotness on BoardGameGeek for 12 days (4 days in the top 5).

Out of Stock: We are now sold out of Flag Dash until the reprint is available again in the Spring 2017. Limited copies are still available from select friendly local game stores.

We do still have limited quantities of the Deluxe Upgrade Pack available in our store.


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Man vs Meeple Reviews Flag Dash


Jeremy Salinas & David Waybright posted a terrific review video of Flag Dash today. Consider subscribing to their YouTube channel.

Click image to watch Jeremy & David discuss Flag Dash!
Jeremy: "I love the aspect that there is no luck in this game. It's purely strategic, it's purely tactical. There is a huge amount of strategic choices that you're making on your turn - which card to play, which priority to play it, and which character to activate with those two combination of components."

David: "Lots of extra little layers of strategy there with tokens and special abilities... It's a nice tight, little, quick game... Both the artwork and all of the elements in here are really nicely done."

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Limited Stock & BGG Con


Demoing Flag Dash at Gnome Game's annual Thanksgaming.

BGG Con: We are demoing Flag Dash at booth 828 with Bob's Weekend Wonders all weekend. Stop by for free dice and to enter our raffle for a free copy of Flag Dash!

Limited Quantities: We have only a few cases of Flag Dash left and anticipate selling out before December. Get your copy today from your FLGS or order from our store before we sell out!

Rulebook Translations: We will soon have Spanish and German rulebooks available for download.


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Photo Contest


We need "lifestyle photos" of Flag Dash being played by real people that will be featured on Wal-Mart & Amazon! Between now and Labor Day (Sep 5), take a picture of you & family or friends playing Flag Dash and send it our way! We will pick the winners on Sep 6.

Demoing Flag Dash to Adam & Stephanie from Meeple Talk (board game review show)!
Submission Rules/Guidelines:
  • Submit via Twitter, Facebook, or email games@piecekeepergames.com by Sep 5 @ 11:59 pm CST.
  • Include people and Flag Dash, preferably with players actively playing & looking like they really enjoy it. Keep in mind these photos will be pretty small, so consider a close-up photo.
  • Only use components from base game (Deluxe components/characters sold on these websites).
  • Please use good judgment on what may be seen in the background and keep it family friendly.
  • All individuals in photo agree to grant PieceKeeper Games all rights to the photo.
Retail Release: Flag Dash will be available at retailers in September. Reserve your copy at your FLGS today! Or you can order from our store.

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