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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.

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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.

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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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Gearworks Late Pledge


Late pledge now to get your copy of Gearworks or Gearworks Deluxe Edition!

Sudoku meets steampunk in a visually stunning card game for 1-4 players.

Gearworks is a steampunk strategy card game featuring card placement, hand management, and a "twist" on area control. Strategically position your gears to fix a mysterious clockwork machine in the corner of the workshop.

*All 19 stretch goals included in late pledges!
(more details here)

Late Pledge Now!
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Wooden Train Giveaway


UPDATE: The giveaway has ended and the winner is... Oscar Perez from Colton, California! Thank you all who participated and keep an eye out for more giveaways in the future!

We just reached 1,000 followers on Twitter! To celebrate this arbitrary occasion, we are giving away a very unique prize!

Have you ever played Ticket to Ride with purple or orange trains?
PieceKeeper Games Wooden Train Giveaway

PieceKeeper Games is not affiliated with Asmodee, Days of Wonder, or Ticket to Ride.

For more information about our Wooden Train Replacement sets and other products we carry, please visit our online store here.


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Publishing Insights: License Agreements


If you are a game publisher, where do you start to create a contract to sign that game you're excited to create? Today I'm talking about contracts between publishers and game designers.

I'll focus on what we do for our contracts and leave a lot of the basic definitions and other options we don't use to other blog posts that do a great job, such as:
  • Game design contracts by James Mathe
  • Many legal topics by James Mathe (halfway down talks about contracts)
  • This contract is written from the perspective of a business in the United States. If your business if based outside of the US, you should give this contract a really thorough review before using it.

    Please note that I am not a lawyer and what is listed below is my own perspective based on paying lawyers for advice and years of reviewing legal documents. I am happy to help answer any questions via this blog or email (games [at] piecekeepergames.com) but consider hiring a lawyer as needed.

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    LAST DAY for Gearworks Kickstarter


    Today is the LAST DAY to back Gearworks on Kickstarter! We just unlocked a solo player mode, along with 14 other stretch goals. Go to the Kickstarter page now to check it out!

    Steampunk meets Sudoku for 2-4 players. You are tinkerers in a workshop fixing a mysterious clockwork machine. Earn parts created by the machine and build fantastical contraptions!

    EU, CA, AU, & US Friendly Shipping. Check it out now!


    All this for only $24! Click to see the Kickstarter page.

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    Gearworks Kickstarter Now LIVE


    Our newest game, Gearworks, is now LIVE on Kickstarter. Go to the Kickstarter page now to check it out!

    Steampunk meets Sudoku for 2-4 players. You are tinkerers in a workshop fixing a mysterious clockwork machine. Earn parts created by the machine and build fantastical contraptions!

    All this for only $24! Click to see the Kickstarter page.


    EU, CA, AU, & US Friendly Shipping. Check it out now!

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