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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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    Kickstarter Launch Nov 14


    We're gearing up for our next Kickstarter. Gearworks launches November 14!

    You play as tinkerers in a workshop fixing a mysterious clockwork machine. Earn parts created by the machine and build fantastical contraptions!

    Be the first to know when we launch by joining our email list or Gearworks Facebook group.

    Gears, contraptions, wooden lightning bolts, and more!

    About Gearworks:
    • Steampunk strategy card game.
    • For fans of Sudoku.
    • Gorgeous art, captivating gameplay.
    • 2-4 players, 30-40 min, Ages 10+
    This gorgeous playmat really brings Gearworks to life.

    Media Coverage

    Do you run a blog, YouTube channel, or podcast about board games? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Please email games [at] piecekeepergames [dot] com and we'll be in touch.


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    Lightning Giveaway


    Do you like lightning? How about playing with deluxe wooden lightning bolts in your favorite games?

    To build up some energy (see what I did there?) in advance of our upcoming Kickstarter launch for Gearworks, we're giving away some yellow and orange lightning bolts (your choice) to 5 lucky gamers! Just join our Gearworks Facebook group. Get an extra entry for joining our email list. We'll announce winners on Sunday, Sept 10 on the Facebook group!

    Lightning bolts like these are included in Gearworks and are in the deluxe version of Flag Dash!

    About Gearworks:
    • Steampunk strategy card game.
    • For fans of Sudoku.
    • Gorgeous art, captivating gameplay.
    • 2-4 players, 30-40 min, Ages 10+
    Box cover and card back art for Gearworks!

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    Gen Con Demos & Giveaways


    If you will be at Gen Con, we'd love to see you and give you a little gift! We'll primarily be in two areas: the First Exposure Playtest Hall (FEPH) - generally at table 14 - and Hall A: Black (although we may also be in other Hall A or Hall B areas close by). Look for a banner with the Rurik art on it (shown below).

    The First Exposure Playtest Hall is in rooms 107 - 110.

    Look for a banner with this art on it.


    We have a few event slots left for Rurik: Dawn of Kiev. Get your tickets now to play an early demo for this upcoming 4X realm building game set in 11th century Kievan Rus' and featuring auction programming (brand new mechanic), resource management, and area control.

    Sign up for our mailing list for Rurik game updates.


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    Rurik Demos at Gen Con


    Gen Con events for our upcoming euro-style game Rurik: Dawn of Kiev are live and selling out quickly! Get your tickets now to play early demos for this upcoming 4X realm building game set in 11th century Kievan Rus' and featuring auction programming (brand new mechanic), resource management, and area control. Sign up for our mailing list for game updates.




    Near-final box illustration for Rurik by Finn McAvinchey.
    Playtest of Rurik, a 4X realm building euro-style game set in 11th century Eastern Europe.

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    New Deluxe Wooden Pieces


    We are pleased to introduce some fun deluxe wooden pieces you can purchase to upgrade your favorite board games! Have a train game with small trains? Our hefty trains will do the trick. Tired of basic cubes for energy or other resources? Look no further than our lightning bolts. Contact us for bulk pricing.

    Chugga chugga choo choose from 8 colors of trains!
    Electrify your board games with these lightning bits in 5 colors!

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    Demo New Games at Origins!


    Kirk will be at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH from June 14-18 to show off several upcoming games, including Gearworks, Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, and Door Number 3 (more info coming soon). If you are attending and would like to meet up and play a game, please email us or Tweet at us! Click images for more game details.

    Box art (left) and card back art (right) for Gearworks. Steampunk strategy card game with a "twist" on area control.
    Playtest of Rurik, a kingdom building & "auction programming" game set in 11th century Eastern Europe.

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