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About

Will you survive the Fundamental Transformation of America?

A timely new board game,Last Biz Standingoffers a bold mix of satire, sarcasm and parody that reflects 6+ years of the very destructive and still escalating ‘fundamental transformation of America’ as seen through the eyes and felt through the wallets of small business men and women.

In Last Biz Standing you play the role of small business owner and experience how intellect, innovation and hard work are marginalized by Big Government’s excessive taxation, overregulation, obstructionism, forced redistribution of wealth and expansion of the progressive entitlement ideology. You’ll face tough choices like cancelling employee health insurance; and mass layoffs. And you’ll witness firsthand the battle between a free enterprise system that built our nation and the ‘free stuff’ promised by career politicians bent on tearing it down.

Last Biz Standing
Last Biz Standing

The true paradox of Last Biz Standing is that you’ll have fun and share laughs with your fellow small biz owners while losing your assets for what progressives consider ‘the greater good’.  Fear not though, it’s just a game. We promise it won’t hurt nearly as much as it does in real life.

The ‘What’ and the ‘Why’ of Last Biz Standing

Last Biz Standing is a board game created by IP Ingenuity, LLC; a one-person small business idea incubator.

Call him old school perhaps, but IP Ingenuity's founder believes in the America that respected the Constitution, honored God, rewarded hard work, expected honesty, demanded personal accountability and allowed every man and woman with initiative and perseverance to start up and run their own business without unreasonable burdens, interference or excessive taxation by their government. He views the ongoing ‘fundamental transformation of America’ as fundamentally destructive to the principles and free market systems that built the United States of America into a true land of opportunity and a magnet for people around the world who came here, willingly assimilated into American culture, worked hard and achieved their personal version of the American Dream.

And, like so many proud Americans, he's grown increasingly frustrated as the left-leaning media replaces truth and facts with propaganda and spin; and congressmen on both sides of the aisle blatantly refuse to address the real problems with our economy and the destructiveness of increasing the nation’s debt while artificially stimulating crony financial markets by printing unconscionable amounts of funny money.  For the sake of his children and future generations of Americans, this man decided to do something.

The ‘How’ of Last Biz Standing

But how can one American…or two (or more)…possibly break through the liberal media truth and fact blackout and focus a spotlight on the very real destructive forces that threaten a free market system and the well-being of future generations?

The answer: create Last Biz Standing as a fun but sobering tool for concisely conveying how Big Government is dangerously overstepping its originally conceived purposes and powers.

Last Biz Standing is…

  • Fun to play
  • Seeping with humor, satire and parody
  • Loaded with real and perhaps slightly embellished examples of how Big Government and progressive ideologies negatively impact small business and the American Dream
  • Made in America

One test player described Last Biz Standing as a game of Monopoly1 in reverse. And that’s a fair description.  Monopoly, of course, is a game where players attempt to accumulate wealth and assets as they travel around the game board.  With Last Biz Standing it’s just the opposite: all players begin with an equal amount of cash and assets (small businesses); and then systematically lose their ass-ets via taxes, fees and regulations as they navigate the board.  The winner is literally the last biz standing.

Examples of the 24 Biz Description Cards
Examples of the 24 Biz Description Cards
Examples of the 15 "I'm Entitled" Cards
Examples of the 15 "I'm Entitled" Cards
Examples of the 15 "Progressive" Cards
Examples of the 15 "Progressive" Cards
Examples of Additional Ways You'll Lose Your Ass-ets
Examples of Additional Ways You'll Lose Your Ass-ets

1Monopoly is a trademark of Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI.

Use of Funds: A Mostly Grass Roots Campaign

Reaching our campaign goal will fund production of 3,000 games. A lesser production quantity increases the per unit cost significantly. The owner of IP Ingenuity has already invested big money into design of the game and an ecommerce website (www.lastbizstanding.com). He now needs your help.

Even a Harvard MBA knows that testimonials and word-of-mouth are the most effective and efficient ways to communicate the virtues of a product or service.  So we're embarking on a grass roots campaign to put a sample of Last Biz Standing into the hands of conservative influencers across America. Every individual with a voice that reaches and influences a significant number of like-minded Americans must receive the game.

This campaign will raise the money needed to identify, target and deliver a sample of Last Biz Standing to influential conservative voices in media, entertainment, politics, business and academia. And a sufficient quantity of games will also be produced to make it available to you, your friends, co-workers and others. In fact, several of the Rewards for donations include one or more games.  Be sure to check them out.

America needs people with a conservative audience AND YOU talking about Last Biz Standing. There is not a website, a magazine, a newspaper or a book that can as concisely convey the absurdity of Big Government the way Last Biz Standing does.  If enough people talk about the message delivered through playing the game, a movement begins.  People will no longer feel disconnected and powerless.  They’ll feel bonded with others and united in the need to restore America to its pedestal of global greatness.  Only by joining together in large numbers can the environment of corruption and self-interest that exists in Washington DC and many state and local governments be changed.

Timing

All design and content work for Last Biz Standing is complete and the small game pieces have been purchased by the author. Print production will begin immediately following this campaign--funds willing. Delivery of fully-assembled and packaged games will begin approximately six weeks later. The grass roots campaign to reach conservative influencers is in development; identifying and targeting planned recipients; stating key talking points; etc.  The campaign will be ready to launch as soon as the games are available.

What YOU Can Do Now

Many people loudly proclaim their disenchantment with the growing progressive movement in America and how Big Government is dangerously overstepping its originally conceived purposes and powers. Few actually DO anything about it. That’s not necessarily a knock on them. After all, it’s tough to find time to travel to Washington and protest when you’re busting your butt to make a living so your tax dollars can support the masses who are quite satisfied parking their behinds on a sofa while waiting for the government check (your tax money) to arrive every week or month.

QE Funny Money
QE Funny Money

If you, too, are sickened by the direction our country is heading, frustrated by the feeling of helplessness; simply too busy working to support those who don’t or won’t; or out of work because Big Government taxation and regulations forced your employer to downsize, here are three ways you can make a real difference:

1) Contribute to this Campaign--Your contribution will help get Last Biz Standing into the hands of key conservative influencers; respected men and women who reach millions of like-minded listeners and viewers. We need them talking about the fresh and unique way Last Biz Standing focuses a spotlight on the very real destructive forces that threaten our free market system and the well-being of future generations of Americans.

2) Tell Your Friends, Family and Co-Workers About the Game--You don’t have to be wealthy or have your own TV show to be an influential voice. You’ve got your own audience all around you, so please help spread the word about Last Biz Standing. Like us on Facebook and talk about us throughout your social media network. You can make the Last Biz Standing campaign your own personal ‘restore America’ rallying point! 

What To Do when you Receive Your Game

Once you receive your Last Biz Standing game, the first thing you will naturally do is play it. Up to four people can play, so invite family, friends and/or co-workers to join the game so you can all share a few laughs while trying not to cry when the full absurdity of Big Government’s overreach sets in. The message will be clear, concise and profound: Excessive taxes.  Suffocating regulations.  Redistribution of wealth.  Penalizing success.  Too small to be ‘too big to fail’. America’s most costly war is being waged at home and the front line casualties include small businesses and job creators.

After the game ends there is a very good chance that you and your fellow players will be ready to take action. Here are a couple of things you can do:

*Share your game with other like-minded people; or buy additional games and get them into the hands of as many people as possible.

*Share your game with friends, family or co-workers who may still have their heads in the sand about the realities of Big Government’s overreach and abuse of power.

*Simply spread the word. Ask people to visit this campaign page or go directly to www.LastBizStanding.com

*Be sure to vote in the upcoming elections. Too many 'representatives' on both sides of the aisle and at all levels of government have ceased listening to their constituents and are beholden only to lobbiests and special interests that can fatten their campaign coffers to keep them in their cushy jobs. We the People need to end the insanity that is our current government and restore the United States of America to free market economic prosperity at home. Only then can America regain its position as a world leader, economic and intellectual power, and true defender of freedom everywhere.

About the creator of Last Biz Standing
About the creator of Last Biz Standing

Risks and challenges

The founder of IP Ingenuity and creator of Last Biz Standing has an extensive background in print production, marketing and fulfillment. The production and supply line has been well-vetted and the game will be produced and assembled in the Midwest. All small parts (pawns, tiddlywinks and dice) have already been purchased for an initial production quantity of 3,000 games.

An ecommerce website (www.lastbizstanding.com) has been built and will officially launch to sell games and t-shirts bearing several of the game's small biz logos as soon as campaign funding reaches an encouraging level. (We'll announce the specific target amount in a future update.)

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    For your much appreciated contribution of ten bucks, you will not only receive our sincere thanks; you will also receive a Last Biz Standing sticker which you will be free to plant on your laptop, refrigerator, vehicle or anywhere else to help us spread the word even further. How cool is that? Okay, it's a bit 'tacky' but it's still a form of freedom of speech and you're supporting something that puts a spotlight on small business struggles against big government.

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    For your much appreciated contribution of twenty-five bucks, you will not only receive our sincere thanks, but you'll also receive a t-shirt sporting the Last Biz Standing logo. You can be assured that your friends and neighbors will take notice! Note: You can check out the Last Biz Standing t-shirt at www.lastbizstanding.com and at or before the conclusion of this campaign you’ll receive an email asking for your size selection.

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    Progressives are transforming our country into the Land of the Freebee; but any critical thinker knows that nothing is free and most of those who believe and follow the progressive propaganda pay for their handouts and entitlements with their freedoms, their morals, their values and their misguided votes. Not since the writing of our national anthem 200 years ago has the phrase ‘Home of the Brave’ been so relevant, for it now requires significant bravery to step forward and defend the guiding principles set forth in the U.S. Constitution. And sadly, we cannot currently rely on the SCOTUS to defend the Constitution for us. Your support for Last Biz Standing at the Friend of the U.S. Constitution level demonstrates your moral courage and will be rewarded with ten Last Biz Standing games, two dozen stickers, four Last Biz Standing t-shirts of your choice and, of course, our sincere gratitude. Note: At or before the conclusion of this campaign you’ll receive an email asking for your t-shirt design selections and sizes.

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    While acknowledging that all who contribute any amount to this campaign are authentically ‘Friends of America’s Future’, those with the means to donate at this level are undoubtedly battle-scarred survivors of the current fundamental transformation of America. You get it…you’ve lived it…you truly understand the need to navigate the mother ship back to the ‘old’ America we knew and loved and prospered from before it’s too late. Like us, you cringe as you witness so many of your fellow citizens march like lemmings to a socialist cliff; urged on with propagandized chants of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ and ‘forward’. But you also realize that your ultimate reward for supporting the mission of Last Biz Standing will come when those same masses listen to a new and unique voice of reason and reality; opening their eyes to finally see the absurdity, hypocrisy and destructive nature of their leadership. To you, fellow Friend of America’s Future, we’ll ship you twenty-four Last Biz Standing games, 100 stickers and 10 Last Biz Standing t-shirts of your choice. We sincerely wish there was a more appropriate way within our means to express our gratitude for your generosity and our admiration for your devotion to country. Note: At or before the conclusion of this campaign you’ll receive an email asking for your t-shirt design selections and sizes.

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