Monthly Archives: February 2016

How the R&D Tax Credit Usually Works for Indie Game Developers

Another tax season is on and March Madness is coming, along with GDC. You've got less than two months to file your individual tax return, and if you run your studio as a corporation, less than three weeks! Have you sat down with a tax professional yet, or figured out what to do if you…
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How do you put yourself out there?

I'm sure you've been told to do just that to grow your following, find better gigs, or going beyond work stuff: finding love and happiness, or that perfect taco. But well, how do you actually put yourself out there? If you're just starting to break into the entrepreneurial mindset, you may have a lot of…
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Toad Tuesdays: Best in Show, Toad Breeds

Just like dogs and cats, there's many different species of toads. They're more or less referred to as species and not breeds but the concept stands. I've frequently been asked what kind of toad Yael is, and according to the herper I got her from she is a Southern Toad or bufo terrestris. But she…
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NYHC Wisdom: The Time is Now to Make Your Own Opportunities

There's this really fucking good New York Hardcore band, The Last Stand, Mike from Inhuman fronts them and they put on a sick show. The songs hit hard and are to the point. One of my favorites is called "Opportunities Lost and Found". The future's ours so let's take a chance! Now, the time is…
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Happy Frederick Douglass Day!

I spent all week talking about relationships and shit! So...I've covered how the single life can be both awesome and awful, how entrepreneurship can strain a relationship, toads showing affection, and digital nomad Zack did a guest post on having a love life when you live out of a backpack. So I didn't want the grand…
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Is your transition to entrepreneurship straining your relationship?

The V-Day posts continue: I remember something that I was told many, many years ago and decided to write about it. That something was told to me and a room full of hopeful would-be business owners at a SCORE meeting: "You're going to be married to your business. This is likely going to put a strain on…
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Guest Post! The Nomadic Heart: Living and Loving as a Digital Nomad

The V-Day theme continues! But today's going to be a little different with a guest post from my friend and colleague Zack Strebeck, a California gaming attorney who runs the Legal Moves podcast I've appeared on a few times. Without further ado, here's Zack's perspective on romantic prospects and living as a single indie developer when…
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Toad Tuesdays, Valentines Edition: Do Toads Show Affection?

In keeping with this week's V-Day theme, I figured this would be a good time to answer the age-old question herpers always get: do toads show affection? The answer is that it depends. Yael certainly does. Then again, Yael is less of a toad and more of a marshmallow covered in warts. She has her things…
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Where’s the voice of the single indie game developer?

It's V-Day week. So this week at Sonic Toad, I'll be posting all about singledom and relationships in the game development and self-employment contexts! And if you're an indie developer who’s single, it probably feels like every dev diary, postmortem, or Gamasutra piece about the vagaries of the indie life is virtually always centered around married/coupled up…
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