Day 313/365: Cashflow 101 Board Game

November 09, 2011

Another Coffee Presentation with a twist! Cashflow 101 Board Game. I had invites before which I need to pay for 500 Pesos to play this game. But this is one is for FREE! Thanks Coach Allan!

Location: Carol Texan 5, Abad Santos, Little Baguio, San Juan City

What’s Cashflow101?

Cashflow 101 is a serious game designed by investor, businessman, and self-help author Robert Kiyosaki to serve as a tool for learning basic financial strategies and accounting principles. Cashflow 101 is the first of several games created by Kiyosaki to reinforce the information in his books.

The board has two tracks: A “Rat Race” small circle where you only roll one die to advance, and a “Fast Track” where you roll two dice to advance. In the Rat Race you get paid for passing your Paycheck space, and then draw from one of four decks of cards depending on which space you’ve landed. Some of the deals are good, others are bad. Your main problem here is a shortage of cash. In the Fast Track your main problem is an excess of cash and finding investments to sink it into before you lose it to lawsuits, divorce or tax audits.

The heart of the game though are the player sheets where players learn how to fill out a financial statement. Players choose from a variety of starting careers (Truck Driver, Mechanic, Lawyer, Airline Pilot, etc.) and fill out their financial sheets appropriately. As they land cards and invest in different deals they dutifully log each change to their financial sheets as well. After a few games most people end up using the same financial sheets to fill out their own personal information.

With each card event the drawing player may buy at that price, but all players may sell at that price. Also, players may make co-investments with the drawing player or even buy the deal from him if they agree. Player deals are encouraged.

The game with few players is heavily biased towards real estate. With 5-6 players the cards are being drawn fast enough that the part time businesses pay off as well.

There are thousands of Cashflow 101 game clubs around the world.

Game contents:

– Large game board
– One sheet intro from Robert Kiyosaki
– Rulebook
– Pad of Player Sheets
– 6 Player Tokens & Cheese Tokens
– 12 Profession Cards
– 42 The Market cards
– 42 Big Deals cards
– 42 Doodad cards
– 56 Small Deals cards
– Lots of game money
– 6 Cashflow pencils
– 3 dice
– 12 chips for each of the six colors (it appears that some sets may have 10 chips per color)

Cash Flow 101 Boad Game

Game Review:

by Michael C. Gray

Why review a game in a tax and business newsletter? Because this game is designed to help develop business and investment skills. The American educational system is designed to develop good employees, not entrepreneurs or investors. Many people view a college education as a type of trade school. They believe getting a college education should result in getting a good job. When we enter the workforce, the tendency is to fall into “the rat race”, spending about what we make and never becoming financially independent.

In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki explained how this became clear to him at a young age. His actual “Poor Dad” father was a highly-ranked school administrator, who constantly argued with his wife over money matters. A friend’s “Rich Dad” father took Robert under his wing and showed him how he acquired wealth.

How can you show how investment principles work in a way that makes them clear in a fun way? A game! That is how Robert Kiyosaki came to develop the CashFlow game. I received a CashFlow game from my wife, Janet, for Christmas and played a round with my adult children, Dawn and James, on New Years day. Although the instructions say to plan on spending about three hours to play the game, it took us six hours this first time.

The game is played in two parts. In the first part, “the rat race”, your objective is to “get out of the rat race” by building your passive income to be greater than your monthly expenses. You draw a career card that gives you your beginning salary and monthly expenses. Those with a higher salary also have higher monthly expenses. Movement is determined by rolling dice. You get opportunities to make investments that can eventually generate the cash flow required to get out of the rat race. You can also have the “misfortune” of buying expensive “toys” or having children, requiring monthly payments that make it harder to exit the rat race. Monthly expenses can be reduced by paying off debts. The consequences of chance and choices are highlighted in the game. Progress is tracked on personal balance sheets and income statements.

In the second part, “the fast track”, the objective is to win the game by being the first person to buy your “dream” or to accumulate $50,000 in monthly cash flow from businesses purchased on the Fast Track. (You have to finish the game somehow!)

This is an expensive game, but I believe the investment can be justified if it helps provide the mindset required for helping your family and yourself truly get out of the rat race. According to Kiyosaki, playing the game monthly should help you do just that.

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