Seize the Bean - A Light-Hearted Deck Builder about Berlin!

Created by Quality Beast

Thematic deck builder with brutal resource management, card drafting, set collection, engine building, modular setup & wild components!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Delivery, Delivery, Delivery!
10 days ago – Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 06:27:40 PM

Hello everyone! We're extremely hyped right now, because we're starting to see backers actually get their games. This is what we've been working towards for the last years, and it's finally happening! Ahhhh! Anyway, let's get into some details.

  • EU warehouse - Currently shipping!
  • Chinese warehouse - Currently shipping!
  • UK warehouse - Boat almost there!
  • US & Canada warehouses - Boat almost there!

Both the UK boat and the one to North America are scheduled to arrive within the next week, so we're currently preparing to pass detailed order data to our warehouses in these locations.

If you're in one of these three countries, you should have received an email today about locking down your address. If you have not, please contact us at support@qualitybeast.com (perhaps after checking your spam folder). The deadline for responding to this final address change email is Friday, July 23rd!

Our warehouses in Europe and China are currently shipping! We've already gotten the first messages from backers receiving their games in Germany and Hong Kong. Please keep them coming, it makes us incredibly happy to finally see the game in your hands. In the case you post on social media and want to tag us, our handles are @_QualityBeast, @QualityBeastDE, and @SeizeTheBean. We also use and follow the hashtags #QualityBeast, #QualityBeastGames, and #SeizeTheBean. (Bonus points for including actual coffee, tea, other beverages, or even snacks in your pics!)

A backer in Hong Kong sent us this picture of their copy of Seize the Bean on our Discord server, which they started unpacking even before heading to work in the morning! Big thanks to them for letting us share it with you all.

But also, don't freak out if you haven't received a shipping notification yet, there are a lot of packages for our warehouses to send out. So it takes a bit of time!

Finally, a note for European backers who selected local pick-up: you should have also gotten an email from us. If you haven't, please reach out to support@qualitybeast.com and let us know!

If you want to learn the game but don't feel like reading the rulebook, check out our learning resources page! For now, it links to our teaching streams but later we’ll add some professional how-to play videos from content creators once they are done.

The team is streaming teaching videos on Twitch twice a week. If you'd like notifications when we go live, click the image to visit our Twitch channel and give us a follow!

Meanwhile, we're teaching and playing Seize the Bean in English on Thursdays, 21:00 CET, and in German on Fridays, 16:00 CET. VODs are of course available for anyone who can't make those times. 

Our next scheduled update will be on Friday, August 13th (oooo, spooky!). If you need us in the meantime, drop a comment here on Kickstarter, email us at support@qualitybeast.com, join the forums over at Board Game Geek, or dive into our Discord server and chat with the team directly!

And seriously, thank you all so much for reading the updates and sticking with us through this long journey. We are very excited to hear how your reception of the game is once it’s in your hands. As always, stay safe and happy gaming!

Freight Shipping, Arrival, & Delivery
about 1 month ago – Sat, Jun 19, 2021 at 03:17:38 AM

Hello everyone! This is a nice update to write as it's a very exciting time for us, watching the games on their way to you all. Again, we'll discuss each region separately. Let's go!

  • EU warehouse - Boat arrived!
  • Chinese warehouse - Ready to Ship, including to AU/NZ!
  • UK warehouse - Boat scheduled!
  • US & Canada warehouses - Boat scheduled!

If you've followed the Toledo Triumph's journey, you already know this, but if you haven't: the boat has arrived at Hamburg! Customs fees are already paid, so hopefully it shouldn't be too long until the games arrive at our warehouse.

If you live in one of the following places and have not selected local pick-up, you should've received an email today about locking down your address:

  • Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Martinique, Mexico, Peru
  • Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
  • Mauritius
  • Russia

If you're in one of those places and haven't gotten an email, please contact us at support@qualitybeast.com before Friday, June 25th!

Those of you who selected local pick-up should receive a separate email next week.

If you're in a place that wasn't mentioned above, or wasn't mentioned as one of the VFI countries in the last update, and isn't Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA or Canada, we may not have your correct address! Again, please email us at support@qualitybeast.com.

Since there is not a huge number of games going to your end of the world, VFI (the Chinese warehouse) will be shipping the games to our Australian & New Zealand partner themselves. You should also have received an email about locking down your addresses. Other than that, your games will be sent out together with the Asian ones so read the section below!

We've spent the last 10 days getting everybody's address changes dealt with and preparing for shipment. This is quite a chunk of data that we have to pass to the warehouse in the exact right format to ensure each parcel gets packed correctly and sent to the correct place, so we're doing all of this very carefully. With one of our fulfillment pandas out sick, this has meant a few days of delay. But next week, the warehouse will have everything they need to get your games organized, scheduled, and packed up to leave the warehouse!

Good news, everybody: the UK-bound boat is scheduled to leave June 22nd! If you want to follow along with the vessel's progress, it's called the CMA CGM Bougainville. The current estimate we've been given is that the boat will reach Southampton on July 21st.

Same good news for you: the North-America-bound boat is also scheduled to leave June 22nd! If you want to follow along with the vessel's progress, it's called the YM Wellspring. The current estimate we've been given is that the boat will reach Chicago on July 18th.

Our next scheduled update will be on Friday, July 16th, although a spontaneous update before then is not entirely unlikely. Until then, stay safe, and happy gaming!

Shipping, Shipping, & More Shipping!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Jun 04, 2021 at 06:03:35 PM

Hey everyone, impromptu update time! We're preparing delivery to some regions and need to make sure backers didn't miss our emails. While we're at it, we're of course updating everybody else, too. For more details, read on…

Things have been moving since the last update! We'll elaborate a bit below, but here's an overview:

  • Chinese warehouse - Truck arrived.
  • EU warehouse - Boat is near the Suez Canal!
  • UK warehouse - Boat not confirmed to have left yet.
  • US & Canada warehouses - Boat not confirmed to have left yet.
  • Australia & New Zealand warehouses - Truck arrived, boat being procured.
  • Backers of the Chinese campaign - Boat arrived.
  • Quality Beast HQ - Air shipment arrived.

As mentioned above, we're about to start sending out individual packages from the Chinese warehouse. We understand this may be hard to read for backers in other regions, but it seemed pretty indefensible after all this time to make any backers wait longer than necessary.

If you're in one of the following places, you should've received an email from us a few days ago about locking down your address:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam.

If you live in one of those places and haven't gotten an email from us, contact us at support@qualitybeast.com before Monday, June 7th! Just do us the favor of checking your spam folder first, please.

While we're talking about the Chinese warehouse: We call it that because that's their central hub, but VFI actually has warehouses everywhere we mentioned above except for Brunei, so you shouldn't have to pay VAT. (Sorry, Brunei!)

As far as we can tell, none of you are getting your games delivered to Macao, Myanmar, or Mongolia. If you do live in one of those places, we may not have your correct address. Again, please contact us at support@qualitybeast.com before Monday, as those are places we would deliver to through VFI as well.

On the flip side, if you live in a part of Asia that wasn't mentioned above, please read the section on "Everywhere Else" below.

Speaking of the European warehouse, some backers have asked for names of boats so they can track the vessel. We checked, and the boat to Germany is the Toledo Triumph. As of the writing of this update, it's scheduled to dock at Suez Port today.

The boat's estimated arrival date in Germany is June 13th. We wouldn't be surprised if it takes a little longer, though, it's a pretty optimistic estimate. But for now, fingers crossed!

Once the boat arrives, you as well can expect an email about verifying your address. 

We realize it must be frustrating to see this little progress. We absolutely share your impatience. The shipments have been unblocked from our side for a couple weeks now, but apparently the world of freight shipping continues to be a bit of a mess.

As wild as that sounds, it's also possible the boats are already on their way, and we just don't know it yet. When the boat to the EU left, it took a couple days until that information made it to us! We are checking in with our shipping partner every few days, and of course we'll keep you updated as the situation gets resolved. 

As of now, the games for Australian & New Zealand backers have made it to the Chinese VFI warehouse. This is a good stop on the way to Australia because VFI already works closely with VR, our partner in Australia & New Zealand. We're just figuring out some last details this week, but your games should continue on their way in no time! Please keep an eye out for an automated email next week, verifying your final shipping address.

We mentioned this in passing last update, but you may not know: Our Chinese localization partner The Wood Games actually ran their own crowdfunding campaign in Taiwan for the project. Their games are currently in customs, and they'll start shipping any moment. It's possible that some The Wood Games backers get their games before those of you we're shipping to through VFI, simply because the boat to Taiwan was very fast. Please understand that even if they're technically part of a separate campaign, they're still backers just like you who have been through the same long wait!

If you backed here on Kickstarter and would like a Chinese copy of the game, fear not! They didn't all go to The Wood Games, we can totally still get you one. Just write to support@qualitybeast.com and we'll help you out.

If you're in a part of the world we didn't mention above, don't worry! We may not have a separate warehouse for your region, but our European warehouse ships worldwide, so your game will come from there. Even if your game's itinerary may look strange on a map, we promise that we made shipping decisions with your waiting time at the front of our minds. What can we say, international logistics get pretty strange! 

As this was an impromptu update, the next regularly scheduled update will still be on June 18th. See you then!

Assembly Done, Freight Shipping Started, & Sleeves Do Fit!
2 months ago – Mon, May 17, 2021 at 05:04:45 PM

The day is finally hereSeize the Bean is not just a reality but it’s on the move. This is the update you’ve all been waiting to read. We hope that it’s as good news for you as it has been for us.

That’s right: we officially approved the mass production copies and our factory has confirmed that every single game is packaged up and either already on its way or waiting to be picked up.

Cubee is the best captain to get the games to you safely! <3

Freight shipping has officially begun! Here are the details:

  • Boat to Germany for our EU warehouse - left the factory this week! 
  • Boat to UK for our UK warehouse - still waiting to leave. 
  • Boat to North America for our US and Canadian warehouses - still waiting to leave. 
  • Boat to Taiwan for the backers of the Chinese campaign - left the factory last week! 
  • Truck to our Chinese warehouse - left the factory last week! 
  • Air shipment to Germany - left the factory last week! (The reason for this shipment is explained below in the "Backers Before Press or Retail” section.) 

As always we want to be clear and transparent: by the time all freight shipments have left we’ll be a few weeks behind our estimated schedule. This is not something we could control. We’ve been checking with both our freight shipper and the factory every week or two leading up to each shipment. As many of you may have heard, the shipping industry is in a tough place right now, mostly due to COVID causing shortages, delays, and price increases.

Because of the state of the shipping industry, it’s likely that freight shipments can take longer than usual. We’ve repeatedly asked our freight partner for estimates and they’ve said it will depend on luck. Shipments could take 1-2 weeks longer, but if we’re really unlucky it could be more. :(

We know this is unsettling for everyone. Our plan is to stay in close contact with our freight partner and provide all of you clear and honest updates regularly so you know what to expect. As all of the boats will take more than 4 weeks, we’ll plan to do the first shipping update in the next monthly update on  June 18th.

It’s our promise to all of you that we will not be sending out press copies of the game before backers’ orders have been shipped. The same goes for any copies sold to retail stores or distribution companies.

We are considering to send a few copies to content creators to make “how to play” videos or other tutorials so that there is more helpful content for you once you receive and open your copy of Seize the Bean. This is the reason there is a small air shipment headed to our HQ in Berlin. So if you have any favorite YouTubers or Twitch streamers who create “how to play” videos, please share them in the comments section! 

Many of you have asked about sleeving the cards. When using Mayday Games’ 50mm x 75mm premium sleeves we were able to fit all of the content back in the box. Beware that it is an incredibly tight fit, though. Here’s a few quick pics: 

Believe it or not, all the cards are sleeved in premium sleeves here. They all still fit back into their bags, even sleeved. And everything fits into the box, but it's a rather tight fit!
2 play mats go on top (because who didn't get both!?), and the contents are still just about at the rim of the box...
...then the rulebook and the expansion content rulebook (underneath it). These do push the content just above the rim. :O
But the top still fits snuggly on. :)
And since that above view can be misleading, here's the side view of how much "pop" there is from the extra squeeze of the sleeved cards.

For a more detailed look, tune in next Thursday, May 20th, to our weekly English stream on our QB Twitch, where Dylan will do a live demonstration of how the sleeved cards fit.

We’d like to keep this short since many of you did not buy the plush: the original factory we were working with was not producing results to our standard of quality. This is why you have not seen a final plush yet.

Luckily, the same wonderful factory that produced the game, Panda Manufacturing, has agreed to take over the production of the plush! This is great news because they are very reliable when it comes to delivering quality results.

We will share an update once we have a timeline from them, but it's very likely the plush will not deliver in the same shipment as the games. As this is our mistake for not switching factories sooner, we will being taking full responsibility for it and will try to offer free shipping to anyone that ordered a plush. As there are not huge numbers of you, from here on out we'll contact you directly so as not to spam everyone in the main Kickstarter updates.

On the other hand, anyone who ordered coffee should not be concerned about the delivery time. :) Due to the fact that coffee gets old, we have waited to produce the coffee closer to the shipping date. And as it is being locally roasted in Berlin, we will not have a long waiting period between beginning the roasting and packaging process, and shipping out orders to those of you who are eagerly awaiting caffeination.

Here’s a pic of us presenting the mass production copy to Pablo, one of the guys running Blaue Bohne, a partner roastery of ours here in Berlin who is roasting the coffee for you all. He’s smiling ear-to-ear under the mask, in case you can’t tell. ;)

With so many of you requesting address changes we’ll be double-checking that everyone who ordered coffee is still in a region or country that we can safely ship it to. If there are any issues, we will contact you individually.

Thank you for everyone’s patience as we take care of all the address change requests; it seems like every single one of you moved! ;)

But on a serious note: many of you may recall that we lost a support team member last year due to health issues related to COVID. :( We had hired a replacement but by the end of last year we lost them too. :( :( This has been extremely hard on us, especially since we pride ourselves on being connected to our community and supportive of our customers. We personally know how frustrating slow response times can be.

The good news is, we are currently in the process of training 2 more team members now. We’re doing our best to provide you with a level of support you all deserve. We appreciate your patience in this time of training and we estimate we’ll have both of the new team members up to speed in about 1 month.

As always, if you need any help with your pledge or have any questions, please email us at support@qualitybeast.com!

That’s it for today’s update. We’ll see you in the next monthly update on June 18th. Until then, stay safe and try to play some games if you can!

Mass Production Done, Bonus Insert, & Address Deadline
3 months ago – Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 11:45:11 PM

Hello there! We have a bunch of good news to share and a very important heads up about shipping addresses. 

First off, we've been told by the factory that mass production of the game is 100% done! Woohoo! They're now working on assembly, which should be done by April 19th as per our timeline shared in Update #53. It'll still be another week or two until the boats pick up the games, but in summary: we are on schedule as planned!

Following a very cool last-minute suggestion from our factory, we added an insert to the boxes to avoid damage in transit. It’s just a plain white, cardboard insert because it's intended to be discarded once you've unpacked your game, punched all the punchboards and bagged all the cards. If you really like it, you should be able to fit everything even with the insert, but it gets pretty tight. (And for anyone wondering, no this did not introduce any delays or add any extra time onto the production because the factory was able to do it on our behalf. Huge thank you to Joe, Emma, and whole team at Panda for the awesome bonus here!)

We’ve prepared some photos to show you a preview of it:

Let's go through a series of unboxing photos so you can see how everything is packed in the insert... starting with the game closed! :D
When you open the lid, the first thing you'll see should be the rulebook(s). (Don't mind that we're showing off the French version here. It's the only MPC we still hadn't fully unpacked at the time of shooting these photos.)
Underneath the rulebooks you'll find the sticker sheets. You'll use these to label bags and make it much easier to organize your game. As a bonus there are also some stickers to decorate your barista meeples as you see fit! :)
And next you'll find the punchboards. So far this is a pretty typical packing strategy of putting all the bigger, flatter things together. Obviously you'll be punching out all the tokens, putting them in bags, and likely discarding the punchboard itself.
Underneath the punchboard we get to the insert itself, you can see that there are 3 walls, with 2 of them cut down halfway to allow a "shelf" for the playerboards. This is one of the main reasons for the insert; to protect the player boards from being scratched by the heavy card decks which would've slid around a lot more in a box without an insert.
If you take out the boards, you'll see 2 areas of the insert: left side for bags and components, right side for card decks. We can start to remove these so you see what's all here.
As you can see, underneath the various bags are the barista meeples and resource components. And on the right side you'll notice that the top layer of card decks has been removed. There are a total of 8 wrapped packs of cards before you begin opening and organizing them into labeled bags.
Here's the final unpacking image of the insert; underneath all of the components you find the sugar (packed separately) and the scoop. And that's it!

Now we'd like to show you some photos of what it looks like if you actually decide to keep the insert, not recycle it, but instead pack your game back into it. Remember, it was not designed for this purpose, and actually, historically inserts are really meant for protecting game parts in shipping, not for storage, so any aspect of this working and being usable is purely a happy coincidence. ;)

Remember, the insert was not designed by us and isn't meant for storing the components, but it still works quite well as you can see. It's important to note that what you see here is not just the "base game" but also cards from the Extra Founders, Add-On Customer Packs, as well as all the deluxe components (like the player Resource Bags, Resin Cups, Resin Snack Pack, and both types of Cubee Meeples). So while it's pretty packed, this impressively fits a lot more than we expected and could likely be used by a lot of you!
Once you get all the goodies and cards in, throw the player boards on top. Because the card bags are a bit wider than the cards themselves, the boards sit a bit higher than they did when unpacking. This is something that those of you out there who are pretty clever could likely tweak and find a better packing method for. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Just to be excessive with our test, we threw both play mats on top as well. :D
And lastly, both rulebooks. As you can probably see a bit, they do pop up over the edge of the box, though not terribly.
Since the top view isn't very telling, here's a close inspection from the side of how much pop there is. It's a fair bit, but keep in mind we didn't spend a lot of time and energy trying to find the right packing method. The reason for this is that we still stand by our recommendation to recycle the shipping insert and go for a wide open box of pure gaming freedom. :D
And lastly, with the top on. A little pop, as you can see, but again, this is with basically every possible extra component you could have and using the shipping insert which isn't intended for storage. Not too shabby!

Of course, those are just photos and it may be hard to get a feel for the unpacking or storing of the game in this new insert. In case you missed it, we did a recent stream where we showed off the insert and did a live packing test with chat. You can watch the VOD on Twitch here for a limited time.

Click this thumbnail to watch the VOD on Twitch where dilkROM shows off the insert and also does a live packing test with it.

A final note about photos: we stated in the last update that we’d like to share some photos of the mass production copies in this update. We took so many photos of the games that we received, and have been so busy working with the factory and warehouses, that we haven't finished sorting and editing all the pics yet. Sorry about that, we'll make up for it in a future update as soon as we have enough time to finish preparing the photos!

We're still expecting you to receive your games through July and August, depending on where you are in the world. We’ve been warned by our shipping partner that 1 or 2-week-long delays are normal for boat shipping at the moment. We'll keep you updated as boats get on the way. But we do have some details to share regarding warehouses!

UK Warehouse

We've received a lot of questions regarding taxes and customs after Brexit. Worry not: Your games will all be sent to a warehouse inside the UK and shipped to you from there, so it'll be us paying customs, not you. Hooray for UK backers!

Canada Warehouse

Similarly, all games for Canadian backers will be shipped to North America together with the US games, but then our fulfillment partner will load them all up onto trucks and bring the games to their Canadian warehouses. So no customs bill for Canadian backers to worry about, either!

Pickup Points

Originally, we offered the option of picking up games from local game stores. We don't know yet if that's going to be possible with the pandemic. If it doesn't work out, we'll contact those of you affected by it individually.

Since games are about to leave the factory, we need to lock down your addresses in BackerKit soon. If you need to change your address, do so before Monday, April 19th. If you can't find your login to BackerKit, just email us at support@qualitybeast.com.

Some of you have been asking for more add-ons to be added to your pledge. We're so glad you like them! We're almost done with our stock assessment, and it's looking pretty good for you all. Thank you for your patience, we'll answer your individual messages in the next week or so!

The next update will be on Friday, May 14th, although we may send an impromptu one sooner if we have urgent shipping news. Until then, take care, stay safe, and happy gaming!