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:
8 months ago
– Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 11:42:40 PM
Hey everyone! The short version of this update is: We did it! The long version is not going to be too much longer, either, but there are a few more details below for your reading pleasure. ;)
We're going to skip the “print file progress” tables we usually include here, because they’re all just full green everywhere. All files have been submitted and approved! We did have to resubmit 2 out of the 86 files last minute, but thankfully it wasn't a problem for the manufacturer at all.
Speaking of our manufacturer: they really stepped up and were super quick in delivering digital proofs (which we explained in the last update). The final thing to do was for us to check everything. And thankfully, almost everything was perfect! We found 1 or 2 things, told the manufacturer, and now they're setting up to start printing.
It’s important to make it clear that as of today, this does not change our delivery estimate at all. Our manufacturer has told us there is no change in their projection that we’ll be finishing production in time to get the games on boats by April 26th, 2021. If you’d like to review the timeline we’re currently on, please refer to Update #53, as nothing significant has changed since then. :)
We're incredibly relieved and excited to have finished our side of this mammoth project. Of course, we'll keep you updated throughout manufacturing, assembly, and shipping. We'll close out the year with a happy holidays update on December 23rd to confirm that our factory has indeed started printing. That update will actually come from Dylan, the lead designer of Seize the Bean and founder of Quality Beast, and include a more personal message from him looking back on this long project.
While we’re mentioning Dylan, you may have missed it but he stayed up late with some backers on Twitch Thursday night, streaming an unboxing of the pre-production copy of Seize the Bean, and replacing the sample components from our team's development copy with the final components we received from the factory recently. If you’d like to catch up on that video, you can check it out on our Twitch channel.
Keep in mind that if you're curious what's going on with Seize the Bean and looking for a more interactive way to engage with our team, you can always catch us on our weekly English stream, Thursdays at 21:00 CEST / 12:00 PDT / 15:00 EDT. We also have a weekly German stream on Fridays at 16:00 CEST / 07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT.
As always, a huge thank you to all of you for your patience and belief in this project. Until the next update, take care, stay healthy, and happy gaming! <3
Timeline Check-In, Real Components & File Progress
8 months ago
– Tue, Dec 01, 2020 at 04:18:51 PM
Hello everyone! This is a big one, so let's get right into it...
You may recall that we finally shared an updated delivery date back in Update #53. The most critical deadline in that new timeline is when we plan to approve Seize the Bean to start printing, which is December 7th. We gave ourselves a 3 week buffer and set a deadline to submit all print files by November 13th. Our team and our external translation partners have been working non-stop, but we were unfortunately unable to submit all of the files by that deadline.
However, the good news is that we did anticipate this and spoke to our manufacturer before the deadline. Our manufacturer told us the delivery date is still possible, even with some files being delayed, but the next 2 weeks will be pretty packed for both us and them to make this happen.
In summary: as it currently stands, we are planning to approve the files for print the week of December 7th - December 11th. This means we are giving ourselves an extra 4 days for the final approval process. If you’d like more in-depth details, please check the print file progress charts at the bottom of this update.
We’re announcing this “up here” because it’s often missed at the end of each update: the next update will come on Friday, December 11th. As that is our final week to look at and approve the digital proofs from the manufacturer, we don’t want to rush. We've chosen this day for an update to ensure there is nothing to distract us from looking over and approving the digital proofs, and by the end of the week we’ll definitely have a clear message for you all whether we’ve made it or not.
Some of you may not be aware, but all non-print components have been produced already. Normally, when a game isn’t so delayed, we would see and approve the final samples, and then the factory would immediately start printing. Near the end of printing, they would send a “mass production copy” for us to have a last look at before packing and shipping the games. In order to save time, we cleared the factory to produce the non-print components a while ago, while we worked to get the print files done.
By now, a lot of time has passed since the factory made all of those non-print components, and as you all know, we cannot suffer anymore delays. Therefore, it would be terrible to wait until the end of the printing process to get a “mass production copy” and find out at that time if there was something wrong with the resin or fabric components.
Therefore, we asked the factory to send us a set of the finished components. This is an unusual request, so shout out to them for being extremely nice and doing this! And the good news is: the non-print components are perfect!
We wanted to share these all with you as a way to rekindle your excitement but also to give you some confidence. These are by far the hardest part of the production so to have these done and actually see that they are perfect is a great relief. Of course, we took high quality photos to share with you, along with some detailed notes about the component quality. As you look, please remember, these are not samples, these are the exact same pieces you will be getting!
(Disclaimer: we’ve done our best to represent all materials and colors as accurately as possible. We are not professional photographers and images will always look different on different screens. Just be aware of this as you look through the photos!)
As we said above, we hope that by showing you these it not only helps to revitalize your excitement, but also to raise your confidence. We know the delays have been very frustrating and a big source of lost trust. As we near the end, it’s easy for any of us to imagine the worst, that mistakes or more delays could occur. At least now we can all rest assured that the more challenging components have come out perfect and you don’t have to wonder about the quality of what you’ll be receiving.
Speaking of which, if you’re still reading, that’s probably a better segue than any to talk about the print files...
Below you can find some detailed explanations with visual progress charts.
English: Fully submitted and approved.
German: Fully submitted and mostly approved. We expect a final approval from the factory this week.
Spanish: Mostly submitted and mostly approved. As you can see, the Spanish rulebooks have not been submitted yet. Our external Spanish partners have been reviewing them over the weekend. They are due to give us their final approval on Monday and we’ll submit them once we have their approval.
French: Mostly submitted and mostly approved. Our external French partners are finished but since we were late to share the rulebooks we need at least 1 day to implement the backer feedback that came in over the weekend. We plan to submit the remaining files on Tuesday.
Chinese: Mostly submitted and mostly approved. Similarly to Spanish, our Chinese partner is currently in the process of approving the final files. We plan to submit the remaining files on Wednesday.
Once everything is submitted, our manufacturer will provide us with “digital proofs”. When we receive them, we give them a thorough check to make sure everything is being printed correctly (cards have the right backs, cut marks are correct, etc.) and if all is good we can green light the factory for printing!
Remember: the next update is schedule for December 11th. And when you hear from us then, it will hopefully be us telling you that Seize the Bean is approved for print!
Mini-Update w/ French Rulebooks
8 months ago
– Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 06:33:05 AM
Hey everyone! Finally we can share the French rulebooks with you now! If you find anything super wrong in them, feel free to email us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, but please do so by this Sunday, November 29th, 23:59 CET, if you want your edits to be accepted.
We’ll also be sending you a full update on Sunday around midnight (Berlin time), so if you’re wondering where we’re at, you’ll get all the info then.
See you on Sunday and have a great weekend!
DE & ES Expansion Rulebooks, Translation Feedback & Timeline Reminder
9 months ago
– Sun, Nov 01, 2020 at 07:14:02 PM
Hey everyone! As you can imagine, we’re working hard over here, so this will be another short one. For those of you who are not interested in our translation progress, feel free to skip this update!
(We know there have been many frequent updates recently, but this is the best way for us to share the translations before printing, as many backers requested.)
As promised, here come the German and Spanish Expansion Rulebooks. Again, we ourselves are still in the process of proofing these files, so don't be alarmed that they are not perfect yet (for example, there are at least 3 headers in the Spanish one that don’t fit optimally yet). We wanted to honor our promise of sharing these with backers while there is still time to implement your feedback, so here they are:
We mentioned last week that we did not get the French text in time to prepare and share the Main Rulebook. Our team is nearly done with the FR Main Rulebook now and the French team is finishing up the Expansion Rulebook text. We will share the FR Main Rulebook with you next week. Once the Expansion Rulebook text is done, we will try our best to share the FR Expansion Rulebook with you too, as long as it does not delay our timeline.
If you have feedback regarding the Expansion Rulebooks posted above, feel free to send it to email@example.com. You only have until November 2nd, so if you want to give input, check these files out now! (Yes, there will be some extra time for those of you looking at the French, since those files haven't been shared yet.)
We know that not yet seeing the finished French Rulebooks will worry some of you, but please remember that our deadline for submitting files to the manufacturer is not today, but November 13th.
After that, the manufacturer and our team will have 3 weeks to provide and check digital proofs until the print date of December 7th. It won't be easy to make these deadlines, but as of now, we still believe we can do it. This means that even though the French files are a bit behind their "sharing on Kickstarter" schedule, our expected delivery date stays the same as in the timeline we shared in Update #53.
You'll hear from us again once we can share the French Rulebooks. After that, we'll try to space out the updates because we know we've been sending quite frequently and especially with the translation topics it isn't relevant to you all. As always though, communication is very important to us and we want to make sure you are all informed, especially this close to our target printing date. Until the next update: be well, stay safe, and happy gaming!
Translated Rulebooks, Timeline Reminder, & Solo Mode Stream
9 months ago
– Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 05:42:16 AM
Hi everyone! On top of being wildly busy with Seize the Bean, we're also up to our eyeballs in SPIEL.digital shenanigans, so we'll keep this short.
We know a lot of you who backed for the English game have been reading update after update about the translations. Unfortunately, Kickstarter doesn’t give us tools to send updates based on your game language selection; if they did, we’d send more targeted emails. So, if you’re not interested in news about the translations, please feel free to skip below to the Timeline Reminder or SPIEL.digital sections. :)
And for the rest of you...
As promised, we are sharing backer previews of the foreign language rulebooks. Please note that these will still go through another final round of proofing, so if you find any typos don’t be overly alarmed. If you have any feedback at all, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the links:
No French? Unfortunately the French team hasn’t finished the Main Rulebook in time for us to provide it today. Therefore, we are only sharing the German and Spanish rulebooks at this time. The French rulebook will still be shared, but it may not be until next week, when the French Expansion Rulebook is also planned to be shared.
It’s important to say that despite the French rulebook not being ready for sharing, we still believe that we’ll make our print date of December 7th. It creates some extra crunch but we are dedicated to get it done!
(And for anyone wondering about the Chinese, we are not providing previews of that here, as that is done by our partner in their own crowdfunding campaign.)
The most common question we get is “when will Seize the Bean deliver?”, and we completely understand why you're all asking this! Since it’s easy to miss an update, we want to quickly remind everyone that the timeline and expected delivery date we shared in Update #53 is still up-to-date! You will all be the first to know if anything changes in this plan.
SPIEL.digital is going on right now! Our production pandas are not participating at all this year because they're busy making print files, but some of us are around, so don't hesitate to stop by our Discord server and witness the mayhem!
Dylan, the lead designer of Seize the Bean, streamed a solo mode game as part of our SPIEL.digital streaming schedule on Thursday. He actually played a SPIEL-themed Solo Scenario that didn't make the cut to be included in the printed rulebook. It shows off all 3 of the add-on packs: Board Game Media, Quality Beasts, and City Celebrities! It was pretty fun, because the Twitch chat and even some folks from our Discord server told Dylan what moves to make. Feel free to check out the VOD on Twitch.
That's it for now. We'll be back next week with the Expansion Rulebooks! Stay safe, y’all, and if you’re at SPIEL.digital, enjoy the digital halls! <3