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:

5-6 Player Expansion, Player Sacks & Shipping Update
10 months ago – Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 09:39:34 AM

As some of you have said in the comments: we’re really sad to end this campaign! It’s been such a fun, exciting, and challenging experience for us, chock full of learning. Getting to connect to you all and explore the universe of Seize the Bean together has been a blast. We’ll do our best to take it out with a bang though, so it’s one you’ll remember for days to come…

...and on that note...

You heard it right! Thanks to a miraculous session with our Kickstarter video voice actor, Ben Maddox, as well as receiving similar feedback from other play-testers and backers (special shouts out to Gibbo, Eva, Basil, Andy Couch, Jazz, Salome and Roman for all the testing on this), we’ve made a minor rules change which significantly impacts the down-time in the game. We were aware of this possibility but had no idea exactly how impactful it was going to be, and had put it off for a while. Upon testing it we realized the game is fully capable of becoming not only 5 but even 6 player-friendly.

(Artwork is just a rough draft and may change later.)
(Artwork is just a rough draft and may change later.)

Isn’t this a bit late to introduce something like this? Actually, no. We’ve always wanted Seize the Bean to be a 1-6 player game, and we tested like this from very early on. However, there were a few major downtime concerns we had at higher player counts. As of this change, these problems have literally vanished from the game. The change is so fitting and so subtle that there was very little development and testing required to be confident in its success.

Why an expansion and not in the base game? We’re not sure that all game groups require such a high count and to be honest the cost of manufacturing enough components isn’t trivial (not to mention the serious, potential weight of the box and impact on shipping it will have!). For this reason we’ll be putting the required pieces into a separate, smaller box. We will, however, attempt to make the main box fit everything for those that want to store it all together, but we can’t quite promise this yet.

What exactly is in the box? There will be 2 dual-layer player boards, extra resources (exact quantities undetermined at this time), 16 Friends & Family cards, 6 Founder cards, and at least 4 more barista meeples.

How can you buy it? You’ll note that the expansion is now available both as a pledge level (lovingly named Double Espresso, as pictured above) as well as an add-on. Feel free to grab it either way, it’s already unlocked so there’s no waiting around for it!

That’s not the only add-on you’ll be seeing made available. After having a really healthy discussion about player cups with all of you in the comments section we have collectively come to the conclusion that extending production of the burlap resource sacks to also make player sacks would satisfy both the theme and the functionality of the game. We’re happy to say that since we already priced these out we were able to go back to our manufacturer and very quickly finalize a new offering.

As you can see in the image above, at €110k we’ll unlock a set of 4 player sacks. We really hope this is something that all of you enjoy and at a price that you find to be affordable and fair. Feel free to already increase your pledge if you’re confident we’ll make it or wait to grab them in the pledge manager if you’d rather play it safe.

(Please note: we are aware that you'd need extra sacks if you go for the 5-6 player expansion and we've planned for this. The sacks will also be sold in sets of two in the pledge manager, so you can add an extra 2 onto your order if you like.)

On this topic: we want to really say thank you to all of our wonderful backers for being open and honest and vocal in expressing what they want to see in this campaign. While we might have built this café-ship you’re all here helping us sail it in the right direction!

Speaking of ships, let’s be transparent: it’s really hard to estimate exact weight in advance. We’ve done some really serious testing and even on the safe side this is looking like a 2kg game. It might be hard to imagine but in many regions of the world our first-provided shipping estimates were actually very close (within a couple euros / dollars) of what our fulfilment partners are quoting us for such a package. But, regardless of this, we’ve done our very best to drive those prices down and we are pleased to announce our new, updated estimates.

If you look at the campaign page you'll notice the shipping section has now been updated! You also might’ve noticed those symbols at the bottom, which mean we are now officially able to say we offer Canada-friendly and US-friendly shipping in addition to the EU-friendly support we already had. Once again, we really hope you appreciate this news as we’ve put a lot of hard work into passing any savings we can onto all of you.

(It’s important to note that we’re still working on Australia / Asia though likely won’t have confirmations before the campaign ends so the estimate in that area will need to stay as is for now. Our sincere apologies to all our backers in those regions; we didn’t forget about you!)

(And a second important note is that this doesn't yet include bulk or combine shipping – which many of you have asked for – but we can say we are seeing discounted rates from most of our fulfilment partners and we'll be able to officially confirm more soon.)

And with that, we’re out! Off to record a solo mode preview in Tabletop Simulator and prepare for the final days we’ll spend here with you on Kickstarter. Thank you for everything.

Tabletop Simulator, Spanish Edition & Ceramic Cups
10 months ago – Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 08:52:24 AM

Wow, this campaign just flew by! And it has been a non-stop rollercoaster into fun-land the entire time. Thank you all for making that happen and being here with us. It’s certainly been a special experience, to say the least. And now, in the finally 72 hours we ask you all, once again, to help us push and share the campaign as much as you can. If we can go high enough we may be able to unlock even more languages than we already have (more on this below)!

If you didn’t see Penny’s live stream debut of our Tabletop Simulator mod you can watch the replay on our Quality Beast YouTube channel. We had an absolute blast!

(And if you missed it, while we wait for Penny to edit out a highlights reel you can see one of our favorite moments in this clip here!)

As promised, we're happy to unveil the first, early access, rough draft version of our mod. It’s now available for public consumption in the Steam Workshop. We want to give a huge shout out to Dalton Broback for his work on the mod and also to one of our backers, Gary L. Amoe (aka OgreYama on our Discord server) for getting us through the final hurdles of how to release the mod. Thank you both so much for your passion and insight!

For those that begin to play with the mod, please subscribe as we’ll be pushing updates quite regularly to improve the experience and assets. Whenever you have thoughts about the game, we’d love to hear them so just jump on over to our feedback form to give us your insights: http://feedback.seizethebean.com

(Also, it’s worth noting that this does go public but we want to honor the early access all of you backers have paid for so we’ll be pushing updates out to you only, via the print and play, first, before we update them in the mod.)

You’ve all been asking for more language options so we're doing our best to bring them to you. We cracked the Spanish stretch goal (in case you didn’t see yet) but now let’s get another one in. We’ve priced this out and the only thing we don’t know is which language next? So, please, if you’re looking for something other than English, German, Spanish and Chinese, head over to our Language Preference form and let us know what we’re missing the most!

(We don’t have it planned, necessarily, but if we can climb high enough in these last days we will look at the possibility of extending this to yet another language. Therefore it’s important to put in your first, second and maybe even third choices into the form.)

Please do keep in mind that this form is for submitting your choices for languages we are not already printing. If you want English or German, etc., you do not need to fill out the form. :)

Just when you thought we weren’t gonna offer cups, here comes a pretty wild update! Now, first of all, we have heard the concerns that the more we add on, the more the production is delayed. This can be true if all of the add-ons are by the same manufacturer. So far we are being very careful to only pass the basics to our primary manufacturer. The deck boxes, the plushie, and now, this new specialty item, are all made independently and will not affect our timeline.

With that disclaimer out of the way we're pleased to introduce you to the work of Seattle-native, Adrien Miller!

What you see above is just a very fast, rough draft, concept sample. Adrien has quickly whipped up a variety of shapes and Mario has given them a bit of design flare. While this is just a mock-up for now, the two will be working together to make a severely limited number of high quality, handmade ceramic player cups for some lucky backers to buy. On top of that, there will be a few extra, even more limited, full ceramic sets including 4 player cups, 3 resource jars and an actual ceramic scoop. We’re sure a lot of you will have questions so let’s go through a short Q&A here:

"Why have we chosen to do this?" Because we don’t feel plastic cups do the game justice.

"Why are these so limited?" Because Adrien will be making them by hand and asking him to do a full production run is just not possible.

"Do I have to wait to receive them?" Nope. Adrien will make them after the campaign is over and they will be shipped by him, direct to you, before your receive your game (so you can possibly use them for the print and play in the meantime!).

"What if they break in the mail?" Adrien ships fully insured. If anything breaks, he’ll remake what’s broken and ship out to you again.

"Isn’t the shipping restricted to certain regions and/or going to be really expensive?" Nope and nope! Adrien will ship worldwide and the shipping is built into the price of the ceramics.

"Ok, I’m sold! How can I buy these?" We’ll be releasing a series of new pledge levels tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13th, at 16:00 CET (that’s 4:00 PM, Berlin time). Once again, they will be extremely limited so be prepared if you want some!

"What if I already backed a higher pledge level?" Don’t worry, we got you covered. You’ll certainly see a level that includes your already-backed-for rewards. If not, that is because they are add-ons.

"Where can I find more of Adrien’s work?" If you like what you see, head on over to his Etsy page to see what else he does. He’s a magnificent sculptor!

That’s it from us today. We’ll be back tomorrow with another big update so stay tuned!

Authorities, Translation & Print-N-Play
10 months ago – Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 02:46:37 PM

We’ll be honest: we just cannot keep up! All of you are breaking through stretch goals too fast! We definitely did not expect them to be shattered so close together (time-wise) and we hope our updates are not becoming annoying or overwhelming. If so, please let us know! But otherwise let’s continue by unveiling all of the things you’re adding into the game…

Meet the Authority Figures. Despite us having a few new customer groups to share with you we’ll focus just on these folks today because they really do stand on their own. There to protect the coffee populace and preserve café order, their main danger is the tempting possibility of abusing their power for personal gain. And that’s why this group’s abilities will revolve around removing cards from lines, but just be careful because if there’s no one left to arrest they may just turn their handcuffin’ tendencies towards your best customers!

If you walk or drive (or cycle) the streets of Berlin then you know the ornery Verkehrspolizei. Wanna get caught jaywalking? Or maybe stopped for riding without a helmet? Or how about a healthy helping of parking tickets? The always-sharp Verkehrspolizei has got you covered!

In German terms, the Bundespolizei are basically the Feds. With a regional headquarters in Berlin (covering Berlin and Brandenburg) you’d be certain see them pursuing their many missions if you strolled through the city in search of a hot cup of coffee.

When things start to get wild (which they often do in Berlin, especially during the annual May Day demonstrations) the Bereitschaftspolizei are called in. Well-armored and trained to act fast but stay cool in extreme moments, you can often see them caught up in the middle of the most intense events.

Whew, that’s a serious bunch! But on the topic of German organizations...

That’s right! It’s in reach now! We are so very excited to announce that at €46k we’ll unlock a German version of the game. All text aspects (except for the yet-to-be-seen café names on player boards) including the cards, tokens, rulebook and box will be translated to German.

Let’s all keep pushing to have this campaign climb past that mark so we can honor the country in which Quality Beast was formed!

If you check your Kickstarter messages you may have already noticed that it’s here! As promised, any of you that backed at a reward level should now have early access to the print and play. If you didn’t get the download info via private message then it’s likely you either didn’t back at a reward level or you’ve just recently backed after we’ve sent out the information. In the case of the latter, please simply message us and we’ll hook you up.

Please note that this is just the first of many versions we’ll be sharing with you. Our idea of “early access” means that we’ll be providing you content as we go along. What you have here is the version you’ve seen in the hands of reviewers and press around the globe. It includes the first 6 of the core 10 customer groups as well as everything else you need to play the game (besides the 3D-printed resources, which you can replace with cubes). We highly suggest you attempt to use real coffee beans and a 1/3 teaspoon (1.65ml) spoon if you want to emulate the scoop.

As we release other customer groups we’ll send out more print and play announcements and we’ll do our best to segment out each addition so it’s easy for you to simply print and build the newest cards.

Whew, what an update! We hope you are as excited as us and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for this week!

Families, Health Nuts & KS Exclusives
10 months ago – Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 02:46:19 PM

Absolutely unbelievable! Our team is speechless. Everyone has worked so hard to make Seize the Bean a great game and while we never stopped pushing and our passion was always at 100% it’s easy to say that none of us expected this. Thank you, everyone, for proving our expectations wrong!

In order to further thank you we’re gonna throw more hungry customers your way but we're also excited to unveil a Kickstarter exclusive we’ve been working on which we think you’ll enjoy. Let’s feed those caffeine-craving customers first though...

There has been a bit of back and forth in the comments regarding the sheer amount of customer groups. From concerns that too many could dilute the game, to praise that it adds to the replay-ability, to math that even suggests you couldn’t play all the variations of Seize the Bean until 2073. Whew! That’s a lot for us to take in and we want you to know that we’re listening.

Seize the Bean has been designed to reflect our lovely city of Berlin both thematically and mechanically. This means we want a vast amount of diverse characters with varying abilities and we want the possibility for the game to always be in flux (just like our city). We will stay open to feedback as we go but we’re determined to provide a full experience to our gamers. So let us embrace these new groups with open arms...

If you thought Tourists were a menace wait until you meet the Families. They come in like they own the place, bubbling with overly-positive, sleep-deprived vibes and noisy kids. They mean well, but they just can’t help themselves from annoying all of those around them. And that’s why their abilities will cancel the abilities of other customers. How you use that is up to you!

A tragetuch is the German word for a carrying wrap. It’s super trendy, very useful and the cornerstone of really minimalist parenting. From the front you may not even notice the sneaky adult slip in as they order a tasty beverage like any other customer... until all of a sudden their little passenger wakes up and the cries begin.

While the Stroller Parent is super down-to-earth and quite fun to have around they make one vital mistake: bringing their vehicular baby device everywhere. Without ample outdoor parking these things just take up a lot of space and really make the tiny, hole-the-wall cafés of Berlin impossible to navigate.

It’s not everyday that it happens, but when they go visit a café the entire shop knows it, because the Whole Fam Damily is disruptive to say the least. The last thing those kids need is more energy and while their parents must be tired it’s probably a bad idea to throw caffeine on top of those already stressed-out nerves!

This group is essential to Berlin and we’re proud of that! Despite its reputation for late-night doner kebab the city boasts a relatively health-conscience agenda with bio stores scattered about and a wide array of vegetarian and vegan options for eating out. The Health Nuts help us all to lower the amount of crap we put in our bodies, and that’s why their abilities will revolve around lowering the cost of ingredients you need to pay to serve other customers in your line.

Lovingly referred to as “the pretzel guy” by our awesome backers, the Proud Yogi is somehow proud but not quite smug. With a humble nature and a limber mind, he’s able to remain open to almost any suggestion. That is, except for skipping yoga!

Not everyone can be as ego-free as the Proud Yogi and so in runs the Smug Jogger. She needs a coffee to go, really quick, but one requiring the most amount of special preparation possible. And then she’s off! Well, not before preaching about the importance of having a strong cardio regime to your other customers...

There’s always gonna be a customer who can’t be fully understood and as far as the Health Nuts go that’s gotta be the Esoteric Guru. Often giving insights on non-traditional medicines and suggesting new practices and experimental ideas, the Guru can never be said to not embody adventure and creativity. They can however be blamed for having some weird coffee choices!

At Quality Beast we’ve backed a lot of tabletop projects ourselves and we believe that all of a game’s playable content should be made available to gamers who missed the crowdfunding campaign. Therefore, our Kickstarter exclusives will largely focus on aesthetic upgrades to the game and (while free to backers) will be made available to purchase by non-backers post-campaign.

With that said, we’re excited to introduce our first Kickstarter exclusive!

We’ve been wanting to provide some sort of container for the beans (and possibly the other resources) but plastic cups just didn’t fit our expectations of quality and aesthetics for the game. At SPIEL16 we brought these giant, authentic burlap sacks from a Berlin-based coffee roastery to use as bean bags. Since then we couldn’t budge the burlap from our brains, so we’ve checked with our manufacturer and they are confident they can make some nice, miniature burlap sacks that will sit flat and store the beans for scooping. Our artist, Mario, is working hard to figure out a final design for them, as well as two other bags for the milk and sugar. We’ll share more as we progress but we wanted to explain the stretch goal since it was revealed by now.

(Please note that these will be free for all backers and made available as an add-on for pre-orders or retail purchasers.)

That’s it for today! Thank you all again for making this dream come true!

Upper Class, Fashionistas & Founders Expansion
10 months ago – Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 02:45:43 PM

The success of the campaign so far has really been amazing for us and it seems that for many of you it’s been an enjoyable campaign too. We’ve had some very encouraging comments regarding how far we can go (which we want to thank you all for!) and by our calculations if we can keep up our current momentum we may be able to reach €100k. We’re working on a very exciting €100k stretch goal in case that happens so let’s all keep pushing, keep sharing, and keep enjoying this ride!

Until then, we’ll slow down the updates to about two per week. We’re doing so to respect people’s inboxes. Please let us know if you’d rather see more (or even less) than this and we’ll happily oblige. Now, let’s dig into some of the new customers you’ve unlocked…

Berlin is often referred to as “poor but sexy” so the Upper Class don’t always fit in, at least to that first part. In fact, when you’re the richest in the room, things can get awkward pretty quick. It’s for this reason that the success of an Upper Class customer really depends on the rest of your clientele, and so their abilities will revolve around giving you rewards from other cards in your deck.

Meet the Lawyer. Yup, just the Lawyer. Nothing weird, nothing extravagant, just a normal, hard-working, well-mannered individual. Those are about one-in-a-million when it comes to Berlin’s typical archetypes so be thankful when they come strolling into your café!

Berlin is known as the Silicon Valley of Europe and it’s the Tech Nerds and Start Uppers that earned it that name, but there’s always gonna be a small selection of young urban professionals who rise up from that crowd, riding a wave of success until it goes to their heads. Didn’t someone ever tell this Silicon Yuppie that success isn’t everything?

As an alternative city there are often many perspectives to represent and so it’s not uncommon to see an uncommon position be taken by party officials. However, at the end of the day, they’re still politicians and this is still Berlin!

What Berlin is much more known for than its politics is its fashion scene. One of the few rare sneaker capitals of the world and a frequent home to the infamous Bread & Butter trade show it’s not a strange sight to see the latest trends and weirdest fashion statements on a daily basis, all of which are quite amusing, whether you’d wear them or not. And that’s why this group’s abilities allow you to increase the rewards of other customers in your line.

It all begins with these talented creatures, who dream up the next stylish shape or put together the most popular palettes. No doubt stressed out from the demand of their jobs, they thrive on coffee and long hours to keep their inspired handiwork in motion.

Style, elegance and grace are not often things which can just be bought and the Old Fashionistas help remind us of that fact. This is one of the most interesting aspects of Berlin; that the city doesn’t have a single face for the fashionable, but permits many varied styles to earn the title of fresh, especially those of a vintage nature!

Speaking of vintage: last but not least is the infectious Sneakerhead, who can’t be pinned down to wearing, collecting, amassing or reselling, but traverses all aspects of the shoe industry. From vintage kicks to new drops every weekend, you can often find this individual camping out on the street for a week straight to get the hottest new releases.

We’ve had a lot of potential extra content and diverse gameplay ideas for Seize the Bean since day one. We’ve tried a lot of them too and some things which worked we’ve saved for later, intent on bringing you a core game that is at its cleanest possible. Since the campaign has begun it’s been delightful to hear how many backers make suggestions that go exactly in-line with what we’ve been planning. This is such a great feeling for our team and only means that (once implemented) our ideas will really match what all of you want!

Although not unlocked yet, we wanted to highlight the newly revealed Founders Expansion. This mini-expansion will add Founder Cards into the mix, which players can use to alter their starting setup and perhaps even provide unique actions. Along with that will be player boards that at the very least will offer unique artwork representing different cafés. If testing goes good we will look to implement some variable mechanics here as well. We'll keep you up-to-speed once we can provide more information and aim to include this mini-expansion in the print and play at some point. Until then, let’s keep sharing to make it to €57k and get this mini-expansion unlocked!

That’s it for now, we hope you’ve all enjoyed your weekend and are excited for the week to come. We know we are, as by now we owe you a few more stretch goals to reveal and we think you’re gonna like what you’ll see…