Wow, we have been busier than ever! As usual, we are hard at work over here pushing Seize the Bean to the finish line. This is the second part of the two-part update we sent some weeks ago and we misspoke in that update saying this part would come later that week. We’re sorry for any confusion this caused but it’s here now and we hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised and satisfied with its contents!
As always, here is a brief overview of where we are:
Also as always, for further progress details, you can scroll to the end of the update.
Before we dive in, we want to first share some news that is explicitly tied to getting the game into your hands. Many of you have asked "where is the finish line" and one of the major things we need to get past is the approval of the PPC...
What on earth is a PPC? (We are going to include this question every time we mention it, so apologies if you already know by now.) A “PPC” is the pre-production copy of the game which we receive from our manufacturer, Panda. In other words, the PPC is the hand-made paper version of the game, including the box, rulebook, cards, boards and tokens. Before we can print the game, not only do we have to be 100% done with all the print files but we also have to approve the final paper quality and dimensions and cut marks related to every component.
The exciting news is that the PPC tracking says it is arriving this week! We are very excited to see it and our fingers are crossed there are no major changes required. We’ll keep you all up-to-date as much as we can once we’ve had some time to pour through it. (Please note this doesn’t mean we’ll send another update next week as we will likely be busy communicating with our manufacturer about the PPC.)
Yes! At last, at last, the print and play is here. We realize this has taken quite a lot longer than we expected or shared or hoped but if you download the print and play we think you’ll see why. It’s massive (a whopping 176 pages)! Onto the point: how can you download the print and play?
As usual we have a public version of the print and play available on our placeholder website for Seize the Bean. You can access that here: http://pnp.seizethebean.com. That link can shared as much as you want. It’s a public version. But please note that this public version only has 11 Customer Groups (thus supporting the 2 Districts showcased in the Gameplay Preview videos below, Kreuzberg and Neukölln).
If you want to access the full print and play you’ll need to download the private version. This is only accessible to backers (and anyone who purchased it afterwards for a few euros). We are emailing and messaging out links for it now so please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you didn’t receive a link by Monday evening (July 8th, Berlin time).
We are ready to release v0.2.0 of the Variant Rulebook. As with the main Rulebook in the last update, here are some important notes about this release (some of which are copied and pasted from the last update because they identically apply to the Variant Rulebook too):
- This is a text-only version. Yes, we have a lot of progress on the full, graphical version, but it is not ready for release yet.
- There are almost no images in this rulebook. That does not mean we don’t have and are not working on images, just that they aren’t ready for release.
- The examples are not fully written, and those that are written are not polished and may have some typos / mistakes. We did not want to delay the release of this version any longer, so we decided this is OK. That being said, as soon as we polished the examples up (and provided images) we’ll release an updated version.
- As always we are looking forward to hear your feedback!
Here is the Variant Rulebook link: http://variantrulebook.seizethebean.com
We’ve talked a lot about our graphical work on both rulebooks but haven’t shown you much. Here are some quick screenshots below to give you an idea of the visual style we’re working on.
Whoosh! That's a lot of work. Hopefully this quick peek into the Rulebook layout has given you some ideas of what the final outcome will be like and all the effort and love being poured into it not only looking good, but reading clearly too.
Speaking of previews, we promised some gameplay previews in the last update. We know that due to our delays it’s hard to keep your excitement for the game. We hope to put an end to that and rekindle your spirits when you see a bit more of the gameplay that we’ll be bringing you in the finished version of Seize the Bean.
For now we’ve created some playlists on our Quality Beast YouTube channel which we’ll be adding to if and when we film more gameplay previews. We don’t have any shoots scheduled so for now we’ll have to leave that open-ended.
Here are the 14 videos we’ve managed to shoot and upload so far:
As always, if you want a deeper look into our progress please see the detailed charts below. (Note that each item with a small, orange ‘tick’ next to it, indicates that we have noticeably progressed on that topic.)
Thank you everyone, and see you in the next update!