PnP Update, German Vast & Berlin Con
Hello backers! August is almost upon us which means, with another month under our belt, we’re getting closer to the end of the art for Seize the Bean. Let’s go through some updates and catch you all up-to-speed.
Time and time again we have tried to hit bi-weekly updates and failed. While some backers suggest this isn’t a big deal we completely understand how it can let others down, send the wrong message or even just fizzle out excitement. We are big believers in learning from mistakes and also not fighting against the flow, so we’ve decided to follow a new schedule of monthly updates from now on. Hopefully this will set a more realistic expectation for everyone. (Also, for the few folks who were asking for less updates, this should strike a decent compromise.) In-between those updates we’ll keep posting in the comments area of the Kickstarter page for those of you who want more frequent interaction. (And of course, if we have urgent news to share, we’ll do so without waiting!)
We are happy to be releasing today an update to the print and play (PnP). Many have asked if we’ll update the PnP in segments (which was our original plan) and a time for that may come but due to lack of resources and also due to significant card changes (such as adding art to all the upgrades) we are releasing the whole PnP again.
The changes in v3.12.0 are:
- Two new Customer Groups: Unemployed Expats and Starving Artists
- Nearly full-art on all cards (only a handful missing)
- Nearly final flavor text / card names
- All card data (the effects and costs) final (with potential tweaks for balancing between now and production)
Give it a download and let us know what you think! And as for art, here’s where we’re at with cards:
- Customer Cards = 85% done (boardgame media, quality beast and a few KS backers are missing)
- Pantry Upgrade Cards = 77% done
- Style Upgrade Cards = 50% done
It’s important to understand these percentages are based on the approved art. We are actually farther when it comes to sketches and even colored illustrations, but we’re not yet counting something into the “done” percentages if it hasn’t been fully approved.
(Note: Dylan misspoke in the video linked below and described both of the Upgrade card types being over 70% but Mario’s focus has been on Pantry cards first.)
We've promised our backers that we'll not be launching a Kickstarter campaign for our second game, Towers of the Sun, until Seize the Bean is being delivered to our backers. We want to stand by this. We have, however, been able to self-fund the translation of two other games, Leder Games’ Vast: The Crystal Caverns and Jellybean Games’ The Lady and the Tiger, both into German. We're aiming at a SPIEL18 release of both and they're already available for pre-order in the pledge manager. Alongside that, we have a few limited copies of The Wood Games’ Festival of Thousand Cats and The Labours of Hercules in our pledge manager. If any of these games interest you please feel free to add them to your order in BackerKit!
It’s really important for us to note that without all of your support and positive energy we would never have been able to grow so much in such a short time. Because of that we want to extend a huge thank you to all you from everyone at the Quality Beast team!
Speaking of growth, we had the largest booth we’ve ever had this past weekend at the Berlin Brettspiel Con. It was approximately 57sqm and contained tables for showing 6 of our games (plus 1 secret one we were demoing for a friend designer of ours), an area for our growing RPG department (Necrotic Gnome) where we ran old school D&D sessions and a win-a-map contest, staffed a sales counter and even had left-over space for our Taiwanese partner, Citie Lo, to demo and sell his games from The Wood Games.
We’ll have a recap and individual game update videos coming soon so if you’re not already following our YouTube channel you can do so in order to be notified once things are uploaded. Thanks to our amazing videographer, Pietro Vallome, we already have a Seize the Bean video online.
In case you don’t watch the video it mainly includes:
- Update about art progress
- Show-off of our prototype coffee blends
- Explanation that we're still working on the pick-up option in BackerKit
That’s it for July’s update. See you next time at the end of August!