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Thematic deck builder with brutal resource management, card drafting, set collection, engine building, modular setup & wild components!
Thematic deck builder with brutal resource management, card drafting, set collection, engine building, modular setup & wild components!
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PnP Update, German Vast & Berlin Con

Posted by Quality Beast (Creator)
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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.

Click the image to jump to the new PnP!
Click the image to jump to the new PnP!

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.

Huge thanks to our amazing and energetic team for a big success at the Berlin Brettspiel Con!
Huge thanks to our amazing and energetic team for a big success at the Berlin Brettspiel Con!

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.

Click the image to view the update video on YouTube!
Click the image to view the update video on YouTube!

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!

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    1. Sabine *backing Jumble Jam* on

      Hey, it looks so great so far. my question is, when is it possible to download the rules as pdf as example in german? I would like to test the PnP :-) thanks

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      Tschäibi
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      @Quality Beast: Maybe you should do 2 separate systems there. One being Seize the Bean and Pre-orders and the other being a reservation of games for Essen Spiel. So people interested in the latter can be advised not to pre-order these games along with their StB, but enter on a reservation survey sent out?

    3. ACGalaga on

      Thanks for the great update! Looking forward to using the new sets

    4. Quality Beast Creator
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      @Tschäibi: This is another topic that we are sorting out right now too. It's not just tricky to do pick-up order shipping refunds in BackerKit, it's even trickier to figure out how to refund the right amount if someone picks up only *part of there order* at SPIEL18. We'll be working with BackerKit to try and solve this and also discussing among the team.

      Thanks for asking this – we'll be sure to communicate it along with the other pick-up questions that people have been asking once we have answers for all.

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      Tschäibi
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      @Quality Beast: If I pre-order Lady and the Tiger, and it becomes available at Spiel'18, will I be able to pick it up there? Or will the funds not have been collected by then and therefore I have to wait until my Seize the Bean arrives?

    6. Quality Beast Creator
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      @Troy Newhoff: Not yet, Troy, those will come once we've turned in the updated spec sheets and Panda has sent us a new round of samples. We will surely report back immediately once they arrive! We are ask excited and impatient as all of you, you can believe that. ;)

    7. Troy Newhoff on

      Still no pics of the player sacs??? -(

    8. dilkROM Collaborator
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      @Andree Böhle: Well, I hate to know that you have to wait and it causes impatience because that's no fun but I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the game and especially the dexterity rule! This was one of my co-creator's (Josh's) most charming flavor gifts he gave to the game and I think (for those that can enjoy it) it adds so much to the fun!

      We'll surely keep everyone posted about pick-ups – we are well aware that this topic (and the playmat) are on everyone's minds!

    9. Andree Böhle
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      Finally had a chance to play Seize the Bean at Berlin Con. And now i even grew more impatient, dammit. Really liked the custom dexterity rule we played with, that you actually have to scoop the coffee beans over the desk to your "inventory". Looking forward to the final version. And fingers crossed for the pickup solution. Cheers from Cologne.

    10. Quality Beast Creator
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      Whoops, sorry for the double response – KS glitches! :O

      @Gonetotheedge: Assuming you mean the resin resources, where we are at now is redoing and updating the spec sheet to get another round of samples going with Panda. We prioritized art over this (art briefing, art feedback, art scheduling and doing the actual art) because this is a much more urgent piece of the puzzle in order to deliver on the new schedule. With that said, it is now about time to get some finished spec sheet updates over to Panda and we have more breathing room to do so, since the art is moving along very smooth and steady. As soon as we send a spec sheet update back to Panda will make sure to update backers!

    11. Quality Beast Creator
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      @Razoupaf: We're happy to hear you like them! :)

    12. Quality Beast Creator
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      @Razoupaf: We're happy to hear you like them! :)

    13. Razoupaf on

      The items are just great.
      GREAT!

    14. Gonetotheedge
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      hope to hear an update on the resources.