Seize the Bean

Seize the Bean Has Players Building Coffee Empires in Berlin

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The Germans have become unbeatable leaders in the tabletop games market in recent years, pushing the creative boundaries to take seemingly simple concepts and turn them into elaborate games that have players continuously coming back to become masters at it. And now a new game from Germany that is about to hit the market, Seize the Bean, which looks to become another promising game that could end up being just as addictive as its central theme: coffee.

Seize the Bean is a thematic deck builder that has players competing against each other to build up the most raved about coffee shop in Berlin. Your choice in clientele (hipsters, tourists, students, etc) plays a pivotal role in the game, but ultimately at the end you want to make sure your good reviews beat out every other player.

Here is how the game developers sum it up:

You are a seasoned barista, skilled in the craft of coffee. You’ve had it with your day-job and set out to open your own café in the beautiful, diverse and thriving city of Berlin. Competing against other up-and-coming cafés, you set out to be the best, no matter the cost!

In Seize the Bean, players compete to get the most good reviews by the end of the game. They do so by successfully serving customers in their line. Each turn will provide them limited actions which they can use to attract certain types of customers, gain resources, or even boost their actions for more effective results. By looking for opportunities in the ever-changing city, the players can take the right products and upgrades and build up their shop and clientele to victory.

The game was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month and within just 48 hours it hit its €20,000 ($25,000) goal. With more than two weeks left in the campaign, Seize the Bean has already doubled that goal, which not only allows the developers to expand the game, but also shows you the built up following this unreleased game already has.

Seize the Bean should start rolling out later this year, with early Kickstarter backers being given an estimated delivery date of September. If you want to make sure you are among the first to play though, there is still time to claim your first edition copy if you back the project on Kickstarter.

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Sources: Seize the Bean

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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