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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Seize The Bean

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

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.

Customers form the heart of the game, providing you with those precious points (good reviews), although potentially the most problems too (bad reviews). Each group of customers represents a Berlin archetype and has their own needs, wants, and abilities. Any one game of Seize the Bean will use at least five of the groups, giving you the potential to customize the city and play a different game every time!  Players earn points for good reviews and negative points for bad reviews. Each review has a fun, thematic message attached, bringing some of the real-life social networking to the game.   Gameplay continues until a set amount of good reviews have been earned, at which point the players take a final turn where they can only serve their customers.

As of January 31st, this project has raised €60,000 of their €20,000 goal. This project has 15 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of €3, you will get the print and play version.  For a pledge of €39, you will get one copy of the game.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: