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Beans, Beans, the Magical fruit....
on 10 February 2005
Now here's a weird little game. It's German in origina for one thing, where games are really for the whole family and this is no exception.
Bohnanza provides with a single sheet of rules and a big stack of top quality cards, most of which have cartoony pictures of Beans on the front, and a gold coin on the back. The handful of other cards in there are fields, which you can use to grow more beans on.
The idea of play is as follows. the players are bean farmers, looking to plant fields of beans and sell those beans to make money. Dead simple eh? Well, yes and no.
Each farmer has two fields, and in each field you only get to plant one type of bean at a time. You play cards from your hand into the fields in the order they are dealt, so you can't always maximise your profits.
You get round this by trading cards in your hands for bean cards from other players. Once you have the beans, they go into your field. You can 'harvest' (remove) the beans from a field at any time for the value they are worth (The more beans of a single type, the more they're worth).
Of course, if all beans were equal, it would be dull. Therefore, some beans are worth more than others, but these are rarer and often harder to make full sets of.
It might sound a little weird but after a once round the table people tend to settle into this game and after a second round the spirit of trading and profit-mongering takes hold.
This is a top game which I can't recommend enough. As easy to get to grips with as Uno, as much card swapping as Pit and as expandable as any game you've likely ever played (There are a lot of add on packs available) Bohnanza is a family gem which will also cater to beer N pizza playing.