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- For 2-7 players
- 45 minute playing time
- Players Try To Collect Large Sets Of Beans To Sell For Gold, There Is Limited Growing Space And Always New Beans To Plant
- To Avoid Planting Unwanted Beans, Players Trade Them To Other Players Who Want Them For Their Bean Fields
- Lots of replay value
- Classic Eurogame
- For 2-7 playes
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The premise is simple: You are a bean farmer, trying to make as much money off of bean growing as possible. You have only two bean fields, and each field can only be planted with a single kind of bean at a time. You have to accumulate a certain number of beans in a field before it is worth anything as a sale. How many beans this is depends on the kind of bean planted - the more of a bean there are in the deck, the less each is worth. Thus, while it's easy to collect coffee beans (with 24 in the deck) you need 4 of them before they're worth even a single gold coin. At the opposite extreme, cocoa beans are worth a gold coin each. (You still have to accumulate two before they can be sold.)
The twist that makes this all fun is that your hand of cards (beans to be planted) always remains in the order that you drew it, and you MUST plant the bean-card at the front of your hand every turn, even if this means wrecking one of the fields you had been trying to build up to a good value. The only way to change your hand is by trading cards with other players. Thus, you have to plan ahead, take some risks, and keep a good name.
I rank this game a 5 for educational value because of what it rewards. No where is it written in the rules of bohnanza that you must play honorably, or treat the other players well. However: after many games, I've seen time and again that the players who most often win are the ones who treat other players fairly and honor their bargains. Keeping a good name is vital.Read more ›
The premise is simple- you're a farmer in the business of growing and selling beans. You start out with only two fields for planting your beans and you can only plant one type of bean per field. You can harvest the beans to sell them whenever you like, even when its not your turn. The more beans of a particular type that you have in your field when you decide to harvest, the more gold you get for that harvest. The goal is to have more gold than your fellow bean planters when the game is through.
And you're asking yourself, "So when does the fun part come in?" Just bare with me.
The element that adds so much excitement and fun to this game are the strict rules regarding placement of beans (cards) in your hand as well as planting those cards. The order of the beans in your hand cannot be changed, and when it's your turn you MUST plant the top bean in your hand. If it's your turn and your top bean doesn't match the beans allready in your fields you'll be in a fix if you were hoping to continue increasing your "crop" before the harvest, because in order to plant that first bean, which you must do, you'll have to harvest one of your fields to make room for it. The solution- you should have traded that bean with someone before it was your turn.
The trading is what causes all the commotion. Don't say I didn't warn you if you find yourself in the midst of a bean trading war at your dinner table, complete with embargoes against certain players and other players creating bean cartels.Read more ›
If you have 3 blue beans in that row and you need at least 4 to collect a dollar, and you only have 1 bean in the chili beans row, then the rules state that you have to harvest the row that has two or more cards. That'd be the blue beans. With 3 blue beans on the table and you need 4 to collect a dollar, you're going to have to harvest those blue beans and get absolutely NOTHING for them. Nice going!
What should you have done? You should've got rid of that damn wax bean in the last trading round, or the trading round before that!
After planting, you draw two cards face-up and you have the option of keeping those cards (and then planting them immediately), or trading (or just giving away) those cards, and any from your hand, to those willing to take those cards. That's where you needed to get rid of your wax bean! And that's where you should've tried to trade that wax bean for a blue bean, so you would've had 4 blue beans in your blue bean row, and you would've then been able to collect at least a coin come harvest time!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first time I played this game was with a dutch friend and I immediately fell in love with it. It took a couple of years before they came out with an English version and I... Read morePublished 1 day ago by ckjackson15
This has been a great game to play with large groups. My family enjoys strategy based games and this one fits the bill well. It has a broad range of available player choices. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ben B
I can't tell you how many times we have enjoyed this game, even now that the 'kids' are grown and gone. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
We spend a lot of time playing games as a family. We love games like carcassonne and catan so when I read reviews on this I was excited to try it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is hands down my husbands' and my favorite game (and he hates games). However, even though it says you can play it with 2 people, 4 people is when it gets really fun.Published 14 days ago by Shelby Summa