Manufacturer: Rio Grande Games
Author: Uwe Rosenberg
Graphics: Marc-Andre Casasola-Merkle
Number of Players: 2-7
Age: 12 years plus
Time: about 45 mins.
Year: 2000 (1997 German version)
SdJ 1997: Nominee
DSP 1997: 5th place
154 bean cards - 7 cards "3rd field" - 1 rulebooklet
game the players are impersonating farmers
– bean farmes to be more precise. Each player has two (or three)
players have to earn money by planting, harvesting and trading beans.
player who owns the most money wins the game.
Before the game starts each
player places two fields in front of him. Now each player gets 5 cards.
order of the cards must never be changed. The remaining cards are
placed in the
middle of the table. Each card shows a certain type of bean a number
price track. The number is equal to the number of all cards of the same
the game. The more often a bean is in the game the less worth it is.
player has to draw any bean card he/she places them behind the others
One player starts and now each player
has to carry out 3 different
1st: The player must play his/her first card
and place it on
one of his fields. He/she can play up to two cards. He/She can
play the card on
an existing row of the same type of beans or on an empty field. The
can be played on the same or a different field. If both (or all three)
have non-matching beans on them the player has to harvest one field and
eventually earns some money by doing so (see Selling Beans) because
to make room in order to be able to play the first card. Only if a
not have any cards he/she can skip the first phase.
2nd: The player
has to draw to cards from the draw pile and lays them – face up –
himself. These cards can be placed on the player’s own fields or
can be traded
or donated. The player may offer the two cards or any other card in
hand to other players and ask what they offer him in return. If a
proposal is agreed to the traded cards have to be placed on the fields
immediatley. Traded cards may never be saved for later use. Only the
whose turn it is can trade with other players. A player may also choose
donate his/her card to other players but the players have to agree to
donation. In any case: The two cards must be either played, traded or
3rd: At the end of his/her turn the player has
to draw 3 new cards
from the draw pile and must place them behind the other cards already
his/her hands. After drawing three new cards it is the next
Selling Beans: At any time a
player may wants to or must harvest and sell
beans. He/She can only sell beans on his/her fields. When selling a
consults the price track on one of the cards he/she sells. The money
how much money he/she gets for a certain number of cards of the same
The number under the money pile shows the amount of beans. So if there
number 2 and 1 coin above that number the player gets 1 coin for 2
that type. He/She always sells all the cards on the field but only gets
amount of money for the numbers of cards at the bottom of that card. So
he/she sells 4 cards of a certain type and there is only payment for 1,
3, 5 or
7 cards he/she only gets the money for 4 cards. All cards have to be
card may be saved for later use. The player keeps bean cards equal to
amount of money he/she gets – he/she turns the cards over because the
of each card is a money coin – and discards the remaining cards. A
just 1 card on may never be harvested. Exception: If there are two
just 1 card on the player may choose which card is to be sold. A player
a third field for 3 coins.
Whenever the draw pile runs out it is
After the draw pile runs out for the third time the game ends.
Now all players
may sell the remaining cards on their fields. Remaining hand cards are
further relevance. Then all players count the coins they have earned
player who owns the most money wins the game.
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says 9 of 10 points:
is a great
game. The rules are quite simple and easy to understand. The game is
well-constructed and the course of the game is fluent. Interaction is
significant component of the game because it is necessary to trade an
because you must not alter the order of your hand cards, the first card
players must play and the two cards that have to be drawn in each own
It’s quite easy to get angry when nobody wants to trade the cards but
is intensifying if nobody wants them as a present as well. We like to
game again and again – each game is different and „Bohnanza“ is never
„Bohnanza“ is suitable for all groups of age and game interest. Each
collection should contain a deck of „Bohnanza“ cards. In Germany the
available for around 6 Euros and around 15 US-Dollars. The Rio Grande
Games version includes not only "Bohnanza" but the first expansion pack
as well so that up to 7 players can participate.
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