Bonanza is a German card game about politics and trading. The game is played with a deck of cards. Each card has a funny illustration. The illustrations are of eight sorts of beans.
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The third bean field cards are set to the side and will be used later. All of the other cards are shuffled and five cards are dealt to each player. Players pick up their cards but can not rearrange them. The cards need to stay in the order that they were dealt to the player.
The rest of the bean cards are placed face down and form the draw pile. The player to the left of the dealer goes first. In the variations section of the rulebook there are also guidelines on what cards should be removed from the game in order to shorten the length of the game. Based on the number of players the rules recommend the following:. Before getting to the rules you should familiarize yourself with the format of the cards.
Each card will have a number printed in the picture portion of the card. This number indicates how many of that type of card are present in the deck. Along the bottom of the card is a row of coins with numbers printed below. This is the beanometer and indicates how many coins you will receive for selling the crops of that type of bean. The numbers below the coins indicate how many cards of that type have to be planted in a field in order to sell them for the number of coins pictured.
To begin each turn the current player must plant the first card from their hand. Players cannot change the order of their cards at any time during the game since that would alter this step. To begin the game each player has two bean fields. The player can play their next bean card on an empty bean field or on a field with the same type of beans planted.
The player then has the option to plant the second card in their hand. After the player has planted one or two cards they draw the top two cards from the draw deck and turn them face up. The player now gets to choose what they want to do with these two cards. They can keep both cards, one card, or neither card. The cards they chose to keep are set aside face up on the table for the next step. Players can trade any combination of cards from the face up cards that were drawn and cards currently in their hand.
They may trade the cards for any card s in another players hand. Trades can include any number of cards and both sides do not have to trade the same number of cards. All cards that are traded are set aside on the table to be planted in the next step. If a player is unable to trade a card they may be forced into donating a card instead of being stuck with it. The reason a player may be willing to donate a card is to get rid of a card that would force them to sell a bean field that they otherwise would have liked to have kept to build up more coins.
A player can offer up the face up cards or any cards from their hand for donations. If a player accepts the donation that player takes the card and places it off to the side to be planted in the next step.
Each player gets to chose the order that they would like to plant the cards but all of the cards must be planted. The current player draws three cards from the draw deck.
The player draws one card at a time making sure they place the card at the back of their hand. When the draw deck is exhausted, the discarded cards are shuffled and become the new draw deck. Players may harvest beans at any time even if it is not their turn. When harvesting beans the player receives coins based on the number of bean cards in the field.
Players flip one of the cards from the field for each coin earned and sets them aside for later. The other beans harvested are discarded. If a player is forced to sell a bean field before it has earned any points, the player will receive zero coins for that field. Players may NOT sell fields containing only one bean unless they are forced to sell a field and both fields only contain one bean.
In this case the player can choose which field to sell. At any time each player has the opportunity to buy one additional bean field allowing them to plant three different types of beans at the same time.
Players must give up three of their coins in order to purchase the third field. The player then takes a third bean field card to indicate that they can now plant in three different fields. When the draw deck is exhausted for the third time the game ends. Players sell all of their beans currently planted and receive the corresponding number of coins. Players then count up their coins. Whoever has the most coins will win the game.
If there is a tie, whoever had the most cards in their hand at the end of the game will break the tie. One of his first games was Bohnanza which is a beloved game by itself. Despite having no interest in bean farming, Bohnanza is an easy to play card game that has a surprising amount of strategy to it.
This describes Bohnanza quite well. The rules for Bohnanza are eight pages long which take a while to read through but the rules are well written.
At first Bohnanza takes a while to fully understand but it is the type of game that becomes easy to play once you fully understand what you are doing. The hardest part of the whole game is probably remembering not to mix up the cards in your hand. This rule makes it pretty easy for players to cheat accidentally or on purpose. The rule is necessary though since it forces players to have to trade with one another which is one of the best parts of the game.
The game has a decent amount of strategy to it even though the mechanics are really simple. The game also relies heavily on luck but you can try to turn things in your favor by planning out what you want to do with your cards based on what you already have planted and what cards are coming up soon in your hand.
If there is a card that is going to mess with your strategy you should try your hardest to get rid of it even if you have to donate it to another player for free. Unless you are the luckiest person in the world you will eventually encounter a situation where you need to get rid of cards so hand management is really important for success in the game. I love the idea that Bohnanza forces you to trade with other players.
While trading is allowed in a lot of games, trading rarely happens since players are usually too stubborn that they will only trade if they are getting a better value than the other player. This is not going to happen so the only way you are going to score points is to work with the other players and help one another. All of the players need to realize that no one is going to win every trade. Players need to be willing to lose some value in a trade so both players benefit from the trade.
The good thing about Bohnanza is that in most situations both players are going to win in a trade. Most trades result in both players earning a point so neither player feels cheated in the trade since both benefited while the players not involved in the trade got nothing. What I like about the game is that you can come up with such creative trades between two players.
In our game we had people giving up additional cards just so someone would take a card from them that they really wanted to get rid of. There were also several multiple card trades.
If all of the players are willing to work together the game is much more enjoyable and engaging. If I had one major complaint about Bohnanza it would have to be the length of the game. The game lists the length at around 45 minutes but I think that is quite optimistic. While I really liked the game, the game just took way too long to finish and that kind of hurt the experience. Everyone always tried to get an optimal trade and players only backed down slowly which made trades take quite a bit longer than they probably had to.
The second reason I think the game ran long is that I played with only three players. With more players I think the game would have moved a little quicker since there would have been more people to trade with which would have made trades go quicker. With more players cards would get drawn from the deck quicker as well which would have gotten rid of the cards quicker. I think the game would move faster and be more enjoyable if played with more players.
Having too many players might cause the same problem though so you might want to limit the game to players. The last reason why the game probably took longer than expected was that we actually misplayed one of the rules. We ended up forgetting about the rule where you could only harvest a one card bean field if the other bean fields also only had one card.
This allowed players to keep their fields in play longer which might have lead to players spending more time trying to make trades which might have extended the game. Even though we ended up playing this rule incorrectly I think the way we played the game might actually be better since I think it would be too difficult to score points following the actual rule. While Bohnanza is not a perfect game, it is a great game.
What I enjoyed most about the game is that it does a great job blending enough strategy into the game while still being accessible to players. This made Bohnanza one of the best games that I have played that heavily use a trading mechanic.
The only major complaint I have with the game is that it runs longer than it should. While Bohnanza is a really good game, it will likely not be for everyone. If you like light to moderate strategy games that require a lot of trading though you will probably really like Bohnanza. This is years late, but you probably also forgot to take beans out of the supply to match the number of players. Playing with all the bean types would definitely make it difficult to score with the Bean Protection Rule.
I just looked at my rules for the game again and I think this is a case of the rules being changed between different versions of the game. In my version of the game edition the normal rules make no mention of removing cards from the game. The only area where this is ever mentioned is in the variant rule sections. I looked at a more recent set of the instructions and those do put a larger emphasis on removing cards from the deck. The next time I play the game I will try playing the game with this rule as I agree that it could probably improve some of the issues that I had with the game.
Bohnanza Game Rules
The third bean field cards are set to the side and will be used later. All of the other cards are shuffled and five cards are dealt to each player. Players pick up their cards but can not rearrange them. The cards need to stay in the order that they were dealt to the player. The rest of the bean cards are placed face down and form the draw pile.
Bohnanza Card Game Rules: How do you Play Bohnanza?
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Bohnanza Card Game Review and Instructions
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How to Play: Bohnanza
Bohnanza is a German-style card game based on the game mechanics of trading and politics , designed by Uwe Rosenberg and released in in German by Amigo Spiele and in English by Rio Grande Games. It is played with a deck of cards with comical illustrations of eleven different types of beans some more scarce than others , which the players are trying to first plant and then sell in order to raise money. The original game is for 3—5 players and takes about 1 hour to play, but the Rio Grande edition adds alternative rules to the official rulebook to allow for games for 2—7 players. The name Bohnanza is a pun on the words bonanza English for 'a large amount of something valuable' and Bohne German for "bean".