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Each player starts with a hand of random Bean cards that display a varying number and type of beans. At the start of your go you must plant the first one or two cards into one of the two Fields you have. If you don't have that type of bean planted you have to harvest the crop prematurely to plant the new variety. What you'd rather do is build up a deep stack of matching beans in a field to maximise your crop and points.
Once planting is done you draw two cards from the deck to trade to plant or swap with other players. You can also trade any card from your hand with other players. This is where the fun heats up as you make bargains for different swaps, maybe even promising future allegiances.
Much of this is found in other card games, but the simple planting mechanic, combined by the rule that you can't rearrange the order of cards in your hand make this unique. Trading and strategy are driven by sequencing your hand as well as getting a full set of beans. Because, having one Bean card in the wrong place might force our a crop about to score the maximum coins.
Another little twist is when you score, you keep back Bean cards to represent coins by flipping them over. This means that the balance of certain types of Beans in circulation changes over time and advanced players will take account of this.
Eventually, you work through the deck of cards a certain number of times and after a final harvest the player with the most coins in the winner.
The first time you play the following can help:
- Play a round with open hands.
- Go through the motions of trading a few times to illustrate the adventages and trade-off for each player.
- If your set has the Wax and Coffee bean, most don't play with these as it makes the game last too long.
Play Time: This game will take between 40 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.
8-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young players can struggle when players refuse to trade or they are forced to discard a crop. But provided they have some patience and forward planning (and cunning trading) ability even quite young kids can enjoy this.
Content RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
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