Bean farming was never so much fun! In Bohnanza, you start with two bean fields and a handful of bean cards to plant. You'll want to plant as many of the same variety of beans in a single field. When you sell beans, the more you grow of one variety, the more you earn. But if you have a new variety in your hand, you'll have to find somewhere to plant them: either plough up the the crop you have already cultivated, or sell them at at lower price. You can always use the gold you've earned to buy a third bean field. To get rid of beans you don't want to plant then you trade them with other players. With clever trading you can get the cards you want without helping the other players too much. In the end, the player who earns the most gold from their beans is the winner.
This game has 11 bean varieties: enough for 7 players, but it also has a special variation for just 2 players.
Planting and trading beans? That doesn't sound like much fun!
Actually this game is surprisingly entertaining and popular. What really makes it work is the interactions between players as they negotiate trades. Bluffing becomes an important factor; as does the hard-sell - pointing out the advantages of owning a particular variety. The two-player rules make for a different and more strategic game.
Contents: 154 Bean Cards, 7 Bean Field Cards, Rule Booklet