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Scott Borton
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A game was needed for 6 players. Bohnanza was offered, and since most players already knew how to play it and had fond memories, it was selected.

The rules were quickly explained and gameplay started. "First-time player" problems immediately crept in as P., a first-time player, instinctively sorted his cards. The rest of the group then had to keep a hairy eyeball on P. for the rest of the game to ensure no further accidental sorting was performed. Also, some first-timers and even some older hands were occasionally tripped up by the rule about priority-harvesting bean fields with more than one representative bean, when bean fields with only one bean exist in the farm.

Trading was brisk, and everybody appeared to enjoy the commercial nature of the game. Since the group is stunningly cosmopolitan, much time was expended discussing the names of beans in Finnish, German, English, French, Dutch, Swedish and Spanish. S. will use this opportunity to report that his favorite bean for eatin' is the brechtbohn/gröna bönör/haricot vert/green bean, but will freely admit that that's neither here nor there.

S., who has never won a game of Bohnanza, decided to use this game to test the theory that building a third bean field is rarely a winning proposition. While every other player built a third bean field, S. banked his bean proceeds. This did not lead S. to victory, but did allow S. to take an unprecedented second place with 12 points, only one point behind M., the winner. The other players all had less than 10 points.

S. paid special attention to his two-field strategy in order to produce later analysis. S. feels that having only two fields forced him to play more aggressively in order to optimize his scarce resources. S. also had to donate more cards than usual in order to preserve his budding fields, so he had to keep a closer eye on the fields of others in order not to give away too large of an advantage. Had S. built a third bean field, he might have preferred to keep a looser playing style, waiting for the big score that might have not actually ever come.

S.'s opinion of this game grows with each play. For now, S. will continue with the two-field strategy, at least in larger games where the point spread is narrower.
 
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