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Richard Pardoe
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This game is a follow-up to Bohnanza, but without the trading. Instead a player is given a hand of cards from the player on their left, draws cards (if desired), harvests (if desired) and then plants. Cards left in hand are then passed right while game play moves left. In Space Beans, a harvested field is only worth something if the number of cards in the field is represented on one of the cards harvested. Each type of bean is numbered from 1 to 9, so a field consisting of 5 cards, for example, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 is worth 5 points (5 cards and contains the 5 card). If the field had contained 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 it would be woth 0 points when harvested (no 5 card).

The game itself plays fairly quickly as we were done in about 45 minutes. Each of the players seemed to following various strategies. Dave W scored often but with smaller (1, 2, 3 point) fields. Rich on the other hand seemed to go after a large field (9 points) at the start. One of his fields was started as he knew Sterling (player on his right) was collecting red, so Rich started a private field in Red to prevent passing the points to Sterling. Only trouble was he had 5 cards in the field, but no 5 card. Dave seemed to balance his approach the best, some large, some small and ended the game harvesting 2 fields to get to 34 points and the 3 point bonus for a final score of 37 and the win.

Rich did manage to get a final harvest and 27 points. Dave W also had 27 points. Sterling had 22 points while Jeff (player to Dave's right) seemed to get only Dave's rejects that never were much help and scored only 15 points.
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