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I was playing Bohnanza with some family, my brother-in-law kept trying to negotiate three-party trades. I felt like this was against the rules but as long as everyone's trades were planted at the end I let him get away with it.

E.g.

Mom, I'll give you a red bean if you give sis a soy bean. And sis you give me a garden bean.

Is this against the rules? Should I have stopped him?

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All trades must be between the active player and a single player.

Further, any traded beans must be immediately planted, so you cannot receive a bean in trade and then trade away that same bean.

The best you can do is

  • give your red bean to Mom (you are allowed to trade something for nothing)
  • sister gives you a garden bean
  • when it is your mother or your sister's turn, hope that they complete the trade; note that there is no obligation to do so.
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