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My friends have grown to love Bohnanza for its simple rules and constant negotiations, so I've grown curious about the expansions. Here are a few of the higher ranked:

Here's my questions:

  • What does each one add to the game?
  • How does each change the strategy and gameplay?
  • How does each one change the overall feel of the game, in terms of competition, complexity, etc.?
  • Which are your favorites and why?

Any other differences or recommendations would be awesome. :D

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I can't answer your question in its fullness, as the only one of these expansions I have played is Bohnaparte, and it was once and a couple of years ago! But I can tell you what my impressions of that were...

Bohnaparte constitutes a pretty drastic reworking of the Bohnanza game (to use a topical example, it's on a par with how Zooloretto expands on Coloretto). Instead of a simple bean-farming game, you are now playing a Napoleonic wargame! Albeit a simple, cartoonish one. You lay out a map with areas of varying strategic import, and you now have to conquer it with your bean-troops, as well as growing beans in the usual way to maintain your economy.

At the time, I wasn't really a fan. It didn't seem to me like a particularly deep wargame, or a particularly logical extension to the Bohnanza theme. However, I do recall some nice mechanics: I believe the "valuable" beans (like Red) are weak in combat compared to the "common" beans (like Blue) - so it was a lot less clear which were the best beans: do you put a premium on combat or economic profit? On the minus side, I remember the scoreline of our game being very close, and the result being basically decided on one player getting an extra turn over me due to the vagaries of the seating order. That is probably true to the spirit of the original Bohnanza, I guess, but I remember being quite miffed at the time!

I guess if you play a whole lot of Bohnanza, to the point where you're getting jaded, Bohnaparte will certainly inject fresh interest into proceedings! But I did think it was more of a novelty expansion than a must-purchase. Unless your two favourite things in the world are the Napoleonic era and Bohnanza. Then you should almost certainly buy it without delay!

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What an odd sounding expansion! Unfortunately, that last sentence does register with me. They may not be my two favorite things, but they're on the list! –  Pat Ludwig Feb 6 '11 at 19:02
    
It is odd. I'm a bit worried I may have underrated it, because I had a negative reaction to it the one time I played. I wouldn't want to put you off trying it if silly Napoleonic bean-warfare sounds like just your thing! –  thesunneversets Feb 6 '11 at 19:40
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