THE DUEL - Rio Grande Games

“only one will win!”
from Uwe Rosenberg with Illustration from Björn Pertoft
Players: 2 persons • Age: 13 + • Length: about 45 minutes
In this exciting bean duel, the players grow various varieties of beans and harvest them to earn Gold coins. Each player can
“gift” their opponent beans they do not want (and their opponent also does not?). Your goal as with any Bohnanza game
is to earn more Gold coins than your opponent. Bohnus cards will help you earn additional Gold coins if you can arrange
to plant specific bean varieties in a specific order in a bean field. The player who earns the most Gold coins is the winner.
Contents & Preparation
Each player takes a bean field tableau, placing it on the table in easy reach. Throughout the game each
player will always have exactly three bean fields available.
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Shuffle the 32 Bohnus cards and put them as a supply with the side showing Gold coins up in
the middle of the table in easy reach of both players.
Place the eight Gift Cards (in descending order as shown to the left) face up to the right of
the Bohnus card supply.
The game has 104 bean cards of eight different varieties. How often a variety is in the game is
shown by the numbers in the top corners of the respective bean card.
12x 14x
Shuffle all bean cards and give each
player 3 cards, which they place with
the Gold coin side showing as their
beginning Gold coin stack. Place the stack
remaining bean cards as a supply with
the Gold coin showing next to the eighth
gift card. Now, each player draws five
beans cards, one at a time, as their
Bohnus card
starting hand and then draws three
Bohnus cards, placing them behind the
five bean cards.
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bean card discard
Gift Cards
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Note the most important rule of the game:
first card
Players may never change the order of the bean cards in their hands. The
first drawn card in your hand is the first card. Each additional card that you
draw, put behind it. The three Bohnus cards need not heed the hand card
order requirement.
Playing the Game
The players choose a starting player. That player is the first active player and takes the following four actions:
1. Plant one or two cards from your hand into bean fields.
2. Draw three bean cards and gift one bean card.
3. Plant drawn and gifted cards.
4. Draw two bean cards and possibly Bohnus cards
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The two major planting rules:
You may have different varieties of beans on each of your fields.
You may plant a bean card with the same number (variety) or a card with the next
higher number (variety) as the previous bean card in the row.
Plant the bean cards overlapping each other on your fields.
1st Phase: Plant one or two cards from your hand into bean fields.
You must plant the first bean card in your hand in one of your bean fields
(see figure on the right). Plant a card to begin or add to a bean row.
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Then you may plant a second
bean (now the first bean card
in your hand - see figure on
the right). You may not plant a
third bean card in this phase.
Plant a card to begin or add to
a bean row.
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Begin new field
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Add to existing field
When you must plant a bean card, but have no legal field to plant the card, you must first harvest a field (see “The Bean
2nd Phase: Draw three bean cards and gift one bean card.
Draw the top 3 cards from the supply and place them in front of you.
Example 1: Uwe draws a soy bean, a red bean, and a blue bean.
The drawn cards belong to you. They are available to you for planting on your
fields or to give to your opponent.
Gifting bean cards
The active player must offer the opponent a bean card (variety) as a gift.
You may do so by offering one of the three drawn bean cards or any bean card from your hand (see
To offer a bean card to your opponent, slide the Gift Bean card matching the variety you wish to
offer across the table toward your opponent.
Example 2: Uwe pushes the soy bean Gift Card toward Susanne, indicating this is his gift offer.
Your opponent now has the choice to accept or reject your gift.
If they accept the gift, they take the offered card (not the Gift Card) and place it sideways near their
bean fields.
If they refuse, they must offer a bean card to you.
Your opponent may offer one of the bean cards from their hand or may bluff. In either case, your opponent pushes the
corresponding Gift Card in your direction.
You now must choose to accept or reject your opponent’s gift.
Example 3: Susanne does not want the offered soy bean. Therefore, she chooses to offer
a blue bean and pushes the blue bean Gift Card in Uwe’s direction.
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Important: Once the Gift Card of a variety has been pushed in a player’s direction, this Gift Card may not be pushed
again in this phase as a gift offer.
This continues until one player accepts a gift
Only with this last gift offered and accepted does a bean card change owners. The player who takes the gift, places the
bean card sidewise near their bean fields.
Then the players return the Gift Cards back in line with each other, completing this phase.
Example 4: Uwe accepts the gift. Susanne takes a
blue bean from her hand and gives it to Uwe. Uwe
places the blue bean card sideways next to his bean
fields and slides both the used Gift Cards back in
their row.
Each player may bluff. Bluffing means that you offer
a bean card as a gift that you do not have available
to give your opponent. If your opponent rejects
this offer, you are lucky. However, if your opponent
accepts the offer, you will give them one of your Gold
coins from your Gold coin stack as a compensation
for your bluff. Your opponent then adds the Gold card
to their Gold card stack.
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3rd Phase: Plant drawn and gifted cards.
First, you, as the active player, plant the drawn and gifted cards still in your area on
your bean fields. The order in which you plant the bean cards is up to you.
Note: You may discard one of the cards you drew (not one that was gifted) on
the discard stack.
If your opponent has accepted a gift card, they now plant it in one of their bean
Example 5: Uwe plants the two blue beans in his 2nd bean field. He plants the red
bean in his 3rd bean field. He discards the soy bean.
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When a player has no appropriate field to plant a bean card, the player must first
harvest a field (see “The Bean Harvest”), before then planting the bean card.
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Uwe‘s Bean fields
4th Phase: Draw two bean cards and possibly Bohnus cards
The active player now draws two bean cards from the supply, adding them to the back of
their hand, without changing the order.
Then each player may discard a Bohnus card from their hands. Then each player draws
(active player first) Bohnus cards from that supply until they each have three Bohnus cards
in their hands. The 4th Phase is complete and your opponent becomes the active player.
Please note: Players may immediately fulfill a drawn Bohnus card in the 4th Phase (see
“The Bohnus cards”). But then the player may not draw a further Bohnus card in this phase.
When the Bohnus card supply is empty, shuffle the discard stack and place it as a new supply.
The Bohnus cards
Each Bohnus card has the value of a Gold coin plus the penny amount shown on the card
(10, 40, 70, 100 pennies).
At any time in the game, whether you are the active player or not, you may fulfill a Bohnus card. Each Bohnus card has
1-4 different symbols in different frequencies. Each symbol stands for any different variety of bean. The arrangement of
the icons shows the order in which the varieties must lie in a field to fulfill the Bohnus.
You can fulfill a Bohnus card as soon
as you match that the sequence of
beans on a field with the order of
the icons on this Bohnus card.
It does not matter whether it
is your field or the field of your
Note: The last planted bean card in
the field must be part of the match. Show your opponent the Bohnus card and the field which matches.
Then put the Bohnus card on your Gold coins stack.
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The Bean Harvest
Any time in the game you may harvest your bean fields, even if you are not the active players. Each of the beans has
its own “Beanometer”. It shows you how many Gold coins you earn for the harvest of a certain number of bean cards
in a field.
Beanometer number of Gold coins
Note: For some harvests you will receive no Gold coins (if you
have too few bean cards in the field).
The Beanometer for a stink bean means: For a harvest of 1 or
2 bean cards, you will earn no Gold coins. For 3 or 4 bean cards
you will earn 1 Gold coin. For 5 or 6 bean cards you will receive 2
Gold coins, for 7 bean cards 3 Gold coins, and for 8 or more bean
number of cards
cards 4 Gold coins.
➊Count all the cards in the bean field that you want to harvest. It does not matter how many different varieties of
beans are in the field.
➋Look at the Beanometer on top-most (last planted) bean card in the field. This Beanometer determines what you earn
for this harvest.
➌Turn as many cards as this Beanometer shows you earn to the Gold coin side of the card.
➍Place these cards on your Gold coin stack.
➎Place the remaining cards on the discard stack.
➏After the harvest of a field, the harvested field is always empty.
Example 6: Susanne has 3 red beans, 2 blackeyed beans and 1 soy bean on a field. According
to the Beanometer on the soy bean, she earns
3 Gold coins for 6 cards. Susanne turns three
cards to the Gold coin side and places them on
her Gold coin stack. She places the other 3 bean
cards on the discard pile.
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bean card discard
Gold coin
The Bean protection rule
You may not harvest a field with a single bean card if at least one of
your fields has more than one bean card.
✔ ✔
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Game End
As soon as the supply is empty the game ends after the 3rd Phase. Then both players play any Bohnus cards they can and
harvest their bean fields. The bean cards in players’ hands have no value. Now the players count the cards in their Gold
coin stacks. Each Bohnus card is worth a Gold coin plus the penny amounts (100 pennies = 1 Gold coin). The player with
the highest value is the winner. In the event of a tie, the starting player loses.
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