Trading games are good for determining who your real friends are. You know, the people who offer your wife cards just so she doesn’t trade with you. Or your wife who happily accepts. Maybe I should switch to a series on solo games.
Good for People who Grew up Playing:
In the dirt or trading cards.
Ease of Learning:
It will take some time to get into the flow of the game. There aren’t a lot of rules to remember, but the sequence of play is unique and not always intuitive. Expect new players to break rules on the first few turns until they get the hang of it.
Player Count and Length:
2 to 7. The two player variant is fun, but it is almost a completely different game from its brethren. 3-7 all work fine, but more players leads to more interaction. Game speeds up considerably in later rounds and you should be able to finish within 45 minutes or so.
There are numerous expansions, but many of them are only in German and I haven’t played any of them, so I can’t give much advice here.
Uwe Rosenburg has designed many other Bohanza and bean games well, also with the majority in German. However, in this case I have and thoroughly enjoyed one of them, Wurfel Bohnanza. This is a simple dice game that other than the name has nothing to do with the base Bohnanza. What it does do is provide players a strong reason to pay attention to the dice other players roll, which makes it more interactive and interesting than many of its brethren.
Introducing the Game to New Gamers:
Pay attention to make sure they are following all the rules. Agree to any trade that is at least neutral for you.