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Das Bohnenspiel

Period

Modern

Region

Germany

Description

"The Bean Game": Described by Fritz Jahn (1917) in his book Alte deutsche Spiele. The game was popular among German-Baltic and Prussian royal families during the 19th century, but was popularized with Jahn's book. It continued play through at least the 1980s, as several East German books were published about it. It is a mancala style game consisting of two rows of six holes with a larger hole on either end. The game begins with six beans in each hole. Each player owns one row of holes. At the beginning of the turn, a player picks up all of the beans from their side of the board and sows them, one each, into consecutive holes in a counterclockwise pattern. If the last bean lands in a hole that contains 2, 4, or 6 (after sowing), then the player captures the beans in that hole. If the player captures beans in a hole, then they may also capture beans in the previous hole, if it also has 2,4, or 6, continuing until reaching a hole without 2, 4, or 6. Play continues until one player cannot play on their turn, at which point the other player receives all of the remaining beans. The player with the most captured beans wins.

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