Today is day 3 of Teach Your Kids to Game Week and we are playing BEAN! RPG. We were going to be playing Little Wizards, but my daughter decided to stay the night with her grandma, so with just the boys and me, I changed it we played BEAN! instead. My friend Matt has brought up BEAN! on more than one occasion, but we never took the time to play it. After buying it on DriveThruRPG I have it a quick read and really liked what I found.
The Rules: BEAN uses a D2 system, which they recommend to beans to determine. I found this novel and pulled out some pinto beans and drew a one on a side of them to use in the game tonight. Characters have 3 stats, Body, Mind, and Spirit. You also have hit points that relate to your Body stat. Then you can have defense if you wear armor and additional attack bonuses if you use specific weapons. Then you also have skills that add bonuses to your rolls. When you toss the beans, you count all the ones and those are your successes. Fighting against others means that you would compare successes versus your opponents. There are three character archetypes, Warrior, Wizard, and Rogue, but you can easily make more.
After explaining the rules briefly and handing out beans, we quickly made the boys characters. Logan choose a wizard this time and named him Wizard of the Potion. Levi choose a rogue and named him Snowman. For this game I used the starter adventure out of the book.
The game started with the boys in an inn eating beans (Levi’s suggestion) when they were approached by a mysterious figure. He offered them gold if they would fetch a wizard’s cauldron from his friends place out in the countryside. They agreed and headed to the woods after dinner.
When they get to the place they were told, the found that the tower had burnt and most of the it was just rubble. They step inside and Levi searches to find that a burned piece of rug covers a trap door. Opening it they find s stairway leading down below the tower. They go down to explore the depths below.
They find a system of tunnels there with some rooms. Heading down one of the tunnels they find a cave in. Searching through the rubble, they discover a large purple worm hiding there that attacks them! The boys decide to fight.
Logan decides to throw a potion at the spider. He describes the potion as spreading spiderwebs and spiders all over the enemy. He succeeds and deals 2 damage to the purple worm! Levi then uses his daggers and attacks the worm, dealing 1 damage. Next the worm attacks and tries to bite Levi but misses. Logan then decides to try casting fireball and succeeds. He summons the ball of fire into his hand then throws it at the worm, finishing it off.
(At this point, Levi decides he is done and leaves the table. So mom runs Snowman for him. He really wanted to play Minecraft…sigh)
They then investigate the doors and find a room full of crafts and barrels. Logan starts jumping around on the crates and barrels looking for things, and finds a body of a long dead adventurer. They search him and find a magical Fire Sling with some bullets. They take it then head down the stairs.
Down here they find more tunnels and then see a small creature that looks like an eyeball with legs scamper through a wall! Logan wants to follow it and runs through the wall, finding a secret room. In here, they find 10 gold coins.
Next the head to the door and find a creepy old lab. It is full of bottles and that hold different body parts and other instruments. Logan gets sick seeing all of this and loses his bean dinner. Searching through the lab they hear a strange sound and a big slime ball jumps onto the table. Logan decides he would rather run than fight, so he runs out of the room and slams the door behind him.
They go down another passage and find the passage ends at the edge of a large underground lake. On the edge of the lake, they find the cauldron as well as a single shoe. Not wanting to see what other horrors the basement holds, they grab the cauldron and head back to the inn to get their reward.
Logan gave it 6 stars!
I also enjoyed the game quite a bit and look forward to playing it with them again in the future! I will give it 4.5 stars out of 5. 🙂
I probably will not get to play on day 4, but we shall see. Until the next, happy gaming!