Beer & Pretzels 2012 – Bean!

Having had a splendid time on the previous day trying to get to grips with Jason Mills’ Stone Dragon Solstice adventure, today was left for the joys of the D2 role-playing chaos that is Bean!

Bean! The D2 Role-Playing System

Bean! The D2 Role-Playing System – front cover

Unfortunately, The aforementioned Jason Mills and his compatriot Andy ‘Boozer’ Holmes had to return home but that still left Andy James (‘Dekh’ from Trollhalla) along with my son, William, and an old friend from TrollCon 2010, Toby to set forth on the quest for Krang’s Helm.

Failure to bow at the name of the Great Gardener could lead to a little rain falling – courtesy of the Beanmaster, of course!

Although I didn’t employ gimmicks in the numbers seen on the previous day, I had one trick up my sleeve that seemed to keep the players on their toes – or ducking for cover! Exploring the Master’s Maze involved lots of strange encounters, the odd puzzle and some good old fashioned combat in just about equal measure before the merry band of adventurers got to the middle of the labyrinth and discovered the true meaning of their quest. All the characters survived and came away wiser and just a little bit wetter.

At lunchtime, we all trooped off to Spirit Games and enjoyed the better part of an hour; the time flew by, exploring this fantastic little shop. I must take this opportunity to thank Phil and Sally for their continued organisation of this splendid gaming event. Long may it continue. Oh, and we did treat ourselves to some new dice, Zombie Dice 2 and Martian Dice – good job my wife won’t be reading this! (Martian Dice come from Tasty Minstrel Games– an unrelated ‘TMG’!)

Running a Bean! adventure can be hard work.


We were even lucky enough to bump into some people who we’ve seen before at Beer & Pretzels and played some Bean! with; namely, Chrissie, Peter, Will and Aidan who came to this Autumn event in November last year. Hopefully, more fun will be available in the Spring with this most joyous of games.

Sid Orpin

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