Be a market vendor in Bansan, a lively game inspired by the multisensory experience of a bustling wet market in Penang. You’ll need to “bao ka liao”—deal with fellow vendors, wholesalers, and customers; buy and sell ingredients; cook and serve hawker stall fare; keep the waste bins from overflowing; and navigate a myriad of events that changes up every game you play.
Each player is a vendor renting market stalls while running a hawker food business in a bansan. On your turn, you will stock produce from the wholesale supply into market stalls, then take 2 actions from 3 options:
- BUY produce from other vendors or your wholesaler
- SELL produce to online customers
- EMPTY a waste bin
Just like in local Asian markets, bargain at anytime to negotiate the best deals from other vendors. Then complete shopping lists of ingredients to make a variety of hawker food for your customers. The vendor who has earned the most money at game end wins!
There’s also the Sendiri Mode – a solo way to play Bansan, and the Kenduri Mode – when the market gets a big order to host a feast!
Juggle the multiple roles of a vendor to win the title of “Bos Bansan!” Even if you get out-vended, you are guaranteed a taste of the chaos and excitement of local market culture in Malaysia!