Publishers: Arcane Wonders
Designers: Sergio Halaban & Andre Zatz
Run Time: 60 Minutes
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a board game review. To be honest, I’d over done it. Board game, after board game. Buying a game, playing it once, then throwing on the shelf with the overs, in pursuit of the next one that would change my life! So I calmed it down. I introduced a “one in, one out” policy. It was so I would really appreciate the games I had and also stop my spending curve!
Wow! That was a long way round to get to the point I wanted to make. Sheriff Of Nottingham had to be on my shelf! I won’t tell you what poor game I sold to make room for this gem (Ticket To Ride The Card Game) but let me tell you right off, it was worth it.
Sheriff Of Nottingham is primarily a bluffing game, but Arcane Wonders have come at it with a different angle. Not only do you get to try to lie to your friends, square in the face, you can also, just, pay them off!
You are all merchants trying to get goods through the sheriff’s customs office. Some legal, some not so. It’s completely up to you what you want to try to sneak in. Play it safe and stock up on apples, or be one of those rogue traders trying to sneak some illegal pepper through! You bastards and your illegal pepper, I don’t want any of that muck in my city! Just plain old boring food for me please.
Each round of the game, players (merchants) have to pick some item cards up, decide what they want to put in their bag (closing the little popper on the bag is close to sexual) and passing it to the sheriff. Each turn there’s a different sheriff. When a merchant passes their bag to the sheriff, they have to look him or her square in the eye and tell them what’s in their bag (possibly “forgetting” that illegal pepper popped in). Then the sheriff has to decide wether or not to inspect the merchant’s goods (like you mum does most nights). If they find nothing illegal, then the sheriff has to pay the merchant’s a fine for holding them up, if they do have something illegal stuffed in their bag (like your mum on the other nights) then the merchant has to pay a fine to the sheriff. Who ever has the most assets (a combo of money and goods) at the end of the game, wins
It’s as simple as that! The game lasts around an hour or quicker if the players have played before. Which means you can get two or three games of it in a night, or once as part of a multi-game night.
One thing that is a bit annoying in this game is calculating the points at the end, but thankfully you can download a really good free app that helps with this. I’d highly suggest doing that.
This is a great game. I love it. I think the main reason I love it (other than the sexual bags) is having to look a mate in the eyes and lie! Because I laugh every time. Wether I’m lying or not! I’d definitely pick it up.
If you like the sound of it then you can through Element Games for under £25!