Review: Sheriff of Nottingham
Title: Sheriff of Nottingham
Publisher: Arcane Wonders
Designer: Sergio Halaban & Andre Zatz
Time investment: 60 minutes
Sheriff of Nottingham is a game of bribery, bluffing, and smuggling. Players will take the turns playing the role of the sheriff. As the sheriff, you can be bribed (or not!) to inspect the bag of goods that each merchant is trying to get to market. You are only allowed to declare one type of good (regardless of what you actually put in the bag) and the exact number of cards you placed in your bag. If the sheriff inspects and you match what you declared, he pays you and you keep all the goods. If you don’t match, you only the cards that match your declared good and you have to pay a fine for each one that didn’t match. Contraband goods are worth more points, but can never be declared to the sheriff so they must be smuggled. If you successfully bluff or bribe the sheriff into not inspecting your bag, you pay no fines and all of your goods make it to your market stand regardless of whether or not they matched your declaration. Anyone can bribe the sheriff to look or not look at any player’s bag.
What Lee likes about Sheriff of Nottingham:
This game took me by surprise with how much I liked it. The bribing and bluffing in this game are great! If you play with the right group of people, this game is super fun.
What Nicole likes about Sheriff of Nottingham:
This game is entirely about bribing and bluffing. If you have a great poker face, this game will be so much fun. I like it best with five players for the most amount of bribing and bluffing. It’s always fun to see who tricked who as each bag is revealed.
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