★★★☆☆ Sheriff of Nottingham; where lying to the sheriff is incouraged.

Check out this game if: you are looking for a medium weight bluffing game -with a great theme.

This game stands out because: high player interaction -during the game you get to play both the bluffer and bluffie. Plus, the little bags you snap shut and snap open add a great element of anticipation.

Positive:
1. Each player is forced to interact with every other player at least a few times each game -fun accusations are typically thrown around.
2. The game play is fairly easy to learn for kids, but the bluffing makes it fun for everyone.
3. That button snap sound really becomes an exciting moment (will the sheriff check my bag?).
4. The theme lends to silly accents and roll playing of the sheriff.
5. Although someone will “win,” the game feels more like an activity -to me, so no one typically gets upset losing.

Negative:
1. It teaches kids to lie.
2. The card drawing can be a little complicated to teach.

Brief Overview:
One round consists of one player taking the roll of sheriff and everyone else is trying to get goods into the city walls. Some goods are allowed in the city wall while other are not, so everyone puts their goods into individual bags. At the city wall, each player tells the sheriff what’s in their bags. If the sheriff believes them, he hands their bag back. If the sheriff doesn’t believe them he can inspect the bag. If the player was lying about what was in their bag, the sheriff pays a penalty, if the player was lying the player pays a penalty.

Number of Players 3-5
Age 13+
Time 60 mins
Friendly ★☆☆☆☆
Teachable ★★★☆☆
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★★★☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★☆
Interaction ★★★★★

Versions:
There is only one version of this game and one expansion. There are quite a few games with bluffing -if you like this: Resistance, Coup, Werewolf, Liars Dice, Skull and Roses, and Cockroach Poker. 

Teaching Advice:
This game is best explained backwards. First explain that the goal is to collect goods/cards in groups (you score points according to who has the most of each type of card). Next, explain how you collect the goods and why lying can be a good thing (in the game). Once everyone knows the goal of the game, explain what the sheriffs job is, and that it switches every turn. Finally explain how you collect cards in you hand (not to be confused with collecting goods inside the city wall).


Link to Video Tutorial.

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