Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I have recently been introduced to a game which I describe as the wild west version of Mafia. Glenn and I played this game once and we were hooked. It has cards with Italian and English directions and it is played like this. There is a sheriff which is known, a deputy, outlaws, and a renegade.

"The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots secretly, ready to take one side or the other. Bullets fly. Who among the gunmen is a Deputy, ready to sacrifice himself for the Sheriff? And who is a merciless Outlaw, willing to kill him? If you want to find out, just draw (your cards)!" (From back of box)

This card game recreates an old-fashioned spaghetti western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a Character card to determine special abilities, and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Four different Roles are available, each with a unique victory condition:

  • Sheriff - Kill all Outlaws and the Renegade
  • Deputy - Protect the Sheriff and kill any Outlaws
  • Outlaw - Kill the Sheriff
  • Renegade - Be the last person standing

A player's Role is kept secret, except for the Sheriff. Character cards are placed face-up on table, and also track strength (hand limit) in addition to special ability.

There are 22 different types of cards in the draw deck. Most common are the BANG! cards, which let you shoot at another player, assuming the target is within "range" of your current gun. The target player can play a "MISSED!" card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts while in play (for example, different guns to improve your firing range) and special one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (such as Beer to restore health, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). A horse is useful for keeping your distance from unruly neighbors, while the Winchester can hit a target at range 5. The Gatling is a deadly exception where range doesn't matter - it can only be used once, but targets all other players at the table!

Yeah, I copied the description because it is far more eloquent than I am. The best card in my opinion is the Dynamite which works like Russian Roulette and keeps everyone on their toes. Every game I have played ends up in everyone laughing and just having a good time. Check it out


aarastas said...

Could play this with an ordinary deck of cards? Sounds like fun...I'll look for a chase to play it.

Matthew said...

For a fun and simple card game check out dominion and its subsequent sequels. ver simple with deep strategy as well. will try it out. always up for a good board/card game. (still nothing better than magic the

aarastas said...

How many people to you need to play magic? Is it worth picking up? Can you buy a starter set? I thought it was one of those games where you had to buy more and more expensive cards to win.

Matthew said...

Well Magic is not really an accessible game by normal standards. 1000s of cards, some very expensive. You can buy complete themed decks but there are many of those. Not a game for casual gamers. But a great game nonetheless. NOT recommended for normal people.

Matthew said...

oh you can play from 2 to x number of players

Anonymous said...

Dominion is a blast and easy to learn. I played Magic the gathering in high school, it takes a while to get the hang of it but if you have a friend with about 5 decks...

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