Claire and I purchased this game about a month after it released so it has been a great game to have and most of our gaming friends have really enjoyed it. The rulebook specifies literally that the player with the most cash on their person gets to go first. Since that's just weird to request of our friends, we use the free mobile app known as Chwazi, the first player deciding app! The game begins with the active player taking the sheriff marker, declaring that individual as the sheriff of Nottingham for that round. Each round consists of 5 phases, going to the market, loading your merchant bag, the declaration, the inspection, and finally the end of the round. This is another social deduction game, so the active player (the sheriff) will decide among all of the players who is telling the truth and who is lying to sneak in contraband. You can tell the truth or you can bluff your way through, it's entirely up to you, and you can also choose to bribe the sheriff into not looking into your bag before going through the gate. If the sheriff accepts your bribe, he is not to look into your bag and instead you get to take your goods and possible contraband. However, if you're telling the truth and the sheriff wrongfully calls you out by looking through your bag, then he will have to pay you a particular sum based on the card/s in the pouch. Once each player has taken on the role of the sheriff twice, the game ends and the players will total up their scores based on the cards and money tokens in their possession.
Sheriff of Nottingham
Overall Meeple Rating: 8/10
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