Sheriff von Nottingham

Bluffing your Cheese into the market


As a merchant you want to sell your goods with profit, but must get them first to town, past the Sheriff of Nottingham, be it using bluff, bribes or maybe even the truth. In several rounds of the game one player in turn is Sheriff, the other merchants.

In the Market phase all merchants can discard up to five cards and draw new ones, either from the discard piles or the draw pile; first you take cards from the discard pile, then from the draw pile. In the phase Load Merchant Bag all players simultaneously place up to five goods into their bag.

In the Declaration Phase all players in turn must declare their goods in the bag to the Sheriff, according to three requirements: You can only declare Legal Goods and only one kind of goods and must declare the exact number of cards; you may lie and bluff about the type of good and cards of this good. In the Inspection Phase the Sheriff can check any number of bags in any order and can be bribed not to check one’s bag. Agreements as regards to later moments in the game are not binding. Players that were checked can place correctly declared goods on their Merchant Stand; incorrectly declared goods are discarded and cost their value as a penalty payable to the Sheriff. If you were not checked you place all Legal Goods openly and all Smuggled Goods face-down on your stand. When all players have been sheriff twice, you score for goods on your stand, gold and bonuses and win with most points.

A cute and challenging risk game, you should be able to lie and bluff convincingly and also negotiate well with the sheriff; bribing can be profitable if you avoid penalty payments and can keep valuable goods.


Players: 3-5

Age: 14+

Time: 60+

Designer: André Zatz, Sérgio Halaban

Artist: Lorraine Schleter, David Sladek

Price: ca. 33 Euro

Publisher: Arcane Wonders / Asmodee 2015


Genre: Bluff, collecting

Users: With friends

Version: de

Rules: cn de en es fr it pl pt

In-game text: no



Revised new edition of “Hart an der Grenze”

New topic suits the mechanism very well

Attractive components

Well-working bluff game


Compares to:

Hart an der Grenze, Bluff games in general


Other editions:

Iello (fr), Asterion (it), (pl); Galapagos Jogos (pt), Broadway Toys (cn) und Edge Entertainment (es) are announced


Chance (pink): 1

Tactic (turquoise): 2

Strategy (blue): 2

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Communication (red): 2

Interaction (brown): 2

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