The Sheriff Of Nottingham board game master page. A complete guide. Review, how to play, editorial, useful links, similar games, FAQ, interesting facts and so much more. Sheriff of Nottingham is a game of bluffing, bribing and smuggling that has players trying to sneak in contraband goods while calling out others doing the same.



RELEASE:2014 (v1), 2020 (v2)
PLAYERS:3 – 5 Players
DURATION: 60 Minutes
DESIGNER: Sérgio Halaban, André Zatz
ARTIST:John Guytan, Lorraine Schleter, David Sladek (v1) | Davide Tosello (v2)

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The bustling market in Nottingham is filled with goods from all over the kingdom. Most of it is entirely legal, however, Prince John is looking to make sure no contraband gets sold. He’s tasked the Sheriff to inspect Merchant’s wares, looking for any illicit goods. The Sheriff’s shrewd, but not above taking a bribe to look the other way. Which Merchant will end up getting the best goods through and make the largest profits in the market stalls?

In Sheriff of Nottingham 2nd Edition, players take turns playing the Sheriff, looking for contraband goods, and the Merchants trying to stock their Stall with the best goods. The Sheriff can inspect any bag they want, but they must be careful, as they’ll have to pay a penalty if they find the Merchants were telling the truth. This new edition includes updated rules, as well as expansions such as the 6th Merchant, Black Market, and Sheriff’s Deputies.

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7.0 out of 10

Sheriff is a great party game for those who want a little more classic strategy in their party games but still want that rousing conversation. Sure it may get a little old after many many games, but those first few are gold. With so many board games out there, it is hard to find something that has not already been done to death, but Sheriff does a great job of bringing something unique to the world.

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In this game you are mainly a merchant of Nottingham city, but you also take turns playing the Sheriff himself. Merchants declare goods they wish to bring into the city, goods that are secretly stored in their burlap sack. The Sheriff must then determine who gets into the city with their goods, who gets inspected, and who may have their goods confiscated! You sneak stuff in you benefit, you get caught you are punished.

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The Sheriff of Nottingham character is the main antagonist in one of the most well known stories of all time, Robin Hood. He is the evil guy who pushes around the people of Nottinghamshire, subjecting them to a criminal level of taxes. Robin Hood fights against him, stealing from the rich, and the Sheriff, in order to give to the poor.

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Who plays as the Sheriff first in Sheriff of Nottingham?

There is no set mechanism, use your randomizer of choice.

What are the player colors in Sheriff of Nottingham?

The base game comes with – (1) Blue, (2) Green, (3) Yellow, (4) Red and (5) Purple.

In the Inspection Phase of Sheriff of Nottingham, is the threatened player the only one who can negotiate with the Sheriff?

No. Any player can get involved in the negotiations. The Sheriff is the focus of this phase, but it’s meant to be very open. The rules were not meant to hamstring player interactions.

When scoring at the end of the game of Sheriff of Nottingham, what happens if you’ve smuggled Arcane Scrolls into the city?

A player who has smuggled Arcane Scrolls into the city is not eligible for any of the King or Queen bonuses. However, if they have enough of one of the legal goods to qualify then no one gets that bonus.

How does Feast Plate work in Sheriff of Nottingham?

This card is contraband, and so if inspected you will be penalized for it. At the end of the game when scoring happens, any Feast Plate you’ve smuggled into town becomes any legal goods of your choice. One at a time each player declares what goods each Feast Plate will be, starting with the player who was Sheriff first and going clockwise. This makes the Feast Plate count towards the King and Queen bonuses and have the gold value of the chosen goods. 

Does anything happen if one of the discard piles is emptied in Sheriff of Nottingham?

No. If one of the discard piles is completely emptied, then it remains that way until a player decides to discard into it.

How does Royal Summons work in Sheriff of Nottingham?

It functions like any other contraband if you are not inspected. However, if you are inspected, then you only get the special effect if all of the other goods in your bag are the type you declared, otherwise you must discard it as contraband. The Sheriff will only pay the Frequently Asked Questions penalty on the items actually in the bag and the eight gold extra from Royal Summons. If otherwise telling the truth, as in all of your goods other than Royal Summons are the goods you declared, then even if inspected Royal Summons will be placed in your contraband pile. It would only ever be discarded upon inspection if you were lying about the remaining contents of your bag.

When is a deal considered complete in Sheriff of Nottingham?

A deal is considered complete when an offer is accepted. Most of the time this should be fairly intuitive. The Sheriff may say, “I will let your bag pass for 5 gold.” If the merchant accepts that offer, then the deal is complete. The merchant must pay the Sheriff the 5 gold and the Sheriff must let their bag pass. An offer is a specific deal proposed. It contains clear and specific conditions, such as, “I will let you pass, if you pay me 5 gold.” The rest of the negotiation is haggling. Until there is a clear offer to accept or reject then everything is still open.

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