Sheriff Of Nottingham: Smuggle contrabands from Sheriff’s scrutiny

Sheriff Of Notthingham - Bluff your way into the city


Bluff your way into the city of Notthingham by importing contraband goods.

Players: 3-6 players

Gametime: 45-60 minutes


Set Up the Game

  • Each player takes a merchant board and 50 gold coins.
  • Place the Sheriff marker to the side.
  • Shuffle the cards, and deal six to each player.
  • Determine who goes first.

Declare Goods and Bribes

  • Each player secretly chooses a number of goods to put in their bag and declares the number out loud.
  • Players can also offer the Sheriff a bribe to not inspect their bag.

Inspect Bags and Collect Taxes

  • The Sheriff chooses which bags to inspect.
  • If the Sheriff finds the declared goods to be accurate, the player pays the Sheriff a penalty.
  • If the Sheriff finds contraband, the player pays the Sheriff a larger penalty.
  • The Sheriff can also choose to let a player go without inspection if they suspect a bribe was offered.

Become the Sheriff

  • After each player has had a chance to be the Sheriff twice, the game ends.
  • Players receive points for their remaining gold and bonus points for having the most of each type of good.

Determine the Winner

  • The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Here is a video from Rodney Smith teaching us how to play Sheriff Of Notthingham


Sheriff Of Notthingham is such a fun ride. Add a bit of drama to it and you have an amazing game for the night. There are a lot of ‘oh no!’, ‘how dare you’, ‘why me?’ that happens if you get caught with contraband and have to pay a hefty penalty. One of the best parts of the game is the opportunity to bribe the sheriff to let your goods through, or to pay them off to inspect someone else’s goods instead. This can lead to some hilarious negotiations and even alliances formed between players. It’s like playing poker, but with a lot more bluffing and bribery involved.

Difficulty: Medium

Likeness: 78%


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