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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated 5 days ago.
To start you receive a Role card to determine their mission and Character card with special abilities and a certain number of bullets (which are lives in the game). The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade can choose which side they help and just try to survive.
You take turns to draw and play cards to shoot other players, regain lives or accumulate better weapons or horses. If you get shot, you need special Beer, Bang and Missed cards to escape without losing a life. The game is won when one of the players completes their mission.
It's a simple game made more tactical by some clever concepts. You can only shoot players if you have a weapon with a range equal to how many places away they are sat from you around the table. You can play cards that increase or decrease this distance as the game develops. Then there are various other cards that let you avoid losing a life.
The result is a game of bluffing where you try and guess players roles, while also push-you-luck to go after your targets without leaving yourself too vulnerable.
To get started, the following can help:
- Go through the roles with example demonstration of who needs to shoot who.
- Introduce the different characters in turn and discuss their abilities.
- Play some trial hands where you demonstrate who can and can't be shot.
- Play a trial round or two where you try out the actions without worrying too much about lives.
Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.
- Bang! Dodge City (2004) - 15 new character cards, increases maximum players to 8. Adds new action cards that come into effect on the following turn.
- Bang! High Noon (2003) - 15 new Event cards that are played by the Sheriff as play proceeds that give both advantages or disadvantages to each player.
- Bang! A Fistful of Cards (2005) - - 15 new Event cards that are played by the Sheriff as play proceeds that give both advantages or disadvantages to each player.
- Bang! Wild West Show - 10 Event cards and 8 Character cards. The events are played when other actions happen to mix up the flow of play.
- Bang! The Valley of Shadows (2011) - 8 Character cards and 16 Action cards. The new actions expand options with features like Rattlesnake where you can shoot two people. Ghost action is a stand out addition that brings dead players back into play.
- Bang! Gold Rush (2011) - Adds a new gold nugget play mechanic where you use them to buy Equipment cards. This, and the new shadow role features make it more complex but also refreshes the game nicely.
- Bang! Armed & Dangerous (2017) - 8 Character cards. Adds new dangerous cards with tokens that slowly run out to trigger the effect.
We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Bang! Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features.
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