An Exciting Game of Bluffing, Bribery & Smuggling!

Prince John is coming to Nottingham! As a fellow merchant, I am sure you can see why this is as an opportunity for us to sell goods in the bustling city during the Prince’s visit. However, we must first get our goods through the city gate, which is under the watch of the “honorable” Sheriff of Nottingham.

The Sheriff of Nottingham is a fun and engaging game for all where each player will have the chance to step into the shoes of the Sheriff himself!  Other players, acting as Merchants will attempt to bring their goods into the city for profit.  Beware though, while many may act as honest merchants, there is always the possibility of contraband being smuggled into the city! Experience Nottingham in a whole new way! Declare your goods, deal with the Sheriff and secure victory in a fun-filled and exciting adventure!

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3-5 Players
60 minutes
Playing Time
Suggested Age

“Now, I love this game obviously, but… why? Well, the thing I liked about this game is I love the sheer act of looking someone in the eyes and trying to guess whether they told me the truth or not. And what I’ve found in every game of this I’ve ever played, that the people just drop into roles. You’ll see people pleading about children, and ‘Oh, I’m the new Sheriff in town’, the roleplay just comes through this.” Tom Vasel · The Dice Tower


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What's in the box?

Sheriff of Nottingham Box Contents
  • 216 Goods Cards
    • 144 Legal Goods (green)
      • 48 Apples
      • 36 Cheese
      • 36 Bread
      • 24 Chicken
    • 60 Contraband Goods (red)
      • 22 Pepper
      • 21 Mead
      • 12 Silk
      • 5 Crossbow
    • 12 Royal Goods (red with golden banner)
      • 2 Green Apples
      • 2 Golden Apples
      • 2 Gouda Cheese
      • 1 Bleu Cheese
      • 2 Rye Bread
      • 1 Pumpernickel Bread
      • 2 Royal Rooster
  • 110 coin cardboard tokens
    • 39 1-gold coins
    • 42 5-gold coins
    • 17 20-gold coins
    • 12 50-gold coins
  • 1 Sheriff marker
  • 5 Merchant Stand tableaus
  • 5 Merchant bags
  • 1 rulebook

You have come to Nottingham with your Goods on market day, and the only thing standing between you and your hard-earned profits is the Sheriff. All you need to do is bluff or bribe your way past him. ..or maybe, tell the truth!

As a merchant, your goal is to convince the Sheriff to let you in – by any means necessary! At the end of the game, the merchant with the most wealth wins! Will you be a sly cheese merchant? Perhaps the luxurious silk dealer? The choice is yours!

Are you going to play it safe and bring in common commodities? Apples, bread, cheese, and chickens will bring a bit o’ coin, or are you willing to chance bringing in some contraband? I hear that Will, the new Innkeeper is looking for a crossbow… and the Friar always pays well for mead.

Load your Merchant Bag: After deciding upon the goods that you would like to take to market, place them into your bag, and snap it closed. Next, you will declare what is in your bag to the Sheriff!

You must declare the correct number of goods you placed into the bag, along with one kind of legal good. What you actually have in your bag is up to you.

The Sheriff: Players take turns assuming the role of Sheriff throughout the game. When you are the Sheriff, you can inspect any number of merchant bags, or even decide not to inspect any bags!

Players are encouraged at this stage to make deals, bribe the Sheriff with a bit of coin, or play innocent. After the Sheriff has checked the Merchant’s bags, penalties are paid out and goods successfully brought into Nottingham are added to the Merchant’s stands to be counted as points at the end of the game!

“That group dynamic that comes into a game like this makes every game different, so its replayability is really really high. A group really brings its own personality into this game, and that’s what makes it so interesting and so cool for me, anyway.” Joanna · Starlit Citadel Reviews
“I’d definitely love to play that again with you. It seems like there’s an optimal strategy from the beginning, but because people don’t act like robots, there isn’t. Like, they’re not necessarily going to act rationally.” TotalBiscuit & the Co-optional crew
“Filthy peasants! Trying to drape yourselves in fineries!?” “This was fun.” "I need some of that cheese.” Smosh Games


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