It was a weekend of tall tales, my cornering of the apple market, and some contraband. Sounds like an interested weekend doesn’t it? Let’s not forget the laughs and spending time with friends. We played the card game the Sheriff of Nottingham.
It’s a hilarious game. The concept is you have a group of players who are each trying to fill their marketplace with cards of apples, bread, cheese, and chickens. They can also sneak contraband into the town. Each player gets to be Sheriff twice per game. Now think of as going through security at the airport. You have a bag of stuff. You declare what’s insides. Security (a.k.a. Sheriff) has the right to search your bag or let you pass without a search.
If you lie you have to pay a fine. If you told the truth the sherif pays you. I’ve heard that some sheriffs can be bribed and they won’t inspect your goods, but you didn’t hear that from me.
What makes the game even more interesting than playing with friends is playing with couples. It starts out nice and cordial but the barbs and suspicions kick in really fast when you find out your sweetie is trying to sneak contraband into your town when you are the Sherrif! You figure out among your friends who can really spin a yard and B.S. their way out of inspection.
Can’t wait to play again.
photo from: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/157969/sheriff-nottingham