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| Published: 2002
150 5 18

When a man with a pistol meets a man with a Winchester, you might say that the one with the pistol is a dead man... unless his pistol is a Volcanic!

In the wild west, the Outlaws hunt the Sheriff, the Sheriff hunts the Outlaws, and the Renegade plots in secret, ready to join one side or the other.

Before long, bullets start to fly!Which gunmen are Deputies, ready to sacrifice themselves for the Sheriff? And which are the merciless Outlaws, looking to gun him down?

The world’s best-selling wild west card game is back in a new, richer format. Easier to learn and play than ever before!

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40 of 45 gamers found this helpful
“A fun, quick, social game”

This is a fun and easy to learn game. If you have an outgoing group the players can get really into it. It has become a favorite of my regular group. We have even had dress up “Bang” game night!

In this game everyone has two parts to their character. You draw a card to be either the sheriff, deputy, outlaw, or the renegade. Only the sheriff reveals their role. You also pick a character card that gives you a special power. This card also defines how many lives you have.

Everyone is dealt a hand of action cards. These include bangs (shots you can fire), misses (how you dodge a bang), and other cards like beer for a new life, and other ways to get cards and hurt other players. You can also get a gun card that expands your shooting range. Each turn you take a card and then use action cards. You choose who to bang (shoot), guess who is on your side and who is against you.

Your goal of the game depends on your role. Sheriff and deputies want to kill the outlaws. Outlaws want to kill the sheriff. The renegade wants everyone to die, first the outlaws and then the sheriff. The game ends when either all of the outlaws or the sheriff dies. Games typically last 20-30 minutes.

This game is good for social groups. It would also be a great game for people who are still new to gaming since it is easy to play and pretty funny. There are a lot of banging jokes involved when playing with a mature group.

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9 of 11 gamers found this helpful
“Nice party game with elimination problem”

Very nice quality cards, tokens and boards (we rarely use tokens and boards, though).

Design is pretty nice, colours are light, font is very much in style of western, everything is very clear. I like the design of the game.

There are 3 decks of cards. There are Roles, Characters and Action cards. Each player takes a role character in secret (depending on the number of players, there are different numbers of outlaws, deputies and one renegade and sheriff). Each role has a different win condition, so Sheriff and Deputy will win if all outlaws and renegade are dead, Outlaws win when Sheriff is dead, and Renegade must be the last alive with Sheriff and kill him to win the game. Sheriff is the only character that is visible to other players.
Every player also draws a character with special abilities and different number of hit points.
During a turn, a player draws two action cards and plays any number from his hand (but is normally allowed to play only 1 BANG! card per his turn). There are classic instant action cards and equipment cards that have a lasting effect after they are played. Almost actions are represented by few icons and are very easily understood.

BANG! is a party game, and as such it is mostly a very fun game. But, it has 2 pretty big downsides… First, it is a game that IMO requires at least 5 people to be really playable, and secondly it can last for too long, and the game that eliminates players should not be like that. Even worse is the scenario where you can die on the first turn, before even having a chance to play…

It should not be played all the time. It is a nice game for those sessions where there are enough players, and you really need to relax your brains… But if there are too many of those situations, I guess you should get few games for such occasions. Replayability is ok, but not great.

BANG! is a nice game, fun for 5 players, but have a problem of dragging along for too long… especially with more than 7 players, where the risk of dying in the first turn (before having a chance to play) is even greater. Replayability is also not too great…


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