BANG! (Card Game)

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"The Outlaws hunt the Sheriff. The Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots secretly, ready to take one side or the other. Bullets fly. Who among the gunmen is a Deputy, ready to sacrifice himself for the Sheriff? And who is a merciless Outlaw, willing to kill him? If you want to find out, just draw (your cards)!" (From back of box)

The card game BANG! recreates an old-fashioned spaghetti western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a Character card to determine special abilities, and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Four different Roles are available, each with a unique victory condition:

  • Sheriff - Kill all Outlaws and the Renegade
  • Deputy - Protect the Sheriff and kill any Outlaws
  • Outlaw - Kill the Sheriff
  • Renegade - Be the last person standing

A player's Role is kept secret, except for the Sheriff. Character cards are placed face up on table, and also track strength (hand limit) in addition to special ability.

There are 22 different types of cards in the draw deck. Most common are the BANG! cards, which let you shoot at another player, assuming the target is within "range" of your current gun. The target player can play a "MISSED!" card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts while in play (for example, different guns to improve your firing range) and special one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (such as Beer to restore health, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). A horse is useful for keeping your distance from unruly neighbors, while the Winchester can hit a target at range 5. The Gatling is a deadly exception where range doesn't matter: it can only be used once, but targets all other players at the table!

Information on the cards is displayed using language-independent symbols, and 7 summary/reference cards are included.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
28 Nov 2017
Party Games
Game Mechanic
Year Published
# of Players
4 - 7
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 7 players, Recommended with 5 - 7 players
Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
20 - 40 minutes
Game Designer
Emiliano Sciarra
Game Artist
Alessandro Pierangelini
User Suggested Ages
Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
  • 2002 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Advanced Game Nominee
  • 2002 Lucca Games Best Original Game
  • 2003 Origins Awards Best Card Game Design Winner
  • 2003 Origins Awards Best Traditional Card Game Winner
  • 2004 Hra roku Nominee
  • 2005 Hra roku Nominee
Expansion Sets
  • BANG! A Fistful of Cards
  • BANG! Armed & Dangerous
  • BANG! Bloody Mary
  • BANG! Claus "The Saint"
  • BANG! Dodge City
  • BANG! Dodge City with High Noon expansion
Supply Source
South Africa