You are looking up against Robin Hood and his Merry Men and want to join their crew, but they only take in the best. It’s up to you to prove you have the best band of bandits in the woods!
Designer: Luca Ricci
Artist: Simone de Paolis
Publisher: Ludus Magnus Studio
During the game, players place their bandits either on pickpocket places to steal from the wealthy people in the town, or on ambush places to try and rob the carriages of the king when they pass on the road. To ambush the carriage, dice are rolled and if the number of pips exceeds the amount of guards around the carriage the bandits rob the jewelry inside. But be careful not to make too much noise in the woods, otherwise the leader of the gang will be locked up in prison by the sheriff. However Robin Hood, Little John, Maid Marion and Friar Tuck are ready to help out with special abilities your gang leader can activate.
The gang who was able to score the most points by collecting sets of jewels in the same color will get the honor to join Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Sherwood Bandits is a push-your-luck game in which you’re very dependent on your dice rolls, and you’ll also need some luck in collecting sets of jewelry from the loot from the carriages. The bonus actions you can take with the gang leaders can be very powerful, also allowing you to thwart each other’s plans. Because of the high luck factor, this isn’t a game you’ll be able to play with everyone, but we definitely enjoyed our plays with the kids. It’s easy to set up and doesn’t take too long to play, which sure is a big plus for this type of game. One minor downside are the cardboard treasure chests, they need to be assembled every time again as they don’t fit in the box. Apart from that, this is a top notch production!