Rating: 6.4 Fair
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 4-7 players
Playing time: 20-40 minutes

Official Site: Bang! Page at dv Giochi

Created by: Emiliano Sciarra, Alessandro Pierangelini

Published by: dV Giochi, ABACUSSPIELE, Albi

Alternate Names: ¡BANG!, Bang! Duelul Vestului Sălbatic, BANG! A vadnyugat játéka!, Wanted!, Wanted: Dead or Alive


"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!

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BANG! is a shootout game, in Spaghetti Western style, between a group of Outlaws and the Sheriff, who is their primary target.

The Deputies incognitos help the Sheriff, but there is also a Renegade pursuing his own goal! In BANG! each player plays one of these roles, and represents a famous Wild West inspired character.


  • 7 Roles: 1 Sheriff, 2 Deputies, 3 Outlaws, 1 Renegade;

  • 16 Characters;

  • 7 Summary cards;

  • 80 Playing cards;

  • 30 Bullets;

  • 7 Playing boards;

  • These rules.

Object of the Game

Each player has his own goal: …


You start the game with a Colt .45 revolver. This is not represented by any card, but it is drawn on your playing board. Using the Colt .45 you can only hit targets at a distance of 1, i.e. only players sitting to your right or your left.

In order to hit targets farther than distance 1, you need to play a bigger weapon: place it over the Colt .45. Weapons can be recognized from their blue border with no bullet holes, black-and-white illustration and the number into the sight (see picture) that represents the maximum reachable distance. …

Bart Cassidy (4 life points): each time he loses a life point, he immediately draws a card from the deck.

Black Jack (4 life points): during phase 1 of his turn, he must show the second card he draws: if it's Heart or Diamonds (just like a "draw!"), he draws one additional card (without revealing it).

Calamity Janet (4 life points): she can use BANG! cards as Missed! cards and vice versa. If she plays a Missed! as a BANG!, she cannot play another BANG! card that turn (unless she has a Volcanic in play). …


  • 5 Bang! dice
  • 8 Roles: 1 Sheriff, 2 Deputies, 3 Outlaws, 2 Renegade
  • 16 Characters
  • 6 Summary cards
  • 9 Arrow tokens
  • Life point "Bullet" tokens
  • Rulebook

Object of the Game

Each player has his own goal, depending on his role card:

  • Sheriff: must eliminate all Outlaws and the Renegade(s);

  • Outlaws: must eliminate the Sheriff;

  • Deputies: must help and protect the Sheriff;

  • Renegade: must be the last character in play.


  1. Take as many roles as the number of players, divided as follows:

    • 3 players: see special rules, ahead;
    • 4 players: 1 Sheriff, 1 Renegade, 2 Outlaws;
    • 5 players: 1 Sheriff, 1 Renegade, 2 Outlaws, 1 Deputy;
    • 6 players: 1 Sheriff, 1 Renegade, 3 Outlaws, 1 Deputy;
    • 7 players: 1 Sheriff, 1 Renegade, 3 Outlaws, 2 Deputies;
    • 8 players: 1 Sheriff, 2 Renegades, 3 Outlaws, 2 Deputies.

    Shuffle the roles and deal one, face down, to each player. …

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