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The Best Games for Liars & Cheats

The Best Games for Liars & Cheats

Cheating at board games

Are you the kind of terrible person who lies, backstabs, and cheats? Great! Grab your mates (if you've got any left...) and convince them to play a sweet little board game for a few hours of fun. It'll be another fib, of course - you've got an ulterior motive. You wanna win, and you wanna win dirty. You lovely, lovely devil person.


Buy the board game Sheriff of Nottingham from Rules of Play

1. Sheriff of Nottingham - 3-5 players, 60 minutes, £27

In the board game Sheriff of Nottingham, players will not only be able to experience Nottingham as a merchant of the city, but each turn one player will step into the shoes of the Sheriff himself. Players declare goods they wish to bring into the city, goods that are secretly stored in their burlap sack. The Sheriff must then determine who gets into the city with their goods, who gets inspected, and who may have their goods confiscated! Do you have what it takes to be seen as an honest merchant? Will you make a deal with the Sheriff to let you in? Or will you persuade the Sheriff to target another player while you quietly slip by the gate? The perfect game for crooks who like to push their luck and screw everyone else over.


Coup: Rebellion G54 from Rules of Play

2. Coup: Rebellion G54 - 3-6 players, 15 minutes, £25

Coup: Rebellion G54 is the new standalone card game in the Coup family, which takes the same simple mechanisms and rules and develops it into a bigger game with greater game play variation. You need to manipulate, bluff and bribe your way to power. Take charge and become the most infamous and deadly Italian family ever. It's your mission to destroy the influence of all the other families, forcing them into exile. Only one family will survive... In Coup: Rebellion G54, lie through your teeth and claim the power of 'communist' to transfer money between money between players, or the power of 'mercenary' to kill whoever you like - the list of actions goes on and on. Just be sure to bluff good, you big liar.


Spyfall card game - buy now from Rules of Play

3. Spyfall - 3-8 players, 15 minutes, £20

In Spyfall, you get to be a spy and try to understand what's going on around you. Spyfall is played over several rounds, and at the start of each round all players receive cards showing the same location — a casino, a traveling circus, a pirate ship, or even a space station — except that one player receives a card that says "Spy" instead of the location. Players then start asking each other questions — "Why are you dressed so strangely?" or "When was the last time we got a payday?" or anything else you can come up with — trying to guess who among them is the spy. The spy doesn't know where he is, so he has to listen carefully. When it's his time to answer, he'd better create a good story! After a few rounds of guessing, suspicion and bluffing, the game ends and whoever has scored the most points is victorious! Spyfall is truly a party game where you can lie to your heart's content.

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