Intro To: Good Bluffing Games

Bluffing Board Games

In our last Intro article, we suggested some great video game themed board games! This week, we’re focusing on a core game mechanic instead of a broader theme, and introducing you to some awesome bluffing games! Practice lying to your friends with these awesome games of subterfuge:

Sheriff: of Nottingham is a competitive game for 3 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this game of shady merchants smuggling goods into Nottingham, players spend most of the game acting as merchants passing sealed bags of goods into the city (pouches of cards). However, each turn, one player acts as the Sheriff, who decides if each player’s goods should be allowed into the city. You can put any combination of goods into your pouch, and it’s up to you to convince the sheriff that they are what you claim. As the sheriff, you have to judge carefully which players are telling the truth and which players are bluffing. If you guess correctly, you can even confiscate elicit goods for yourself! If you’re looking for a fun bluffing game with clever mechanics and nice production value, check this one out!

Coup is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 15 minutes. In this game of assassination, extortion, and trickery, each player has 2 face-down character cards representing their influence over the city. Your goal is to be the last remaining player, and your face-down characters’ abilities will let you assassinate your opponents’ characters, gain extra coins, or protect your own characters. What makes the game interesting is that you are encouraged to lie about which characters you have to gain access to useful abilities. If you get caught lying, you lose a character! If you get falsely accused of lying, your opponent loses a character! Gather as much information as you can and choose your lines of play carefully! If you’re looking for a fast-paced, intense bluffing game with simple mechanics that will make you want to play over and over, then definitely give this one a try!

The Resistance: Avalon is a competitive game for 5 to 10 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this Arthurian themed bluffing game, the future of Britain is in Arthur’s hands. However, Mordred’s traitors work in secret to tear down the true king! Of all Arthur’s allies, only the riddling wizard Merlin knows the identities of the traitors, but he must protect his identity at all costs! This fantastical bluffing game encapsulates the strife of King Arthur’s court in a fast-paced package. If you want to play a nice looking, clever bluffing game with a great theme, then set fourth to Camelot and get ready to play!

Secret Hitler is a team-competitive game for 5 to 10 players that can be played in 45 minutes. In this dramatic bluffing game, players are divided into teams of fascists and liberals with one player secretly taking on the role of Hitler. The liberal team wins the game if they manage to pass 5 liberal laws, or assassinate Hitler. The fascist team wins if they are able to pass 6 fascist laws, or are able to pass 3 fascist laws, and elect Hitler chancellor. At the start of the game, the liberal team doesn’t know who the fascists are, so it’s up to the fascists and Hitler to work together to pass fascist laws without revealing their identities to the liberal team! If you’re looking for a political bluffing game that’s great for large groups, pull this game off the shelf!

There you have it, 4 excellent bluffing games that you can play next time you visit us at The Round Table! If you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our awesome cartoon and anime games, or jump into some of our favorite cooperative games! Check back soon for more great game suggestions! We’ve got lots more Intro articles coming up!