Thursday, May 07, 2009

Playing BANG!

BANG!, at Amazon

Have any of y'all ever played BANG!? If so, you will smile and nod as you finish reading this post. If not, well, hitch up yer holster there and git to it.

This Italian card game is - how do you say - hilarious. BANG! can be played with anywhere from 4 to 8 people but please make sure you play at least one hand before passing around the cocktails because this game can get confusing.

In an odd international twist, BANG! is a card game about the Wild West (think Doc Holliday and Jesse James) but it's Italian in origin so each card is translated. Just as with the classic French car racing game, Mille Bornes, each player is given the chance to butcher another language. I don't want to get too deep into the details but the basic point (as Sheriff, Deputy, Outlaw, or Renegade) is to eliminate the competition by taking shots at or BANG!ing your opponents. Do you see what kind of fun this can lead to...?

What makes this game special, and worth all the rulebook consultation, is the oft-taboo phrases you'll find spilling from your mouth. Favorites include: "I wanna BANG! Mom" and "You can't BANG! me 'cause of the Appaloosa" or just plain "Indians!"

1 comment:

Ali said...

Bang! is a crazy but super fun game! One to pick up for sure if you are into card games, love it. Just need to play more often so we don't have to go over the rules again every time we play ;)