Designer: Emiliano Sciarra
Number of players: 4 - 7
Official Recommended Age: 8 years and above
Users' Recommended Age: 10 years and above
Playing Time: 30 minutes
In game text: Light
Game Description: "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)
This card game 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
Reviews & Comments:
BGG John Moreland:"Great opening game (while waiting for everyone to arrive) or end-of-the-evening choice for relaxation and some laughs. Very fun!"
BGG Jon Prive:"This is a great game! It's fun and engaging. My fiancee and I have discussed making a "custom" version of the cards to take out our frustrations! I love the artwork, too. Very entertaining! "
BGG Thomas Twedell:"Guillotine has every quality I look for in a card game: original and funny story, easy to learn and fun to play."
BGG Ellen W."I just love this game. I can never turn down an opportunity to play it. I've brought it into work to play during lunch break and everyone loves it."
BGG Chris Hayes:"The simplest of simple games. Great for when you have only a little time to kill with some friends. Simple point-collection card game, with a morbidly hilarious theme to it."
BGG Darrin WIlliams:"A great bait game and great for kids. I decided to remove the "Piss Boy" card from the deck to make it a little more family friendly. Of course, I have no problem with cutting off people's heads."
BGG Trent Seigfried:"EXCELLENT group card game, and wonderful introduction to "beer and pretzel" style thinking games. Nice theme, subtle strategies, and quickly playable."
BGG Hanna beledra:"My all time favourite and one of the dearest games I own. On the first play reading the texts in the cards require some time, but on the second and third game when most of the cards are known, playing is just blast."
BGG David Bauer:"This game got it going for us. Very fun and
entertaining with a great cast of characters. It is truely unique and started
me on the search for more games than I could play. We have been playing all sorts of games since I bought this one."
How To Play:
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
example, different guns to improve your firing range) and special
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!
the cards is displayed using language-independent symbols, and 7
summary/reference cards are included.
_BGG Carol Jones:"Excellent game for preteens. Opportunity to teach a little about the French Revolution. kids (especially the boys) like the concept of chopping the heads off!"
BGG Tara Goulding:"An absolute bargain -- learn it in 5 minutes, play it for hours. Fun, funny, and also quick so you can play it over breakfast and not be late for work :-) "
BGG Andy Grimwold:"So far I have racked up 177 plays of Guillotine, and I can see it continuing to get a lot of play at lunchtime.. so the high score is complimented by a high quantity of plays. I rate it 24 out of 25!" Read the full review here - Guillotine: A Lunchtime Gaming Review.
BGG Mike Mead:"I like the game. It is short and light. It is a good filler game, or even good if you decide you are going to play lots of filler games in the evening. My wife and I have found that this is a good game to play if we are tired, and just put our little one to bed. It sets up quick, and you are finished within 20 minutes. You directly affect your opponent with your actions, so folks who don't like games with direct confrontation should probably stay away. The artwork is humorous, and there is enough elements of strategy to keep you coming back for more. When you play this game, you will often find yourself playing it multiple times in a row. This is a bicycle game - once you learn it, you will always remember how to play it. You never need to refer to the rules unless you are looking for clarification on a finer point. For me, the biggest reason I like to play this game - my wife likes to play it as well. 9 out of 10" Read the full review here - Guillotine: Let The Piss Boy Eat Cake
BGG Arcadian Del Sol:"Actually own two because I'm prone to giving this one away when I find that others enjoy playing it. Its easy to learn, and plays fast. The theme has been criticized as being 'tacked on' and I suppose you could make a case for that, but I just like the game. Its about cutting the heads off wealthy French people. Whats not to love"
BGG Trevor Barens:"Fun, silly little game. Another fun one to teach non-gamers and is entertaining enough for everyone!"
BGG David Nichols:"Short, fast-paced, well-illustrated, and easy to teach. Very nearly a perfect game."
BGG Jan Annarella:"This game is a TON of fun! It's super-light, but has just enough randomness, luck and strategy to be vastly enjoyable. Simple rules and mechanics. Everyone who I've ever played this game with has enjoyed it."
BGG Laurel & Matt:"A personal favourite of mine and one that, even after 10 years, still sees the game table regularly and never fails to disappoint."