You’re a traveling salesman, following Robin Hood through Sherwood Forest. He gives money to the poor, and then you sell them a bunch of expensive crap they don’t need.

Bleeding Sherwood was Cheapass Games #004, and one of our earliest mistakes. While not a bad game, it can definitely fall flat on the first play-through. As a result, the game got some terrible early reviews, and never really recovered.

Players start with hands of “Goodes” representing useless crap to sell. There’s a deck of “Peasant” cards, each with a value in Gold, and the players will bid with their Goodes to capture the Peasants (or really, their Gold).

First-time players often made the mistake of bidding too much, like they were going to get more bid cards, and then found out that they basically did not. They ran out of bid cards, figured the game was broken, and somehow that wasn’t fun.

We tried to explain the strategy a little better in subsequent printings (basically pointing out that bid cards are hard to replace) but eventually the game went out of print, never to return.

We hope you’ll give Bleeding Sherwood a fair shake before you give up on it!

PRINT & PLAY FILES

Bleeding Sherwood supports 3-8 players and takes roughly half an hour to play. Download the print-and-play files all at once via a handy .zip, or individually below:

Note there are no card backs, so you should print the two decks on different colors of paper, or use two colors of card sleeve.

Make your print-and-play the pride of your shelf. Check James Ernest’s video on how to make cards!