OBJECTIVE OF BANDITS: The objective of Bandits is to steal the most gold or money from your opponents, all while protecting their own stash.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 6 Players

MATERIALS: 1 Turn Card, 6 Hideouts, 5 Special Action Cards, 10 Double-Faced Cards, 38 Outlaws and Lawmen, 47 Loot Cards, and Instructions

TYPE OF GAME: Party Card Game

AUDIENCE: Ages 10 and Up


Bandits is set in the West, during the gold rush. Each player will attempt to attack others, stealing their stashes, all while keeping their own safe. Players must decide when to steal more gold or protect their own. Strategy is key, because if you make the wrong move at the wrong time, you may lose everything you have gotten!


Begin setup by removing the Reference Card, Turn Card, and Hideout card from the deck. Players will choose their Hideout. This is where their Loot will be hidden throughout the course of the game. The remainder of the deck is then shuffled, and six cards are dealt to each player. The rest of the deck is placed in the center of the table, forming the Draw Pile. The game is ready to begin.


The youngest player will begin the game. During a turn, a player may choose one of three actions to complete. They may either draw a card, attack an opponent, or stash three or more cards. Additional actions may be available, dependent on the cards. After players have completed their turn, the turn card is placed to the player on their left.

Players should ensure that they always have six cards in their hand. Players will take enough cards to replenish their hand after they have completed actions. In order for players to attack, they can play Outlaw or Two-Faced Cards from their hand to the table and announce which player they plan to attack. The more guns the player uses, the stronger the attack becomes. If the defensive player is not able to match the number of guns, then they lose the match!

At the end of a round, the players will shuffle the cards int eh discard pile and hideouts, creating the new draw pile. Players are to replenish their hands. The new round can then begin!


When a round ends, the players will tally their points. If a player has enough points to win the game, then the game will come to an end. If not, then a new round will begin. If there are two players, then it takes 150 loot to win, 3 to 4 players require 90 loot, and 5 to 6 players requires 75 loot. Normally, a game will only last one to four rounds.

Nakoa Davis