Sherwood Showdown

By Shamus Posted Thursday Jul 14, 2011

Filed under: Tabletop Games 382 comments


My wife Heather has illustrated a card game. The game was designed by Roberta Taylor, who previously won the Canadian Game Design of the Year. My wife and I have been working on a lot of different things for a long time since I moved to freelance work, so it’s nice to see some of it finally coming to fruition. (And it’s somewhat telling that of the two of us, she managed to bring a product to market before I did.)

Here is how to play the game:

Link (YouTube)

Disclaimer: The game does not come with the Irish Folk music. If you purchase the game, you will need to provide your own Irish Folk band or learn to play the violin on your own. Humming is acceptable in situations where you might not have enough room for the entire band.

We just received our copies of the game two days ago. I actually haven’t played the thing yet. I am assured that it is a fast-paced game, although it seems like that would depend on the tempo at which the band is playing.

Anyway, you can buy the game online. If you run a gaming store or some other nerd-centric establishment and want to get in on the action by scoring some copies of the game wholesale, you can do so. Be warned that if you were to buy this game, you risk some of that money falling into my hands where I will use it to keep myself out of a cubicle for as long as possible. Please spread the word accordingly.

Also, I have a free copy of the game here that we’re going to give away. Leave a comment below that contains the word “gimmie” to enter yourself in the drawing, and I’ll email the winner to get their mailing address. (Protip: You have to enter a working email, sparky.) If I see the same email popping up for repeated entries I’ll delete them. Not as a punishment, but just to cut down on the number of comments I’ll have to wade through. The winner will be chosen using my extensive collection of gaming dice. I will not reveal the number of sides or die that will be used, in order to discourage people gaming the system. I know how you gamers are. Always gaming everything.

I’ll close the comments and pick a winner on Sunday, July 17th. If the chosen winner doesn’t get back to me in 48 hours, I’ll roll another, and so on, until I get someone to take this friggin’ game off my hands. Heather and/or myself will sign the game if you like, although that means taking the plastic off. You can make that decision when you win. (And I know you’ll win. I’m rooting for you!)

I’m told viral marketing is important for projects like this, so please spread the word to all your friends in a viral way. I recommend kissing.


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382 thoughts on “Sherwood Showdown

  1. locusts says:


    That should cover the entry portion of this comment. I would however like to say I support your viral marketing strategy. Now I am off to find strangers who will let me kiss them to find out about a new game. Wait, that sounds creepy when I say it.

  2. Pentangled says:

    Reminds me a bit of “Quests of the Round Table.” Like the art too!

    1. Pentangled says:

      Oh… and gimmie!

  3. Nick Bell says:


    New card games are always fun. Especially because I finally have friends to play said games with.

  4. LazerFX says:


    I’ll also say “Gimmie”, in-case you were being literal in your interpretation of ‘contains the word “Gimmie”‘ and including the quotes, or not literal, in the normal ‘human’ sense of things.

    And yes, I’m a Developer. Trained in the black arts of covering my @$$ – at the moment, I think it’s got so much Teflon, I could make my office chair a Slip’n’Slide.

    1. decius says:

      Just to be sure, “the word “gimmie” to enter yourself in the drawing” contains “”gimmie”” and “gimmie” as subsets. I’m also including the entire blog post after “Leave a comment below that contains” by reference.

      Also: brilliant way to see how many people read the blog.


  5. TehShrike says:

    I thought I left this vernacular behind me decades ago, but here goes… “gimme!”

    There, I think I got it right. It’s been a while.

    1. Sumanai says:

      Missed the last ‘i’. “gimme!” vs. “gimmie”. Notifying in case Shamus uses some kind of automation on the system.

      And yes, I wouldn’t mind participating in this lottery.

      1. TehShrike says:

        Blast! Second try: “Gimmie!”


  6. Leon says:

    Shamus, “gimmie” a break! I’m offended that you would have us do this.
    …That said, I would love a free copy of the game. :)

  7. Mathias says:

    Ooh, gimmie. This looks very interesting!

    …Oh, and “gimmie”, just in case.

  8. Joe Cool says:

    Gimmie gimmie gimmie!

  9. Matt K says:


    Seems like a modified version of Loot. Although I like the changes a lot. The art looks nice, it’s just a shame it’s only 2 players.

  10. hardband says:


    BTW your wifes artwork looks really good!

    1. Sumanai says:

      And fits the theme very well.

  11. fair_n_hite_451 says:

    Me first! (and the “Gimme Gimme”s)

    Does that count as multiple entries?

  12. Eathanu says:


  13. Silfir says:

    Can I get a “Gimmie” to Germany? Or is that shipping a bit too much?

    1. Shamus says:

      Non-US residents should be fine.

        1. Jabrwock says:

          Good to know.

          Looks like a fun game.


      1. Blake says:

        In that case ‘Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie’!

        My gaming group meets every second Sunday and we’re always looking for new things to try :)

      2. Zagzag says:

        In that case

        Which my browser wants to autocorrect to “hummus” for some reason.

      3. Sec says:

        Yay! So as a German resident I’m pleased with your decision and will also say gimmie.

      4. LVC says:

        Awesome. Gimmie that!

      5. Reet says:

        Well I live in australia. But if thats fine then gimmie it!

    2. StranaMente says:

      I was wondering that about Italian Gimmie -tude. But anyway, Good luck to you and your wife with this project too!

      1. Bubble181 says:

        y, us Belgimmieans were wondering too. Lucky us :-)

    3. Stubby says:

      IN that case “gimmie” from the UK as well, whereupon it is mostly raining…I suspect that Robin Hood didn’t wear green so much from choice, but rather because his clothes were mouldy and moss-covered from our more than averagely damp environment…sigh…

  14. Entropy says:

    “gimmie”. As long as not being in the US isn’t a problem for you.

  15. Emlyn says:

    Free, fun card games? Gimmie!

  16. Simon says:

    Will you subtract the number of dice -1 from the result? Otherwise the first people will be screwed. Btw, everyone should try to get their comment into the middle of the bunch, since when using several dice the result will follow a normal distribution and not an even one!

    (or something like a normal distribution, depending on the mix of dice, anyway the first and last people are at a huge disadvantage)

    1. decius says:

      The only fair way would be to roll a die or set of dice uniformly distributed across a number equal to or greater than the number of entries, rerolling numbers greater than the number of entries. Two d%, one high and one low, gives you up to 10,000 with uniform distribution.

      It could also be an ‘unfair’ system, in which not every entry has an equal chance of winning. Because the entrants do not know the rules, there is still a sense in which it is ‘fair’. But the fact that Shamus implies that there would be a way to game the system if the system were known, and his phrasing: “Not as a punishment, but just to cut down on the number of comments I'll have to wade through.” implies that there is no advantage to multiple entries, and that the process exclusive of rolling the dice is not significantly automated. If we assume the system to be ungameable, there is no advantage or disadvantage to attempting to game it. If we assume the system to be gameable, then we have to compare our skill at gaming the system to the skill with which the system was built to punish attempts at gaming it.

      Bluff, double bluff, and at least triple bluff. I’d like to know the method used, after the contest is closed to new entries of course.

      1. Sord says:

        To get a linear distribution, you just need to multiply each successive die by the product of the faces of the previous dice (which is what %d does). For example, you could roll a d6, d8, and d12 with the result being 1+(d6-1)+(d8-1)*6+(d12-1)*48 to get a number between 1 and 576.

        The d10 is a bit easier, because they put 0’s instead of 10’s so you don’t have to do the -1 thing, and interpreting 0 as 100 results in the same probabilities as doing the +1. On my original example, you could do the same thing by not adding 1 and instead treating a 0 result (from rolling all 1’s) as 576. It’s just a lot more confusing…

        And for the contest, the word “gimmie”

      2. Chad says:

        I always feel at home here among the geeks. Oh and “gimmie”

    2. Greg says:

      Since Shamus didn’t disclose the number of dice it’s entirely possible he’s rolling 1D4 and everyone who didn’t get their entries in sooner rather than later will be screwed :P

      As he says, there’s no real way we can game the system without knowing what the system is.

      While I’m here “Gimme”

      If I win I’m going to kiss everyone who plays the game with me and post photos :D

      1. hewhosaysfish says:

        I suspect the reason Shamus didn’t disclose the dice method is because it depend on the number of candidates.

        Also: gimmie!

      2. Mephane says:

        His rolling system has already been revealed, although the dice involved remains unknown:

        Edit: gimmie/gimme/whatever – after short thinking I concluded I would look more stupid by not including it than by shouting with the crowd, heh. XD

    3. lazlo says:

      Die rolls are convolutions of discrete uniform distributions, meaning that their results are triangular in nature rather than a normal distribution.

      I believe it can be perfectly fair if you roll enough dice to make the highest roll possible be exactly twice the number of entries, then take the result modulo (number of entries). so you basically fold the triangle into a square. Of course, I’ve been applying this sort of solution to computerish things that start at a value of 0, so you do have to account for that, but after that it should work. But I could be wrong on that…

      And also, “Gimmie!”

    4. droid says:

      My guess was that the very dice pictured in the comment counter up top would be used. Of course that has several obvious failure modes, at least if they are simply added. Also, not every post contains the entry trigger word.

    5. Zak McKracken says:

      Now there you are, fullfilling Shamus’ Prophecy …
      You can just use three d10 and let each one decide on one of the digits of a number. If the number is greater than the number of participants, reroll. But I’m almost sure there are more ways of going about it, and that Shamus knows about them, dice-fanatic that he is.
      And I totally did not manage to work “gimmie” casually into this post :(

  17. Jjkaybomb says:

    Hey, if you both sign the box, gimmie the deck. Freaking love card games, and this looks pretty fun.

  18. Zero T. Katama says:

    Oooh, sounds like fun, gimmie!

  19. Airslay says:

    Looks like an enjoyable game, with nice artwork.

    Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!

  20. Nephele says:


    Also, pretty!

  21. Corvus says:

    Do want!

    But if you gimmie, I’ll give away that copy and buy my own, because Robin Hood card game? Dream game!

  22. JT says:


    Working hard, no braincycles available for clever addition.

  23. Rylinks says:


    That mechanic where you can discard the Travelers to draw seems like it will either result in huge snowballing or is not very useful.

    1. Joel D says:

      Yeah – it seems to depend on whether there’s a limit to how many cards-in-hand are allowed, and whether or not you only get 2 cards a round, regardless of how many you used. Both questions are probably answered in the instructions.

      Also, before I forget, “gimmie” :)

      1. Rustybadger says:

        The rules can be downloaded from

        The main thing about selling the Traveller Cards is that they are also worth points at the end of the game. So the incentive to sell them is low, but if you find yourself short in your hand, they can help you build back up. There’s no hand limit, but you only get to draw two ‘reinforcements’ after each melee- so if you exhaust your hand, you will need to sell some of your ‘loot’ to bring in more outlaws to help out.

        1. decius says:

          Is the rule “Only one leader per melee” or “Only one leader per player per melee”? Also, what events trigger the shuffle of the discard pile back into one’s draw pile? I count 42 player cards, of which 6+19*2=44 MUST be drawn during normal play, with an estimated ~150 draws possible (assuming all of the travellers are won by the same player, who sells all of them for reinforcements; The advantage to be gained from a large hand, or from using a given card again by shuffling the discards back into the deck, might outweigh the cost of losing points.)

          1. Rustybadger says:

            One leader per player, per melee. The discard pile is recycled once you run out of cards to draw. Bear in mind it’s advantageous to keep your discard pile until you completely exhaust your draw pile- this is because there are cards that allow you to mine your discard pile for reinforcements.

            I like your thinking regarding having a large hand. It’ll be interesting to see if that strategy breaks the game or not. If it does, we may need to impose a hand limit.

            One could theoretically win by only scoring Ransom cards (which cannot be sold), but their value is low, so you’d need to take pretty much every hand to win that way.

          2. Sumanai says:

            The part, “The discard pile is not re-shuffled until a player’s draw deck is depleted”, implies to me that a player’s Discard pile is re-shuffled once the Draw pile is empty. Also you don’t get to draw a full amount if the Draw deck is depleted during the process.

            So if you only have 4 cards in the draw deck and use a Traveller card worth of 5, you draw 4 cards then shuffle the Discard pile. But you don’t draw the remaining card. The extra value is lost.

  24. vanderbane says:

    The wife and I could always use a new cardgame, this looks like fun! And of course the art is excellent. gimmie!

  25. RollOfTheDice says:

    It might be worth getting just for the artwork; love it!
    *scrambles to find some appropriate Irish Folk Music*

    Oh, and “gimmie”.

  26. Greg says:

    I’m a sucker for unique card games. My collection of games include the entire Killer Bunnies game with all expansions, Monty Python Fluxx, the Civilization card game that came with the boxed set, and others. And don’t forget a bunch of outdated Magic:TG, Star Wars CCG, and maybe some Pokà¨mon CCG cards, too. This will be obtained by me, one way or another.

    If this was Woot! I’d have clicked on the ‘I want one!’ button already. Pretty please, Gimmie! May the Dice Gods shine their face upon me during the rolling.

    As a side note, I do actually play Irish fiddle music.

  27. Legend_D says:

    I wonder if it includes any ‘just for fun’ rules in the instructions, or at least a few suggestions for alternate game types. Sort of like landing on free parking in monopoly.

  28. Samrobb says:


    Congratulations to Heather – it looks like a neat game. If I fail to win, I’ll have to see about getting a copy, if only to help keep you in your current state as a free-range developer. The fact that my girls enjoy card games and we have a small cache of Irish folk songs only serves to make the game even more appealing :-)

  29. Fang says:

    Damn you camping! FFFFF. Leaving the day the contest ends so I wouldn’t be able to get back to you.

    Well good job to Heather for getting something done unlike Shamus with his book.

  30. SyrusRayne says:

    Gimmie! Even though I have been taught by my mother to not say gimmie as it is rude, I will say it in this case.

    Congrats, by the way! Glad to see things working out :)

  31. Darazel says:

    Looks like a nice game for in-between or the occasional ‘it’s too early to leave, yet too late to start a game of War of the Ring’ spots that like to show up.

    Gimmie :-) Or otherwise I might be forced to buy it, and thereby supporting this great site… wait, what?

    1. Sumanai says:

      It’s sort of a win-win situation isn’t it. Especially since card games of this like tend to be on the cheaper side.

  32. aldowyn says:

    eh, Gimmie. I hope it explodes in popularity and you become less poor as a result :P

  33. Paul Spooner says:

    Looks cool! Like an introduction to CCGs, but without the first ‘C’.
    Just to keep this straight though, if we don’t actually want to be entered, we shouldn’t say “gimmie” so that… oh dang.

  34. Orci says:


    The art looks nice, but there aren’t that many different looking cards?

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Each player deck is identical, except for the backgrounds used to tell them apart for sorting purposes. Art assets are expensive, even when you have an excellent artist like Heather who’s willing to work on commission!

  35. Lord Nyax says:


  36. elias says:

    I think it should be spelled “gimme” rather than “gimmie.”

    1. Sumanai says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever before (reading these comments) ran into it being spelled “gimme”. I know it would make sense to be “gimme”, but I’ve never ran into it being like that.

      1. Zak McKracken says:

        Just the most obvious example:
        But the spelling with “ie” in the end still seems more appropriate here :)

  37. Cuthalion says:

    Gimmie some o’ that good ol’ fashioned card game action, Robin Hood style.

    No, that sounds stupid. My cheesy sentence, not the game.

    Nevertheless, I hope I win the copy, and congrats on finishing it, Heather!

  38. pffh says:


    I’m always looking for new games that we can play while we wait for all the people to show up for the weekly d&d game.

  39. Sickofpalantirs says:


    card games are da best! it certainly looks interesting.

  40. Brett says:

    Yay! “Gimmie”!

  41. Coke says:

    gimmie – though please don’t tell my children who I will be playing this card game with that I was so rude. ;)

  42. Unhidden says:

    Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
    Won’t somebody help me chase the shadows away
    Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
    Take me through the darkness to the break of the day

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Wondered how long it’d take for that to show up…

      1. albval says:

        But he doesn’t sing “gimmie” anywhere. I guess he just likes singing, then?

        Also, if northern Europe is okay for posting: Gimmie.

  43. Chris says:

    Neat, gimmie! :)

  44. Rosseloh says:

    Gimmie a chance to win this thing.

    Very nice of you to do this, Shamus. And, it’s probably been long enough since I last said it: thanks very much for the entertainment every day.

  45. Aadel says:

    Gimmie that game! Looks so cool, and my daughters love Munchkin and Fluxx

    1. John R. says:


      I promise to kiss people for you even if I don’t win.

  46. Lupis42 says:


    It looks awesome – is she ever going to let you live down the fact that she beat you to market with a game?

  47. krellen says:

    Could be a fun side-card at our next board game party, so gimmie.

  48. jraama says:

    Gimmie, please.

    And I definately want it signed if I win.

  49. Yerushalmi says:

    Ooh, gimmie!

    (Personally, though, I prefer to spell it gimme.)

  50. Arctem says:

    I would very much approve of having this game be gimmie-d to me.

  51. RandomGamer says:

    I won’t use the ‘G’ word as I just went out and bought it – I was looking for a new two player game for my wife and I and this seems to fit the bill. Cool!

  52. Myth says:

    I’ll toss in a “gimmie” as well – I’m definitely liking the concept of the game!

  53. Hitch says:

    One bit of unsolicited advice, and far too late at this point. But something to consider if the game goes into a second printing. The backs of the three decks should be color coded yellow, green and blue. There’s not much reason the decks should get mixed together, but experience with card games has shown me that they always do. Being able to sort from the back or face of the cards is always helpful.

    Anyway, you should “gimmie” the free deck to thank me for this advice.

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Good point, but one we thought of. You see, there are some cards in the game that can ‘defect’ from one player to the other and be used against their original ‘band of outlaws’. So having identical backs keeps the element of surprise- you know your opponent has one of your outlaws or weapons, but you don’t know if it’s back in his hand yet!

      1. Hitch says:

        Ah. No way of telling from the demo that there was a game mechanic like this. Carry on.

        1. Rustybadger says:

          Yeah. The demo video will be replaced shortly with a much better version. But we needed to whip something up in a hurry that would still show the basics. You can grab the rules from if any of it doesn’t make sense due to a lack of context.

  54. Duffy says:


  55. Kevin O'Gorman says:

    That’s a big “Gimme”. I have the Irish folk music ready to roll (Wolfe Tones, Clancy Bros., etc.) Yes, my game will have a little edge to it.

  56. Joe says:

    Gimmie, if I may.
    This looks really cool. And extreme praise to Mrs. Young for the art. Commencing operation “Share with all friends ever.”

  57. Tholmir says:

    Sound fun! Gimmie!

  58. Gothmog says:


    It looks pretty fun, Shamus. Good job, Heather!

  59. Abnaxis says:


  60. Maldeus says:

    Y’know, there are a lot of people posting for the game in this thread. Some of them have kids. Most of them are probably productive members of society. It raises the question as to whether or not I should dilute their odds with my vote when they probably deserve it more.

    Oh, well. Gimmie!

  61. Roxie says:

    I would love to enter ! we are in Canada and I know often these contests are not for outside the US . if so thats okay I’m happy to have learned of the game ;-) my grandson is obcessed with Robinhood right now !

  62. joe says:

    I don’t ask for much, so, gimme!

  63. Jjkaybomb says:

    Hm, I think I know why there was a free giveaway with this post. It was a sneaky way to drag out every single person who reads the blog. You needed a headcount to tell the alien overlords exactly how many people will follow you in the destruction of the world.

    Clever, alienman Shamus… very clever….

  64. DrKwang says:


  65. John says:

    Oooh, gimmie, and I have a bunch of gamer neighbors that can all share and be amazed at the game.

    Hmm.. gimme or gimmie? Is that last some odd accented form? :)

  66. Stephen says:

    I have to say, gimmie that game! As a game collector, and editor of Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood RPG, I would love to add this to my collection. as a bit of constructive commentary, I include the following, which I sent as an email recently.

    I just saw the video on how to play Sherwood Showdown and I must say the game looks great and fun to play. The cards have a delightful look and really set the flavor of the game. There is one minor factor which I find takes away from the game that I thought I would share with you. I think that having the travellers and ransom in dollar amounts detracts from the Sherwood theme. Instead, I would have used Penny (with a “d”symbol), Shillings (with an “s” symbol), or Pounds (with an “£” symbol). This would keep the flavor and look of a classic English theme and still allow you to show a value for the cards.

  67. Dev Null says:

    Needs more lens flare. And the palette isn’t brown enough.

    (“gimme!” I love games that come with their own hardware!)

    Oh, and Roberta’s wordpress site appears to be down, if you have an easy way to let her know…

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Thanks for the heads up. Should be up now. I think it was a DNS issue stemming from the fact that our host decided to migrate servers TODAY, of all days!

      Lens flare? Do you see J.J. Abrams’ name on it anywhere? Seriously.

  68. Strangeite says:


    Looks like fun.

  69. Eärlindor says:

    Sure, why not? :) Gimmie, please!

  70. Vipermagi says:

    Looks interesting, so here goes: Gimmie.
    I’ll make sure any players know they are helping you stay out of the cubicle farm.

  71. CrushU says:

    Gimmie gimmie gimmie the honky-tonk blues!

    (Also a card game. :D)

  72. Martin says:

    signed by the artist (and cardgame developer if possible) (You need to market something to get the right to sign it. A book or a game would be perfect) ;-)

  73. Peggy says:

    Gimme. :)

    Love to play something on the gaming table taking up my formal dining room that wasn’t just playtesting!

  74. Yar Kramer says:

    Looks cute and fun! Card games aren’t my thing, though, so I’ll pass on the G-word.

  75. Nietz says:


    Me and my fiancée need a new card game to play.

  76. GTB says:


  77. Kevin says:


  78. therandombear says:


    And if possible mail me a Irish Folk Band aswell :3

  79. DaMunky89 says:

    Ooh ooh gimme gimme.

    Sounds cool, your wife draws pretty pictures.

  80. Ann says:

    oh, gimmie gimmie!!

  81. Jeremiah says:


    Always on the lookout for fun new card-games.

    Congrats to Heather!

  82. Shinjin says:

    Kindly “gimmie” a copy of this game. It looks interesting.

  83. Pearly says:

    I’ll throw my hat in!


  84. Grant McFerrin says:

    Gimmie. That said, if I don’t win, I’ll likely pick up a copy anyways, as I’m a sucker for new card games.

  85. Jen B says:

    Gimmie! My husband and his friends are gamers, and this game sounds like something I would love! Finally, something we could all play together! :-)

  86. Jeff says:

    Oooh, “gimmie”!

    Your wife’s artstyle is neat, it reminds me of my favorite book from childhood, which I completely forget the title of. A bunch of children (brothers and sisters) find a tunnel in the bottom of a cottage. They discover a cavern with a little civilization of goblins(?), who initially appear very threatening. They discover that the goblins are actually pretty weak and puny, and then also a more serious threat. Something or other happens and they depart as friends.

    …I’m going to have to dig through my library to see where I’ve stashed this.

    1. Jeff says:

      Aha! It’s The Secret World of Og.
      (I hope I didn’t negate my entry by posting this reply – if I did, oh well.

  87. Tzar says:

    Ooh, Gimmie!

    I’m a member of the tabletop games club at my university, and I’m sure they’d appreciate a game like this…

  88. Falcon_47 says:

    Sounds like a fun game, to bad you can’t get the music as a bonus =)

    “Gimme” that thing I say *Argh*!!!

  89. Deadpool says:


    Oh, your wife is very talented. I am so jealous (not of you for having a talented wife mind you, but of your wife for BEING tale– Oh forget it).

    And consider the word spread.

  90. Ria says:


    “Gimmie”….just in case….. ;)

  91. Praelat says:

    I’ll watch the video again when I get the game :)


  92. snail says:

    Very interesting! Gimmie, please! :)

  93. kmc says:

    Hey, I can already play the fiddle, so I’m halfway there! Gimmie!
    Also, I fully intend to exercise my “advertisement by kissing” rights. With a coworker, even! (Who happens to be my husband.)

  94. Say, that looks like a nice thing to have. Soooo… gimme.

    Being Scandinavian with a strange mis-associative memory makes me think of Abba…

    There. That should give me bonus “gimme”‘s :)

    Will not take responsibility for music sticking to anyone’s brain though.

    1. Fat Tony says:

      Damn you.
      *Humms tune*

  95. Phineas Rhyne says:

    Gimmie indeed. Looks like fun, and I’m in desperate need of a new game.

  96. Dave says:

    Gimmie, gimmie, never gets. Don’t you know your manners yet?

  97. siliconscout says:



    I am actually headed for a get together with some old college buddies in a couple of weeks. Big old Gaming nerd-tacular get together. We usually do some RPG with card / board games spiced in for breaks.

    If I win this I promise to introduce it to the gang and should it be a fun game there is likely to be some sales result (shameless plug there). Wouldn’t be the first time a new card game spawned several purchases.

    Just look @ BANG! I brought it last year and all 8 other guys have since bought a copy. Incidentally it’s a great and fun card game. Wild west shootout style!

    1. Rustybadger says:

      If you have a time deadline, send an email to Roberta from her website and tell her what you are doing. She may be able to expedite it for you.

  98. Sperber says:


    Eh, gimmie.


    And ’tis true, this time I did not read all the comments before adding my own. :-(

  99. Brandon says:

    Gimmie! But seriously, I rather like your wife’s art. Will you be tapping her to do any of the non-procedural art in your recent tech demo which aspires to possibly become a game?

    And just in case, with quotes, “gimmie”. This is perhaps turning into a comment meme for this post…

    1. Fat Tony says:

      This would be rather cool maybe some items akin to minecrafts paintings?

  100. Eddie says:

    It really seems like you should provide us with package tracking information when you send the cards and then anyone who can waylay the delivery man and take the package before it arrives gets to keep it.

    Unless, of course, I’m the winner because, you know, gimmie.

  101. Michael says:

    Not sure why half the commenters are including the quotation marks in their entries. Shamus clearly said to include the word, not the syntax. Unless I’ve caught an edited version of this post, which is also likely, given the two pages of comments before me.


  102. Aerik says:


  103. Kai says:

    “gimmie”! :o)

  104. Carolyn says:


    Gimme, gimme, gimme. (Okay spelled the first one “gimmie” as requested)

    It looks like fun and thanks for the chance to win a deck. :)

  105. Adam says:

    Gimmie those cards! Enjoy the riches to follow!

  106. NeilD says:

    Please, may I have it?

    What can I tell you, I’m Canadian… I just can’t do it.

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Awesome. With extra awesomesauce.

  107. FatPope says:

    Gimmie gimmie gimmie!

  108. RichVR says:

    Having read all of the comments the word “gimmie” has lost all meaning to me. But “gimmie” anyway.

    Love the artwork BTW.

  109. Matt says:

    Gimmie! Congratulations to your wife for putting in some great artwork.

  110. Sean Hagen says:

    Oooo! Gimmie! I’m always on the lookout for interesting games to introduce to my friends.

  111. Stilleto says:

    Gimmie! :D

  112. Bryan says:


    I’d like to try this game with ny niece. She likes card games. :)

  113. Dnaloiram says:

    “Gimmie” Gimmie gimmie “gimmie”
    Also, I’m going to link this to several people to lower my chances of winning, since I’m a masochist.

  114. Ed Blair says:

    Gimmie, please. Thank you.

  115. xbolt says:


    Although, my preferred spelling has always been “gimmeh”.

  116. nawyria says:

    Ohh nice, gimme.

  117. Ross says:

    Gimmie! Please? Pretty Please? With a cherry on top?

  118. Tse says:

    Will it be a problem that I’m in Eastern Europe?

  119. The Bard says:

    A Robin Hood card game?! I doth desire such a thing as this, kind sir. Err, gimmie. Also, I throw in the requisite “huzzah!” Nice artwork!

    1. Fat Tony says:


  120. Darius says:

    Though I’m a regular reader, I usually just lurk in the shadows and watch. But I can’t resist the opportunity to win an awesome card game like this, so “gimmie”

  121. Matt Winnie says:

    gimmie :)

  122. Kimari says:

    Ooooohhhh, interesting! Gimmie!

  123. bargamer says:


  124. The Sheriff of Nottingham doesn’t stand a chance. Gimme. :)

  125. Moridin says:

    I’m admittedly too lazy to read through all the posted comments, but I’m still surprised by how few comments contain “Gimmie” and nothing else.

  126. Mark says:

    I’d love for you to gimmie a free copy of this game. Looks fun!

  127. The_Unforgiven says:

    Welp, I’m looking for a bunch of new card and board games, so: gimmie :D

  128. Fat Tony says:

    Give it to me / Gimmie!

    That is all.

    (Haven’t watched vid yet so I can’t really be more flavorfull)

  129. Warren says:

    It would seem the odds are slim but, Gimmie.

  130. Stephen S. says:

    What better game to get my kids hooked! This looks very cool – and I have access to my own minstrel. *gimmie*

  131. Sean says:

    I’m torn. Do I buy one and give some money (very indirectly) to Shamus, or do I take the poor-man’s route and say “gimmie”?

    … Oh, bother. Gimmie it is. :)

    Good luck with the game – I hope it sells amazingly well!

  132. Philip says:

    Another game to go along with Settler of Catan, so gimmie.

  133. Didacsoy says:

    Ooohhh! Looks really interesting, so I’m in for a gimmie and see if we can spread the word to the other side of the Atlantic.

  134. AttackCowboy says:

    I am going to have to go with “gimmie” here. Thanks and good luck!

  135. Whymark says:

    I’d feel pretty bad just saying “Gimmie” so instead I will say “Please would you be so kind as to Gimmie, good sir. Truly a gentleman and a squire!”

    Oh and don’t forget to pre-roll the dice!

  136. Q says:

    gimmie some free stuff!

  137. theLameBrain says:


    I guess that is all I have to say…

  138. Kelhim says:

    Gimmie! ^^ Woah, that sounds really impolite, but you’ve started this. I would like to participate in your lottery, is what I want to say.

    Although, I’ll probably buy it anyway as a present one birthday or another. Your wife’s illustrations are beautiful, I like the style allowing your own imagination to unfold. The Sherwood Showdown cover reminds a bit of an old book cover.

  139. Thom says:

    Gimmmie (please)

  140. thegrinner says:

    gimmie plzkthx :D

    And now for some proper english. Looks interesting. Although I might be screwed now that Rob Lundeen posted this on Reddit…

  141. Jenx says:

    Gimmie! I love card games!

    Also I think I know a guy who knows a guy who can get me an irish-sounding band, so once i get the cards I’ll be good to go!

  142. BeamSplashX says:

    I will pass on vying for a copy, but congratulations to Heather! You should do a one-off Spoiler Warning with the two of you. Anything. Even Sherwood Showdown. Get Rutskarn, Mumbles, and Josh to do the humming for you over Ventrilo.

  143. Gimmie!! “Gimmie” Gimme?

    Also, I’m sure your loyal fans would love to have video of you rolling your lovely dice to select the winner. Dice are fun, too.

  144. Karl Kloeden says:

    Gimmie, please.

  145. Chris36237 says:


    I hope he uses a lot of D4s and D12s
    Those poor dice don’t see much action

    1. Michael says:

      Yeah, the D12 is kind of lonely – there’s only one weapon in vanilla 3.5e D&D that actually uses it for damage.

      As for the D4, I respectfully disagree.

      Magic missiles, daggers (includes katars), unarmed (non-monk), hammers, spiked chains, falchions, etc. And that’s just off the top of my head.

      In the campaign I’m currently in, there are about as many D4 rolled as there are D20.

      1. Kasper says:

        In 4th edition any weapon specialist using a scythe is a D4 hog. Especially on the high levels. “this attack deals 5{weapon} damage” gets kind of ridiculous with a 2d4 base damage weapon… I remeber using topshowing and bottomshowing pyramids mixed to roll damage. Our deathgod worshipping (because who else uses a scythe) melee specialist’s turns took as long as the whole party´s because he took ages to figure out his damage. Imagine our groans when he found a magic scythe dealing 1d4 bonus shadow damage… The dm won that day.

  146. Destrustor says:

    Time to test my luck to see if I still have none; Gimmie!
    I’ll at least have tried.

  147. Vlad says:

    I’m a gamer, and I want to game your game. So gimmie!

  148. Andrew Sawatzki says:

    I feel like a lemming but … GIMMMIE!

  149. Rustybadger says:

    If you want a signed copy, please email Roberta directly from her website. We will be offering signed copies shortly, so as long as you don’t mind waiting an extra week to get it, that will be fine.

    In addition, if you live outside of Canada or the United States, please email for a shipping quote, as prices can be quite high. We should have rough estimates to places like Europe and Oceania on the website soon.

    If you order more than three copies, shipping is free (for North American customers)!

  150. Kasper says:

    On the off chance that the dice gods are favoring me: “gimmie”. Oh and despite your assurances that non-US residents should be fine, since I live in the Netherlands I’ll pay for shipping myself should I win. The whole idea is to keep you out of your cubicle and writing code and prose for readers the world over to enjoy, so otherwise it would sort of beat the purpose :)The game looks awesome so please pass my compliments to your wife.
    As an aside, that is a bit of a conundrum for me. Can I as a total stranger say pass my compliments to Heather since you use her name on this site, or should I go with the safe “your wife” like I did despite it sounding very unpersonal and outdated. Can someone versed in Netiquette tell me what the protocol is in this case?
    Back to the original topic again, are there originals for this? for if there are and if they are Heather’s (there, I used both, sue me for getting it wrong at least once) to sell AND she is willing to part with them I’m sure there would be people in this very comment thread interested in getting oversized Maid Marion on their wall. Anything to keep the goodies flowing, both yours and hers.

    1. Rustybadger says:

      There are originals. And they are lovely. I expect there will be an art auction at some point!

      1. Kasper says:

        Good to hear. Shamus, it is hereby your duty to inform us when this happens.

        1. Rustybadger says:

          Heather also has a line of very charming watercolours on her own website at – and I happen to know she taes commissions!

  151. Tarlen says:

    I’m always up for getting free stuff, so gimmie please. :-)

  152. Ravens Cry says:

    Anything that keeps you out of a cubicle (but having an income) is a good thing in my books.

    1. Actually buying it may keep Shamus out of a cubicle ;)

  153. Desgardes says:

    Gimmie. Thiiiis looks fun.

  154. Jimmy Bennett says:


    Congratulations to your wife. I hope the game is a huge success.

    1. BeamSplashX says:

      I definitely read that as “Congratulations on your wife.”

      A bit late, but it’s a nice sentiment.

  155. Jennifer Livingston says:

    Gimmie! I hope Heather sells lots of these! I can’t wait to see the results and try out the game! I know it will be worth it because she said so! Thanks!

  156. Brendan M says:

    Gimmie all the way to Tasmania, Australia!


  157. Monojono says:

    Gimmie! That looks fun!

  158. Bear says:


    What, what? no that’s not right…

    Grinchie! no… Gummie! Damnit…. Gamey, Gabi, Grubby, giggly

    Ahhhh! “gimmie” a break… I think my brain is broken.

  159. Kacky Snorgle says:

    I would just like to state, for the record, that I did read all of the comments before adding my own.

    That is all.


    1. Kasper says:

      wait, so what you are saying is, you think there are people who do not read all the comments before posting their own? Man, you have some serious issues. You should trust your fellow internet user some more and not claim bragging rights for something everyone does as a matter of course [/sarcasm]

      Seriously though. It’s one of the reasons I can still put up with reading all posts on a thread on this site. Others seem to do so too, so I don’t have to read through 5 iterations of

      “Maybe you should do X”
      “already fixed, read comments”
      “tard, already fixed”

      That, and most posts are well written, and some of them are genuinly funny. I think if Shamus lost his commenters he would also lose ad revenue from people checking in on the same article multiple times JUST TO READ THE COMMENTS. I know I do, and I can’t be alone, can I?

      1. Rustybadger says:

        Yes, you are alone. So VERY alone. But I do this as well.

  160. Iunnrais says:

    I’ll bite. “Gimmie”

    Usually, I prefer asymmetric games, such as those David Sirlin makes, describes, and balances, but my family tends to find those games too complicated, so maybe this is something I could actually play with them.

  161. henebry says:


    Lovely art, and an interesting game dynamic. I’m impressed! I’ll make a point of mentioning it at my local game store, Pandemonium in Cambridge MA

  162. Varrik says:

    Always on the lookout for fun new card games. So with no further ado… gimmie!

  163. Matwisto says:

    Contests always make me post.
    “gimmie” please.

  164. Turgid Bolk says:

    Gimmie! Looks interesting.

  165. Ayegill says:

    if northern EU is ok, gimmie

  166. Jonathan says:

    I’m a gamer
    Can’t think of a 3rd word that goes with Gimmie & Gamer. Not a poet.

  167. sab says:

    Hey Shamus, give a SQL statement somewhat like this a shot;

    SELECT DISTINCT(email) FROM comments WHERE article_id=12349 WHERE comment_text LIKE ‘%gimmy%’ ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 1

    Lowercase fields should be adjust to what they’re actually called in your DB, and the misspelled gimmy is because I’m not much of a card player ;)
    It will save you the trouble of going through the entire list yourself.

    1. Well, given that you misspelled it in the where clause, this select would only find you.

      I guess that was intentional. ;-)

  168. Spluckor says:


    This game looks enjoyable I must say.

  169. mario says:

    excuse me … i dont know how to contact you … do you mind if i translate dm of the rings into Spanish?

    1. Kasper says:

      for future reference: There’s a tab called about the author at the top of the page. It lists his email address as shamus -at- shamusyoung dot com.

    2. Rustybadger says:

      This. Would be awesome.

      1. Mario says:


        I send you an email, anyway (but I didn`t find your email in About the author; I send you at email that Kasper said it).

        And … gimmie!!!


  170. Hamarrboo says:


  171. Droid says:

    Congrats to Heather!

    Oh, and gimmie! Please. :)

  172. Some Jackass says:

    Aw man, I used to be all into card games as a kid. Never too late to start again.

    Hmmm…odds of winning at this point seems to be 1 in 200+
    lets further dillute the odds!

  173. Brandon says:

    gimmie, which is also my dog’s name.

  174. Ellieba says:


  175. MerryVulture says:


    And no, I did not read all the comments this time, sorry.

  176. whitehelm says:


  177. Wolf says:

    Looks fun!


  178. I think this is worth a “gimmie”.

  179. Tanis says:

    I am a huge fan of Roberta Taylor and very excited about this new game Sherwood Showdown and would love for you to “gimme” your free copy!

  180. Kizer says:


  181. random_physicist says:


  182. Galen says:

    Gimme/Gimmie as your spelling preference may be.

  183. Jimbo says:





  184. Nighty says:


    I’m a greedy pony.

  185. Gimme!

    Also, Shamus, have you been paying attention to the Extra Credits stuff with Alison’s shoulder? Because according to some recent posts on that, they plan to use whatever money is left to finance some creative new game developers.

    You should totally take them Project Frontier. Totally. Like, RIGHT NOW.

  186. Zack says:

    Gimmie, pretty please! :)

    The game looks like a lot of fun, so kudos to the designer and it just plain looks great, so kudos to the artist!

  187. Jason says:


    Wow, that’s a ridiculous looking word. I have the feeling that despite having asked for it, you’re going to consider your fanbase a bunch of selfish gits after this.

  188. Brian Ballsun-Stanton says:

    Gimmie :) (Although it’d be awful difficult to roll 244 on a handful of dice…)

  189. WinterSpartan says:

    Well I say. Gimmie a chance to try this fine product.

  190. Mapleleaf50 says:

    gimmie gimmie

  191. MoonBeans says:

    I am required to use the word “Gimmie” to enter this contest.

  192. Adeon says:

    You know, my first thought on reading this was “I wonder if it’s on the Geek yet” and sure enough it is:

    It even lists Mrs. Young as the artist.

    1. Rustybadger says:

      With two published titles now (one being released in October 2011), and over a dozen in development, Roberta is fairly active on the Geek, as well as being the only female member of the Game Artisans of Canada!

  193. Lollie says:

    GIMMIE, GIMMIE!!!! I know the Taylor’s their super talented fiddle player taught my little fiddle player;) (my claim to fame)

  194. Teldurn says:

    I gimmie don’t gimmie see gimmie how gimmie saying gimmie “gimmie” gimmie works, gimmie but gimmie I’m gimmie game!

    Also, gimmie! :D

  195. glassdirigible says:

    Gimmie a piece of that kit kat bar. That’s an Irish jingle, right?

  196. Veloxyll says:

    Oh Shamus, you and your gimmiecks!

    Also how are you gonna get a range of 1-n once you’ve pulled out the “gimmie” entries? are you going to roll dice whose maximum result is entrants + the number of entrants? or do you have some other scheme plotted to ensure a chance for everyone to win? (doesn’t have to be an even chance, it just has to be a chance such that, upon entering, every entrant has a non zero chance of winning and that given knowledge of the system, no-one can reliably pick which entrant will win.)

  197. General Ghoul says:

    Gimmie! So is this the point where Shamus’ blog changes course and he now writes about his adventures as a stay at home dad while his wife brings home the bacon?

  198. Stiltskin says:

    If you “gimmie” this game, I’ll share it with the local University’s Game Design club! :)

  199. “gimmie”

    this game sounds great

  200. Mrsnuggleworth says:


    (Please disregard my email, it was chosen 2 years ago when I was really really bored and needed a name and could not think of one)

    (Well, don’t disregard the email, please email me and give me a free game!)

  201. Felicity says:

    Gimme! Doesn’t hurt to try, right?

    1. Mistwraithe says:

      Spelling fail detected. The correct reply is “Gimmie”!

      Oh, and I guess I just entered!

  202. Mistwraithe says:

    If you were really wanting to go viral Shamus then you should probably give the prize out to a random person who Facebook likes this post instead. That way all the likees friends also see it popup on Facebook, etc, etc.

    Of course while it would be entirely fair it would also be a bit more intrusive way of doing it so perhaps you decided not to.

    1. TSED says:

      A population portion of his blog readers don’t have facebook, but honestly, that is a rather good idea.

  203. William Curtis says:


  204. Gimmie! Please!

    Also (and you may only be reading this in the event that I win, but still): thanks for Free Radical. I off-and-on follow your blog, but Free Radical is one of those pieces of writing that has shaped a great deal of my own writing. Plus: it’s excellent.

    So thanks for that. And hopefully for a free game :)

  205. Woodthorn says:

    I have now watched the video and you can colour me intrigued. “gimmie”

  206. Zehavn says:

    I like free stuff :) Gimmie Stuff!


  207. Loonyyy says:

    I’m guessing Dropkick Murphy’s is not a suitable Irish music right?

  208. ehlijen says:

    I’d rather buy it and risk some of the cash falling into your wife’s hands (I hope that’s how it works given she did this :P), so no gimme here :)

    Also, how did you get this game published? Was it freelance? Did a publisher comission it? How difficult was it?

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Hi, ehlijen- hopefully I can answer some of your questions (I’m Roberta’s husband, and I did all the publishing work on this project).

      This is not Roberta’s first finished game, but it is her first self-published one. We decided to self-publish as an experiment because a) nobody in her design group had done it before and b) a card game is a good way to experiment because it’s simple and cheap.

      It took several months to source a manufacturer. This was a pretty long process, talking to different factory reps in Canada, United States, and China. Ultimately, we went with a Chinese manufacturer because of price. It’s always a bit scary when you have never dealt with a factory in China before: are they reputable? do their products fail? do they use good quality paper and cardboard?- the list goes on. We chose a factory that did other games we recognised, and dove in. It was interesting, that’s for sure!

      We had zero problems with our order (so far- I haven’t opened all 1K copies of the game yet!) and would definitely order another printing from them. The key is patience. Don’t push them to make short deadlines, give them time to allow the ink to dry before packaging your products, and work with a reputable broker to bring the goods to you.

  209. Peter Olson says:

    Wow, having people saying “gimmie” to enter themselves in the drawing for free swag seems to be a good way to get everyone to post. ;-)

  210. TSED says:


    I’m cool if you decide not to not count me, though. I live in Canada, and so I imagine that shipping costs would be slightly higher.

    (Poor Euro saps.)

    1. Rustybadger says:

      You have no idea. We are based in Canada (Roberta and I, that is), and other than the ones Shamus gives away, the games are shipping from here. It costs $5.85CAD to ship one copy to the States (flat rate), and $12.49 (median cost) to ship within Canada. That’s Canada Post for you!

      It’s actually cheaper to ship from the States to Canada than domestically, so we will probably be looking at a way to do that in the near future.


  211. TraderRager says:

    Gimmie, please kind sir!

    I encourage you that my Irish folk music indeed play at the correct tempo to ensure a fast-paced card-playing experience!

  212. ima420r says:

    I;m so bad at contests. Pimmie… fig me… dang, I just can never get the right answer. Someone gimmie the answer please!

  213. Skye says:

    Gimme a card game other than magic to play with the geeks! (I’m about to run out of good standard cards.)

  214. Sucal says:

    I must very politely insist that you say Gimme

  215. jwwzeke says:

    the word “gimmie”

    Looks fun…

    Watching that video I kept wondering what the actual purpose of having the Traveler cards was… you could always just count how many times you won… until at the end it was pointed out that they have different values. That makes a lot more sense now. :) And probably makes it much more fun, as you might want to strategically skip over low value travelers in some cases.

    Nice art Heather. Very fitting of the Robin Hood myths.

  216. LexIcon says:


    Sounds so needy to type it out like that. Sure would love a signed copy though, I’ll make me feel internet famous!

    1. Rustybadger says:

      If you want a signed copy, email Roberta directly from her website and we can arrange for both her and Heather to sign it and send it on to you.

  217. Tomulus says:

    One gimmie please.

    (Please use dice that have had all the ones rolled out before hand)

  218. Regiment says:

    Anything where I have a chance to get a new game is a gimmie for me, although if I don’t win I might have to pick it up anyway.

  219. redver says:

    gimmie the game! I like games!

  220. Phil says:




  221. Ener says:


    Hmm I should show this to my friend who one such nerd-centric establisment

  222. KeychainOcelot says:

    I don’t normally comment here, but that card game looks too good to pass up, so “gimmie”!

  223. Helm says:

    Gimmie cos well umm it’s my birthday the 19th July ?

  224. Jarenth says:

    I don’t really have the time nor the inclination to read through five pages of comments, so I’m just going to say gimmie and hope that helps.

  225. Bobby Archer says:

    The odds seem pretty long, but I’m always up for something new to play, so gimmie my shot!

  226. Tetris says:

    Free stuff! Cool ! Gimmie!

  227. Legendary Bard says:

    Oh, what the heck. One in a chance of 300 isn’t that bad. Gimme.

    So uhh… *constructive comment*

  228. Kdansky says:

    gimmie! It’s my birthday! No, seriously. It really is. :)

    I planned to game the system and try to get in around page 2-3, but apparently, I’m late.

  229. Kyrion says:


    Also, the squirrel thing at the start of the video looks scary. :S

  230. thebigJ_A says:


    I actually play the fiddle, so I good play my own music while I play! Well, ok, that might be a bit difficult… but I can do it. This is just due to my awesomeness.

  231. Andrew B says:

    Gimmie. (Gimmie, gimmie a man after midnight…)

  232. Fritha H. says:

    Would a gimmie all the way to South Africa work? Worth a try anyway!

  233. Gimmie, though it appears I arrived too late to the party for any reasonably sized dice

  234. Emkinator says:

    Free board games? My favourite kind! Gimmie! :)

  235. Ognjen says:


  236. Thanatos Crows says:

    I’ll be attending Finncon for the weekend so thanks to you half the attendants will get kissed by a running weirdo yelling something about Sherwood Showdown at them. Thanks a lot. So gimmie!

  237. Shawn P says:

    1) Gimmie!
    2) I might have to pick up that game if I don’t win. We’re always looking for quick, fun games to play at my office and that seems like a good one.

  238. Lanthanide says:

    I do *not* want the card game. It looks awesome, I just wouldn’t have anyone to play it with.

    Shamus, have you considered merchandising as a way to make money? I know it’s pretty terrible that most blogs, especially comics, sell t-shirts and mugs etc, but hey, why not? You’ve got DMotR.

    You could also buy like 20-50 of these games wholesale, autograph them, and sell them at a higher-than-normal markup.

    Judging by the number of replies here, I’m sure you’d have enough people willing to buy an autographed copy at maybe a $5 markup over RRP. Be a quick way to make yourself some $, if you could be bothered setting up a payment and shipping system to handle it all.

    1. Chargone says:

      problem with DMotR is that every single image in it is taken out of the movies.

      copyright will eat your soul. and possesions etc. and possibly posses your soul and eat your etc. not good.

      and… and… and… the comments take up more than one page? is this a new thing or are the numbers just that stupidly huge?

      1. Syal says:

        He still has Chainmail Bikini though. He could sell the Displacer Moose Plush.

        Then people can trip on it even though it appears to be out of the way.

        (Same problem as Lanthanide, no one to play with.)

  239. Zaxares says:

    If you will “gimmie” this free deck, I promise I will personally kiss* every D&D miniature in my collection. No, I will not be providing a video. I don’t kiss and tell. XD

    *Tongue not included.

  240. Ellery says:

    I’m going to say “gimmie” because this looks great!

  241. SatansBestBuddy says:


    Also, as a bonus, I present to you your site going bonkers!

    I… honestly don’t know how this happened, nor why it keeps happening, but every other day I’ve checked into your site now something seems to break, so I either get the banner with no posts, get half a post then nothing, or… well, fun stuff like what happened in that picture there.

  242. DaveMc says:

    Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie … a game after midnight. Won’t somebody help me chase the shadows away? Or, indeed, take me through the darkness to the break of the day?

  243. Hank says:

    Gimmie, looks nice and interesting….. a good combination.

  244. Low-Level DM says:

    I actually looked at the game from before, when there was a link from here to your wife’s to the game’s site, and it looks interesting. Only potential flaw is that after a couple games the limited number of card types might eventually kill replay value. That, and it’s two-person-only. Would be cool if you could alter the rules somehow to accommodate three or four.

    Anyway, free things are good. “Gimmie”, please!

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Interesting point. We actually tested a variant where with two decks you can play four players. It works, but would definitely need tweaking to work well.

  245. Christopher says:

    Gimmie, please!

  246. hevis says:


    That game looks quite fun. I might even order it to myself (if the shipping doesn’t cost too much to Finland..)

    1. Rustybadger says:

      Finland, Finland, Finland, the country where I want to be;
      Pony trekking or hiking, or just watching TV…

      As for shipping, it’s cheaper to ship one of these to Finland ($6.54) than to Canada (where I live). 50% cheaper. Silly? Yep.

  247. Mike S says:

    Looks pretty sweet, so gimmie!

  248. Xythe says:

    Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!

  249. RTBones says:

    On the pile…

    Gimmie gimmie!!

  250. Amy C says:

    Gimmie. *grin* Hey, it looks pretty and it’s my 40th b-day tomorrow.

  251. Jamey says:

    gimmie :)

  252. Andrew says:

    I’ll bite a Gimmie – or did you want a “gimmie”

    Thanks Shamus –

  253. Eärlindor says:

    Holy crap! This thread’s cookin’!

  254. Fenyx says:

    I already have Irish music prepared so Gimmie!

  255. BenD says:

    This is the best post ever. Also, gimmie gimmie! :D

  256. Babs says:

    From a former bookie, previously enslaved with Jethro in the “Interior”…Gimmie, pleaaaaseeeee!

  257. Chris E. says:


  258. Tzeneth says:


    Also, liked the video :)

  259. Mike S says:

    Dedicated gamer wants you to “gimmie” a free card game.

    BTW, I’ve been really enjoying following progress on Project Frontier. Keep up the good work.

  260. Jason says:


    Sidenote: Just tried to imagine percentile dice, instead of the D20s currently in use. Looked weird.
    *ponders nudging the wife, since she’d invariably be the one enjoying it most*

  261. Lemeza says:


    Mind blank for a witty comment.

  262. Warhobo says:

    Gimmie, my good sir!

  263. Mersadeon says:

    gimmie !

    Well, other than that… go Young family! The world can always use more, good cardgames. Also, I really don’t wanna see Shamus in a cubicle.
    I probably won’t kiss people to spread this, but I hope I can just cough in someones face instead.

  264. Manda says:

    Gimmie that game cuz im totally cool and have 6 kids that would prbly love to play it… and i really would like an excuse to have an irish band in my home! bahaha!

  265. Pi says:


    Now that’s done with, congrats to your wife. The art looks fantastic and the game looks like it is really fun too!

  266. Gimmie that game, please!

  267. Corran says:

    I won’t say gimmie cause I don’t want Shamus to have to spend extra money to ship the game to The Netherlands.

    But I have to say; nice game. I will look for it.

    Also nice to see the lurkers come out of the woodwork. Doesn’t take much, does it? ;-)

    1. Rustybadger says:

      You can order it from the website and we’ll ship to the Netherlands if you wish. It’s the same price as the North American shipping- just select the Canada version rather than the US one.

  268. Vanessa says:

    gimme that game!

  269. Templar says:

    gimmie! :D

  270. JPH says:

    Gimmie! If I’m not too late and stuff.

    Although that’ll just be another game to add to my stack of games I need to play.

  271. W.D. Conine says:


    [insert witty and/or cute statement to help my chances of getting noticed and picked]

  272. uberfail says:


  273. Metalchicken says:

    Hmm. It seems as though such a system would be difficult to game without knowing the approximate number of potential comments, and therefore the approximate ‘maximum’ that the dice would have to add up to. Although the inability to modify my chances to get the best possible results rankles at my inner gamer, I do enjoy free stuff.


  274. Phineas says:

    Gimmie the moolah!

    It’s great to hear that your wife is able to use her artistic talents to help the finances of the family.

  275. straphael says:

    Gimmie! Please! I love card and board games.

  276. Jake says:

    gimmie! Two-player card games hold particular appeal for me!

  277. The Nick says:

    I have a few friends who would like this. “gimmie”

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  279. BlusterBlaster says:


  280. HeadHunter says:

    Gimmie Shelter.

    Gimmie Three Steps.

    Gimmie Back My Bullets.

  281. Delve says:

    Oooh, I’m in time. Really should keep up better. Nevertheless, please gimmie. This looks like good math practice for my 1st grader.

  282. Chargone says:


    talk of dice makes me sad. had mine with me at a Magic event a while back, one of the organizers grabbed my D12 to roll something on the next table over, everyone got distracted and by the time i realised i’d never reclaimed it it was evening and i’d already gone home. haven’t got back to the shop since due to health things and it’s been weeks. i do hope it’s still there somewhere.

    and i’m always up for games. games are shiny.

  283. Jayman says:

    Looks like a fun game so …. Gimmie!!! =)

    Please and thanks!

  284. 1Guy4Girls says:

    I’d be pretty happy if you would gimmie that game. ;-)

    The artwork style is very cool did she do that in watercolor or digitally?

    1. Rustybadger says:


  285. Kasz says:

    Hmm, I wonder if I’m too late.

    Anyway “gimmie”, I wonder what all the special text say.

    From what I see the art looks good, all the best in it helping to keep you out of a cubicle.

  286. Mart says:


    Me wants to plays this…

  287. Ooh, a game to play at Emerald Rose concerts. Shiny…

    Gimmie! Please?

  288. Freeze_L says:

    Looks fun, gimmie!

  289. Samy says:

    Gimmie! :D

  290. Ringwraith says:

    Ah what the heck, might as well go for the gimmie-way.

  291. JJ Goh says:


  292. Lott says:


    looks fun, I love cardgames like this

  293. Christian Severin says:

    Oh, yes please, gimmie!

  294. Michael says:


    I happen to have a friend in an Irish band to provide the proper background music.

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