Ca$h ‘n Gun$ will make you relive the best scenes of your favorite gangster movies. Fun, bluffing, and tough negotiations are guaranteed, but will you dare to play? It’s simply killing!
On each turn, a player will assume the role of “The Don”, and will call out the steps in gameplay.
Before the skirmish itself, an available pot of cash will be laid out before the players. This pot must be evenly split up amongst all of the surviving hoods.
After that, the “Don” of the round will ask the players, including himself, to load their guns (in the form of selecting one of three possible cards: “Bang!”, “Bang! Bang! Bang!” or “Click! Click!” from a set of 8 cards: 2 “Bang!”s, 1 Triple-“Bang!” and 5 “Clicks!”), and then count down to all of the players aiming their guns (real foam guns).
Each player will then take a look at how many guns are pointed at them, and also take a look at the available pot of cash for the round before deciding if they want to “Chicken Out” and remove themselves from the skirmish. If they choose to back down, they will get a “Chicken” token which will deduct from their ill-gotten gains at the end of the game.
But all players have to “Chicken Out” at the same time, using a countdown like the aiming.
The remaining players will resolve the shootout showing their cards. First, all Triple-“Bangs!” wound the players they are aimed at. If there are still-aiming players with “Bang!” cards, those now wound their targets. “Click!”s are only bluffs and do nothing. A player that is wounded during the standoff does not participate in the split of the cash and receives a bandage (any player that receives a certain number of bandages is eliminated from the game). Now all the used cards are discarded–even those of the players that “Chickened Out”.
Now the remaining players will finally split the cash. If the cash cannot be divided evenly, the rest is kept on the table and is added to the new pot.
The game is played 8 rounds, until all cards were played. Keeping track of the cards is important, since all players have only a limited supply of “real” shots.
There are a couple of expansions packed-in with most editions that change some of the mechanics of the game, and also add a new “traitor”-based mechanic, as well.