There have been several folks asking if it is possible to play Sherwood Showdown with 3 or 4 if you own two decks, and so we decided to find out. An impromptu 3 way duel in our dining room suggests that yes, you certainly can, if you don’t mind a bit of awkward sorting at the end (or marking up one of the 2 copies so you can tell the outlaws apart).
What we did was this: Each player takes 1 outlaw deck. Put one game’s travellers in the centre of the playing area, leaving the other set of travellers and any unused outlaws (in the case of a 3p game) out of the game. Play as normal, rotating lead around the table, with the following exceptions:
-you may not sell travellers until each player has won at least 1
-any cards which say to rob your opponent allow you to rob any opponent(s) who also took part in the melee
-the Fair Maiden lures the weakest outlaw of any one opponent of your choice, not the weakest outlaw on the table
Please keep in mind that this is not an extensively tested variant; if you have any suggestions or comments based on playing it in this manner, please post them here or email me, as I’d love to hear how it went for you!