Because BANG! cards are an irritating European card size, few expansions have opted to add playing cards to the deck. If they do, it is usually only adding 1 or 2 cards to the deck, which they can use the blank card from the bullet for, or just paste it over some existing card. Robbers' Roost is the only expansion that focuses on adding playing cards to the deck. Most custom expansions focus on adding custom characters or custom event cards (in the vein of A Fistful of Cards, High Noon, or Wild West Show). This is the case for El Dorado, O. K. Corral, and the Peterson Pack. Event cards can be placed on slips of paper, and the quality doesn't matter too much, as the event cards are a separate deck. Death Mesa also uses a separate deck to avoid the sizing problem; it provides a separate playing card deck for eliminated players.
I have created, collected, translated, critiqued, and modified many custom BANG! expansions. Both Death Mesa and Robbers' Roost are my own creations. I wanted to make custom expansions available here at this page. I categorize the expansions, and for each expansion, I provide (1) a link to a more thorough explanation and review of the expansion with download links, (2) a short description of the expansion, and (3) an overall rating for the expansion.
I have allowed comments on the page. If you know of other custom BANG! expansions, please inform me of them. At the moment I am only posting full-blown expansions, not one or two hit wonders. I will create some miscellaneous card packs later, which group together many of the random cards that fans have made.
Completed Custom Expansions.
Decks for Eliminated Players.
- Death Mesa (Martin Pulido): When players are eliminated they continue to influence the game as ghosts. They draw and play cards from a custom, well-designed 52-card deck. All roles can still achieve victory, with some modified victory conditions. You can now use 18" x 12" card sheets with a printing service online. While I won't review my own work, I have had very many positive responses. Death Mesa is still in Beta stage, working out the kinks of the Zombie Renegade.
- Robbers' Roost (Martin Pulido): Recently completed! Robbers' Roost adds many new playing cards and 16 characters (with custom art) to BANG! It also includes orange cards that are never played during a player's own turn, but during others' turns. Orange cards are designed to enhance teamwork, speed up the game, and keep you more involved as you await your turn. In a sense, Robbers' Roost is still a work in progress, as numerous changes to characters/cards are in the works. The purple cards are also being introduced.
- O. K. Corral (Steve Elmore): In the vein of High Noon. Well-designed expansion with 24 new event cards that have good thematic value. Some cards are really fun such as Fatal shot (for a round, hit players must "draw!" On hearts, they lose another life point), while others like Search Warrant are poor (the Sheriff may choose to see one other player's role card). You may want to pick and choose which O. K. Corral cards you want to include in the event deck. 3.5/5.
- El Dorado (Jidan, Martin Pulido): In the vein of Wild West Show. Event cards can be ended by players discarding or playing Aces. Well-designed expansion (custom art even) with 18 new event cards that have good thematic value. El Dorado adds the new fascinating "Grave Digger" role. The new English edition has several card edits that dealt with balancing and interpretive issues from the past. Includes custom guidebook and tuckbox. 4/5.
- Peterson Pack (R. Peterson): In the vein of High Noon. Less pretty expansion, designed simply to be printed off on paper and cut out. However, it provides some excellent event cards like Green Flash (green cards can be played immediately) or Returning Fire (Each time you are hit, you draw—on hearts or diamonds, the player hitting you must play a Missed! card or lose 1 life point). Unfortunately, others are impractical like Quick Draw (you can play cards with the ‘add one more card symbol’ without having to add another card), or ruin the game's deception dynamic like Peeping Tom (at the start of your turn, you draw! If you get a 2-9 of hearts, you may take a peek at the role of any other player). As with O. K. Corral, you may wish to pull some of the cards from the deck. 3.5/5.