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Bang! has had a relatively large number of changes over the years. I know lots of people who are used to a different edition than I am. Often, this means they are used to a different set of rules and a different deck composition. What are the changes in each edition?


For the sake of clarity, I mean only the editions having English text. (Italian/English versions are fine but not the versions like French or Czech/Slovak/Polish.)

Whenever an expansion has been included in an edition, I'd appreciate it if you would describe any changes from the separately-available expansion or which edition the expansion is.

As far as I'm aware, there are five different editions of Bang!, listed below (printings' dates listed in parentheses):

  • 1st Edition (2002)
  • 2nd Edition (2003, 2005)
  • 3rd Edition (2007)
  • The Bullet (2007, 2009, 2010)
  • 4th Edition (2008)

Note: Your answer doesn't have to say all the changes for every edition; it will help even if you just mention a few changes.

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In the interest of keeping within the scope of a question, full descriptions of the expansion are unnecessary, as are lists of expansions. Both should go in a separate question, please. –  Firefeather Nov 12 '10 at 17:39
    
Making this CW in the hopes that the community will integrate future answers into one cohesive whole. –  Pat Ludwig Jan 2 '11 at 7:42
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2nd Edition

This edition adjusted or clarified a few of the rules (and the matching graphics). The rule changes were:

  • The Sheriff can't be put in jail. (1st Edition: Sheriff could be put in jail.)
  • Discard Jail after you skip one turn. (1st Edition: Jail was not discarded until a heart ♥ or diamond ♦ was drawn.)
  • When performing a draw! for jail, the flipped-over card must be hearts ♥ to get you out of jail. (1st Edition: The flipped-over card could be hearts ♥ or diamonds ♦.)
  • Sid Ketchum has 4 life points. (1st Edition: Sid Ketchum had 3 life points.)

There were also a few changes in cards' names:

  • Cavallo (Horse) became Mustang
  • Maestrina (Mistress) became Cat Balou
  • Indiani! (Injuns!) become Indiani! (Indians!)

3rd Edition

Bang! The Bullet!

This was a compilation release, it contained the 3 expansions released at that point

  • High Noon
  • Dodge City
  • A Fistful of Cards

It also included

  • 3 special character cards
    • Uncle Will
    • Johnny Kisch
    • Claus "The Saint"
  • 2 additional high noon cards
    • New Identity
    • Handcuffs
  • A sheriff's badge

This release contained the 3rd edition of the basic game rules and the 2nd edition of the Dodge City rules.

4th Edition

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The reason why the Maestrina (Mistress) card was changed to Cat Balou in the second edition was that "mistress" was a mistranslation of maestrina, which should have been translated as "schoolmarm". The unintended connotations of the word "mistress" resulted in the name change to "Cat Balou". (From the Bang! Cards page on the designer's site.) –  Firefeather Feb 15 '11 at 19:53
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