The Road to Canterbury

Greed, Pride, Gluttony, Wrath, Luxury, Idleness, and Envy – the infamous "Seven Deadly Sins". For the faithful, they instill horror. For you, on the other hand, they present a wonderful business opportunity!


In The Road to Canterbury, you play a medieval pardoner who sells certificates delivering sinners from the eternal penalties brought on by these Seven Deadly Sins. You make your money by peddling these counterfeit pardons to Pilgrims traveling the road to Canterbury. Perhaps you can persuade the Knight that his pride must be forgiven? Surely the Friar's greed will net you a few coins? The Miller's wrath and the Monk's gluttony are on full public display and demand pardoning! The Wife of Bath regales herself in luxury, the Man-of-Law languishes in idleness, and that Prioress has envy written all over her broad forehead. And the naughty stories these Pilgrims tell each other are so full of iniquity they would make a barkeep blush! Pardoning such wickedness should be easy money, right?


Not quite. For you to succeed as a pardoner, you'll need to do more than just sell forged pardons for quick cash. To keep your services in demand, you will actually need to lead these Pilgrims into temptation yourself! Perhaps some phony relics might help? There is also one big catch. The Seven Deadly Sins live up to their name: each sin that a Pilgrim commits brings Death one step nearer, and a dead Pilgrim pays no pardoners!


So much to forgive, so little time. Will you be able to outwit your opponents by pardoning more of these Pilgrims' sins before they die or finish their pilgrimage to Canterbury?


# of Players: 2 - 3
Mfg Suggested Ages: 10+
Playing Time: 60 min.




  • 1 Game Board
  • 1 Parson Pawn
  • 75 Corruption Cubes
  • 84 Illustrated Cards: 7 Pilgrims, 12 Relics, 44 Sins
  • and 21 Pardons
  • 5 Last Rites Tokens
  • 90 Coin Tokens & 3 Coin Bags
  • 3 Pardoner Reference Cards
  • Rules Booklet
Download the Rules
The Road to Canterbury.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.3 MB]
Italian Rules for The Road to Canterbury
The Road to Canterbury Italian Rules - translated by Fulvio Soi
The Road To Canterbury - Regol. ITA.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]

Introduction to The Road to Canterbury

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