Can you name a flamboyant popstar, a blind scientist, or a skinny superhero? You’d better think fast, or your fellow players will leave you buffaloed!

A card game of quick wits and zany combinations, buffalo: the name dropping game asks you to name-drop faster than your friends, collect the most cards, and win! How fast can you name a vain artist? How about a glasses-wearing heartthrob? Don’t be surprised if you find yourself surrounded by curious players eager to name an annoying conqueror or perky religious figure!

buffalo is a 20 minute party game for adults and families (2–8 players ages 14 and up), and players are encouraged to join in the middle of a game!

Game Contents:

  • 200 Blue ‘Person’ Cards
  • 200 Orange ‘Descriptor’ Cards
  • How to Play Instructions


  • Game Design: Mary Flanagan, Max Seidman, Sukdith Punjasthitkul
  • Art Direction: Zara Downs
  • Executive Producer: Mary Flanagan
  • Producer: Sukdith Punjasthitkul
  • Research Team: Mary Flanagan, Geoff Kaufman, Max Seidman, Cote Theriault, Danielle Taylor, Amanda Young, Janet Kim, Adrea McClave, Viviana Ramos, Joe Ramsawak, Amaris De La Rosa-Moreno, Madeleine Parker
  • Buffalo Text: Sharang Biswas, Mark Essig, Mary Flanagan, Geoff Kaufman, Janet Kim, Andrea McClave, Sukdith Punjasthitkul, and Max Seidman
  • Playtesters: Friends, families, and students in the NH/VT Upper Valley and beyond.

Warning: In compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) we are notifying you that some of the products we sell may contain small parts or parts that may break off potentially causing a choking hazard to small children. Please supervise small children to ensure their safety.

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