Buffalo Name Dropping Game

Gather the family for a game of quick wits and strategy with this fast-paced party game.
created by

Mary Flanagan


Mary Flanagan created by

Mary Flanagan

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Say My Name

How quick are your name-dropping skills? Search your mental library and name flamboyant pop stars, skinny superheroes, and more in the fast-paced game of Buffalo. Using real or fictional characters in pop culture, literature, or everyday life, this 20-minute party game - awarded the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval- is perfect for adults and families, ages 14 and up. Just flip the descriptors, shout out your answers and drop those names to collect the most cards at the end of the round. Perfect for breaking the ice at a cocktail gathering or kicking back after dessert. Designed in the USA. Printed in China.

Mary Flanagan

created by

Mary Flanagan


New Hampshire

Mary Flanagan is an artist and professor at Dartmouth College who founded the research lab Tiltfactor to "tilt" us out of old game models and invent new ones. Mary and her top-notch team of social psychologists, graphic designers, game designers, technologists, and students design innovative games that incorporate psychological principles to change the way people think and feel about issues in domains such as public health, social commons, and societal biases and stereotypes.

Made from
cardboard, paper, card stock
5.75" L x 3.88" W x 2.5" D
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Great game


I bought this and find myself bringing it to parties and family events all the time now. It is a game the whole family can play or just a few people, and people can jump in and out of the game without everything falling apart, like if you have to get up and prepare dinner while others still play. I love the quirky and eclectic combinations -- they really make you think! And laugh!

Portsmouth NH


Icebreaking insta-fun


I've been a big fan of Flanagan's games ever since I played Layoff, her satirical take on Bejewelled. Buffalo is one of those games that people can instantly jump in on the action and fun. It requires very little to no instructions. But despite its simplicity, Buffalo is a very smart and entertaining game. It tests your knowledge and ability to name people described by a random and humorous set of adjectives and nouns. For example, the cards might reveal the following; Brazilian+Muppet+Engineer, and the first person to name someone described by all the cards, wins the set. The number of cards and the variety of adjectives allows for some very interesting, funny, and challenging situations. My only critism of the game is the lack of a scoreboard or point system, other than the counting of winning sets to determine the winner. However, as a casual party or bar game, a scoreboard is probably not necessary.

Brooklyn, NY


Keep the party alive


I love this game. It can get intense at our Venture Scout meetings! Love how versatile it is!




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