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With thundering hooves a large herd of buffalo travels over the prairie. The Indian village behind the river is in danger! Can the buffalos be averted in time and to save the village? Buffalo is a fast, exciting tactical game for two players in changing roles. The player with the buffalos wins if he brings a buffalo over the second river. The player with the Indian and the four dogs tries to prevent this--he wins if he succeeds in catching or stopping all the buffalos with his dogs.
One paragraph would easily cover this little two-player game from Klaus Teuber. So here it is:
12 Buffalos are confronted by a Farmer and four Dogs on a 11 x 7 board flanked top and bottom by river squares (one set are for aesthetic purposes only). The Buffalo player must get one of his pieces beyond the far river to prevail, and the Farmer wins if this condition is not met. Moves are chess-derived, mirroring Pawns (Buffalos); the King (Farmer) and Queen (Dogs). The Farmer can capture, whilst the Dogs block the Buffalos. Good luck if you are the Farmer (one single victory in about a dozen games).
See, one paragraph.
SWD: Proof, not that it was ever needed, that if you are famous you can get away with anything. A couple of years back we had Richard Garfield putting his name on a traditional game and marketing it as The Great Dalmuti; now we have Klaus Teuber doing the same with Fox and Geese. Admittedly, both men gave the traditional games a slight tweak, but in both cases the game was one which already had plenty of variants to get the redesigner started. It is getting like the music business, where it has long been established that if a tune is out of copyright, it can be "arranged by" and composing royalties claimed.