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Still waiting for Richard to arrive, I pulled Buffalo from a bag of 2-player games. This has been called a fox-and-geese game, but there's a bit more to this abstract game by Alex Randolph. One player tries to get a single buffalo from the herd over the river whilst the other moves the Indian and dogs to stop them. The buffalo can only move forward, the dogs move like a Queen in chess, the Indian like a King, and takes the Buffalos.
Ian was the buffalo (and strangely we played the whole game with the buffalo standing the wrong way up!) and I easily stopped him cold. So he started with 2 buffalo in his first move, and I still beat him. So Ian started with 3, and I still beat him. Trickier but I nailed them close to the river. We switched and I got a buffalo over the river first turn. Admittedly I'd had time to analyse the options, but I found this game fairly easy.
If you get a chance to pick Buffalo up very cheap, it doesn't hurt, the wooden pieces are nice enough. But I wouldn't hunt Buffalo down. They're protected, surely?