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Flying Buffalo Nuclear War Card Game

4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Humorous card game
  • Tongue-in-cheek view of international diplomacy and propaganda
  • Two to six players engage in touchy negotiations
  • Ends when a warmonger pushes the button
  • Easy to learn and fast to play
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A humorous card game with a tongue-in-cheek view of international diplomacy, propaganda, and finally: holocaust! Two to six players engage in touchy negotiations until a warmonger pushes the button! This hilarious card game is easy to learn and fast to play. But watch out: if everyone is wiped out -- nobody wins!

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.9 x 8.9 x 1 inches
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
ASIN B0014JRY64
Item model number FBI6001
Manufacturer recommended age 12 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #284,867 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#3,202 in Toys & Games > Games > Card Games
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4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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By EBG on February 10, 2012
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I bought this game as a new addition for our dorm's board game stash. It was an instant hit. The rules are easy to learn, and there is massive replay value. There is no better feeling than launching a nuke uncontested, and spinning the little arrow to see how much damage you dish out. The "final retaliation" rule is also great fun, allowing any eliminated players to immediately launch everything in their arsenal. You may wonder, "couldn't this lead to a huge chain reaction that kills everyone"? Well, much like real nuclear war, sometimes there are no winners. But, unlike real nuclear war, it's always a ton of fun!

I only have one quick recommendation. When you first get the game, you may be tempted to immediately start cutting out the population cards (which are printed on an 8"x12" piece of card stock). I recommend that, instead, you scan or make copies of the population cards just in case you lose them. We were playing this on a trip, and a bunch of the cards disappeared. Had we scanned the population card image, we could have made replacements.
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Let me be absolutely transparent: This is a review that is heavily weighted by nostalgia.

I was regularly playing this game with my gaming group in the early 1980’s, before a game about blowing up millions of people to win might be considered “politically incorrect” (finger quotes mandatory). It was a go-to game to play before or after a more lengthy game with heavier strategy, and I recall we played the hell out of it and both of the expansion packs. We loved playing Nuke War.

Surprised it is still in print, I purchased a brand new copy of Nuclear War. The box is almost identical to the copy I had in the 80’s and the cards and spinner have not changed much, either.

You read that correctly – the game has a spinner. The only other game I have played that had a spinner is Twister, where I was reaching to put left hand on green and rubbing body parts with Caroline in the process, when I was still figuring out what the body parts were for, so… huzzah for spinners.

In Nuke War, each player plays as a country, embroiled in global propaganda, where population are stolen from other player’s countries to join your own. This can only go on so long before someone launches a missile and then propaganda means nothing and the cold war is over – all countries start blowing each other up. The game’s goal is to be the last player with remaining population cards, and there are other random events that shake things up, such as the Super Germ, where 25 million people die from an epidemic.

Nuke War touted it was, “One of the few games where it is possible to have no winners (often everybody loses!).” This is true, and there were quite a few games where we annihilated each other, with no player having any remaining population. In a way, this abstract game felt real.
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This game has been out of print for a while, so it's hard to find. I was hesitant to play it for a while, because I didn't think it looked fun, but it wasn't too bad when we actually played.

It's not terribly hard to learn and it's fairly fun.

The graphics aren't very attractive to me, and some of the cards are just cardstock, so they seem a bit cheap. I'm probably just being picky--my husband and his friends don't seem to have a problem with it and love to play it during lunch at work.
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Nuclear War is a fantastic game! It is fun, funny, and keeps your interest time after time. Every game is different, and it uses devious strategy and blood-thirsty aggression in concert to win. It's all the fun of a nuclear war without the pesky fallout and collapse of society.

One unique thing about this game that I really enjoy is that there is no guarantee of anyone winning. It is totally possible for all players to eliminate each other and have no one left. The ingenious "Final Retaliation" when you lose makes it quite possible to leave no winners, only losers...just like in a real Thermonuclear War!
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Been playing this for over 30 years. I've worn out copies. It's the ultimate "beer and pretzels" game! And, really now, any game where it's entirely possible to win, by losing and eliminating the one(s) who did you in, can't be all bad!
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I love this game! I first played it in high school and finally got my own copy a year ago.

I find it's actually a terrible party game - it tends to make people mad at each other - but I do love bringing it along on off days to see who I can get to play a round or two with me at lunch.

It's a little dated, but the ideas are absolutely relevant. If you want to make a day of it, play Nuclear War and watch Dr. Strangelove with your pals.
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This is a fun card game we used to play back in the days before Munchkin and Flux and MTG etc....etc.... simple straight forward and funny too. you get to be the head of a country and decide how to play politics with the other countries and decide if you will be diplomatic or if you will launch the alert aircraft and prepare the NUKES!
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This game was originally from the late 60's. I still have my original game albeit well used. Flying Buffalo Inc. picked it up and made some expansion packs. I have a set of the all new game. Played it with my school chums in the 60's and then took it with me in the Army where I played it regularly. Always different always fun. Still like it at age 65. lol
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