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CHRONOLOGY – The Game Where You Make History – 20th Anniversary Edition


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  • Think you know which came first – the invention of mayonnaise or decaffeinated coffee? Lincoln’s Gettysburg address or John Deere’s first plow? Test your knowledge with Chronology by Buffalo Games – the game of all time!
  • Build your own timeline of cards. Someone will read you a historical event from a card. You decide where that event falls in your timeline. If you are right, keep the card and your timeline grows. The first player to build a timeline of 10 cards wins!
  • Recommended for 2 to 8 players, ages 14+
  • Contents include 429 double-sided cards with 858 events
  • Made in the USA

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2 x 8 x 10.63 inches

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1.54 ounces

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Is Discontinued By Manufacturer



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11 reviews for CHRONOLOGY – The Game Where You Make History – 20th Anniversary Edition

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  1. Jean

    This is a brilliant family game. A good history lesson in a game.

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  2. Peter Massingham

    Great fun for all the family but mainly for over 16s as younger children probably won’t have the historical knowledge needed.

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  3. Kendi

    • comes with box, instructions, cards, card container
    • it has a lot of cards. (like trivial pursuit) also both sides can be used. there’s a blue side and a yellow side, so it is like having 2 decks to play with.
    • the rules are simple and it’s easy to control play duration
    • educational; great for history buffs. anyone can play because a lot of it is guessing (srsly, who memorizes all the exact dates, anyways, right?)
    • has old events, but also a lot of contemporary events as well, so it is interesting. it’s a wide range.

    I really liked it.

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  4. Amazon Customer

    Great game but predominantly USA questions which does spoil the game a bit for UK players. It did not specify in the description that is was the US version.

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  5. Sue

    Disappointed that the questions were largely based on American events. The description did not specify this. I would not have bought it if I had known this

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  6. Tami

    One of the newest games added to our collection this is sure to become a favorite. An educational game with a simple box of cards that travels easily. There is no score-keeping beyond seeing if other players have 10 cards yet. It takes a little space to lay out the cards but each player has their own timeline of cards so you don’t have to be sitting side by side to play. It is simple enough for my 8 year old to play but challenging enough for an adult as well. Some of the words/names are a little difficult for kids to read but when that happens they can simply cover the date and let the other player read the event for themselves. With over 850 events it’s not a game that one will easily memorize after a few plays. It’s easy to take a guess at where cards go without having knowledge of the event. The cards did appear to be boxed somewhat in order so shuffling the deck or randomly selecting the cards throughout the deck is recommended.

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  7. C. Grant

    I bought two of these games – one for us and one for the new couple. This is a quieter, thinking (but not too hard), less than an hour, educational game. It is easily played with two people or more. And it isn’t like “oh, two can play” but needs tweaks, special rules, etc. Nope. Same game, same rules. There’ll be no boisterous laughter but a lot of “Really? That long ago?” pleasant conversation. Or swearing, mostly from me, for getting history wrong.

    My only suggestion is to shuffle the bejeezus out of the cards before playing for the first time. The cards arrive in sequential groups of dates making it much harder.

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  9. Juliette

    I was introduced to the Timeline game(s) by a friend and found it to be a lot of fun (in a geeky way). I even had different versions of the game in my Amazon wishlist for several months, but then I found this game! Chronology had a lot more cards so I decided to give it a try, and I am glad I bought this one (which is actually a game created long before the Timeline games).

    First off, the game play is a bit different between the two games. In Timeline, everyone has cards that they try to correctly place on one large timeline until one player runs out of cards and wins (and has to grab new cards for wrong guesses). In Chronology, someone else reads you a card’s topic and then you guess where it goes on your personal timeline, with the first player reaching 10 cards in their timeline winning (if you guess wrong other players take turns to guess and add it to their own timeline). Both games could easily be played in either style, but it is a little harder to have a personal card pile in Chronology because the dates are printed in large numbers at the bottom of the description (so you would have to carefully pull a card only partially out of the box or cover it with something), while the dates and description are on opposite sides of the card in the Timeline game (so a simple flip). However, the reason Chronology does this is because each side of the card has a different event (they suggest you decide at the beginning for everyone to use the blue or yellow side), which means even more playability!

    The next main difference is in style. The Timeline cards are small, which can make it hard for some people to see while creating the large group timeline. The Chronology cards are almost a normal deck size and printed with good sized font and have a simple and uncluttered design with no artwork. I really like (and miss) the artwork that makes Timeline games so fun, but having larger Chronology cards is nice too. This is really all personal preference. (And the Chronology game is still very travel-friendly in size, great for packing in a bag/backpack or suitcase for trips).

    I haven’t played too much yet with Chronology, but the variety of events/topics seems good. I definitely think it is the better bargain because of how many cards there are (and with a different event on each side!), while Timeline can get expensive if you want all the different subject/theme packs. Of course, this means that Chronology is more mixed, which might be bad if you only wanted a certain subject/theme, but I see the larger variety in one as a definite plus. So in conclusion, I definitely recommend this game and encourage you to try it out yourself!


    PS: For those interested in solo/solitaire play, Timeline is easier because the dates are on a different side, but it is still possible with Chronology with the before mentioned careful pulling out of a card from the box or using something to cover the date.

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  10. L J Parsons

    We played this with family over the holidays. It got a MEH as a game from everyone. It is easy to learn but not fun unless you really like history and trivia. You have to guess when the given event occurred and place it before or after the cards in your hand ( actually in front of you on the table). So many of the cards are within a year of each other.
    Everyone in our family is well read and all have advanced degrees. They found this game a bit tedious and boring. There are lots of esoteric dates such as the year Madame Bovary was written. Perhaps the topics are just too dated for younger people.

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  11. Erik V.

    I love this showing this game to people because it’s so simple to set up and play. Some of the games that get broken out for game nights become an absolute slog if everyone playing doesn’t know all the ins, outs, intracacies and strategies their first few times around. There’s no real strategy to this game and it doesn’t require any real hardcore historical knowledge, either; being able to figure out the rough era in which something happened is usually enough to get you close to winning.
    Every game starts out easy because the dates between your first few cards are usually hundreds of years apart – this helps build faith, energy and confidence among anyone who hasn’t played before. As your timeline grows, it definitely gets more challenging but the mechanics remain simple. I’ve never had any game feel boring or drag on.
    I’ve played Chronology with my parents – my mom’s a religious Jeopardy watcher while my dad really only gets called in for the sports questions – we’ve all won rounds and they ask me to bring it when I visit. My girlfriend and I have played with random people and coworkers in breweries to almost universal acclaim. To me, that’s what makes a great game – something almost anyone can enjoy their first time playing.

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