Today I will be reviewing Fox in the Forest by Renegade and Foxtrot Games. Fox in the Forest is a trick taking game for 2 players that takes about 30 mins to play!
In this game you will be using a deck of only 33 cards, 1-11 in only three suits. (Moons, Keys & Bells.) The majority of the deck is made up of regular numbered cards in the three suits.(2, 4, 6, 8, 10) Wait a minute, you say!! There are some numbers missing and you are right. On of the coolest things about this game is that all the odd-numbered cards have special abilities when play!
Here the run down:
Sounds cool right?
Goal & Game Play:
Goal: Be the first player to score 16 points, (short game) or 21 points, (long game)
Deal each player 13 cards/ There will be 7 cards left over. Flip 1 card over and set it aside next to the deck. This suit starts as the trump suit for the hand. Non dealer starts by leading anything they want. You must follow suit whenever possible and if you can’t, play any card you’d like. Once everyone has played a card, a winner is determined. Either highest card of the suit lead, highest trump played or a special card is played, like a 1 or a 9 are played.
All of the odd-numbered cards powers either happen as they are played or are used to evaluate a winner at the end of a trick. Just read the text on the cards.
This continues until all 13 tricks have been played. Afterwords, each players scores based on the chart below.
As you can see the scoring can be tricky to work with from hand to hand. So, stay alert! After scoring, shuffle and deal the next hand! The first to reach the target score wins!
I love this one!! Fox in the Forest hit all the right buttons for me. I am a big fan of trick taking games and 2 player games. Once I heard about this game, it sounded interesting. Usually with card games like this, I will see if I can find the rules and make up a mock deck with just playing cards and give it a go! So I did, and it worked out very well.
There are a lot of reasons i love this game:
- The design on this game is great. The fact that it’s a 2 player only trick-taker and it just works really well with the back and forth that you get into during each hand. You want to win X number of tricks to score the most you can, but you don’t want to get too many
- This game is a traditional trick-taker at heart, but has just enough spice with the odd cards having powers that makes every game a bit different
- Beautiful artwork
- Easy to teach, hard to master!
- The game comes with victory point chips to keep score. I must be old-fashioned, just give me pen a paper.
I really enjoyed this game. If this sounds like something that interests you, look out for it at GenCon this year! I know I will be getting a copy.