The Fox in the Forest board game
The Fox in the Forest board game

The Fox in the Forest

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Enter the fairy tale world of The Fox in the Forest, a trick-taking game for two based on a story about a woodcutter's clever daughter who sets out on a journey to uncover the secrets of why monsters have begun to plague the kingdom. Players will play cards from their hands in a battle to take tricks and score points. 

The Fox in the Forest has a unique take on scoring that introduces tension into the trick-taking formula. If a player takes too many tricks, they are determined to be greedy and won't get any points at all. Do you want to win this trick and risk winning too many over the course of the round? What is your opponent trying to do?

Each of the three suits has a set of special cards that have unique effects when played. The Swan allows you to lead the next trick even if you lose this one. The Fox lets you switch a card in your hand with the decree card setting the trump suit. The Woodcutter lets you swap a card in your hand with one of the extra cards. The Treasure will give the winner of a trick a free point for each 7 in the trick. The Witch will act as the trump suit if it's the only witch in the trick. Finally, the Monarch forces your opponent to play either the 1 of that suit, or their highest ranked card of that suit.

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  • Fun trick-taking game. Neat alternative to spades; especially if crunched for time.
  • Love trick-taking.
  • Making a two player trick-taking game is hard, and I don't think Fox in the Forest manages to pull it off that great. The game is OK, but not really something I want to get back to after having just played it.
  • June 2020Received in trade with BoardGameCo for Hive Carbon Approx $5.95 to $8.50 in trade value
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Yeah it's been really great! Well at least in pre-covid times. My fiancée actually found the group for me because she thought I needed an outlet for my new found hobby haha. And actually, let me tell you all about how awesome it is to be able to play different games... lol

So everytime I'd go to a meetup, I'd try to play something new that I hadn't played before. If I couldn't do that or got roped into a game I have played, I made sure it was something I obviously enjoyed. Having that access made me not want to purchase anything for myself because I had the group and could just ask someone else to bring a game I wanted to play. Like I said once covid hit, all bets were off. I've purchased/traded for far too many board games than I could count since March. Not having that space to be able to try new things has made me be the sole provider for our games. The fiancée would tell you we do not need anymore and I'm sad to admit she's absolutely right.

At least until we get a bigger house maybe with some built in shelves hahahahaha

I do like the advice of asking people why they like the games that they like and trying to build off that. I think by now I have a pretty good idea of what to recommend to people based on games they like to play. For example, one of my friends is big on trick taking card games like Hearts. I sent him a couple of links to games like #The Fox in the Forest and #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine as entry level points into taking that genre to the next level for him. No telling if he actually listened but I'm trying!

I second #Diamonds and #6 Nimmt! 

I would also recommend:

  1. #The Fox in the Forest
  2. #Bohnanza
  3. #Silver & Gold
  4. #Arboretum
  5. #High Society
  6. #Point Salad
  7. #For Sale
  8. #Love Letter
  9. #The Mind
  10. #12 Days
  11. #Sushi Go Party!
  12. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Maybe an Honorable Mention - depending on how you want to count the component list)

As you can see I love card games ;)

  1. #The Gallerist
  2. #Calico
  3. #The Fox in the Forest
  4. #Jixia Academy
  5. #Pinochle

I was also taught and played #500 with some friends, but that game has some unintuitive rules.  I guess most traditional trick-taking games have some weird twists, but with that one in particular I had a hard time internalizing those oddities.  I like all of these games, and will tend to want to play the card games more often than the others, but overall, I think I enjoy puzzly, action-taking games a little more.

Lol, trade it for something she'll play, I guess. I've done that a couple of times now - 2 player only game that my wife doesn't like? It's not going to get played much, if ever. #The Fox in the Forest looks sadly up at me every time I peruse that shelf, haha.

#The Fox in the Forest evokes that kind of autumnal feeling for me, although not strictly themed as such

First game of #Pipeline kicked the weekend off, which going broke in that game is kind of a panic when you don't have any oil in your tanks and you don't know what you're doing yet, but that spatial puzzle driving an economic game was pretty fun.  Hopefully another game of that, #Lisboa, and maybe a smaller game like #Targi would be a great weekend, we'll see what happens.

I didn't realize how much we had played until I listed everything out.  My wife and I have been defaulting to board gaming a lot this year, go figure.  It's been a good time though.  We also played a few games of #The Fox in the Forest that I forgot to list, which has been much more enjoyable than I thought it would be.  That and Silver & Gold were some great cheap Target pickups for us when they had a 15% off Target Circle deal.

I mean North Star Games has produced 2 of my favorite games - #Evolution: Climate and #Oceans. You have already had an interview with Dominic from them before though, so I'm not sure how much you want to revisit them.

Another I'd be interested in is Renegade Games. I believe they have the Clank series, but they also have a ton of interesting one-off games, such as #The Fox in the Forest, #Castell, #Succulent, #Proving Grounds, #Wendake, and the one I'm extremely interested in: #Sentient.

A newer publisher that seems to be putting out quality games consistently is Pencil First Games, with #Skulk Hollow, #Herbaceous, and #The Whatnot Cabinet.

I'm going to do your letters too, because why not?

Fun idea! In continuing with the Disney theme...#Oceans would be Finding Nemo. Some other favorites:

  • #The Fox in the Forest as the Disney cartoon version of Robin Hood
  • #Everdell as the cartoon tv show Redwall
  • #Dune as...Dune. But the hopefully awesome and hopefully 2020 version, not the David Lynch version from the 80s.

#Splendor take up too much space for us to take generally.   Probably the same for #7 Wonders Duel#Cat Lady and #Welcome to... and #The Fox in the Forest I like in general.  They are smaller boxes which would be good for packing.  I would personally bring #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, #Innovation, #Friday, #Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, #Love Letter, and probably a couple of #Magic: The Gathering decks.