The Fox in the Forest: A Level One Staff Pick

The Fox in the Forest: A Level One Staff Pick


Hi, my name’s Erin and I’m one of the
game gurus here at Level One and The Loft. Today I’d like to tell you about a great
card game for two players called The Fox in the Forest. The Fox in the Forest is a
trick-taking game. Those are games like bridge or euchre or hearts where
one player leads a card, everyone else it’s a play a card of that suit if
possible and then the highest ranking card takes the other cards or that trick.
Normally those kinds of games don’t work well with two players but the Fox in the
Forest is specifically designed for two players and it plays beautifully. Here’s
how it works. It starts off like any trick-taking game. Each player is dealt a
hand of cards, in this case 13, and then a card is flipped up in the middle to show
what the trump suit is. The trump suit will always beat any card from any other
suit regardless of the number of that card. The first player plays a card and
chooses a suit to lead -in this case he’s led moons – and then the second player
will play their card following suit. Now here’s for the where the first twist
happens. Each odd-numbered card in this game has some kind of special ability
that is resolved when it’s played. So for example, the first player here has played
the monarch, the eleven, which says when they lead this the second player, if they are
able to play a moon, must either play their highest card or the one. Unluckily
for them the second player had the nine as their highest card, which is the witch,
which says when you resolve a trick to see who wins, if there’s only one nine in
it the nine is considered trump suit. So even though eleven is higher than nine and
would normally take this trick, the nine counts as trump and therefore the second
player wins the trick. Play continues until all the cards
have been played. Then the players will score points according to how many
tricks they’ve taken – and here’s where the second twist in this game happens. If
you take all of the tricks in the round, you are considered greedy and will
actually get zero points. So if you take thirteen tricks and your opponent takes zero
tricks, you’ll get zero points and they’ll get six points. So you’re trying
to aim for somewhere in the middle; the sweet spot is about seven or nine tricks.
The Fox in the forest is a great game. It’s great if you like trick taking
games and only have two people to play with or even if you’ve never played that
type of game before. I highly recommend you come in and give it a try next time
you’re at Level One or The Loft.

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