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Master Fox- Board Game Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published February 24th 2017
How many livestock can you capture?

Master Fox is ready to retire and is looking for a successor. Before you can become the new Master Fox you must prove yourself through a series of missions to capture livestock from the nearby farm whilst competing with the other young foxes.

The box comes with a rule booklet, 4 fox masks to act as blindfolds, 8 mission cards, 24 loot pawns, 5 ruse pawns and 30 egg tokens. Three mission cards are placed face up on the table. Once they are revealed each player must put on a blindfold and feel around in the box for the specified combination of livestock (for example, two chickens and a pig). You can only use one hand to reach into the box. The other hand is your loot hand, and the first player to have three pawns in their loot hand calls "stop!", at which point you take off your blindfolds and see how close you are to collecting the right pawns for the mission. You keep track of your score with egg tokens, which you gain for correct pawns and lose for incorrect ones. The game ends when one player collects at least 10 eggs, then the player with the most eggs wins the game.

The ruse pawns can be added from the second round and make the game a little more complicated. During scoring, you gain one point for each fox pawn in your sack. A snake pawn allows you to steal a loot pawn of your choice from an opponent's sack before the points are tallied up. The hammer pawn protects you from players with a snake pawn.

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Game box with pawns.

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Mission cards.

The pawns are wooden and quite sturdy. Game play is fast moving and challenging enough to be fun for adults, though it is suitable for players aged seven and up. If you're playing with a seven year old you can probably expect some cheating during the blindfolded part, but that's not the end of the world provided everyone involved still enjoys themselves. There was a lot of giggling while playing this in our house. The kids particularly liked the fox blindfolds. A single game lasts about twenty minutes, so it's not too much for a child's attention span and you won't get trapped in an endless game session as can happen with something like Monopoly.

Master Fox is board game that is simple to learn, quick to play and fun for kids and adults.

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