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Fox and Geese (Tods and Lambs, Renard et les poules, Marelle quintuple, Lupo e pecore, Fuchs und Gaense, Huehner, Fuchs im Huenerhof, Schaap en wolf, Raefspel, Refskak, Volki ovtsy)






board, hunt


Fox and Geese is a game known from medieval Europe with a complicated history. Many different versions are known, and it spread to many places that encountered Europeans and was adopted in various places with local rules. It is still played today ,and it was thought that during the medieval and early modern period that it was played by poorer classes of people, at least in England. In general, it is a typical hunt game.


The game is played on a cruciform board adapted from an alquerque board. One player plays as the fox, the other as the geese. Players move as in alquerque, but only the fox can hop to capture. The goal of the geese is to block the fox from being able to move; the fox's goal is to capture all of the geese.



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Fox and Geese.lud


Murray 1951:101–102

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Marmyon, S. 1633. A Fine Companion. London.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951 A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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