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Fox and Geese (Tods and Lambs, Renard et les Poules, Marelle Quintuple, Lupo e Pecore, Fuchs und Gänse, Hühner, Fuchs im Hünerhof, Schaap en Wolf, Räfspel, Volki Ovtsy)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category 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 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. The geese begin in a set starting position; the person playing as the fox may choose any available spot to place the fox as their first move. 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.

Murray 1951: 102-103.

These rules were taken from the Thirteen Geese Murray ruleset.

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Thirteen Geese Murray Described by H. J. R. Murray.
Seventeen Geese Described by J. Strutt.



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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.

Strutt, J. 1801 (1846). The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: Including the Rural and Domestic Recreations, May Games, Mummeries, Shows, Processions, Pageants, and Pompous Spectacles, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. London: Thomas Tegg.

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