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Fox on The Run: a The Fox in the Forest Duet Board Game Review

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03 Feb 2021 00:00 #318798 by WadeMonnig
The Fox in the Forest Duet gameplay consists of a...

I've been an unabashed fan of the original Fox in the Forest by Joshua Buergel since I picked it up years ago. (You can find my review for it here). It really made two-player trick taking games “happen” and I still break it out every few weeks and completely enjoy it. So, what took me so long to actually try The Fox in the Forest Duet? Well, the fact that the game was designed by FoxTrot games was a eyebrow raiser. Too many years of reviewing videogame sequels after they are handed over to other designers has tainted me on thatspecific move. Also, Duet is exclusively a cooperative game. The co-op games that I enjoy are generally few and far between but my recent enjoyment/obsession with The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine made me think it was about time to give Duet a shot.

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03 Feb 2021 15:14 #318799 by WadeMonnig
Burning question: What was your three letter signature in 80's arcade games?

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03 Feb 2021 18:27 #318803 by Michael Barnes
My daughter loves this as well as the original game so I’ve played it quite a lot...it’s her favorite other than the Silver games. I think duet is definitely a lesser game than the original and it’s interesting that you figure The Crew so heavily into your all-out assault on this gentle game. The Crew is, I think, a -monumental- trick taking design that may have single-handedly resurrected the genre. And it is tough to come back to Fox Duet after The Crew. Unless you are Scarlett.

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03 Feb 2021 20:50 #318804 by Jackwraith

WadeMonnig wrote: Burning question: What was your three letter signature in 80's arcade games?


At first, MAR because those are my actual initials. My dad and my uncle (twins) both have the first three letters of their first name as their initials, so my parents named me that way; my grandmother always insisted that it wasn't intentional and was just a coincidence.

Later I switched to LFC, because Liverpool. I would, however, probably never play Fox Duet because co-op.
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03 Feb 2021 21:07 #318806 by dysjunct
Nobody was FUQ? I always looked up to the older kids that did that but never had the guts to be so transgressive.
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04 Feb 2021 09:00 - 04 Feb 2021 09:00 #318809 by WadeMonnig

Michael Barnes wrote: My daughter loves this as well as the original game so I’ve played it quite a lot...it’s her favorite other than the Silver games. I think duet is definitely a lesser game than the original and it’s interesting that you figure The Crew so heavily into your all-out assault on this gentle game. The Crew is, I think, a -monumental- trick taking design that may have single-handedly resurrected the genre. And it is tough to come back to Fox Duet after The Crew. Unless you are Scarlett.

I hardly think this review is an "all out assault" i would refer you to our star rating system at TWBG but you actually wrote it. I state my bias versus co op games in the opening paragraph, Duet never overcomes that. After a dozen games, i know it's not for me or my game group. I think it is a fair rating of my experience with it, better than throwing 4 stars at it then putting it up for sale a month later.
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04 Feb 2021 10:24 #318811 by Michael Barnes
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04 Feb 2021 11:31 #318813 by Shellhead
Good day, sir. I said GOOD DAY.
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04 Feb 2021 12:27 #318814 by Ah_Pook
I like Duet more than 2p The Crew with the dummy hang, though I'm happy to play either.
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04 Feb 2021 13:16 #318815 by WadeMonnig

Ah_Pook wrote: I like Duet more than 2p The Crew with the dummy hang, though I'm happy to play either.

In that specific case, I'd rather just play different two player games. The original Fox in the forest, cuthulu wars duel, Cyclades, or Nations. The Crew doesn't thrive as a two player game, just like Dune Imperium doesn't.

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04 Feb 2021 14:16 #318816 by Ah_Pook
I mean that's fine there are plenty of great 2p games, there aren't plenty of other 2p cooperative trick taking games to choose from though.
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