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Fox and Geese was a popular board game in the middle ages. It was part of a family of 'asymmetrical' games including Halatafl, Asalto, and many others. In the game, one player controls the Fox piece (the black stylized fox head) and the other controls the geese (the round pieces). The fox tries to 'eat' the geese by jumping over them and capturing them, while the geese seek to trap the fox so that it cannot move. This is a good game for SCA or reenactment events, especially when the outdoor events have been rained out, or if you want something to do after dark.

The game is simple to learn, but like many simple games, has subtle strategy. It takes a while to get good with the geese - the fox seems to have all the advantages! Once you've played the game a few times, however, you should get a hang of how to play as both sides. A match should include at least 4 games, to give each side opportunities to play each side. My wife and I enjoy the game a lot. It's quick to play, too, with matches taking about 15 minutes each.

The game mat is made from 3/4 oz Hermann Oak leather. Hermann Oak leather is tanned in the USA from North American cow hides. The pouch is made using quality kipskin, a fine, supple vegetable tanned leather. The lines are inscribed into the leather and will never fade

The pouch is made using quality kipskin, a fine, supple vegetable tanned leather.

The fox piece has been dyed using "iron black", a medieval period dye made from a solution of iron oxide.

The game pieces, the pouch and the mat have been finished with a beeswax-based leather treatment to keep them supple and water resistant.

The game comes with basic rules and care instructions. Many variations of the rules are possible, so experiment!

If you want to see how this item was made, check out this post on my blog:


This is a made to order item and may take up to 2 weeks to ship, though usually I can do it much quicker. Contact me if you need to know the timeline.

All shipping costs are included.

WARNING: The pieces are very small and a choking hazard, and should be kept out of reach of small children.

Fox and Geese - Medieval Board Game - Shipping Included


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