Review: Kitsune of Foxes and Fools

This game was sent to me from the creators of Bad Decisions complimentary for review. Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools is based on the Japanese legend of the nine tailed fox. Kitsune is actually the Japanese word for fox. According to the legends, foxes are known to be supernatural intelligent beings who can shape shift and trick humans. The Japanese nine-tailed fox originates from Chinese folklore. Korea also has their own version of the nine-tailed fox. The Korean nine-tailed foxes pose as beautiful women who seduce boys in order to eat their hearts and livers.

Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools revolves around foxes who trick and punish foolish humans. It was a Kickstarter project and was successfully funded in 2013. This game comes with 15 fox cards, 70 fool cards, 100 tricks, 60 consequences, 70 fox-fire tokens, 70 tail tokens, 2 10-sided dice and 1 rule booklet. This is meant to be a family game but children should be 13 and up to play. There are some themes of violence, sexuality and drug use. The foolish humans depicted in the games are labeled with the seven deadly sins, sloth, gluttony, lust, greed, wrath, envy and pride. The goal of the game is for your fox to earn 9 tails.

I love how the seven deadly sins are intertwined into the legend of the nine tailed fox. I’m fascinated with legends so I really wanted to play this game. It might also be because I’m Asian and I love trying new Asian things. Not too many games out there have Asian themes so this one was a refreshing change.

When I first got the game I was immediately drawn into the image on the cover. The beautiful artwork depicts exactly what this game is about. The cards are beautifully illustrated and are made of high quality glossy cardstock. The fox cards are detailed with their attributes along with the order in which they play in the game. The symbols on the cards are a bit confusing but if you look in the rule booklet, it explains and labels everything. You really do have to read the rule booklet before you play. It won’t make any sense if you don’t. The rule booklet also displays images of all the cards included in the box.

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When we first played the game we got very confused. The game can get complicated and I wish there was video or a walkthrough on how to play the game. I would have loved an example included in the box or rule booklet. We had to refer to the booklet often but after a few plays, we got used to the gameplay.

Overall, this game is great and fun to play. It would be an awesome game-night game with friends or a date night game for two. You can purchase Kitsune here: Kitsune: of Foxes and Fools.

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2 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the positive review. Just two comments, for clarification.
    1. Although you CAN play with only two people, the accomplice (and to a slightly lesser extent, antagonize) mechanics really depend on having at least 3 players.
    2. We did come up with a better way to introduce the game play after the game was printed. (Of course, right?) It’s available on the rules page at kitsunecg.com – a 1-page pdf called the Fox Kit rules. Note: These are meant to be played for a few demo rounds, not as a full game.

    There’s also an FAQ document linked thru the rules page, which explains how some of the less obvious card interactions work. And players can always message us through the website or the Facebook page.

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