Fugitive – Review

Theme

Fugitive is a 2 player deduction game set in the Burgle Bros universe by Tim Fowers. In this game, the Fugitive is attempting to escape the Marshal and flee the city.

Mechanics

For those who are familiar with Fury of Dracula, I like to compare this game to a watered down version of the popular Games Workshop/FFG game. In no way is that meant as a sleight. Fugitive is a 10-minute card game that employs hand management that plays well with new gamers.

There are 3 decks of cards that players use to draw on their turn. Each deck is meant for a different section of numbers. The first deck, 4-14 followed by 15-28 and finally 29-41. At the beginning of each player’s turn, they draw cards from any of the three decks.

The fugitive has to move from the ‘00′ card to the ‘42′ card. To do this, the player must play cards within 3 numbers of the current hideout. This movement of 3 can be increased by playing additional cards for the sprint value, increasing the distance by 1 or 2 numbers.

While the fugitive is moving from hideout to hideout, the Marshal is drawing cards off the top of the decks, reducing the number of possible hideouts the fugitive can play. The marshal must reveal all hideouts in play by correctly guessing which card is which hideout. The marshal has a dry erase board to help keep track of what cards are left in the game.

There are also event cards that provide tricks for the fugitive or help the marshal capture the other player. It is recommended that event cards be used after a few playthroughs so players understand how the game works first.

Art

I want to preface this by saying I’ve always been a fan of Tim Fowers art in his games. It’s an art style that distinguishes his games from any other. I was a little disappointed that the box didn’t match up with Paperback or Burgle Bros. The content of the current box wouldn’t justify that wish and the art depicts a briefcase so it makes sense stylistically.

The art of the cards itself is fantastic, when you align all the cards in numerical order it tells a story and helps depict the struggle of the the marshall persistently trying to apprehend a very elusive criminal. When you first buy the game, it’s worth laying out the cards in order and just getting immersed in the story.

Final Thoughts

There is a strategy guide at the back of the rule book that should be read before you play through the game for the first time. I’ll just outline one tip for both players that I found the most important. The fugitive must take risks, the marshall is restricted by the pieces of information they have and they are only guaranteed 1 new piece per turn. Starting the game, take as many risks you deem necessary to give yourself a good headstart.

Now the Marshall should begin by taking cards from the same deck for the start of the game. Personally, the second deck is where I’ve had the most success. This allows the marshall to choke off the fugitive’s path to escape. As you reduce the possible hideouts in the middle portion by drawing cards, you attempt to find the hideouts currently in play. If all goes well, the fugitive will have a diminished number of hideouts you can easily choose from when they make the jump to the 15 – 28 deck.

Knowing these two tips can greatly affect your first playthrough if you were attempting to play on the fly. This is a great card game that is an auto include if your primary play group is your significant other. This is a very small game, which makes it a good choice for traveling. It’s a light game that compliments heavier games nicely and is great for couples that love deduction games.

Written by: Michael Gaa

My love of board games and wasting time on social media is the reason I’m here. Said love of games began at the tender age of 18 when I was introduced to Lords of Waterdeep. Since then, I’ve been an avid board gamer and take every opportunity to bring social deduction games to the table with friends. I also enjoy playing Magic: The Gathering, and cube regularly.

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  1. Jeremy S June 1, 2017 | Reply

    This is a great game. It plays quick but there is a lot of thinking for both players. Definitely a good one!

    • Michael Gaa June 5, 2017 | Reply

      Thanks for reading Jeremy, what other games do you enjoy playing?

  2. tarod83 June 5, 2017 | Reply

    This is an amazing game, great punch in such a small package. Deserves a higher rating IMO (and also opinion of the reviewer’s apparently).

    • Michael Gaa June 5, 2017 | Reply

      Though I did give it a good review, the rating I feel is appropriate. Patchwork is a fantastic 2-player game that has a lot of depth and replayability because of the endless combinations in which the patches are laid out. Fugitive lacks this depth and variety. Fugitive is a good game, there are shortfalls that prevent it from hitting a 7.5 or 8.

  3. Trey LaCaze June 7, 2017 | Reply

    Wouldn’t mind trying this game. Looks like fun

  4. _Randi_ June 10, 2017 | Reply

    Fugitive is great, so fast to explain and play that’s easy to try both sides… multiple times. I definitely need a copy with that gorgeous art asap!
    I always take my pnp copy with me to show if someone asks for a 2 player game and I make the marshall use the Fugitive Notepad app, it never goes wrong.

  5. neko_cam June 11, 2017 | Reply

    Agreed that while decent it lacks depth and variety.

  6. Jared Heifetz July 8, 2017 | Reply

    ever heard of this one, but I really like the sound of it. Great art as well 🙂

  7. PSpooner July 15, 2017 | Reply

    Thanks for doing this review. I didn’t know there was another game set in Burgle Bros world. Will have to get this one and get it to the table for sure.

  8. Gunder July 18, 2017 | Reply

    Played this once, i thought it was ok.

  9. brody July 31, 2017 | Reply

    I’ll have to check this one out

  10. Trevor August 4, 2017 | Reply

    Definitely need to try!

  11. Firegem August 6, 2017 | Reply

    Looks like a quick and fun game when you and your friend are just sitting around with nothing to do. I’ll have to check it out

  12. DJHAAK August 9, 2017 | Reply

    I’ll play anything once. This seems interesting.

  13. maltebrigge August 27, 2017 | Reply

    This looks great. We’ve been looking for a solid two-player card game for a while.

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