Yesterday Crayons and I tried playing a game of Fox and Hounds that we saw in Family Fun Magazine. You need a checkerboard, four checkers of one colour and one checker of another. The rules are explained in the link and they seem pretty simple.
Except that...the fox seems to win every time. Crayons was the fox, and I usually let her go first. There seemed to be no way to marshal my hounds to keep her from getting past.
Try it and see if you can come up with a strategy to let the hounds win once in awhile.