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How to play HiveA Hive set contains 22 highly tactile pieces. 11 of them are black and 11 white. Each piece is embossed with one of five different creatures, which all have their own way of moving about the Hive.
Please note that this is just a summary of the Hive rules. A more comprehensive guide is enclosed with each game.
The aim is to be the first player to surround your opponent's Queen Bee using any mix of your own and your opponent's pieces. As soon as one player's Queen Bee is completely surrounded, that player has lost the game.
The basic rules
The creatures' movements:Each creature has its own way of moving about the Hive:
One Hive rule:At no point can you split the Hive in two. If a creature is the only piece that connects two or more parts of the Hive, it may not be moved, even if at the end of the move it would rejoin the Hive.
Freedom to Move:Apart from the Grasshopper and the Beetle, which can jump into or out of spaces that are surrounded, the creatures must not be moved to positions that they cannot get to with a sliding movement. Technically, this means if a piece is surrounded by five tiles, it cannot move. Similarly, if an empty space is surrounded by five tiles, only the Grasshopper or the Beetle can move into that space.
And then?The rules can easily be picked up in just one game. After that, all that's left is to enjoy the game. For a long time, you will discover new strategies and ways to use the Restrictions to your advantage in every game. That's the beauty of Hive!
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