From Wikipedia on Openings,
Bee - Spider - Spider (in a V formation with the bee at the point): This is an aggressive quick-strike opening that allows the player the fastest possible opportunity to move (on the third turn if necessary); the Spiders can thus quickly block the opponent's opening pieces. In addition, if the opponent answers with the same or ...
Here is a quote from book Play Hive Like a Champion: Strategy, Tactics and Commentary by Randy Ingersoll with foreword by John Yianni, Designer of Hive.
According to section 2.2, page 6:
Note that the ability to climb on
the hive can be thought of as a circumvention of the Freedom
to Move rule, but while moving on the same level the Beetle
From the rules, p11 (see also p1):
The game ends as soon as one Queen Bee is completely surrounded by pieces of any color.
So the situation you depict is not a stalemate - it's an immediate victory for Black.
It varies by edition. There are at least 4 versions of the game.
Version 1 was stickered wooden pieces; I do not know the size, but I suspect them to be rather close to the Bakelite. At least two different sticker sets were used by Gen42 games.
Version 2 was bakelite pieces, hexagons 37mm face to face, and 12mm thick.
Version 3, "Hive Pocket" is also ...
the ant can move to all spaces marked in yellow. The only restrictions to movement are that it must remain attached to the hive and you can't move into spaces you cannot slide into.
It can cross these "caves" because it continues to be touching the hive when it moves, and that continual touching to the hive (and the sliding rule) are the only ...
The piece that is moved by the Pillbug's special ability travels on top of the hive in the same way that a Beetle would. If there are Beetles at that level, you will have to move around them as you would during normal movement at ground level.
To illustrate this, I'll use the picture from the rules that you quoted:
In this example the Ant can be moved by ...
You can't. It has to be placed like all other pieces:
NB When it is first placed, the Beetle is placed in the same way as all the other pieces. It cannot be placed directly on top of the hive, even though it can move there later.
From the bottom of page 5.
If a beetle is not climbing up onto or down off of a piece, it moves exactly like a Queen Bee. A beetle cannot move into a space it cannot physically slide into.
No, the one hive rule is continuous, even during a move. At least in the version of the rules that I have, the second example under the One Hive rule states
Moving the black Queen Bee to a position where it re-links the Hive is
also an illegal move as the Hive is left unlinked while the piece is
This would apply to your beetle move as ...
I am pretty sure that all piece movements are considered to be of a sliding nature around the outside of the hive as the baseline movement.
The clarification on Spider isn't specific to Spider, that is just where they mention it.
A basic move (as the Bee or Beetle not going up or down does) is defined as moving around the outside of the hive, making that ...
I've realized that my question was posted out of a misinterpretation of the rules that made me think that BLACK is one hive and WHITE is another, and that all white pieces had to be connected while all black pieces had to be connected. I realize now that the one hive rule pertains to all pieces regardless of color needing to be connected in one big happy ...
The way Hive is played is that a lot of pieces end up trapped by the 'one hive' rule. Ants are very good at this. Once your ants are trapped, it's hard to win. Spiders are weaker pieces and get sacrificed easily. With too few powerful pieces, it would be hard to keep the game interesting. The boardgamegeek faq adds:
Aren't spiders just weak ants?
A spider ...
Yes it can jump multiple levels.
From the rules here it says as follows.
The only way to block a Beetle that is on top of the Hive is to move another Beetle on top of it. All four Beetles can be stacked on top of each other.
There is no reference in the rules to moving one level at a time. If a beetle was to move on top of a stack of all Beetles (as ...
This is covered in the rules
A draw may be agreed if both players are in a position where they are
forced to move the same two pieces over and over again, without any
possibility of the stalemate being resolved.
From the English rules published by the publisher here:
The Beetle, like the Queen Bee, moves only one space per turn. Unlike any other creature though, it can also move on top of the Hive.
There are further words on what the Beetle does when on top of the Hive, but they're not relevant here.
Freedom to move
The creatures can only move in a sliding ...
From the FAQ on boardgamegeek.com: If a beetle wants to move from A to B by passing between C and D, then check the height of those four spaces (with the Beetle removed) and refer to this validation method:
If the shortest stack of tiles of C and D is taller than the tallest
stack of tiles of A and B, then the beetle can't move to A. In all
The ant can make this move. It's unclear from the rules around the ant itself, but you can derive it from the description of a spider's movement and the statement in the FAQ that a spider is strictly weaker than an ant.
Although I'm not a really experienced Hive player, I assume it's due spiders movement is limited and the game would be far more stalled if 3 spiders were in play and with Ants. When most of the pieces are on the board and the position is somewhat stalled with only 1-2 pieces able to move for each player feels like having more options of mobility benefits ...
I wanted to 3D print some tiles to go with my hive set so determined the answer to these questions for myself. From @aramis's answer, I deduce I have the "Hive Carbon" set.
My fairly precise scales and callipers suggest:
Distance between parallel hexagon edges: 37.9mm
Printing my own part to these dimensions with 3mm fillets and ...