Hive is a boardless board game played with Hex tiles.
The structure of the game is a fairly traditional chess-like
game, overlaid with an insect. theme. The goal of the
game is to surround your opponent's queen bee. The
other pieces are represented by insects (ant, beetle,
grasshopper, spider) and have rules for motion which are
appropriate to their namesakes. It sounds a little
silly, but the game is well balanced and lots of fun to
You can read the details in the official rules, but
briefly; the pieces are played but never removed, and must
always form one connected "hive". Ants run anwhere
around the outside of the hive. Beetles can move on
top of other pieces. Grasshoppers move from one end of
the hive to the other, and spiders move only in multiples of
Rules Change: at
boardspace the "Queen" opening has been forbidden for both
black and white. John Yianni supports this
change, which is intended to eliminate the problem of excess
draws in "queen opening" games.
is a credible but not stellar player.