Hive: Pre-play Impressions


Maybe it’s that I’m pregnant and tired… maybe I’m more picky than I used to be. I’m not sure. What I do know, is when my husband pulled Hive “A game buzzing with possibilities”  and sat down with me to read the rules and start to play– I had 0 interest to continue. For the first time, maybe ever- I asked that we put it on hold for another day. It doesn’t help that I can’t sit comfortably in any chair, in any position- at 6 months pregnant– but you’d like to think a game would be so exciting that I would at least want to try to put up with the discomfort 😉

I write this without having played the game because something occurred to me after rejecting our weekly game night selection. I think the first impression of a game is key to maintaining a timeless appeal across the ages. I’m not sure if this game has it! Mind you, I never heard of it until Board Game Exchange included it in my latest shipment… but that’s beside the point.

The Hive box already sets itself up to turn certain people off with all of the ‘creepy crawlies’ on it. Not to say bugs would deter people from playing a game but I’m sure it wouldn’t appeal to some. Without knowing the rules or the objective, I could see the game appeared to consist of only tile pieces with bugs on them. Hmm… okay… hard to imagine there’s a gripping concept to go with it. Admittedly, I can see that’s where I am wrong.

A quick glance at the rule book showed me that this is not a simple ‘do this, do that’ kind of game. There were actually a lot more rules and complexities than I expected– and I believe that was part of my hesitation. I had judged the box by its cover before understanding the concept. A stroll through some reviews online and I can see it’s been compared to chess and other strategy games. For that reason I do think I’d enjoy the game but not when my head is mush. Sometimes I just want to find a fun, light, easy game you know?

Long story short, I will play this game. Probably sooner than later even– and when I do I’ll be back!


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