Additional Expansions for Hive

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Welcome to Hive’s Extra Additions!

Are you ready to dive deeper into the world of Hive? If so, you’re in for a treat because Hive has some exciting expansions that will take your gaming experience to the next level!

One of the key aspects of Hive is its ability to keep players captivated for hours on end. With these new expansions, the possibilities are endless, and you’ll never get tired of playing.

Let me introduce you to some of the must-have expansions:


The Mosquito expansion introduces a new insect that can mimic the abilities of its neighboring creatures. The Mosquito is a versatile and strategic addition to the game that will keep you on your toes.


If you’re looking for a bug that can crawl around the hive and wreak havoc, the Ladybug is perfect for you. With its unique movement pattern and ability to hop over other pieces, the Ladybug will add an element of surprise to your gameplay.


The Pillbug is one of the most powerful additions to Hive. With its ability to move pieces around the board, the Pillbug can disrupt your opponent’s plans and turn the tide of the game in your favor. It’s a force to be reckoned with!

Mosquito, Ladybug, and Pillbug

And if you can’t decide which expansion to go for, don’t worry! Hive offers a special edition that includes all three expansions in one. This ultimate set will give you endless possibilities and make every game a unique and thrilling experience.

So, whether you’re a seasoned Hive player or just getting started, these expansions are a must-have. They will elevate your gameplay to new heights and keep you coming back for more. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of Hive’s Extra Additions and take your gaming to the next level!

If you’re new to playing Hive, I suggest starting with just one additional expansion at a time. It’s important to get comfortable with the rules before adding more complexity.

Once you feel confident with each expansion on its own, it’s time to step up your game and combine Hive: Venom with the Honeycombo, Predators, and Guardians expansions. This will really test your skills and strategy!

If you’re looking for an even greater challenge, why not try incorporating the Hive: Swarm rules? This will push your mental abilities to the limit and determine who truly has the ultimate Hive Mind.

Welcome to Hive Swarm!

Getting Started:

Hive: Swarm is an exciting game that can be played with Hive: Original or Hive: Venom, along with other Hive expansions. To start, we each choose a set of pieces which includes our Queen Bee and three secret pieces of our color. The remaining pieces go into the Swarm bag. Once we reveal our hands, we’re ready to begin!


Hive Swarm plays just like Hive, where each turn involves placing, moving, or flipping pieces (in the case of Hive: Venom). When you place a piece, you must draw a new one from the Swarm bag, unless it’s empty. Here’s the twist – you can even draw and place your opponent’s pieces! But remember, all pieces must be placed according to their specific rules.

If you’d like, there’s another approach you can take. Instead of looking for a new piece to place, you have the option to draw out an additional piece from the Swarm. It’s like a game of strategy. You can also choose to steal one of your opponent’s pieces from their hand. This move can only be made after you’ve placed your Queen Bee, and it counts as your turn. And here’s the best part: once you make this move, you can immediately move any of your opponent’s pieces that they’ve already placed. It’s a smart way to gain an advantage.

Hive Predators: Deadly Bugs with Bite

Get ready for some serious Hive gameplay with the Predators pack. These two bugs, the Praying Mantis and the Assassin Bug, bring a whole new level of excitement and strategy to the table.

With their unique abilities, both bugs have the power to permanently eliminate an enemy piece from the Hive. That’s right – take out your opponent’s best pieces and dominate the game.

Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to Hive, these Predators will inject a thrilling range of offensive and defensive tactics into your gameplay.

An Extra Victory Condition: Queen Bee or Wasp Removal

Not only do the Predators add excitement, but they also introduce an additional path to victory. If you manage to remove your opponent’s Queen Bee or Wasp from the Hive, you instantly win the game! Talk about a game-changer.

Assassin Bug: A Stealthy Threat

As an Assassin bug, I have a unique ability that sets me apart from the other bugs in the Hive. I can move one space at a time, just like the others, but I also have a special skill. I can eliminate an enemy piece that is next to me, as long as it’s not part of a stack.

When I choose to use my special ability, I crawl on top of the enemy piece, removing both the piece and myself from the game. It’s a powerful move that can turn the tide of the game in your favor. However, there are some rules to keep in mind. I can’t eliminate a piece that your opponent has just moved or flipped. The element of surprise is key to my effectiveness.

Green: Go ahead and move the piece. Orange: You can remove the piece.

The Amazing Praying Mantis

When it comes to the Praying Mantis, it has a unique strategy – it doesn’t move. Instead, it patiently waits for the right moment to strike. This immobility can be a bit perplexing at first, but it gives the Mantis an advantage.

Ordinarily, the Mantis cannot move on its own. However, if your opponent makes a move and places a piece on their last turn, the Mantis springs into action. It can fly onto the board and remove that piece, along with itself. It’s a swift and decisive move that permanently eliminates both the Mantis and the enemy piece from the game.

Now, here’s an interesting twist. The Mosquito, another insect in the game, can mimic either the Praying Mantis or another predator to remove an enemy piece. However, if the Mosquito chooses to mimic either predator, it will be removed from the game. The one Hive rule is crucial and must be respected at all times when removing a piece. Additionally, it’s important to note that neither predator can remove a piece that is touching the Shieldbug.

Orange: Take out the black Scorpion that was just put down.

You might come across a game called “Orange” which involves placing a black Scorpion and then removing it. It’s a curious game that requires a keen eye and quick thinking. Let me explain the rules to you.

In “Orange,” the objective is to remove the black Scorpion from its designated spot. The Scorpion is initially placed in a specific location, and it’s up to you to find it and take it out. However, there’s a twist – you need to act fast because there’s a time limit.

The game starts with the placement of the black Scorpion, and as soon as it is put down, you must locate it and remove it within the allotted time. The challenge lies in the fact that the Scorpion can be hiding in plain sight or tucked away in a tricky spot. It’s crucial to keep your eyes open and be alert to find and eliminate the black Scorpion.

“Orange” is an engaging game that tests your observation skills and reflexes. The combination of speed and precision required makes it a thrilling activity. Whether you’re playing with friends or challenging yourself, you’ll find it entertaining and stimulating.

So, the next time you come across the game “Orange,” remember that the goal is to find and remove the black Scorpion quickly. It’s an exciting test of your abilities, and you’ll surely enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Get ready to uncover the hidden Scorpion in “Orange”!

Introducing the Honeycombo

Hey there! Let’s talk about the Honeycombo and how it can add a whole new level of excitement to your Hive games. The Honeycombo is like a secret weapon that gives you two moves in one turn, opening up a world of endless possibilities. It’s compatible with any Hive game and adds some extra spice to the game right from the start.

When the game begins, the Honeycombo is placed with its dark (black) side facing up. It acts as a neutral element on the board, so both players can place their pieces right next to it. But here’s the catch – even though it’s neutral, the Honeycombo still counts as a piece that surrounds the Queen Bee.

Now, here’s the fun part. Only the player whose color is face up (the one who has placed their Queen Bee) can flip the Honeycombo. And guess what? Flipping it counts as your move for that turn. But don’t worry, because flipping the Honeycombo grants you two moves on your next turn, making it totally worth it!

So, you see, the Honeycombo is kind of like a game-changer. It adds a whole new dimension to your Hive experience and opens up exciting strategies right from the beginning. With the Honeycombo, you have the power to surprise your opponent and take your gameplay to the next level.

When playing Hive: Venom or Hive: Swarm, there are two types of moves you can make. You can either use the same piece for both moves or use separate pieces. These moves include placing, moving, flipping, drawing, or stealing a piece.

It’s important to note that after you flip the Honeycombo, your opponent cannot immediately re-flip it. They have to wait until their next turn at the earliest.

If you choose to move two pieces in one turn, only the last piece moved is off-limits to your opponent on their next turn. The Honeycombo cannot be moved, taken off the Hive, or covered by another piece at the end of your turn.


Hive Protectors

When it comes to guarding the Hive, there are two bugs that take to the skies, the Butterfly and the Moth. They have a special role as they can only be placed directly on top of one of your pieces, even if it’s in a stack.

Just like other bugs, the Guardians can’t be placed next to an opponent’s piece. You can use the Guardians in any version of the Hive game, and they can also be flipped on the Hive.

New Win Condition

Winning the game isn’t just about surrounding your opponent’s Queen Bee or Wasp. You need to make sure they are also covered from above, completely surrounded.


When playing the game, the Butterfly can move forwards, backwards, and sideways. However, it is important to remember that the Butterfly cannot move diagonally. Additionally, the Butterfly has a special rule: it must move exactly two spaces at a time.

Now, let’s talk about the Hive. The Hive is a special piece on the board, and it’s known as the queen bee because it is the most important piece in the game. The goal of the game is to surround the opponent’s queen bee with your own pieces.

When it comes to the Butterfly and the Hive, there are some rules to keep in mind. The Butterfly can move on top of the Hive, but it cannot move down off the Hive. This means that once the Butterfly is on top of the Hive, it must stay there until the end of the game. It’s like the Butterfly is using the Hive as its home, and it doesn’t want to leave.

So, to recap, the Butterfly can move two spaces on top of the Hive but cannot move down off the Hive. This rule adds an extra challenge and strategy to the game, as you need to carefully plan your moves and consider the position of the Hive.


You know those little bugs that flutter around at night and sometimes helplessly fly into your porch light? Yeah, those are moths. They may not be the most glamorous creatures, but they sure are fascinating!

Moths come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are big and beautiful, like the Luna Moth with its buttery yellow wings and long, elegant tails. Others are small and plain, like the Brown House Moth with its drab brown color. But no matter how they look, moths have some incredible abilities.

Did you know that moths are expert navigators? It’s true! They use the moon and stars to help them find their way in the dark. Their eyes are specially designed to pick up even the tiniest bits of light. So while we might stumble around in the dark, moths can navigate with ease.

But that’s not all. Moths are also masters of disguise. Some moths have wings that look just like tree bark or leaves. This helps them blend in with their surroundings and stay safe from predators. Others have bright colors and patterns that warn predators to stay away. It’s like they have their own little superhero costumes!

Moths also play an important role in the ecosystem. They help with pollination, just like bees and butterflies. Some moths even have long tongues that they use to sip nectar from flowers. They’re like little gardeners, helping plants reproduce and grow.

So next time you see a moth fluttering around your porch light, take a moment to appreciate their unique beauty and incredible abilities. These little creatures may not be the most glamorous, but they sure are fascinating. And who knows, you might just learn something new from these tiny, winged wonders.

I was thinking about how the Moth moves and it’s pretty interesting. So, you start by moving two spaces. First, you go down from on top of the Hive to ground level. And then, you move back up one space to finish on top of the Hive again.

Now, here’s something to keep in mind. The Mosquito, which is another insect in the game, can only copy the movements of the Butterfly or the Moth. But there’s a catch! The Mosquito can only do this if it’s right next to one of those pieces on top of the Hive. And remember, it has to be on top of the Hive, not at ground level. That’s where the Mosquito starts its movement. So, there you have it!

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