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Hive Carbon

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Product Description

Hive Carbon is a new edition of Yianni's Hive that plays the same as that classic two-player game but with stylin' black-on-white and white-on-black pieces instead of the multicolor bugs running around in the current edition. What's more Hive Carbon will include the mosquito piece that was previously sold separately as well as a new ladybug piece the details of which Yianni has yet to describe. The ladybug will also be available in the iPhone version (iTunes link) of the game but Yianni hasn't announced when that update will take place. Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of

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We are proud to announce the special edition Hive Carbon.  This game is still the same as our award winning flagshipHive® game, but with a Carbon twist which is an alternative to the existing set of pieces for those who prefer a classic black and white colour scheme.  Included with this edition will be the infamous mosquito piece an a very special lady bug piece.

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  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 2 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00472O26K
  • Item model number: TCI 008
  • Our recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,958 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Sam F on March 6, 2011
I recently purchased Hive Carbon in order to play it with a number of friends that enjoy abstract strategy games. Hive can be compared to chess in that players take turns placing or moving pieces, the different pieces move in unique ways, and the game ends when one player manages to "capture" the other player's Queen Bee. But the games are worlds apart and it would be inaccurate to label Hive as a chess variant. In Hive there is no board. The pieces themselves form the board. At the beginning of the game the first player and then the second player lay down one piece. After that, all subsequent pieces must be placed on the hive (board) in a position where they do not touch other pieces. I think the game is loads of fun, but I love chess and have strong fondness for abstract strategy games. If this doesn't describe you, then you may not find it to be as fun as I do. Another thing to notice is that tempo is very important in Hive. If you can force your opponent to lose tempo you can gain an advantage. This is quite apparent as the race to surround the Bee can be quantified. Once an overwhelming advantage has been obtained it is very difficult for the game to turn around. I do not know how deep the game is. That is to say, I do not know how many distinct skill levels can be attained. It is worth noting that I've put in 100+ games and I'm only now beginning to notice some subtleties that escaped me before, so this isn't a shallow game by any means.

As to the physical game itself; the pieces are made out of sturdy bakelite. They're heavy, hard, feel cool to the touch and make a satisfying clacking sound much like that of good quality dominoes. I prefer the look of the carbon edition to that of the original.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ed Pegg Jr VINE VOICE on March 28, 2011
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I collect games of high quality, and Hive is perhaps the highest. The tiles are made of thick bakelite, absolutely gorgeous and a pleasure to handle. There seven basic pieces:
Grasshopper (3) - jumps in a straight line over any number of pieces.
Ant (3) - slides anywhere legal.
Beetle (2) - crawls 1 in any direction, including atop the hive.
Spider (2) - slides 3 spaces without backtracking.
Ladybug (1) - moves 2 atop the hive, then 1 down.
Queen bee (1) - slides 1 in any direction.
Mosquito (1) - copies the movement of any single pieces it touches.

On the first turn, players place one of their piece adjacent to each other, and this forms the Hive. No move may be made which separates the Hive. On each turn, a player may do one of the following:
1. Place a piece so that it doesn't touch an enemy piece.
2. Move a friendly piece.

To win, surround the opponent's queen bee. Quite a delightful game.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Weeks on October 1, 2012
Hive Carbon, like Go, Chess, and Checkers, is a very simple game -- but it has very unique rules. This game is highly portable -- you can play it anywhere. That's because there is no board. The pieces themselves -- hex tiles imprinted with different kinds of bugs -- become the board. Each player gets the same set of insects. The hex tiles are placed directly onto whatever flat surface you are playing on -- like dominos.

Each turn, a player can do one of two things: either place a new one into play, or move an existing piece. When you place a piece, you must place it in the hive -- that is, adjacent to at least one other piece. Each piece moves according to set rules. You can never move a piece to "split the Hive." (The Hive must always be continuous, with no gaps between groups.)

When either Queen Bee is surrounded, the game ends -- and the player with the surrounded queen loses.

This game is classic. Play is elegant, but simple. The pieces are of supremely high quality for a mass produced game. This is an abstract game like checkers, chess, or go.

It's highly recommended for gamers of all stripes because of the intriguing way the game board emerges from the playing pieces themselves. Game play only takes about 20 minutes, and would be a great game to play with anyone who doesn't have the interest to spend 2 hours learning rules.

I'll recommend a couple vintage abstract games that remind me of Hive somewhat: Ploy and Twixt. If manipulating letters and words (instead of plastic pieces) is more your style, check out THE Book of Word Games: Parlett's Guide to 150 Great and Quick-to-Learn Word Games.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ChokeCake on August 18, 2012
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Hive is a 2 player "perfect information" abstract strategy game, meaning there is no luck involved, only player choices. The game plays like a 21st century Chess, minus the stuffy intimidation factor. Each piece has a unique move-set, and the goal is to trap the other player's monarch. Also like Chess, the theme--insects, instead of Chess's medieval court--is present to add some flavor, but is largely irrelevant to the game-play. The bugs' moves do tend to mimic their real life counterparts, which helps in learning the game.

The "Carbon" edition refers to the stark black and white color scheme, which I prefer over the original's multi-color palette. Carbon also comes with the game's two expansions: "Mosquito" and "Ladybug." Personally, I think the core game is elegant and perfectly balanced, and prefer to play without the expansions. Ladybug, and especially Mosquito, are just a tad fiddly compared to the simplicity of the original pieces. It's nice to have them handy for a change of pace, though.

Hive's rules are simple but deep, and the components are of the highest quality. The heavy bakelite tiles are beautiful and satisfying to handle, particularly when they "CLACK!" I highly recommend the game to fans of classic abstracts such as Chess and Go, and also to fans of the more recent GIPF games, Yinsh, Zertz, etc. Hive feels very "GIPFy," despite it's recognizable imagery.
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