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tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 4:01 p.m. PST


We finished 8 turns the first day we played at Origins and continued over Friday and Saturday. With more units, active play slowed down but we still averaged a full move an hour, which was pretty good as we had numerous brand new players. The final session on Saturday pictured above saw almost twenty gamers take part in the battle!


The humans continued to grind through the Hive defenders on the human right flank (Bug left flank). The in one case the landers were overrun before they could even get their troops unloaded.


Only the supporting fire from aerial gunboats prevented the Hive from massing overwhelming force. The Hive responded with fire from their own heavy shooters


The gunboats took serious losses, with two of the four being destroyed.


On Saturday the activities of the humans had forced the three Royals to the surface. The Huamns quickly keyed onto them and attempted to use their aerial gunboats to the Royals and with them end the life of the Hive. The Human left flank had three companies of armed landers that had been held in reserve. As two of the Royals came to the surface on that side the American craft moved to attack immediately. The short ranged of the machine guns allowed the Hive shooters to extract serious casualties while the two Royals attempted to scurry into cover.


Even with all their available firepower directed at the attacking humans, the Hive was unable to keep the humans from getting in and on both flanks, the gunships were able to kill the Royals.



For the first time in several years, the humans defeated the Hive, killing the Royals. The costs were high, but without its Royals the Hive will die!

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 8:02 p.m. PST

Great game. Thanks for the AAR. The number of gamers looks like a thriving hive. Tense battle.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2018 9:58 a.m. PST

Origins… *sigh*

Maybe next year.

…but without its Royals the Hive will die!

What, no royal jelly?!? They deserve extinction! ;->=

Why do I suddenly feel a chill, as if I'm about to hear the words 'Doug, didn't you read on page…'


tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jun 2018 10:14 a.m. PST

In Eusocoial insects on Earth there are a large number of models in the development of reproductive caste members. Bees use "royal jelly". It allows them to develop new queens when they lose a queen or their current one is weekening link

Ants on the other hand can use a variety of methods. There are Diacamma Ants that don't have a true queen but have a gamergate (NOT GAMER GATE!), which is the most boss female in the nest who becomes a reproductive link Other ant species, may have multiple queens in a single nest, or may have nests that can coexist each with one or more queens but that operate as a super-super organism. However many ant species will simply have a hive die if the queen dies. Termites usually lose a nest if the Queen is killed.

The Hive in Hive, Queen and Country uses a mixture of these strategies. Each Hive has multiple queens and a single King. In addition all Hives can co-integrate forming a single super super organism.

The Humans had isolated the Panama Hive. It was no longer able to connect with other Hives and so killing its three reproductives (King and two Queens meant that once all the eggs hatched there would be no additional offspring.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2018 11:45 a.m. PST

Nice game! Thanks for sharing

tsofian Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Jun 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

One thing I like about a convention like Origins is that I get a lot of space and a lot of time. I can set up on Wednesday and run the scenario on until Saturday. I have enough space (10 meters X 10 meters) to incorporate not only the Hive terrain but also the approach by the landers and aerial gunboats.

These dimensions let the players direct their main attack on one flank but also made the decision to keep a large reserve force on the other side a critical one, which allowed them to have victory.

Miniatures gamers don't often get to play large games and even more infrequently do we get to play for days in a row. Thanks to Origins for letting me have the space and time. Thanks to everyone who played and to the large number of folks who dropped by to take a look.

There is a lot to look at at Origins, with some really great looking games. It was great to attract attention in such an event.

BVTraders Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 9:40 a.m. PST

It was a nice looking game. Too bad I couldn't get out of the booth with any time to watch the play.

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