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Do you think it's necessary to use some kind of marker, say a backgammon piece, to keep track of whether a piece is exempt from being moved. Either after being moved by the Pillbug, or after moving directly?
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I played my first two games with the Hive: The Pillbug Thursday, and we had no trouble. It basically is just exempt from moving for one turn, so it's easy enough to keep track of. That said, the pillbug really messes with experienced Hive players, as for the first time things can actually be pushed around the Hive.
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So far, I played Pillbug on boardspace only. There were no problems with it, since the program didn't allow me to move certain pieces. In the real life, while I see no problem with tracking which bug was recently moved, there may be some problems with bug immobility after being moved by the Pillbug, especially if there are two bugs moved in a single game turn. After adding the Mosquitoes and when one Pillbug moves several bugs on subsequent turns, one can get lost sometimes. You can flip the tiles (but the Mosquito can still mimic them and you'll have to flip them back). I don't think that will become a major obstacle, but for some players it may be annoying, especially at the beginning.
 
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Svartisen wrote:
there may be some problems with bug immobility after being moved by the Pillbug, especially if there are two bugs moved in a single game turn. After adding the Mosquitoes and when one Pillbug moves several bugs on subsequent turns, one can get lost sometimes.


Shouldn't there ever be only one piece exempt from mobility, no matter how far into game turns you may find yourself?
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Only if you have a truly pathetic memory (maybe like the protagonist in the film Memento ), since the status only lasts until the very next move.

It would be analogous to marking a stone in Go which just captured in a ko situation to remember that you can't immediately recapture the stone.
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Svartisen wrote:
there may be some problems with bug immobility after being moved by the Pillbug, especially if there are two bugs moved in a single game turn. After adding the Mosquitoes and when one Pillbug moves several bugs on subsequent turns, one can get lost sometimes.

You're misunderstanding the rule somehow.
A pillbug can only move one bug in a turn.
And the status of being blocked only lasts one turn.
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