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Lawrence K
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Which form of Hive do you prefer?
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+ Mosquito
+ Ladybug
+ Pillbug
+ Mosquito / Ladybug
+ Mosquito / Pillbug
+ Ladybug / Pillbug
+ Mosquito / Ladybug / Pillbug
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We prefer playing with the Mosquito and Ladybug but with one Ant and one Grasshopper removed.
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That sounds like a good idea. We've been playing lately with just the ladybug, and the 3 grasshoppers + ladybug seem to put a lot of pressure on black. Thinking about adding the pillbug as it seems well received, but not as interested in lengthening the game.
 
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We play Hive +M/L. My wife didn't like how much the Pillbug changed the game.
 
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SuperGLS wrote:
We play Hive +M/L. My wife didn't like how much the Pillbug changed the game.

My Significant and I feel the same way about the Pillbug.

Part of Hive's charm is the careful placement of the Spiders and Grasshoppers. The Pillbug has reduced that somewhat as players can shift the positions of both. This is on top of how the Pillbug tends to dominate the early game strategy and players have to work to neutralise it first.
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I enjoy the Pillbug quite a bit as it hampers rush down tactics by either side, and it creates interesting and creative positions. It can be frustrating at times, but I believe it adds a lot of depth to the game and negates any first turn advantage white has.

Playing without it and with any mix of the expansion bugs is plenty of fun too!
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I was going to vote "standard", but then realised that wouldn't be fair because I haven't given any of the expansions a fair go. Still, I don't feel motivated to purchase them.
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I wonder how other people feel that picked standard? Don't like or haven't played the expansions?
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Surprised to be the only voter (out of 63 so far) for Standard + Ladybug!

I like mixing in the Mosquito and/or Pillbug occasionally, but they both feel a bit gimmicky and distinctly like "expansion pieces" to me.

The Ladybug fits in seamlessly and feels like it could have been part of the base game.
 
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The Pillbug is an interesting piece for handicapping. Letting the weaker player have the Pillbug can help them stay in the game longer.
 
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Pillbug + Mosquito to me is a must to give black a real shot, and the Ladybug is awesome too, so...

Play with all three, and of course, tournament opening (no queen first)!

LM is too good for white, standard is too repetitive and dull, and more bugs reduces draws. Learn to love the Pillbug my friends, it is not 'gimmicky' once you are used to it.
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Playing as black was not much fun until the pill bug was added.
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I really do not get the love for the Ladybug. It is just so strong on offence with very little counter-play. I love how you can defend against ants and spiders (and also somewhat grasshoppers) by careful positioning of your pieces. The ladybugs movement is so versatile that you have to lock it in place to stop it.

I do however LOOVE using the pillbug and the ladybug together because i feel you need the added offensive pressure to counter the strong defence of the Pillbug.

To each his/her own I guess

Right now my favourite way of playing is using everything, closely followed by using just the base game plus the mosquito. But have a feeling I might enjoy everything minus 1 ant and 1 grasshopper even more.
 
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