A Keith Budden 1980 game for Clipper's publisher.
The rules are the following (from BoardGameGeek)
1 playing board
4 sets of 8 bees (playing pieces)
This game may be played by 2, 3 or 4 people.
If played by two people they should set their bees up on opposite sides of the board. If three people play they should use alternate bees marked on the board as starting positions for their Queen Bees. If 4 people
play then two players should start opposite the other two players, ie. each player has a blank space on one side and another player on the other side.
THE AIM OF THE GAME
The aim of the game is to get your Queen Bee into the hive on the centre of the board. The first player to do this wins the game.
TO SET UP THE BOARD
Each player has eight bees. One Queen Bee (value 1) four worker bees (value 2) and three warrior bees (value 3). To begin the game, the bees are placed on the board as in the diagram below. The Queen is placed on the marked position on the board. Note that the bees are located only on the intersections.
+---+ / \ / \ 2 + \ / \ / 2---3 / \ / \ 1 3 \ / \ / 2---3 / \ / \ 2 + \ / \ / +---+
HOW TO MOVE
Players take turns, on each turn moving one bee. The value of the bee determines the number of intersections it may move, ie. a warrior may move 3 intersections, worker bees 2 intersections and the queen one
intersection. Each bee has to move the exact number of intersections indicated by its value. It may never move forward and then back to the same intersection in one move, ie. no repetition of movement is allowed
in a turn. A bee may never move through another bee.
Players may capture their opponents' bees. To capture a bee you have to land exactly on the bee you wish to capture and then it is removed from the board. A captured bee is eliminated from the game and may not be returned to the board. You may never capture your own bees - only your opponents' bees. IMPORTANT: players may begin to capture their opponents' bees only from their second move onwards; they cannot capture on their first move of the game.
If your Queen Bee is captured, you are out of the game and your remaining bees are left on the board. These bees cannot be moved but they may be captured by any of the remaining players. It is, therefore, important to guard your Queen Bee as carefully as possible.
The player who first gets his Queen Bee into the hive wins OR if all the other players are out of the game because their Queen Bee has been captured, the remaining player wins.
(C) Seven Town
Originated by Keith Budden