Pillbug question

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Lotus Blossom
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Pillbug question

Postby Lotus Blossom » 05 March 2018, 10:44

Anybody know why the black pill bug can't move the white soldier ant in this game please? I was banking on this to save me from losing the game

https://en.4.boardgamearena.com/hive?table=38230071

Thanks

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ringersoll
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Re: Pillbug question

Postby ringersoll » 06 March 2018, 00:19

The Freedom to Move Rule is most commonly seen and applied on ground level. A bug cannot slide between the points of two nearby bugs, it does not fit through the space. This gap between two bugs is called a 'Gate' and one can be seen on ground level between the White Ant in your discussion and the Black Ant directly above it. This gate stops a bug from sliding into the space beyond the gate.

The same rule occasionally comes into play on the second level. It only affects Beetles, Ladybugs and bugs being moved by the Pillbug.

The Black Beetle atop one stack and the Black Mosquito atop another stack create a Gate. The Pillbug cannot pick the bug up through this gate.

Maddening? Isn't it!

I have lost a few games because of this, but I have won a few as well! :)

Lotus Blossom
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Re: Pillbug question

Postby Lotus Blossom » 06 March 2018, 00:57

Ah, that makes sense, thank you for explaining it so well. I'd never even considered that the freedom of movement could apply to the pillbug because I'd assumed it just picked up and plonked down as opposed to picking up, moving at top level, then put down. I shall certainly keep an eye out for this in the future! Thanks again, time I go back to the game to lose graciously :lol:


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