Posies

2, 3 players.  Ages 7+

Materials

A hex board having 51 vertices and 54 pieces (posies) in 3 colors.

Object

The player with the highest score wins.

Setup

Players take turns randomly placing three posies of different colors, one to a vertex on the board. The remaining 3 posies are used in a variant of the game.

Definitions

Group – adjacent posies. One posy is also a group.

Play

Choose a starting player, then turns alternate.

On a turn, 

  1. Remove 2 like color non-adjacent posies that are separated by a straight line of adjacent posies. Removed posies are scored at the end of the game or
  2. Remove 2 adjacent like color poises.

If a group is split (divided by empty spaces) into 2 or more groups, the moving player who caused the split keeps the smallest group. But if the smallest groups are of equal size, the moving player then decides which one of those to keep.

The game ends when a player cannot take his turn.

Scoring

Pink posies are worth 1 point each, Purple posies are worth 2 points each, and Green posies are worth 3 points each. Players add up their points, and the player with the highest score wins.

Two Variants

  1. The rules are the same except that the player with the most posies wins.
  2. The rules are the same except that at the start three posies (one of each color) are placed in a bag. The rest of the posies are used to set up the board. Next players draw one posy from the bag making sure to keep it hidden from the other players until the end of the game. At the end of the game, players reveal their hidden posy. Total all the posies in your revealed color including the one that was hidden (all posies are worth 1 point each). Then multiply the total by 3 and add in the posies not in your revealed color to your total. The player with the highest score wins.

BGG Entry: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/327291/posies

1st place winner of the 2020 Children’s Game Print and Play Contest in the “Abstract Strategy Category” https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2523195/2020-childrens-game-print-and-play-design-contest/page/6

Copyright 2020, Rey Alicea

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