I’ve always thought that Vanessa has a magical good luck bubble around her (because she managed to meet me, of course! haha) and I was proven right once again when she won a competition over on Instagram for the abstract strategy game, Hexagony!
Hexagony is a game for 2 to 3 players in which you place a tri-coloured hexagons on an ever-growing mass of tiles in order to make complete hexagons of your designated colour. The rules are super simple, just take one of your tiles, place it so that it touches another tile of the same colour and make sure that all other sides touch the matching colour of the adjacent hex. Once all tiles have run out, most solid colour hexes wins. That’s pretty much it. For something that is so simple, it is a real brain burner. You agonise (get it?) over where each of your hexes will be placed as you don’t want to set up your opponents for an easy point. The game won an award at the UK Games Expo for the Best Abstract Strategy Game of 2015 and I can clearly see why. Abstracts are my favourite genre of game with great games like Go, Kamisado, Othello, Backgammon, Quantum, Tash-Kalar, Quoridor – and I can say Hexagony is up there with the best of them.
We actually have a bit of history with Hexagony before actually winning a copy. We went over to Dice and Donuts board game cafe over in Preston a few weeks ago and this was one of the games we decided to play. We liked it so much that we ended up following them on Instagram (hence the competition) as well as making these beauties…
That’s right… Home-made hexagony fairy cakes!! I got inspired while playing the game, probably thinking how delicious the hexes looked despite being made of plastic.
Unfortunately, we ended up eating them all before I thought of trying to play a game with the cakes but I guess that’s for next time I get baking!
The competition seemed impossible for me, it was a photograph of lots of boxes filled with copies of Hexagony and you had to guess how many hex tiles in total were in the photograph. Almost like “Guess how many jelly beans are in the jar” competitions you get at fairs. As you already guessed, Vanessa nailed it with her supernatural calculations and was sent a copy straight away in first-class post.
So this is just a little THANK YOU to the good people over at Hexagony and its designer, Andy Allen, for bringing such a nice game into existence!