Apiary Board Game by Stonemaier Games

Apiary Board Game by Stonemaier Games

Future Earth, Mellifera honeybees, masters of advanced tech, navigate existence—a dance between brief Flow and prolonged Dearth, where evolution and technology entwine intricately on Earth's stage, showcasing a delicate balance.
Base Game

Setup Time
10 Mins
Play Time
60-90 Mins
1 to 5
Age Level
14 and Up
$60.00 USD
$60.00 USD
Details What's in the Box? How To Play Rule Book Reviews and Questions


In a far-distant future, humans no longer inhabit Earth. The cause of their disappearance (or perhaps their demise) is unknown, but their absence left a void ready to be filled by another sentient species.

Over the span of untold generations, one species of the humble honeybee evolved to fill that void. They grew in size and intelligence to become a highly advanced society. They call themselves Mellifera, and they have made substantial technological advances in addition to the technology they adapted from human ruins, up to and including space travel.

In Apiary, each player controls 1 of 20 unique factions. Your faction starts the game with a hive, a few resources, and worker bees. A worker-placement, hive-building challenge awaits you: explore planets, gather resources, develop technologies, and create carvings to demonstrate your faction's strengths (measured in victory points) over one year's Flow. However, the Dearth quickly approaches, and your workers can only take a few actions–with benefits increasing relative to worker strength, culminating in powerful strength-4 bonuses–before they must hibernate!

If you enjoy Teotihuacan, Honey Buzz, Tzolk'in, and/or Euphoria, we're excited for you to play Apiary!

What's in the Box

  • 1 Teaching Guide
  • 1 Appendix
  • 5 Player Aids
  • 1 Board (double-sided)
  • 5 Hive Mats
  • 5 Docking Mats
  • 15 Frames
  • 20 Workers (4 per player)
  • 1 QueenShip Miniature
  • 40 Farm Files
  • 30 Carving Tiles
  • 30 Recruit Tiles
  • 29 Development Tiles
  • 20 Faction Tiles
  • 15 Planet Tiles
  • 5 Dance Tiles
  • 45 Seed Cards
  • 15 Player Tokens (3 per player)
  • 35 Hibernation Tokens (7 per player)
  • 25 Fiber Tokens
  • 25 Pollen Tokens
  • 25 Water Tokens
  • 20 Explore Tokens
  • 15 Wax Tokens
  • 12 Honey Tokens
  • 9 Dance Tokens

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