ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on November 13, 2018
ocfireflies profile image

ocfireflies aka Kim Houck is a retired teacher who often used games to engage her students via readymade and handmade games.

35 years ago, a friend gave me a board game as a Christmas gift. I had never heard of the game, but it is my all time favorite strategy board game:


Rather than packaged in a box, the game board fits in a cardboard sleeve, covered in plastic. It is reminiscent of an old 33 album from the time of turntables, record players and jukeboxes.

Still my favorite strategy board game after all these years!

I believe the photograph testifies to the less than mint condition of my copy of KENSINGTON.

As noted on the cover,

A minute to learn-A lifetime to master

Let’s Take a Minute to Learn

Below is the game board.

Notice there are two red hexagons, two blue hexagons, and three white ones.

Triangles and squares surround the hexagons. (That will be important!)

Just fyi: Hexagons have six sides.

While the game can be played by 2/6 players, I have only played as one of two players.

So, in a two player game, each receives either 15 red tokens or 15 blue tokens.

Object of the game:

Complete a hexagon with color coordinating tokens before your opponent. White hexagons can be filled by either red or blue.

Let’s Review!

Choose red or Choose blue.
Receive 15 red tokens if you choose red.
Receive 15 blue tokens if you choose blue.

Begin by each player taking turns placing token on any point or intersection.

If you make a triangle with your tokens, you can pick up one token of your opponent and move to any free point available on the board.

If you make a square with your tokens, you can pick up two tokens of your opponent and move to any free points available on the board.

The way you prevent your opponent from completing a hexagon and winning is by placing one or more of your tokens in the opponent’s hexagon.

Once you and your opponent have placed all of your tokens on the board, you may move one of your tokens to any free and available point.
In other words, you may not move into a spot where a token is already placed.

That’s the basic game and why it easy to learn. Do not be deceived because it is also true that it takes a lifetime to master. And, then some…

A few things that work for me, that may work for you:

 Choose red tokens. They are easier to see if you need reading glasses like me.
 Let your opponent go first. That way you get to place the last token before the moving of one token at a time begins.
 Never play with rock masons, engineers or anyone who builds as a hobbyist or builds, constructs for a living.

Here is what a potential game board could look like after all tokens have been placed on board:

Like the simplicity, yet strategy involved in a game of strategy, friends have tried to get me interested in Chess, but it has yet to garner my interest the way that KENSINGTON has all of these years.

Some Background:

Kensington is an abstract strategy board game devised by Brian Taylor and Peter Forbes in 1979, named after London's Kensington Gardens, which contains the mosaic upon which the gameboard is patterned. It is played on a geometrical board based on the rhombitrihexagonal tiling pattern. The objective of the game is to capture a hexagon by occupying the six surrounding vertices. The game maintains an elegant simplicity while still allowing for astonishingly complex strategy. The placing and movement of tokens have been compared to Nine Men's Morris.

Where to find a copy:

© 2018 ocfireflies


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)