1) Playing Hive with Trench, you should aim for a few small bonuses at first, and then go big or go home. One consolidated empire is best.
Playing un-trenched, small bonuses are better, since that means there are more territories that need to be taken to lower the bonus. You don't have to stay consolidated, especially in Adjacent.
Now, everyone who posts in this thread can add a hint.
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