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Bleg — Homemade Hexes?

I’ve got a game idea (don’t we all?) and I think hex-tiles are the way to go. I suppose I could just handcut some from index cards, but does anyone have a good idea for prototyping that. (I’ll need to write/draw on the tiles, of course). I may just use playing cards and get a big hex map for now, or I could paste onto cheap poker chips…

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Written by taogaming

September 2, 2008 at 6:35 pm

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  1. Using square tiles/cards and then laying them in an offset grid is functionally identical to a hex-grid. Since they’re so much easier to make than hexes, it’s a good idea for the initial stages of playtesting.

    Greg Aleknevicus

    September 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm

  2. Using square tiles/cards and then laying them in an offset grid is functionally identical to a hex-grid. Since they’re so much easier to make than hexes, it’s a good idea for the initial stages of playtesting.

    Greg Aleknevicus

    September 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm

  3. This site can produce hex grids that you can then cut out.
    http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/

    David

    September 2, 2008 at 9:41 pm

  4. If you really want hex tiles, try to find a cheap copy of Peaceful Resistance. They are about 1″ across, 1/4″ thick wooden tile, and I love ’em.

    David Fair

    September 2, 2008 at 11:38 pm

  5. Thanks Greg, I had forgotten that. Good for a first cut, since prototypes often fizzle there. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions…

    Brian

    September 3, 2008 at 9:49 am

  6. Thanks Greg, I had forgotten that. Good for a first cut, since prototypes often fizzle there. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions…

    Brian

    September 3, 2008 at 9:49 am

  7. If you’re catching the bug, you should come check out the Board Game Designers Forum (www.bgdf.com). Lots of prototyping (and other) info there!

    Mike

    September 3, 2008 at 5:24 pm


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