Hex (1942)

Average Rating: 6.80/10
Board Game Rank: 1843
Abstract Games Rank: 83
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Year Published
1942
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
20 minutes
User Suggested Ages
6 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Hex
Alternate Names
Banochee
Con-tac-tix
Gioco dell 'Ex
Nash
Polygon
Polygonspiel
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Hex was invented by the Danish mathematician and poet Piet Hein, who introduced the game in 1942 at the Niels Bohr Institute. The same year Hex appeared in the Danish newspaper Politiken under the name Polygon. Hein introduced the game to the readers on December 26, 1942 and during the following four months gave them a problem each day to begin with - eventually two days a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The solution would always appear in the following column. It was independently invented by mathematician John Nash in 1947 at Princeton University. In 1952, Parker Brothers marketed a version. They called their version Hex, and the name stuck. Hex has the simplest rules of almost any game: connect your color edges with a path of tokens of your color. There is also a "swap rule" (also known as a pie rule) which compensates for the inherent advantage of the first player.

There are a number of resources for Hex on the internet, including several real-time servers. If you want to play face-to-face, used Hex sets are occasionally available, and you can also make your own set. A Battlemat with 1" hexes can be cut into a 15x15 rhombus grid. Standard Go stones also work well for this board. It is also playable as a pencil-and-paper game, like the 3M Paper Game version.

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Game Crafter 13x13 edition
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Year: 2014
Size: 10.70 x 10.70 x 1.65 inches
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Release Date: Aug 15, 2014
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NESTORGAMES 14x14 edition
Publisher: nestorgames
Artist: Néstor Romeral Andrés
Year: 2012
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Luduscience 11x11 edition
Publisher: LuduScience
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Year: 2012
Size: 11.54 x 17.52 x 0.31 inches
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Nestorgames 14x14 Deluxe edition
Publisher: nestorgames
Artist: Néstor Romeral Andrés
Year: 2011
Size: 14.17 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches
2.20 pounds
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nestorgames edition
Publisher: nestorgames
Artist: Néstor Romeral Andrés
Year: 2009
Size: 8.00 x 2.00 x 2.00 inches
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1 Hex board size 8
A small board for when you are short of time
English
2015-03-29
2 Artscow Hex 11 x 11 board
This file is the same as the first, except that it has been lightened somewhat in order to print a little better. This second version is actually what is in place at the Artscow project link. The original file printed to my satisfaction, but some may prefer it less dark.
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2013-08-23
1 Artscow Hex 13 x 13 board
This file is the same as the first, except that it has been lightened somewhat in order to print a little better. This second version is actually what is in place at the Artscow project link. The original file printed to my satisfaction, but some may prefer it less dark.
English
2013-08-23
1 Hex board (by "hadam") for Artscow
This file is the same as the first, except that it has been lightened somewhat in order to print a little better. This second version is actually what is in place at the Artscow project link. The original file printed to my satisfaction, but some may prefer it less dark.
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2013-08-21
3 Modified Hex GUI for Linux
The Benzene project at Source Forge is software to play the game Hex. Their Mohex is the strongest engine known to the public. See http://benzene.sourceforge.net/ This file is a modified version of the source code for their HexGui, with more display options available. Note this is is different from the HexGui listed in the links section. This runs on POSIX systems such as GNU Linux. Also see the file makeitmarch for details on how to get this all to work on your Linux system. This is available under the GNU Lesser Public license, see http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/lgpl.html
English
2012-12-18
5 Hex 13x13 large printable board v1.0
This is an expansion of the previous 11x11 board to 13x13, as requested by another BGG user. I also colored the hexes green instead of gray. This file contains a printable 13x13 Hex board with rules included on the board. The board prints on two 8.5x11" pieces of paper which may be taped together, and is large enough to use with Go stones. The third page is an unsplit 11x17 version, if you happen to have a printer that can print that size. Most people will probably use just the first two pages. Contact me on BGG if you would like an SVG version to improve upon. Based on the public domain file http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hex_board_11x11.svg uploaded by Wikipedia user Tiltec.
English
2012-10-29
3 Hex 11x11 Board
Green Hex Board
English
2012-06-09
4 11x11 DIY Hex Board
Print this board as large as it will fit on legal-size (8.5"x14") paper, laminate, then get around 120 .75" red and blue bingo markers (60 of each color) for your very own 11x11 Hex board, all for under $10!
English
2011-03-06
11 Hex 11x11 large printable board v1.0
Version 1.1: Updated printable 11x11 hex board. Now in color. Based on the public domain file http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hex_board_11x11.svg uploaded by user Tiltec.
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2010-03-28
5 Reglas en Español
Reglamento en Español del juego
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2008-01-25
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Board Game Rank: 1843
Abstract Games Rank: 83
Num Ratings: 429
Average Rating: 6.80
Standard Deviation: 1.76
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