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Mitchell Lurcook
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So Im designing a board game that uses hexes as its board. I picked up some poster board and used one of my Eclipse Hexes to make a template for one Hex, then used that to make more and more... almost 40 hexes later I put the hexes together to make sure they all fit... and they don't, the dimensions warped slightly each and every hex, and I dont know how I did it honestly.

How do you recommend making hexes? Is there a place I can just buy Cardboard Hexagons I can use to test my game until its finished? Then ill get it made using professional materials.
 
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Find another game that uses hex board pieces like Magic Realm or the like and use that to trace out a master template piece on thick cardboard. Then cut that out and use that as your guide for every hex you cut out.
 
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You can purchase blank hex tiles from Print & Play Productions. You could then use removable sticker labels to draw or print your game related stuff. Cut out the sticker label and attach to the hex tiles.
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You can purchase blank hex tiles from Print & Play Productions. You could then use removable sticker labels to draw or print your game related stuff. Cut out the sticker label and attach to the hex tiles.


I need 4" hexes, the biggest they offer sadly is like 2"

Ill have to try to template cut them again, ill just have to be extra careful
 
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WolfVonhinslik wrote:
So Im designing a board game that uses hexes as its board. I picked up some poster board and used one of my Eclipse Hexes to make a template for one Hex, then used that to make more and more... almost 40 hexes later I put the hexes together to make sure they all fit... and they don't, the dimensions warped slightly each and every hex, and I dont know how I did it honestly.

How do you recommend making hexes? Is there a place I can just buy Cardboard Hexagons I can use to test my game until its finished? Then ill get it made using professional materials.


The most common mistake is making hex #1, using hex #1 to trace hex #2, using hex #2 to trace hex #3 etc.

Make sure that the first hex you make (hex #1) is the only hex you use to trace the rest of the hexes, otherwise you are slowly multiplying all of the slight variations from one to the next.
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Hmmmm... If you have a graphic design software (Photoshop, Inkscape...) create 4in hexes on a page. You should be able to fit 6 on a page? Print that page on regular paper or label paper. Paste or stick the printed page to the poster board, then cut out the hexes.

Edit: You might be able to do this in Microsoft Word as well.
 
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John Breckenridge
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You can make a hexagon easily with a compass. Set the radius you want and draw a circle. take your pencil and make a mark anywhere on the circle. Keep your compass set to the original radius and set its point on that mark. Mark a spot where your compass crosses the circle. Use the new spot and repeat until you've crossed the circle in six places. Use a straightedge to connect those points and you have a hexagon.
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Use 1/2 height offset columns of squares instead. For a prototype, squares are a lot easier to make, and offset they connect just like hexagons anyway, unless you really need something graphically on the edges.
 
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This is a nanDECK script for four 4" hexagons (on A4):

UNIT=INCH
BORDER=NONE
PAGE=8.3,11.7,PORTRAIT,HV
MARGINS=0,0,0.2,0.2
CARDSIZE=4,4
POLYGON=1-4,0,0,100%,100%,6,0,#000000,empty,0.01


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