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Mitchell Lurcook
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Whats the best way to get Hexes? I tried to make my own, and am too much of an idiot to make them my self, ive tried.

Is there anyone that makes hexes around the size of Eclipse, maybe a little smaller? Big enough for a few dice, a cube or two, and maybe a 1 inch token or so.

Ive even tried taking an eclipse Hex and cutting around it with some poster board, but that messed up as well.

I was thinking of maybe like office depot or something. Any advice? Im tryign to make a game and this is my issue. Was thinking about going the Forbidden stars rout and just doing the square rout.
 
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Eric Francis
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There are a number of gam supply companies that make them in different sizes and materials, from card to cardboard. Also, you can buy a hex punch at a craft store (I have one by Fiskars that cuts 2" hexes out of light card stock). And if you want something more substantial for a prototype, like MDF, see if there's a maker space near you that has a laser cutter -- you might be able to use it for a small fee plus materials.
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Andrew Walters
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It sounds like you might need 3" hexes.

The other big question is what are you going to do with them. Shuffle them? Trade them? How much handling will they need to survive during playtesting?

You can print out a template in just about any draw program, then cut out some card stock for playtest hexes.

If you know a woodworker there are some templates for cutting hexes on a tablesaw. 1/8" hardboard from Home Despot is cheap and easy to work with, and will give you some very durable hexes to play with.

I'd offer the help, but, swamped.

Good luck!
 
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Making stuff for prototyping means quick n dirty, as long as your game works in spirit it's fine, so heck, even circles will work. Don't worry too much about stuff lining up. Tracing around existing hexes then cutting them out with a blade is fine. Or trace them out, photocopy it and cut for the same measurements.

If you're in production, I doubt you would be making your own hexes anyway, it would go to a printer or one of the facilities the guys above mentioned.
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Are you looking for hex tiles or a map with big hexes. For hex tiles, you can buy the from Litko on 1/8" plywood: http://www.litko.net/categories/Bases-%26-Base-Bottoms/Hexag...

If you need a hex map, Chessex sells mats with hexes up to 2" in size http://chessex.com/mats/Battlemats_MegamatsReversible.htm.

Also, Hotz Mats http://hotzmats.com are available in a few sizes with hexes up to 5" or so.

Another option is the Kallistra "Hexon" system, which uses hexes 100mm in size. https://kallistra.co.uk/?page=8

Finally, don't forget that staggered squares form the same arrangement as hexagons (each square is surrounded by 6 others) and they're way easier to draw.
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Samuel Hinz
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kentreuber wrote:

Finally, don't forget that staggered squares form the same arrangement as hexagons (each square is surrounded by 6 others) and they're way easier to draw.
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Peter Millen
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WolfVonhinslik wrote:
Was thinking about going the Forbidden stars rout and just doing the square rout.


Well, if you want to calculate hex dimensions square roots certainly are useful.

Otherwise, a square grid can be as good as a hex grid if you make suitable allowance for diagonal movement.

 
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The Game Crafter has both printed and unprinted hexes in both card stock and chipboard.

Unprinted hexes:
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/parts#category=Blanks&keyword...

Printed Chipboard Hexes:
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/LargeHexChit
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/SmallHexTile
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/LargeHexTile

Printed Card Stock Hexes:
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/HexShard
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/HexDeck
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/HexMat
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/publish/product/LargeHexMat
 
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Are hexes measured from corner to corner or edge to edge?
 
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cornixt wrote:
Are hexes measured from corner to corner or edge to edge?


Both, you need to specify which you want or make sure the manufacturer specifies which measure they're using.
 
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