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Mat Thorne
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Hey Guys, I'm really a big fan of modular game boards and/or maps, that create a new environment everytime you play. What are the best modular maps or modular boards you came across in your gaming past? I am also currently developing a boardgame on my own, but struggling to find an appealing way to be able to have modular tiles for the boardgame/ map. It is a strategy game settled in the 4X genre, so exploring plays a big part and thus it is boring if the map doesn't change enough from game to game.

Thanks for all suggestions in advance!
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John James
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I like any modular map.

Square tiles
Return of the Heroes


Hex tiles
Magic Realm


Tri-hex
Barony


Multi-hex
Runewars


Board strips
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Thanks already for all those suggestions!
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It's not strategy/war, but I really like Betrayal at House on the Hill for the reasons you stated.
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I really like the map in Sid Meier's Civilization
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Mansions of Madness



Mage Knight Board Game



Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients / Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death




Claustrophobia



Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)



Xia: Legends of a Drift System



Star Wars: Imperial Assault



Tikal



Archipelago



Tobago
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Wow thank you very much, some great modular boards!!
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Earth Reborn has had my favorite modular map.
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I'm really surprised no one has mentioned Heroscape yet. I think that's kind of the king of the modular board, no?
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Generally I dislike modular boards. A million billion average setups rather than one specifically designed excellent one.

However, Food Chain Magnate makes this shine, so much key strategy decided by the board layout, so many things to take into consideration from the random / drafted layout of a few tiles.

 
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Survive: Escape from Atlantis! is a classic. Lighter than the other games suggested in this thread, but highly entertaining in my opinion.

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jdaly72 wrote:
I'm really surprised no one has mentioned Heroscape yet. I think that's kind of the king of the modular board, no?


For skirmish type games absolutely agree with you. But for lighter games with less setup/teardown time (and only 2d board), tile approches may be better.

I wish someone had made a square grid HeroScape type system for urban, dungeon, scifi with hex couplers. Closest I ever saw to a square system was for Mage Knight Dungeons.
 
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Butsudoka wrote:
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! is a classic. Lighter than the other games suggested in this thread, but highly entertaining in my opinion.



We have the 1990s edition of this and it's awesome.

Also reverse of the OP in that you destroy the map 1 or more tiles at a time, vs. build it
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The Golden Ages is a civilization building game where the map is laid out as the players explore the world.
 
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Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) is great. The whole board is able to be seen, but there are Distant Suns tokens (random events, essentially) on each planet that you don't know until you get there.

Clash of Cultures is pretty good; simulates exploration well.

Escape: Zombie City also does, in a slightly more frantic way.

Dominant Species has a modular board that the players build and customize to their preferences.
 
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I love modular boards. Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) is my favorite game that has one, though exploring isn't really a factor. Many other good ones have been mentioned. I think Tobago's board is really well done. Read the rules on that one to see what I mean.
 
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
Generally I dislike modular boards. A million billion average setups rather than one specifically designed excellent one.

However, Food Chain Magnate makes this shine, so much key strategy decided by the board layout, so many things to take into consideration from the random / drafted layout of a few tiles.



And that goes for The Great Zimbabwe too.
 
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newkillerstar27 wrote:
Earth Reborn has had my favorite modular map.

Such a crazy, crazy and super fun game.
 
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