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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Ecarots » Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:35 pm

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One of the ideas for "3D ing" was to put objects beneath the cloth where you want hills and put your own stands of trees on it for forests.

However I can see the attractiveness of preprinted obstacles or ease of setup. having "flat" obstacles would also make it easier to keep game minis upright.
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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Ecarots » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:08 pm

Any suggestions on the physical size of the Hexes?
1.5", 2", 3" ?????
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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Frank » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:31 am

This is probably a really silly idea, but as I have said I have no real experience of playing hex based games and I was thinking about maximum flexibility in a design.

Do the hexes actually have to be hexes? I was wondering about fairly large hexes with smaller diamond shapes inside linking each hex, possibly using a darker/lighter line or solid/dotted line.

This probably would not work for quite a few reasons, making game mechanics difficult, or printing too complicated.
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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Ecarots » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:34 pm

Here is a couple of images of 1 of my board designs:
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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Ecarots » Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:39 pm

I have also finished the space one and am starting on 2 land designs.
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feedback?

Postby Ecarots » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:49 pm

Here is my first board design for land, without hexes. I would like any feedback I can get.

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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Whiterook » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:22 pm

WOW,,,that's pretty amazing looking stuff!!! The small islands would be brilliant for sea-sail games. But it's the one in the previous post that is absolutely KILLER! Reminds me of the modern style platoon-level games played on hexes. Using standard sized counters, I'd want to see 1.5" hexes.

...but there are those rare exceptions (Like Academy Games' Conquest of Heroes) that use larger counters; and if using the map for miniatures (especially an example like Days of Wonders' Memoir '44), the larger hexes would be better (like 3").

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  • If I were using a land map like the one above, I'd definitely want 3" hexes...for miniatures such as Memoir '44 and Tide of Iron.

    If I were using a sea map, like that earlier, I'd want rectangles (2" X 3") in a stagger pattern like brick work, for my Axis & Allies Minatures: War at Sea, and sail games.
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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Ecarots » Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:39 am

Here is the plan. I will be making these in 4 variants;

Ocean, Starfield, Desert, and Fields (the one with the river).

I am about to have my prototypes printed without hexes but will also be offering them with a hex option in the near future. The initial size will be 36 X 26 inches.


I appreciate the hex size feedback as I am now working those up.
I had thought about the gridwork rather than hexes also, at least for the land. Doing it on the ocean version is interesting, I'll consider it.

If things work out ideally I hope to launch a kickstarter on them in the next month or so.

After that I will also be offering the 59 x 79 size in limited quantities.
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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby Whiterook » Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:39 pm

To confuse hings even further, have you considered a hex grid painted on thin-gauge clear plastic sheeting? ...it's more 'rubbery' than stiff and rolls up. Check out the fabric section at your nearest JoAnn's Fabric craft store, where they sell it in rolls. Many games such as myself use these to hold down paper maps, especially at cons and club plays. This way, you could sell the map on fabric as planned, and the grids separately.

Also, hexes could be used for the sea maps as well, such as these...

Axis and Allies War at Sea.JPG


sea_blue.jpg


And here's an example of an early space mat I made for my Battlestar Galactica miniatures game....

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Re: Terrain Board research

Postby 50th » Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:12 am

Did you buy it with the hexes printed on, or did you have that done somewhere else?
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