We Made a Thing!

We Made a Thing!

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Introduction

Board games aren't my only hobby. One of my biggest hobbies, in fact, is creating things in general. That naturally leads me to a love for designing board games, but I also occasionally make board game related things, which I plan to host on this page.

I'll probably add more as things pop into my head. If you have any requests, feel free to comment below!

And in case it wasn't obvious, you're also welcome to download and use anything you'd like.

Hex Tile Board Generator

The Hex Tile Board Generator is something I created in Excel recently. As the name implies, it lets you create hex boards quickly, which you can then print off and use however you need.

You can set how many tiles you want, what size they are, and what they look like.

Click here to download the Hex Tile Board Generator!

 

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David Miller

David Miller

This is a very cool thing that you have made! =)

David

David

Thanks! I’m actually working on a major upgrade for it as well. The new version will let you rotate the tiles, have a way to randomly generate maps based on 5 tiles that you create, and let you quickly edit tiles of that map that you’d like to change. It’s pretty fancy! I’ve really enjoyed making it.

David Miller

David Miller

Our “first” game never made it to production because I couldn’t find a domestic printer to make our hex tiles at a reasonable price (need 29 of them). That game may eventually be made and it launched what we do now.

Your hex generator is going to make it tempting to retool it and mess with it some more.

http://zombalamba.com/

Brett Juilly

Brett Juilly

Excellent implementation! I couldn’t believe you had so little VBA code making this all possible. Then I figured out that you’d included hexagon shapes on your worksheet, and then you’d duplicate and manipulate them, and it made sense. I’m super impressed with your approach!

Brett Juilly

Brett Juilly

David Miller, you may never read this but I have an idea that could help you produce your hex-based game cheaply.

Step 1, use this awesome hex-game-generator tool to create all the hexes tiles you want.

Step 2, find a printing and finishing company that can make you a custom die. (I have a company I use in the Los Angeles area, even though I live in North Carolina!) Draw up the hex-shaped pattern for the custom die that will cut out your hex pieces. The die will only cost $100-150, and that’s just a one time cost. After that, the printing and finishing company can print your hex pieces (from the art file you send them) on heavy paperstock, and then cut all the pieces for you (using that custom die) for a very low cost.

I’m not sure of the total $price$ for each set of 29 pieces, but it might be worth looking into. It could just be a few bucks, once you make the initial investment into the die.

David Miller

David Miller

Thanks Brett! The last time I looked in to it, a nearby printer wanted $1600 for custom dies! Clearly I need to shop around.

I hope you see my answer Brett because what you wrote got me all excited again (I know what I’m doing this week!).

Thank you Brett and I hope you have a great week! =)

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