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Old 07-05-2019, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default Traditional Mapping with Megahexes

I've been experimenting with creating tiles that allow "traditional" mapping but retain the hex/megahex grid used by TFT, I've yet to figure out how to do rooms but the corridors seem to be fine.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/408pvmdgib...04334.jpg?dl=0

I'd be interested what others think of this idea, particularly if it would help with converting maps from other RPG adventures for TFT.

Edit: some explanations:

* the inspiration for these comes from the Melee Map, where you can see a "straight" line of megahexes, so the idea was to recreate this pattern.
* as with any hexagon tessellation, there is a difference between left-right and up-down, the pattern is designed to minimise this as much as possible, there are still separate tiles for corridors running in each direction, each tile has a little arrow indicating what orientation it should be in, the tiles can all be rotated 180 degrees but not 90 degrees.
* the white borders are there because the half-hexes (those with a visible centre dot) are considered usable, so the border allows the character base to fit.
* the "wide" corridors are about 3 hexes wide (a megahex), which using the TFT scale of 1 hex = 4', means they are 12', but because the hexes are slanted it is more like 11', this is as close as you can get to a 10' corridor as per traditional mapping.
* the "narrow" corridors follow a 2-2-1 hex wide path, these are roughly 5.5' to 6' in width.
* the rooms have yet to be sorted out, shown are two types of tile that can be tessellated, these are very close to a 10'x20' room and a 20'x20' room, and still retain the megahex pattern.

Credits: J Roberts @ fantasticmaps.com for the flagstone textures, and Fat Dragon Games (fatdragongames.com) for the 3D doorways.

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Old 07-05-2019, 05:16 AM   #2
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These are amazing! I would love to see more and get copies!

One 'concern' I've had with converting old adventures from OSR sources... in a 10' corridor, in osr games 3 people can march abreast unless one or more is using a two-handed weapon, in which case only two can.

That's hard to do with hexes.

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Old 07-05-2019, 08:44 AM   #3
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MegaHexes in general are not the friend of dungeon tiles, because they make alignment much more challenging than just hexes alone do.

You did a fantastic job with the corridors!
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:09 PM   #4
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Those are great!

Now I want a set or three.
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:48 PM   #5
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So what did you use to do the MegaHexes? I tried rotating my CC3 MegaHex grids, but that was such a pain, I gave up on it.
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Old 07-05-2019, 02:38 PM   #6
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I tend to just draw maps freeform and then overlay hexgrid transparencies. It means the GM needs to interpret which hexes and hexsides count as passable, but it removes all need to try to line up the world with any grid.
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:51 PM   #7
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Pretty nifty!

I'll go ahead and post this link again, if anyone is interested in seeing the "Squarehex" concept again...
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:54 AM   #8
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So what did you use to do the MegaHexes? I tried rotating my CC3 MegaHex grids, but that was such a pain, I gave up on it.
The hex grid was copied, tessellated and rotated by eye (!), I need to do a more professional version 2 later which is mathematically accurate as there is a bit of misalignment in places and the original pattern was zoomed to get it to TFT standard 1.5" hexes, which has caused jagged edges, and this has not been helped by conversion to PNG or PDF images.

At the moment I am trying to secure permission for the textures I used, I might have to switch them, and then I will post a link for the set.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:57 AM   #9
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Pretty nifty!

I'll go ahead and post this link again, if anyone is interested in seeing the "Squarehex" concept again...
MegaHexes are a central part of the 'feel' of TFT to me, but they are used for so little in actual play.

I did a quick Campaign Cartographer comparison of a small room with MegaHexes and one with SquareHexes just to see what visible impact it had.

I don't know where my door between the room and corridor went.... but since these were demos, I didn't care to investigate.

While non-traditional, the Square Megahexes seem to work pretty well and are almost un-noticeably different.

One thing I've been playing with is buying HeroicMaps maps from DriveThru, loading them into Campaign Cartographer, and laying a MegaHex grid over them. I haven't tried printing them out because, well, I don't have a campaign going yet, but I may have to set up a SquareHex template for them to see how that looks.
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Old 07-06-2019, 08:20 AM   #10
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The hex grid was copied, tessellated and rotated by eye (!), I need to do a more professional version 2 later which is mathematically accurate as there is a bit of misalignment in places and the original pattern was zoomed to get it to TFT standard 1.5" hexes, which has caused jagged edges, and this has not been helped by conversion to PNG or PDF images.
Hand rotation is fun! I'm trying to remember the rotation percentage I used when I did that for a map I created in Campaign Cartographer, but CC3 doesn't seem to save that in the file. I gave up after that map, even though it meant my Melee maps print on 4 sheets of paper instead of 3.
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