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Hex Kit is a multi-platform, lightweight desktop application for quickly and effortlessly building hex maps for your table top role playing games. We've built this application to have an emphasis on tile variety, art, and usability at the table.
Variety: Hex Kit was built around the original Hex Kit Volume One: Fantasyland, a collection of over 1,100 hand-illustrate map tiles. In the original kit instead of having one tile per terrain style or icon type, there is dozens of illustrations for different categories. Rather than painting a desert by repeating the same dune tile, you can paint a desert with flat tiles, dune tiles, palm trees, and oases. You can even mix in plateaus, cacti, and briar patches from the badlands tile set. The desktop application will automatically paint a random assortment of tiles from each category without the user needing to pick the individual tiles.
Hex Kit also allows the you to cherry-pick, or select a range of tiles from categories to randomly paint. Also included are tools to flip, rotate, and layer tiles on top of one another for maximum variety. On top of the ability to create rich, varied maps you can also use the powerful, custom map generator to take what little hard work there is out of making maps.
Art: Hex Kit comes bundled with a set of classic, black & white hex tiles, but the application can easily and quickly import custom tiles as well. Tile selection is folder based: users can organize their tiles into folders and group tiles together to compliment the random tile painting feature. Additional official Hex Kit tile sets are also available for purchase, enabling users to create extremely custom, unique maps to enhance their role playing game experience. The official tiles are all hand-illustrated and come ready to import.
Artists and illustrators are welcome to create their own tiles. Sell them or make them available for free download. The Hex Kit download includes a template to correctly size and position your custom tiles, and the import settings feature allows you to easily position, rotate, or re-size your assets.
At The Table: Hex Kit can export maps for printing, but it also comes with a set of features built with table use in mind. By using the information tool you can not only label your important map locations, you can store information about those locations or even assign them coordinates in a classic hex map fashion. When you're ready to play, open your map in the display mode and show a player-facing version of your map on a second screen or project it on the table or wall. The display mode version of your map supports fog of war and any changes made to the map will update the player-facing version in real time.