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Hex Kit: FAQ

Is there a tutorial for Hex Kit?

Yes! There is a video tutorial which can be found on the Hex Kit: Help page, as well as an overview of making a map with the Spaceland Part 1: Space tileset.

Where can I keep up with development or get information on the current Hex Kit build?

In general Hex Kit development is not documented—when a new build of Hex Kit is released, you will generally receive an email from whichever platform you made your purchase. You can also follow CONE on Twitter using the little bird icon in the menu!

Does Hex Kit run on Linux?

Yes it does; there are separate clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Can I turn the black grid off?

Technically that is not a grid; all of the tiles are illustrated by hand and the black borders on the tiles are attached to the art; they can not be detached. So no, the black grid cannot be turned on or off.

Can I import my own tiles?

You sure can. Hex Kit tiles should be image files in a resolution of 210x210px and in 200 DPI. You can use this template to size up your tiles before you import them. Put all your custom tiles in a folder, and use the import function in Hex Kit.

This is the custom tile template image!

I broke something while importing new tiles, do I need to do a fresh install?

Nope. Navigate to the help menu, and click the ‘Reset Settings’ option. This will reset Hex Kit to factory defaults, so you will need to re-import any imported tiles.

Halp! I found a bug, where do I report it?

Click the mail icon located in the menu on your left there.

Is it possible to change the orientation of the hex map?

Yes, Hex Kit supports maps with hexes that are pointy-uppy and hexes that are flatty-toppy. However, only The Black Spot official tileset comes with tiles that work in either orientation.

Can I use my map for commercial purposes?

If you own the intellectual property rights to the art you are using, yes. There is no limitation placed on the Hex Kit desktop application for commercial purposes. However, any tiles that come bundled with Hex Kit or are otherwise illustrated by Cecil Howe or sold by CONE can not be used commercially whether it is direct or indirect. This means you cannot publish your maps to earn income, nor can you hide your maps behind paywalls such as obtrusive ad services, pay-what-you-want products, or services like (and including) Patreon. Consult the HEX KIT LEGAL.pdf file in your Hex Kit download for more information.

Can I share my maps with friends?

Go nuts! You can share exported maps and Hex Kit save files with your friends. You can even share your map on social media or to your family at Thanksgiving. You can even share your map file with other Hex Kit users, and if they have the same tilesets imported to their version the map will port over without issue. Just do not break any license agreements or violate copyright protections. Sharing or distributing individual map tiles is strictly prohibited.

Hex Kit seems pretty light on features, is it finished?

Yes, Hex Kit is intended to be a light weight application with a focus on art. Our hope is that you can get in, make a map, and get out. There are features we may be adding in the future, but the core use loop is complete.

I purchased Hex Kit tiles from DriveThruRPG or Roll20, do I need to buy it again?

Absolutely not, you can import those purchases into Hex Kit fairly easy. Head over to the Hex Kit: Help section to find out how.

Is there a fill or paint large area tool?

No; Hex Kit is meant to be as easy to use, lightweight, and affordable as possible, and as such it does not detect edges nor does it store what kind of tile is on a hex, only the name of the image file on the tile. Thus, a fill tool would do nothing but fill a single tile.

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