Current tiling systems still do not fix the problems that I’ve witnessed over 20+ years of table and board gaming. Granted, I’m an amateur. I’m also an inventor of solutions to problems that I witness as well as provider of solutions to those who have problems within their companies and with their products or services. That is what I get paid to do, when I get paid to do it. It’s been awhile since I have been focusing on academics and being a stay-at-home father. I launched HATCHideas to deploy the many solutions I developed over the years.
So, what are these problems you speak of? Well, namely that the customization and re-usability of table gaming assets is limited. When you build a board game for a system such as Warhammer 40,000 you either have a fixed board and are stuck within it, or you have a dynamic table but the moment you try to move it, or you accidentally bump into it, everything goes nuts. Not to mention a lot of measuring tapes and other measuring devices.
The problems above are just a sample, I’m sure you have your own. I think the solution I created applies to your problems with a hex or grid gaming system as well. Lets talk about it.
Constructagon.com is a project I’ve been working on for awhile. I had started working towards obtaining a 3D printer for another project called Roll&Rule which requires a 3D printer to make the complex dice needed to play RnR. I did a Kickstarter, but since I have a hard time asking for funds, it didn’t really pan out. I asked for too much, the site that I wanted to build was too obscure for people to feel as if they wanted to be a part of it. Really, it came down to marketing and my message was pretty mellow. I’m not wildly high energy about business projects most of the time. I put my nose down and dive in. Solve problems. Take a step forward. Rinse and Repeat.
That brings me to Constructagon again. It had a big plan from the beginning, as I mostly always do. Find where I want to be. Fill in the blanks from A to Z, then launch with A… the minimum viable product. Then creep towards Z. I bootstrap everything. I’m a single person running a consultancy that is in its infancy and I don’t advertise.
So, what does Constructagon really do? The goal was to build 3D models for tabletop gaming. That printer for Roll&Rule was to also be used for Constructagon. Since that didn’t pan out, a new MVP was found recently that will allow Constructagon to launch with a new foundation and then slowly work towards the 3D printer of choice. I’ll get a 3D printer, it will only construct in ABS plastic in a single color, but figures, terrain and miscellany will be made with it to work with the Constructagon Hex System. The system is based on the TileSnap patent pending technology developed by HATCHideas, which also operates Constructagon. This is the minimum viable product that was developed around the TileSnap patent:
The Constructagon Hex Tiling System
Constructagon Hex Base
The Base consists of either 7 or 19 hex square pucks that can be affixed to another surface, such as plywood, MDF, acrylic, whatever mobile backer you want. The pucks themselves are designed to be picked up and moved as needed, but sometimes you want greater stability. Each one of the connectors can hold about 5 pounds of weight. They can be used upside down in buildings, on walls and of course floors. If your system uses 1″ hex spaces, then this system is perfect for you. A standard grid system is also available in 1″ squares and will be available later this year.
Right now the system is standard earth tone colors, black, brown, the pieces are laser cut, and you can paint them whatever you like. Later this year, topography tiles and terrain tiles will be printed by a 3D printer for each of the Constructagon Hex Tile pieces you may need. What gets produced really depends on our customers.
Constructagon Hex Tile
Each of the Constructagon Hex Tile pieces can positioned individually. If you convert one of your pieces to the Constructagon Hex system, you can just pick up and replace your piece with ease. Be it a single piece such as a character, or a large piece such as a building or terrain, it all works the same. In fact, where other systems have a limited vertical height of around 2-4 inches, the Constructagon System can handle a height beyond 12″ with ease. I just haven’t bothered going higher than one foot. The weight of the object at the top is what really matters. As you approach 5 pounds, you have to lower the overall height of the object at the top. We’ll be selling pieces that are custom made to maximize this feature in the near future. Right now, it is more important to just get the word out that Constructagon has a hex tiling system that fixes copious problems with current gaming systems. Primarily the fact that a bumped table can cost money, time and damaged goods.
Each piece is laser cut and is formed from a number of parts. The base or puck is made of 3 pieces and each tile is made of 2 or more pieces. They are left their natural hardboard brown color which is usable by itself but can be painted or build up with other materials. When you put 7 tiles on a 7-hex puck, there is a fine line between the pieces. As soon as possible, we’ll be obtaining a 3D printer to manufacture terrain that can be painted and customized. Right now, we are selling blank tiles. Each tile can be mounted to a build or some other element and easily convert standard buildings to work with the Constructagon Hex System.
Each 7-Hex puck is currently priced at $3.99 while 19-Hex pucks are priced at $5.99. The tiles come in sets of 7 for $2.99 or 19 for $3.99.
They will be available for purchase August 1st, 2013.
You can simply go to Constructagon.com