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Hi all,

I've searched the archives a bit and haven't found much regarding where to find blank chipboard/cardboard hexes. I've seen mention that they are available, but have had no luck finding them at the various game suppliers etc. I have seen that I can get blanks from Mayfair for Settlers, but I'm looking for something a bit thicker/cheaper. Maybe that is not possible. Can anyone point me to a place that has them available, other than custom made? Thanks.

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Some of the parts suppliers in the web resources section have them. Some of the web pages aren't in english, but have plenty of pictures to follow. Try looking through them and I'm sure you'll find something close to what you want.

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You can buy blank hexes in various sizes from this site:
http://www.muecke-hotelberatung.de/shop/

They're in Germany, so expect to struggle a little reading the site (though much of it is in English as well as German) and to find prices listed in Euros.

I recently placed an order with them for a bunch of hexes along with some colored wooden cubes and colored disc-shaped counters. They were very easy to deal with, and they speak English which is good if you have to send some special comments or instructions with your order. My order hasn't arrived yet so I can't tell you anything about the actual quality of their components.

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Rick-Holzgrafe wrote:
You can buy blank hexes in various sizes from this site:
http://www.muecke-hotelberatung.de/shop/

Greate site, thanks for sharing!

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Damn,
They have plastic tokens I've been looking for months. 10mm. Look like smarties but in plastics. In the Colour I needed on top.

Have to find out the shipping price to Canada.

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[This post accidentally edited out of existance. Sorry.]
- Seth

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I've just tried using my Xylon machine to put my artwork on one of the blank hexes. It seems to work really well! My artwork is in Photoshop and I was able to make my printed hexes the same size as the blanks. Cut out my paper printed hexes, run them through the Xylon with a sticky-back cartridge, then (carefully) apply them to the blank cardboard, and presto!

I used the "Repositionable Adhesive" cartridge, in the hopes that I could just peel off the artwork and reuse the cardboard if I needed to, but the adhesive seems too strong for that. This tells me I was correct to order extra hexes, in case my game design changes enough to require new artwork.

I wouldn't use this technique for a package I was going to sell, but for a prototype it is way cool.

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Due to unforseen circumstances, the message quoted below has been deleted. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Rick-Holzgrafe wrote:
I've fallen in love with my Xylon machine...

Heh, I found this comment ironic, because it's xyRon...

I like it too. Good job with the hexes. It was interested to hear that the repositionable adhesive... wasn't. I just use the permanent stuff, but I haven't bought hexes. I HAVE made triangular and hex tiles by printing a page of the tiles, sticking them to chipboard, which I in turn stick to more chipboard, and sometimes even a third layer... then I use an exacto to cut them. Which is difficult and a bit painful. I suspect the whole process is cheaper, but with the rate I went through my last stickly cartridge I'm no longer so sure.

- Seth

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Rick-Holzgrafe wrote:
I've fallen in love with my Xylon machine...

Did I say "Xylon"? I meant "Cylon"... and if you've been watching Battlestar Galactica you'll know what I mean. ;-)

In the accidentally-deleted post I said that I had received my shipment of blank hexes, colored cubes, and colored discs, and that the quality of the components was high. Unfortunately my order was incomplete, being short one of the colored discs, and entirely missing some sheets of stickers for those discs. In addition, I paid an extra 10 EUR for airmail delivery (Germany to California) but the shipment was not sent airmail and took nearly two weeks to arrive. So... I like the materials, but at the moment I'm not real happy with the service. I've written back asking for the missing parts and a refund on the airmail charges, and I'll see what they say. I'm reluctant to do more business with a company so careless.

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Rick-Holzgrafe wrote:
I've written back asking for the missing parts and a refund on the airmail charges, and I'll see what they say. I'm reluctant to do more business with a company so careless.

The company has written back, very promptly, to promise that the missing parts will be sent and that my airmail surcharge would be refunded. I won't post again on this subject unless the company doesn't fulfill these promises. Mistakes happen, and they're forgiveable if the company is willing to promptly fix such problems.

And I really do like the quality of the components!

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I said that the Xyron repositional sticky stuff wouldn't peel off properly. After some more fussing with it, I can say that it can be peeled off; it's just not easy. The paper I printed my artwork on tears and shreds instead of peeling off in a neat piece. But I found that the hex can be cleaned off if you're willing to keep scraping and rubbing to get all the paper and sticky stuff off. Takes a little time, but it's faster and cheaper than ordering new hexes!

And perhaps someone will find a printable material that will peel more easily. I suspect that the sticky stuff is designed for photographs, a paper that is slicker and tougher than what I'm using.

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Maybe you should run your blank hexes through the xyron laminator to give them a nice slick surface. Then glue your artwork on with something less aggressive and it should release cleanly.

They have spray glue that you can buy to make paper into post-it style notes (very light hold adhesive, clean release), maybe that's worth looking into.

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