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Hexaflexagons!

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Broadsword56
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As a math-phobe and newcomer to boardgame design (but a lifelong wargamer), I found this 2-part video to be mindblowing...

https://youtu.be/VIVIegSt81k

Has anyone, to our knowledge, ever exploited the possibility of hexaflexagons as a boardgame device? The reason I think this could be amazing:

1. A single hexaflexagon can generate so many combinations

2. They're made from simple folded paper components (so PnP games could use them).

3. There's a certain path of results that the mathematicians have discovered. So they're not totally random, like dice. A game designer who wants things to happen in a certain order might be able to capitalize on that.

4. The hexagonal shape naturally reminds me of hexgrids, which regulate movement and fire ranges in traditional wargames. Could someone combineg colored dots and arrows on a hexgrid map with a hexaflexagon device, to make the two things interact and govern an AI in a solitaire game, without using dice or elaborate charts?

5. I just don't have the math and geometry brain to explore this myself. But I see a glimmer of something here, so I'm raising in hopes that some game designers will "geek out" on it -- and post some explorations that show the rest of us what could be done, and how to incorporate it into innovative game mechanisms.

MattPlays
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Well

I'm not sure how they could be used. People could be persuaded to use them in a PnP but it would really rack up manufacturing costs, unless they came cut but then buyers then folded them themselves.

As far as game development I would suggest making some up, writing stuff on them and trying them out

X3M
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As far as content for a

As far as content for a game:
For public games, they are a no go. There are a lot of moving parts that will take damage over time. I think they wont even last a year.
For private games, you can always make some new ones.

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