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Hex Kit is a desktop application for building hex maps to be used with table top role playing games. Rather than being bogged down by features and complications, Hex Kit is built to be intuitive and quick to use with an emphasis on art.


  • Multi Platform: Hex Kit runs native on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • Simple to Use: It has just the right tools you need to quickly put together a detailed map, as well as a few tools for displaying your map at the table.
  • Detail Variation: No need to hand pick each tile as you build your map; pick a hex style and the software randomizes the selection as you click and drag across the canvas. Tiles can be rotated and flipped with just a few mouse clicks as well. If you find the painting too broad, you can also select individual tiles.
  • Player Facing Display: Hex Kit has a display mode that shows your map in a separate window; drag it to a second screen or show it on a projector. You can hide parts of the map with fog of war and reveal the map as needed. Changes made in paint mode update in the display window in real time. Did your players burn that village down? Delete it from the map, and it's gone.
  • Store Information: You can store a label with a description for each hex directly in the map.
  • Custom Tiles: Hex Kit comes with a small selection of old school themed, black & white tiles that you can use to get started. You can create and import your own tiles, or even install more hand illustrated tiles from Cecil Howe.
  • Export: Hex Kit will export your map as a PNG file that you can print or even use with a virtual table top.
  • Random Maps: If you're in a hurry, or just want to goof off, you can generate a random map and then edit it to fit your needs.
More Tiles: Hex Kit comes packed with classic, black & white tiles out of the box. Additional, full color hand illustrated tiles can be purchased downloaded here in our DTRPG store.

Installation: Installing Hex Kit is easy: download the zip file or dmg and extract it wherever you want. All you have to do is open the executable and you'll be making maps in no time. 

Terms of Use: By purchasing or downloading Hex Kit you agree to utilize Hex Kit art assets for personal use only unless given permission from Cone Of Negative Energy by means of a commercial license agreement. The Hex Kit software and all official Hex Kit art assets are copyright 2017 Cone Of Negative Energy. Full and expanded legal terms included with download. For tutorials and more information, visit hex-kit dot com.

NOTE: The Hex Kit desktop application only comes with black and white tiles; full color tiles are additional purchases. This version of the Hex Kit desktop app is the exact same version available in other marketplaces.

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Connor D December 19, 2017 1:15 pm UTC
Hi Cecil!
I have a quick question for you; I've noticed (on 2 different computers, different OS's) that when I try to 'Import' a map, I can see the layers and whatnot in my toolbox, but the entire screen comes up blank.

I've also noticed that when the above issue occurs, if I press Ctrl+G (to Generate a new map) the 'Generate' window comes up with no buttons on it, it's just a blank form.

Any details on how to fix this?
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cecil H December 25, 2017 4:02 am UTC
Hi Connor,

If you load your tilesets are in different folders when you try to load a map on a different computer, then it will give you a blank map and bug out the generate function. If you plan to move maps from one computer to another from time to time, I recommend having your tilesets in the main hex kit folder on all devices.
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Connor D December 28, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
That explains it!
Thanks Cecil! Loving the app, I've played around with Hexographer, Worldographer, and now Hex Kit, and it's easily become my go-to map making tool. Simple, Intuitive, Fast, I love it!
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November 26, 2017 7:35 am UTC
Are you still working on the Spaceland tileset?
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cecil H November 26, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
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cecil H November 24, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Dear Folks interested in a commercial-use license:

The software itself is free to use commercially without paying any extra cash or trading your soul for the good times. The official Hex Kit tilesets do require a license, though. you can email me with questions: cecil @ swordpeddler . com (remove the spaces, unless you want to send me spam, then keep the spaces)

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Jason K November 22, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
Great product. Love the look of the hexes and the simple user interface. I too would love a commercial license option.
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cecil H November 24, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
Send me an email to cecil @ swordpeddler . com (without spaces) and i can get you the details on commercial use licenses.
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Kai P November 10, 2017 6:02 am UTC
Does the current version´s license allow to use maps produced with it to be included in commercial products?
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November 14, 2017 12:40 am UTC
No, it doesn't. (I checked directly with them during the kickstarter campaign.) I'm hoping that they put out a reasonably priced commercial license, because the hexes are really beautiful.
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cecil H November 24, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
y'all send me an email to cecil @ swordpeddler . com (without spaces) and i can get you the details on commercial use licenses.
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November 08, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Great product. Where can we obtain a commercial license agreement, and how much is it?
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