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This supplement is a guide to the mechanical methods of running a hexcrawl style campaign. It is written for OSR-style games, specifically Necrotic Gnome's Old School Essentials, but can easily be adapted to fit others. It includes methods of both traveling through hexes and exploring within a hex, clarifications on rules for getting lost, populating a hex with lairs, determining the range of monsters within the lair, and more.

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Michael C January 16, 2021 10:21 pm UTC
Not sure I will have any luck posting here but I don't know how else to contact the author.

I don't suppose you have a tutorial showing how you build these hex maps in Hexographer/Worldographer?
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James W November 17, 2020 2:36 pm UTC
I wanted to add a hex crawl element in my D&D campaign for when my players go to another plane to find a lost soul. This is the perfect resource for explaining the logistics of working at that scale. It is well organized and explains the issues one should consider when designing the mechanics of encounters, travel, weather, and the like. My only complaint is that the figures, which themselves are helpful, are unfortunately of low resolution which makes them blurry. Reading the hex numbers and icons are difficult.
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David S October 27, 2019 2:13 am UTC
This is a well thought out, detailed product. It makes running hexcrawls so much easier. Looking forward to using it in a game.
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Carl J October 17, 2019 11:44 pm UTC
“Spore” should be “spoor” throughout the document.
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Tom G October 09, 2019 12:04 am UTC
Why are there 5 sub hexes in a 6 mile hex? 1.2 miles instead of 1?
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Jay M June 18, 2020 1:44 am UTC
He explains it in the first 2 pages of the book. Why not go and read it.
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Snifflin D July 27, 2020 6:57 am UTC
This got me too. I think the confusion is if you don’t read the whole sentence.

“The template used herein breaks down each six mile hex into five smaller hexes (sub-hexes), from face to face.”

I was confused at first at how five hexes fit nicely into a bigger hex and more so when the graphic is shown to have twenty five hexes within a bigger hex.

For whatever reason, I was just not reading after the parenthesis, “from face to face”.

Once I realized I was somehow truncating the sentence, this was pretty straight forward.
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Gorgar W October 07, 2019 11:14 pm UTC
This is a godsend. Thank you for doing this. I spent months trying to distil a coherent hexcrawling system from various web resources—and not really being satisfied with how they came out or played. You guys have managed to do exactly what I have been after. Thank you for this. Easy contender for Best Freebie!
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