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Hex Flower Cookbook  | Hex Flower Game Engines - an overview and some thoughts.

In this document I hope to share some of the things I’ve learnt about Hex Flower Game Engines and their design.

This document is not intended to be prescriptive, but it might be a good jumping off point if you are interested in the topic and/or want to make your own Hex Flowers. 


50px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png?201110030402  The Cookbook is now also avaible in Portuguese thanks to Tito B.A

Manual do Hex Flower | Motor de Jogos "Flor de Hexes" - uma visão geral e algumas ideias.

Nesse documento eu espero compartilhar algumas das coisas que eu aprendi sobre o Motor de Jogos "Flor de Hexes" e a sua criação.

Este documento não tem a intenção de ser prescritivo, mas pode ser um bom ponto de partida se você está interessado no tópico ou quer fazer as suas próprias Flores de Hexes.

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I'm very happy for you to pay nothing for this product; and anything given to me will only be frittered away on RPG-related wares anyway. That said, even a nominal sum like 50 cents seems to bump this thing up the DriveThru charts, and it encourages me to make more things like this!

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Donald B August 24, 2022 5:00 pm UTC
I’m using your hex flower idea to determine “Non-Player Commander” tactics in a WW2 game I’m designing. So far it has provided some really interesting yet sensible results.
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Emanuele R August 04, 2020 8:06 am UTC
Hi. On page 6 (that is, the 8th of the PDF; I hate when page numbers don't match, by the way), two of the labels for the bottom exits of the "Take the Town Temperature" flower are still referring to hexes from the "Volcano Eruption Tracker" ("Calm" and "Still"). They should be "Looks and snarks" and "Ambivalent", I suppose, or be removed like the rest.
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Goblins H April 09, 2021 11:49 am UTC
Hi Emanuele - thanks for this. It looks like an error in the original unpolished HF (the text should be removed). I'll look to fix this at some point!
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Barney C March 18, 2020 1:34 pm UTC
Hi, I read through the material, but still am not sure how to create those hex flowers, or whether a existing map could be converted into one.
Could you perhaps explain the whole process to me like I'm 5 year old?
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Goblins H March 27, 2020 11:03 am UTC
Hi Barney

Thanks for the comment.

I hope to make a series of YouTube videos working through some examples soon-ish. Hopefully that would help.

I have made a wilderness Hex Flower Game Engine here:

and a High Seas version here:

I hope to make a city and dungeon one in the near future.

So, making ‘maps’ is possible. But, they are random tables that generate maps (and not actual 2D/3D maps).

In the end the HF is like a random table, but with a memory. So the key thing to decide is what do you want to have in your random tables and then think about how these might interrelate and which are going to be the most probable. Then design the HF to do that …

Again, a video series might help ...
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Shawn E February 02, 2020 3:26 am UTC
I asked a question on your youtube channel, but no response. Could someone help me understand how this works in a game setting? Does anyone have a video of a game session using this?
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Goblins H February 02, 2020 9:40 am UTC
Hi Shawn

Thanks for your message. I know of at least one twitch session where a Hexflower was used (and other non-steamed games).

However, like most ‘random tables’ the action takes place ‘off screen’.

I been thinking of doing a series of YouTube videos explaining the Hexflower idea a bit more.

In the meantime, this video demos the basic Hexflower mechanic:
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