Saturday, March 7, 2009

Edgehill 1642 Map Making

As a diversion from developing the computer-based boardgame on Isandlwana, we thought it would be fun to make a print-and-play game which would have a larger map than other WDG PnP maps. Previously, WDG PnP game maps have been 14 x 9 hexes on one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper or card stock.

The game topic chosen for this larger map is the battle of Edgehill fought during the English Civil War in 1642. Two 8 1/2 x 11 sheets were used for Edgehill resulting in a 21 x 25 hex map.

The procedure involved first running the nifty utility DrawHexGrid to generate two 21 x 13 hex BMP files. Once map details were drawn on the two BMP files using a paint program, the two images were inserted into a MS Word document and each image was expanded to meet page margins (see above). The two pages were printed and each printed page was cut along one long side through the center of the ninth column, the cut edges fitted together and tape applied along the join.

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