What is 3D shape of hexes? Hex dipyramid or Hex cylinder?

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Re: What is 3D shape of hexes? Hex dipyramid or Hex cylinder?

Postby Wyvern » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:51 pm

I had always figured that the geographical map was spatially consistent, just with boundaries erected all over it. But that actually caused problems that a more relative spacial configuration could solve...

We know that warlord-led stacks can try to pass through hexes defended by enemies without deliberately fighting them, but if the defenders want to, they'll still attack. If you want to get through, you still need to outmaneuver the defenders and survive their attacks for a little while. We've seen this with Vinny's idea for getting through a hex of dwagons and Stanley trying to break through the pass on his way to Faq.

But let's say a mounted Jillian is leading a small stack of flying scouts. She has two move left, and wants to check both the northern and northwestern hex. She knows there's an enemy army of fliers to the north, but doesn't know how big it is (and needs to find out). So to see both hexes, she needs to go north into the defended hex, and then exit to the southwest. This would normally mean having to evade the hostile fliers on her way through that first hex. But, if she wanted to, could she move to the very westernmost point of the northern border before crossing, therefore only having a couple of feet to move in order to exit again to the southwest, cheating the defenders out of their chance to outmaneuver and croak her? Or would she enter the hex at the same point regardless of where she exited the previous one from?

Under my previous assumption, it would have had to been the former, which would have been "cheating" by most strategy game rules. But if the contents of the hexes don't have to be totally geometrically congruent, then it could easily be the latter, which would work better in terms of game rules. It could even dump her a ways in from the border she entered from, forcing her to cover some ground even if she just wanted to retreat in the direction she came! Parson has never crossed a hex border, so we have no human perspective on what it's like.

The only issue is that Parson seemed to be able to see past the hex border he had wanted to cross a few updates ago. Unless that view is just for show and doesn't actually signify what he's going to see, that poses a problem.
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Re: What is 3D shape of hexes? Hex dipyramid or Hex cylinder?

Postby cloudbreaker » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:57 pm

Wyvern wrote:Parson has never crossed a hex border, so we have no human perspective on what it's like.

We have seen someone crossing a hex border here.
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