Placing the Hexes

Before you begin placing the hex tiles into the game board frame, you will need to know the following terms and definitions: 

Hex Tile(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A six-sided cardboard game piece that is placed with the frame in a honey-comb pattern as part of the larger game board.  Comes in a variety of different designs, and has a variety of roles.  Usually printed double-sided, with “land” on one side and “sea” on the other. 
Terrain Hex(-es): Noun. Singular or Plural.  A specific type of hex tile which is is displayed with a land-based illustration on the upper side and visible portion.
Sea Hex(-es): Noun. Singular or Plural. A specific type of .
Variant(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A set of instructions for using the pieces from a Catan game or expansion in a new way. Most variants are fan-generated and require printing and cutting out new pieces.


     Originally, there were just five types of hex tiles. Even as new artwork appeared on the tiles (thus changing their appearance), their basic function remained the same. Now, however, new releases have resulted in countless varieties of different hex tiles, each of them with a different purpose and meaning. 


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