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I got a 72 or so set and did the self assembly. Was missing a few covers and let Tim know. He sent me the replacements (free) in an envelope well packed and all are fully assembled no problems. Not super magnetic but more than enough to keep things together moving them around on the table. I guess better magnets would be nice but don't mind things as is.
If you've got a problem let him know via an email. Maybe post complaints on here after trying that perhaps?
I've got the $59 Hexels set. I've put a few together. Anybody interested? I do not want to break it up.
I would be interested in buying 11 more hexels from someone. Unfortunately do not want to pay $60 for the 2 sets of 10 I would have to by from Tim's store in order to match my hexels to what my Catan collection has grown to since originally kickstarting this.
I would love to buy some hexels from anyone interested. I only need 9 for a full Explorers and Pirate game. It was a struggle to play it this weekend without the Hexels!
@Jeremy: I too am getting unsolicited emails from Tim about unrelated products. I sent an email response to his latest yoga mat email. I sincerely despise people who take a mailing list from one product and use it to advertise another product (board game to yoga mat, really?), so it's unlikely I'll back anything of Tim's again.
Adam, I would have gladly bought them off of you....
Just threw mine out.... They were completely useless... Only thing that wasn't a waste of money was the Catan game I got... So not a total loss. Nothing like the video promised. Very disappointed.
I haven't assembled my Hexels yet so I was wondering if it really is worth upgrading the magnets to the magnets listed below: https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp…
I ordered 83 Hexels so that would be an additional $130...not sure if it is necessary or if the Hexels are worth an additional $130 investment. Has anyone tried both the included magnets and the ones listed below? Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated!
I am so aggravated at some of the comments here. One I read said he never expected to receive his Hexels un-assembled. WHAT?!??! Tim specifically asked if people wanted their sets sooner (unassembled) or later (assembled). It is my understanding that you had to OPT-IN for the unassembled.
I too am disappointed in the strength of the magnets and that they are weaker than those shown in the prototype, but guess what? It was a PROTOTYPE!!! Time was always very upfront about the difficulties he faced and the changes forced upon him by the manufacturers decision NOT to honor the original pricing.
Get a life people! You may say you could do better, but I don't even see you trying! At least Tim carried through on this project.
Anyone else receiving a tonne of emails from @getresponce.com on behalf of Tim? They keep going to my junk mail folder.
I haven't received mine yet =(
Tim, I agree with the supporters here. I played my first game with the Hexels last weekend, and they're great. As for stacking, they stack fine as long as you put them on one at a time (otherwise the magnets are aligned incorrectly if you try to stack two stacks together).
I'm a huge fan – thanks for letting us take this journey you and for overcoming the obstacles that came your way. This was much better than having a campaign that didn't deliver, so I consider this a Kickstarter win.
I finally got around to assembling my hexels last weekend. I wish I had come here and read the comments on the magnets. I have no problem with how long the project took. Things happen and its tough to foresee the bumps in the road, especially on your first project. I was patient.
That said, what I do find unacceptable is the performance of the product. I went back and took a look at the video that prompted me to back this project in the first place. No, this product does not perform as shown in the video. The video shows the hexel stacking neatly together. And he even spins a small stack of hexels on its side showing that they do not come apart. I have no problems with the selection of alternative materials from a cost perspective, BUT the product should still perform as shown to the backers. Sadly, it does not. I tried stacking them for storage and they just slide around and fall over. Moreover, the pieces still slide around even when the board is assembled. There is no way I can move the board without some of the hexels breaking apart from one another. This is definitely not what was shown to us.
Perhaps the hexels would work better with better magnets, but shouldn't the product come with all of the materials to perform as shown? Go watch the video again. This product does not perform like that. Now my hexels are assembled and I guess I am out of luck with no way to salvage it. Very disappointed :(
I think you had a great idea but your delivery was horrible. After waiting for the hexels for over a year since my pledge I received a bag of random pieces that barely fit together and fell apart the minute they are assembled. Very disappointed in this product as it was a huge letdown and is currently just trashing my catan set.
Haters gonna hate. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I backed this project during it's infancy and I guess Tim managed to keep us updated throughout the year that he took to deliver the Hexels.
Was it a long wait? Yes, of course it was. But did it stop you people from playing the game while waiting for the Hexels? No, it didn't. My family continued playing every weekend despite spending extra minutes setting it up and every now and then, replace the slightly skewed roads and houses due to the warped nature of the cardboard.
After a year, I got my Hexels delivered. All the way in South East Asia (Malaysia). And I live in a rural area but yet, it got delivered. My family loved it. Everything looked and worked exactly like I wanted it to. It's easy for us behind the computer to diss and make noises but why didn't you come up with the brilliant idea yourself?
Tim did a good job, I won't say it was the best but it surely didn't deserve the anger directed at him. I know you people paid good money, try thinking it from a different perspective. At the current exchange rate, my Hexels cost 3 times the amount that you people paid in the US. Who doesn't do it for profit? Better for him to deliver a good product rather than a rushed job and we end up poorer for it.
Maybe the haters could have petitioned Kickstarter to have another option of wanting out after a certain period if the product that managed to get backed, didn't produce the goods in time. Surely that would have cut down the amount of hate.
Just my two cents. Cheers Tim Walsh, you have my support.
Everything goes well.. oh well, did you get my email message?
I am missing those tiny covers!!! for the last 2 hexels!
please send them over.
Just wanted to say I've had a great experience with this campaign. I got the 63 set, un-assembled, but my brother and I knocked it out in less then an hour. Played with them, they work great. Was shorted a few covers but Tim corrected that fairly quickly, and I am satisfied Thanks again.
Just got my Hexels (Calgary, Canada)! They were worth the wait. Thanks, Tim!
Ditto on the question about the harbour pieces.
Just got my assembled set of Hexels! (I live in Toronto, Canada)
Any news on whether harbour pieces will be available in the future?
Japji... I cannot fathom 2 hours for 63 hexels but I suppose it's possible if you went INCREDIBLY slow. However, how on earth did you go through 3 tubes of glue?! Each hexel takes two of the tiniest drops. You apply a tiny amount of pressure to the tube, wait for a little bubble of glue to appear on the nozzle, and poke the female connections to transfer the drop.
I agree that Tim could have done some things differently, but the way a lot of people here are complaining is quite ridiculous, and I think people made the assembly far more complicated than it truly was.
Love love love these. Played a full set 6 mini island game yesterday and since I got lucky at a flea market I have hexel shipped harbors from early sets. Love Love Love
Wish I could post a pic here
Ok... so here's my evaluation, now that I've assembled my 63 piece set.
Overall, my expectations for a KickStarter are low... as in... several of the ones I've invested in have never come to fruition. In the most practical of ways, Tim has managed to complete (sort of) a fairly complex series of steps, production, and $$ expenditure to bring Hexels to completion, such as they are (unassembled.)
But as one other commenter mentioned... I don't do KickStarter to buy a product... I do it to give a 'kick start' to someone's good idea. Likewise, I like investing in their future as a possible inventor, writer, etc.
And I think this is what disappoints me most about this project: Tim won the battle but, to me, lost the war. There's SOOO much more to creating a cool project - especially a gaming product where fans can be incredibly supportive, or quite the opposite.
I'm a game manufacturer myself, and while some of the comments here are all about the love, it's clear that Tim could have done MANY things differently to support those who supported him.
It's hard to ascertain exactly how much things cost on these projects, and I wouldn't want someone to lose a lot of $$... but I always got the feel that Tim was cutting corners at every opportunity in order to assure that he came out ahead by $XX - customers be damned.
I'd suggested at one point that he hire local (SF) day labor to help package/assemble the Hexels. The labor is fairly inexpensive and you can get 40 man hours of work for a few hundred dollars. But, as best I can tell, he and his friends did all the work themselves... in order to save a few bucks.
And then... the assembly. For me, it took well over 2 hours to assemble 63 hexels. And, I went through three $6 tubes of glue. Now $18 isn't much to me... but... given that Tim was unwilling to pay the labor to assemble the pieces, I think it would have been wise to include the glue with each package. A tube for xx number of hexels in the box.
Likewise, I was kind of shocked that it actually had the EXACT number of magnets needed. And while this was good enough... with all those magnets... what if I'd lost one? Would it have really hurt the bottom line to include a couple extra magnets?
I've not yet used the Hexels... so it's hard to assess how helpful they are, or cool.
But overall, I'm thankful that the project did eventually come to fruition, but I'm unlikely to back future projects from Tim.
I'm having trouble with all the love for Hexels. Yes, I love the idea but the implementation has been pathetic. Mine arrived more than 1 year after they were supposed to. That is completely unacceptable.
And, while Tim is goggling on about 'assembling' the hexels, what customers get are unassembled bits and pieces that I have to go out and buy special glue for, then spend hours of my time glueing and messing around with - in other words ASSEMBLING THEM!
Now, here's the deal: I went through the original Kickstarter page and looked for anything that said that I would have to spend hours of my time gluing and piecing together each and every Hexel. And surprise! there is nothing. And that's what makes me angry. Tim mislead me and has mismanaged this project.
I will never support another one of his projects because I can't stand people who can't be upfront and clear about what you're paying for and what you're getting. If I had known the outcome of this backing, there is no way I would have given a penny to this project.
One last thought: How do the water/ocean pieces fit together with the plastic hexels? Oh well, one more thing Tim neglected to mention. Nice.
Hey Tim, can you post a "FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF HEXELS UPDATE" for us at some point?
I personally would like to buy another set to use for the ocean and port hexes (kicking myself for not pledging for two sets outright). Moreover, we have turned several friends on to Catan and they now want to be able to get Hexels for their games. I know there were major issues with your supplier and I don't recall all details but I'm hoping (Optimistically) that more Hexels will be available someday soon.
Have used my (assembled by me) Hexels many many times and I rank them among my best Kickstarter purchases ever!
Fingers crossed there is a future for more Hexels!
Got my hexels! Assembly was a breeze. I find the magnets are fine. Good work sir and thank you for all your trouble.
I looked at the magnets that came with my 73 hexels and decided that they were not quite up to the task. I took Nan-Hsun Han's advice from a post below and purchased the recommended magnets.
These work really well especially since they are diametrically magnetized instead of axially magnetized like the ones shipped with the hexels. This is good for two reasons:
1. A longer edge is magnetized so they are stronger.
2. Instead of flipping around inside the magnet chamber the rotate on the axis of the cylinder.
are people getting tracking numbers for their hexels?
Forgot to comment earlier. I got my 63 pack + 2x 10 hexel booster packs about a week ago. Assembly was really easy and took around 2 or 2.5 hours. Haven't gotten a chance to play with them yet, but they seem to be excellently designed.
Just got mine today on Canada.... But i had email Tim and asked if he could assembly them instead of me very early in the process but I guess that message didn't get through.
Is there anyone out there with the skills and/or equipment to measure the magnets that came in the package? I can read about how magnets work and all the different type until I am blue in the face, but that does not help me until I have a baseline to compare others to. I am looking to see if there is a stronger magnet that I could buy before I finish the assembly of the remainder of my Hexels. Thanks in advance for the help!
Just wanted to let everyone know I got my 63 hexels a couple weeks back. I've assembled them (easy) and played a couple 4 player base games with them. Some of you may remember that I was brazenly stirring the pot 6+ months ago when Tim's updates weren't inspiring confidence. It would've been easy for Tim to ship me nothing (or worse!), but he followed through and delivered the product. Thanks, Tim.
Received my 63 piece set. Assembly went fine with my 2 daughters no problem there. The problem is that the magnets are very weak - they barely hold the things together. These magnets were poorly chosen - stronger magnets should have been provided. My daughters did the assembly so I did not realize this design flaw until it was too late - nothing I can do now.
Also the ridges inside the hexels that hold the cardboard pieces are not big enough - the cardboard hex pieces do fit in the hexel frame but can pop out easily when the cardboard is warped (this warping is a known design flaw and part of the reason hexels needed to be created in the first place.) If the plastic rests were larger the cardboard hexes would be much easier to keep in the right place or push back into place.
They work, but they are not as useful as I had hoped - still a pain when you are picking up the pieces. We play with lots of ocean pieces and multiple islands - using all 63 pieces together - the board looks fantastic but it just seems like the design was not tested well - especially with warped hexes.
Got my 83 a day or two ago. Finished assembling them pretty quickly. I think it didn't take more than a couple of hours. I'm glad I'd purchased a 12-pack of superglue a while back for another project and had most of it still available.
I've ordered a different set of magnets since I found the small magnets that came with the package was a little lacking. These ones seem to work great >> https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp…
Although they cost about 50bucks for 180 magnets (the amount needed for the 30pc hexel set). I'll be assembling them soon with these magnets inside.
Hexels have arrived!
Assembly to commence!
Thanks for doing this project. We've assembled ours and can't wait to have some friends over to use 'em!
Robert Neely just now
Got my 63 on Thursday, assembled today (Saturday) in 2 1/2 hours while watching the DVR, one .14 oz bottle of Loctite super glue with the squeeze side dispenser.
Thanks for all your hard work and effort on this project, love my hexels.
"should be THOUGHT of"
A brief retort after reading a bunch of the earlier comments about the self assembly and wait time: Kickstarter is NOT a store. It's a resource where people with good ideas can get funding from other people who agree it's a good idea. I think Hexels are a good idea. So I funded the project. In my personal opinion, people who are complaining about the wait and the assembly have lost sight of what Kickstarter is intended for. You didn't "buy Hexels", you donated money to a guy with a good idea to help him get the idea off the ground. The fact that you received a version of the finished project as a thank you is purely a bonus. At least that's the way I think Kickstarter should be though of.
Also wanted to say that assembly with a simple tube of "super glue" was VERY easy. No complaints about having to assemble them myself.
I received my set of 59 hexels last week. I was able to assemble all of them in an evening. My family has played one game of Settlers with them so far. I must say assembly and clean up are much easier. I even did a "slam test" half way through the game where I slammed my fist on the table.... Nothing moved. So, despite the delays with the manufacturer, mission accomplished!
Got 'em! Thanks for persevering and getting the Hexels to us. They are worth the wait. They work very well with our Settlers games ... Especially on our metal patio table. The Boss has confiscated some to use as picture frames on the fridge. She seems happier with that application than with the game. Please keep me in the loop, I am ready to buy more when Hexels make it to the retail market.
Hey folks... Occasionally I do game reviews for publications and I was thinking of doing a good, bad, and ugly in my year of Kickstarting... Right now my ugly is the wait for hexels. Would any of you like to comment, just message me. I haven't attempted to asssemble my hexels yet. I have no super-glue and I didn't buy any ahead of time because I asked for them to be preassembled.
Jupp... Greetings from Germany aswell. Last week I got the Hexel set. Works very well with Siedler Star Trek ;-))) Thanks..
Got our Hexels a couple weeks ago. Took an hour or two to assemble them, with the booster packs. We've been playing regularly since then. Love them!!! Assembly really was easy, and the video was clear so we knew was we were doing. They work like a charm, and the pics of the game tables are sharp.
Got my 63 piece set today. My son was so excited that he called me at work to tell me the news. I used generic super glue from Walgreens and it worked great. Assembly was simple and took about an hour to do all 63. To those complaining that they got a "box of parts", just give it a try without the glue - I think you'll find it's pretty easy. Then grab a 99 cent tube of super glue, crack open a beer, and put on an episode of "Walking Dead". You'll probably be done before the show is over.
And tomorrow you can get your gaming group together to play on your shiny new Hexels!
OR...you can fume about it for a while, pack them up, ship them back, wait for assembly and re-shipment, negotiate with Tim over shipping costs, and maybe you'll get in that game of Catan on your shiny new Hexels sometime over the summer.
See, I don't remember the survey being a "Choose how you want to receive your hexels". It seemed to me that it was a "So I can assemble them and then ship or I can ship them as is. Give feedback so I can decide what to do." The response from the community was overwhelmingly in favor of just getting them out the door.
I really don't understand the "I demand fully-assembled Hexels OR ELSE" crowd at all. I assembled a 49-piece set in under an hour. It would have taken me much longer to re-package and re-label everything, drive down to the post office, and ship it off, and return home than it did to just put it together. Then again, I grew up in the era where "some assembly required" was basically a given for toys. The sense of entitlement required to demand that he take a return, assemble them himself, and return them at his cost... it's just staggering.
@Michael Fienen: I had great success with regular old superglue. Just the tiniest dab (just wiped on the end of the applicator, if you can see glue on it that's too much) on each post before dropping the cover into place, then holding it for a few seconds to make sure it sets flush with the bottom of the hexel.
Has anyone determined what the ideal adhesive is to glue the backs on the magnet chambers? What are you using? Super glue? Hot glue? Model glue?
You guys should probably contact Tim directly if you want to have your hexels assembled for you. There is a 'Contact me' link next to his picture off to the right side of the page (not sure if this is true if you are using a mobile browser).
BUT it will probably take more effort for you to arrange the the shipment and mail them off to San Fran than it would for you to just glue them together yourself.
Please advise by reply comment (or PM) how to return my unassembled set for assembly and then re-shipment. Thanks in advance,