Posted 28 September 2015 - 10:08 PM
Technically you're right, of course. But in practice, you need to put your superhero figure down on something, and hexgrid-covered battlemats were the universally used playing surface that I witnessed in the game's first 30 years of existance, both at home and at game conventions. Thousands of us internalized movement and combat distances on an intuitive level after so many years of playing the game in its first 5 incarnations. The idea that "measuring things by inch/Hex is dumb" is an absurd claim given the fact that it worked just fine for 30 years and thousands of published characters/vehicles. To most long-time players it just seemed as though the numbers we all understood intuitively had suddenly doubled for no good reason.
But not everyone uses a Hex Mat, many use a Grid or no mat at all (ie, play it like 40k and measure everything with rulers/tapes/whatever). Especially those who use gaming tiles (the tiles I did for my city board have a 1" square grid that you can barely see except on the sidewalks/concrete sections - pics can be found on my blog here: https://cloudcraftsi...reets-bundle/).
Many gamers I know are going "off the grid" so to speak. So it makes sense that HERO would abandon the Hex Measurement system.
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