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What is Jafabit?

Jafabit is a modular board-game for 2 or more players that plays on a honeycomb map that you build new every game. A typical game lasts about an hour. The game is reminiscent of Chess and features a resource control and well-balanced luck mechanics where the pieces themselves are actually the dice!

Example Game Setup

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The game 3D CAD files and rules are open sourced for non-commercial use. Anyone is free to use and expand the game for personal use. Commercial interests please contact me and we’ll work something out.

What’s all this mean? Endless hours of fun.

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Jafabit Board

The Jafabit board has come a long way…

From this prototype of the game that evolved into Jafabit:jaf_proto_orig

To this prototype of the first true Jafabit board:jafabit_board_original

To a version of the game where color-coded d20 dice were the pieces and I had teleport tiles:jafabit_dnd_dice

To a completely modular game that’s easy to set up and play:modular

And to this: A fun 15 minute game between three friends:qik_game

Jafabit is more than just a game, it’s an entire new board-game system and the board is the foundation for the fun.

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Septiles

Septiles

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What is a septile? It’s a tile consisting of seven hexagonal tiles of varying heights as seen pictured above.

In the game of Jafabit you move player pieces around on a board that you build using seven (or more) septiles. This modularity allows for countless game-boards to play on.

Each tile within a septile has a color and a height. The colors are:

  • Brown – Representing Farm-lands
  • Green – Representing Forests
  • Gray – Representing Mountains
  • Red – Representing Lava Fields
  • White – Representing Mountain Peaks
  • Gold – Representing Gold Mines

There are four unique heights for Jafabit tiles. Tile height grants advantage and disadvantage to player pieces standing on them.

A Jafabit map is built by selecting a center septile and placing six support septiles around it. Each game of Jafabit comes with 2 unique center septiles and 9 support septiles (3 sets of 3 identical support septiles). There are hundreds of possible combinations. Mixing Jafabit sets results in even more!

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Pieces

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What are the pieces in Jafabit? The pieces are stylized after Chess pieces and dice. Pieces are engineered to squeeze perfectly into the player bases so they can easily be marked and moved around the game-board.

All players in the game of Jafabit share the same pool of pieces.

The pieces are as follows:

  • Brown, 4 Sided – Pawn
  • Green, 8 Sided – Knight
  • Red, 8 Sided – Bishop
  • White, 12 Sided- Queen
    • White, 3 Sided – Queen’s Favor
  • Gold, 8 Sided – Castle
    • Gold, 4 Sided – Castle Support

When pieces interact (via combat or special abilities) both pieces are rolled to determine the outcome. This eliminates the need for any separate dice and grants a tiered randomness to the game.

If one piece lands standing up, that player loses the roll (critical miss). If both land standing up? Jafabit!

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Player Bases

Player Bases

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Player Bases are colored either Blue, Orange, or Black in the 3 player edition of Jafabit. Player Bases are what each player uses to denote pieces as their own on the game-board.

The bases have been engineered so the pieces barely fit inside and “lock” in place around the pieces. It is still easy to pull the pieces and bases apart as needed, but they are designed to stay in place while picking up and moving pieces around the board.

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Resources

Resources

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What is a resource? It’s a small cube of a single color that “grows” on a tile of the same color. Resources are harvested by pawns and held in a player’s inventory until spent and then respawned on an empty tile of its same color.

All players share the same pool of resources. Resources are spent by players to summon new pieces onto the game board or claim liberated pieces already on the game board. When a player spends a resource they must place the resource on a tile of the same color that is both unoccupied by a player piece and does not already have a resource on it.

If there are no empty tiles to place the spent resource on, the player must give the resource to another player of their choosing.

Resources come in the following colors:

  • Brown – Representing Food
  • Green – Representing Wood
  • Red – Representing Sulfur
  • White – Representing Ice
  • Gold – Representing Gold

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