Pathfinder: Flip-mat - Basic (multipack)
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- Four different full-color textures
- Stone floor
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Get Back to Basics!Whether you need a wild plain, a city square, an arena floor, or the open sea, set the scene for nearly any adventure with the Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain Multi-Pack! Cover all your ground effectively with four different full-color textures: grassland, stone floor, street, and water! Usable by experienced GMs and novices alike for a vast variety of games, Pathfinder Flip-Mats fit perfectly into any Game Master's arsenal, giving you vibrant playspaces you can customize however you like!Don't waste your time sketching when you could be playing. With the Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain Multi-Pack, now you can focus on what matters the most: the action in your game.�Price Includes VAT�
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MATERIAL: A sturdy, flexible plastic-coated paperlike material that feels like it will hold up to multiple folds. DO NOT STORE THESE IN A TUBE as they become warped and require weight to push back to normal. You won't be able to just unroll these before a playing session; the material requires hours to return to flat, and weighing down the sheets at the corners won't be sufficent, as the material is somewhat thick and unpliable. The size is certainly sufficent for most encounters I'd set up.
PATTERN: The pattern is higher-resolution and much more subtly detailed than I expected. There are small bushes, water puddles, and other nifty details that were unexpected. While the pattern as a whole doesn't vary much overall, the small details that permeate the sheets did impress me.
LIGHTING: Both dry- and wet-erase markers work well on these sheets, and in most lighting conditions. Even yellow wet-erase showed up well in daylight and incandescent light, but lower-light situations may require a second glance to pick up on lighter colors. While both types of markers work, I found the most brilliant results with wet-erase ink, regardless of the color used.
The patterns aren't as saturated as you would expect from the previews of the item, and that was a bit of a disappointment - at first. Upon further use, the pattern and color of the sheets did win me over with their versatility; the coloring does look better and brighter in person, and neither review photos or the item preview entirely do justice to seeing them in-person - just don't expect the preview shot of the item.
OVERALL: I'm satisfied with the ~$20 I paid for these. Couple these with wet-erase markers and preferably daylight or bright indoor spaces for the most enjoyment. While they cannot be stored in a tube, the size fits in a folder nicely. I'l update the review after a bunch of playtests and abusive folding.
The surface is great for wet erase markers. Although you may want a range of colors. The darker mat is much harder to see. I would imagine those who build their own towns or dungeons out of plastic/cardboard will be able to most take advantage of the darker surfaces.
I have found that these mats do help with the immersion when playing D&D and I look forward to using them in all my campaigns.
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Maps easily laid flat if you fold the creases either way a couple times.
I have used "permanent markers" which are more like felt tip pens of many many colours.
A small test has shown ink can be erased with nail polish remover. I am yet to fully remove either of my drawings as I am still working through the Lost Mines of Phandelver campaign and might need to revisit these places, so my only concern is that there may be slight difficulty getting ink out of the deep parts of the creases.
If you are looking for cheap miniatures, I bought some blank scrabble tiles / wooden tiles and coloured them in with felt tips and gel pens, giving each character and creature a unit colour scheme.
My players all loved the mat/map and tiles!
I would like a mat twice as big, as I had to make the Thundertree area 1 square = 10 ft, and I will have to do the same with the lost mine.
The black Staedtler chisel whiteboard marker pen works well with it. The broader strokes show up best. And they wipe off so easily (I was wiping the ink off quite regularly with a whiteboard eraser as the game progressed - don't know how well it wipes off if left overnight).
The colours of the floorplans are darker than they appear on the box. This was not a problem but worth being aware of.
24x30ins: big enough for an average RPG encounter and to draw a large section of dungeon, etc; small enough to fit on an average table and for players to reach their figures comfortably.
The 4 terrains are incredibly useful (I've used 'em all many times in my campaign). Easy to draw & erase whiteboard marker on these mats. They're durable. They fold neatly into easily-storable size. Really can't find anything wrong with them.
Eventually they might get a bit crinkled at the edges and along the fold seams, but there's years of tabletop battles to be fought on these before you'd even need to consider getting new ones.
The main problem with coated sheets like these is they don't easily sit flat after being folded, and unless you use really fat pens you often can't clearly see what you draw on them.
In the end I started playing maps on an old TV instead, with inch grid pictures behind a layer of black which I can erase for the 'fog of war' effect.
Would definitely buy again.
As for it not laying flat, I haven't had any issues. Once you open it just be sure to refold the map against the folds several times and the mat will lay flat. No books or weights required.
If you're going to use Miniatures then these are a great choice; the weight will hold it down. Unfortunately, it's not great for what I do.