We're first and foremost Wargamers.
Yes we run Leodis Games a highly succesfull online store and yes we also make 3D printed tokens for gaming and have our own range of T Shirts but at heart we're gamers.
And it's with the gamers mindset that we've sat down and designed our mats. We wanted to come up with a range that improved the gaming experience rather than restricting it. We could tell you now about the quality of our vinyl mats (if you're interested in GSM and DPI thats right at the bottom of this section) but we're sure as gamers you'll have seen vinyl mats before.
Instead of telling you the same product details as everyone else we'll tell you what makes our mats different. We set out to make a range of mats that enhanced the visual spectacle of gaming without restricting it. What do we mean by restricting it?
Well we're sure you've all seen those mats that restrict gameplay. They look visually stunning, like works of art even, but they restrict where you can put your scenery. They have roads and rivers and lakes and building foundations on them. They look great the first few times you play on them. But then you want to change up how you put the buildings down on the table. And then you realise that road doesn't look so great with a building or a wood sat on it!
And this is where we come in! We've developed a vast array of patterns for your mats that won't interfere with where you place your scenery.
But that's not all. As gamers we know that the right detail on a mat can enhance and speed up the gaming experience. Thats why we've developed a host of deployment templates for your favourite games and whats more they're free to add to your mats!
We also know how much our fellow gamers like to customise their stuff. That's why we've included the option to pay extra to customise your mat with your logo. For us to be able to do this you'll need to be able to supply us with a high quality image of your logo for us to work with (if you're not sure get in contact and we'll make sure everything will work).
And finally as gamers ourselves there are certain individuals who we really appreciate and want to be able to help out as much as we can. These are the Tournament Organisers, the Club Secretaries and the Store Owners who's tireless input is the bloodflow of our community. That's why we've come up with special heavily discounted sets of mats to help these guys out.
So lets look at our mats.
As well as the mats we've created a range of deployment templates for our mats to help you get the most out of your games.
The templates are colour adjusted for each mat so that they will not stand out too much on the board.
They are free to add to your choice of pattern. If there's a template you don't see then ask and we'll see what we can do.
Everyone likes to customise their stuff.
For text we just need the text you want (we reserve the right to refuse anything offensive) the size you want it in inches, where you want it on the mat and the name of any paticular font you want.
For your logo's you will need to supply us with the logo (.jpeg or .png file) in the colours you want. The minimum DPI we print in is 100 so bear in mind that a 512x512 image will be 5 inches on a mat. We can adjust the sizes for you but we will not be editing the image.
So if you want a 25 inch square of your friends face in the middle of the mat you need to make sure that the image is still sharp at 2500x2500 pixels!
Once we have the logo/ text we will email you a proof of the mat to check everythings where you want it before printing.
And finally the technical stuff about the Matz:
- Made from highly durable 500GSM PVC
- Non textured gaming surface with high quality printed picture
- Scratch, tear and stains resistant
- Shipping tubes can be used as easy storage
Initially we launched with no stretch goals as we felt that keeping any of our designs back from you to create artificial stretch goals would be wrong.
However a number of you have asked if it's possible to have more than one design in the TO's pledges. This is something we can add in as a stretch goal.
When we reach £1000 pledged we'll add in the option for two different mat designs on the TO's pledge.
3/4/11 New Reduced Level! At £1500 you get four different designs on the TO's pledge.
3/4/11 New Reduced Level! And when we hit £2000 TO's will get the option to have a different design on all eight of their mats.
Risks and challenges
In keeping with our ethos of delivering excellent customer service to all of our customers we've kept the risks associated with this project as small as possible.
Our designs have been created.
We have tested printing partners for both the UK and the USA (remember no import charges if you buy in the States!). Both of our printers are well respected and established companies but we must acknowledge the possibility of them ceasing trading. We have back ups in place should this happen.
And so we come to our main risk/ challenge and that's delivering on time. Everyone knows that this can be an issue with Kickstarters. We were tempted to add a ridiculously long delivery date on the project to give us plenty of breathing room after the project ends but we decided against this. Afterall if you buy something you want it as soon as possible, not in six months time.
Instead we've invested in extra computers and have trained more people in order delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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