About this project
WORLDWIDE SHIPPING FOR THIS KICKSTARTER!
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Mini Update - Unlocked Themes include 6x4' & 4x4' versions of 'Blast Zone', 'Grassy Plains', 'Urban Combat', 'Alpine', 'Barren Wasteland' & 'Space' and a 6x4' of 'Urban Combat 2'! Preview image of all are available (see below)!
What: Mega Mat; a series of themed, full color 4’x6’ and 4x4’ tabletop gaming mats that don't crease and resist stains, ready to play out of the box. The first two Mega Mat design prototypes--Grassy Plains and Blast Zone--are done and in our hands! We have plans to unlock Urban, Snow, and Desert themed Mega Mat designs in 4x6' and 4x4' sizes with stretch goals!
Where: Worldwide shipping* available.
When: Kickstarter to fund in December 2013, early bird products to ship in February 2014, second production run to ship in March 2014 with additional production runs to ship monthly, thereafter. Pledge early to get yours first!
Why: Because a beautiful, portable, gaming mat ready to play out of the box that doesn't crease and is liquid resistant wouldn’t just be a mat, it’d be a Mega Mat, Boom!
While in China overseeing the current manufacturing run of the popular TABLEWAR™ line of Miniatures Cases (the most recent product in that line, the Mini Case, successfully hit 176% of its funding goals on KickStarter November of 2013 and that product will be ready to ship to American and European distributors by end of December, 2013), we asked about other factories nearby. TableWar and Frontline Gaming had been in discussions about the possibility of producing a gaming mat for some time and wanted to chase down some leads on potential materials and means of production. It turns out one of the neighboring factories created mouse pads….
Sensing an opportunity for a new product we decided to investigate. Mouse Pad material, a neoprene rubber backing with a water resistant, smooth surface, would be great for a gaming mat! While other gaming surfaces can be great, they have their limitations. Felt has hairs that catch models while moving and gets dirty easily, cloth creases and is plain, latex mats require painting and tear easily, wood surfaces are heavy, can be expensive and require a lot of work to prepare and paint. Plastic looks great, but dice bounce all over it loudly, it's expensive, you have to paint it, they're difficult to transport and they have seams running across them where the tiles meet. A game mat on a mouse pad would be durable but flexible, light, good looking, easy to use with no preparation needed, and reasonably priced!
So, while we were at the mouse pad factory, we asked how large they could make a mouse pad to which the response was "Hen Da De" (Very Big), to which we replied, "How about 4' by 6'?"... long-pause. The response "Keyi" (Can). Excited at what this could mean, we set Doug off to consider designs, Todd started to work out production costs and manufacturing commitments, while Reece and Frankie hammered out specifications for a practical gaming product and how to go about marketing and distributing the product.
We decided to have two rev 0 designs (prototypes) made by the factory. Upon seeing them they absolutely wowed all of us! The factory indeed, "Keyi" (can do), and thus, the Mega Mat was born, and now we need your help to deliver this product to the market!
What we’re asking from you is help funding the design costs and the minimum production volume that we need in order to bring this product to market. Meeting our funding goals ensures that we have the volumes necessary to bring this new product to you at a reasonable cost and in a timely manner. Help us make this a reality! (We want to play on them, too!)
The first two Mega Mat designs (‘Grassy Plains’ and ‘Blast Zone’) have been developed with samples printed (@150 DPI... production will be at 300 DPI!) which you can see below. Additional designs are under development which will be unlocked with our stretch goals: ‘Urban Combat', 'Alpine', and ‘Barren Wasteland’ are currently in development with plans for more Mega Mat themes depending on funding levels. We will also release 4x4’ Mega Mat designs in the same themes for gamers that don’t play on the “traditional” 4x6’ table size. Contribute to the project and help us release even more, awesome Mega Mat designs!
We have the initial product run ready to begin with the manufacturer. All we need to do now is fund this project! Funding in December allows us to bring the early bird products to you in February with the second run of product delivered in March. We will expedite production if we see the project funded quickly to get you gaming as swiftly as possible!
* Worldwide Shipping – Additional Shipping charges are required for international shipping as follows: shipping included within the US; additional shipping for Canada/Europe $15 for 6x4' Mat, $10 for 4x4' Mat, Australia/New Zealand $40 for 6x4' Mat, $30 for 4x4' Mat, rest of world $30 for 6x4' Mat, $20 for 4x4' Mat
** Disclaimer: This product not to be confused with other Mega Mat products. This product's name will be changed after funding and delivered and sold under a different name.
FUNDED! 6x4' 'Urban Combat 2' theme
FUNDED! 6x4' & 4x4' Meg Mat in the 'Space' theme
One additional Gaming Mat Designs in both 4x4' & 6x4' sizes – ‘Space’
FUNDED! 4x4' Mega Mat with three additional themes
Three additional 4x4’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Urban Combat’, ‘Alpine’, & ‘Barren Wastelands’
FUNDED! 4x4' Mega Mat with two themes
Two 4x4’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Grassy Plains’ and ‘Blast Zone’ sharing the aesthetic of the 4x6’ Mega Mat designs but redrawn to best work on a 4x4’ surface.
FUNDED! One additional 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – 'Barren Wastelands’
Yet to be designed, the ‘Barren Wasteland’ will be an arid themed environment with sand, rocks, skeletal remains, dried-up water features, etc. Preview image coming soon!
FUNDED! One additional 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Alpine’
Design currently WIP, the ‘Alpine’ will be a snow themed environment with snow, rock, etc. Preview image coming soon!
FUNDED! One additional 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Urban Combat’
The additional ‘Urban Combat’ Design is nearly finished! It is an urban themed environment with streets, sidewalks, rubble, and strategically located areas for terrain placement that will accentuate both the playing surface and terrain. Preview image coming soon!
FUNDED! Two 4x6’ Mega Mat Designs – ‘Grassy Plains’ and ‘Blast Zone’
The Mega Mat™ is made possible by two things: a highly detailed graphic design and a commitment to volume. We have already created initial designs and are in the process of refining them. We have already contracted the factory to prepare the larger sized 4x6’ sized “jig” to cut the mats. We will continue to refine the current designs of the ‘Grassy Plains’ and the ‘Blast Zone’ Mega Mat™ so that upon funding they are ready to go.
More about the Mega Mat
The Mega Mat rolls-up to be about 3" in diameter (rolled relatively loosely). Each Mega Mat will come shipped in an individual box with a custom sleeve/bag for on-going storage.
Two more things... The Mega Mat has a grippy, rubber back that holds it in place. It also has a protective, water resistant coating on the image side; we will post the spill test video to show you how cool this is.
February Delivery: SINGLE 4x6’ Mega Mat – PLEDGE $95 or more (ships in February 2014) – Available in any of the unlocked 6x4' designs; additional "February Delivery" Pledge Levels will be made available as each New Design is unlocked.
March Delivery: SINGLE 4x6’ Mega Mat – PLEDGE $95 or more (ships in March 2014) – Available in any of the unlocked 6x4' designs.
April Delivery: SINGLE 4x6' Mega Mat – PLEDGE $95 or more (ships in April 2014) – Available in any of the unlocked 6x4' designs.
February Deliver: 'I need all 4' Bundle – Pledge $365 or more (ships in February 2014) – Four (4) 6x4' Gaming Mats; one in each of the following themes: 'Blast Zone', 'Grassy Plains', 'Urban Combat', & 'Alpine'. These is a fixed bundle that will ship together; the 4 image themes may not be exchanged for other theme images. Domestic Shipping included; Additional Shipping x4 required for International Orders (See FAQ)
March Delivery: SINGLE 4x4’ - PLEDGE $65 or more (ships in March 2014) – Available in any of the unlocked 4x4' designs.
April Delivery: SINGLE 4x4’ - PLEDGE $70 or more (ships in April 2014) – Available in any of the unlocked 4x4' designs.
March Delivery : ' I need 4 4x4's' Bundle - Pledge $260 or more (ships in March 2014) – Four (4) 4x4' Gaming Mats; you choose themes you want do. ANY of the unlocked themes (we can do the from this bundle as production will only begin in January...after the KS is completed). the 4 image themes may not be exchanged for other theme images. Domestic Shipping included; Additional Shipping x4 required for International Orders (See FAQ) – Not Unlocked (pledge levels to be added once unlocked)
WHAT ABOUT ADD-ONS?
As we un-lock additional funding levels, new Mega Mat designs will become available. These will also be available as Add-on’s. Existing backers will receive pre-notification about these should they want to shift their existing pledge (for the first Mega Mat design to one of the newly unlocked designs.
Additional Gaming Mats (max 4) in any of the un-locked Designs - $90 each (shipping included within the US; additional shipping for Canada/Europe $15, Australia/New Zealand $40, rest of world $30)
Simply add $90 (plus shipping cost for international backers) onto your pledge for each additional Mega Mat you would like. You will be able to tell us which design you want in our post-funding backer survey.
For the 4x4' Mega Mat designs, add an additional $65 (plus shipping cost for international backers)for each additional 4x4' Mega Mat design (max 4) and let us know which of the unlocked designs you want!
$15,000 – Base Funding to enable the Mega Mat – FUNDED!
Two 4x6’ Mega Mat Designs – ‘Grassy Plains’ and ‘Blast Zone’
We have already contracted the factory to enable the larger sized 4x6’ sized “jig” to cut the mats. We will continue to refine the current designs of the ‘Grassy Plains’ and the ‘Blast Zone’. With your pledges, that will allow us to make the volume commitment to the factory we need to get this done quickly and at a reasonable cost, which means you're gaming faster and cheaper!
$20,000 – New 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – FUNDED!
One additional 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Urban Combat’
The wait is over, Urban Combat is here! This Mega Mat is sure to be very popular. It is extremely detailed, these pictures are only at a quarter resolution. At full res, you can actually read the headlines on the newspapers that litter the battlefield! There are all manor of characterful images such as burning flares, tread marks, cracked cement, etc. that bring the scene to life and add a new level of immersion to your games!
This Mega Mat is not only good looking, but extremely functional. It allows you to place buildings in a number of locations where they will be framed by the streets and sidewalks. Also, the graphics on the mat can be used as areas of terrain themselves or they can be covered by buildings or other pieces of terrain to alter the way it looks! We designed it so that you could alter the placement of buildings and terrain on the mat so that the layout of the city would change from game to game. You can for example, cover the park areas to have a totally urban environment, or leave some or all of them exposed to mix it up. This allows a lot of variety in game play. As soon as possible, we will post pics with buildings on an actual mat as this one really comes to life with terrain on it, it looks smashing when set up!
The streets are wide enough for 28mm tank vehicles to move along and look like they fit properly, and the sidewalks also, are scaled for infantry sized 28mm models.
We've also put visual indicators on the Urban Combat mat to show you where deployment zones are for popular wargames. See if you can spot them all! Also, please note that the "Urban Combat" Watermarks on the image are not on the actual gaming mat, and the Frontline Gaming and Tablewar logos pictures on the sample images are shown to watermark the images and do not appear on the actual gaming mat as shown in the images. Also please note, the full image includes the "bleed" around the edges which is a part of the manufacturing process and won't be on the final mat images.
We think you'll be thrilled with the Urban Combat Mega Mat as we are! We can't wait to get a game in on this bad boy.
$25,000 – New 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – FUNDED!
One additional 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Alpine’
Design currently WIP!. the ‘Alpine’ will be a snow themed environment with snow, rock, etc. Preview image coming soon!
$30,000 – New 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – FUNDED!
One additional 4x6’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Barren Wasteland’
Here it is! A beautiful 4'x6' desert/post-apocalyptic mat! The detail on this mat is absolutely gorgeous! Check out the close-ups.
$40,000 (reduced from $60K) – 4x4’ Gaming Mat – FUNDED!
Two 4x4’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Grassy Plains’ and ‘Blast Zone’ sharing the aesthetic of the 4x6’ Mega Mat designs but redrawn to best work on a 4x4’ surface. These will not simply be cropped versions of the larger Mega Mat designs.
$45,000 (reduced from $70K) – New 4x4’ Gaming Mat Designs – FUNDED
Three additional 4x4’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Urban Combat’, ‘Alpine’, & ‘Barren Wastelands’
$75,000 – New 6x4’ and 4x4' Gaming Mat Designs – FUNDED!
Two additional (one 6x4' & one 4x4’) Gaming Mat Designs – 'Space' with the orange outlined eclipsed planet removed!
$80,000 – New 6x4’ Gaming Mat Designs – FUNDED!
Once additional 6x4’ Gaming Mat Designs – ‘Urban Combat 2'. Similar to 'Urban Combat' but with angled streets!
WHO IS Frontline Gaming?
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than at Frontline Gaming! Muahaha! Just kidding, that’s the Mos Esiley cantina, we at Frontline Gaming are actually nice fellows!
Reece Robbins and Frankie Giampapa are best buds and life-long hobbyists that turned their passion (some might say obsession!) for tabletop gaming into a business and it worked! Going on their third year of business, they have come together like Voltron to form a gaming juggernaut that is all at once a Bricks and Mortar game store, On-line retailer, Commission Paint Studio, Convention Organizers, YouTubers and Pod Casters! They are busy fellas!
Frankie is a logistics and distributions ninja, learning the trade at UPS and has applied those skills to an already successful retail business. With worldwide shipping and customer service systems in place and ready to handle the high volume we anticipate with this KickStarter, we're ready to get your MegaMat™ to you quickly and painlessly!
Reece, or Reecius as he goes by on the interwebs, has a background in Finance, Project Administration, Sales and Copy Writing, all of which have been put to great use in helping to build Frontline Gaming into a successful business and which will prove extremely useful in both spreading the word about this KickStarter and ensuring that the project is managed efficiently to stay on budget and schedule. He's more than a little detail oriented, or anal as Frankie likes to say, but hey, things get done!
WHO IS TABLEWAR™?
Table War Designs,
Inc. is TABLEWAR™! We create products for the display, storage, & transport
of hobby miniatures. We were founded in 2010 and are located in San Diego,
Doug and Todd are the co-founders and life-long friends and, together, they are TABLEWAR™!
Doug, also know as Warboss Dugg, comes from the video game industry with more than a decade of experience across art, game design, and management. Doug also destroys Todd in all forms of miniature war gaming (must be those TABLEWAR™ Dice)! Doug is the brainchild of the TABLEWAR™ Operation and serves as President focusing on product design and development as well as distribution & logistics.
Todd, now often seen in emails as Todd@TABLEWAR(TM) Sales, has 20+ years in the semiconductor industry in every discipline possible (Design, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations, & Finance) and several successful entrepreneurial efforts. Todd drives the back-office and manufacturing while serving as CFO and Vice-president of Sales.
** Not to be confused with other Mega Mat products. This product will have a different name after funding of the KickStarter and upon delivery of the product.
Risks and challenges
We have our manufacturing partners identified and have agreement for production slots held for us... manufacturing schedules can become problematic if designs need to be adjusted (thus delaying production). As we have at least 2 (hoping to unlock more) MegaMat(tm) images getting samples back, adjusting colors, redesigning features, etc. can always creep in to delay schedules.
Also, as with any other product produced in China, there are some potential challenges when it comes to delivery:
We do have years of experience working with our current manufacturers, a strong track record for shipping and importing products. That said, we are confident that we can manage through this project with minimal delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Shipping to all US and APO addresses is included in the baseline pledge. As of the kick-off of this project, we will need all international backers to pay additional shipping fees as follows:
- Canada +$15 for 6x4'; + $10 for 4x4'
- Europe +$15 for 6x4'; + $10 for 4x4'
- Australia & New Zealand +$40 for 6x4'; + $30 for 4x4'
- rest of world +$30 for 6x4'; + $20 for 4x4
Please include this within your pledge $$$ amount for your pledge mat as well as for each add-on.
While we will work with new distributors in strategic geographies, our ability to utilize them will be based on obtaining a minimum volume (to cover direct import costs to the distributor as well as distributor add-on fees). This minimum volume will vary based on location and distributor. We are banking on our ability to utilize our current European Distributor ('The Polar Bear Trading Company') and this is why the European add-on is just $15.
Our commitment is to get as many backers their first Mega Mat gaming mat on or before the committed time frame. As these mats are large we have a limited production capacity per month. We will prioritize shipments as follows:
1) Ship the pledged Mega Mat to each backer on or before the committed time frame linked to their pledge
2) Ship add-on's to backers in the earlier pledge tiers first (so the backers with February commitments on their first Mega Mat will receive their add-on's before add-on's are shipped for backers with March, April, May, etc. commitments).
3) We will ship all Pledges and Add-on's before retailing the Mega Mat gaming mats.
A note about 4x4' add-on's - these definitely cannot ship earlier than March as, best case, these would come from our second production run (this second production run is throughout January with shipping to the US, customs, and receiving into our warehouse expected to take all of February).
There is NOT a commitment that add-on's for earlier tiers will ship before commitments for pledge Mega Mats in later tiers.
Our ability to ship add-on's will completely depend on what our total volumes are and the amount of incremental capacity, if necessary, we are able to bring on-line. We will keep everyone updated on our schedules with Add-on's in mind...that is our commitment to you.
For each additional gaming mat you would like, simply add additional $$$ to your pledge. $90 for each additional 6x4' gaming mat and $65 for each additional 4x4' gaming mat. You will be able to select the theme(s) for you add-on within our post-funding pledge survey. International backers must add additional shipping for each additional gaming mat.
At the conclusion of the KickStarter funding phase, your pledge levels will be locked. The next phase is to gather information about Where you want your reward(s) sent, What themes you would like, and any additional add-on's (selecting size and theme)... This includes adding additional gaming mats and paying any additional costs associated with your pledge/add-on's.
We will be sending your TWO surveys.
The First survey will just be to collect your shipping address information. This survey will be managed via the standard KickStarter survey tool. We will use this to plan our logistics. That said, if you need to change your shipping address later, you can do this within the BackerKit tool (our second survey).
The Second survey will be the one on which you make all your detailed selections. This survey will be managed via BackerKit. It will allow you to go in and select the theme and size of your pledge reward as well add additional gaming mat add-on's. For the add-on's you will have access to any additional pledge $$$ you included within your original pledge. You will also have the ability to use a credit card to add additional funds should you need to for even more add-on's. You will also have an opportunity to go back in and adjust your survey results until the close/lock-down date.
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