First Note: This is TABLEWAR's 4th KickStarter campaign. The first three campaigns all successfully funded and the rewards were delivered on-time or early in each campaign!
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We love the gaming industry and, even more, we love bringing innovative products to improve the gaming experience; the GEO Mat is the next TABLEWAR innovation to do just that!
The GEO Mat is, most simply, a transparent gaming surface with a pre-printed grid on it. Once more, you can draw on the surface with wet-erase markers or grease pencils and easily erase the marks. We began the development of this product in 2014...but were unable to find the material to do it to our high standards. Finally, we have what we need; the GEO plastic material we have is perfect!
Why a grid? Because so many gamers repeatedly ask us for gridlines on our popular F.A.T. Mat gaming mats. Role playing games (ex. Pathfinder and D&D*) utilize grids on gaming mats to represent distance. Similarly, there are many historical miniature war games that utilize a grid for game play. Accurate Grid: Last to note, this grid is consistency accurate. No skewed dimensions.. 1" = 1" across the entire surface.
Why transparent? Well, to show off something beautiful underneath (something that you don't want to, or cannot, write on with markers). Plus, with one transparent grid, you can utilize it over any number of different mats and/or drawings.
Tell us about the GEO Mat Material - The GEO Mat is made of special 0.5mm thick transparent GEO plastic. We print the grid directly on the back-side (the downward/table side). The GEO mat lays flat but rolls up for storage and transport. We have been testing materials for 2 years and finally have a material that can be rolled easily, won't crease, and lays flat. We love this material!
Which Pens work best? Wet Erase Pens, Grease Pencils, and Bistro Pens work best. Obviously, don't use permanent markers. The following video shows hoe well Wet Erase Pens and Grease Pencils work.
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Early Bird Pledges - gone
Different Sizes - We are starting off with 3x3', 6x3', & 6x4' GEO Mats (perfect for many tables). Do we need more size options? Let us know
Grids - We are starting off with square grids followed quickly by a hexagon grid. Additional sizes of square and hexagon grids may be unlocked throughout the campaign as well as other possibilities (see our Stretch Goals in our 'Funding Targets' section).
Bundles - We are starting off with bundles of GEO Mats with our popular F.A.T. Mats. While the single-sided bundles have the option to choose from our existing FAT Mat collection (you can see them all at www.tablewar.com), we also have some great new double-sided designs that would be great for role playing games that we will un-lock in this campaign. These new double-sided FAT Mats can be selected with the Double-sided reward bundles! These rewards also come with a canvas carry bag.
$15,000 : Base Funding Goal - we are starting off with 3x3', 6x3', & 6x4' GEO Mats with a 1" or 2" Square grids printed on them plus 1", 1.25" & 1.5" Hex grids. Black and White grids are available. We also have the two Double-sided mat available - an RPG inspired Double-Sided FAT Mat - This new design caters to the role playing dungeon crawl. One side will have a grassy/forest based element. While the reverse will have yet another explorable interior of an organic (rough) cave floor. What fun! Any pledge reward with the Double-sided Bundled FAT Mat may choose this new design (Initially, only available in this double-sided version). The second double-side FAT Mat is described further below.
1", 1.25", & 1.5" Hex Grid - once this option is un-locked, backers may choose to have any GEO Mat reward as a Hex Grid rather than the base Square grid for any sized GEO Mats. Black or White Hexes Available.
RPG inspired Double-Sided FAT Mat - This new design caters to the role playing dungeon crawl. One side will have a dark cobblestone street town. While the reverse will have yet another explorable interior of mix of organic (rough floor) and less organic (stone) dungeon floor. What fun! Any pledge reward with the Double-sided Bundled FAT Mat may choose this new design (Initially, only available in this double-sided version).
$22,000 : Sports Pitch with white "Chalk" lines - There are two popular fantasy football games; we would create a separate pitch for each of these.
Shipping from three regional warehouse (US, EU, & Australia) make this project Worldwide shipping friendly - we will be shipping directly from three primary locations: our US warehouse in San Diego, CA, our EU warehouse in Rye, UK, & via our Australian based distributor. Additional postage will be calculated from the closest of these three warehouses and automatically included in your pledge (no additional post-campaign charges with one exception...PO Box address). Most rewards will ship via FedEx ground; backers with PO Box addresses will not qualify for our discounted FedEx rates and may be subject to an additional cost. Canadian backers will be happy to learn that we ship to Canada using USPS only (the cost of this service is already included in the Canadian shipping rates).
- Table War Designs, Inc. is TABLEWAR! We create innovative products for the miniature hobby and gaming industry. We were founded in 2010 and are located in San Diego, California. 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 is the creative end of the TABLEWAR operation and serves as President focusing on product design and development.
- Todd, now often seen in emails as Todd@TABLEWAR 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.
Risks and challenges
We will be sourcing the GEO mats from a mix of new and existing manufacturing partners (whom we have had a relationship with for more than 6 years). We have a lot of experience with the production of the neoprene material and with the global logistics to get these products into your hands quickly. We are bringing an additional factory into this project to provide the GEO Mat material; as the manufacturing process is not new to the factory, we do not anticipate any issues. That all said, production schedules and worldwide logistics can run into unforeseen schedule issues (for which our staff has many years of experience navigating).
Lastly, the status of the UK as a EU member (i.e BREXIT) may impact our EU friendliness in terms of Import Duty, should a quick status change occur before we ship, but a change should not impact this project given the forecast of an early 2018 shipping date.
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