We have some very exciting news
to tell. We have discovered a way to reduce the price of the mat by $10
and we want to pass the savings on to you! This was achieved through a switch in manufacturers that will reduce our costs
Unfortunately what this means is that we will have
to take down our current Kickstarter as it does not allow us to change
the pricing of the tiers. We will be launching our new Kickstarter no
later than July 1. While this Kickstarter is down we decided to retake
the video with the more refined version of the play mat, make a couple
of edits and relaunch.
The only reason why we are doing this is to
pass the savings on to you! We are creating a landing page that will
explain everything and we will continue to update through our forums,
social media and other channels that are available to us. We really
appreciate your support through this Kickstarter and hope that you will
continue to support us on our new Kickstarter in the coming weeks.
you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to
let us know. We will leave this project up until 6/11/13 at 5pm cst.
Update#4 - egMats introduces LED panels at the upper portion of the mat!
We have been listening to the feedback of our supporters and the TCG community and have been working hard to improve our mats. We will be adding LED panels to the top of all of our mats that will enable players to track game metrics that require counters! The LED panels at the top will be controlled from a menu in the user interface that will be seamlessly integrated .This is a new feature and we are excited to bring this new functionality to the TCG community.
Update#3 - egMats will support Android: Netunner!
We are happy to announce that egMats will be supporting Android:
Netrunner upon launch! This comes in response to overwhelming requests to support
this game. egMats must admit that we have very little knowledge of the game and
are currently in the process of learning and developing the interface.
We should have more updates on this in the coming week. Please
spread the word to the Netrunner world about this exciting news!
Update#2 - Demonstration of Mat material
Hello everyone! We just got our mat in with a material that is soft and malleable and we wanted to take a moment to show you what it can do. We will be shipping the mat off to our prototyping company to put the electronics in and once we get it back we will update you with the mat and screen. We are very excited and look forward to updating you again soon!
We at egMats are excited to announce that we will be at Grand Prix Las
Vegas: Modern Masters! There we will be showcasing the Next Gen Play
Mat, as well awesome prizes such as our Interactive Play Mats, and very
rare Kickstarter art prints on the standard play mat signed by members
of Channel Fireball. Only 25 of these will exist in the world! The
tournament is June 21-23, you can learn more here. We will have a booth set up so be sure to stop by and check us out!
egMats is comprised of a group of
passionate gamers that have come together to create the best line of TCG
products, designed by players, for players. We have banded together to identify problems and gaps in the TCG market and provide solutions. We want to streamline and enhance the gaming experience and we strive daily to meet the needs and desires of TCG gamers. Your satisfaction is our number 1 priority!
We are excited to bring the next generation of play mats to the TCG community! For the first time, players will be able to track important game metrics right from your mat!
LCD Touchscreen Technology
The screen will lay flush with the mat to allow
players to safely slide their cards over the area without fear of
accidentally pressing a button during the process. The screen will utilize a
capacitive system, requiring a conductive touch point, such as a finger to
register a touch on the screen.
Lithium Ion Battery
battery will provide 10 full hours of game play and is rechargeable.
This is an entire day of playing, unlike a smart phone that last 3-4
Our play mat will come equipped with a USB port to allow for easy battery recharge and periodic software updates!
strives to bring the best products, and will work continuously to
improve and update its software with new features, new TCG's and more
egMats aims to deliver the most user
friendly software interface possible for TCG's. Players will register a
name and select which TCG the
software should default to. Players will have the ability to customize their backgrounds and
fonts to suit their personality, as well as upload new software releases with
new customization options.
EgMats will continue to innovate and improve upon the play
mat in future iterations. Additional software features we look to include are internet
capability, results reporting capability, and integration of technology into new
products and software improvements.
egMats will fully support the following TCGs upon release
Magic: the Gathering
Pokémon (currently exploring support options for this game)
Each egMat will be programmed to track statistics such as life totals, storm count, poison counters, YuGiOh! calculations, counter tracking and any other statistics relevant to the game state of any of these titles.
As the TCG market grows and shifts, the company will continually add new TCG's such as Vanguard and/or World of Warcraft through software updates.
Below you will find the full length interviews with Luis Scott-Vargas, Conley woods, and David Ochoa that focus on issues such as innovation in the TCG industry and the role of egMats in the market.
Alan Hubbard - Head Hancho
Bobby Reger - Disseminator of Awesomeness
Glenn Knepp - Super Smart Computer Guy
We have other people but they are not important.(Who are we kidding they are extremely important)
We bring the experience of high level gaming and over the years have developed a keen sense of what the player desires. Collectively we bring Grand Prix top 8's, Star City Games Open top 8's and numerous Pro Tour appearances to the creative table.
Aside from our gaming expertise, we have been successful entrepreneurs with the start up of Studio Golf, named top partner with Groupon for the city of Houston, TX and Ispira Technologies, a company focused on technical solutions and project management.
We have also been responsible for companies such as Star Gaming, Makers Mark Media and of course, egMats. We will take our experiences and strive to create the best TCG products a player could ask for!
Why Choose Kickstarter?
The goal of egMats is to provide a product that enhances the TCG experience by eliminating issues commonly cited by TCG players. Kickstarter provides us with the opportunity to fund our project based solely on support from the TCG community that we hope to assist and be apart of. With your support, our dream of producing an interactive touchscreen play mat for TCGs can become a reality.
How will your donation help?
By supporting egMats directly through Kickstarter you can help fund our project and receive exclusive rewards at a discounted rate by bypassing middle men such as distributors and retailers that add additional costs. Your funds go directly toward tooling, manufacturing, development and investing in the future of a company built by gamers, for gamers, to support your needs.
Exclusive Kickstarter rewards!
The Kickstarter exclusive interactive play mat produced as part of a one time
print run that will never be available again.
Both the standard egMat and Kickstarter exclusive egMat signed by members of channel fireball including Luis Scott-Vargas, Conley Woods, and David Ochoa.
Custom packages for TCG players to promote game types such as commander or group play sessions.
A vendor package for retailers looking to purchase the limited edition Kickstarter exclusive mat for sale.
David Hammond is an experienced artist who has produced pieces for Wizards of the Coast, Wildfire, Fantasy Flight, Mongoose publishing and other companies in the industry. David also designed and created the artwork and images for the egmats software.
You will work directly with David to create a concept for your custom artwork and then send pictures to David so that the image can be created in your likeness. The final image can look almost exactly like your personal features, or you can modify your features by adding changes such as long hair, a beard, or pointed ears like the image above.
The play mat with artwork based on your likeness will be available for future production, so players across the world will have a chance to purchase and play with your mat.
Risks and challenges
As you know, these are not your standard play mats, these are much more complex. Fortunately we have a great team that provides the experience, creativity, and innovation to take this from concept to product in hand, we are confident in our ability to provide our backers with a quality play mat deserving of the TCG community and egMat brand.
We here at egmats are fully dedicated to bringing you the next generation of interactive play mats and other innovative TCG products. Our experience in the TCG community, electrical engineering, software programming, start up businesses, product development, and a host of other business disciplines will allow us to transition from Kick Starter pledges to deliverable rewards.
In the event of any unforeseen or uncontrollable delays, our course of action will be to first notify the Kick Starter community of the issue. The next step will be to determine how to solve the issue and calculate the additional time necessary to complete the product, factoring the previously unknown delay. Then we can inform our backers and the entire community of the new time frame and continue working toward our goal of bringing you the greatest TCG products available.
Our play mats are made of high quality rubber foam. It has a great feel and has a fabric top layer with artwork. The mat is easily rolled up for storage in your backpack or book bag, is light and easy to carry around.
Yes the mat acts a lot like your standard play mat in in terms durability and normal wear. The screen is also protected by a glass touchscreen and plastic casing and is resistant to breakage or spillage.
Show your support for egMats by having your name added to the egMats website as an official Kick Starter backer. All tiers above this will include this reward, and we will be forever grateful for your support!
Tailored Tier: Receive an exclusive egMats t-shirt that showcases your support for the world's first interactive play mat and have your name added to the egMats website as an official Kick Starter backer.
Exclusive Tier: Kick Starter Exclusive Interactive Play Mat: A custom Interactive Play Mat produced specifically for Kick Starter backers as part of a one time print run that will never be available again.
Exclusive Signature Tier: Signed Kick Starter Exclusive Interactive Play Mat: The limited edition Interactive Play Mat produced specifically for Kick Starter backers signed by members of Channel Fireball including Luis Scott-Vargas, Conley Woods, and David Ochoa.
Elite Commander Tier: A package including 4 interactive limited edition Kick Starter exclusive egMats signed by members of Channel Fireball including Luis Scott-Vargas and other popular team members. A package for those interested in limited edition signed play mats for 4 player game types or group play sessions.
VIP: Enjoy the ultimate treatment as you hang out with members of Channel Fireball Luis Scott-Vargas, David Ochoa and Conley Woods and the egMats crew at Grand Prix Washington D.C! Partake in a private draft session and mock tournament and compete against the best in the world. Afterward we will treat you to fine dining in D.C. where you can pick the brains of the best, get tips on next level gaming and more. You will also receive a gift bag packed full of goodies that include 2 autographed Kickstarter exclusive playmats, autographed T-Shirt, Boxes of the latest set, packs, sleeves and entry into Grand Prix Washington D.C.!
Immortal Tier: A custom play mat designed and created by artist David Hammond in your likeness. You will work with egmats and David Hammond to transform an image you provide into a work of art that resembles your likeness to the degree of your choice. This art will become one of our primary print runs, this is your chance to be the face of thousands of players playmats! In addition, you will receive 2 autographed Kickstarter exclusive playmats and backer T-Shirt.