Monday, 31 July 2017

Product Review - GameMat.eu Game Mat

Welcome to the second instalment of my product review series. Today we'll be taking a look at a gaming mat from GameMat.eu.

I only recently became aware of GameMat while trawling the Internet for good terrain for an Infinity board i'm planning (more on that soon!) They are a company based in the Czech Republic and make a wide variety of gaming mats, as well as some terrain pieces which are well worth a look. While i did look at some of the more popular gaming mat companies (FAT Mat, DeepCut etc) I went for their Quarantine mat in a 4ft x 4ft because i think its design will match the feel of my board really well. HOWEVER, what i actually received was the 6x4 version! This is not a reflection on GameMat.eu however, as i bought it from a UK based supplier.

As usual i'll be looking at the design, quality, affordability of the product and then give it an overall score. Lets get to it.

Design

This mat theme is designated Quarantine, so has lots of industrial imagery, as well as hazard stripes and what i'll generically term 'corruption' (worn paint, rust, chips, etc) This design could be suitable for any number of wargame settings.


While the theme does lean heavily on the rust and corruption, this is punctuated by a number of interesting designs which keep the design of the mat interesting.





Weaving between all those patterns is a decent road set. Plain enough so not to distract from the design, but noticeable enough to support the overall aesthetic!


Score - 5/5
An Interesting, eye catching and versatile design!


Quality

From what i can tell from the Internet, there is a few different materials that you could buy a game mat in. Broadly these materials are paper, cloth or neoprene (commonly referred to as 'mousemat') In this instance, i went for the neoprene material, as this was the only option and is 2mm in thickness. This suited me however, for a number of reasons.

A rubber based material will of course always be more durable than paper or cloth. It is unlikely to tear or crease making it last longer in principle. Will it wear out over time, its designs fade and the edges get tatty? sadly i cannot say at this early point, but i'd say the odds are good!


The underside of the mat is textured, giving the mat some grip on your gaming surface. The printed side of the mat is perfectly smooth, ensuring the quality of the design remains uninterrupted by imperfections.

Score - 4.5/5
Half a point short of a full house, as i'm unsure 2mm thickness will stand the tests of time. Only review of thicker mats would help with this, so for now its 4.5.


Affordability

As i said earlier, i sourced this mat from a UK stockist, as GameMat itself is based in the Czech Republic. However, GameMat's website allows you to shop in GBP so i was able to compare the price of the mat and shipping directly. As it happens, i paid the same amount for the mat (£42) and the shipping (£8) from the UK supplier as i would have from GameMat directly.

From what i can tell from shopping around on the Internet, price points for a mat of this size and material are around £40 - £50. A price tag of £42 falls within this range at the lower end of the spectrum. Another nice thing about this mat is that it comes with a carry case for no extra charge.


Score - 4.5/5
While this mat is at the lower end of the common price spectrum, its hard to call £42 on a mat 'affordable'. Certainly to some, but not to all. However, i do think you get what you pay for here.


Overall

This is a solid game mat with great quality designs made from a quality material. The price of the mat does bring its score down a little, and remember, this was for a 4x4 mat. The little touch of a carry bag included in the price does go some way to softening the blow!

Overall Score 4.5/5

More product reviews soon!

The GunGrave

12 comments:

  1. just curious as to which UK supplier you used? tempted by one of these but still need to see what options they have.
    cheers

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    1. Hi Millest - I used Incom Gaming based in Cheltenham. They have a pretty decent stick of their Mays there

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    2. cheers mate, i think the one im tempted by isnt availible yet lol
      will look in to them though, cheers

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  2. Looks like a good mat.

    You may have already sorted it, but if you're looking for terrain, TT Combat are UK based and they do a massive range of really very cheap, high quality MDF stuff specifically designed for Infinity as well as other games. The stuff I have from them is as good as any that I've seen, and mostly about half the price!

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    1. Hey Blaz - yes I have their flyer on my notice board in the kitchen! Lol! Found them at this years UK Games Expo. Haven't bought anything from them yet, but good to know their stuff is on point! Thanks

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  3. Those mats look good. I like the review format. Keep it up!

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    1. Cheers Col, glad you like! Will be doing a few more soon 👍

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  4. I found out about TT Combat at Salute. I was looking for terrain and just happened to wander into their store (it also helped that I got a copy of Red Veil from the actual Troll Trader part for about £50!). The prices were so good that I bought a ton of stuff, and then spent the rest of the day lugging around half a tree worth of MDF!

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    1. Lol, Yeah after you mentioned it I picked up the flyer and went to their website! Very good prices! So good I ordered a butt load of crates, some generators and that awesome cargo crane!!

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  5. These mats are awesome! We had a bunch at the club in Dundee and they were great to play on.

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    1. Yeah deffo, I definitely think this won't be my last Gamermat.eu mat!

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  6. I recommend these, I have one. And the resin scenery is quite good too.

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