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VinylMatz Taking Your Tabletop Experience To The Next Level

Posted by Keith from Material Components on

A review by Keith from Material Components

Every gamer in the tabletop RPG world goes through an evolution of gear. As tweens, huddled in the parents' basement, index cards represent wagons, buildings and monsters. As high schoolers, heroes and villains are represented by wargame miniatures of plastic or pewter. Eventually came the coveted "battle map"; a roll of gridded vinyl which lava rivers and forests and campfires are drawn on with wet erase marker. As adults, out of the parents' basement, modular terrain is the next step; constructing dungeons that are 3D and textured and real. Albeit, at a steep cost.

Yet, when our characters stepped outside these impressive dungeons, we threw down that same "battle map" we'd had for ten years; stained with the ghosts of past lava rivers and forests and campfires that never quite erased. These wet erase ghosts muddied the already confusing squiggly lines of this reality we were trying so hard to create. This collective storytelling experience, our weekly heroic catharsis, quickly devolves into children explaining their artwork to one another: "no, that's not a pond, it's a mass of Black Tentacles!"

Enter VinylMatz.

Suddenly, the field outside our dungeon is brilliantly rendered in photographic quality. Instead of rolling out a plain beige "battle map" every week, stained with dry erase ghosts, we unfurl a stunning, unobtrusive backdrop for our weekly heroics to take place. Our 3D terrain doesn't seem so sparse anymore; it serves as flourishes to make these backdrops come alive.

The Dungeon Floor mat conjures cobblestone city streets, the rough-hewn stone of castles, towers and underground dwarven tunnels. Grassy Battlefield makes a rural village, a haunted forest, and the pastures of nomadic tribes. All for a small fraction of the price it would cost to make these locations completely with 3D terrain. 

Not only does the gaming experience flourish with VinylMatz, but our photos as well. Old photos on social media failed to capture the energy of our table; they were just miniatures scattered around an incomprehensible field of multicolored lines. Now with VinylMatz, the scene is immediately clear to even the most casual social media scroller.

So for all those gamers contemplating on taking their tabletop experience to the next level, whether you have index card wagons or a bookcase full of modular terrain, pick up one of these VinylMatz. Our group has six and counting. They've become an integral part of our weekly sessions, forever rendering that wet erase stained "battle map" as a thing of the past.

- Keith, Material Components

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Pathfinder RPG: Time Lapse Tabletop RPG Session: w/ Social Combat & Combat (03-16-16 Session)
A 30 FPS time lapse of a Pathfinder RPG Social Combat and combat from the Material Components campaign A Rumor of Hope. Battle Map from Game Matz and dungeon tiles from Dwarven Forge. Social Combat cards are from Paizo. Shot with a GoPro Hero+!


Pathfinder RPG: Time Lapse Tabletop RPG Session: Combat (01-28-16 Session)
A 30 FPS time lapse of a Pathfinder RPG combat from the Material Components campaign A Rumor of Hope. Battle Map from Game Matz and dungeon tiles from Dwarven Forge. Shot with a GoPro Hero+!


Pathfinder RPG: Time Lapse Tabletop RPG Session: Combat from Behind the GM Screen (02-11-16 Session)
A "GM's Eye View" 30 FPS time lapse of a Pathfinder RPG combat from the Material Components campaign A Rumor of Hope. Battle Map from Game Matz and dungeon tiles from Dwarven Forge. Shot with a GoPro Hero+!


Pathfinder RPG: Time Lapse Tabletop RPG Session: Combat (03-09-16 Session)
A 60 FPS time lapse of a Pathfinder RPG combat from the Material Components campaign A Rumor of Hope. Battle Map from Game Matz and dungeon tiles from Dwarven Forge. Shot with a GoPro Hero+!


Pathfinder RPG: Time Lapse Tabletop RPG Session: Combat (02-03-16 Session)
A 60FPS time lapse of a Pathfinder RPG combat from the Material Components campaign A Rumor of Hope.
Battle Map from Game Matz and dungeon tiles from Dwarven Forge.
Shot with a GoPro Hero+!


Pathfinder RPG: Time Lapse Tabletop RPG Session: Dungeon Tiles Setup (02-24-16 Session)
A 20FPS time lapse of a Pathfinder RPG dungeon tiles setup from the Material Components campaign A Rumor of Hope. Battle Map from Game Matz and dungeon tiles from Dwarven Forge. Shot with a GoPro Hero+!

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