Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain

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An alien landscape, an abandoned space station, the twisting corridors of your own starship—the possibilities for adventure are endless with Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain! Designed for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game but appropriate for any RPG, this invaluable gaming accessory presents two subtle textures—dusty ground on one side and metal floor plating on the other—providing Game Masters a blank canvas on which to draw any terrestrial battlefield, space-age facility, or adventure set piece they desire. Whether your party is facing down a convoy of ratfolk scavengers or breaking into a robot prison on a machine planet, you'll always have the right map at hand.

Don't feel like you always have to run your game in someone else's world. With Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain, the setting of your next adventure is wherever you can imagine!

  • 24" × 30" mat
  • Folds to 8" × 10"
  • 1" squares on each side

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-962-2

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Basic is Average

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One of the flip-mats that launched with Starfinder is the blandly-titled Basic Terrain. One of Paizo's normal (as opposed to "Bigger . . .") size flip-mats, Basic Terrain has two very different sides.

One side shows a red, Mars-like landscape of rock and sand. I really like the look of it, even though (in one sense) it's pretty plain. The dunes and mesas offer the possibility of having different elevations for different parts of the map which is a nice addition that some Starfinder Society scenarios have already taken advantage of. On the other hand, I don't know if "red desert" is such a ubiquitous scene for space fantasy that it needs to be one-half of a "basic terrain" flip-mat. I guess we'll have to see how many Mars-like planets turn out to be in the game.

In theory, the other side should be far more useful. It shows modern metallic deck plating complete with rust or grease stains. It's easy to turn this one into any corridor on Absalom Station, any engine room on a starship, any landing pad planet-side, etc. I know I'll get a lot of use out of it. However, there are two things about it that annoy me. The first is that the splotches of rust/grease are dark enough that they're distracting and make it hard to use lighter-colored markers. Plainer may have been better here. The second is that, unlike all of my other flip-mats, the creases on this side are very pronounced and often "catch" my markers, leading to some re-drawing.

Basic Terrain has the usual advantages of Paizo flip-mats: you can draw on them with pretty much any marker, they fold up nicely, the grid-lines easy to discern, etc. It would be nice if they could change, just slightly, the size of either the squares or the mats so that the edges have full squares instead of truncated ones. Anyway, I'd rate this one as about average. Useful, but I'm guessing better stuff will come.


Big Fan of the Flip-Mats Overall

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I love the background on this grid map, and just like the rest of the Flip Mat collection, it's a breeze to transport and keep clean. The desert-style background has been particularly useful for me in running several events taking place in an arid/desert environment.


Map is not a 30x24 grid

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The art for this map is neat enough; a metal grid on one side and sandy wastes on another; these would fit in many starfinder games.

However, even though the map is 30" by 24", the grid is NOT a 30x24. It's closer to 21 x 27 squares, but even then several have incomplete squares that overflow on the edges. This means you can't pair it with any of the (many) other 24 x 30 flip mats Paizo produced. It feels painfully sloppy as a first "basic" product for the line.

I hope Paizo re-issues them at the standard 30" by 24" as advertised on the mat.


Beautiful art, bad sizing

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The art on both sides is beautiful, and exactly what I wanted, since I have my Pathfinder basic flipmat if I want something really plain. However, the grid size problem just makes it really hard to use, hence the loss of 2 stars.


Definitely stay away

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I bought two of these and I regret it. You can't use the mat in conjunction with any other because the grid size is only 27 x 21, NOT 30 x 24 like advertised. I advise everyone to wait until these are corrected before purchasing.


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Paizo Employee Community & Digital Content Director

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Question. Is the artwork depreciated the actual "dusty ground" canvas or is it going to by just that coloration and no breaks in the grid?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The artwork hasn't been finalized.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Class Deck, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The picture that's up there is from the Darklands flip mat.

Dark Archive

Iammars wrote:
The picture that's up there is from the Darklands flip mat.

If Paizo would "recycle" the art from the sold out Darklands Flip-mat, it would probably sell very well. :-)

But somehow i doubt it, even if t would fit.

Scarab Sages

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Is this item part of the Maps Subscription?


Pathfinder Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

It is definitely not part of the Pathfinder Maps Subscription.

We do not yet know the details of any Starfinder subscriptions.

Paizo Employee Community & Digital Content Director

Updated with final description, product image, and samples!


That dusty ground is superb! Now if you could do something like this to match desert sites map pack to put the tiles on top...:-)

Dark Archive

Yes, while the "steel grating" is nice to have for space stations & ships or machine cities on "Aballon the horse", the "dust" is great for "Akiton the Red" aka Mars.

Well done! :-)


Not quite what I expected for something called "Basic Terrain," though it is nice that at least one side would work for other genres. Also, I see they have made the grid lines stand out from the background, which I believe is an improvement.


As a follow-up to my last post...I expected one side of this to be a hex-based star field, but I see they have a distinct product for that. That leaves me with mixed feelings -- would have been nice to need just one product for both applications -- but it does make the choices here make more sense.


Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The grid is inconsistent on this map, which is extremely disappointing, as I can't line up my own gridline tools with it.

Normally Paizo maps are great about having grid consistency. Not sure what happened here.


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Justin McKeon wrote:

The grid is inconsistent on this map, which is extremely disappointing, as I can't line up my own gridline tools with it.

Normally Paizo maps are great about having grid consistency. Not sure what happened here.

Confirmed; the 10-inch side actually comes in at under nine squares... :-/

I hate to say it, but you'd be better off just using Flip-Mat: Basic. Something definitely went off the rails here.

Dark Archive

It looks like it's 27 x 22 instead of 30 x 24...


So here's my take having seen this in action:
The deck plate side is too busy and the black line grid makes it useless to try and draw on.
The "Mars Surface" side has the same issue with the grid: Black lines make it useless if you need to draw anything on it. Works great if you only need to present that surface as is though


D_GENNEXT wrote:

So here's my take having seen this in action:

The deck plate side is too busy and the black line grid makes it useless to try and draw on.
The "Mars Surface" side has the same issue with the grid: Black lines make it useless if you need to draw anything on it. Works great if you only need to present that surface as is though

Yup, I didn't like the black grid lines, either, but I didn't mention that in my review because I felt it was already harsh enough. The thing is...why did changing the genre somehow require changing the gridlines? They've spent years perfecting the flip-mat...why change it now?

This map really reminded me of some of the flip-mat knock-offs that pop up from time to time.


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Any chance we can get a Paizo person to chime in on what went wrong with the scale on this map (and when it might be corrected)?


I am wanting to buy this, but with the product discussion I am seeing I think I need to hold off and look at other products. :(


Book_Gypsy wrote:
I am wanting to buy this, but with the product discussion I am seeing I think I need to hold off and look at other products. :(

I strongly recommend the Pathfinder flip-mat basic, particularly as a stand in for the planet surface side.


The planet surface side, like I said, is fine so long as you do not need to draw anything on it. If you do need to draw, I second a Basic Flip or even a Bigger Basic Flip Mat (I love my BBFM).

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Why is the 24x30 flipmat 21 squares by 27?

Even *more* annoyingly, the quests, which use the same map uses a 21.5x33 squares version of the map.

Silver Crusade

With this QC failure, these need to be reprinted now. I purchased 2 of each SF flipmat only to find out they were badly printed. I'm NOT happy.

Grand Lodge

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Has anyone spoken directly to Paizo customer service or any staffers about the issue of the grid being off? I mean technically speaking, the cover says, "24"x30" mat...1" squares on each side." Well, we have already established the 1" squares is inaccurate. I would think that Paizo would honor replacements whenever a corrected version of the map is released.

Silver Crusade

TwilightKnight wrote:
Has anyone spoken directly to Paizo customer service or any staffers about the issue of the grid being off? I mean technically speaking, the cover says, "24"x30" mat...1" squares on each side." Well, we have already established the 1" squares is inaccurate. I would think that Paizo would honor replacements whenever a corrected version of the map is released.

I sent an email to Customer Service on September 2nd and have not heard back from them yet. Really hope they reply soon.

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