Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Terrain

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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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