Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Starfield

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Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Starfield

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Battle Among the Stars

Fill the peaceful void of space with missiles and laser strikes with Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Starfield!

Created with a hex grid for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game's unique starship combat system, Flip-Mat: Basic Starfield comes with two different backgrounds—a starlit void in deep space and the brilliant radiance of a nebula—to let you craft epic starship battles and fire your players' imaginations. Whether your party consists of bold starfighter pilots strafing an enemy dreadnought or intrepid smugglers running a corporate blockade, this extra-large Flip-Mat has you covered.

Don't just describe your starship battles—make sure your players experience the excitement of every dogfight and evasive maneuver in the perilous vacuum of space with Starfinder Flip-Mat: Basic Starfield!

  • 27" × 39" mat
  • Folds to 8" × 10"
  • 1" hexes on each side

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-963-9

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Sturdy, cleans well: good!


Not much to say: it cleans well, is thick and sturdy, big... and it does exactly what I need it to do-- help me run space combat.
I use it all the time and it is great.

Bland but Serviceable

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One of the things that players and GMs who are familiar with Pathfinder but new to Starfinder have to prepared for is that starship combat uses hex-based movement rather than square-based movement. That means you need new tactical grids! There are a lot of other RPGs and miniatures games that use hex mats, but in lieu of buying one of those, you can pick up the un-excitingly named Basic Starfield.

I've used this flip-mat for a handful of starship combats now, and there's some things to like about it. First, it's big (27x39 inches, or the same size as Pathfinder's series of "Bigger . . ." flip-mats). Second, like all Paizo flip-mats, it's a durable product: you can fold and unfold it a bazillion times and don't have to worry about it ripping. Third, (at least in theory), you can use pretty much any marker on it: wet, dry, or even permanent. This reduces the stress of realizing you've screwed up your flip-mat forever by grabbing the wrong marker. However, as some posts in the product page note, the background is so dark that it's really hard to draw on it and have the drawing be visible (unless you had one of those weird white markers). When I've run Starfinder Society scenarios that have obstacles like asteroids, I've had to use blu-tack and pop can tabs because drawing stuff in just isn't practical.

One side of the map is what the packaging refers to as "a starlit void in deep space", and that's pretty fair: it's basically a dark black background speckled with tiny white dots to represent stars. In a sense, it's bland, but space . . . is mostly empty, so I can't really blame the designer too much. The other side is pretty much the same but for patches of "the brilliant radiance of a nebula." The nebula is too vague and ill-defined to really serve as any sort of "terrain feature" for starship combat, and the patches are so few that it's easy to forget they're there. If I had my druthers, the flip-side would have something more interesting--some asteroid fields, a moon, the curvature on one end of a planet, etc.

Overall, for basic starship combat, the Basic Starfield is bland but serviceable. If you already have a hex grid from some other source, your starship combats will not be noticeably improved by this flip-mat; but if you don't have a substitute, this product is better than nothing.

Great looks but bad execution

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The nebula side looks great! The basic starfield side is ok. The two main problems are that the map is too dark to draw on, so you'll need miniatures or tokens to represent hazards and other markings, and the hex grid is horribly aligned: overlapping hexes, grid lines that differ in thickness. The first problem could be fixed by using a light semi-transparent overlay over the whole map, maybe only on the starfield side, such that drawings become easy to see.

Beautiful Maps, But...

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First off, the "Drift" side of this map is beautiful. It adds a nice touch for a 'basic starfield.'

And the images of these starscapes is very clear and visually pleasing.

But... this does make them more difficult to *use* with variety.

For example, the dark starfield side is used in an SFS encounter that involves asteroids. Yet the map is printed with dark-black space, no matter which color I drew the asteroids with they were nearly invisible to all of my players!

I feel a subdued color for the starfields (a medium-to-dark grey) would have communicated the same message of "you're in space" while also allowing the GM to meaningfully mark on the map, without having to resort to cutting out odd-hex-based asteroids and placing them on the map (hoping they don't get moved when players reach over the large-sized map).

Good looking and functional, but...

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...but as with the squares on the Starfinder Basic Terrain flip-map, the hexes here are too big...nearly 1.25 inches, in fact. This doesn't hurt quite as much as it would for a grid, as you're unlikely to try to line it up with anything else or lay templates, etc. down on it, but it is still unfortunate.

Also, I don't see why this had to be as large as it a "basic" product, keeping the price down by using a regular 24"x30" map would have been the way to go. Plus my bigger basic -- which folds the same way this does -- has an odd flap that often gets hung up on things.

All that said, the art is good and it gets the job done. It's just a needlessly flawed product that should have been a no-brainer.