GameMastery Flip-Mat: Tavern

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Flip-Mat: Tavern features a classic two-story tavern with a bar, kitchen, secret meeting room, innkeeper's quarters, and stables on the first floor, and sleeping quarters connected by a long hallway on the second floor. The Flip side features rolling grassland and a mysterious clump of rocks.

Flip-Mat Tavern measures 24" x 30" unfolded and 8" x 10" folded.

GameMastery Flip-Mats are designed to make your game portable and affordable. They're made with durable, laminated card stock and can handle dry erase, wet erase, and even permanent marker!

Usable by experienced GMs and novices alike, this product fits perfectly into any Game Master's arsenal!

Note: GameMastery Flip-Mat: Tavern has gone out of print and has been replaced by Pathfinder Flip-Mat Classics: Tavern.

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Tavern-map impressions

*****

I have to say I was very sceptical about these location mini-maps. I was worried about the folds of the map turning the battlefield into mountain ranges and canyons or that the map markings wouldn't erase properly. I ended up buying this map anyway, since I had to travel to another town to run a Pathfinder Society scenario (Slave Pits of Absalom) and my normal crystal caste map is just too big (a 4' long cardboard tube) to carry in addition to my laptop, 3-4 game books and notes.

Suffice to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the map. It smoothed out quite well on the game table, it was easy to mark on with a water-soluble pen, and the markings came off quite easily with a moist piece of paper towel. The tavern was excellent for the first encounter in the module (same tavern, in fact) and the I used the other side (green grass with a few rocks) for all the other encounters. This map will definitely travel with me on future occasions and I will be looking into buying some of the other maps as well.


Stay at the Inn and have a pint!

*****

Another excellent flip-mat with countless options for use. The layout of the tavern is great with plenty of room for adventure... already have an adventure brewing which centers around this tavern.
Having a nice open field upon the mats other side is nice to have and makes a nice change to the stone looking grid mat I also have! :P
Excellent work and keep em coming! 2 thumbs up! :D


We've left the (42) lights on for ya.

****( )

Platinum (aka 'WOOHOO!') aspect: Nice details. An over-turned wine glass on the bar. Cracks in the floor tile. Bundle of sticks by the fireplace. Some ham in the store room. Spiffy rug for the owner's boudoir.

Gold (aka 'Why You Buy') aspect: Instant full-color setup. This kicks the crap out of drawing it out yourself onto a pad of paper.

Electrum (aka 'Cool But Weird') aspect: Secret meeting room really not-so-secret; whats with the windows?

Silver (aka 'The Eh') aspect: 14 rooms on the 2nd floor, i.e. the inn part, are basically the same. Another one has the bed moved sideways and then there are 2 rooms with Queen beds. Yaye! :P Details fall through here and all 17 are pretty much nondescript. But it can get the job done.

Copper (aka 'Waste of Space'} aspect: Weird white pools in one corner of a store room. Followed closely by the 'mysterious' clump of rocks on the reverse side.

Gem Idea: Make more. How cool would it be to have several different versions of a Flip-Mat tavern to choose from?


Excellent Map

*****

Gah! Once again my review has been eaten!

Long story short, I like this map, a lot. The main room is a little distracting to me because there are no posts to support the second floor, as opposed to the other side, where there are lots of walls to justify not having support beams. The addition of an open field is also useful. I hope my group gets to make a lot of use of it.


Great Tavern map!

*****

Although this will not replace my regular battle mat, the tavern displayed and the smaller size will have immediate and regular use in my D&D gameplay.

If you need a quick and simple method of portraying tavern encounters but want to have some great visual aid in the presentation, this is for you!

It folds up easily and stores in my D&D Accessories binder right near the Combat Pad!


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HI Paizo folks,

Just a question, the product description says "The Flip side features rolling grassland and a mysterious clump of rocks". But you can't really see it on the product picture.

Sorry to say, but it sounds to me like "the flip side is empty but colored green". Could you say a bit more about this?

Is this really just featureless grass with one square of stone? Or is there more to the flip side than that?

Bocklin

Paizo Employee CEO

Bocklin wrote:

HI Paizo folks,

Just a question, the product description says "The Flip side features rolling grassland and a mysterious clump of rocks". But you can't really see it on the product picture.

Sorry to say, but it sounds to me like "the flip side is empty but colored green". Could you say a bit more about this?

Is this really just featureless grass with one square of stone? Or is there more to the flip side than that?

Bocklin

Hey Bocklin:

I take it you have never bought a flip mat before. :) No worries. All flip mats come with one side that is printed with a cool map-type piece of art. This is the side that the harried DM who needs a tavern, or town square, or forest path, or pre-made dungeon uses. The other side of all of these flip mats is a textured blank side that the DM can use like a battlemat. The only difference between the flip mat and the battlemat (besides the fact that you can use any type of marker and not have it stick forever) is that the flipmat has the textured back. In my experience, I use the flip side when I have an encounter that takes place in that type of terrain and I draw it out by hand like I normally would on my battlemat.

-Lisa


Hi Lisa,

I never bought such a product, indeed. It's much clearer now!

Thanks a lot for the prompt reply.

Bocklin

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Bocklin wrote:
Just a question, the product description says "The Flip side features rolling grassland and a mysterious clump of rocks". But you can't really see it on the product picture.

There is a cluster of stones in one of the corners of the flip side, and some spots throughout the area that suggest the grassland is, at least in some places, a paved area that's almost completely overgrown. You can see these features if you click the product's picture and look at the large photo.

The Exchange

Hi - do you know of any retailers in Great Britain who sell this product?


Yeah, these flip mats are way too awesome to even describe. Now I've shelled out lots of money for the Official D&D maps from Wizards, but you can't write on them like these. You have one set design, then on blank page that looks textured. Honestly, it's good one or two times, but after that it just becomes the same boring cave/temple/whatever.
With these I use the back sides over and over again with markers so I can make each encounter unique.
Also as a suggestion, Game Mastery should bring out Stamps for trees, bushes, etc. I seen some guy many years ago who made them by hand, but they've since worn out from over-usage and he doesn't make them anymore.


Mattaus wrote:
Hi - do you know of any retailers in Great Britain who sell this product?

You can get them in the UK from Leisure Games:

http://www.leisuregames.com/

You can order directly from Leisure Games or maybe get your flgs to order for you. They are listing the flip mats at £5.99 plus postage.

Paizo Employee CEO

Mattaus wrote:
Hi - do you know of any retailers in Great Britain who sell this product?

Mattaus:

I know that our main UK distributor, Esdevium, is now carrying this line and will be sent an order soon. Of course, it takes a bit to get to the UK, so it might not show up there for a number of weeks. But your local retailer should check with Esdevium to get an order in.

-Lisa


Any plans to make 1" hex-grid flip maps? If so, I know quite a few people here who would love them. Squares are just so....square.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Jesster wrote:
Any plans to make 1" hex-grid flip maps? If so, I know quite a few people here who would love them. Squares are just so....square.

The basic Flip-Mat has squares on one side, and hexes on the back.

Sovereign Court Contributor

Sakurafire wrote:
Also as a suggestion, Game Mastery should bring out Stamps for trees, bushes, etc. I seen some guy many years ago who made them by hand, but they've since worn out from over-usage and he doesn't make them anymore.

Something like this was being advertised in Dungeon a few years ago. Don't remember the name of the company though.

The Exchange

thanks for the reply

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

Someone else may have a more definitive answer to this one, but any store that is stocked by Esdevium should be able to order the Flip-Mats for you.

--Erik


As a previous poster queried. I think these would be much better packaged in a tube or rolled-up rather than folded. I have one flip map it is quite stained (at the folds) after only one game session. I am fortunate in that I have an actual map storage case (bought from a bankrupt surveying company) but rolled would be a MUCH better way to receive this product.

Paizo Employee CEO

Scott Walters 85 wrote:
As a previous poster queried. I think these would be much better packaged in a tube or rolled-up rather than folded. I have one flip map it is quite stained (at the folds) after only one game session. I am fortunate in that I have an actual map storage case (bought from a bankrupt surveying company) but rolled would be a MUCH better way to receive this product.

Hi Scott:

We actually looked into rolled, but it cost quite a bit more to get a tube and then there was the added problem of shipping them. You can put the current ones in flat packaging when they ship out, but tubes cause all kinds of problems for shipping. Also, you need to have more space to store them, because tubes are less efficient, with all that air in the middle. Finally, the retail stores hate products in tubes because there is no easy way or space for them to shelve them.

I agree that rolled would be nicer, but the added costs on our end would mean adding $5 or more to the price and that would kill sales. So we went with keeping it cheap and dealing with the fold lines.

-Lisa


Mattaus wrote:
Hi - do you know of any retailers in Great Britain who sell this product?

Also, it appears that Amazon.co.uk as well as Patriot Games (cool name) and Spirit Games carries GameMastery stuff.


Rambling Scribe wrote:
Sakurafire wrote:
Also as a suggestion, Game Mastery should bring out Stamps for trees, bushes, etc. I seen some guy many years ago who made them by hand, but they've since worn out from over-usage and he doesn't make them anymore.
Something like this was being advertised in Dungeon a few years ago. Don't remember the name of the company though.

I believe you both are thinking of 'Dungeon Stamps' made by Green Dragon Studio. Yes, its OOP. No, GDS is no longer around- even a defunct eBay Store. Here though, is the gist:

"With Dungeon Stamps, no longer will you have to worry about weak mapping skills or clumsy software interfaces. Stamp out detailed map symbols like doors, walls, and corpses right onto your vinyl game mat.
- No more piles of printed map sheets.
- Do away with confusing, hand drawn symbols.
- Add quality, visual, terrain to your game that doesn't get in the away of your miniatures.
- Best of all, Dungeon Stamp Ink easily wipes off your game mat, clearing the field for the next battle."

There might be 'Noble' website that 'Knight' still carry these.

Liberty's Edge

Greetings! I have a question about this item for those who have used it already. Is the green side light enough in color so that dry-erase markings on it can be easily seen from across a gaming table? I ask because I purchased the flip-map with the ship on one side, but found that the color of the reverse side was too dark blue for markings to be discerned.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Roquefort wrote:

Greetings! I have a question about this item for those who have used it already. Is the green side light enough in color so that dry-erase markings on it can be easily seen from across a gaming table? I ask because I purchased the flip-map with the ship on one side, but found that the color of the reverse side was too dark blue for markings to be discerned.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

You can probably get a sense of it by noticing how well you can see the black grid lines in the product image. I'd say if you're using thick black markers, you're probably fine (unless your table is huge or your players' vision is not so hot).

Dark Archive

When will this product be available again?

Paizo Employee CEO

Radavel wrote:
When will this product be available again?

No, we don't have plans to print this product again. However, we have decided to do a different tavern to take its place. You might want to check out Flip Mat Waterfront Tavern which is coming out in May.

-Lisa

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I am so glad to hear that you guys will be printing another tavern! The original has been the Rusty Dragon in our RotRL game for so long that I was worried about using it for CoCT. Now the PC's will have a second home. For me to invade with Grey Maidens and the like...

Ryn, who can never get enough maps.

Dark Archive

Any news when available again?

Paizo Employee CEO

joela wrote:
Any news when available again?

As I said in the thread above, this actual tavern will never be reprinted, however there is a Flipmat Waterfront Tavern coming out in May of next year.

-Lisa


Roquefort wrote:

Greetings! I have a question about this item for those who have used it already. Is the green side light enough in color so that dry-erase markings on it can be easily seen from across a gaming table? I ask because I purchased the flip-map with the ship on one side, but found that the color of the reverse side was too dark blue for markings to be discerned.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

I have used the reverse side of the Tavern and found that the darker colored dry erase markers are fairly easy to see. Obviously the yellow, and orange markers are somewhat hard to see. For my group using different colors for doors or crates or water helps with their grasp of what items are where.

Just my 2 cp.


Is this going to be reprinted? For me, personally, this is the most useful flip-mat.


I have both this Tavern flip-mat and the Waterfront Tavern flip-mat. The Waterfront Tavern is also used in the Pathfinder Scenario #29 The Devil We Know, Part 1: Shipyard Rats. Both flip-mats are planned to see much usage. I am sorry to hear that Lisa said the Tavern flip-mat will not be reprinted, but perhaps a similar one will see the light of day.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Lisa Stevens wrote:

No, we don't have plans to print this product again. However, we have decided to do a different tavern to take its place. You might want to check out Flip Mat Waterfront Tavern which is coming out in May.

-Lisa

I have nearly all of the flip maps and they are one of my favorite accessories. I really want to get my hands on the original tavern. Is there any chance that OOP flip maps could be made available as a pdf? Or perhaps all of the flip maps could have the pdf option. Even though it's more expensive than the original, the pdf could be printed by Kinkos and laminated for repeat use. This could satisfy those of us who want the OOP maps and also those who would prefer their maps to roll rather than fold.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The product say currently unavailable, should it say out of print instead?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dragnmoon wrote:
The product say currently unavailable, should it say out of print instead?

Yes, it should... and now it does! Thanks!

Shadow Lodge

I really would like to buy one of these flip mats. Paizo, please reprint this one. Or make an Inn that has cobblestone streets around it to represent one in a city.

Thanks,

Dan

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I too would really love to see this map come back into print as I think it is one of the best maps out there. Please, please, please reprint this map!!!! A message from your devoted PF friend.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

the Haunted Jester wrote:
I too would really love to see this map come back into print as I think it is one of the best maps out there. Please, please, please reprint this map!!!! A message from your devoted PF friend.

Why we don't reprint.

It does seem like it's time to put another tavern on the schedule, though....

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
the Haunted Jester wrote:
I too would really love to see this map come back into print as I think it is one of the best maps out there. Please, please, please reprint this map!!!! A message from your devoted PF friend.

Why we don't reprint.

It does seem like it's time to put another tavern on the schedule, though....

One thing to consider is having the back of the map be in that green grid as there are no maps currently available in just the plain green with grid markers. Although I really like this map i will be looking forward to what new designs come out in the months to come!! Thanks for hearing me out...

Sovereign Court

the Haunted Jester wrote:
One thing to consider is having the back of the map be in that green grid as there are no maps currently available in just the plain green with grid markers. Although I really like this map i will be looking forward to what new designs come out in the months to come!! Thanks for hearing me out...

Actually, any of the Flips Mats have a back printed "blank" or "Green field" to play in. I have a couple of them and any are useful for those open field encounters. I use paper and balsa model buildings in my urban encounters and the back of the city related Flip Mats have a 1" squared surface suitable for my models or drawing any combination of things.

These maps are very useful. I do forsee a problem with the original Tavern map becoming too familiar, and over used. I am certain this is why it is out of print. I urge Paizo to come out with another Tavern Flip Mat. Yes, I know about the Waterfront Tavern, and am planning to acquire it; but for settings without a river, lake or sea coast it does not fit like the original. Let's face it - what adventure starts without a tavern?

Just based upon the interest on this thread, there is obviously a market!

WOW! OK I am not a complete idiot. I just followed the link to GameMastery Tavern: Why no reprint, and I have to admit I had the right idea in mind, but I had no clue that thread existed. Excellent bit of honesty on that thread, btw. Kudos Paizo!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Which maps have the green grid on the back? I would really like to have one!!

Shadow Lodge

I have most of the flips and I do not know of one that has a plain "green grass" side. I see some green with permanent trees but no plain green grass flip mat.

I would also really like a plain green side on a future flip mat. Blank green is better than forested as I can put the trees anywhere I need.

Please, please, please make a plain green grass flip mat.

P.S. Thank you Paizo for making flip mats, best game aid ever.

Grand Lodge

I'm interested in buying one of these if anyone has one they are willing to sell or trade. I'll be generous since it is OOP.

Scarab Sages

Narl wrote:
I'm interested in buying one of these if anyone has one they are willing to sell or trade. I'll be generous since it is OOP.

+1 for me as well. Although you should contact Narl first if you are selling. But if anybody else has one after that, please send me a PM.

Scarab Sages

I came across an extra one. message me if you're interested.

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