GameMastery Flip-Mat: Arena

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In a game centered around battle, it's no surprise so many adventures involve heroes facing off in mighty arenas. The latest Flip-Mat release brings the hollering crowd and blood-soaked pitch to life in glorious color. You'll set the scene immediately, but immortality on the field of battle—that's up to your players.

This portable, affordable map measures 24" x 30" unfolded, and 8" x 10" folded. Its coated surface can handle any dry erase, wet erase, or even permanent marker. Usable by experienced GMs and novices alike, GameMastery Flip-Mats fit perfectly into any Game Master’s arsenal!

On tabletops across the world, the Flip-Mat Revolution is changing the way players run their fantasy roleplaying games! Why take the time to sketch out ugly scenery on a smudgy plastic mat when dynamic encounters and easy clean-up is just a Flip away?

Cartographer: Corey Macourek

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-208-1

Note: This product is part of the Pathfinder Maps Subscription.

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OMG how lazy can we be...

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I dig the concept. Would have bought this except that the back side is the SAME AS THE FRONT!!!
Oh wait the color is darker.
Maybe make the underground where the gladiators and monsters are housed or something thematic.... sigh.


Solid

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This is another great map to have in my DM's tool box. I only wish that they populated the stands with people- not jammed packed but having spectators would have added a nice touch.


Day & Night in the Arena!

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I really ended up liking this map, it was a gift from my gamers. They wanted bloodsports and the life of a gladiator. Well they got it, with a vengance. The detail on this map is great, squiggle in bloodspatter here & there with a red marker, it makes for some real fun.

But what's so funny about this map was how it not only works for aquatic battles, but using it as the Arena at night also works, in which the less savory citizens and disgruntled guildmasters pit thier finest against one another.

After all the arena isn't just for kings & queens anymore! Maybe a vampire lord hosts the arena by night?

Keep up the great work!


What about what's beneatht the arena?

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This looks good but I'm divided about whether the flip side really needed a waterlogged arena.

It's an interesting idea for nautical battles or even having hapless gladiators wading through the waters defending themselves from aquatic monsters, and might inspire an adventure on the idea alone.

I would've liked to have seen the other side being something like the basement below the area with slave prisons and pens for the gladiatorial animals.


Blood and Sandals

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I like testing the combat abilities of my players and my own and an arena flip-mat helps a long way to set the mood.

After a couple of games, I developed a pure arena setting with it's own NPCs, rules and economics of its own.

If you enjoy the occasional arena match, or if you are thinking of running a melee campaign like the Spartacus tv series, this mat is for you! :)


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Liberty's Edge

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From the image it looks like this flip mat may be re-producing maps from the Map Packs. Is this just a mock up, and the maps will all be know, or will the flip mat indeed recycle some of the campaign map pack stuff? If the latter, which ones?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

DigitalMage wrote:
From the image it looks like this flip mat may be re-producing maps from the Map Packs. Is this just a mock up, and the maps will all be know, or will the flip mat indeed recycle some of the campaign map pack stuff? If the latter, which ones?

This is just a mock-up. The products in each line will always feature all-new cartography.

The Exchange

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So cool! I can see Jim Carrey and Mathew Broderick facing off now!

"Jim, if we do not fight each other, they will kill us both."

And then the Star Trek Music kicks in!

Da Da Daaa Daa Daa DaaTaa Daahaa!


Zuxius wrote:

So cool! I can see Jim Carrey and Mathew Broderick facing off now!

"Jim, if we do not fight each other, they will kill us both."

And then the Star Trek Music kicks in!

Da Da Daaa Daa Daa DaaTaa Daahaa!

Could we have Robin Williams as a referee?

and maybe Zachary Quinto stealing Nimoy's brain in the background


I'm almost done...just need to add more detail...and then more detail. And then do the other side...with yet, more detail. Itsa looking nice-uh.

The Exchange

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The devil is in the details.


Can you post an image of the entire map?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

We should be posting an image of the finished product soon...


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Vic Wertz wrote:
We should be posting an image of the finished product soon...

Soon could still be less than 4 weeks :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Cormac wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
We should be posting an image of the finished product soon...
Soon could still be less than 4 weeks :)

Soon could be now!

If you still see the old image, clear your browser's image cache.

Scarab Sages

Has this been pushed back to December???

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D.M.T. wrote:
Has this been pushed back to December???

Current word from the printer is that we should expect it in the first week of December, plus or minus a few days...

Scarab Sages

I noticed that this item was pushed into my Dec subscriptions but is listed as mid Jan arrival. I have made comment about this in a customer service thread but it seems reasonable to ask for clarification as to when this item is being released.

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Masika wrote:
I noticed that this item was pushed into my Dec subscriptions but is listed as mid Jan arrival. I have made comment about this in a customer service thread but it seems reasonable to ask for clarification as to when this item is being released.

It will be shipping this week as part of the December shipment. Considering you are overseas, it will more than likely show up in January. The street date (ie. the date it will show up on retail store shelves) is January 13, 2010 which is mid-January in my book. Make sense?

-Lisa


Lisa Stevens wrote:
Masika wrote:
I noticed that this item was pushed into my Dec subscriptions but is listed as mid Jan arrival. I have made comment about this in a customer service thread but it seems reasonable to ask for clarification as to when this item is being released.

It will be shipping this week as part of the December shipment. Considering you are overseas, it will more than likely show up in January. The street date (ie. the date it will show up on retail store shelves) is January 13, 2010 which is mid-January in my book. Make sense?

-Lisa

Yep, according to my account info my December subscription pre orders were "placed" yesterday, and this Arena was in it, along with Jungle.

Scarab Sages

Thanks Lisa.

Yeap. My confusion was that it was listed for a release mid Jan and following convention I assumed it was for then. Everything clarified - thank you!

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

To answer the question recently posted to the product review section of this page ("hey, what's on the back?")...

The back of this one features the same arena, only this time the fighting ground has been flooded with water for naval and aquatic battles.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Erik Mona wrote:

To answer the question recently posted to the product review section of this page ("hey, what's on the back?")...

The back of this one features the same arena, only this time the fighting ground has been flooded with water for naval and aquatic battles.

How very Roman!


I love the flip mats and have found them, in combination with the map packs, a great addition to my game. I'm pretty disappointed that the opposite side of the arena is just another arena. I'm not sure what the thought process behind that was. Even a blank terrain map of something that hasn't been done yet, like an open desert landscape (without an oasis) might have been a better choice.

On closer inspection I suppose it could be representing a water filled arena, but I'm still not quite getting the point. In general, the more diverse the sides, the better.


Richard Howard wrote:

I love the flip mats and have found them, in combination with the map packs, a great addition to my game. I'm pretty disappointed that the opposite side of the arena is just another arena. I'm not sure what the thought process behind that was. Even a blank terrain map of something that hasn't been done yet, like an open desert landscape (without an oasis) might have been a better choice.

On closer inspection I suppose it could be representing a water filled arena, but I'm still not quite getting the point. In general, the more diverse the sides, the better.

While I would love actual barren desert (I agree there was too much water and foliage in the current desert flip mat), I really like having a flooded arena on the other side of this map.


I imagine they did the water version because of the famous Roman Coliseum and how it used to be flooded to hold sea battles. So seems extremely fitting to me.


Robert Miller 55 wrote:
I imagine they did the water version because of the famous Roman Coliseum and how it used to be flooded to hold sea battles.

I see the desire for gamers to want a plain desert side, too. The generic flip-mat has a simple enough texture and variance on both sides that it could be concrete, dirt, or sand. Placeable transparent objects is still a concept I've been throwing around. Whatya think?

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Corey Macourek wrote:
Robert Miller 55 wrote:
I imagine they did the water version because of the famous Roman Coliseum and how it used to be flooded to hold sea battles.
I see the desire for gamers to want a plain desert side, too. The generic flip-mat has a simple enough texture and variance on both sides that it could be concrete, dirt, or sand. Placeable transparent objects is still a concept I've been throwing around. Whatya think?

Yes, please! Way back when, Hero System came out with a bunch of images done in primary colors on clear plastic (like Colorforms for gamers) to put movable stuff on your battlemat for Champions. I would LOVE something like that for Pathfinder!


DigitalMage wrote:
From the image it looks like this flip mat may be re-producing maps from the Map Packs. Is this just a mock up, and the maps will all be know, or will the flip mat indeed recycle some of the campaign map pack stuff? If the latter, which ones?

I do admit that there are small item components that get used is both flip-mats and map packs, but never (or very rarely) the the same layout or models. That's kind of cheap in my mind.


A MUST have for anyone who plays "outside the box". Having a place to have your captured evils auctioned off, a spot that has various evils for adventurers to fight for everyone else's entertainment & your added experience points, a place for tournaments, solving grievances & for the local hierarchy's executions along with anything else your twisted mind can conjure. Oh, almost forgot - Mage battles!
More fun than finding an Orc encampment at the bottom of a rocky ravine.

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