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Tuesday
Mar052013

Introducing Fabric Mat 2.0

Back in December, we made the choice to shutdown our normal Fabric mat production. This was due mainly to increasing printing costs and lowering quality. So we set out on a mission to find a better and cheaper method of production. The result is Fabric Mat 2.0.

The new mats feature a thicker material. They are made from thick fleece which is comparable to felt without all the pesky fraying. They also lack the gloss look that most vinyl mats have. The synthetic fibers take inks a lot better then the heavy cotton.  The result is absolutely stunning. Rich vivid colors and deep blacks gives our old patterns new life and opens the door for even more patterns to be developed in the future.  Here is a side by side of the two versions.

The new version is machine washable. This was not possible with the old one because they ran the risk of fading. Now you can't be tossing these in the wash with your next load of laundry but they can be cleaned if something tragic happens like a spilled drink.

You'd think that all these great features would come at a cost. However, we are excited to be able to offer these mats at a much lower price then our previous version. 60" by 50" mats will run $69.99. However, this price doesn't come without some restrictions. In order to keep the cost low, we have decided to have the printer ship directly to our customers. This puts a few restrictions on us. The mats can no longer be mixed with general orders from our store. We converted them to buy it now buttons.

To celebrate the return of our Fabric Mats, we have decided to offer free shipping to all our US based customers. Unfortunately, Our international customers will see an increase in shipping costs. Currently we are forced to use UPS for shipping and that will cost $39.95 for all international orders.

We are working on a major store upgrade and integrating our system with the new printers. This will allow us to reduce the international shipping cost and release new sizes. We have plans for 80" x 60" and 40" by 30". This will take some time so we decided to move forward with the 60" by 50" mats.

Feel free to email us if you have any questions or issues with the new buttons!

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Reader Comments (6)

Looks awesome. Any chance of doing 4x6?

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

You should consider a 3'x3' option for the X-Wing miniatures game. Something with just stars and no nebula would also be nice.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The printer restricts us to this size. 80" by 60" and 40" by 30" will be available eventually. We are considering doing a special overlay for various games. A 60" by 50" mat with a 36" square printed lightly in the middle. This will give you the ability to use the mat for larger games but still be able to use the overlay for tournament style games.

March 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterCorSec Engineering

I'd also be interested in a 36x36" option if it ever became available, as I run demo games that use the 36"x36" map format.

Would it be feasible to print on both sides of a larger map? Say Blue Star field on one side of a 60x50" map, and a smaller 36x36" square on the other side that also has Blue Stars in it, and leave the area outside the 36x36 square blank?

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill

We are working on an X-wing style overlay that will have a 36" by 36" square in the middle and areas for pilot cards and upgrade cards. It's looking like we will only have 2 options. 80" by 60" and 60" by 50". The restrictions are the reason we are able to get the cost down so far. We cannot do double sided mats.

March 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterCorSec Engineering

I just got the V2 map I ordered, and I am pleased to say the least. Here's some pics, in case anyone is interested:

I just got a new game map in the mail, from Corsec Engineering. It's one of their new V2 maps. The main difference from previous versions are a different fabric, the fabric is made in China, and it appears to be printed in the US. They sell a nominal sized 60"x50", which is actually 58"x48" once the edges are sewn up. The price is half of what it used to cost, which is what prevented me from buying one.

Pics:
http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo339/billclodude/DSCN2762_zps8cd82642.jpg

http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo339/billclodude/DSCN2763_zps23e896ab.jpg

http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo339/billclodude/DSCN2764_zps09bacbc9.jpg

I am so going to be using this at Origins. :D

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill

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