Now that I am loving my Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures game, I wanted to enhance the experience. I’ve seen custom game mats online. Game mats bring a predefined 3’x3′ playing area and the space backdrops look great with the miniatures. Being cheap like I am, I didn’t want to spend $38 – $45 that a lot of people making theses mats charge.
I read on the boardgamegeek.com forum about custom printed mats from Buildasign. The original poster found a coupon and got his for only $17. Unfortunately, I missed that deal but I was able to order a 3×3 vinyl mat for $22 shipped.
The ordering process was pretty painless. I specified the size I wanted, uploaded and image and got a preview. The only downside was that standard delivery took about two weeks. When it arrived I was a little surprised to see that it had brass grommets in the corners. I had not ordered those. I called customer support and told them that I had ordered an unfinished mat. The very friendly customer support rep said no problem, and they would ship me a replacement free of charge that week. True to her word the replacement arrived that week free of charge.
The print quality is a little pixelated but I think that had more to do with me not choosing a high enough quality image than anything. Even with that it really makes the miniatures stand out and enhances game play. For $22 I can’t complain. If you want a mat for a not a lot of money I highly recommend it.