The F.A.T. mat comes with a black canvas zipper bag and a F.A.T. tag (luggage tag) with a picture of the mat contained inside.
A 3' x 3' Double-sided Gaming Surface with unique themes Mouse Pad material and a water resistant, smooth surface. Great for a gaming mat! While other gaming surfaces can be great, they have their limitations. Felt has hairs that catch models while moving and gets dirty easily, cloth creases and is plain, latex mats require painting and tear easily, wood surfaces are heavy, can be expensive and require a lot of work to prepare and paint. Plastic looks great, but dice bounce all over it loudly, it's expensive, you have to paint it, they're difficult to transport and they have seams running across them where the tiles meet. A game mat on a mouse pad would be durable but flexible, light, good looking, easy to use with no preparation needed, and reasonably priced!
Posted by Steven Cartarrasa on 1st May 2019
Since I bought an apartment it's become harder to play wargames. I can head down one of the local clubs but I do miss the shed I enjoyed at my previous rental. So I thought I'd give FAT a try and bought a foldable table 4x4 table, which this mat sits squarely in the center of allowing for miniatures to be held off on the sides until deployed and dice to be rolled in towers. The detail of the mat is excellent, and I have downloaded or designed several small boxes worth printed 3D terrain to the theme. Once on the board the miniatures (which I rebased with transparent bases) flow into the texture of the mat and become one with the terrain so beautifully. It's a very immersive experience comparable to some of the very expensive and laborious custom boards in available in large games stores for the layman's budget.
Flip the mat over next encounter and it's a completely different experience, so the narrative element and replayability is great for the investment. I recommend these mats thoroughly, they are sturdy and well printed, lightweight and smack of a quality product. Only gripes are perhaps the communication from the AU store (I had to email the US store to get answers to my queries, having SMSed the number supplied on this site, called and emailed several times before trying the US contact - once they got onto it though they replied themselves to my queries and the stock did indeed freight correctly and in a timely manner so it's curious the AU staff outright didn't respond - period).
Also it would be nice if it were possible to choose what is printed on either side of the mat from FAT's range as some other companies allow - but neither of these are any reflection on what is a quality, durable and beautiful final product on the table.
Would buy again.
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