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07 Jun 2019 9:41 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2019 8:45 p.m. PST

Amazon sells it, for two prices: $79.96 USD, and $115.61 USD… Be sure you check the price, before you buy! Here is the link to the lower priced unit.

The grid, and hex patterns measure only 4 feet by 8 feet, but that is still plenty of space: 32 square feet of gaming space to mark out your massive dungeons, or wilderness maps!

The size of the mat suggests it was designed to be used atop a standard Ping Pong Table: 5 feet by 9 feet. If you center this mat on a standard Ping Pong Table, you will have a three inch border on every side. The gray dot in the center of the Mondomat, marks the exact center of the huge mat, to aid in centering things on your mat; it appears on both sides, so it is always there to assist you in finding the center of the mat. I've been using my Ping Pong Table for RPG's and miniature games, since 1995. When the surface became too roached from spills, and wear, I covered each section with burgundy vinyl from the local fabric store, seamed in the middle, with carpet tape on the underside, wrapped around the top of the table, and stapled, on the underside. Looks fantastic -- I should have done this years earlier!

The Mondomat is incredible for covering a Ping Pong Table. I need to get one, soon… It appears to have been around since 2013, based on the oldest review, on Amazon, but I just recently discovered it. Otherwise, I would have purchased one, years ago!

Best markers to use on any Chessex mat, are Crayola Markers. I've left Crayola ink on my Chessex Megamat, for weeks, and it comes right off with Windex, or water. Vis-a-Vis brand overhead transparency markers will leave ghost traces, behind, some even if you erase them after just 10 minutes! Not the Crayola. Cheers!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2019 12:13 p.m. PST

At the library we have two of the smaller mats for our D&D programs. Ours are square and hex gridded (kindly donated by fellow TMPer, Moonbeast). Work great.

We're using the Expo Vis-a-Vis markers, but we wipe them down after every game. Might try the Crayolas— thanks for the tip!

JMcCarroll08 Jun 2019 4:49 p.m. PST

Sgt Slag sent you a e-mail.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2019 6:02 a.m. PST

JMcCarroll, never got it. Try this address: plasticwars {AT} gmail-dot-com. Cheers!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2020 12:18 p.m. PST

Finally got my 4-foot by 8-foot, MondoMat. I drew out a temple on it, to get an idea just how big it would be, in miniature scale… It was too small, so I doubled the size of the squares on the map, making them 10/square, rather than the original 5 feet/square. Now that works!

Link1: showing it drawn at one square on the paper map equaling 5-feet, showing it to be too small for what I envisioned. I redrew it, making each square on the paper map, 10 feet, and doubling it on the MondoMat. It will be a blast for all of us to run their figures around it.

Link2: Here is a view of the grand entrance hall, with a view from behind some mini's which are standing in for the PC's. The G's will be where temple guards are stationed.

I was able to write inside the rooms, what I thought they would be used for, and it really made the mat into a springboard for my creativity. I came up with some great ideas which will really play into the scenario, making it believable for my players.

Link3: A view of some "work" rooms within the temple. This is a 'god of death,' they help people cross over, and they cremate the bodies, so they cannot come back to harangue the living.

At the end, I erased it, but in the future, when I run that scenario, I know that it will work, and it will work well.

I also used a yardstick, to draw straight lines. This really improved the whole of it, dramatically. Give it a try yourself, and see if it makes a difference for you, and your players.

I highly recommend the Chessex MondoMat, if you have a large enough table for it. I used a Ping Pong Table for my RPG games, for around 25 years. I recently upgraded my gaming table to a 5-foot by 9-foot custom table. The MondoMat really completes it, for me. Cheers!

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