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Stalkey and Co18 Oct 2020 1:05 p.m. PST

Looking for a game mat that has a typical USA suburbs – houses, grassy lawns, driveways, sidewalks, etc.

Ideally, I'd like to get two that are 3x4 and connect.

I've been looking and found that sci fi is easier to find than plain old modern, and "dark future" cities isn't the vibe either.


saltflats192918 Oct 2020 1:26 p.m. PST
Stalkey and Co18 Oct 2020 2:06 p.m. PST

I added paper modeling to the set as I think paper / cardboard tiles might also work, if I can find someone who makes suburban usa…

Stalkey and Co18 Oct 2020 2:07 p.m. PST

Thanks Saltflats – that's the only one I've found thus far, too!

saltflats192918 Oct 2020 7:12 p.m. PST

They make a modular version too. Don't know where you are, but you can get them at Gcmini in the US.

Zephyr118 Oct 2020 8:21 p.m. PST

Not a gaming mat, but have you thought about getting pics of satellite images printed on large paper? (The resolution will probably suck, though…)

Part time gamer18 Oct 2020 10:17 p.m. PST

Zephyr1 makes a great suggestion and point.
I didnt realize at first but we've all been satellite photo'd now. For the heck of it I googled my own address and voila, my home, yard, drive way and all.
So you could pick virtually any area you want to game.
Perhaps call a local Office Max for a cost est. based on the size you want and as long as you dont show identifiable addresses etc., Im sure they would print it. Just a thought.

Jimmy da Purple19 Oct 2020 4:46 a.m. PST

I know someone who had a picture of cobblestone printed on a blanket by Walmart. That might work.

Stalkey and Co19 Oct 2020 5:58 a.m. PST

The satellite pic is a pretty good idea – only issue is that so many US suburbs have trees, and they obscure a lot under them. Plus, I'd want to have my own 3D trees on the mat.

So if I could find a neighborhood without trees – perhaps a new development? – then that could work if someone would print it out…

Sgt Slag19 Oct 2020 6:50 a.m. PST

Office supply stores (i.e., OfficeMax) have large format, color printers. They can also laminate your printout for you. I had an old Judges Guild city map I wanted copied: they copied it, enlarged it(!), and they laminated it for me, for less than $15 USD… I can't tell you how exciting that was. And it was affordable -- much lower cost than what I expected.

I chatted with their staff about it: if you bring in an image, in a common file format, they can print it for you, at the desired size. My enlargements were 23" x 36.5" inches (I don't know if that was their maximum size…). Cheers!

Stalkey and Co19 Oct 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

2x3' is a good size for a lot of skirmish games – this might be a great tool, especially since they can laminate them!

williamb19 Oct 2020 8:20 a.m. PST

Google Earth. Search for Tracy, California. South side of town near interstate 5 has a lot of new houses covering lots of acres. Take a screen print of the area you want, take it to a print shop. They can print it on a vinyl mat or paper. You may need to open google earth in google chrome. there are other areas of the city in the south and south west that are slightly older and have more grass, etc.

Stalkey and Co20 Oct 2020 1:49 p.m. PST

that's just about the most specific referral for a general question I've ever had!

Scaling the map is another question, but I think this could be very interesting, so I'll keep ya'll updated!

Stalkey and Co24 Jun 2021 9:35 a.m. PST

So looks like I will go with the Deep Cuts Studio options.

They have PVC and mousepad, the PVC is about 20% cheaper. I assume it is also lighter, and probably has a bit of shine to it.

Anyone have any experience or preference between the two choices?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2021 10:04 a.m. PST

Does it have to be a pad? Doesn't Cigar Box make cloth ones?

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