Folding Board vs Neoprene Mat - Which do you prefer?
If you could choose, would you rather have your game come with a folding board or a neoprene mat? I thought it might be an obvious answer at first, but maybe not... here are some quick thoughts/questions I have about it:
- In general, I feel like a mat would be more satisfying to play on, but is that true 100%? At least, I would think so if it's a card-based game.
- If you go for a mat, you'd need separate storage. It would also cost more on the front end.
- Do mats have longer lifespan than boards?
- Sounds like neoprene mats better accommodate metal coins.
- Do mats not flatten as well after repeated usage/getting rolled up? At the same time, I suppose some boards don't come flat either.
- Which game would you LOVE to have a neoprene mat for and why?
- Here's a video of a direct comparison between #Scythe's board and neoprene mat: https://youtu.be/Th4mQgK6STM
- I saw there's a company called Inked Gaming that sells neoprene mats. They actually do custom ones where you can send them your own image. Not sure how good they are though.
I think I'd still prefer my games to come with a board by default. I just wouldn't enjoy needing separate storage and having to pay more in the beginning for a game that I'm not 100% about. I'm very interested in the idea of neoprene mats as upgrades for my favorite games. Games I'd like to have a neoprene mat for are:
- #Root - Not too much of a functional value I believe, but it would just be a nice premium experience. Also, it's not bad but my board doesn't flatten completely.
- #Architects of the West Kingdom - There's a market area with two rows of cards for apprentices, which regularly gets refreshed. There are plenty of times when you slide your tokens around the virtue track and on your contribution to the cathedral. #Raiders of the North Sea has a neoprene mat and it sounds like Garphill Games will likely make one for Architects now that there won't be any more new content.
- #Concordia - Concordia's maps are doubled sided. Not sure if double sided printing is okay for neoprene mats (or if it's even possible) but it would make picking up cards from the market even more satisfying!
- #Atlantis Rising (second edition) - This game requires setting up tiles that represent Atlantis. The mat helps you remember the location of the different terrain types. Besides that, it looks really good!