Kickstarter: Mimic's Grids. Good idea?
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    Kickstarter: Mimic's Grids. Good idea?

    Note: I'm NOT shilling for the product and am looking for thoughtful input.

    Stumbled across this kickstarter, Mimic's Grids, that has me scratching my head and going: Why haven't we done this before? But, I'm not sure about them. Would somebody else take a gander and tell me what they think of them? They look a tad expensive, but they should be pretty durable. What I'm really liking is the ability to draw on them with any kind of pen (dry erase, wet erase, even permanent).

    Is there some other grid out there that does this same sort of stuff?

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    This has been done before, the KS is just a combination of different ideas. I utilized magnets for most of my paper terrain & model projects, such as the "Fute Noir" one:
    http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=46259.msg537935#msg537935


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    Great things can be done with the use of inexpensive Neodynium magnets, the possibilities are almost endless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_Klueless View Post
    Is there some other grid out there that does this same sort of stuff?
    Well, it doesn't have the magnetics, but I've been pretty happy with the modular chipboard grid tiles from Role 4 Initiative. They only charge $32 for a set of 9 10" x 10" tiles (or 36 5" tiles, or 5 10" + 16 5"), which is like a quarter of what the Mimic's grid costs.

    And yeah, having the artist map add-ons seems cool, but IME pre-made maps become more of a gimmick that you can only use once (unless it's of a really generic place, like a tavern).

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    Yeah, I barely use the mats I have. Probably should skip this.

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    Sure, it's been done before, but not all games require tactical grids (as opposed to say, most games needing dice) and they don't have the same player appeal as minis, the end result is that these companies usually produce a good product for a limited amount of time, and then go out of business.

    I've still got my plastic puzzle-piece-like dry-erase boards. They're a little roughed up, but still work pretty well.

    But I've got 12 of them, and I dropped $50 on them. Paying $200 for the same number of tiles and some extras is a little rich. I mean presumably if the Kickstarter funds they'll have a store or something, but that's a gamble, and then it's a further gamble if they'll even still be making product in 6 months or a year.

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    Owner, Co-Founder, Inventor, etc. here.

    Your opinions are completely valid. Instead of countering them, I'd prefer to answer anything you'd like to ask.

    We're transparent, so feel free to ask anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zachshallbetter View Post
    We're transparent, so feel free to ask anything.
    Awesome! Thanks for chiming in. I wasn't expecting to hear from you so I don't have anything much at the moment. Except maybe: What is the planned future for these? In other words, if I get them, are you planning on expanding the ... er... expansions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zachshallbetter View Post
    Owner, Co-Founder, Inventor, etc. here.

    Your opinions are completely valid. Instead of countering them, I'd prefer to answer anything you'd like to ask.

    We're transparent, so feel free to ask anything.
    Thank you Zach for stopping by. The question, and sorry if I overlooked this on the KS page, but how many maps from the designers do we get? For example, if I choose the $200 KS, it states; "4 artist set (you choose)" - does this mean I get all the maps from those artists or 4 maps and I choose from which artist they come from?

    Thank you for your time. It is appreciated. And we are glad to have you in the community.

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    Apologies, on the delay. I somehow missed the notification.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Christian View Post
    It states; "4 artist set (you choose)" - does this mean I get all the maps from those artists or 4 maps and I choose from which artist they come from?
    With those 4 Artist sets you can choose any variety that you would like (duplicates, one of each, etc.).

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_Klueless View Post
    What is the planned future for these? In other words, if I get them, are you planning on expanding the ... er... expansions?
    Tons and tons and tons. For this product, we're in the process of purchasing the equipment needed to produce 2D magnetic elements and their packaging on-demand. This, along with our relationships with artists, should enable an incredible amount of products and versatility both physical and digital.

    Beyond that, we have 3D pieces, other products with the Any-Erase surface.

    The sky is kinda the limit.

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