Gamerboard

By on 15 March 2016
Gamerboard Dave McAlister

Gamerboard is a clever combination of ideas developed by some gamers over in Austria. In it’s very basic form it’s a magnetic white board. However our Austrian friends have put it together with some transparent sheets and magnets to make it altogether more usable in a gaming environment.

The version I was sent for review was A1 in size (884 x 637 mm in total with 841 x 594 mm internally) but they also sell A2 and A3 versions. I also opted for the 25 mm square and 25 mm hex grids although, again, there are others available (starting at 10 mm square and 9 mm hex). There is also the top transparent sheet which you can write on using dry erase pens (they recommend Staedtler Lumocolor pens – which my review one came with). Finally, there was a selection of magnets that you can attach to your miniatures to ensure they don’t move about on the board by accident.

Gamerboard

Using the board with just the grid (square in the image above) and you have a standard battlemat configuration with the added bonuses of a wipe-clean surface should anyone spill something and miniatures that won’t shift when the table is nudged (presuming you’ve applied the magnets to the bottom of the base) but it really comes into its own if you have built up a collection of printed maps. I’ve got a number from various publications over the years that I’m not all that keen on using normally in case they get damaged. That isn’t an issue any more as you can just “unclick” the sides, pop them under the transparent sheet and away you go (see below). If they don’t have a grid but you need one, just put that sheet on top as well. And, of course, you can now write on them without fear of damaging the original. It’s a genius idea and I can’t believe it hasn’t been thought of before.

Gamerboard

Gamerboard

As I previously mentioned, the board comes in three sizes. I reviewed the A1 size and while it’s great, it’s a little too big if you’re likely to be transporting it regularly. For that reason I would be more inclined to go with the A2 version – which has the added bonus of being a bit cheaper as well – or even the A3 version if you’re likely to attend conventions and want to be really portable. Regardless of which one you fancy, I can highly recommend it. I’ve used it recently in a game of D&D and also X-Wing Miniatures (unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the latter game!).

The boards are reasonably priced but shipping to the UK might put them beyond most people’s budgets. However, that isn’t a problem because although the Gamerboard is available for sale, you can also download instructions on how to make your own.

In trying to provide a balanced review I’ve been racking my brain to find a disadvantage to these boards and all I can come up with is the shipping price which, as I’m sure you will agree, can’t be held against the makers.

Rating: 10/10

You can buy the Gamerboard (or download DIY instructions) from gamerboard.tp-media.at.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He blogs at dave.mcalister.org.uk.

3 Comments

  1. EvilGaz

    15 March 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Nice review – alarmingly when trying to access the site linked from work, it was blocked for pornography!

    I can only assume the boards are sold undressed.

    • Dave McAlister

      15 March 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Mine arrived fully dressed 😉

      • Tom

        15 March 2016 at 1:50 pm

        Hi! This is Tom from the Gamerboard. Can you give me the name of the conten-filter your company uses? We had that f***ing problem before.
        THX in advance,
        Tom

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