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