Hat-Trick was never intended to be a board game. Yes, there is a certain spatial aspect to it that makes it feel like you were playing a board game, but after all it is a card game. So when I first came up with the idea to make a playmat for Hat-Trick (around 2 years ago, when we were preparing for our first SPIEL Essen 2014), this was purely for aesthetic purposes. Mind you, this was not a true playmat but a football pitch printed on paper, stuck to the table with an adhesive tape. Still, some folks urged us to put it online as they wanted to print it themselves and use it as a mat. And hence the idea was born.
Two years later, shortly after funding the ‘Players’ expansion, we came to SPIEL Essen 16 much better equipped. Not only were our playmats actual playmats, like on rubber and stuff, but afterwards we gave them away to 4 of our subscribers chosen by the Great Apparartus of Telelotto. And that was supposed to be it. No more playmats. Who needs them, right?
And then the harassment began 🙂 From time to time mails like: “WHERE’S THE PLAYING MAT (no pressure!)” appeared in our inbox and then things started to get serious 🙂 Petrified, we started pulling some strings and it turned out that it is possible to make a batch of mats for all those interested, provided the number of those interested will be big enough. So all that was left to do was to ask those interested if they were still interested and if so, make the playmats.
And here we are, asking you if you want to get a playmat for Hat-Trick for €22,50 (tracked worldwide shipping: €10,50). Consider it a Kickstarter campaign that costs you nothin and is in no way a binding declaration. Only later, after we get enough people, will we get back to you, asking if you mean business. If you do, we will charge you this total of €33 and about 1 month later, send you a nice, warm playmat.
And if that does not convince you, have a look at the specs:
Size: 550mm x 750mm
Material: 2.5mm extra-thick ultra-light micro-rubber
– sateen clothing
– high details
– resistant to crumpling and scratching
So yeah, if you want to get yourself a washable and rollable playmat that you’d be able to crumple and scratch all day long and it will still be clothed in sateen for you, all you need to do is leave your email here or on our homepage and hit ENTER.
Thanks and till next time.