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Old 07-15-2020, 01:28 PM   #1
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Having recently picked up one of the larger TFT playmats, I am now wondering how best to store it. I'm thinking rolling it inside a poster tube might be fine, but am curious as to how you all are storing your mats. Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2020, 01:41 PM   #2
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Having recently picked up one of the larger TFT playmats, I am now wondering how best to store it. I'm thinking rolling it inside a poster tube might be fine, but am curious as to how you all are storing your mats. Thanks!
I use tubes for a lot of them. The Imperial Assault playmats I keep in the original packaging and have them hung from the wall.
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Old 07-15-2020, 02:04 PM   #3
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Cheers, Phil, good to know that's a sound method.
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Old 07-15-2020, 02:11 PM   #4
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I get tubes from art supply stores. The best one I have is light plastic, expandable length and has a shoulder strap to help carrying maps to game day.

https://www.dickblick.com/products/h...ocument-tubes/
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Old 07-15-2020, 02:47 PM   #5
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Just know that playmats can take on a bit of a curl when stored rolled up for a while. I find you just have to weight the corners down with something when you unroll them though. (general experience with mats, not this specific TFT version)
Usually we'd put some cans of soda or books on the edges if the curl was really bad, and it would tend to flatten out pretty quickly.
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Old 07-15-2020, 05:09 PM   #6
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I just discovered a lightweight alternative if you have multiple maps you're rolling up all together. Keep the nylon zip-up sleeve with the built in shoulder strap after your fold-up camp chair bites the dust (posted on behalf of TFT player, wife and non-forum user).
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Old 07-16-2020, 07:54 AM   #7
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Good advice and suggestions, thanks! I'm thinking now that a large, thin box (the kind some picture frames come in) might work as well. A layer of eggcrate foam would keep the mats from slipping around inside it, too.
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Old 07-16-2020, 08:07 AM   #8
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Mine are rolled up side by side in a long low box. So far they seem fine. Does anyone have any longer term experience with this config?
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:15 AM   #9
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I keep mine flat in an art folio (like you would use to carry around large sketches). A big piece of cardboard folded in half can serve the same purpose. I was a little worried that they might stick to each other after months of storage like that but it doesn't seem to be a problem; I have a half dozen layered on top of each other and they look mint.
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Old 07-16-2020, 10:21 AM   #10
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Just know that playmats can take on a bit of a curl when stored rolled up for a while. I find you just have to weight the corners down with something when you unroll them though. (general experience with mats, not this specific TFT version)
Roll them image side out and they will sit flat when unrolled (unless rolled very tight).
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