GripMat - Get a Grip on your Game!

A project in Seattle, WA by Break From Reality Games

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Finally, a simple artful solution to the age old problem of things moving when they should not! Grips on both sides of the mat.
Backers: 1601
Average Pledge Per Backer: $73

Funded: $116,973 of $5,000
Dates: Nov 27th -> Jan 8th (42 days)
Project By: Break From Reality Games
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Latest News

Seattle’s surprising Kickstarter bounce

May 24th - via:
SEATTLE, WA - Seattle punches way above its weight when it comes to Kickstarter campaigns, and that's been a big boost to that city's startup community. (Read More)

Curves - The Key to a Successful Kickstarter

May 19th - via:
Got curves? Jeff from @wombatgames analyzes a variety of Kicktraq data curves for campaign insights. (Read More)

Final Pre-Funded Update

January 8th - via:
Backers - Going to be super brief here. THANK YOU! Also... a few more work in progress: Baseball! Netrunner - Corporation Blue 16" x 24" Netrunner - Corporation Red 16" x 24" Cheers,~ Eric, Sylvia, Dan, Alex, Taylor, and our entire art team! ~  (Read More)

A Little more art...

January 8th - via:
Backers - We have a little more to show you tonight.  Keep in mind that art completion will be on-going for the next couple of weeks.   First up Saul Wynne has completed a snowscape for us!  It looks awesome! Snowscape by Saul Wynne scowscape... (Read More)

Our last 18 hours...

January 7th - via:
Backers - Based on the response on the score trackers we are working on a few more.  They might make it out tonight... but you can watch Sylvia create art.  She will be on from 9 PM PST, till about 12 PM.  And again Wednesday from 10AM PST -... (Read More)

Art Release - New Score Trackers -

January 6th - via:
Backers-  Holy Cow! You guys rock.  :)  So much GripMat goodness going out into the world.  You know we will want pictures!  General Update - Thank YouWe have a little less than a day left.  I am not going to ask you to go out and beat doors... (Read More)

Announcement! - Xia: Legends of a Drift System & New Game overlays & Art!

January 6th - via:
Backers - First thing is first.  Last week we had questions, 3, to be answered by our manufacturer.  I spoke with them today: We can only print on white at this time. We can print a hex or square grid on the reverse of every GripMat.  We can not... (Read More)

Announcement: Burning Suns GripMats & More Art!

January 5th - via:
Backers - Emil, the creator and designer of Burning Suns has provided me today with several awesome art images that we can print for his upcoming release.  Unfamiliar with Burning Suns?  Take a look at their Kickstarter, and you can order it here.... (Read More)

More Art - Front Page Reorganized

January 4th - via:
Backers-  I spent a good part of today re-organizing the front page and making sure that all of the art (including current in progress) is posted for all to see.  We have a few pieces that are not up yet, and I figure I will list those here:... (Read More)

Update & your guessed it... more art!

January 3rd - via:
Backers - We did not hear anything from our manufacturer today concerning our pending questions: Can we print on any other color besides white Can we print double sided Can we print on a single piece 3' x 3' We are still waiting on answers to these.... (Read More)

Art. Yes, more art. Also more X-Wing Details, and Grid Overlay Options.

January 3rd - via:
Backers - We have a lot to show you today.  This is our first post, though we will probably have another later today. More Beautiful & Useful Backgrounds form Saul WynneOur friend Saul Wynne, from the lovely city of London, has been working up a... (Read More)

750 backers! New options: Poker, Blackjack, Chess!

January 3rd - via:
Backers - We just hit 750 backers.  Holy Cow!   Parlor Games We had several backers suggest we create GripMats for card games, checkers, and chess. Here is what we came up with. I am a Texas Hold'em fan myself (though I do not play very often) and... (Read More)

New Partner, New Level, and Shipping update for EU! Add-On FAQ

January 2nd - via:
Backers - Many of you have been concerned about tariffs and VAT being charged due to our planned shipping method.  We feel we have finally reached the point where we can, with confidence, state that we will be shipping to the EU and paying all... (Read More)

700 Backers! More Art!

January 1st - via:
Backers - A quick update for everyone now that we have hit 700 backers.  We have a little bit more art to show you.  The scroll which is now unlocked: Scroll - Work in Progress We also have another in our Score Track series just about complete.... (Read More)

Art release - announcement - & more

December 31st - via:
Backers - We crossed 650 backers yesterday - and are swiftly heading toward 700 backers.  We have exceeded all expectations with this project.  Our goal was to introduce this product to the community, and to get some excellent feedback as to what... (Read More)

600 Backers! Art unlocked, new coasters!

December 30th - via:
Backers -  As previously mentioned... we will be adding one free 12" x 6" Score Track to every backer who has backed at $20 and above.  We are still working on getting all the art together for the score tracks, and I suspect we will not have all of... (Read More)

550 Poll Results & Crossing the line for 600 backers!

December 28th - via:
Backers! As a thank you - everyone will receive a KS exclusive Score Tracker.  We will have the art release for that soon... unfortunately your backing is faster than our arting.  ;)  We will have a new poll up tonight, and some art to share! 550... (Read More)

Yes... another update. Art Consolidation and new Reward Levels

December 28th - via:
Backers - We added 2 new reward levels: $20 for a 15" x 15" GripMat.  This is primarily to allow folks to purchase the Castles GripMat.  Add-on at this level is $18. $48 for ONE 24" x 48" GripMat.  We have many people looking for this.  Add-on is... (Read More)

More ART! So much art... Art Art Art!

December 28th - via:
Backers - Today we have some more art for immediate release! Dice CrawlThis is our GripMat that Sylvia created for Dice Crawl!  You can back it here or on their Kickstarter.  24" x 24"  $30 (or $22 if this is an add on!)  Keep your dice on the... (Read More)

550 Backer Survey & 600 Backer expectations / Grid options

December 28th - via:
Backers - 550 Backer SurveyVOTE HERE Options in this survey: Burning Dungeon by Saul Wynne (work in progress) Mage Wars - Forest by Evan Coolen Mage's Library Arena by Sylvia Armitstead (work in progress) Archipelago (photo inspiration / work in... (Read More)

The 500th Backer Sketch

December 27th - via:
Hey all! Sylvia here! It's taken me a few days to get this completed but I wanted to show everyone how this turned out. Now... don't laugh... I've never drawn Conan before so this was a bit of an experiment.  Conan sailing the high seas! Conan the... (Read More)

Options Update

December 26th - via:
Backers, Sorry to update so soon,  but I meant to add this clarification the last two updates, and keep forgetting.   I am on my way home to Seattle from Christmas in Ohio,  literally at 36, 000 feet traveling at a ground speed of almost 500 mph.... (Read More)

Cooperation Announcement - Secrets of The Lost Tomb

December 26th - via:
Backers! Happy Boxing Day! (also the start of the awkward period between Christmas and New Year)  We hope that all of you are enjoying the last days of 2013!   New Art Release - Secrets of The Lost TombBackers, we have been working with Chris... (Read More)

450 Backer Poll Results & First Score Tracker art release, and more!

December 24th - via:
Backers! Wow!  We are on our way to 550 backers.  We are falling behind again... and as I do not want to take away the awesome interaction the poll create... I have decided to just make 500 backers a release of some art that is ready to go!  We... (Read More)

Nearing 500 Backers

December 23rd - via:
Let's hear a giant cheer for all of our backers! You guys are awesome. Seriously. AWESOME. We are just 9 folks away from 500 backers and I could not be more excited. Why you ask? Because our 500th backer not only gets to have a character sketch of... (Read More)

450 Backer Poll - & Final Art Release Update

December 22nd - via:
Backers - I am sure many of you are in final preparations for the coming Christmas Holiday as we are. I just returned from a much required trip shopping and nearly completed my gift gathering in one 5 hour long trip. For those of you that reside... (Read More)

Live Art: The Creation Process

December 22nd - via:
Greetings Backers,  I really appreciate all the feedback that has been given thus far along this Kickstarter. Not only have you been able to really help shape the direction that the Kickstater is taking but also directly having your hands in the pie... (Read More)

450 Backers and Live Art!

December 21st - via:
Greetings Backers, Thank you for taking us over the 450 milestone today! We will have the poll up as soon as possible and in the meantime I will be running a live stream for a mat that we are working on for those of you who play Xia: Legends of a... (Read More)

400 Backer Poll Results

December 21st - via:
Backers - The survey results are in!  Thanks to the 111 of you who participated in the survey.  Your voice matters, and we will be reviewing your comments to help decide our next art choices. Poll ResultsThere were four art samples presented, only... (Read More)

GripMat Bags

December 20th - via:
Backers - We have had a lot of questions about the GripMat Bag... so here are the details and a bunch of photos.  Special thank you to Nolan, Sarah, and Alex back at the home base in Seattle for getting this put together so quickly. (I am in my... (Read More)

Announcements! Intl Shipping reduction - new add-ons & more

December 19th - via:
Greetings backers!  It has been several hours since our last update and we missed talking to you fine folk. There is a lot of content here.  I know many of you want to skip... so highlights: International Shipping is being reduced The Mage coaster... (Read More)

400 Backer Poll

December 19th - via:
Backers - We crossed 400 backers last night!  Amazing.  Thank you all for your continued support.   Vote To Choose What Art Unlocks NextVOTE HERE There are 4 choices.  2 will unlock at this milestone.  Which 2?  You choose.  Here is one... (Read More)

Art Unlock! & General Update

December 18th - via:
Backers, Thank you all again for taking time to help shape the GripMat project.  We had 114 of you vote, and many of you gave feedback, comments, and suggestions.  We really appreciate it, and if you were wondering... we read ALL of the comments,... (Read More)

Live Art!

December 16th - via:
It's that time once more backers! Come drop on by and take a look at the art creation process with our illustrator ((that's me!)) The stream will likely be live for most of the rest of the day. Got a LOT to get done ;) Especially as we creep towards... (Read More)

350 Backer Poll

December 16th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Bonus Starfield Unlocked

December 14th - via:
Backers - As promised on the previous post, here is the first of several more options we will be offering for Starfields. Hope you like!  And special thanks to Dave Graffam for providing this! Starfield Sector III Starfield Sector III  Storage /... (Read More)

It's that time again!

December 14th - via:
It's that time again!  Drop on in, say hello, and see that Map Art come to life! Will there be sea monsters? Will it look like a bad cartographer got a hold of it? A yeti! Who knows?!  (Read More)

250 Backer Art Unlocked! & 300 Backer announcement!

December 14th - via:
Greetings Backers! 250 Backer Poll ResultsMother Earth reigns supreme.  By the highest margin of any poll the concept of an antiqued brown Earth Map was voted #1.  Of the 128 votes received, a full third of you thought it was awesome, and another... (Read More)

Streaming: Art Suggestions?

December 13th - via:  Streaming Live! Come join and let's get a few ideas down! Tell me what you want to see. To chat click the speech bubble icon. To change your name, click the human icon and then on your viewer number. I am planning... (Read More)

250 Backer Poll - late, but not too late to be exciting!

December 12th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Streaming Art Live

December 10th - via:
Greetings Backers! Come drop on by the Livestream today to see a Mage Wars inspired piece. Additionally we might get to sketch out a few ideas for those that drop by. Please keep in mind that nearly any sort of art can be created and the Artist... (Read More)

Poll Results - And Space Art Unlock!

December 10th - via:
Greetings Backers! Poll Results:We have the results in from our art voting poll.  We had a clear #1 winner: Snowscape!  #2 was a pretty close race between Endless Caverns and Graveyards, but as it stands Endless Caverns is our second pick.  We had... (Read More)


December 9th - via:
Backers -  Here are a couple images up and coming for vote and release: Falling Numbers Memories in Blue  More to come... later tonight we have an awesome art release for everyone!  X-Wing, Star Trek Attack Wing, and SCI-FI fans alike stay tuned!... (Read More)

200 Backers!!! Here is the Poll - Vote now!

December 8th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Live Art with the Illustrator

December 8th - via:
Seriously, I may run out of new ideas for Livestream titles by the end of this Kickstarter. However, what you will NOT see happen is running out of ideas for art. Tonight I will be working on doing just some random abstract and pretty ideas that were... (Read More)

Nearing 200 Backers!

December 8th - via:
This has been so exciting to see how many wonderful people have an interest in our GripMats. We have had so many people write into us with great questions that we have been able to take back to the manufacturer for possible future endeavors including... (Read More)

Poll Results - and new demo video! And bonus!

December 7th - via:
Backers - Thank you all for your support!  We have been able to add a lot of new art to the campaign, and have grabbed the attention of even a couple other projects. 150 Backer Poll ResultsWe had 4 choices - and we are unlocking just one of them.... (Read More)

Background Creation: LIVE

December 6th - via:
Greetings Backers!  I'll be up late working into the night on some more art for the Backer Milestones. Come sit in, give suggestions, and ideas. What are some landscape ideas you want to see for these mats? Got something in particular you're looking... (Read More)

150 Backer Art Decision - VOTE

December 6th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

100 Backers Attained! - New Art Unlocked:

December 4th - via:
Greetings Backers!   Last night we broke though the 100 backer barrier, not long after we funded! GripMats are happening, and will be bringing color and life to your gaming tables everywhere! Thank you all again!  New Art So without a dramatic... (Read More)

Poll Status & A couple Project Mentions... oh and we just funded.

December 3rd - via:
Backers! We are soooo close to funding.  As I write this we are $66 away form funding - and only 6 backers away from hitting 100 and thus more art!  It is of new art I wanted to speak. (I am leaving this... cuz it was true when I started the post:... (Read More)

Poll update & Pledge Calculator

December 2nd - via:
Greetings Backers - We thought we would give you an update on the current voting for the next art to be released. Poll Results (36 votes counted)#1  Wheat Fields #2  Urban Intersection  #3 Endless Caverns #4 Mage War play mat Be sure to check your... (Read More)

Kick The Box December 2nd 2013 Edition

December 2nd - via:
I hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving this last week had a great gaming time, and for the rest of my readers, I hope all of you also got your fair share of gaming in. This week’s Kick The Box features two amazing must have game accessories. Well, actually one of them has a whole SLEW of must have gaming accessories that has my wallet begging for forgiveness, plus two noteworthy tabletop games. So, together, let’s hit the latest updates and see what my picks for this week are. (Read More)

100 Backer - Which Art Unlocks Next?

December 1st - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)


December 1st - via:
Backers! I wanted to make sure everyone was aware: One of the options you will have post Kickstarter is choosing if you would like a grid overlay on any GripMat you purchase.  This will be at no extra charge. We have several options ready to present... (Read More)

Livestreaming Art

November 30th - via:
Greetings Backers!   Sylvia here!  I wanted to invite you all in to the process a bit more and have you sit in on an art stream. Today I will be setting up a few great examples for the sorts of overlays we will be able to offer including but not... (Read More)

The winner is: ...

November 29th - via:
Dungeon Floors! Preview - not final art  Sylvia will be working over the next week or so to finalize this design.  We may even be able to convince her to do some live art session for people to join her in the process! Second place was: Wheat Field,... (Read More)

Greetings Backers!

November 28th - via:
Thank you all for backing our project!  It means a lot to us - and we look forward to you enjoying playing games with your friends and family on one of our GripMats.  We are 60% of the way to our first additional art unlocking - and 29% funded.... (Read More)

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