I played the quick demo at Gen Con and it was great. I noticed in another post that somebody referenced buying a space-themed playmat and wondered what size would be best for this game and whether or not to include the optional hexes or grids on a semi-custom playmat. At Gen Con, we played on a 3' X 3' space without any obvious measurement intervals like a grid or hex pattern. I think we had 6 ships on the board in total (2 X-Wings and 4 Tie Fighters), and there seemed to be enough space to spread out but not enough that someone would be able to easily flee for turns to the other end of the map.
Does anyone have a recommendation on a mat size and what the practical limitations are on a 3X3 foot size for example? Would a huge 7X4 mat be a waste for this game? I plan to have 4+ players at times. And what are peoples' thoughts on whether having a grid pattern is "cheating" or not? It would give some rough measure of distance that everyone can reference, but does that take away from the game in any way? I was thinking 2" hexes might be a decent size relative to the ship bases. Anything smaller would add too much noise to some beautiful playmats.
There are some extremely cool playmats out there and I think it would be a cool touch to add to the game! (Not that I'll need more ways to spend money on this game!) Thanks in advance