Many folks who have visited my gameroom and played tabletop RPGs like D&D and Traveller with me have remarked on my table setup. It’s easy to deconstruct and reconfigure the room to instead setup a folding ping-ping table or put down an inflatable bed if we have guests. It’s also big enough they I can seat 8 players plus a GM (though usually it’s set up for 5-6 players plus a GM).
Here’s how I pieced it together along with costs.
- A Chessex Megamat which is 34.5” x 48” from Amazon (runs about $34) [view online]
- Two center-fold folding tables from Costco (runs about $67) [view online]
- A full-size black bed sheet from Target (runs about $11) [view online]
- A Lexan 36” x 48” clear acrylic sheet (runs about $67) [view online]
Total cost was around $250.
I use Costco folding tables. Very sturdy and rugged (as compared to some less expensive tables I used to have from Target which were a little more wobbly).
I simply use a black full-sized bed sheet as a table-cloth. It’s not slick and has enough friction to keep maps and cards from sliding around. Easy to throw in the laundry once the Cheeto stains become noticable!
I use a Chessex battlemat which fits on the table with still about a foot of space along the table edges for players to put their books and character sheets and innumerable dice.
I’m paranoid about staining my Chessex battlemat by forgetting to wipe off the wet erase markings. Also, I’m sometimes concerned about water marks or tears given some of the minis and soft drinks we junk up the table with. So I overlay a piece of Lexan on top of the battlemat. Lexan is more expensive than Plexiglass but is thinner and (supposedly) more scratch resistent. I’d probably have been just as happy with Plexiglass in retrospect.
You can draw on the battlemat just fine. I can wait and erase the marking a month later and it comes up just fine.
Another use for the Lexan is to press maps flat and protect them. Here’s a Heroclix map that is hard to get flat.
But when placed under the Lexan it is nice and flat!
Come game-time, I really like the table setup. We toss dice around and the maps are nice and protected from drink spills and don’t move around on the table.
While the cost was $250 for this setup, it works great for me. Hope you find these tips helpful!