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I've been playing my games on a folding table with a white polyurethane top. It works fine, but it has a couple of downsides. The first being that as I slide cards and tiles around on it, I can hear the surfaces scratching against each other. Secondly, the surface detracts from the theme a bit. I think even a simple black background would do it wonders to focus on the tiles instead.

So, I'm considering getting a mat to play on and am looking for suggestions. Thanks!
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IMHO green poker tablecloth works best with any game.
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You can get fabric coated neoprene here:
http://www.foamorder.com/neoprene.html
I haven't used it personally yet, but I've heard it makes a great gaming surface, and I'm considering using it on my next table.
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Black shelf liner from the dollar store. Works great. Nothing slides.
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I game in a lot of pubs and to keep everything tidy and clean I use a bolt of felt that I picked up at a store that sells material. Called Spotlight in Australia, not sure what a similar store is in the US.

It's cheap, everything is easier to slide / pick up and games are protected. If it gets a bit dirty just buy a new one.
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I use wood. Just the kitchen table. Works well.
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I use 2 grip mats to cover my whole table. Nothing slides at all and they have different designs. When I'm done I roll them up n put them back in the tube.
 
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I have a sheet of black canvas I picked up at walmart covering my table. It doesn't damage components and provides enough cushion to make picking up cards easy.
 
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My wife picked up some headliner from Joann's

http://www.joann.com/foam-backed-headliner-fabric-grey/34960...

It's not the most durable stuff but it's cheap, protects the table, and a lot easier to pick up cards off of.
 
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I picked up a wide black yoga mat that I cut down to a 36"x36" square to use for X-Wing Minatures, I generally just leave it on the game table and it works great for IA. A little springiness makes it easy to pick up cards, and things don't slide around on their own if we have the ceiling fan on.
 
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grant5 wrote:
You can get fabric coated neoprene here:
http://www.foamorder.com/neoprene.html
I haven't used it personally yet, but I've heard it makes a great gaming surface, and I'm considering using it on my next table.


I second this. It's what I use on my table, it's like playing on a mouse pad. I bought mine from here: http://store.hookloopoutlet.com/neoprene-sheets.html. I got the nylon/mesh skin, 3mm I believe. It's about 3 or 4 years old now with no noticeable wear.
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My table has headliner fabric underneath microsuede.
 
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