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Subject: Boards dimensions rss

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Samuel Flores
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I'm making a plan for a gaming surface and looking for the board dimensions of games that take a lot of table space. I measured some of the games I own, but I always read this one is an avid table eater and since I think I'll purchase it soon I'd like to make sure the table will be enough.

So, I'd appreciate if anyone could tell me the dimensions of the main board, player boards and specialist board (and any other I forgot).

Any suggestions of other games that are considered table devourers (and their board dimensions) would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Nim Chimpsky
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These aren't super precise, but they're quite close:

Specialist boards - 4 x 9 in. (10 x 23 cm)

Player boards - 11 x 9 in. (28 x 23 cm)

Main board - 24 x 17 in. (61 x 43 cm)

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Samuel Flores
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Thank you.
 
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Barry Miller
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To put some perspective to the dimensions that Nim provided for you, consider that it's possible for each player to add three specialist boards to their Player (workshop) Board. This means that each player could easily require:

1 x Player Board (9" tall x 11" wide) + 3x Specialist boards (9" tall by 4" wide, side by side) = ...
= a total player board area of 9" tall x 23" wide! (23cm x 58cm)

And if you're playing with the "Magician Powers" variant, you'll need to add about 3" of clearance to the left of the Player Board to account for the placement of the Magician's Powers cards.

Also consider that each player needs space for their stacks of trick markers and wooden components that they're not playing with. (About 2" x 6" for each player).

More importantly, note that the dimensions of the main board aren't as straight-foreword as Nim provided. You also need to add about four inches of clearance to the top, and right side of the board to account for the overhang of the Performance cards (not to mention the Trick cards). And on the bottom side of the board, if you play with the Dark Alley variant, you'll need to add about 2" of clearance to account for the overhang of the Dark Alley cards.

Also, don't forget to provide off-board space for the money (I use screw-together bead containers) and the stacks of components markers (I use a Plano fishing tackle box).

Bottom Line: Calculating strictly from a mathematical perspective, if you were to use a rectangular table, you would ideally need a table space of 48" x 45" (122cm x 114cm)!

Though of course it's entirely possible to play the game on a smaller table! Players do so all the time. For in reality not everyone uses three specialist boards and can manage to find unused areas to keep their trick markers and wooden bits, and if use a Plano box for the component markers, that can be put in any tight space. And you don't always play with the Magician Power variant, which will save a lot of space!

But you're talking about planning for a table requirement! And of course, when planning a requirement, you always want to plan for the most conservative estimate... which is a 48" x 45" table. Though good luck on finding that!
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Samuel Flores
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I made a quick sketch trying to accommodate all the mentioned components in my original plan. I used the dimensions informed by Nim and got the cards size from the sleeves reference.



It barely fits

The playing area is an octagon and there is an raised area around it (not shown in the image) that prevents things from falling and could serve to put the players tokens. The gray areas are just to represent space available for tokens, decks, and other stuff.

I tried to make a sketch like that one using my current table - 90cm x 180cm (35" x 70") - and wasn't able to put all components in way that players wouldn't mess with each other.
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