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james napoli
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hi,

we recently moved and while i would have loved to(and may someday)have gotten a dedicated gaming table, instead how to settle for a fancy wooden dining table. i plan on doing some gaming this weekend(roleplaying actually), and started looking for table cloth or felt topper and havent seen anything that fits the bill.

can anyone share any links, or products they've used? i would love to have something like the roll out matt that is used in Wits & Wagers, but am open minded to there items that have worked for the masses.
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We have a 3' by 6' piece of felt we bought at a fabric store.
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I use a normal tablecloth, one made of damask. It`s not too slippery and you don`t catch the bits in the cloth.
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RingelTree wrote:
We have a 3' by 6' piece of felt we bought at a fabric store.


Does the felt pill up at all?

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We use 3mm thick neoprene.
One side with nylon-fabric the other side without, so it has a good grip an the table.
It is easily rolled and washable.
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aaj94 wrote:
RingelTree wrote:
We have a 3' by 6' piece of felt we bought at a fabric store.


Does the felt pill up at all?

Andrew


Not so far (a couple of years now, but we don't play on it regularly). It is high quality wool felt.
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I use a fleece blanket, but a fine-weave one (like the ones you can get at IKEA) so it keeps its shape. It's not too slippery, has a bit of give so you can pick up cards easy, washable, and heavy enough that it doesn't move.
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I use a nice cut of microsuede that I got at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. Cost me less than $10. It will just need to be hemmed, which I haven't done.
 
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Listened to a bunch of people on another tabletop miniatures forum and bought an ecorug indoor/outdoor rug from Lowes.

http://www.lowes.com/pd/EcoRug-Green-Rectangular-Indoor-Outd...

It is like intense felt.

Cut it to size to fit the table with plenty left over.

It has that nice give when you go to pick up cards. Holds things in place. Makes the dice rolls sound so nice.

It doesn't fray at the edges or move around very much.

Lays very flat.

Had to find something like this since my partner can't handle rubber or neoprene type mats.
 
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Mashpotassium wrote:
I use a fleece blanket, but a fine-weave one (like the ones you can get at IKEA) so it keeps its shape. It's not too slippery, has a bit of give so you can pick up cards easy, washable, and heavy enough that it doesn't move.


+1 you beat me to it. An excellent surface for picking up cards, and to keep tiles from sliding around by themselves. I even have two colors, navy and tan, so I can have a color appropriate to the theme. For example Taluva (navy) vs Forbidden Desert (tan).
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This is exactly what you're looking for:

http://www.hookloopoutlet.com/neoprene-sheets.html

It's basically a huge mousepad. Recommend getting 5mm. I tried thinner (3mm), it was okay, but then bought 5mm & it's great.

Edit: I have the Nylon/Mesh Skin. 5mm
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I use this (i happen to have a 54" round glass table so it fit perfectly). It's like a giant mouse pad. Great for games. They make other shapes and sizes too, but not too many to choose from.

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Layout-Rubber-Matting-Brybelly/...
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gavin923 wrote:
This is exactly what you're looking for:

http://www.hookloopoutlet.com/neoprene-sheets.html

It's basically a huge mousepad. Recommend getting 5mm. I tried thinner (3mm), it was okay, but then bought 5mm & it's great.

Edit: I have the Nylon/Mesh Skin. 5mm


I got the 3mm nylon/mesh skin and it's awesome.

Felt from joanns works well, although it feels a little scratchy. Print out a 40% coupon, buy 2 yards of your color choice, lay it out on the table and you're good to go. When it pills up and gets dirty after a couple of years, just buy another.
 
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PlowStr8 wrote:
Mashpotassium wrote:
I use a fleece blanket, but a fine-weave one (like the ones you can get at IKEA) so it keeps its shape. It's not too slippery, has a bit of give so you can pick up cards easy, washable, and heavy enough that it doesn't move.


+1 you beat me to it. An excellent surface for picking up cards, and to keep tiles from sliding around by themselves. I even have two colors, navy and tan, so I can have a color appropriate to the theme. For example Taluva (navy) vs Forbidden Desert (tan).

Mine is a bright orange... for Taluva, it's a sea of lava
 
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RingelTree wrote:
aaj94 wrote:
RingelTree wrote:
We have a 3' by 6' piece of felt we bought at a fabric store.


Does the felt pill up at all?

Andrew


Not so far (a couple of years now, but we don't play on it regularly). It is high quality wool felt.


Same here: just a piece of felt from the fabric store. It will eventually pill up with use. At which point you toss it & buy a new piece--it's cheap.

Though I may look into the giant mousepad stuff mentioned later when it's time to replace the felt.
 
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http://www.linentablecloth.com/tablecloths.html

Granted, I am buying a number of them as my game nights currently can use up to 4 tables.
 
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PlowStr8 wrote:
Mashpotassium wrote:
I use a fleece blanket, but a fine-weave one (like the ones you can get at IKEA) so it keeps its shape. It's not too slippery, has a bit of give so you can pick up cards easy, washable, and heavy enough that it doesn't move.


+1 you beat me to it. An excellent surface for picking up cards, and to keep tiles from sliding around by themselves. I even have two colors, navy and tan, so I can have a color appropriate to the theme. For example Taluva (navy) vs Forbidden Desert (tan).


++1. Here's the one I have - it's NOT the weird lurid green in the Amazon picture, but a restrained green very similar to the green baize seen on some poker or card tables. I find it the perfect thickness and weight, and it comes with the useful carry handle you see in the pic.
 
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Speed cloth is great but honestly if you play games with lots of cards I would suggest getting some felt at any fabric store (Joannes/Michael's) and laying it over the table. Felt is great because it is thick to make picking up cards really easy but thin enough to lay easily over any old table.
 
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i ended up buying a fleecy style tabletop a la poker table top-esque material from joanns. It was relatively affordable, and while it doesnt stretch the entire length of the table the width is good.

My friend also gave us a hex/grid vinyl rollout that we've been using for dnd, that i also use now for boardgaming, it's pretty useful
 
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A buddy of mine works in the pool table biz and is able to keep cloth that has been removed from old pool tables and every once in a while he gets a good piece and he brings it over for gaming. I have a piece of pool table cloth on top of a piece of cotton batting on my table and I clip it to the underside of my table using large binder clips so it doesn't slide at all.

Works very well I'm happy to report
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