I'd love to hear what other backers of the Duchess gaming table plan to buy. I went all in for the topper and four cup holders initially but now I am hung up on which addons to get. I am considering the following mainly:
1. 4 more cup holders - I typically game with 4-6 players so this seems like a must add for me. I suppose at any given time we probably never have 5+ drinks on the go but if it prevents even one drink from spilling, the savings on replacing a game is probably worth the investment.
We primarily play 2 player, rarely 3-4, so I didn't feel a need for more.
2. Extra playmat - If I ever need a new one I think I will be very glad I have a spare. As a Canadian finding something like this at a reasonable price can often be a headache so this would give me a piece of mind I think. I assume if I leave it in storage it will age well. Not sure if I should get the green/grey as a back-up in case I want to mix things up or not though. I'm just not sold on how the grey will look.
It's a good price. I'm skipping it though, and figure I'll spend that money to buy a large third party mat for the topper.
3. Card holders - I could see them being used in certain games and I also have two young boys which may/may not be future gamers. I'd love to hear opinions from other parents who have used cardholders with kids though. I am worried they are too annoying to put cards in and out of all the time or that doing so damages the cards too much. Kids aren't overly careful after all.
I fully intended to buy these...but then my wife bought a set for my birthday last month. So far they've been useful in games that are "board games with cards" as opposed to card games. Anything where you often lay your cards down while you take actions during your turn and then have to pick them up again.
4. Wing shelf - This is probably the one that I am most undecided on. I understand that a lot of backers want one but for what purpose? Is it mainly to hold food on? Seems like it would only be convenient that way for the two people sitting on each side of it. If I play an RPG I will put the topper on so it's not useful for those. It just seems like a lot of money to put out for something I don't see myself using. I don't think I've ever seen one used in a live gameplay video for instance. Right now I am leaning towards just buying a second playmat and risking putting food trays on the mat if necessary (or on a side table). Would love to hear opinions though as I may not be considering something (using it to divide the table is not appealing to me though).
As we primarily play with two, playing with a smaller vault isn't an issue. I also like the option of putting a laptop on it for an app-assisted game.