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Philipp Eis
Germany
Dortmund
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Hi folks,

currently, I'm thinking about buying a big black table cloth for my wooden 2m x 1m gaming table, but I'm not sure if I should

Because of that, I wanted to know how you play your games usually. By that I mean if you know you are going to play later that day, do you prepare the table?


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On what "ground/material" do you play your games usually?
We usually play on the table as it is: no table cloth, no gaming mat, no felt mat..
We usually play on the table cloth we are currently using for dining etc.
We usually prepare the table with an additional table cloth (e. g. in black)
We usually prepare the table with a nice and thick felt mat/gaming mat or something equivalent
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Kathleen Nugent
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Tamworth
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I have two gaming locations, my house and my RV. I also have a long wooden board covered with green felt. In the RV I cover the RV's table with the felt board. At home I play on the bare dining table because the table is wider than the felt board. But if the board were wide enough, I'd bring it into the house and play on it. It's a much nicer surface than plain wood: quieter for dice and they don't roll so far, easier to pick up cards, player boards stay put and don't spin around.
 
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K H
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Games with cards almost always get a standard table cloth to play on. Color varies by whatever is clean at the moment. Games without cards (or with, if no clean cloth is available) get played on bare table. If a nice padded mat were available, that would be wonderful. But, alas, all the money gets spent on other things instead.
 
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Daniel B
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Philipp Eis
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Picking up cards on plain wood is just cumbersome, that's why I'm thinking about some table cloth or mat, too.
Currently, we don't use any table cloth at all

Nevertheless, thanks for your input folks!
 
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Kyle
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I play on a table.
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Cedar Rapids
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I clean off the table but ban food and drink during play. Food is consumed before the game starts. Then my group plays on a bare table.
 
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Michael Mench
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If I know most of the game will fit I will throw down my Star Wars X-Wing mat... 3'x3'. But not always.

I like it if the board is modular so it won't slide around or if we are going to be picking up single cards off the wooden table etc.

Else, we just play on the wood table. My bigger concern though is whether I'm standing or sitting the whole game! I get better de-glare (is that a word?) when I'm standing and like seeing the whole board. -m
 
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John
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On the table, sometimes on the floor (if we have two games going at games night or if I'm playing a game with children just before a meal). One a couple of occasions I've played on a piece of wood on the table so we an move the game off the table to eat. We don't own a table cloth (which I think makes us totally uncivilised).
 
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Fnorbl Fnorblobson
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Depends on where.

For my small couch table I got a gaming mat, since the table got a glass surface and there the dice are just really loud and keep bouncing and whatnot. On other tables we just play as it is.
 
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Mutton Chops
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Fleece blanket. Here's the one I have, and it's not the bright green of the picture, but a nice dark green, more of a casino green baize colour, like a poker table. It's light, big enough to cover most tables of a size convenient for gaming, and the slight spring makes it very easy to pick up cards/components, more so than with a thin linen tablecloth. I've not found a better portable table covering.
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mortego
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I have two different tables in my home I play on; the dining room table and a long wooden table in my basement.

The dining room table I always replace the current table cloth with a black one so that we all can see the game pieces better. The long wooden one I play on is bare because the wood is classic looking, very rustic, it looks like a piece of furniture from Mansions of Madness, LOL!
 
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Bart R.
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We play on the kitchen table, which normally has a table cloth with some bright pattern on it. To make it easier to distinguish cards and little chits, we usually replace this with a beige table cloth with a soft lining. This also prevents dice from rolling all over the place.
 
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Mark Edwards
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I bought a cut-to-length piece of dark blue vinyl for my gaming table and I love it. It only comes off when we play Flick 'em Up. I got the vinyl at Joann Fabric.
 
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Philipp Eis
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mutton_chops wrote:
Fleece blanket. Here's the one I have, and it's not the bright green of the picture, but a nice dark green, more of a casino green baize colour, like a poker table. It's light, big enough to cover most tables of a size convenient for gaming, and the slight spring makes it very easy to pick up cards/components, more so than with a thin linen tablecloth. I've not found a better portable table covering.


That looks very interesting! Thank you!
 
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Shawn
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fellow gamer introduced me to felt table covers.

I bought a few of my own and now i use one whenever i play.

they're cheap too; a 3ft by 6ft (1m x 2m) cost about $13CAD from a local fabric store.
 
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