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Dustin Shunta
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I'm having a hexagon table commissioned for TI4. Does anyone have any advice either theory-crafting or experience in having such a table crated for TI3?

Would a hexagon with 21" sides be sufficient?
 
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I'd have to measure, but that seems like it would be a pretty tiny table for this game.
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I normally play on a 5x5 square table or a 7x4 rectangle table. The 5x5 square is barely enough although we utilize side tables for cards. The 7x4 works better for 6 players. Should be able to handle 8 as well, but we haven't tried it since I got it.

6' diameter round/hexagonal is probably the best way to go. I think that is what we use at the conventions.
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A good way to make sure you are getting a table is to make the dimensions and cut it out of paper, then setup the game on it to see if you need a larger space.

If I was going to make a custom ti4 table I think I would do a 8' diameter octogon, so that it seats 8. I'd want around 2 1/2' - 3' arm space per section for the 8 players.
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Just for reference:

Jimb0v wrote:
Would a hexagon with 21" sides be sufficient?


For a regular hexagon, the distance from a corner to opposite corner is double the length of side, so that would only be 42 inches (3.5 feet) across at the widest.

MonkeyKnifeFight wrote:
6' diameter round/hexagonal is probably the best way to go. I think that is what we use at the conventions.


A hexagon with 36 inches (3 feet) per side would be 72 inches (6 feet) between opposite corners.
 
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Arcadious wrote:
Just for reference:

Jimb0v wrote:
Would a hexagon with 21" sides be sufficient?


For a regular hexagon, the distance from a corner to opposite corner is double the length of side, so that would only be 42 inches (3.5 feet) across at the widest.

MonkeyKnifeFight wrote:
6' diameter round/hexagonal is probably the best way to go. I think that is what we use at the conventions.


A hexagon with 36 inches (3 feet) per side would be 72 inches (6 feet) between opposite corners.


Yeah. This helps for reference too: https://imgur.com/xlCqIhs. It shows TI4 set up on a table with a 3ft x 3ft mat.

This table illustrates exactly what I want to avoid. The players are so far apart from each other. 3.5 feet probably is not going to cut it, but I think 6 feet between opposite corners is going to be way too big.

I'll just have to lay it all out and see. Part of the issue is trying to figure out how much space each player needs to put their stuff. We typically play with side-tables, but I'm not sure if I want to design the table with that requirement or not.

 
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Lowecore wrote:
A good way to make sure you are getting a table is to make the dimensions and cut it out of paper, then setup the game on it to see if you need a larger space.

If I was going to make a custom ti4 table I think I would do a 8' diameter octogon, so that it seats 8. I'd want around 2 1/2' - 3' arm space per section for the 8 players.


Yeah, I like your suggestion about paper. I will probably do that!

Maybe I will consider an octagon table, instead. It just seems like it will have to be so much bigger, and we probably won't see a TI4 8 player expansion for at least a year, and possibly much longer (if ever).
 
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I know it certainly isn't normal looking, but for a high player count game with a need for a lot of components, I've often thought about an "8 pointed pinwheel design." If space is not a problem and you are custom making the table, this may be a shape worth considering --players are not kept too far apart from one another and have access to the center of the table while at the same time, each having their own personal section of table (the "blade" of the pinwheel) in front of them for their tableau and personal game pieces.

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Well I took some pictures and meauremens. I can't see anyway it would fit at less than a 60inch diameter. Maybe you could get away with 58.


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Jimb0v wrote:
Well I took some pictures and meauremens. I can't see anyway it would fit at less than a 60inch diameter. Maybe you could get away with 58.




so a 5foot x 5foot table (square) should be ok?
 
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I've always played TI3 on long rectangular tables, which may not be ideal, but has always worked.
 
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If you're planning for the future, one dimension I can give you is that a 4 ring TI4 galaxy fits on a 45" wide table and it looked like it still had enough space for a 5th ring beyond, but not much else.

(Yes, my group has already played a TI4 game with 8 players and a 4th ring - I'll probably post up some stuff on how it was done soon).
 
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You must have used side tables for player race sheets and other faction components?
 
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Jimb0v wrote:
Lowecore wrote:
A good way to make sure you are getting a table is to make the dimensions and cut it out of paper, then setup the game on it to see if you need a larger space.

If I was going to make a custom ti4 table I think I would do a 8' diameter octogon, so that it seats 8. I'd want around 2 1/2' - 3' arm space per section for the 8 players.


Yeah, I like your suggestion about paper. I will probably do that!

Maybe I will consider an octagon table, instead. It just seems like it will have to be so much bigger, and we probably won't see a TI4 8 player expansion for at least a year, and possibly much longer (if ever).


You can also use lengths of yarn to make the 'border' and figure out the measurements.
 
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