Lowe's or home depot used to sell an 8 foot utility table with a molded plastic top that had folding legs but also folded in half, so you could pack it into a car easily. They're sturdy and easy to store, but the break in the middle might be a problem with some games. But I'd get one of those and some folding chairs.
Hmm...that sounds good. The only qualm I have about those kind of folding utility tables are their sturdiness. If someone were to bump one of those things, I always worry about the table swaying and knocking things around!
Are you looking for something to keep out at all times? If so, you may want to look into your local Craigslist and see if someone is selling a dining room table (perhaps something with a leaf so you can expand it to support the games you've suggested but it can slim down a bit for the avg games).
Two weeks ago we built a table for a gaming buddy, for his birtthday. A real gaming table, for large-scale FFG games that don't fit on regular tables.
You might consider it, since it only took a few hours work.
- 4'x6' 1/2" or 3/4" MDF from Lowes or Home Depot (get them to cut it with their sheet saw).
- two trestles from Ikea
- rubber Shelf-liner (under-padding) and Black Vinyl (covering) from a fabric store
- staples and a staple-gun
Simply place the shelf-liner and vinyl on top, fold the corners, and staple it into place while pulling it tight. The under-padding gives it just enough give that you can pick up cards easily, etc. While you might not think that you want padding (who thinks of padding when you think of a hard table, right?!) everybody becomes a believer once they see/feel the table. It just feels "right", once it is covered.
The end result was amazing, and now everybody wants one. My wife wants us to re-cover our gaming table in the same material now.
It cost less than our 6' round plastic utility table, and it is much better suited for games. When not in use, you take it off the trestles, stand it up in the back of a closet, and put the trestles on the floor of the closet. I'll grant you that it is a bit heavy (MDF isn't light stuff) but the thing is darned durable!
Seriously consider an afternoon project of making yourself your own custom gaming table.
A friend recently built a wonderful table. He used tongue-and-groove floor boards for the top, sanded to polished smoothness. The legs were off-the-shelf brushed stainless steel screwed to a base of 1/2" marine ply affixed to the underside of the floorboards, set in from the edges around 12". The edges of the ply were trimmed with iron-on veneer. The ends of the floorboards were routed and stained to please.
I have a larger poker table that is nice for most(octogonal, and larger than your standard card table) but I'm afraid for some of the larger games (especially those with good sized player's boards) it may not quite be up to snuff. I'm thinking, for myself, I may go the used-dining-room-table route, assuming I can convince the wife...
I work at a custom cabinet shop that makes cool furniture from time to time. We just built a conference table where the center lifts out of the table with a display box underneath where products and whatnot can be hidden and then brought up to be shown.
I showed that table to the shop and they just laughed at me.