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Miguel Arenal
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What color is the best for a boardgaming table?
white
black
green
blue
red
orange
purple
yellow
grey
brown
wood
other
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Hi there.
This question might sound stupid, but I was thinking of building a big table for playing boardgames and I was wondering about the best color for it.
Black could be good for contrast of cards and other game elements, I don't own many games with black pieces

Thanks!
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I voted wood and I have been happy with my very light wooden table. Most pieces are darker so that may provide the most contrast while "going with" most everything.
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For contrast, wood grain beats any solid colour. The problem is that it's difficult to pick cards up from a wooden table. If you sleeve cards, that makes them easier to pick up from a smooth surface.

I think the most traditional surface would be green baize. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest magenta or "hot pink" would be the most utilitarian colour, however friends may wonder if your pink table is for the game or for the players.
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While wood is a pleasant surface I find the black vinyl card table I use to be especially nice.

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I have an extremely large Mango wood dining table that I play at - would not substitute it for anything else. Solid as anything and big enough for absolutely anything to be played on it
 
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Hmmm. I think it depends on the game and situation. If I were building a gaming table, I think I would go for a changeable top to accommodate different scenarios.

I quite like how Geek Chic do this: http://www.geekchichq.com/furniture/game-vault/
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Why is there a choice between "wood" and "brown" can't there be both?
 
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Doesn't much matter - the board should cover the whole table.

Auxiliary tables used as necessary.
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Military Muskrat wrote:
Why is there a choice between "wood" and "brown" can't there be both?
I was thinking brown as plain brown color and wood as wood or something that resembles wood, could be brown too. Sorry it was a quick list
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HermitTheFrog wrote:
I picked green, but only with the assumption it was a green felt tabletop. There is nothing that beats it! Any colors, components, or boards just look so professional and classy on a green felt tabletop.

While I agree with HermitTheFrog above and voted the same way, I am looking at the GeekChic tables and must admit that if I do buy I am leaning towards getting a burgundy felt insert.

You get the same green felt feel, but the burgundy seems to 'go' much better with the wood table.
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Always liked the boardgames with some green on the board... Like Agricola and Carcassonne...

I'd prefer lightgreen.

Hope you can use it
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Slapz wrote:
Always liked the boardgames with some green on the board... Like Agricola and Carcassonne...

I'd prefer lightgreen.

Hope you can use it

Board game Table not board game board.
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Beats me what color is best. Depends on what goes best with your boardgaming walls, boardgaming curtains, boardgaming ceiling, and boardgaming shelves.
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Military Muskrat wrote:
Slapz wrote:
Always liked the boardgames with some green on the board... Like Agricola and Carcassonne...

I'd prefer lightgreen.

Hope you can use it

Board game Table not board game board.


Gahh! That'll teach me to read... Going to bed - I like the game table to be some kind of light colored wood...
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HermitTheFrog wrote:
I picked green, but only with the assumption it was a green felt tabletop. There is nothing that beats it! Any colors, components, or boards just look so professional and classy on a green felt tabletop.


I recently fixed up my old game table with casino green felt. It gives a real nice glide to cards as they are dealt out. The felt also quiets dice rolling or plastic pieces like Ticket to Ride trains and the like.
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I feel like wood is a cop-out on this poll, but then again, unless you're playing crokinole or tumblin dice, not much should blend-in with it.
 
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Well it truly depend. Ideally I think something like Geek Chic make would be the best. An indented surface that can be covered by a wood panel. Rest of the table made of wood. Indented surface would be a deep green felt or black felt.

Alternatively I have seen some very nice tableware made out of floating or dead dry wood. It as a nice light grey color, usually not varnished and still quite smooth, but makes it easy to pick pieces up.

Finally, In case of doubt I would go with a nice wood. Either very dark or something quite pale. The advantage of a pale table is that marks and scratch are a lot harder to notice usually and I would recommand that.
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If you can see the table you:
1. Don't have enough game.
2. Don't have enough players.
3. Are looking at the wrong thing.

(Green felt top, replaceable) whistle
 
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