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Byron Campbell
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I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in Recommendations.

I have a nice-sized kitchen table with overhead lighting that would be just perfect for playing games except that the surface is rough, unvarnished wood that does not play nicely with cards and other game components. I thought a tablecloth might help, but I wasn't present when the purchase was made, and the one that came home has an odd texture that tends to snag on the edges of cards. I've played a few games with it, but I always get uncomfortable when guests slide their cards along the tabletop (I always handle mine gingerly).

Recently I had a semi-tragic event while playing a solo card game on the same kitchen table. In the middle of the game, my cat came along and sat on a large pile of cards, pushing them along the surface of the table. After I was able to get her to move, I saw that the edges of several of the cards had been pushed up so that the white shows. Luckily, it doesn't affect playability of this game, but it's still a bit depressing, especially since it was my most recent purchase and I'd been keeping it like new.

Assuming I don't want to put my cards in sleeves, does anybody have recommendations for easy-to-find table coverings that will keep cards and other game components nice?
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kittenhoarder wrote:
Assuming I don't want to put my cards in sleeves

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Large piece(s) of plywood covered in a layer of felt or felt backed vinyl.
 
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Cat pelt.
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In the summer of 2011, my old 60" television died (you know, the big, heavy, clunky TVs they had before the flat-screens came out). I had a screen protector on it. It's a nice 60" diagonal piece of transparent plastic. When I got rid of the TV, I kept the screen protector. I often lay it across the table when I play games . . . especially games that involve lots of cards. The cards lay flat on it and slide across it very nicely.

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I'm assuming you don't want to sand and varnish your table? That'd probably be the best idea. A layer of plexiglass would work as well, but can be a bit pricey depending on the size of your table.
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If it doesn't have to look pretty, or blend in with the existing table, you could get a piece of corrugated plastic for whatever size you need. That might work for you.
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Orph wrote:
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This.

There's a reason they use it to cover poker tables.
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/3852/outside-the-scope-of...
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I currently use felt, but find it getting nappy over time and the fibers eventually pull off and get in with game components and it has generally become more of a mess than I'd like. When I replace it, I plan to use automotive headliner as suggested here.
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adventus wrote:


Lots of neat ideas so far, and I'm sure at least one of them will work for me. Now I just need to decide which one. The one I've quoted seems like a good balance of price vs. time investment, but it seems like a lot of them are out of stock on the website. And no, it doesn't really need to look pretty, just something to throw on when it's game time. Portability's a plus.
 
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I went through this conundrum. I finally settled on going to the fabric store and buying a few yards of heavy black vinyl / blackout cloth. It was about $15 at JoAnn's. It's worked pretty well, but now it's left on as a table cloth and gets food on it.
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You might want to check out this thread: board game table cover meeple
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North_Irish wrote:
Scorpion0x17 wrote:
Orph wrote:
felt


This.

There's a reason they use it to cover cheap poker tables.


Don't they use baize? Baize produced for a pool table is napless, so the cards should snag less than if you use snooker table baize.


Corrected.
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Ursus_Major wrote:
but find it getting nappy over time


That's what Don Imus said.
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