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A friend of mine asked me a question and I thought that a few more opinions on the matter wouldn't be too bad.

He's just bought himself a house and wants to buy a table dedicated for gaming. I've a table 110 cm wide and it fits the game with all corners but only just so he's going to buy a slightly wider one.

The question is: how wide a table can you've before it's too wide...? I think the game play might suffer if the table is too big.

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In my experience even a small table is usually too big to reach the opposite side of the board even when playing something small like a Small World (pun not intended :) ). When playing with my friends we move each others characters/tokens/whatever as directed by the owner. A good rule of thumb should be reaching comfortably the middle of the table.

On the other hand with a new expansion for Talisman just announced and IMHO posibility of new corner boards I would suggest a full 4X6 feet wargaming table :D

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I suggest 4x8.  We use 4x8 sheets of Luan or Plywood because most of our actual gaming space is 4x6 so this gives each of us a foot on each end for our rulebooks/army sheets/dice, etc.   

 

We have various colors of felt to put on the table depending on the scenarios.  ANother thing I would add is that all of the gaming tables are bar height so it is easier to stand without having to lean over them.  We also have bar stools so you can sit for longer games that require less moving around.  

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Before our latest game I purchased a large board consisting of 2 pieces that when we ducttaped them together became 175x120cm. This left enough space on the edge (12cm) to fit a Character card and then spreading their cards (objects, followers, spells etc) on either it's right or left side rather than underneath. We placed as many decks as we could on top of the board itself like the Path Deck on the Woodlands Entrance, the Wanted Deck on the City Gate and the Warlocks Quest and Quest Rewards on the Warlock's Cave. It was possible to have spells, spell discard, 3 stacks of adventure and adventure discard, one ending card and the day/night card on top of it in the center of the main board. We had 5 players helping out moving eachothers characters and reading spaces on the other side.

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