I wasn't sure what I wanted to write about in my first blog, but I figured I should write about what my current gaming situation is- and for the foreseeable future, it's pretty much nonexistent. Until recently, I had a decently sized gaming table (4'x8') in my basement game room. The game table as nice as it was, was not mine and has since returned to its rightful owner (with many thanks to its owner for its use). However, now I'm left with no game table and no means to buy another.
Taxes really killed me this year and any money I would have used to buy a decent table is now going to pay taxes :( . My current plan of action is to make a makeshift table out of some cheap plywood sheeting and pre cut 2x4 planks. A friend of mine is going to assist me in its construction (as I have next to no skill in woodworking, but I guess I'll learn as I go). Creating a table in this fashion will be a little more cost effective, educational, and provide a gaming surface that is preferable to playing on the floor.
Another advantage to creating my own table as opposed buying a prefab table is that I can have a table sized to my specs- I want my table to measure 4'x6' as opposed to 4'x8'. Having a large table was nice, but I noticed that when I was running a game, it felt like I was a little too far away from my players.
I was constantly having to get up and move over to the center of the table to place/draw maps, move minis, condition markers, etc. Having a little smaller table will make things feel a bit more intimate and allow me to position the aforementioned gaming articles without having to constantly get up and get in the players' way.
I'll most likely be posting some pictures of the table when it's complete.