Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gaming at Home: The Alpha Game Table

Gaming in Manhattan is a challenge. Gaming stores are usually crowded or cramped, unless you go out to Brooklyn to somewhere awesome, like NuBrand gaming.

Now add a 9 month old and new professional ballerina wife... and gaming trips to Brooklyn are tougher to pull off.

So I decided to bring some of the gaming to me!

STEP 1: Get a Gaming Table

A 4 X 6 table is a big fricken table. It's larger in size than most dining tables and getting buying off from the ball and chain to buy a huge table to game on in a Manhattan apartment is like asking if I can have tiger as a pet.

Undeterred, I started looking for solutions.

The first thought was to get a cool folding table. For example this one from Crate and Barrel. Awesome design, folds up into nothing, but it's a little small. Great for Malifaux or blood bowl though. I even got the buy off from the wifey!

I thought I could get away with a 4' X 6' piece of ply wood on top, but I have to say, it's a big piece of wood to hide in a small apartment... and with a piece of plywood on top, it gets a little... dicey ;)

Soooo... what if I cut the ply wood into 3 individual 2' x 4' pieces and figure out how to hook them together!

3 pieces of poplar and now some sort of assembly system?

Perfect! Just like that! 

Well it's been done, and I'm sure it works great, but you still have 3 pieces of wood and whole fricken table, which is nightmare to bring anywhere. Oh and it's heavy as hell. 


A fellow gamer shot me a link for a crowd funded gaming table on Indiegogo. 

It looked to good to be true! and it was... It had rounded corner and was 4' x 6'. 

Rounded Corners?! ROUNDED CORNERS! 

WTF! That wasn't going to work! 

About a month later though, the guys running the crowd funding listened to the feed back and add a couple inches to accommodate the corners! Impressed by their initiative, I took the plunge and joined the crowd funding.  

MONTHS WENT BUY... and then came The Horus Heresy Weekender and leaks of the Inferno rules! Oh Joy!

    While I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door” 

Only THIS and nothing more!

Merry Christmas. Get the crowbar and a hammer, Ralphie. Go on. "Fra-gi-ley." That must be Italian. I think that says "fragile." Oh, yeah. Here we go. They did a job on this, you know? No, here, Ralph, hold this. There could be anything in there! Jesus! Maybe they forgot. It's in there. It's gotta be in there. Would you look at that? What? Would you look at that? What is it? It's a ALPHA Game Table: Portable Game Surface!

Setting Up The Alpha Gaming Table: 

The gaming table has 6 legs, folds out twice, and the 6 legs are kinda short and lock in place.

The leg extensions conveniently clip into plastic holders on the underside of the table. The table legs have screw out extendable feet to accommodate uneven floors and the like. 

The leg extensions clip into the short legs to create the full length gaming legs. 

Last Step! 


The Alpha Game Table is really quite sturdy. I wouldn't stand on it or put do carpentry on it, but it is totally sturdy enough as a gaming table. 

The surface is a lacquered aluminum and MDF. It seems pretty durable and waterproof. Mine actually came a little chipped, but overall, it's a beautiful, flat, sturdy surface. 

Add a F.A.T.M.A.T. from Frontline games! And you are ready to go. You can see how they added a little extra table to handle the round corners. 

I can't wait to get my first game on this! Stay tuned as I paint up some. 

"Nobody puts baby in a corner!"

Overall, I love this table! Seemed a little pricey, but you can see the money went into making it sturdy and well designed. 

My only gripe? 

It should have came with a perfect sized bag with a should strap and two straps on the side so you could hang it on a pole with carabiners, like you do with gaming mats. Hopefully, I can find one! 

LMK if you guys have any questions about the table :)


Terminus Est said...

Awesome table Pete !

Anonymous said...

I got mine a few weeks ago. I love it. Kudos to Joe and

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