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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

"Not enough space" is a reasonably frequent theme here, but we all know that "enough" can be a reasonably elastic concept. So, minimum here: what is the smallest table you in your adult years and not living in junior enlisted barracks have been reduced to for an afternoon or evening game?
A. 6'x4' (180cmX120cm)
B. 4'x4' (120cmX120cm)
C. 3'x3' (90cmX90cm)
D. I could always find room for even bigger tables.
E. It was even smaller. (Please specify.)
Vacations and lake cottages do not count, and I don't care that you couldn't leave it up overnight.

And volume. Who--again, not living in your parents' home or in barracks--had the following amounts of storage volume for troops and terrain?
A. It all had to fit in the shed or garage.
B. It had to fit in the game room.
C. It had to fit under the bed.
D. It all had to fit in a footlocker (You haven't seen a footlocker? 30"x16"x12". I think .09 cubic meters, but someone check.)
E. It was even smaller. (Please specify.)

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 11:25 a.m. PST

Somewhere between B and C. I lost my basement game room last May or so for preparations associated with my daughter's wedding and never got it back as it was transformed into Santa's workshop and Christmas present wrapping and storage center. I've been reduced to a 4'x3' (or thereabouts) table in the master bedroom that serves as either painting station or solo playing table. Sometime in February or March my wife and I will be setting up a shared hobby room for both of us on the primary living level. The basement room will be for storage. My knees are getting too bad to go up and down the stairs so much. My "new game table" will be 6'x5 1/2', down from the old 6'x7 1/2' and a far cry from the 10'x6' to which I had aspired.


olicana10 Jan 2018 11:42 a.m. PST

D. I've had four dedicated wargame rooms in the last 30+ years, all of which have got bigger. Current room is 18 x 14 with a 12 x 6 table plus a drop leaf extension to add another couple of feet. Smallest table, in my first house, was 8 x 6.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 12:22 p.m. PST

Space: D

With my current tables, I normally do not go past a 12' x 5' table size, but I have a 37' by 12.5' Florida room available for expansion. When we have a crowd for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, we use that set-up for family and friends.

Volume: no upper limit


Sgt Slag10 Jan 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

Ping Pong Table, 9 feet x 5 feet. Most of my friends have 10 feet by 6 feet tables. Have not gamed on smaller, other than tournaments at a convention. This since 1995.

Regarding space, I have a crafting/painting room, plus a game room. Both have ample storage, but never really enough. I have more than any option you offered, however. Cheers!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 12:34 p.m. PST

Table – C. 3'x3' when running multiple games in multiple rooms. The kitchen breakfast table is 3'x3'

Volume – B. Just the game room (called "the Dollie Room", round these parts).

Well … the game room and a pantry closet.

Oh, yeah, and a shelf of stuff on the front side porch.

Plus, a couple thousand minis on the display stand in the living room, of course. But that's on display. Like pictures and knick-knacks.

And that stuff "temporarily" on and under the puzzle table.

(My rolling painting table doesn't count, right?)

… under the Japanese dining table … ummm … yeah, that too …

What do you mean half the craft room is minis/terrain supplies? It's definitely no more than 48%. Forty-nine point five at most.

warwell10 Jan 2018 4:29 p.m. PST

Area E regularly game on a 14" (40cm) x 22" (56cm) Ikea end table using 2mm minis

Volume A I have a garage but my mini stuff is in a single cabinet

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 6:39 p.m. PST

Table "B"
Volume: "B"+ I store stuff in my basement also.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 7:58 a.m. PST

Space D
Volume A

I am somewhat flexible. I have space and tables to do 8 x 6 and then some. The problem I have is that I really can't leave the game set up for a week. So I can accommodate whatever the scenario needs but we need to finish it that same day. I get nervous about leaving my cars on the driveway in the city I live in. I want them in the garage at night.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2018 6:45 p.m. PST

Smallest areas on which I've played a miniatures game:
2ft x 2ft
1ft x 4ft

Both were skirmishes set in the Traveller universe, using the Snapshot rules but substituting inches for hexes. The latter was a fight aboard a starship, mocked up on the edge of the kitchen island at my friend's parent's home.

Smallest volume of storage space for miniatures gaming that I've had as an adult: I don't think that I've ever had less space than a box of 10 reams of letter-sized copier paper. That's about 9in x 11.5in x 24in.

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