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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 4:32 a.m. PST

Plenty of room for an afternoon or evening. And plenty of room in the garage regardless. But if I need to leave something set up for days or weeks inside the house, a 4x4 is more comfortable.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 5:17 a.m. PST

How did a poll suggestion with so few suggestions slip through the cracks?

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member14 Sep 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

6' x 4' is the smallest area I consider useful.

Private Matter14 Sep 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

+1 Shagnasty

lugal hdan14 Sep 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

Too large for me, ONLY because my table isn't that big.

Given the chance, I'd go even larger.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

My table is 9' x 5'.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 1:03 p.m. PST

A proper table is around 7' x 12'. I would go longer but than you would need a room that it is around 12' x 18'.

Wide enough to where you can still reach the center and long enough to be able to put lots of terrain & miniatures on it.

Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 2:35 p.m. PST

4x6 is too small. 8x5 is the min

Dave Crowell14 Sep 2017 6:37 p.m. PST

Currently, yes. The largest I have space for is my 5x3 table pushed against one wall.

Syrinx014 Sep 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

We have two 8x4 ft tables on wheels with a 8x2 ft board we use to connect them together. 8x10 is big enough for our games. After that it's time for a garage or hall.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 8:00 p.m. PST

Back when I was young my buddy and I acquired two sheets of plywood cut each to 6ft and hinged them together. We gamed lots on a nice sized 8x6 footer.

I did have a basement that we could leave it set up for a week or so. When another child leaves the nest I might get their room as a wargames room.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2017 8:18 p.m. PST

Whoever decided that 4' x 6' was the optimum table size is bonkers.
I find it very frustrating that so many gaming mats are only available in that size.

In the US the most common table I see is 4' x 8'.
Or, a converted ping pong table that is 5' x 9'.

My table is 6' x 14.5' and has a 5.5' x 14' playing surface.
And it is routinely too small when we have 8-10 players pushing lead.

Wulfgar15 Sep 2017 6:18 a.m. PST

4'x6' isn't too large for me, but it is too large for my apartment. If the game can't be played on a 4'x3', its not a game that I would choose to play.

A side effect of a smaller table is that it forces me to keep the size of my armies to a finite and modest level, which, in turn, alleviates storage issues. I'm glad that my table is small, but its easy to understand why other gamers prefer something larger.

For example, its easier to fit more actual people around a larger table, and that's probably a bit more socially rewarding.

HidaSeku Inactive Member15 Sep 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

6 ft by 4 ft is a good standard size, but I agree with the Tin Dictator that it is frustrating to not be able to get many gaming mats in other sizes (especially bigger). Very frustrating!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

Too small for me.

Spooner619 Sep 2017 10:00 p.m. PST

Too small for me. 5x8 is the smallest preferred size. Though bigger is better.


SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

I don't go to conventions, but of all the game stores I have ever been in with gaming tables, and all the friends houses I have ever been in, a 6 x 4 table was the largest I've ever seen.

Beyond that, and you need an extra large room in the home to be able to hold a tabletop of that size. And gaming stores are trying to cater to the standard gaming table size (which for every game I have ever played, was 6 x 4 or smaller. Stores would have less room, and thus fewer tables, if they had even larger tables.

I get that some people like playing extra large games with extra large tables, but I always figured that was 90% stuff at conventions (with huge halls and lots of rom) and only the rare/occasional gamer who has a setup at home to support that.

Maybe this is a USA versus UK thing (me being a Yank).

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