Origins Game Fair 2016 Report
If you are considering either Gen Con or Origins, and don’t know which to start with, the answer is Origins.Â
Origins Game Fair is a big game con with lots of options for game play, vendors to check out in the Exhibit Hall, seminars and panels on industry topics, and reduced badge prices for families on Sunday.
Carolina Game Tables had three tables in the Mayfair Games play area, so people could try out the latest games and one of our tables at the same time. Mayfair used the Dining Game Table shown here in Cherry and Forest Green fabric to demo one of their upcoming releases, Costa Rica.
The Kitchen Game Table, shown here in Elm and Burgundy fabric, demonstrated Mayfair Games’Â Â Kennerspiel des Jahres Award-winning game, Isle of Skye! That table was hopping, indeed.
Here’s a photo of Isle of Skye on the other Kitchen Game Table (Elm finish and Forest Green fabric, this was actually taken at PAX East 2016).
We also had Coffee Game Tables and a Dining Game Table in our booth with Studio 2 Publishing and a Coffee table in their demo booth next to ours. We displayed Costa Rica, Isle of Skye, and the popular The Downfall ofÂ Pompeii from Mayfair on our tables. That’s Clint in the black and white bowler shirt. He’s the brains of Carolina Game Tables. 🙂
The Coffee Game Table for Studio 2 ran demo games of Hollow Earth Expedition and Savage Worlds, among other games. We kept the top on to show how it looks all closed up. The finish on this one is Sagamore Hill.
Grogheads.com reviewed our tables at Origins and posted a slideshow of images Â here. They took some fantastic photos–please check them out!
Origins is a relaxed way to have the “big game con” experience and have a great time. “Pick Up” demos for games ran all over the immense Game Play Area and even in the Exhibit Hall, and more games were listed in the hefty phone-book sized program and played all over the convention center.
Thank you to all who signed up for our e-newsletter, grabbed a bookmark or Spec Sheet (here’s one you can download), or just stopped by to wish us well and daydream a bit. Hope to see more of you there next year!
New Game Table Set Prices
Our new Chairs and Side Tables/Benches will better match your game table, and they’ll be made out of the same Indonesian Mahogany as the tables! The Mahogany is farm sourced, sustainable (NOT the kill-the-rainforest-kind), and has a fine grain, meaning the finish takes easily and lasts for a very long time. For more about the construction of our tables (and now Chairs and Side Tables/Benches!) go here.
This does not affect the game table prices. They remain $899 for a Coffee Game Table, $1199 for a Kitchen Game Table, $1599 for a Dining Room Game Table, $2199 for a TablezillaÂ Game Table, and $1999 for a Streamer Game Table.
What’s Wrong With the Old Chairs?
Nothing but looks! In pursuit of a cheaper price, we previously used a different source for our chairs and side tables/benches for the past year. The “old” chairs are made from sturdy hardwood, but the wood did not take the stain as evenly as they did on the tables. While none of our customers have complained, we just didn’t like it. We want to deliver a high quality product, and we felt the old chairs and benches were just not living up to the jobâ€”they were sturdy enough, but not as pretty as they could be.
Kitchen Game Table Set (they added their own cushions) in Elm finish with Dark Brown fabric. Photo by Tony. Thanks, Tony!
New Set Prices Effective Immediately
$249 One Side Table/Bench
$349 One Chair
$2399 Kitchen Table Set: One Kitchen Game Table and four matching Chairs (Save about $200!)
$3299 Kitchen UltimateÂ Set: One Kitchen Game Table, four matching Chairs, and four matching Side Tables/Benches (Save about $300!)
$3399 Dining Room Table Set: One Dining Room Game Table and six matching Chairs (Save about $300!)
$4699 Dining Room Table Ultimate Set: One Dining Room Table Table, six matching Chairs, and six matching Side Tables/Benches (Save about $500!)
$4599 Tablezilla Set: One Tablezilla Game Table and eight matching Chairs (Save about $400!)
$6299 Tablezilla Ultimate Set: One Tablezilla Game Table, eight matching Chairs, and eight Side Tables/Benches (Save about $700!)
Origins, Gen Con, and DragonCon Sales!
We will be at Origins, Gen Con, and DragonCon this summer–and you can walk away from the con with a table and pay nothing for shipping!Â
We will be in the Studio 2 Publishing booth (#233) the entire convention, and you can see our tables in the Mayfair Games booth and play on them!Â Mayfair will have a Dining Game Table and 2 Kitchen Game Tables. The Studio 2 booth will have a Dining Game Table and 3 Coffee Tables to see, and we’re selling one Coffee Game Table there at Origins for a reduced price of $799.
Coffee Game Table in Cherry finish and Dark Brown fabric only $799!
This Coffee Game Table Â was our prototype table and does not have a table top. You can have a glass or acrylic sheet cut to fit at your local home improvement store and add felt pads to the tips to cover the game play area for far cheaper than it would cost for us to do it for you! This is why it’s discounted $100 off the regular price of $899.
You can walk away from the Origins floor on Sunday afternoon with the Coffee Game Table–just email us now to reserve it, or ask us in the Studio 2 Publishing booth when you show up at the con if it’s sold yet. First one to buy it, gets it! Remember, you must be able to show up on Sunday when the exhibit hall closes and be prepared to transport the table home yourself. We are not providing any shipping options.
Gen Con August 4-7, 2016
Similar to Origins, you can talk to us in the Studio 2 Publishing booth (#s 2029 and 2129) and see our tables in the Mayfair Games boothÂ and test them out. On Sunday afternoon, you could walk away with any or all of the following tables and pay no shipping:
Dining Game Table in Sagamore Hill finish and Dark Blue fabric: $1599
Coffee Game Table in Sagamore Hill finish and Dark Blue fabric: $899
Kitchen Game Table in Elm finish and Forest Green fabric: $1199
Just email us now to reserve one, or ask us at the con in the Studio 2 Publishing booth when you show up if it hasÂ been sold! First person to buy itÂ gets that piece!Â Remember, you must be able to show up on Sunday when the exhibit hall closes and be prepared to transport the table home yourself. We are not providing any shipping options.
DragonCon September 2-5, 2016
Our last show pieces for the summer con season are available for sale off the floor at DragonCon! This includes:
Dining Game Table Â in Cherry finish and Forest Green fabric: $3499
Coffee Game Table in Cherry finish and Forest Green fabric: $899
Kitchen Game Table in Elm finish and Burgundy fabric: $1199
Just email us now to reserve one, or ask us at the con when you show up if it hasÂ been sold! First person to buy itÂ gets that piece!Â Remember, you must be able to show up on Monday when the exhibit hall closes and be prepared to transport the table home yourself. We are not providing any shipping options.
We can’t wait to travel to Origins next week. Hope to see you there!
Post edited 7-6-2016: we are now accepting reservations on these tables before the convention. Email [email protected] and be prepared to pay a deposit of half down to reserve it. We figured this out the hard way, with apologies to Amanda. All we can do is learn from our mistakes.