An Interview with Ryan Thompson of Fantasy Flight Games
Streaming tabletop games has been popular for years, but has undergone a surge of popularity during the COVID-19 quarantine. We’re not able to get our normal gaming groups together in person, many members of the community are out of work, and we’re all looking for a way to connect. Some of us are spending more time watching streams, others are using virtual tabletops to keep our groups together, and still others are taking the bold step of starting their own stream. So we went to many of the leading tabletop streamers out there and asked them for advice for aspiring streamers.
Our first interview is with Ryan Thompson of Asmodee North America and Fantasy Flight Games.
Carolina Game Tables [CGT]: First, tell our readers a little bit about yourself, for those who don’t know you.
Ryan Thompson: My name is Ryan and I am the Media Department Manager for Asmodee North America and Fantasy Flight Games. I am the person who makes the tutorial videos seen on FFG’s YouTube channel, and I am also the director of FFG Live on Twitch.
CGT: How long have you and Fantasy Flight been streaming?
Ryan Thompson: Fantasy Flight Games has a long history of live streaming our World Championship events, going all the way back to 2011 for our A Game of Thrones World Championship from that year. Since that time we have expanded to other events which naturally evolved into a twice a week live stream to show off our newest games, talk with the game devs, or just play a game and have a good time.
CGT: Why do you think streaming is such a phenomenon?
Ryan Thompson: I think streaming has become very popular due to the fact that the viewers can interact with “live television”. Live TV was always fun to watch because you never knew if there was going to be a mistake or how the actors would react in a live setting. But add in the addition of being able to talk with the people on the stream and now you have a bond with what you are watching. I think people like being able to interact with the people they are watching. It makes them feel a part of the action, in a way.
CGT: What do you think makes for a great streamed game?
Ryan Thompson: I think any game streamed can be great; dominoes, checkers, D&D, Twilight Imperium… if the players are having fun, smiling, engaging the chat audience, and generally just being themselves, then it will be awesome to watch. Looking at shows like Covenant Cast, Nerds of the West, and D&D’s YouTube channels have great content that is very different from each other, but all are just as fun to watch.
CGT: What do you need to decide before you start streaming?
Ryan Thompson: Getting started in streaming can be as easy as telling yourself that “today I start streaming”. Of course you need a platform to stream to, but places like Twitch and Picarto all offer free signups and you can use many free options for creating and broadcasting your streams. FFG currently uses Wirecast for FFGLive, but in my personal streaming I use OBS. There are so many resources online that you can google to find the answers to any streaming question.
CGT: What physical things do you need, other than a good table?
Ryan Thompson: The most important thing, to me, is the environment and the audio. Don’t sit in front of a blank wall; create an interesting background. Not only will it help be more visually interesting but by being away from the walls your audio will bounce less and have less of a “boom” or echo. And speaking of audio, if nothing else, invest in a good microphone. FFGLive uses Audio Technica shotgun microphones on set and Sennheiser lav mics when filming in different locations. Most people will accept lower quality video if the audio is good, but not the other way around.
I went to school for animation and film and specialize in motion graphic animation, so the live streaming process has been a learning curve of trial and error for me. I thought that more cameras meant more quality; it doesn’t. If the viewers can’t follow what is going on because of all your camera angles then your just fighting against yourself. One camera might be all you need for an RPG session. Two cameras (one wide shot of the players and one top down for the table) is all you really need to play a card or board game.
You also don’t need to spend money on lighting when you are first starting out. If you own table lamps in your house then you probably have enough lights to live stream with. Old school filmmaking often used the lights they had available and used items like bed sheets and wax paper to diffuse the light for the scene. Having dedicated lights is great, but it is not necessary when you first begin. Your main scene (your players) gets the most light, but don’t forget your background. Just a little bit of light will help keep your game as the point of focus while filling in your background. Just remember not to film in front of a window in the middle of the day; your camera will struggle with the backlighting.
CGT: What are the most common pitfalls for new streamers? What advice would you wish someone had given you as a new streamer?
Ryan Thompson: There are really no hard and fast rules you “have” to follow. Have fun, make mistakes, learn, your streaming will grow and become better as you grow and become better at streaming.
CGT: When and where can our readers find your streams?
Ryan Thompson: FFG Live (when not in the middle of a pandemic) streams every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm Central and we stream all things FFG; from the newest news and announcements, to showcasing and playing classic favorites of the FFG line of games.
CGT: Thank you, Ryan. We really appreciate your time and feedback and hope it’s useful to aspiring streamers.
Stay tuned, because this is just the first installment in our new series on how to livestream tabletop games. And don’t forget, we have the perfect table for aspiring streamers – our Streamer Game Table is shaped and set up for ideal camera angles while hiding wires and providing ample space for four players and a DM to all be in the same shot. If you’d like to learn more, email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.
Editor’s Note: Some answers have been edited for clarity and format.
Express Program: Two Week Production Time for Select Game Tables!
We’re thrilled to announce Carolina Game Tables’ new Express Program! These game tables are pre-built and ready to ship once your desired fabric color is applied to the play area. Shipping is invoiced separately.
Express Program Options
Customers purchasing an Express Program table choose from Carolina Game Tables’ most popular designs—the Dining Game Table and Banquet Game Table—and the two most popular finish colors of Sagamore Hill and Cherry. Express Program tables are at dining height and have cup holders.
All fabric color options are available for your Express Program table play area: Black, Burgundy, Dark Blue, Dark Brown, Emerald Green, Grey, Purple, or Tan. The fabric under the dining top is Black.
A Little Background on the Express Program…
Let’s be clear. We say “Two Week Production” but it takes a lot longer than two weeks to make one of our tables. The Express Program tables are pre-built and only need the play area fabric added before final inspection. So it’s more like “two week production at this point from the time you order” but that’s not great for advertising. 🙂
Last year about this time, the factory we contract with to build our tables came to us. We apparently give them more business than they expected us to—in an age when furniture manufacturing is a dicey business to start. They wanted to help us grow.
In our build process there’s a lot of wait involved, especially when it comes to the drying time of finishing. The main expense in adding the Express Program tables to their build schedule—which fills up spare employee time—is the added warehousing. We said YES.
The Express Program is a win for all involved. For our customers who want a table ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. For the factory to keep their employees WORKING.
Then COVID-19 hit. This pushed us back in launching the Express Program by about four months. Our first concern was for our current customers’ tables before continuing to build these tables. At this point, we feel we can commit to both our usual “build to order” customers and continue to build Express Program tables as the factory can.
This does mean the pre-built supply of tables is limited. But the factory is always building more! If we run out of Express Program tables we’ll announce when more are ready via social media.
What Happens After an Express Program Order is Placed?
These pre-built tables only need the customer’s chosen fabric to be applied to the play area, and the table inspected. While that is happening, Carolina Game Tables staff confer with the customer about shipping. For the latest shipping information during this pandemic, please read this page.
Once the Express Program table clears final inspection, we invoice the customer for shipping. After that’s paid, the table is on its way! Delivery can take anywhere from a week (Curbside or LTL) to nine weeks (White Glove). The longest delivery time is for customers in rural areas farther away from North Carolina, and using the White Glove Delivery service.
When dealing with the volume of tables we make and deliver, every now and then something goes a little sideways. A table is damaged in delivery, or a table doesn’t clear final inspection at the factory (but it’s still in pretty decent shape). These are our “discount” tables!
You Can Still Order a (Normal) Carolina Game Table!
The Express Program is not all we do–just the latest thing. You can order a “large and in charge” Tablezilla, “fits pretty much anywhere” Coffee Game Table, or even a Banquet or Dining Game Table in the finish colors of Elm or French Couture, which are not included in the Express Program.
We estimate the production time on these table orders at six months. Part of that is because we still don’t know what’s going to happen with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re settling into the routine of spread apart workstations, reduced staff, extra cleaning, and other precautions. But there’s still a lot about this virus we don’t know about, and we would rather under-promise and over-deliver.
It’s tax return season! Up your game and order the Carolina Game Table you’ve wanted. Just order your customized game table or any of our seating options (like Storage Benches or Chairs) through May 1st to save up to hundreds off your order. We pay your sales tax!
Another option is PayPal Credit, which is a one-click checkout button on each product page. We encourage customers to try PayPal Credit and see what terms are offered. Some customers receive 0% financing over 12 months!
Check out our pricing options for your budget, and don’t forget to plan for shipping after your table is complete. Our estimate for production is currently six months due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read more about that here.
Tax Free Table Options
Coffee Game Table at coffee height. Minimum payment using Six Month Payment Plan option: $219.78. Choose from four finish and eight fabric options. Also available at dining height. Includes a one piece dining top.
Kitchen Game Tableat dining height. Minimum payment using Six Month Payment Plan option: $307.78. Choose from four finish and eight fabric options. Also available at coffee, counter, or bar height. Includes a one piece dining top.
5×5 Game Tableat dining height. Minimum payment using Six Month Payment Plan option: $395.78. Choose from four finish and eight fabric options. Also available with cup holders (choose four or eight) and at coffee, counter, or bar height. Includes a two piece dining top.
Dining Game Tableat dining height. Minimum payment using Six Month Payment Plan option: $395.78. Choose from four finish and eight fabric options. Also available with six cup holders and at counter or bar height. Includes a two piece dining top.
Banquet Game Table at dining height. Minimum payment using Six Month Payment Plan option: $483.78. Choose from four finish and eight fabric options. Also available with eight cup holders and at counter or bar height. Includes a two piece dining top.
Streamer Game Tableat dining height. Minimum payment using Six Month Payment Plan option: $505.78. Choose from four finish and eight fabric options. Also available with six cup holders and at counter or bar height. Includes a two piece dining top.
Tablezilla Game Table at dining height. Minimum payment using Six Month Payment Plan option: $527.78. Choose from four finish and eight fabric options. Also available with eight cup holders and at counter or bar height. Includes a two piece dining top.
Tax Free -Matching- Storage Benches and Chairs!
We also make Storage Benches and Chairs with the same high quality construction and finished to match your Carolina Game Table. We do not offer payment plans on seating options, but PayPal Credit is available.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]We know not everyone is in a position to take advantage of this promotion, but we appreciate your help in spreading the news. Small businesses need your help at this time. Thank you!
We use this page to post updated information about changes in our business practices due to the #COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s important to note that our Express Program production time is about 2 weeks, and our standard production time is about 6 months. Shipping is invoiced after production ends:
White Glove Delivery: 4-8 weeks. This is the cheapest and safest way to deliver and install your table. You can read more about White Glove Delivery here.
Curbside Delivery: 2 weeks. The freight service leaves a large crated box at your curb. There is no installation with this delivery. Read about Assembly here.
LTL Freight Delivery: 2 weeks. A loading dock capable of receiving a 53′ semi truck is required at the end destination. There is no installation with this delivery. Read about Assembly here.
Pickup from our Hickory, NC Showroom: 2 weeks and FREE. We need time to get your cartoned table to our loading dock, as the factory is off site, then you can meet us to pick it up at no charge. Read about Assembly here.
Our staff wear masks at all times, including for showroom appointments and delivery pickups, and it’s now mandatory for customers to wear them as well. This is in compliance with the Governor’s orders.
Our Hickory, NC showroom continues to operate by appointment only. Average production time on new orders is estimated to be six months (from the date you place the order until the date we contact you to pay for shipping).
and a page about our Construction, including a Spec Sheet you can download with all table dimensions and options.
Production continues in our manufacturing centers (both the factory and the office). Cleaning according to CDC guidelines, masks, and increased distance between workstations are just two of the measures taken to prevent the spread of disease. While many of our family members have taken ill with Covid, as of this date none of the office staff at Carolina Game Tables have tested positive.We’re working remotely to keep serving our customers and keep ourselves safe.
We try to be as transparent about this as we can. We never had to shut down because of a breakout. During the lockdown, the factory was issued an “essential” letter due to their production for another company (remember, we share this facility with other small companies like ourselves). We cannot share any details about the production process because it affects other companies.
Our biggest challenges at this point are labor and supplies. Childcare is the biggest hurdle allowing staff to work. The supply chain for everything from cup holders to delivery options has been interrupted.
Customers may ask for an update on their order at ANY TIME by emailing [email protected]. Otherwise, we find a “hands off” approach works best for most customers. Emailing customers too often results in our emails flagged as spam, customer complaints, and crucial emails go unread. Thanks for understanding.
Delivery Options At This Time
10-30-2020 Update: White Glove Delivery has resumed to most areas of the United States. Delivery personnel wear masks and spend as little time as possible in homes if delivery is allowed. In some cases, our White Glove Delivery service uses a third party service in your area to handle final delivery, and the quality of those parties may vary. If you encounter a problem during delivery, you must note it in writing before the delivery team leaves.
If you have any questions during assembly, text a photo to Jodi’s cell phone at 828-409-0959.
White Glove Delivery
Please note we cannot offer any timeline for this. If White Glove is available in your area trips are being scheduled. If not, then they warehouse your table until it is.
Here’s what we know will happen for customers choosing White Glove Delivery:
Once your order is completewe’ll invoice you via PayPal. If you prefer a different delivery option, simply don’t pay it (we’ll cancel it) and let us know by email to [email protected]
Once your invoice is paid we contact the shipper to pick up your order from the factory.
They’ll call you to schedule a delivery day and time once it is safe for delivery to your area. It may take up to two weeks for them to enter the order in their system prior to calling. You can email [email protected] for an update during this time.
They’ll open the carton and assemble the order to check it. If it’s not perfect, they work with our factory to fix it. You will be notified if there’s any delay here. Pieces are padded and packaged for delivery.
They’ll arrive on the day and time agreed upon, set up the table and any chairs, benches, or storage benches, and remove all trash. You’ll be asked to sign that the installation went smoothly (if it did not, please note that in writing, contact the delivery customer support, and let us know). You can text Jodi Black at 828-409-0959 if you have any concerns at delivery (don’t call–it’ll go to voicemail).
Curbside, LTL, or Pickup from Hickory Showroom
Curbside, LTL, and Pickup options are still available without interruption at this time. We will update the White Glove Delivery page if changes occur.
Curbside Delivery is significantly faster than White Glove Delivery. We crate all Curbside Delivery orders due to the potential for damage because of how fast it is shipped. We recommend White Glove Delivery for the safest shipping option.
Refer to the Assembly page for instructions. You will need to uncrate your carton first, so have a crowbar handy!
LTL (Less Than truck Load) Delivery is only to a loading dock. If you have access to one and can then move it into your home, email [email protected] for an LTL quote.
Pickup From Hickory, NC
As long as we are healthy, we will make arrangements to meet you for local pickup from our showroom in Hickory, NC. Some customers have made their own arrangements for pickup and delivery, like through Uship.com. We do not charge for the service of meeting you to pick up your order.
Please arrive with two people to help us move the carton.
Also, make sure any driver picking up for you knows the dimensions of the carton. It must fit *through* the opening of the vehicle. Plenty of people only measure the interior space and not the door’s opening! You can find these dimensions on our Assembly page.
CLEAN the fabric in the play area of your Carolina Game Table with a lint roller to pick up dust and particulates. If necessary for big messes, a vacuum cleaner may be used with an upholstery attachment—be sure not to apply full suction to the fabric such that it “bubbles” up. Remove food stains by picking up solid debris. Always blot liquids, never rub (rubbing pushes the stain into the fabric). Clean with a household cleaner you’ve already tested on the underside of the dining top–if it doesn’t leave a ring or bleach mark it’s safe to use. We find most stains are removed using dishwashing soap suds. Rinse with distilled water. It may take a few rounds of suds and water to completely remove the stain.
DISINFECT the fabric in the play area by lightly spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray. A fine mist is all that is required to disinfect the area.
CLEAN your table’s hard surfaces (edges and table top) with soap and water. A washcloth soaped up with hot water in the sink, wrung out, and then carried to the table is sufficient and reusable. A second clean washcloth should be used to dry the table. Paper towels can also be used. Do not touch the fabric of your game table if any bleach is in the soap.
DISINFECT your table’s hard surfaces with a Lysol or Clorox disposable wipe. Neither of these products actually has any bleach in it, according to the ingredients on the container, but they are still approved by the CDC for disinfecting for COVID-19.
Wedon’t recommend a diluted bleach solution for disinfection …but we know sometimes it’s the only thing you’ve got around. CDC recommends a solution of 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. Be especially careful of the seam on a dining top and around play edges so the bleach solution does not get on your fabric.
WASH YOUR HANDS.
Stay safe, friends. These are scary times for us all. Please know we are praying for you, even as we gather our children close and hunker down for the interim. We’ve also heard of changes to our White Glove Delivery service (we’ll share more once we’ve sorted that out).
While completely for the best, being unable to attend conventions during this time severely limits our ability to get our tables in front of new eyes.
If you want to help us, please share our website and social media posts!
New Storage Benches! And Photo Contest Winners
We’re thrilled to announce storage benches—a new seating option for our game tables—and to announce the winner of our last Photo Contest around the theme of “Lighting.” The new #RealCustomerPhoto Contest theme is “Pets!”
The Carolina Game Table Storage Bench offers a hinged top with space for card decks, board games, books, dice, a comfy throw, or anything you want to keep handy for Game Night.
Our classically styled Storage Benches are sturdy and made from the same solid Indonesian mahogany construction as our Carolina Game Tables. Each of our Storage Benches is made with mortise/tenon joints and features bolts and stretchers for added strength and durability. Choose from the same four finish colors as our tables: Sagamore Hill, Cherry, French Couture, or Elm.
Every bench has a ratcheting locking mechanism to enable linking several benches together. CGT owner Jodi Black demonstrates how easy it is to attach—and unattach—the Storage Benches together in this short clip:
Single or Double Storage Bench
TheCarolina Game Table Storage Benchis available in a $699 Single (19″ wide) or $999 Double (38″ wide) seating capacity. Benches are a generous 19″ deep in the seat.
We saw a lot of interest in the Storage Benches at PAX Unplugged and PAX South. Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on pricing! We decided to offer a multiple item discount for these: any order of two or more Storage Benches receives a discount automatically applied!
We hope everyone following us in the Midwest can join us for C2E2 February 28–March 1! Learn more here at their website: https://www.c2e2.com/
“Lighting” Photo Contest Winner: Lou!
“A custom built case for a 55 inch flatscreen fits nicely into Tablezilla’s play area and [we have] dimmable ceiling lights overhead.” Sounds like the best of both worlds: online and in person! Lou is the winner for the “Lighting” contest and received a $100 VISA gift card.
We appreciate all who sent photos showing how they light and use their Carolina Game Table. These #RealCustomerPhotos help us show how real gamers like them use our gorgeous tables in their homes! We can’t say thank you enough… but hope the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card helps.
Our New Contest Theme is “Pets!”
We want to see your adorable feline, canine, or other companion animal near your Carolina Game Table. Do they like to “help” roll the dice? Snore loudly under the table during gaming sessions? Sit on your head?
We love our dog London, who patiently models with our tables sometimes to add perspective. Email [email protected], Tweet, or tag us on Instagram or Facebook by March 31st and you could win a $100 VISA gift card!
Remember, submissions are used for marketing purposes, but we do not reveal geographic data, use last names, or tag customers in social media posts. If you have any questions about our #RealCustomerPhoto series please email [email protected]
2020 Con Schedule and Holiday Contest Winners
We ran a Holiday Photo Contest for our amazing customers and can’t wait to show off the winners! But first, our con schedule for 2020:
We hope you’ll join us at one or more of these fun shows! Want to suggest a convention? Email us at [email protected]
Holiday Photo Contest Winners
It was a hard decision. Here were some of the other top contenders:
We were pleasantly surprised by not just photos, but also stories and even a video uploaded to YouTube, so we decided we needed three winners! Jeff is our photo winner, Heath’s “unboxing video” of a Coffee Game Table is our video winner, and SuBai is our story winner. Check out Heath’s video here:
SuBai’s story is this:
“After debating if a game table was worth the price, we decided to jump on a Banquet from Carolina Game Tables and we are so glad we did.
“It is the focal point of our home and we use it for gaming (of course) and everyday living, for dinner, arts and crafts, and homework. Here is my husband Kent DMing our group in a D&D campaign that he made. As you can see, we were involved in some heavy combat, there was a goblin horde taking over the town.
“We especially love that in circumstances like this when we have a heavy combat session, we don’t have to put anything away, we can just put the top on and go on about our lives. We used to always use two folding tables to play and we’d have to put everything away right after because we have two young kids that would get into it. Thank goodness we don’t have to anymore, I can only imagine the hassle of having to put away each and every goblin only to have to reset up combat.
“Anyways this is our picture of us enjoying our table! You can’t tell cuz no one is smiling, In our defense, hundreds of goblins were closing in on us!”
January Photo Contest: Lighting
Each winner of the Holiday Photo Contest has been emailed a $100 VISA Gift Certificate. We had so much fun we’re doing it again! This month’s contest is “lighting:” we want to see how customers light up the room they use their table in. Projectors? Track or can lights? Chandeliers? Sconces?
Be sure to show off your Carolina Game Table in your photo, and submit them by Feb. 5th to [email protected] Submissions are used for marketing purposes, but we do not reveal geographic data, use last names, or tag customers in social media posts (unless requested).
Increasing Prices Reminder!
We hope all of you are experiencing a joyous holiday season, full of hope for the future and surrounded by family and friends. We’re looking forward to seeing many of our friends at PAX Unplugged! Finally, we wouldn’t want the message to be missed: most of our prices are increasing starting January 1st, 2020.
New Game Table Base Prices, Effective January 1, 2020:
Please help us tell anyone who is considering a game table purchase about the increases in our prices. We’ve resisted increasing our table prices over the past four years, but labor, transportation, and material prices continue to rise. And we’d feel badly if someone had the opportunity to order but didn’t know about the increasing prices.
PAX Unplugged 2020
If you’ll be in Philadelphia, PA, December 6–8, 2019, for PAX Unplugged stop by Booth 3207 to see a variety of our game tables, or stop by the TinkerTurf display in the Miniatures area to check out two more of our game tables!
Clint and Jodi Black will also be participating in Savage Saturday Night with Pinnacle Entertainment Group. We hope you’ll try a demo of Savage Worlds, the game system they helped to create, in the Demos area. You can purchase the game at Studio 2 Publishing, Booth 3107 (right across the aisle from Carolina Game Tables)! For a complete list of all the Savage Worlds, Doomtown, and Demo Table events for Pinnacle Entertainment Group, click here.
Visit Us in Hickory, NC!
Can’t make the convention? Stop by our showroom in Hickory, NC, to check out our tables on display! We’ll even walk you through the showroom in a video chat if you like. Email [email protected] for an appointment.
We know a few people could not pledge for the 5×5 Game Table because of Kickstarter’s “all or nothing” funding strategy. It certainly makes sense to wait a little longer and place an order when you can choose from our payment options!
Here are the payment options we offer:
Pay in full using PayPal Credit. Honestly? This is the best option for most people! Click on the PayPal Credit button to see what terms PayPal offers your family. Some people get 12 months with 0% financing! We get paid in full up front, and your table begins immediately.
Pay in full using our checkout system. If you have a coupon code to apply, you may want to choose this option. You may also pay directly on our site using a credit card this way. You are not required to have a PayPal account (PayPal does process your payment for us).
Deposit Now, withTwo Payments: Pay half now, and half at four months. This also allows you to apply a coupon code and pay without a PayPal account. Don’t worry, your table begins immediately. The downside to this option is you may be invoiced for delivery close to the same time as the second payment.
Deposit Now, withSix Payments: Pay for your Game Table in six easy payments. A processing fee equal to 10% of total order price is added to the first two payments. The final payment is solely the shipping charge. You can make these payments using your credit card directly on our site, and do not have to log into PayPal.
Important Company Announcements
Our company strives for a high quality product to not only last for a very long time but look great. That’s what “Game Tables for Real Life” means to us: one table you can use as a beautiful sturdy dining room table AND for game night!
We’ve been in business now for over 4 years, and made changes to our designs before in keeping with that plan. Now we’re making a few more tweaks to our design with the goals of continued high quality and longevity of use. We’ll also be raising prices beginning in 2020 to match increases in materials and construction costs. But first, let’s talk about the design changes.
New Seams on Table Play Areas
On some table’s play areas (sometimes years later), tiny cracks appeared in the lacquer where the planks meet. On review, this was found to be due to the natural expanding and contracting of the wood used in construction. It occurred most often in homes with extreme humidity levels (or lack of it).
A quick word
about the construction between those planks: a tongue-and-groove joint connects
them, and the factory uses a high frequency clamping machine to further tighten
the bond. The issue is not with the construction, but in
how the lacquer doesn’t move when the wood does. These cracks weren’t undermining
those tables’ stability, but they were unsightly. There’s nothing we can do
about wood reacting to heat and humidity in our customer’s homes, so we needed
to make a change in our design to keep the table looking great for longer.
To prevent this issue we are placing a 2mm seam where the planks meet to allow the joints to move slightly and “breathe.” See our sample Dining Game Table, above.
New Shinier Finish
Another way to keep the lacquer from cracking and chipping is to simply apply it a tad thicker. This results in a shinier look, but the color of the finish underneath is the same. Please understand no amount of lacquer will keep the table from chipping indefinitely; strikes against the table surface will chip the table lacquer. This protects the table’s wood from damage: the lacquer usually chips, but often not the wood underneath. If needed, the wood can be refinished because of this protection.
We will keep our Streamer Game Tables with a matte (not shiny) finish, even though it will mean they are more likely to chip. Reflective surfaces are hard to film with.
If you want a more matte finish, just request this option in your ordering notes, but you accept that the table will be more likely to chip and scratch.
More MDF in Our Dining Tops
New orders will have our dining tops with no mahogany wood edges. The MDF edges are stronger and bind better to the MDF used to sandwich the honeycomb interior. This will also help keep weight and costs down, and will further strengthen the dining top. You won’t see any change on the outside of the dining top.
Increasing Prices in 2020
Finally, we’ve resisted increasing our table prices over the past four years, but labor, transportation, and material prices continue to rise. As such, beginning on January 1, 2020 we will increase the base prices for most of our game table designs.
New game table base prices, effective January 1, 2020:
FUNDED 5×5 Game Table Kickstarter Ends Monday! Oct. Open House Plans & Showroom Tables for Sale
UPDATE: Showroom Open House is Sat, Oct. 12th 10am–6pm! Visit our showroom and game with us, then check out downtown Hickory’s Oktoberfest only 1.5 miles away!
The 5×5 Game Table Kickstarter is FUNDED and ends Monday, Sept. 23rd at 10pm Eastern. Please check it out before it’s too late, especially if you are interested in the 5×5 Game Table (it’s a great deal), or our Dinner & Dice, a Gaming Cookbook (Volume 1).
As a stretch goalall backers at $10 Following or above also receive the recipes from Dinner & Dice, a Gaming Cookbook, Volume 2!
We also announce today our autumn Showroom Open House date: Saturday, October 12th from 10am to 6pm. If you’ve ever been curious about seeing our designs in person (and a trip to Hickory, NC is possible for you), we hope you’ll join us! We’ll have the following tables set up for gaming, and most are for sale and available to take home that day.
SOLD! FOR SALE: $899 ($899 retail) “AS IS” Coffee Game Table at coffee height. Cherry and Purple. Includes legs for dining height, too!
$1099 Kitchen Game Table at coffee height
FOR SALE: $1099 (retail $1299) “AS IS” Kitchen Game Table at counter height. French Couture and Tan. Includes 3 folding counter height chairs.
FOR SALE: $1299 (retail $1399) “AS IS” Kitchen Game Table at bar height. French Couture and Burgundy.
FOR SALE: $2199 (retail $2199) “AS IS” Banquet Game Table at dining height with cup holders. Cherry and Blue. Barely scratched!
SOLD! FOR SALE: $1699 (retail $2399) “AS IS” Tablezilla Game Table at dining height with cup holders. Cherry and Burgundy. Needs refinishing around play area. Includes spotless dining top pieces.
$2199 Tablezilla Game Table at dining height. Sagamore Hill and Burgundy.
We also have aStreamer Game Table($2149, dining height with cup holders) in Cherry and Gray, a Banquet Game Table ($2199, dining height with cup holders, Sagamore Hill and Gray), and another Banquet Game Table (Sale price TBD, retail $2199, dining height with cup holders, Cherry and Purple) we haven’t been able to unwrap yet, because our warehouse is full! It reportedly has a chipped play area. If you are interested in any of these last three tables, please let us know and we’ll try to make space to set it up.
“AS IS” terms: These tables are used and may have slight damage, usually in the form of scratches, scuff marks, or small spots. All are stable pieces with a lot of gaming and dining use left in them! All include dining tops.