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Game Table 2.0 Finished by cyderak Game Table 2.0 Finished by cyderak
Heres the finished Game Table version 2.0.

Complete with a LED TV connected to my Laptop.

The Battlemaps are presented on the LED TV.

I put a 1/16 inch thick sheet of Plexi-glass over the top of the screen to protect it from scratches.
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mudhen5013 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
ok I am about to embark on this same journey using a 55" LED tv. I have been going back and forth with what thickness of plexi or Lexan to use over the tv so we can put Minis on it and also should the plexi rest on the screen itself or the bezel around it. I have read your notes and you say rest on the screen itself and 1/16" plexi. I just want to see if this has worked for you still, and did the plexi warp due to heat or damage the screen in any way resting just on it?

thanks
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cyderak Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
The biggest you should go on the TV would be 48" because anything bigger is too hard to reach across the map to move your minis.

I do 1/16"  but you could do 1/8" too.  

The plexi glass rests directly on the TV screen.  Make sure the cut edges are filed off perfectly otherwise it'll scratch the TV screen.

The plexi glass will bow a little while being used but goes back to where it was when it cools down.
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TheNoviceDM Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
Do you have a video tour that shows the beginning to end construction of this magnificent table ?  And, do you have a downloadable specification breakdown of the table ?  I'd like to dissect the build and then re-create it on my own soon.   A diagram with measurements would be most helpful.  My daughter is a fairly good artist and I'm sure she's gonna love trying to decorate the sideboards (knowing her she won't stop until every inch of the table has her personal touch).  I've been toying ideas of a table like this (with or with a TV) for a couple of years....now I'm convinced that a TV is what would give some more POP to my gaming nights.  If you can provide blueprints &/or a video link that shows your construction methods/process I'd be very grateful.  Thanks for posting this and bringing a bit of inspiration to all of us.
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cyderak Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
I am also thinking about selling the table I have now.  All it would need is the side panels which your daughter could definitely handle from what you were saying earlier.

Let me know if your interested.
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cyderak Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016
I do not have a video but I am ready to build another table for someone else. 

Very cool that your daughter is an artist.  My oldest daughter is an artist too but she's not too good with fantasy art.  :)

Your welcome for the inspiration.  Its a huge compliment to hear that.

Like I said,  I am building another table,  just waiting for someone to take me up on the offer.

Putting together blueprints would take forever but if you need basics,  I can help there.
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BasiliskOnline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ive been talking about doing this forever I really want too. I need money and space
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cyderak Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Cool.......Good luck.
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Freelyx Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What software do you use for the graphics-map display and how customizable are the players-monsters when they are on the map?  Or do you even use digital miniatures?
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cyderak Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
I use D20Pro to display the maps but but you can also use Maptools.

Customizable in what way?

I use digital minis for some monsters but for the most part we use D&D minis and Pathfinder minis.  I also use old Baldurs gate and Icewind dale gif animations for spell effects seen here: cyderak.deviantart.com/gallery…
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GentleGiantDK Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
cyderak! Just wanted to follow up on my questions from earlier and shoot a link to my own finished gaming table project in case you were curious. :D

gentlegiantdk.deviantart.com/g…
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cyderak Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Very Cool!!!
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makadawias Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Did you make the wooden table yourself or get it made by someone? How much did it cost to make and would you be willing to make a custom one for someone else?
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cyderak Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Hey,

Yup, I made the table myself.

Because I used high quality hard wood (OAK) and had a buddy of mine's girlfriend do the oil paintings on the side of the tables bottom panels (I did Poly-Urethane over the top of the oil paintings for protection) thats why it cost me about $3500 to build.  The 46" LED TV wasn't too cheap either.  (Although these days LED TV's are considerably cheaper.)

You could get away with using press wood materials and go without the oil paintings for less than that.  And of course that price doesn't include all the man hours I put in to building by hand. 

The other hurdle of building a table for someone is shipping costs.  Shipping itself would probably be anywhere from $300 to $500 in itself.

I wouldn't mind building a game table for someone but all the costs would have to be covered 100% by the buyer including man hours and any unforeseen scenarios.  All receipts would be turned over to the buyer everytime a cost is incurred.


Why?........you lookin to buy a game table?
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GentleGiantDK Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Question:
I'm in the process of designing a somewhat similar set-up. It's going to be a more regular, longer table, though, to accommodate more players (4-6 players and a GM). However, I'm interested in knowing how you secured the TV under the table. Basically how the whole "box" around the TV is made. I'll most likely be using a 40" LED screen too (that seems to be the price point where it's still affordable).
Depending on how your screen set-up is I'm pondering making it so that the TV can be lifted up and mounted on the wall for regular use.
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cyderak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Hey Giant,

I left the TV inside the table because the more you move delicate electronics, the higher the chance of damage is possible.  I used a regular LED TV mount turned sideways so the TV faces up.

I have a 42" LED and I gotta say after 2 years of having it, Its great but I wish I had gone a little bigger.  Probably a 50".  Way less scrolling.  And if players want to go back to a certain part of the map, they can.

As far as player space,  My table is big enough to fit 8 players.......and more if we want to squeeze people in.

So to re-cap.......I advise saving the extra money and going to a 50" or bigger LED.
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GentleGiantDK Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2014
I'm not so worried about moving the TV around. I fully acknowledge that it has to be done with care, but it's maybe once a month it would need to be mounted in the table if I were to use it as my regular TV too (I'm still undecided on that, though, it's just a thought and something I might want as an option - of course a 50' screen is a whole other matter than a 40' ;-) ).

Going bigger than 40" would require a different approach to the table as I plan on using a 4'x8'x3/4" sheet of MDF as the table itself, with a hole cut for the screen. Going bigger than that would leave too little room for a sheet of paper next to the screen. Of course, going your route that's not a problem as you've made the sides as deep as you prefer them.

If I were to make a table more similar to yours I'd have to go the projector route at first (since I actually have a projector) and then replace it with a LED screen later (like you did). That would have to be sized to accommodate a larger screen once I could afford one, though.

Do you have some more accurate measurements on the whole thing? I can see that the old plexi-glass cover is 3'x3' - so the whole thing would be... a little over 5'x5'?
Some more pictures from under the table would be great. :D (Big Grin)
The 3'x3' hole should be sufficiently big enough to accommodate a 50" screen at a later time.
EDIT: Actually, it wouldn't be big enough, I was thinking of 4' for some reason. D'oh!

Hmmm, maybe I should try drawing up something similar to your table after all. If your sides are 1' deep then I could use regular shelves as the player's "tabletop."
More pictures would still be welcome (and measurements)!
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cyderak Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
My advice would be to just wait and do it right the first time.  Its a whole lot more work to build the table for a 3' x 3' projector setup and then convert it later to accommodate a 40" LED.  The best way to build  a game table with this type of capability is to get the projector setup or LED TV setup established first and then build around that.

I started with a 3' x 3' cube that the plexi-glass screen rested on and then built out the shelves afterwards.  

It was easier for me to build out because the shelves were hard wood pre-cut at 1' deep so all I had to do was cut the 45 degree angle on each end so they fit together. 
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overfiend-87 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014   Writer
when I get  aplace of my own I'm SOOO getting this!
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cyderak Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Hehehe.......and rightly so.  It kicks ass!
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overfiend-87 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Writer
it's totally awesome.
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cyderak Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Indeed!
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KaineKoG Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Beautiful work. Where did you get your cupholders?
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cyderak Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Where else?.........EBAY !     :)

www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-Jumb…
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FeroceFV Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant idea! Your gaming buddies are some lucky folks.
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cyderak Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
yes they are.   :)
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
That is so cool!
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cyderak Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thanks.  Its definitely my crowning achievement. 
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
I showed it to some of my RP friends and they are envious. You did great. 
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cyderak Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Thanks.  I've gotten a couple of people saying they want me to build one for them.

Once they hear how much it costs, they aren't as gung ho for a game table anymore.   Hehehehe.
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
LOL! I am sure it is a pretty penny. Even in American $$$. But you have given people ideas so they can find their own way to build their own kind. Honestly when I first looked at it, I thought the center part was just a map under a frame. Which alone is a cool and cheaper idea. But I do like the extra mile you took to put a flat screen in the table.  :thumbsup::thumbsup:
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cyderak Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Yeah, it looks great in high def and basically the only limitation is your ability to find free maps online in a variety of places which I do,  I also buy maps too.  Mostly from here: rpg.drivethrustuff.com/
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Wenin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Do your players find themselves standing to get a better view of the map?  Had you considered having the TV recessed rather than having it mounted above the plane of the table?  The panels on the side, do you have them purely for decoration, or are they protecting the cabling from feet being entangled?

Man I so wish I had the tools to even attempt this!
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cyderak Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Hey Wenin,

No the players do not have to stand to see the map.  Its actually about the same height as a normal table.  If I were to build the TV flush with the table's surface, dice would end up on the screen.

The art panels are for show and they hide the 2 x 4 frame.

Theres actually not that many cables.  Just a HDMI and it is tied up.  I'm kind of a stickler for aesthetics.

Its not that hard to build.  I could easily build another knowing what I know now.


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Wenin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I'm guessing your players don't use laptops?  The group I'm in, we all use laptops.  I'm wondering how big the table would have to be for our group to allow the room for laptops and still room to roll dice.  How big is the LED TV?
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cyderak Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Yes my players use laptops for HeroLab.  I have a 13" shelf all the way around the table.  It works for both books and laptops alike.

The TV is 40"  but if I had the money i would have bought a 50" to 55" LED.  I won the 40" in a contest so it was the logical choice. Or at least thats what my wife tells me.  Hehehe.
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Wenin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013

If you could add a picture of the table during game night, no one needs to be seated about the table.

 

 

Great, I'm now feel like I'm requesting porn shots or something. LOL

 

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cyderak Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I'll see what I can do.


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xanthemann Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Very Epic table!!
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cyderak Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Thanks.  :)
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DariusStomu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Hot damn, so much want! How much did it take you to make this thing? Looks like something my party needs.
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cyderak Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I'd be willing to build one.....for the right price.  :)

This game table cost about $3000 to build.  But thats because I made it out of Oak.  Which is an expensive wood.  You could get away with using press-wood or a composite which would cut down on cost.

And with the thousands of digital battle maps on the internet,  your map library is pretty much endless.  If you buy a map-making software like Dundjinni or Campaign Cartographer you could make your own battle maps.  You can also buy digital maps from Drivethrurpg.com from very talented map making publishers.


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DariusStomu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Hmmm... time to save up then.
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Y-O-D-H Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I had a concept for something like this, but I never took the initiative. Kick ass table man!
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cyderak Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Yeah, I saw something similar online and thought "I can do that".   Just played around with the idea and the concept just came together.  
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tamaska8 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg thats awesome!
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cyderak Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Every gamer should have one.
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tamaska8 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed!:iconagreeplz:
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So incredibly envious!

Cheers,
-Arsheeshh
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cyderak Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Thanks.  :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is one awesome table!
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