This is most likely old news, as I know several blogs covered The Sutlan Game Table: The Ultimate Gaming Aide from Geek Chic that garnered its fair share of attention during GenCon. I saw it, inspected it, and daydreamed about it. The table on display at GenCon was certainly a piece of fine craftsmanship and someone did their homework on what would make a good design.
The caveat? Well, its pricetag. The Sultan would most likely be the most expensive piece of furniture I would I ever own as it costs $9,650! I am sure this baby does indeed cost a fortune in materials (I’d approximate $1,500 – $2000) and of course the time and effort to craft by hand.
So I am not knocking the price they are asking. I may be a hardcore geek, but I am also the consumate do-it-yourselfer. I am my own mechanic (just re-installed a rebuilt transmission, new clutch, and a lightened flywheel in my Eclipse), my own handyman (repaired a hole in my drywall last week), and soon to be carpenter (if I can convince the wifey to let me spend the money on materials).
The Game Room
This is actually part of a few articles about what I “would like to do” with one of the bonus rooms in my house. One of the rooms is above my two-car garage, but since it lies in what used to be an attic, it is probably about half the width of the garage, but still have plenty of room. I have the measurements written down in my notebook, which I seem to have left at work.
I have few goals for my game room. The first is having a kick-ass table to play my games one. Some other goals include shelving for all my books, a display case for miniatures, boardgame shelving, and tasteful decoration. I actually thought about cladding the walls in faux dungeon stone… but that may be too much.
Before I had ever laid eyes upon The Sultan, I had done some research on what would make a killer game table. Here is a list of features I wanted:
- Optimal Seating: 6 (the actual number of stations)
- Maximum Seating: 10 (the number you could cram)
- Built-in adjustable lighting (intensity & color)
- Gaming Layers: 3 (tiered layers within the table)
- Wet Erase Surfaces (Plexiglass)
- 1″ Hex , 1″ Square, & 1.5″ Square grids
- Private Messaging (IMFree?)
- Digital Map Projection
- Player Stations/Storage
So I have some general specifications, but to really be able to build this table I think I’ll need to mock up the footprint of a table that will fit comfortably in my bonus room and allow for traffic behind seated players. Then I’ll want to take those dimensions and use them as the maximum tolerance on the width & length of the table as I model it in AutoCAD. This way I can solve engineering dilemas and actually create the bill of materials to know exactly how much it would cost (assuming I cut everything right the first time!).
I’ll keep you posted as the CAD drawing develops. As an aside, CAD is nothing new for me. I actually made a living doing 3D modeling and drafting for an Aerospace company (we had contracts with GM, Rolls-Royce, and Boeing) while I was going to college and before I became a programmer.
- Pen, Paper, & Pixel – A game table that uses a projector
- The Avenger Game Table – Clean, well designed game table w/ instant messaging
- Agrys’ Game Table – An insane looking table that uses orbs and tube for passing notes
- The Sultan – For $10k this drool inducing table could be yours
- Projection Table Plans – Simple plans for projecting from beneath a table
- Motorola IMFree – Handheld wireless messaging
- Acer Projector – Though I’d probably shop around eBay first, this is cheap