Well, most of that is done and I wanted to share something for the new house that I built last night. The Jasper from BoardGameTables.com recent Kickstarter. My wife and I have been wanting a convertible gaming table for our dining room for awhile. I have a large 4' x 6' table I built for gaming in my basement, but most of our board games get played in the dining room. Now that we have a pre-schooler we've been really wanting a space where we can leave a game like Gloomhaven setup but still have a useful dining space.
We had looked around online at various options, but wow can the custom tables be expensive. But I knew that was going to be getting a bunch of overtime at work in the next year, so when I went to GenCon this Summer I went with then intention of shopping for a new table.
I could not have been happier to discover the Jasper.
|The prototype Jasper from GenCon 2018|
I had looked at getting a custom table from BoardGameTables.com, so I knew that I wanted to check out their booth at Gencon. They were really excited to be showing off their Jasper prototype for the Kickstarter that would be starting shortly after the con was over. It had the dimensions and features I pretty much would have chosen from a custom table, but for roughly a third of the cost I would have expected to pay. I had a chance to talk with Chad and the other employees of BoardGameTables.com and came away impressed by their attention to detail.
There was just one hang up, the color. My wife didn't like how it would look in our old dining room. So, I left GenCon really intrigued by the Jasper, but I wasn't sure we would be pledging for one in the Kickstarter. then we decided to get a new house and lucky me, the dark color would be perfect for the new place. So, we jumped in on the Kickstarter and I got in as backer #116.
|Heavy boxes of game-space goodness.|
The table was really heavily packaged and definitely safe from incurring any damage along the way. the boxes don't include any instructions, but that is intentional. They have them posted online at buildjasper.com with the idea that they can modify them based on feedback as needed.
|Framing out the table|
|The base of the table|
|The table base completed.|
|Right side up!|
|That looks like a good spot for a game.|
|Looks ready for dinner.|
Overall the finish on the table is really nice. They put on several coats of clear-coat that will help preserve the table and add to its quality feel.
|Time to Terraform Mars|
I'll add some more thoughts after I've gotten a few games in with the table, but for now I couldn't be happier with it.