Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gold Star Anime Levels Up

Two weeks ago I walked into the Gold Star Anime to setup for my weekly Majestic Wilderlands game (Swords & Wizardry) when I find this.

Jerry, the owner of Gold Star Anime, has built three gaming tables with plexiglass tops. He has one with 1" inch squares, another with 1" hexes, and a third one with 1.5" squares for Heroclix and other miniature games. It was really cool of him to do this and proved very useful during the game. Not only for drawing out the battle map but also gave me a place to write down NPC Hit Points and other useful info.

There facebook page is here where they post upcoming events. I am there every Wednesday from 7:30pm to around 10:00pm and play a monthly Saturday game. The next Saturday game is on November 19th.


Zombiecowboy said...

Man that is so awesome! I often find myself wishing I lived near you so I could get in on one of your MW games.

Joe Bardales said...

Those tables sound really neat, and now that I have the space and looking for a winter project...

Would it be possible to find out what type of plexiglass material he used for the top? And what kind of markers did you use on the plexiglass that was erasable? And one more question, if you don't mind - were you able to slide any pre-printed battlemaps under the plexiglass as well? And thanks Rob!

Greyhawk Grognard said...

I am envious. My FLGS is teh suck.

JeraldSr said...

Thank you for the kind words! I really appreciate having Rob around to run campaigns here also, and I would love to see more local players taking advantage of the large game room I am fortunate to have here.

The tables are covered with 1/16th inch thick Lexan Plastic sheets. The larger table is 32" wide, and a bit over 6' long, so I was only able to cover the one table using a stock 4'x 8' sheet (obtained from a local Window& Auto Glass supplier in Erie) Lexan (Polycarbonate) is more expensive than other types of plastic, but as I have been learning from experience over the past 8 or so years, it is totally worth the extra price - since it NEVER breaks, and if you decide to take apart one project, you can always re-use it in your next one! I have built double pane wrap-around windows with it, skylights, display cases, brief cases, tables, dice towers, lamp shades, and most recently, these tables! It does expand and contract more than most materials you may have worked for, but it won't break, just may buckle/warp when warm, and pull out nails when it shrinks. I cut grooves in the woood when I make frames with it - so it can expand/contract in all directions without distorting.
We have also used it to cover printed battle maps and original dungeon layouts. Dry erase markers and wet erase ones both work fine. (a sheet on a wall with a white backing makes an excellent white board also - and when no longer needed, can still be used to replace a window or build something else!) Current cost of a 4x8 sheet of 1/16" Lexan is about $94.00. I made two, 2-foot wide tables with one sheet also. I use thicker sheets for large windows. You can cut it with any kind of hand or power saw, drill holes in it, and even pound nails through it without ever breaking or cracking it.