In this, the second of my UK Game Expo preview posts, I want to talk about gaming tables! Specifically the gaming tables created by the lovely people over at Geeknson.com.
Back in March, Nikki and I travelled from Bristol to Bromsgrove to meet with Marcin Szachniewicz, of gaming table manufacturer – Geeknson! We’d been discussing his tables since just before Christmas – however, due to my health, I’d been unable to visit and take a look at what Geeknson had to offer. Marcin organised for us to meet at a gaming group in Bromsgrove called the Bromsgrove Board Gamers. The people there were all fantastic, very warm and welcoming and I enjoyed taking part in the games they brought to the table. I want to specifically call out Peter Hazelwood, Colin Cartwright and “Princess” (You know who you are!) for being great gamers and introducing me to Family Business – a fun and ruthless game set in the world of the Mafia! We had a great time and the guys documented the whole thing over on their blog – available here.
On arriving, I located Marcin and he introduced everyone before introducing me to the star of the show, Denis. Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Denis was a person, however, Denis is, in fact, one of the fantastic gaming tables produced by Geeknson.
Each and every table is beautifully hand-crafted by Marcin’s brother and, from what I saw of the demonstration table, he is fantastic at what he does!
Constructed using ash or oak, Denis is a strong, sturdy table designed for the discerning gamer. The main body of the table is vaulted which allows for games to be left within the vault and the table leaves inserted to conceal the game within. This functionality is absolutely perfect for gamers who want to pause a game and have a meal mid-session. The leaves slide in snuggly and each has a seal to prevent any spillages from getting through to the game below. When you’ve finished your meal, you simply press a button on the bottom of the table and one of the leaves pops up, enabling you to remove the rest. Each table can be customised to your own special requests and there’s a series of stains available to give your table its very own character.
The Denis demonstration table we were using had prototype LED lighting which ran the length of the inner vault. The lights are controllable via a remote and you can set them to change colour, pulse, or remain steady. My favourite option here is the steady lighting and during a game of Mysterium, the green light that spilled across the game made for a very atmospheric session. I can only imagine what it’d be like to play a game of Arkham or Eldritch Horror on the table!
Each table can come with a variety of different inner vault linings from wood and plastic to felt. While playing a card game the felt surface was brilliant as it was incredibly easy to pick up the cards without scratching at the edges, and the deadened noise when you roll dice was a real winner for me. The plastic layer can be used by RPG fans to draw on and then wipe clean. All in all the selection of vault linings was very impressive and virtually every possible scenario has been catered for.
If you’re in the market for a new dining-room table and have some extra cash available to spend, then take a look at the Geeknson offerings! There’s a deposit of £600 and then a final payment that brings the cost into the range of £900 to £1600 depending on what customisations you request on the base. There’s a rail system built into the Denis that enables you attach various table accessories including component trays/bins, drinks holders and a number of other great ideas.
Obviously the price of the Denis might be a bit too high for many budgets, however its quality really does speak for itself. The Geeknson offerings are definitely a set of premium products and when I sat at the table I felt that they really do deserve that price tag!
Don’t worry though, if the cost of the Denis is too much for you, Marcin informs me that there’s a load of new offerings coming, including some budget-friendly products for those who can’t afford to splash out on the Denis. To keep up to date with the latest Geeknson products, check out, and Like, their Facebook page – they recently posted a photo of a beautiful new games cabinet you might be interested in.
Finally if you’re going to be in Birmingham next weekend, Geeknson will be at the UK Games Expo 2015 with their demonstration table and I definitely will be visiting their stand to see what new items Marcin has with him!
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Driven Instructional Designer by day, board game fanatic by night! Tom has a long background in eLearning design and is a strong believer that story and narrative are crucial to creating excellent learning and gaming experiences. A passionate blogger, game reviewer and play tester, he enjoys spending his time playing games of all genres.