For a tabletop gaming room aesthetics are everything. I plan on combining this table with a lighting and sound system in the room around it that will be key to setting the scene during games of collaborative storytelling. The main issues lies in the fact that not every game my friends and I play calls for the same aesthetic. Games like Dungeons and Dragons call for rustic or classic fantasy aesthetics while games like Shadowrun or Cyberpunk 2020 call for a cyberpunk aesthetic filled with retro-futuristic technology, neon, and chrome.
A piece of Cyberpunk art by Tom Hisbergue. Notice all the neon and chrome.
A piece of classic fantasy art provided by Wizards of The Coast. Notice that this is focused much more on nature with elements like wood and stone.
There are two main factors that I want to consider when selecting which aesthetic works best for this table:
- Cost of materials
- Difficulty to work with materials
- Most common theme played
In the end, I more commonly play games like D&D over games like Shadowrun and the cost of wood is significantly lower than the cost of the metals and glasses I would need to construct a cyberpunk themed table. The aesthetic I will pursue will then be more rustic and fantasy focused.
This fantasy aesthetic will make heavy use of dark woods, Celtic knots, and runes.
Celtic knots in wood. These are hand carved while mine would most likely be layer laser cuttings.
Runes in wood. These would do well as laser cut pieces.