You seen the pictures of my new game table? We're speaking the same language.
Ha. No....but I have
seen photos of the "Ultimate Gaming Table" and the "Sultan" (I saw the Sultan at the last GenCon), and have culled ideas from both of those. Ultimately, I just grabbed ideas that I liked and discarded ones that seemed to cumbersome.
What I kept coming back to were:
1. table space - with books, character folders, drinks, and dice bags, the table is always crowded. It makes big Dunjinni maps and tact-tile placements difficult, and I'm constantly clearing space for combats. Then, the players have to sit up to see the miniatures. Personal pull-out drawers and shelves seemed to a good route to go.
2. battle maps - well, now we have the "table space" requirement out of the way, I really want to start using Dunjinni maps more often. The problem is that ink is expensive. If I'm going to make an equipment purchase, I might as well do it right. Something like building in space for a monitor...maybe with plexiglass or something for the miniatures to sit on. If I go this route, there is no reason why I can't create a little app out of it and throw in some spell effects (and outlines) as needed.