board game table

Geek Chic closing down last year was a big surprise that infuriated some customers who lost money, and saddened the staff that was being laid off.  But they didn’t sulk for long, they got together, figured out how not to repeat the same mistakes, and launched a new board game table company, Bandpass Designs.  Right now they only have one table design, but that is by choice so that they are able to produce the tables in a timely manner, and not build up a huge backlog that could bite them later.  But that doesn’t mean the design and quality aren’t top notch, as the table includes all the features you could want, like dice trays, components trays, cards slots, recessed play surface, and of course, cup holders.  You can find out more about the table, called the Dresden, on their website as well as purchase one if you are so inclined.

What came as a surprise to most people on social media, today Geek Chic changed it’s homepage to a simple announcement that Geek Chic will be shutting down.  The full text is as follows:

It is with great sadness that I must announce Geek Chic has ceased operation.  Despite heroic efforts by many, this outcome is out of our hands.  While I am certain there are many outstanding questions, we are currently limited in our ability to respond. I will update this page with appropriate contact information and procedures as they become available.

I am forever indebted to those who joined us on this adventure, and am absolutely gutted about it’s end.

-Robert Gifford

I personally have not owned a Geek Chic table but it was always my goal to eventually have a high end gaming table, something of a board gamer milestone.  It’s sad to see them go and hopefully they will be able to fulfill all their commitments before going dark.

the duchess

Artisan game tables are the ultimate gaming accessory, and to get one usually costs an arm and a leg because of the quality and care put into each individual one.  So in order to help broaden the market, recently sent out surveys to gather data on what people look for in a game table.  Things like size, optional add ons like toppers and cup holders, and the price were all polled in an effort to bring an affordable game table to the market.  And with all that info they have created The Duchess, a 5′ by 3′ gaming table with a recessed playing surface and the options to add cup holders and/or a table topper (for an extra cost), all for only $499.  They owe the savings to the mass production of the tables as a table like this would normally cost another $100 or more if you add other features to it.  So if you want to join the ranks of high end gaming table owners, check out their Kickstarter and pledge for your own table.