Wyrmwood Modular Wargaming Table
A day I've been waiting two years to arrive finally came: the delivery of the Wyrmwood war gaming table I ordered.
Ellen and I were in the middle of planning our long-desired renovations to the kitchen and dining room when Wyrmwood launched its Kickstarter for its tables back in 2020. I sorta offhandedly mentioned there was a Kickstarter about to launch for some cool custom tables purpose-built for gaming, mostly to point out the outer reaches of the hobby's accoutrements. I was going to have her quickly look at the website over my shoulder and then let it drop entirely. Much to my surprise she immediately suggested we get one and just roll it into our budget for the home renovations.
Ellen has always been completely supportive of my hobby, seeing how much pleasure it brings me, but even I was taken aback by her willingness to suggest we make this not-insubstantial purchase. I'll say it here again: she's the best.
I would never have even pointed out the table if I wasn't confident that it was actually a sturdy, well-crafted piece of furniture, something we would actually like having in our dining room when it wasn't configured for a game day. It will actually allow us to seat eight guests for dinner, something we enjoy hosting.
But on the second Saturday of each month, our dining room gets transformed into Scrum Hall, and we now have the Cadillac of gaming tables on which to play out our flights of miniature fancy. I bought enough of the accoutrements to accommodate eight players, so each player has their own glass holder and game piece tray, both of which attach magnetically either to the outside of the table or inside the 4" deep vault that's accessible once the table's sectional top is removed. I anticipate this will help a lot with policing the stray dice and tape measures that usually end up scattered around the table, an eyesore that detracts from the photos we all like to take of the games in progress.
I also picked up a couple of different felt mats cut to fit, as well as a wet-marker erasable hex and grid mat that covers the entire 4'x6' vault. I even sprung for the acrylic overlays that can be used to keep paper game boards and the like flat during play. As somebody with a fondness for and decent collection of old SPI and Avalon Hill games, the acrylic overlay in a nifty feature for those folded-up paper game boards.
My longtime pisano and fellow Scrum Clubber Francesco came over the evening it was delivered, and we set about putting it together. It arrived the Tuesday before Historicon, and I thought I would just wait until after the convention to assemble the table, but excitement got the better of me, and Francesco was more than game to come over that very night. He couldn't wait for my table to arrive so he could "practice" on assembling mine while he waits another two months for his own to arrive. All said, it came together in about two hours, and if you get one, I advise watching the video beforehand as well as have an iPad handy in order to consult it when the paper directions are too vague. For larger tables like mine (Wyrmwood makes smaller ones), it most definitely requires two people to put together, and I'd suggest three or four for the couple of times in the process in which you have to flip the table over without damaging the legs. This table is quite heavy.
|Cha-Cha giving the newly arrived boxes--11 in all--a thorough cat scan.|
|The grid mat (hexes on the reverse). One square = one cat paw.|
|The attachable desk. |
Some people go crazy and buy several of these for their table, but I bought just one, specifically for the GM when we play RPGs. It has a groove in the front for attaching a GM screen if desired.
|Drink holder and component tray. These attach magnetically inside or outside the vault along a rail that winds along the entire circumference of the table.|
|An extra felt mat, this one in red in case I want to switch things up.|
Dire Tidings at Klanên-Rühen
The Story Thus Far...
|Damn, I'm loving these trays for keeping dice and whatnot off the table.|
|A box of baddies for me to draw from. I kept the minotaur, giants, warg riders, etc. tucked away in another box on the bookshelf so the players didn't see them coming.|
|One of Steve's Elven warriors.|
|One of the dwarven lords' burial mounds on the table. Pay your respects, receive a boon.|
|Princess Ravina and her council inside the sea fortress.|
|Francesco, Joey, and Jared (left to right).|
|A lonely dwarf tending the fire at the base of the fortress.|
|A couple of dwarf snipers outside the fortress overseeing the road up to the gate.|
|Some of Jared's brigands finishing off an orc.|
|Some dwarven reinforcements exit the fortress to help out.|
|Orcs taking the high ground.|
|Dwarven warband running as fast as they can with the signet ring toward the fortress. Many fell along the way.|
|Orcs waiting in ambush.|
|Dwarven general surveying the battle.|
|Dwarven reinforcements from the fortress heading toward an orc warband.|
|Goblin archers felled another of Joey's dwarves.|
|Princess Ravina seeking council from a general.|
|Who will win this duel in the glade?|
|The ship behind the fortress is the one the players will need to convince Ravina to embark upon in order to meet the scenarios victory conditions.|
|Jared's warband facing some oncoming orcs.|
|The battle at the burial site!|
|Damn my eyes! Is that a hill giant emerging from the woods!|
|The hill giant throws a tree that lands atop one of Jared's brigands.|
|You will know us by the trail of dead!|
|The hill giant charges forward to start bashing stuff.|
|Wait! What's that ship coming ashore in the distance? It's not a trading vessel...|
|Blast it! Warg riders disembark and race toward our beset heroes!|
|An ogre joins the hill giant in the battle.|
|Lots of little skirmishes in the latter part of the game happening all over the table.|
|The hill giant is slain! The spirits of the dwarven lords smiled upon these warriors today. But the ogre will have something to say about that (though not much, because the heroes eventually took him down, too).|
Closing Thoughts and Parting Shots
|Our old dining room table on the back deck about to go off to its new home.|