# Size of gaming surface?

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Anonymous

I have recently started with the game design of a card game. In this card game each player will play a religion/sect, and the winning condition is to be the first to complete a network of Priests and Believers (which will take upon the world with holy force, ofcourse).

The problem is the ammount of space the game will need. The network will contain a pyramid of 6 Priest cards (1 on top, 2 in the middle, 3 on the bottom), and each of these Priests will have at least 2 Believer cards, which are bound to the priests. I have measured the size of this network (using other cards (Magic the Gathering), sized the same as the ones I will use) and the size will be about 33cmx33cm (that is about 12x12 inches). This is the gaming surface each player will need.

My question is: Is the gaming surface to big to fit a gaming table?

Anonymous
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You should probably play a lot more magic :P. 12inx12in is really rather small lol. That's one a small 1 ft square. I've seen Magic games played over 4 or 5 feet of table. Generally speaking most places that have tables for gaming just use regular tables anyway, which are usually like 2-3 feet x 8-10 feet, depending. Those are rough figures though, I haven't taken a ruler to the tables. But no, your size isn't really that big to worry about.

Anonymous
Size of gaming surface?

That amount of room is a pittance! Unless you're talking about 10+ players... Even a standard card table is 3' by 3', or 9 square feet -- that means 4 players sitting at a card table with their own 1 square foot of space is using less than 1/2 the overall table space -- allowing plenty of room for draw decks, dice, or other things.

Louis XIV (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/13642) by Rio Grande/Alea uses lots of cards and other components to form the board and individual playing areas. The card-built grid comprising the playing surface is a bit more than 1 foot square. Each player needs about that much, or slightly more, for his chips, tiles, cards and other components. Then there are the mutual draw/discard piles, etc. That game, relatively "compact" by some euro standards, uses up far, far more space than what you seem to be proposing, even though it lacks a traditional board.

It certainly can be done, and your space requirements don't seem too unwieldy, by any stretch! You've got plenty of room.

Anonymous
Size of gaming surface?

Exactly. My friend is a Magic nut, so he plays a lot, and every so often I'll play with him with one of his decks. Average games can take up about a 1x2 foot rectangle, and less than average sometimes 2x2 depending on what sort of deck is being played. Really a 1x1 foot square is not a lot of space at all. Conventional board games like Monopoly take up more space than that, and look at Dominoes :P, that can take up a whole room if you have a crazy enough person to do that with :P. Really, I think you'll only have to worry about space problems if you start moving out of the 2x2 range, because then it'd make it difficult for multiple players to play.

Anonymous
Size of gaming surface?

Thank you! I was a bit worried, but I think it'll be allright then. At first I was thinking about having a different layout of the game area (bigger), but I think this will be enough.
I have to say that the game is coming along nicely so far. At this rate I'll have a basic foundation of the rules in a couple of days, and I'll be ready to start the design of individual cards.

Anonymous
Size of gaming surface?

Sounds like an interesting idea -- good luck with your development.

But don't be afraid to stretch the required playing surfaces a bit more if you find that your design and game decisions would benefit from more room!