I am serious actually. I have found the table you play at can greatly add to your game, and even the atmosphere. I’ve played on anything from rickety board on some crates to the typical convention plastic folding table to really nice older table.
I have also looked at custom made gaming tables, tbh most of them seem far too elaborate to me, with way too high cost and complicated clean-up and ergonomics (those super high ones, usually square with tons of cubbies and drawers etc).
I ended up going for this, except I got it for €300 (offer). Not affiliated with the company whatsoever, in fact their reviews suck! Primarily because they never meet their delivery time estimates, not even close! It is just to give a visual representation.
I like this table because it is hard oak, so should last a long time and because it can be expanded in two stages, easily/fast. If I play with 4 or 5 people max, I can use it without any extension, and can add more playing surface within a few seconds if more people show up.
I also noticed, that your table needs to be deep/wide, but not too wide. By that I mean that in order to fit a dice tray in middle, and an A4 (character) record sheet comfortably on each side of the table, you do not want a 70 or 80 cm deep table, but 90cm or bit more. You don’t want 110 cm + either necessarily, it creates visual and emotional distance at the table, people are slightly less into the game, find it harder to see small details etc.
Being nice wood of course suits the DnD trope and vibe more, you can almost imagine being at a tavern table, of course if it was only large solid pieces of wood that would be even more appropriate but tends to be 2x to 3x as expensive and not necessarily better for environment/felling of trees. You need to treat the table with the best possible finish, I opted for OSMO. People will! spill drinks, even wine etc, you don’t want to be host/GM that freaks out or is worried about this, just make sure you have clean up rag and a spray bottle handy and a treated wood surface, that is all.
Now you might think I am crazy that I spend 300 on a table, but otoh,… I use it every day of my life (not just for DnD), it is the centerpiece of my living room and if it looks nice, my home looks far better, it is also something that should outlast me. So to me it is always a bit odd when a GM has 500€ of OSR or RPG books and materials (half of which they barely ever use), €100 of dice but some crappy, too small, ugly or not comfortable/not ergonomic table. Yet I am also not going to spend 1000 to 9000 on a Wyrmwood or other extremely boutique or custom table, that seems crazy to me, if I was rich, sure! But I am not.
So what is your favourite table? Do you have pics on what you play on please! If you were going to buy a new table for RPG, what would it be?