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Quick Look: Outburst Game Table

Designer: N/A
Publisher: Spiel Geek
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 1-100+
Ages: 3+ (small pieces warning--make sure your kids aren't the termite type)

WARNING: Be prepared for lots of table flipping talk, some gifs, and a whole lot of fun. Read at your discretion.


Outburst Game Table; Photo by Benjamin Kocher

Everyone has seen at least one gif of someone flipping the game table after losing (hopefully it wasn’t after winning…). If you haven’t, here’s one:


Now, we all want to do that from time to time, because hey, it looks like it could be a lot of fun! But, we all know the reason why people shouldn’t flip tables. That’s right, it’s a great way to damage furniture. But how are you supposed to portray your emotions at a bad loss, getting blocked by Jimmy, or that dice roll that balanced precariously on the edge of the 6 and the 1 before slowly toppling to the 1? Since you’re playing at your house tonight and not at your friend’s, you don’t want to damage your own table, yet the urge to flip something is SO STRONG YOU COULD JUST

But then you remember. You do have a table you can flip! And it’s the perfect size that it won’t damage the floor when it crashes. So, carefully, you arrange the game pieces as closely as possible to this new table and, restoring your anger, FLIP THE THING WITH A SCREAM OF RAGE SO STRONG THAT EVERY DRAGON IN EVERY FANTASY NOVEL FLEES TO THEIR SAFE CAVERNS FOR FEAR THEY’LL BE FLIPPED NEXT.

Outburst Game Table Table Flip with Small Dice Flying; GIF by Benjamin Kocher

And when the bits settle, you smile at your friends, they smile in turn as they slowly back toward your front door, and when you say “Let’s play another game” in your most calm, soothing voice, fits of laughter and nervous giggles erupt from your friends, and they shuffle back toward the actual game table (still in one piece), and together you finish game night with no (lasting) damage.

If not for the Outburst Game Table, game night could have been ruined…forever!

Review:


Outburst Game Table game night for minis with dice; Photo by Benjamin Kocher

Everyone loves flipping tables when angry, but we’re also too paranoid that we’ll break something (like the table itself, or to a lesser degree, friendships). How grateful I was when I was given the opportunity to review the Outburst Game Table, the tiny piece of furniture that’s too small to play actual games on.

I’ll be direct and honest here: the Outburst Game Table is a literal game changer. I mean, rage grows in all of us, and the urge to obliterate something rises to the top. Unfortunately, we can’t flip actual tables. For one thing, we’re gamers, not weight lifters - game tables are heavy! For a second thing, even if we *could* lift a game table, who’s to say it wouldn’t take out the game shelf next to it? Not worth the risk, in my opinion. The Outburst Game Table changes all that. Instead of potentially damaging friendships (both literally and, well, just literally) and your games (tables are replaceable, after all.. your custom inserts in all your game boxes are not) you can channel your inner anger to something a little less destructive.

Before we get into how to use the Outburst Game Table for maximum efficiency, I will also add that there are many other uses besides a way to channel anger (and lose yourself to the Dark Side). Some suggested uses (from the creator) are:
  • First player marker: Because having two game tables is soooo meta!
  • Drink coaster: Make your drink stand out above the rest!
  • Trophy stand: Show off the highly sought after modified thrift-store trophy that goes to the winner!
  • Snack table: It can only hold so much, so over indulging is a thing of the past!
Here are some uses I’ve come up with:
  • Kids’ table for family gatherings
  • Lemonade stand for ants
  • Time out for bad dice and miniatures (my three-year-old literally did this.. pic below)
  • Table towers!
  • Babysitter (kids love flipping tables—especially with tiny dice on it!)
  • Night stand
  • Phone stand
  • Book shelf for one teeny book
  • And the list goes on!
Outburst Game Table, time-out with minis and dice; photo by Benjamin Kocher
Time-out for the minis, and time-out for the dice. It's possible my now-4-year-old gets put in time-out a lot...
There are two types of Outburst Game Tables—the Rectangle and the Oval. (I have no clue what their official names might be. Perhaps Mini-Prison Table and Cthulhu-Legs Table? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.) Both serve specific purposes, but I will say that my favorite is the Oval/Cthulhu-Legs, because if you smack down on one of the edges, that puppy flies!

Setup:



The info sheet that came with these tables mentioned following the simple instructions to construct. Well, I didn't receive any instructions, yet I had no problem putting them together. Easy peasy.

Punch out the pieces and put the table legs into the holes in the table. For the rectangular table, insert the…lower walls? Not sure what you call them, but they’re like walls for your legs.

Gameplay:
It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how salty you take defeat.
- Steve


An alternative to flipping tables is...building towers!
The main purpose of the Outburst Game Table is to flip out appropriately. Before starting any game, I recommend placing a few random tokens, dice, Smarties (the Canadian kind, not the rubbish sugar-crack you get here), or anything else you have around on top of your Outburst Game Table (or OGT for short).  Once that’s set up, you’re ready to play your game.

Note: Ideally, every player will have his or her own OGT, so you don’t have to share your rage tool with others. That way, you can all can set up your OGT the way you want. Kind of like your own personal office space…only the size of a center for ants (big ants, mind you).

While playing your game, it’s important to make sure you always find ways to block your opponent so you can start building up their rage meter. But remember, you don’t want to be too brutal, or they’ll just give up. Instead, make it appear as if they could win, and then, right before their all-important move, play that card you’ve been saving that takes their glory away. If their face turns red, you’re doing it right. They’re heating up, and if you play your cards right, you can get the reaction you’ve been waiting for all game night long.

By the time the end game rolls around (not Avengers End Game - if you’re still waiting for that, get out from under your rock) you should have your opponent in a position where they feel like they’re on the cusp of victory.. until you move your worker onto the exact spot that would secure them the win.

Sit back, relax (and cover your face) and enjoy the show.

If done correctly, your opponent should pause for a brief moment before flipping their OGT. With any luck, some of the Smarties on the table will fly in your direction - yours for the taking! Well done. You not only win the board game, but the rage game as well.

Of course, if you’re a nice person and don’t want to make your “friends” mad at you, the game, or a long-forgotten stranger, you could always use the OGT for one of the aforementioned alternate uses, such as a coaster for your drink or snack table. When all is said and done, however, there’s no way you’ll want to end a game night without giving it at least a dozen flips. That’s just the way these things work.

Theme and Mechanics:


Toddler Tip: Add a little honey to sweeten the deal.
The theme of anger management comes crisp and clear with the life-like table (etched game components in the rectangular one), realistic physics, and re-flipability. 

The mechanics of the OGT fit right at home with the theme, as a fair amount of dexterity is necessary for the most beautiful table flips in the hobby. Trolling is another mechanic that simply bleeds in beautifully with the theme. After all, you can’t have a realistic table flip without some artful trolling!

Artwork and Components:
First of all, I'd like to point out that these tables ship small. In fact, they came to me in an envelope. With two (2) stamps. Of course, you'll probably want to request a padded envelope after the Kickstarter, because mine wasn't very well protected. But, as a reviewer getting a review copy, I understand completely, and I'm not even mad. It arrived in great condition, minus a nick (not to be confused with the infamous Nick Shipley) or two. Here's what it looked like upon me opening it:



As you can see, it comes rather flat. As a board gamer, you're used to punching cardboard. Well, here's punching bits 2.0. Please not that the random bits and pieces you see here are not part of the actual tables. All the bits were prefect. (Except for that table top on the left.) I don't show this to shame the man who sent this to me. On the contrary, it's to show just how small and compact these tables come, and yet they build into wonderfully strong bits of furniture that is appealing to toddlers and adults alike.

As for the art...it's minimal. But perfect for the OGT! And, with two versions of the table—one with components etched in and one clean of anything—you can set up the post-game rage show however you want.

The tables themselves are made from sturdy Baltic Birchwood. All jokes aside, I and my two kids (ages three and two, at the time of writing) put these table to the ultimate durability test. After getting some initial images, I let them go wild. Below is a montage of some of their antics. I threw it together pretty quick, so it's nothing fancy, but check it out:


As a disclaimer, I will say that not all of their attempts were caught on video. But, as you can see, they didn’t hold back. Some of their attempts at violence were hilariously inadequate, but other times horrific to the core. They did manage to snap a leg from the Oval table, however that was from smashing down on it as hard as they could (see minute 1:05 in the above video). Let’s face it—if you want to destroy something, you can, and my boys excel at destroying things…especially nice things. 

Another small detail came from the Rectangle table. Again, through sheer down-force (not to be confused with the wonderful Restoration Games title), they managed to dislodge one of the small side panels. I pushed it back in and we were good to go.

If you think you can cause more damage than my hooligan children, then adding a bit of glue to the insert locations for your tables and legs might not be a bad idea. However, for regular use, these tables are going to be the only things surviving a nuclear war. Well, them and cockroaches (and old Nokia flip-phones).

The thinner parts of the table (i.e. legs) are more prone to breaking than the actual surface part. But, like I said, the Baltic Birch these puppies are made of will hold up for quite some time. Heck, we’ve flipped these things off the actual table and they’ve come out unscathed. Unless you’re deliberately trying to break these tables, they’ll survive a long time (long time).

The Good:
  • Everything
  • Specifically:
    • Hilarious
    • Ingenious
    • Solid construction
    • Endless hours of play for the children (go take a nap! They’ll be fine!)
    • Great as a decoration (especially with teeny tiny dice on it!)
    • Miniature tea parties
    • All the uses as stated above, in all their varieties
The Other:
These tables aren’t 100% indestructible. However, if you’re not trying to break them, they should stand the test of time.

Final Thoughts:


Outburst Game Table with small dice; Photo by Benjamin Kocher

I don’t care if it’s you or your gaming mates that constantly feel the urge to flip a table, this needs to show up at all game nights - even if it’s just for the Smarties. It’s a wonderful creation that brings a contagious lightheartedness to the table (you decide which table). It’s fun to bust out and flip just as something to do with the kids! After helping me with this review, my oldest (now four, because he had a birthday since his first time table flipping) constantly asks if we can flip tables. And I constantly tell him, “Wait until I’m finished with the review, just in case I need another shot of something.” He has no idea what I’m talking about, but regardless, he’s as anxious as ever to get the Outburst Game Table back to the table. And you know what? So am I.

Players Who Like:
If you like rage quitting, one-quarter portions, inanimate babysitters, tiny furniture, a dedicated table for your Smarties, or anything made from Baltic Birch, you need this in your life.

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About the Author:



Benjamin Kocher hails from Canada but now lives in Kentucky with his wife and kids. He's a certified copyeditor through UC San Diego's Copyediting Extension program. He's a freelance writer and editor, and covers everything from board game rule books to novels. An avid writer of science fiction and fantasy, it comes as no surprise that his favorite board games are those with rich, engaging themes. When he’s not writing or playing games, Benjamin loves to play ultimate Frisbee, watch and play rugby, and read the most epic fantasy books available. Follow him on Twitter @BenjaminKocher and Instagram @Benjamin_Kocher, and read his board game-inspired fiction at BenjaminKocher.com.

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Outburst Game Table Kickstarter Preview Outburst Game Table Kickstarter Preview Reviewed by Benjamin Kocher on July 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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