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Geeklist documenting the progress of the basement build out we are doing. We started with it completely unfinished so we had plenty of options.

We planned for the following:
1) TV / family room
2) Kids play area
3) Reading nook (under stairs)
4) Wet bar
5) Bathroom
6) Storage
7) Workshop
8) Room for pinballs
9) GAMEROOOM!

Subscribe to follow along. I'll post updates daily until I catch up to our current state (we started at the end of April.)

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1. Board Game: What's He Building in There? [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3109]
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Here is the initial plan we came up with.
-- Family room / kids play room / wet bar is lower left space.
-- Storage/workshop is upper left.
-- Gameroom is lower right.
-- Utility upper right.
-- Bathroom mid-left.
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Here is a picture of the game room portion before anything has started. I had already taken the fiberglass insulation off the walls (to be put in the ceiling). Walls will be spray foamed for a warmer basement.

Pinball machines (room for 4) are planned for the left side of this picture. Closets (full of games!) for the far end.

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Framing went up quick. Granted there were not many walls being put in. Plumbing was moved and the 2nd zone of HVAC was put in too. Glass French doors are going to be used in the entrance.
Plumbing is in for the Wet Bar sink.

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Spray foaming the walls was next. I used LaPolla (4g) closed cell foam. A pain to find an installer for but a much better product. (less toxic) Still kept us out of the house for a whole weekend and missed game night because of it. boo.


Here is the pile of fiberglass I took off the walls and put into the ceiling (for sound barrier) What a glassy, itchy mess that was. I was glad to be done with my contribution on that one. The stack is about 8' x 8' x 7'
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Drywall installed. Took a week to hang, tape, sand, texture. Started to feel like real rooms at this point since we couldn't see through the walls anymore.

Lots and lots of drywall sheets. Glad I didn't need to haul them off the truck.

Bookshelves are going on the right and left side. Guess I should call them Game Shelves or risk getting yelled at. whistle Overflow game shelves. Ya, that is what they are.

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Doors and cabinets went in next. More shelves will go into the bookshelves. Paint was also started. Family room is a khaki color. Game room is a light silver. Really hard to tell in the pictures.



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Doors and trim installed. Door hardware installed. Paint touch ups. Getting close. Finishing electric is next.


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Electric was finished. I did my part with the in-wall HDMI/Optical/5E/Speaker wire runs. (for the family room) I do have two potential locations for a TV in the game room if I so choose but not planning on it at this point.

I used LED recessed (can) lights for the main part of the game room. The Pinballs have a LED track light so I can keep glare off the glass.

Can lights were from Home Depot: Commercial Electric 5 in. and 6 in. Recessed LED Trim

LED track light was from Home Depot: 4-Light Oil Rubbed Bronze Cinema LED Track Lighting





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So now enters the waiting game. Carpet installs are backed up and we have been ready for it for two weeks already. We moved into the storage room so we have the rest of our house back that had been holding the extra stuff. We are on the calendar for a 6/18 install but are hoping they free up before that. (but are not counting on it)

We are closing out a punch list of tweaks and touch ups in the mean time. I stocked the fridge full of beer so that is ready. (priorities!)

I'll post the closet plans later this week.
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10. Board Game: My First Board Games [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked]
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I created a geeklist to get recommendations on what I should play first in the new room.

Provide your input over here: First games for new gameroom
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11. Board Game: My Toy Shelf [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Shelves! These are going to be setup in the closet to keep things nice and clean (and away from toddlers!)

I haven't finalized what layout I'm going to use but have a couple of options in mind.

Option 1: Ikea Kallax in white on sides and stacked:
Pretty standard issue on these as they have been tested and approved by gamers.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10305741/


I like this option best because I'd mix in one of these to fit the little, long, and odd stuff.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60294622/


Option 2: Better Homes and Gardens Cube Organizer in white on sides and stacked: (Expidit knockoff)
Could also leave out one of the dividers to make a double wide space for the long stuff. They have inserts to divide the cubes too. Also comes in a 3x3 cube which Ikea doesn't carry. Same with a 1x3.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-8-Cube-Or...


Option 3: Ikea Ivar:
My least favorite option but looks quite flexible. But unstained/painted. (but would be in the closet so could work)
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S49898586/


Downside is Ikea is 3 hours away and I won't be getting there anytime soon. Will likely finish this off in a few months unless I go with option 2.

Any other suggestions?
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12. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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The carpet was put in last Thursday only to find out we needed to cut down the doors because the carpet was so thick. That was done today. (I'll have pictures soon) The lack of doors didn't stop us from playing our first game in the room.

Castles of Burgundy was the game of choice. I had recently obtained the 1st and 5th expansions. I liked the 5th expansion. More maps are always nice too.

Was a tight back and forth game. The key to the win was finishing off the 5 and 6 space regions. I pulled off two in the 2nd to last round for the go-ahead lead. Won by 13 points. Would have lost if my wife bought an animal in the last round (set of 5 turns). I wouldn't have finished that section and missed out on the big points. She is a casual player and doesn't typically look to see what I'm up to. So no blocking took place. She made it a tough fight even with her play. I won with 206 points if I recall.

One of my favorite games. I always enjoy the combo/chaining plays.


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13. Board Game: Flying Carpet [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:7246]
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Well, the long wait is finally over. Carpet was installed. It took about 2 weeks since everything else was (mostly) done. The Parade of Homes (in the area) hog all the carpet installers and we didn't account for that. It has been nice to be able to move into more than the storage room.

I hung the window blinds a while back and put up the curtain rod / curtains.

I'm still waiting on the TV(for family room) but that will be here soon. I've installed the in-wall speakers and that went really well. It is such a relief to cut into the wall and see the speaker wire I put there weeks ago.

Setup the game table and moved the games downstairs. I need to setup shelves in the closet (temp ones since I won't get to IKEA any time soon) for the games.

Setup pinball machines & hang some more pictures. May need to buy some things to hang. Might let it settle for a while before I add a bunch of stuff.

On to the pictures: (middle picture shows the color of the room pretty well.)



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14. Board Game: The Beer Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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The fridge is stocked! The timing couldn't have been better. My favorite brewery is Surly. They are out of Minneapolis, MN. Anytime we would travel there we would stock up. There were hopes they would distribute into Wisconsin but never gave a timeline.

I had a day off and was driving through town and passed a liquor store and their sign had "Surly tasting today at 4!" A quick u-turn to see if they were selling in addition to the tasting... They were. First day and just unloaded off the truck. I'll take a fridge full please. thumbsup

I'm not a coffee fan at all but Coffee Bender is my favorite. I haven't tried the Blakkr yet. It looks promising.

http://surlybrewing.com/
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15. Board Game: Spooky Stairs [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2200]
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Here is the reading nook we built under the stairs. It has two drawers (cabinet) on the bottom and a plywood platform around the rest of the space for the mattress to rest on. Twin XL Foam 6" mattress.

It was my wife's idea for the nook and it turned out great. My credit goes to using a mattress for the base.

Adjustable LED light above.

The little one loves this space.


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16. Board Game: The Twilight Zone Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I got the pinballs setup over the weekend. Need to load the balls and plug them in yet but they are pretty close to ready to go.



Twilight Zone 1993 Bally
My favorite due to theme and mechanics. It is loaded with toys and is a "stop and go" type of machine. (when you hit a shot it is likely to stop somewhere and trigger something) Mine is currently being torn down, cleaned, and rebuilt. I view stop and go as the euros of pinball. I've yet to hit Wizard mode. I really need to get this one put back together.
http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2684
https://pinside.com/pinball/archive/twilight-zone

Monster Bash 1998 Williams
Awesome sound track on this one. More fun toys. Monsters of Rock Wizard mode is quite fun. Light show that goes with it is fantastic. This is a "flow" machine. (ameritrash) Ball rarely stops and has a 'fan' layout. Picture a hand held fan laying on the playfield. The shots spread out just like a fan. Best part is the start of Frankenstein multiball. "It's ALIVE!!!" The Creature from the Black Lagoon is my second favorite part of this one.
http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=4441
https://pinside.com/pinball/archive/monster-bash

Pinball 1977 Stern
Old school for this one. It is a solid state machine (they made both this and an electromechanical). What makes this one so neat is that it still has the chimes (vs digital sound) The backglass is what draws me to this one. Older machines play slower than the modern ones. This is a more casual and approachable pinball machine. Still fun none the less. I've flipped the score on this one. And it has a real spinner.
http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1792
https://pinside.com/pinball/archive/pinball

My Wish List:
The Simpsons Pinball Party
Who doesn't love the Simpsons. Stop and Go. It is cram packed with toys and modes. Rumored to have the best wizard mode in all of pinball. (and hardest to reach??)
http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=4674
https://pinside.com/pinball/archive/simpsons-pinball-party

Medieval Madness 2015 Planetary Pinball (reprint)
They have just started remaking this one. (originally from 1997) You get to destroy a castle with pinballs. Can there be a better toy? I don't think so. Plus you get to kill pop up trolls. Another flow machine.
http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=6264
https://pinside.com/pinball/archive/medieval-madness

So I only have room for 4. Ultimate lineup would be getting the two from the wishlist and pulling "Pinball". I'd take the backglass and put it into a light up box on the wall. That would leave two with flow and two stop and go. The perfect lineup in my opinion.

Now back to boardgames...
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17. Board Game: Monster Collection [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Well, monster collection may be a bit of an overstatement. I don't need a ton of games to have fun. I'll of course continue expanding my collection for fear of losing my BGG card. There are some in there that need to go as they will never get played. They just keep lingering...

I haven't had a chance to get to Ikea yet for shelving. (something about a pending baby is holding me at home.) Plus I can't say I've decided on what shelves I would like. Besta are making a run in my mind currently.

So I had to make due with what I have available. They work fine enough but are certainly lacking in the looks department. The shelf on the left I built over 20 years ago. I had great foresight to make the shelf height nearly perfect. Way to go "past me".




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18. Board Game: The Baby Trivia Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Expected yesterday... The suspense is killing me.

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19. Board Game: What Would You Do for a Klondike Bar? [Average Rating:4.68 Unranked]
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This is the wetbar (or kichenette) or at least that is how we reference it. Plenty of cabinets for storage and hiding a microwave.

Undercabinet lights are LED so they won't burn down the house like xenon would. And are cheaper to run.

Beer fridge (referenced above) and room for some wine as well.

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20. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:183]
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Here is the first solo game I played in the new room. I used a variant posted on the geek. It is great fun and works quite well. I posted about the play(s) here: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small Challenge

If you don't know about it yet there is a solo guild on BGG. 1 Player guild

I post challenges (as do others) to my solo challenge geeklist: 2015 SGOYT Challenges SUBSCRIPTION
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21. Board Game: Big Thumb [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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I'm out of things to post about building a game room.

I wanted to thank everyone for following the building and for all the thumbs! <my most thumbed item> I had a lot of fun posting and reading all the input.

Room has been working great and turned out just like we wanted. (Just need shelves yet... but no rush since I have some that work well enough.)

Walls still need decorations but I don't mind them bare.

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22. Board Game: Around The Table [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I figured I can cover the table that I have for gaming. It was one that I married into and started as a dining table.


It isn't a Geek Chic but I don't need a table that cool. I'll start with the stats:
Height: 36"
Depth: 54"
Width: 36"
Expanded Width: 54"
Pretty sure it is made of Maple but not positive.

It has a self storing leaf but given the new game room it is likely to remain set to the expanded size.


Nice matching padded chairs round out the table. I like the height of the table so play can be done sitting or standing(while rocking a baby to sleep.)

This table holds Mage Knight with room to spare. I've never had a problem fitting a game on the table. It is a keeper.
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23. Board Game: Best 'N Show [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I finally made it up to Minneapolis and they happen to have an IKEA! Shelves have finally been purchased! (and setup)

Required strapping them to the roof rack to get home. Added challenge: between IKEA and home was rain.... (not in the forecast the day before when we bought them.) boo. Quick stop to pickup plastic and packaging tape. I wrapped all 3 boxes together like a Christmas present and strapped them to the roof. It did indeed rain. Once home cut open the wrap... 3 dry boxes. Ya!

I went with the Besta shelves. Glad I did. They are very flexible in shelf height. Probably my favorite part. They are nice and deep too. Width, if needed, is also better than the Kallax offers. Mini shelves worked well for the small stuff too. Leveling feet were also very useful.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90245946/




Very happy with my purchase. Just need to fill them up with games now.

PS: if you ever find yourself in Minneapolis go here:
Pizzeria Lola's http://www.pizzerialola.com/
Border's http://www.broders.com/
Surly Brewery http://surlybrewing.com/
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24. Board Game: Chaos in the Kids' Room [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:11372]
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My wife had the great idea to pull out the kids games (i.e. stuff I won't play but still have lying around) and put them on the desk shelf so they can access them easily. The desk is in the gameroom. Also allows for the real games to remain safely locked in the closet. We do play with those at times too to learn colors/letters/numbers/counting/animals/taking turns.

I borrow the desk top at times. (in this case for a losing game of Gears of War)

I buy my son (he is 2) a game every year for Christmas. (don't tell him he is getting Monza this year)




His collections consists of:
Animal Upon Animal
Rory's Story Cubes
Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages
Rory's Story Cubes: Actions
Monza
and a bunch of other "junk"

He loves rolling the dice. (even has a dice tray) Every time we play he pulls out 3 yellow D10s and hands them to me. He also loves the Animal upon Animal red die. Always the first thing he grabs out of the box. He is starting to stack animals too!

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25. Board Game: Pictures [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I finally found the right thing for the blank wall in the game room. Only took 11 months or so.


I got them from Geeky Goodies. Their products and service were top notch. Chris was able to create a custom size for me at my request. These are 12x12 prints. In 16"x16" frames (that actually measure 17.5" wide?) (by Craig Frames)

The prints are on picture paper and have a nice finish on them. And came with bonus meeple stickers.

I did the best I could with the picture of the wall. (Colors are a little dark given poor lighting in the game room) They look perfect in person.

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