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    I took a few moments to jot down some ideas on the best place to hide games when your spouse is a bit concerned about your gaming "habit," and I think the timing is appropriate given the upcoming Christmas season and the more and more popular "self-gifting" paradigm that the tail-end of the baby boom generation has dumped upon our society.

    Originally intended as a geek list, the length of more than a few of them became entirely too long and I didn't want to dump a 20 page piece of reading on anyone interested in the topic. So, instead, I have decided to break each idea into an individual forum topic. Please note the following points before starting:

1. The first ideas are the most straightforward, with each that follows getting a bit more complicated and troublesome. I have included these add-ons for those of us who have already used the phrase, "please honey, just this one more" more times than they should have and need to sneak one more in.

2. Some require significant prep.

3. For some of these, "money is no object" applies.

4. Naturally, I'm looking for feedback of any sort to help tune these hiding options to maximum efficiency.

So without further ado, I present

Game Hiding Option #1:



Trunk of the Car
    The most straightforward place to hide things from ones spouse is in the trunk of the commuter car. The older and more ornery the car is to drive the better, as the spouse is not likely to risk driving it even if their options are limited. Note that safe, reliable cars can easily be made to appear untrustworthy by just a few comments across the dinner table, such as “I’m smelling raw gas again when it starts up.”

Pros:
1. Plenty of space.
2. Not vulnerable to inadvertent discovery when you’re away at work.
Cons:
1. Potentially exposed to extreme heat and cold, perhaps even wet depending on condition of car.
2. Low concealment quotient if spouse is looking for Christmas/birthday gifts.
3. Games will be in jeopardy if spouse chooses to risk the raw gas smell and drives car to store.
4. Games could potentially fall into other hands if the car left at the repair shop, repossessed or impounded. Pay your parking tickets!

    This strategy proved quite effective for me while I had a coupe car with a large trunk that had a killer feature – it was a stick-shift. My wife wouldn’t touch it. The chances of discovery in this case proved to be zero, and I was able to conceal several games for years before its final trip to the junk yard. This ideal hiding place is no longer available to me as four kids now all but required me to replace it with a minivan that has no concealable space. But for most of your reading this it is the hiding place of choice for your first 15 or 20 “games on the low-down.”
 
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Re: Game Hiding, Option 1.
Oh yes ! Always my number one temporary hiding place.

Till I have a day off on a day that hubby has to work. Then I can move them safely from the trunk to my wardrobe and hide them there till the time is right to display one or more of them (with a non-gaming hubby these times are rather rare, but alas ...).
 
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Gwen..maybe we should meet.

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1. Top Shelves of Closets. I've always found living in older housing is the best bet. Old housing tends toward nice high ceilings. In my New York City apartment, I hid them at the top of the shelf in my closet and in the coat closet. Old-school 10+ foot ceilings meant I could stack 2 or 3 feet of games on that top shelf!

In New Zealand where I live now, the old Villa-style housing is usually 12+ feet. I have some topped on a closet, and a top of games inside a narrow closet that has shelves floor-to-ceiling. She notices the games here more, however, so it's not quite as effective.

2. Work. I often have a game or two (or 4 or 5) "stored" at work. I'm fortunate to have a nice big office to myself, however, so this won't work for all, but even cube-bound should be able to fit DOW-size games in a drawer. I just started a new job, so I currently only have 1 at work (Blue Moon City). My last job, though, I had, for the last 3-4 months of work, the following "hidden" at the office: FFG's World of Warcraft; two expansions for Lord of the Rings (the Knizia co-operative game); Around the World in 80 Days; Lord of the Rings: the Confrontation (am I cursed with too much LOTR interest?); and the Doom expansion. Oh, and in a drawer I had six Battlefield decks.

3. Parent's Basements/Attics. This still works, and I'm almost 40! Of course, you never get to play them this way.

4. Under the Dresser. For those luck enough to have their own dresser. I can usually fit 2 games under there. If you can, take the "inaccessible" side of the bed. Your spouse will never come over there to look under the dresser. You can also add space for 2-3 games in the bottom drawer of your dresser if you "get rid of some old clothes."

Bad places: Basements (unless you're very lucky, these are general too damp); bathroom closets (too damp, especially after a steamy shower); garages and sheds (too spidery, often too damp as well).
 
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You're missing the obvious...

IN PLAIN SIGHT

Unless your significant other is an avid gamer, just put a new game where you put your others.
If she's not an avid gamer, chances are she won't know her Caylus from her Nexus Ops.
The bonus is: you're not lying, you're not hiding, she'll never know

Not that I've tried that, ever. OK maybe once, but I was very young
 
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As I noted in "Option 5: Friend's House", my general problem isn't so much the money spent (or, the "Entertainment Dollar"), but the SPACE that all of these games take up that's the problem. I have a horrible thrift store addiction, which only makes the problem worse. (Luckily the low price of thrifting and the possibility of good trade items are other ways I can keep the "price" arguement from cropping up too often.) But seriously, I have about 150 games spread out over 3 rooms now. I've put up shelving AND built a bookcase (as in, from lumber, not particle board kits) and STILL not enough room. I've taken to putting games inside of games (works well with old 80's style giant boxes - and expansions obviously) Almost all of my card games are actually inside other game boxes. Pente, for example, weighs about 15 lbs, and is stocked to the brim with card games. So now, if I want to get a new game, I have to find space for it.

I haven't looked at all of your hiding options yet, but is one of them "In another game"? Concealment AND space saving!

But, I can't tell you HOW OFTEN I've left thrift store games sitting in my car, sometimes for weeks. And yes, I do have the unreliable, 2-door coupe! She drives the 4-door sedan, and when we go out as a family (with our daughter too), we NEVER take my car. Have you BEEN to my house or something? It's not a stick though, that was my first car, a Ford Escort, many, many years ago. Sorry, I don't think I'll ever go back to driving one of those.
 
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P.S. I'm really liking these posts, going to check out your others.
 
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JVKhoury wrote:
As I noted in "Option 5: Friend's House", my general problem isn't so much the money spent (or, the "Entertainment Dollar"), but the SPACE that all of these games take up that's the problem. I have a horrible thrift store addiction, which only makes the problem worse. (Luckily the low price of thrifting and the possibility of good trade items are other ways I can keep the "price" arguement from cropping up too often.) But seriously, I have about 150 games spread out over 3 rooms now. I've put up shelving AND built a bookcase (as in, from lumber, not particle board kits) and STILL not enough room. I've taken to putting games inside of games (works well with old 80's style giant boxes - and expansions obviously) Almost all of my card games are actually inside other game boxes. Pente, for example, weighs about 15 lbs, and is stocked to the brim with card games. So now, if I want to get a new game, I have to find space for it.

I haven't looked at all of your hiding options yet, but is one of them "In another game"? Concealment AND space saving!

But, I can't tell you HOW OFTEN I've left thrift store games sitting in my car, sometimes for weeks. And yes, I do have the unreliable, 2-door coupe! She drives the 4-door sedan, and when we go out as a family (with our daughter too), we NEVER take my car. Have you BEEN to my house or something? It's not a stick though, that was my first car, a Ford Escort, many, many years ago. Sorry, I don't think I'll ever go back to driving one of those.


    Space is addressed in an upcoming option. Stay tuned.

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Just imagine your car breaking down or getting into an accident. The car is toast and you need to junk it but you also need to arrange to clean out the old car...so you'll need to borrow the wife's car! Now what??? wow
 
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Just tell here you had an accident involving a game delivery truck. I'm sure she'll understand.
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