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Subject: Game Room Must Haves vs. Love to Have rss

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I've been trying to put together an awesome game room, like full-on, Geek Chic "The Sultan" table awesome. What are some things that you have seen in a game room where it just took the gaming atmosphere to another level? What things were distracting? I'm still new enough to this hobby that I haven't played a ton of games, but I know I like it. So I figure my collection will grow into whatever room I put it into.
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Pete
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It's sort of the whole point of board gaming that all you should need are a table, chairs, players, and a game.

Pete (likes all the other stuff, but none of it is "must have")
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plezercruz wrote:
It's sort of the whole point of board gaming that all you should need are a table, chairs, players, and a game.

Pete (likes all the other stuff, but none of it is "must have")


This.

Plus, I'll add the 'negatives', no TVs, Radios, Game Consels, etc.
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A large magnetic whiteboard is handy for scoring, rules references, etc.
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I personally think a game room isn't a game room without the chachkis. You need theme, just like a good board game needs theme. That means, bar lights, a mini bar in the corner, cool artwork or posters, that sort of thing. A jukebox in the corner, maybe an arcade cabinet or pinball machine tucked away somewhere, etc. The room has to be inviting. Even with a sultan, four chairs around a table and that's it really isn't going to be overly exciting.
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Definitely, a "Twilight Struggle is a Wargame" poster.

Oh, and also a table, chairs, lights, game, and (possibly) other people.

 
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GoingTopShelf wrote:
I personally think a game room isn't a game room without the chachkis. You need theme, just like a good board game needs theme. That means, bar lights, a mini bar in the corner, cool artwork or posters, that sort of thing. A jukebox in the corner, maybe an arcade cabinet or pinball machine tucked away somewhere, etc. The room has to be inviting. Even with a sultan, four chairs around a table and that's it really isn't going to be overly exciting.


Where you going to put the games at that point? LOL devil

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Leslie King
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And don't forget a cat. As soon as I have a game set up at least one appears...
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1) Dim Lighting
2) Eyes Wide Shut masks
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Game Acre wrote:
So I figure my collection will grow into whatever room I put it into.


That is so true! My collection got moved from a small box to a larger ikea chest and is full again. Unfortuantely that is the limit of my space.

I would suggest keeping it bare but adding to it when you discover something you love. But how you want it is up to you of course.


Some ideas I liked;
I saw someone use picture rails to display board games on the wall instead on in a bookcase which I thought was neat as game art work is just so good at the moment.
I also love the geeknson (for EU/UK)tables
(but the Mrs doesn't have the same love or desire to spend on the hobby e.g. tables, storage or displaying games etc. When I get the chance I will be getting a table)
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Comfortable seating with good table access! You don't want folks having to shift around, get up, walk about, then constantly have to be told what happened in the game. You really don't want them sleeping either, but the game needs to take care of that risk! laugh
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Michael Debije
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I don't find those fancy game tables all that enticing, actually. I'll play pretty much anywhere. Outside can be tough if it is breezy, so I prefer indoor, but whatever. When I get into the game, what type of table I play on doesn't matter much as long as it is big enough.
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Good lighting.
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Maybe some TV trays? I have a pretty big table, but it is nice to have little trays to put snacks and drinks on (I guess a gaming table may solve this) or a place to hold your extra chits, minis, money, etc. A little non-distracting theme music is sometimes fun, so maybe a blue tooth speaker and access to Pandora or Apple music.
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Ikea Kallax shelves. We went with "birch effect".
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LeslieJK wrote:
And don't forget a cat. As soon as I have a game set up at least one appears...


Yes, that is on my wishing-list!

As for arcade-stuff, posters, weird (and expensive) "gaming tables" and a special gaming room etc.: no thanks! Rather have a nice looking wooden table, some atmosphere with candles etc., good lighting (seriously Max Power, dim lighting!?)) and just play the game. I am not one for the geek stuff.

But a cat? Yes, most definitely. As soon as I got the space for it. You have to stroke a cat while conquering the world, no?
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rjr1968 wrote:
Good lighting.

I wanted to emphasize this one... you an have all the coolest gaming acceries on the planet, but it's going to look like garbage if the room doesn't have quality lighting. Table lighting isn't the half of it, it's how you light the rest of the room that's going to make it shine. Either some wall sconces, well placed gimbles, track-lighting, or even fancier options like cove lighting (all controlled with dimmers) will create a bias light that will make the room a more comfortable place to play.

Lighting almost never gets the attention it deserves. I think people too often think of it as a means to "see what's in the room" and not a crucial element of decor. Good lighting makes you feel comfortable while going unnoticed. Poor lighting, even if functional, will kill the mood.
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My group plays a lot of DnD and other Tabletop RPGs so I'm looking to get some shelves to display the antique swords I've acquired over the years. A friend and member of group is planning to make a couple wood signs to display the names of our favorite in game bars. I'd also like to frame and hang some of the old maps/newspaper articles I have. Seriously, I've got a newspaper article with a headline for the 1944 invasion of Normandy. How cool would it be to have that on the wall!?!

I also need another shelving unit to hold my games. My current unit is overflowing onto the floor.

EDIT: Forget the cat, get yourself a dog. Mine sits by my side or under the table all night.
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Guantanamo wrote:
plezercruz wrote:
It's sort of the whole point of board gaming that all you should need are a table, chairs, players, and a game.

Pete (likes all the other stuff, but none of it is "must have")


This.

Plus, I'll add the 'negatives', no TVs, Radios, Game Consels, etc.


Radio is your preference. I prefer some background tuneage.
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Michael Coniff
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Honestly, I'd like a game room themed like this:

Add a nice Geek Chic rustic/weathered styled table and I might never leave that room.

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I'm planning on improving the lighting in my game room but I have no idea where to start? Any tips? Should I just go to a lighting store and ask them?
 
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Must have,

room & Games.

all else is to taste?
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Try get lighting that is focused up towards the ceiling. It helps with the glare. Also, lighting straight above your play surface. Soft White bulbs, or white florescent bulbs are the nicest. Yellow bulbs can give your colours weird effects. For example, greens can look like blue, yellow like green etc.
 
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T7inga wrote:
I'm planning on improving the lighting in my game room but I have no idea where to start? Any tips? Should I just go to a lighting store and ask them?

I googled "How to light a room" and there is lots of good general "Do's and Don'ts" on making a room comfortable with lighting. The function of the room of course makes a difference, especially so in reference to a game room, but I'd suggest starting with the basics.

Edit: Found this thread (Game Room Lighting) from a year ago that I think has some good bouncing around of ideas as well.
 
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Good Lighting
Good Chairs
TV/Tray/Extra tables
Trash can within reach
Good air circulation
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