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Wolfgang Kunz
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Ok, since some of you have posted pictures of their rooms I might jump in and show you my room. For me it is essential to have a room for my own – especially since I am interested in monster-wargames.

So it had to start with a house. When I married my wife we were looking for a house for us and our (at this time: hopefully) growing family. And we were lucky – thru some contacts we found a house build for two families (not big but enough space to live at). One floor was rented so that, when we bought the house, had some additional income. The people were very nice but left after a year and the next ones who rented one floor – well, it was ugly but with a good lawyer and some friends they left after five month. We had to clean the apartment and my wife had enough of people like these and refused to rent the floor again.

That left us (we were now three) with 4 extra rooms.
One for our son as a "play-room", one as a guest-room with attached bath (mostly for her parents when they visit), one L-shaped room as dining – room with a kitchen (we use it for birthdays or some other parties mostly).

Big pleading eyes: got a room check laugh

It's a room with a view (south side) into our garden (the earth-hill is usually not there but we had some working / building outside (a place to sit in the summer). So as you can see the South is mostly windows giving us enough light for gaming over the day.



North: The shelf contains my old Hi-Fi and a Mac where I can watch a DVD or store files. Also it has my ASL – collection (still growing) . The cupboard contains gamers-stuff like zip-lock bags, some games (a second copy of Hannibal and Fields of Fire for example) , some DVDs not good for my little son (no porn shake – just horror / SiFi) and some gaming – mags. The stuff on top of the cupboard is from a trip to Mexico, a gift from my in-laws, the "Brides-Sword" from Kill Bill – movie and some candle-holder (with dragons) from a Fantasy Store.





East wall:

The shelf is from IKEA and is very good for storing games since it gives you a high flexibility with the boards (if I remember right they can be put into the shelf within a 25 mm range over the full height). I store most of my games there and as you can see it fits the boxes quite well. The shelf runs along the full wall – from the windows (south) to the door.



West wall: Right now it has a smaller table (big enough to fit a standard 1-mapper wargame) and a flag – guess where the German player has to sit





Table: It looks easy but I thought about my table for over a year, drawing plans, throwing them away. I had one pre-requisite: It has to hold the full map of War in Europe (SPI).

Then thoughts like "modular", "not to heavy", "Easy to store" crept in.

Finally first Ikea made my day when they sold folding-legs. Then a tool-store close to my house had a 25 %- off sale so I could get the wood cheaper. Also my wife agreed to it – I mean: 25 % off. What an offer.
So I got the wood and let it cut into the following dimensions:

2 pieces 120 x 110 cm
3 pieces 80 x 110 cm

which finally gave me a lot of possibilities to set up the tables for various games and a full 240 x 220 cm x 2.5 cm (sturdy enough but not to heavy - 2.4 meters x 2.2 meters) of table-space. More would not be possible – arms to short. J

Here you see two photos of the tables:

The 120 x 110:




and the 80 x 110




Found a buddy who loves to play monster – wargames. We had played AGN recently and when he's back from hospital (no, not because of the game ) we might set up either AGN or AGC – we'll see.

I am very glad and thankful that I could afford this room and a big "THANKS" to my wife for lettin' me have it.
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I'm glad that I am not the only one dreaming of such a room. I would like mine to be more on the order of Brad Whittaker's room in the James Bond movie, "The Living Daylights." If I could pull that off, then I would die happy.
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AWESOME

Wolfgang, that is fantastic. I have been dreaming of a room like that for some time. My two sons each have their own room, but my older boy has bunk beds and they both end up sleeping together in that room, while my younger son's room sits completely unused. I've been eyeing it for a few years now. shake

Anyway, congrats on the war room! Tell me what period is that flag from? (Also, turn those Columbia games horizontal and turn them sideways so you can see the titles - no reason to hide 'em!
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Cleitus the Black wrote:
Tell me what period is that flag from?

If I'm not mistaken that flag was used in the German Empire (the Second Reich).
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Awesome.
Great room and great collection.

Grats, mate.
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Excellent gaming facilities! Thanks for sharing the pics.
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ASL!!

great place to play!
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Wolfgang,

I like your IKEA shelf unit. It looks highly adjustable. My shelves do not adjust so. But you didn't post this picture of a game in progress and all the things to look at in the picture.

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Space Hulk, nice game...
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Cleitus the Black wrote:

Anyway, congrats on the war room! Tell me what period is that flag from? (Also, turn those Columbia games horizontal and turn them sideways so you can see the titles - no reason to hide 'em!


Wait, you said the room sits empty for some years... Well, then it seems to me it is "conquer and defend...". Believe me, as soon as Dad hangs out with his "weird buddies" a room can become very uncool to stay at


And yes, it is, as another poster mentioned, a flag (Reichskriegsflagge) from the 2nd Reich, pre-WW2. This flag was replaced by the Nazis either thru the red swastika or had a swastika added under the eagle and / or replacing the Flag in the upper left with a swastika.

But since swastikas are forbidden in Germany (and any regalia bearing any Nazi - symbols) I went for this flag (WW1 / WW2 being my favourite wargaming period). I'm glad we're not any longer suspected as being Nazis for playing historical games from this period (still another topic).

Concerning the Columbia Games: I think you have become a geek when you are looking at your games for storeing them more "optimal" then "for the view". But honestly: What do you expect they are? Eurofront, Pacific Victory, Texas Glory, Rommel in the Desert.

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Great setup Alfawolf! Isn't great to have a room where you can decorate it with a mace? (I need to get me one of those). I like how your room has lots of natural light not to mention how spacious it is. What are the room's dimensions? Also, your game collection is very impressive. Like a library of books, games also give a room that cozy feel.

I've been putting my room to good use. Not only have I had several friends over to game, but my 7-year old daughter is always eager to play a game with me in there. This weekend, she was disappointed to see that I had D-Day at Omaha Beach set up because she wanted to play Magic: the Gathering in the "man room."
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Darksan wrote:
Wolfgang,

I like your IKEA shelf unit. It looks highly adjustable. My shelves do not adjust so. But you didn't post this picture of a game in progress and all the things to look at in the picture.



Yep, I owe a lot to Ikea and the one who designed the shelf has to be a wargamer - at least in his heart Over all the years it is still the best storeing solution for me at least and worth a look since it is very affordable.

Yeah, the game is my try-out of Space Hulk. Got a copy of the game I heard so much about.

No ongoing "wargame" on the table right now since I took AGN down and played with another buddy "Spanish Eagles" from Compass Games (no need to leave it on the table).

I'm preparing "Storm of Steel" right now (on the small table in the corner) for our next game. Due to the odd shape of the map I need a third table shifting a bit to the right (like a twisted L) but it has enough space to keep the other (usual) Decision Games stuff (plus the small World Map). IMO a modular table adds a lot to wargaming and not wasting valuable space (much needed for coffee )
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Nevin wrote:
Great setup Alfawolf! Isn't great to have a room where you can decorate it with a mace? (I need to get me one of those). I like how your room has lots of natural light not to mention how spacious it is. What are the room's dimensions? Also, your game collection is very impressive. Like a library of books, games also give a room that cozy feel.

I've been putting my room to good use. Not only have I had several friends over to game, but my 7-year old daughter is always eager to play a game with me in there. This weekend, she was disappointed to see that I had D-Day at Omaha Beach set up because she wanted to play Magic: the Gathering in the "man room."


Got the mace as a birthday gift from a buddy who is high in medieval (sword fighting aso). Helps when mentioning that you are a "bad looser" or to support arguments like "no drinks at the gaming table, no pizza, no greasy stuff).

Size of the room: approx. 4 x 5 meters (I assume... ).

My son (3 year old now) loves the room too. If no game set up he often plays with the toy soldiers from Memoir or Attack - got the use of those 88's on his own, found him shooting at tanks once.

Your right with the library - effect: I sometimes love to sit in the room, just looking at the shelf and drinking a 15 year old malt.

The Man - Room - a true place of tranquility (hey, good title for a geek list).
 
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Please tell me something. If I travelled to your city, hit you in the back of your head with a full copy of Case Blue and claimed your room as mine by right of conquest, could I keep it?
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HeinzGuderian wrote:
Please tell me something. If I travelled to your city, hit you in the back of your head with a full copy of Case Blue and claimed your room as mine by right of conquest, could I keep it?


For sure, you just have to deal first with me and my mace / samurai sword / bastard sword / Dagger of Doom (the last two were not on the picture)

then with my cat (which might be the most difficult task)

then bribe my son (very difficult too since I'm a very good daddy)

and my wife (well, leave the garden to her and give her once in a while a few flowers and buy roses for the garden - it might work).

To be honest: Conquer and defend works mostly within the family - and then only if some parts (the important ones) of the family have a slight "so what" regarding your hobby.

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I'm dreaming of a room (and a table) big enough to set up my Europa games. To set up the full Wavell's War in one place needs a very odd-shaped table but about 10ft in one direction and 12ft the other way. that's Teheran to Casablanca East to West and Vienna to Nairobi North-South at 16 miles/hex.

Now I just need to get my kids to leave home and then take over their two rooms on the top floor and knock them (the rooms not the kids) into one.

However as the kids are aged 14 and 16, it may be a while yet. Watch this space in 2015. I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

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Oh, to have a room only for gaming! I have a corner in a guestroom/office that I use from time to time. Of course my cat Regan, so named after the girl in the Exorcist due to her apparent bi-polar or possesed nature, requires security measures, i.e. closed door and the protective barrier shown below;



I do have the 1876 U.S. Army Corp of Engineer maps of the Three Days of Gettysburg on the wall. I purchased these at Gettysburg.



Due to limited storage space I only have a few games on shelves.





Despite them not being a "boardgame" I am working on WWII Eastern Front Micro-Armor. I have painted and applied decals on some.



Some day I'll have room for my Europa games and the larger La Battaille games...some day.....
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TA Scott wrote:


I do have the 1876 U.S. Army Corp of Engineer maps of the Three Days of Gettysburg on the wall. I purchased these at Gettysburg.



Once again, I need that 'jealous' emoticon!
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wifwendell wrote:
TA Scott wrote:


I do have the 1876 U.S. Army Corp of Engineer maps of the Three Days of Gettysburg on the wall. I purchased these at Gettysburg.



Once again, I need that 'jealous' emoticon!


How about angry
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Allow me to tell you about my wargame "rooms" over the past 25 years. I started out in wargaming shortly after getting married 26 years ago and was lucky enough to have the other bedroom a good sized 12' by 8' room. We moved house and I still had the spare bedroom but this time it was smaller, measuring just 7' by 7' My figure gaming was coming along great now and the room was just the right size. Then we had twins followed a couple of years later by my youngest daughter. All my wargaming stuff was packed into a spare wardrobe in the back hall but with an added bench I at least had somewhere to wargame. We then moved into a larger house but still no spare bedrooms and I had to be content with a walk in wardrobe measuring 4.5' by 2' with an opening of 3' My figure gaming was still going strong, I could quite easily game a 20mm skirmish. I could even pin charts onto the walls. By this time board gaming was growing stronger and it was a good job, with the advent of the computer which now filled the walk in cupboard I was relegated to gaming on the dining room table, no painting allowed here. Earlier this year the 6' table was reduced to a 4' by 2.5' table with no extra space to "pin" charts or tables.

But I am sure I have reached my nadir, the kids are slowly leaving home and who knows, one day I may get back a spare bedroom for my wargaming.

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