I Really Need to Do More With My Game Room…

I really need to use my game room more than I do.  It’s just a little hard to organize game days with two little girls (7 months and 3 years old even) in the house.  So, with the exception of the one boardgame event I held to sort of break in the game room and then my little RPG-or-Die!-Con, it’s only been used for me to play games with Gwen, Samantha, and by myself.

But even if I don’t use it like I want to, I can at least show it off every so often!  Maybe you’ll think this is a little self-indulgent, but I actually like seeing other people’s game collections and game rooms, so maybe some of you do too.  It’s a little junkier than it was when I first showed it off to y’all (Views of the Game Room! (My 200th Article!)), but there are also a few more games.  So anyway, here’s what it looks like…

This is looking into the back corner of the room where most of my games are stored in four large bookcases.  The game room is above our garage, so the left-hand door you see there goes into our attic, while the open door is a small closet containing mostly party and kids games.  I’ve got a 6-foot plastic table in the center of the room, but really would like to also have a 5-foot round table available for roleplaying as well…

This is sort of the reverse angle looking towards the side of the house.  To the left you can see some of the game-related pictures which I used to decorate the walls (all taken by me, of course), and the staircase down to the kitchen is over there as well.  Directly behind me is a large closet, which we use for storing things we don’t want to stick in the unbearable heat of the attic.

This is looking towards the front of the house into the little alcove where we have a little desk.  Like I said, though, it’s pretty junky right now, but the view is pretty gorgeous most of the time. 

Here are some close-ups of the bookcases containing most all of my strategy games.  Right now, “our” collection (since some of the games are technically Gwen’s or Samantha’s) stands at around 370 games.  But still, there are a lot of weeks where I stare at all these games and think, “I just don’t have anything to play!” 

Clearly, I have a bit of a problem…

On the left is the small closet with (from top to bottom): party games, abstract games, card and dice games, and the children’s games.  On the right is the one section of shelves that I take up in the large closet, where I have a few larger/awkardly-sized games, my small collection if indie/storygame RPG’s, game accessories, my Carrom board, and (in the black toolbox-thingy) most of my Descent collection (which I haven’t actually played since organizing it).

And here’s more evidence of junkiness.  On the left is my “corner of shame”, filled with disorganized boxes of mostly dead and worthless CCG cards.  Most are from Magic, but I also have a very impressive collection of the Babylon 5 CCG, a decent amount of Shadowfist, some Rage, a little Battletech CCG, a touch of Harry Potter, Yu-gi-oh, Pokemon, and Digimon (all from attempts at hooking nieces/nephews/children at church), and probably a deck of two from 6-12 other games from the CCG glut of the mid-to-late 90’s.   

On the right is a ginormous cardoard box/playhouse-thingy, a treadmill-shaped dust-collecting device, and Samantha’s junky-looking art-supply table that have also found a home in the game room.

Maybe with Corinne getting a little older, I’ll be able to open up the game room for business once again soon.  So stay tuned, and if you live close, maybe I’ll even be able to have you over to see all this glory in person!


  1. tomg

    I can’t wait. Hurry up man!

  2. I’d love to get together with you and a few others and try out your space some time if I get an invite.
    Very cool room, and yes you have way too many games…lol

  3. Terry

    Did you ever play any Shadowfist? I bought a ton of the cards but never managed to actually try the game.

  4. Chris Norwood

    It seems like I may have actually played a game or two back in the day, but mostly it was just buying, organizing, and occasionally building decks with the cards. 

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