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    Evolution of your Gaming Space

    After this week's gaming session, as I was cleaning up, I thought about the evolution of our gaming space.

    We've always played at my house, but have moved and changed quite a bit. We started on my back porch, when 4E was released. That worked well for a little while, but we played too late and were getting too loud. So I moved us into the garage. We used the same patio furniture.
    That worked well until it got cold. Then we finally moved into the family room. I don't think my wife was thrilled, but she understood and didn't complain.

    At first we dragged the patio furniture in, but after we added another player, we outgrew that. So we moved to 2 fold up rectangular tables and folding chairs. To this point, we had used a gridded whiteboard and some maps I drew in Dunjinni and printed out.

    Then I wanted to make it easier for myself, so I found an old LCD projector and mounted it from ceiling projecting down on the table. That worked fairly well, but then I was spending too much time setting up and taking it down...we are playing in my family room.

    Next stop, move the couches, setup the tables, and project on the wall. This, along with laser pointers and a migration to maptools worked well for us for a long time. But setting it up and tearing it down was getting annoying, especially after getting a new couch set.

    We wrapped up our 4E campaign(lvl 30, thank you), and have been playing a little savage worlds, D&DNext, and now AD&D. We don't need a big table anymore. So I hooked a PC up to our 50 inch family room TV, everyone sits on the couch, and we're good to go. Setup is simply cleaning the coffee tables and setting up a couple tray tables. Cleanup is the same. The players are much happier sitting on the comfy couch for hours instead of hard chairs.

    So, how has your gaming space evolved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcayer View Post
    That worked well until it got cold. Then we finally moved into the family room. I don't think my wife was thrilled, but she understood and didn't complain.

    At first we dragged the patio furniture in, but after we added another player, we outgrew that. So we moved to 2 fold up rectangular tables and folding chairs.

    ....

    So I hooked a PC up to our 50 inch family room TV, everyone sits on the couch, and we're good to go.
    I just wanted to comment about you playing on patio furniture inside the house vs. the 50" TV. I can see where the family budget got invested

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    We started in my brother's basement. He moved.

    We played in my living room. It was not convenient to drag out all the minis and scenery - so I repurposed an unattached garage as a game room. Then I moved to a bigger house - with no dedicated gaming area.

    One of my friends soon thereafter bought a house with a dedicated gaming space.

    We outgrew that and he then had a huge garage built and made half of it or so into a gaming room. We have a 16' x 22' room surrounded by cabinets full of figures, miles of master maze, and custom scenery.

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    if you're not mentally blocking out the space for a Sultan to be acquired someday, there's something wrong with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoamslinger View Post
    if you're not mentally blocking out the space for a Sultan to be acquired someday, there's something wrong with you.
    Meh. It is pretty, but it is a very large, very expensive uni-tasker.

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    if you're not mentally blocking out the space for a Sultan to be acquired someday, there's something wrong with you.
    It's a big table. With lots of little drawers. For $12,000.

    'Nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw Mage View Post
    It's a big table. With lots of little drawers. For $12,000.

    'Nuff said.
    I know, right? Sounds cheap at any price.

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    I play over at a friend's house and when he bought his house and moved, we game over there. Not much as changed in the past 12 years of gaming in the SF Bay Area other than his new place has more open space, but is significantly hotter.

    As for my place, gaming is verboten and I know I'd be divorced if I did half the stuff the OP did.

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    I started playing at lunch in grade school; 1 hour a day on benches or out in the grass. If we got lucky during PE and they were playing football (the only sport I refused to play, even if it was tag), we talked the coach into letting us do laps instead and did a walking game.

    In high school, still at lunch but we'd play at the library. Had to be real cautious about keeping the noise level down. Shhhh!

    Once I reached college, I did all my prep for D&D between classes. We'd play at a friends on the weekend on a big oak dining table. As my group evolved and players rotated in or out, we'd be playing at some sort of dining table at someone's house - or in the Spare Oom where we also did our Battletech games.

    Eventually, when I got married and we went house shopping, I purposely selected a house with a room that could be a dedicated game room (in this case, a converted garage).

    For a short time, when I was also playing in Mechwarrior tournaments, I'd have my game at the FLGS - it was a great place to get new gamers and the "table rental" helped support the store. When it became too cumbersome to carry minis back and forth during the 3E era (and Mechwarrior went bust), we switched back to playing at my house, and we have been playing there ever since.
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    20+ Years of gaming have resulted in many changes.

    1. One player's dining table in their 2 bedroom apartment.
    2. He moved, we moved to same table in larger 2 bedroom apartment.
    3. He moved outside of the city, we moved to basement apartment of another player.
    4. 2nd player moved, we stopped playing for about 1 year.
    5. Started playing when 3rd edition came out in my 2 bedroom apartment in the living room.
    6. I bought a house. Set up spare table and chairs in the basement. We've mostly been there ever since. Occasionally we'll travel to Player 1's house north of the city to play there, but since all the minis and maps and what not are in my basement, it's usually easier to game there. All the players now live at least 20 minutes from each other (by car) and my house just happens to be the most central.

    Oddly enough, nothing else really has changed. We don't have a projector, I don't own a flat screen TV, and laptops/tablets have only just begun appearing at the table. Even then, it is usually just the DM with his netbook and myself with an older HP Elitebook (laptop that the screen swivels to tablet mode). All other players have notebooks/tablets but we prefer to haul around physical books and papers.

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