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#6556
Pimp my Basement! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
I'm moving into a new house next month, which gives me an opportunity to set up a sweet little gaming space in the basement. Other than a sturdy table, lots of storage for minis and MasterMaze, and some display space, what would you include to make this place the ultimate gaming room?
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#6557
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Fridge or some such area to store your bevrage of choice in

Microwave to cook food in, or reheat take out.
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#6558
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maybe try looking through this post

dwarvenforge.com/dwarvenforums/viewtopic.php?t=169

the perfect gaming room, might have some more ideas
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#6559
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Good call, Ska. I complete forgot about that one.

Or maybe I just subconsciously wanted to post a thread with the word "pimp" in it. :oops:
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#6560
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hehhe, i understand the fun of writting Pimp in a pst done it a few times, and yes it is childish fun.
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#6561
Pimp my Basement! 9 Years, 5 Months ago  
You wanted some serious input, right YC?
Hope so because here goes some ideas.

First, you live in IL, right?
How close to a body of water?
How badly do basements "sweat" in IL?
In other words, what measures are you taking to avoid water damage to your gaming materials?
Most gaming items can be damaged and/or ruined to varying degrees by water.

Next, how secure is your house?
I have known gamers to have had their homes broken into due to someone feeling they needed that gamer's stuff worse than that gamer did.
I got involved in a court case once because I had bought from one gamer what was apparently stolen goods from another gamer.
That was just ssooo much fun. HAH!
It is always good to have the gaming area with a separate set of locks than your doors and windows.
Makes it more difficult for thieves to relieve you of your hard-collected gaming caches that way.

On a more positive note, do you have enclosed cabinets that you can show off and/or easily examine all of your painted figures, terrain (bought and personally made) and any other gaming paraphernalia without having to move large boxes or totes?
Again on a reality note, it would be best if these were made out of metal and high quality fracture-resistant glass fronts with keyed locks.
Wood could collapse due to soaking in the event of flooding.
Also, wood will usually mold faster than metal will rust.

Another issue is might you make room to have an observation platform of some sort for non-participating gamers and friends to watch the gaming.
I do not know if that will work in your basement; I do not know how high your ceiling is or how deep your basement is.

Anyway, I went to one guy’s house in Maryland, and he had it arranged this way.
He took a main floor study/den and the upstairs bedroom directly above, and took out most of the bedroom floor.
He then put in one of those decorative rod iron spiral staircases for access to his “observation deck�.
He even left the attached bathrooms of the two rooms intact so you never had to leave the “war-room� to attend to biological matters.
It was fabulous!
The gamers did not have to worry about viewers in their way, and the viewers had a near-unobstructed view of what was going on.

Additionally, he attached to the walls under the observation deck a whole series of 8' tall glass-fronted shelves and book cases for his gaming stuff.
28' linear feet total I believe.
It was fabulous to see so many great painted figures all in their units and not hidden in a stack of figure cases off in some corner or a closet.

When I build a house I am going to do this style of war-room for my use.
Then again, I have always loved Henry Higgins’ Library/Study; I want that too!
My wife has agreed to this war-room idea as long as she gets her studio too.

It is very late so that is all I have for now.
I will try to give more ideas later.
I hope some of these ideas will work for you or other gamers who may read them.

Have a great day!
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#6562
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One of the gamers in my gaming group has several china cabinets that he displays his minis in, quite impressive! Basement water generally isn't a big issue in Illinois. That is what subpumps are for and if you have a lot of humidity down there, there are dehumidifiers.
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#6563
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The basement is pretty dry, which is good. I'm not sure how to do the display stuff, though. The guys who did the ultimate gaming table had some nice wall-mount cases, but I have yet to find anything like them.
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#6564
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The basement is pretty dry, which is good. I'm not sure how to do the display stuff, though. The guys who did the ultimate gaming table had some nice wall-mount cases, but I have yet to find anything like them.

The china cabinet idea can work, but everything in the top two shelves has to be pretty light.
I have never seen a wall anchor bracket for any of these.
Just the flakiness of the design of china cabinets.

Next idea is look for stores going out of business that are selling their fixtures.
Look for good quality glass-front display cases.
To get a good quantity may take a year or two depending on how much the dying stores' owners' are trying to recoup through fixture sales.

Next option is to go to Home Depot/Lowe's/etc. and see what they may have in the furniture kit section.
Be sure to look for something that has a wall secure bracket in the kit to attach at the top of the case.

Another option is to hit up furniture stores to see if they have any discontinued floor models they would like to make a little back on.
Many of these are scratched, scuffed, etc. and many times these stores just cannot unload them so they get put in the dumpster.

The hardest option is only decent if you have access to things like a router and frame, a decent drill set, etc. - make them.
This can also be the most satisfying too.
This way you can make them to fit in the exact space you have - like if you 11' ceilings, you can do it and buy a step ladder to get the high figures.

I left out two of the most expensive options of:
hiring a cabinetmaker to do custom cabs for you;
going to a furniture store to get the latest and greatest.
I know I do not have the moeny to do it and you may rather spend the other money on MM, eh?

Hope this helps.
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#6565
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Yukon,

Hey Another Idea Might be to Put an Add in the News Paper Want Adds looking for Old Cabinets... (Often People Replace Kitchen Cabinets and the Like, and You Can Get the Old Stuff For the Price of Getting it out of their Kitchen, Or at least Cheap)... Does not Matter What Condition they are in Cosmetically, as You Can Do What you Want in Terms of Painting or refinishing them... Anyway, You Can Replace the Doors with Plexiglass, so that you Can See your Stash... I Have Seen this Done Twice, Both Times it Worked out Very Well...
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#6566
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Rabid and Void,

Display is going to be an issue. I'm not aware of any flooding/moisture problems, and sump pumps are in place, so I think free-standing display cabinets are the way to go. Wall anchors are easy: just get a small L bracket from Home Depot.

There's a closet down there already, but there are some odd features in the way the previous owners finished the basement (a hallway that goes nowhere, a poorly finished bathroom) so I think I'm going to gut a lot of it and start over.

Unfortunately, an overhead viewing area isn't an option given the space, but it's an interesting idea. However, I'm more into roleplaying than wargaming, so pretty much anyone watching the game will likely be at the table anyway.

What about other amenities? I'm thinking wet bar, but that will take a while to get in place. Any other ideas?
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#6567
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The bathroom or you should probably limited it to just a powder room will be essential.
Waiting ten minutes while someone has to climb a flight or two of stairs, deal with their needs and then return can be a bit bothersome, especially so if it is the referee/dungeonmaster/gamemaster you are waiting for.

As far as the wet bar, that is a toss up.
It can be really convenient for long gaming sessions, but do you want potentially book and paper damaging substances at the table?
Just one accident, especially with something that has a lot of sugar or is dairy-based, can lead to expensive replacing efforts.
Or are you going to have a designated eating/drinking area away from the action?

My wife reminded me, if you are not going to set an elevated observation area, what would be cool, which we saw at one home, is a digividlink above the table, and people watched the happenings across the room on a video monitor.
I know you said personally do not do that much wargaming, but I thought I would post this additional feature because it was to theme and so that others might be able to take advantange of the ideas flying around your project.
Hope you do not mind.
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