This multi-part post chronicle my quest to have the ultimate board gaming man-cave. Before we get into the details, here’s a bit of the history of the space that I’m working with.
About 5 years ago, one of my friends mentioned the idea of creating a dedicated space for LAN gaming. While I wasn’t a hardcore video gamer, the idea of networked PC’s playing some old school games seemed like a fun project to work on. After a bit of deliberation, I decided to make it happen. Since my goal was old-school PC gaming, I wouldn’t need start of the art PC’s. I ended up deciding on some low profile Dell computers and ordered 4 PC’s and 6 monitors. I suspect that the UPS driver was wondering what was happening in my house after dropping off all those boxes.
I built long shelves along the walls to function as desks for the PCs. For chairs, I decided on some low priced rolling chairs form Staples.
After a couple of months, I had put together a respectable space for gaming.
In the picture below you can see the home-built MAME machine which was one of my earlier projects.
I had the room setup like this for a few years. It was a fun space for playing Left 4 Dead with my friends, but ultimately it really didn’t get that much use. I grew tired of constantly running updates to keep the PC’s up to date with patches and virus programs. I was feeling a bit like a PC tech in my own home.
The room was also used for board gaming by dropping a banquet table in the middle of the room.
A couple years ago I made the decision to dismantle the LAN room and shift the focus to board gaming.
The next posts will continue the story as I have worked to build the ultimate board gaming room. The biggest challenge was how to work within such a small space. The room is about 12×12′ which really isn’t a huge area to work with.