Tales of a Married Gamer: Where Do I Put It All?

To paraphrase the manager in Major League:

If you win one again, and then you win another, that’s called a winning streak.

And that folks, is what we have, a streak of two “Tales of a Married Gamer” in a row, a real winning streak.  As the article is now reborn, I will bring to you the weekly stories, rambling, musings, and Catan related defeats in my life.  This week, we discuss the wonderful process of getting a new house.

It's not that it is disorganized, it's that I have nowhere to keep it.

It’s not that it is disorganized, it’s that I have nowhere to keep it.

So you’ve finally decided that your game collection is too big, and that the only thing to do is get out of the apartment, and get into a house.  Think about it, in a house you can have a whole room… or even a whole room and a garage to store games, play games, paint miniatures, and all of the wonderful activities that go along with gaming.  I have to admit, the house buying process is quite stressful, and as I looked at houses I kept thinking things like “this house is horrible, the lighting sucks for painting Necrons.”  Clearly I have my house hunting priorities straight.   No more spray coating minis like crazy in the Fall as you prepare for the long winter months where you will not have the proper ventilation to spray your models.  No more trying to build a diorama of an urban Star Wars battle with miniatures and scenery to find that your tie collection is now threatening the Jedi and Sith dueling at the top of a tower.  Or even worse, accidentally priming part of a suit jacket; that will never be fixed.

No, you have a house now, and there is so much room to place all your game stuff where you want.  And we did find a house we could both agree on (which was a minor miracle), so this meant that I was going to have thousands of square feet of gaming space, right?  Wait a second, what is that honey?  No models in the living room, sitting room, kitchen, and dining room?  That is no problem, I have a second floor with four rooms.   Wait, what? No models in the guest room, master bedroom, or office.

It was at this point where I pulled out my special look that I call “Golden Retriever puppy begging for a bone” look.  I have this down pretty well, as I was awarded room #4, the very last room in the house for use as my office/man cave/model/game/Star Wars book room.  That means, for the first time ever, I have a full room where I can have a bookshelf with all my Star Wars books on proper shelves.

So am I a happy man? Yes.  I have finally laid claim to my own gaming room, though I have been warned that it will be taken away in the future when/if we have kids.  That is fine, the kids will grow up staring at Darth Vader battling a group of Arc troopers while a squad of Black Templars look on.   In all seriousness, I’m pretty excited for yet another negotiation done well.  I may have given up all the great rooms in the house, but that didn’t matter, I now have a room that will allow me to lay out all my gaming glory for the world to see… except my wife will close the door and lock it when company comes over.

In either case, we actually went through the home buying process with the thought in mind of actually having a room where I could store all of my rpg, miniatures, books, and other sci-fi and fantasy stuff without having to stack cardboard boxes up.  So the pre-planning of looking for a house that had areas that could handle this well was part of our buying strategy.  If you want to make a jump to that house you dreamed of, and you have a gaming spouse, you might want to negotiate like my wife did.  Just think of it as a strategy in a resource based board game.  Tell them: “Here is one room you can have for your games, but in return, I get to decorate the rest of the place.”  They will probably jump up and down like I did and say yes in an instant.  Just be warned for the inevitable Black Templar painting spree which will clash with the new curtains and granite counter top.

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