This week’s preview focuses on the gaming space, which is currently tied for the #1 important thing in our last poll. I’m sure everyone’s curious, and the pictures don’t really do it justice. So let’s dig in to it.
I’ve been sprucing up the 3D model here and there, to help demonstrate some of our ideas better. I also added some trendy, faceless mockeries of humanity for scale. Hope that helps.
Look at the Size of that Thing!
So how big is that? Well Captain, by my calculations we’ve got about 1,150 square feet of space dedicated to gaming. Within that space, you get:
- Four 8′ folding tables in the foreground;
- Four 8’x4′ tables and two 4’x4′ tables, all counter height;
- Two small desks at the far right of this picture for a little private work space;
- What I call “The Lounge” in the middle with a couch, two armchairs and a coffee table;
- And of course a drink machine.
The floor will most likely be stained or painted concrete, so no worries about spills. We’ll build a lot of the tables ourselves (with your help when the time comes). There’s a whole A/C unit just for the back area, and we’re looking at ceiling fans throughout.
Fit for an Aquilonian King
Seating is important to us. We want folks to hang around and play games, which usually means a lot of sitting. Pictured to the right are the chairs we’re looking at right now. I can’t promise they’ll make the final cut, but you can at least see our priorities. Padding is a must, and back rests. We’ve also got a small stash of very comfortable office chairs (the spinning, rolling kind), which we’ll scatter around.
…That Little Extra
We made sure to leave plenty of space between tables. You’ll be able to get in and out without tripping over your neighbors. All chairs pictured are pulled out, not tucked in, and there’s about 2 feet at their narrowest spaces (like the aisle between card tables in the foreground).
Under the minis tables will be storage space for terrain and the like. We’ll keep some store stuff available. Hopefully people who use the stuff will be willing to chip in and make new terrain, so we can keep a fresh cycle available (’cause that stuff gets worn out fast).
The Lounge serves several purposes. First, it’s a fantastic spot for a roleplaying game, or quick card or board game. Second, it’s a great way to just hang out without taking up gaming space (especially during tournaments or events). If you’ve got a friend or significant other with you who’s not as interested in browsing, that’s a way more comfortable place to wait.
A Nice Tall Cool Glass of… What?
I’d love to give you a real answer on the drink machine, but we haven’t decided yet. Obviously there will be carbonated syrup water of some type. And snacks! Did we mention snacks? They’ll be by the counter. We’ll do a poll for these things soon enough.