June 10, 2005

Oh, my aching back!

by Susan Rozmiarek

Okay, Iíll admit it. Ed and I have a nice game collection. According to BoardgameGeek, itís 549 strong, although I think that includes game expansions. Itís the result of about 5 years of the unbridled game purchasing of two gaming fanatics. However, this past week Iíve envied those new gamers just getting into the hobby and those seasoned gaming veterans who are able to purge their collection periodically and keep it at sane levels. Why? Because for the last two weeks, weíve been moving into a new house. Since our new home is only 25 miles from the old one, and we have both a minivan and a pickup truck, we decided to save some money and move most of it ourselves, leaving just the heavy furniture and books for the professional movers. Do you know how many trips it took to move all these games? It took AT LEAST two full Ford F150 pickup truck loads, probably more, of big, heavy boxes that each took the two of us to unload and carry. And, of course, we now need to find a place to put all these games, which leads me to my next topic.

Since we designed and built this house from scratch with our builder, we keep getting asked if we included a gaming room in the design. Well, no, we didnít. As the square footage of the house rises, so does the price. Our dream house required some slimming and trimming to make it a reality. Besides which, we really donít need dedicated gaming space. There is definitely a benefit of both spouses being gaming fanatics. You see, unlike most wives, I WANT the gaming collection to be displayed out in the open for all to see. I enjoy looking at it. Itís my collection, too. When we have people over to play games, they donít need to be tucked away where the activity wonít bother me as Iím sure to be playing as well. The whole house, except maybe the bedrooms, is the ďgame room.Ē I do think it would have been nice to have a basement that could be a dedicated game room. Alas, basements are few and far between in this part of Texas. Dig a little around these parts and you quickly hit a bed of limestone.

That said, we did include a few features with gaming in mind. We have this really cool second story loft space overhanging our living room. Ed plans to build floor-to-ceiling shelves in it to hopefully store and display the entire game collection in one place. Right now the games are scattered in various bookcases around the house. Some are still in boxes as well. Another thing we did was place a fan and bright track lighting over our dining room table instead of the usual chandelier. We also made sure we had extra floor space to set up card tables. Now all we need is some more gamers! We hope to have our Round Rock group up for some weekend gaming by July 4th. Weíll see if we can make it happen despite all the boxes still left to unpack.

Posted by Susan Rozmiarek at June 10, 2005 10:56 PM


All of my moves have been local (about 20 to 30 miles). I moved my collection the first time in 1978. At that time, it was about 400 games (boardgames, war games, magazine games, and some rpg's and some 25mm ancients miniatures). In 1985, the collection had grown to about 800 games. I was a carefree bachelor in those days, so I was the lone mover. I got married in 1987 and I moved the collection (which had grown to about 1000 games) again in 1993. Please note the previous sentence says "I moved the collection." My wife does not share my passion for strategy games. My daughters will play a game from time to time, but we tend to play the non-war games such as the German designer games. Since 1993, I've probably added another 300+ games (I've realized I doubt if I'll ever have the time to count them before I reach retirement age in about 12-14 years). Needless to say, I don't look forward to moving them again anytime soon or for a non-local move.

Posted by: Matt Kiriazis on June 16, 2005 9:28 PM

I envy you.

Posted by: jacob on July 3, 2005 1:41 PM
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