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Steve6406 Jun 2013 9:23 p.m. PST

There are some really cool stories on TMP about spaces that guys have converted into gaming rooms.

All of these are most inspiring. Knowing that other people out there are as crazy as you are can be a be a good thing.

Thanks to reading those stories, Ive decided its maybe not so nuts after all … so Ive gone ahead with some plans to do something that Ive always wanted to do.

Introducing …. my new gaming room !


Got a 2 year lease on the place, lets see how far we can push it in that time.

That will just take it through till the 200th Aniverssary of Waterloo, and the 100th Aniverssary of Gallipoli for Anzac Day 2015.


Big Ian06 Jun 2013 10:03 p.m. PST

Now that is a gaming room! What a find, such a shame that the people in that area don't use the church anymore it looks such a beautiful place to worship especially with the big windows. I hope you keep the cross hanging up, everybody needs some help some time in getting those D6 to roll the right numbers!
Good luck with the venture, looking forward to seeing some of the table set ups I the future.

Micman Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2013 10:14 p.m. PST

Wow that will be quite the place when you are done. Looking forward to seeing pictures of it in action.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2013 10:15 p.m. PST

That is very impressive! Not only is there a huge space, but you are free to remodel. I'd never have thought of the food prep area. You could pretty much hold your own convention in there!

We have a lot of empty stores in my town, and I'd often wondered about renting them for a weekend for a games weekend--maybe it is worth looking into.

Too bad the original owners didn't choose to depict warrior saints, like George and Demetrios or the Archangel Michael in the stained glass windows!


Steve6406 Jun 2013 10:24 p.m. PST


With the old congregation, several of the old churches have merged, and pooled their resources into 1 building. THAT other one is just magnificent. Can't get my hands on that yet.

The cross is staying, as is the organ remnants, and the stained glass. It will be kept original for as long as possible.

Gaming conentions – for sure. It will be dual purposed, to run a number of different things that require some catering, and Ill be using it myself as a software development lab (gotta pay the bills after all). I just cant write code in a regular office :(

uruk hai06 Jun 2013 11:37 p.m. PST

Brilliant. Please post photos once tables are up and gaming has commenced.

Caliban Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2013 1:41 a.m. PST

Great idea – just make sure that your figures etc are secure. Sorry, I come from Glasgow…

WarWizard07 Jun 2013 3:45 a.m. PST

Wow that is great!!

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2013 8:52 a.m. PST

You MUSt play the crusades there. At least once.

zoneofcontrol07 Jun 2013 10:22 a.m. PST

Your going to need somebody up in the choir loft making gunshot sound effects. I can just hear it now:
pew… pew… pew, pew, pew! That would be an appropriate "baptism" of fire.

Sorry, I'm getting ready to leave with my kids to go and work at our church's annual fundraiser festival. I'm kinda in that zone.

Gustav07 Jun 2013 5:52 p.m. PST

is this the right phrase ?

… OMG !! …..


vojvoda09 Jun 2013 12:45 p.m. PST

Ever since I was Alice's Restaurant back in the day I always wanted to turn an old church into a man cave but for game room and library. You are my hero!

James Mattes

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2013 8:41 p.m. PST

How sad.

1815Guy12 Jun 2013 12:26 p.m. PST

You will able to plead for direct intercession on your die rolls!! :)

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2013 6:35 p.m. PST

I think 'Gaming Room' simply isn't grand enough, laddie. Game Cathedral, or the Tabletop Palace or some such would be more appropriate. grin

Are you going to have a sign outside, or just use the letter marquee to announce the next religious experience at the table? thumbs up

le Grande Quartier General12 Jun 2013 6:36 p.m. PST

Nice space- how is this going as a workable, useable tool for Napoleonic wargaming?

Steve6419 Jun 2013 10:47 p.m. PST

An amazing array of puns .. I got a good laugh out of all of them. Thanks guys :)

Knee deep in new plumbing connections and building work at the moment … almost there.

Throw in a car-free house move on top of all that, and its taking its time, obviously. Am converting part of the church to new accomodation and office space in addition to the huge gaming room. Been juggling internet connections in the interim, so not much time to get online lately. Feels rather weird being without the net sometimes !!

Rob – apologies for the delays. You can see some progress there when you login, but there is much more to do to complete the front end at this stage. Will be waiting till I settle into the new office before the next round of development begins. Thats at least a couple of weeks away at this stage :(

Pleased to report though that all of the hard stuff is complete. The underlying framework that connects multiple users to the game, and updates all game info in real time is complete and tested. You can get some sense of this if you connect more than 1 device to the system, and see how the screens update each other as 1 player makes a move or issues a command.

Also tested successfully on :
- Windows 8
- Android tablets
- PCs
- Macs
- iPad

They all work together fine now.

* Actually, the Mac and iPad has a bug with the audio that makes some game sound effects not come through, but that is an easy fix to work around.

I need to write a tonne of documentation on this as well, and that is one area where I am pretty hopeless at. Needs to be done though.

As soon as I get in to the new office space, I will finish off getting in the orders, movement, and engagement sections of the system integrated. Tis done in sections, just needs proper integration and testing. Believe it or not, those are the easy parts.

Then I have to write a scenario editor for people to create their own games and campaigns.

Then we can start having fun ! All up though, I am pleased with what was completed on the project before this church upgrade came along. As far as I can see, its all on track for running a proper multi-player, multi-day, massive scale game for the 200th anniversary of Leipzig.

Whats that – only 16 weeks left for full time work on the project, should be able to do it ?

le Grande Quartier General20 Jun 2013 7:21 a.m. PST

Wow, hats off to you- lot of irons in the fire!

ViscountEric21 Jun 2013 7:42 a.m. PST

The heck with tables, I see a giant naval battle on the floor, just waiting to happen!

darclegion21 Jun 2013 12:08 p.m. PST

My wife gave me the garage, its great in the winter and rough in the summer…Texas weather.


Steve6421 Jun 2013 1:36 p.m. PST

Good call on the Naval Battle, you are reading my mind there.

This is what I have in mind for Anzac Day in 2015 (being the big 200th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings) …. imagine as you walk in through the front doors and turn into the great hall. There is a massive hall, a massive cross of rememberance on the wall facing you.

You walk across the ocean blue carpet to approach the table, just like a beach landing. And there are tonnes of impossible cliff faces with thousands of figures to take command of.

Should provide a highly tactile and memorable feel of the situation.

le Grande Quartier General21 Jun 2013 4:06 p.m. PST

Too many Irons in the fire :)

Houdini22 Jun 2013 4:27 a.m. PST

100th anniversary

Moe the Great14 Jul 2013 5:39 p.m. PST

Oh poop!!

Looking forward to more pictures and updates.

Sparker17 Jul 2013 6:28 p.m. PST

That is amazing mate – good luck with your vision!

Steve6431 Jul 2013 10:35 a.m. PST

Thanks all.

Getting settled in now, so I can at least start painting and blogging again. Yay !

Will start here, with Russian Month :
TMP link

@Sparker – just checked out your event in Oct 2013. Woot ! Gotta see if I can get a leave pass for that weekend and come over for a visit. Should be an awesome game.

Lord Ashram01 Aug 2013 5:38 a.m. PST

I'll be honest, I am less interested in the figures and more in the space. That is insanity, and I can't wait to see more!

Sparker01 Aug 2013 3:40 p.m. PST

Steve – that would be great!

ColonelToffeeApple01 Aug 2013 4:01 p.m. PST

Just amazing, green with envy.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Aug 2013 7:29 a.m. PST

Question for you steve…ummm…what happens in two years when the lease is up and the owner doesn't want to renew?

Steve6403 Aug 2013 6:54 a.m. PST

Nothing new to report yet, except that there is even more crap spread around than last week. There is almost no room to move in at the moment.

Have setup a rather large workshop in the middle of the main hall, and we are converting old palettes to new furniture. Concentrating on getting all the tables sorted out for now. Got some nice (figure) painting nooks setup though.

Surrounding the workarea, is what has become something of an "indoor velodrome". There are a few bikes in here, and you can ride from one section to another. Completely impractical, but its a fun way to get around inside the house.

Actually, one thing that is working well for game development is we have a couple of really large whiteboards, that I have drawn up a grid over using whiteboard markers … and then placing those flat as gaming tables. Looks ugly of course, but its really useful having the grid drawn up on the table.

This is related to the computer gaming component, thrashing out how the grid system on the table actually translates to fast practical play.


When 2 years is up we might get another year or 2 extension, really depends on how any development plans progess for the rest of the building. Im guessing there is at least another year on offer at this stage, as there are other buildings in this compound that will be developed first. Thats a long time away at this stage.

At least after the initial 2 years, lead mountain will be finished and painted (really !!), and so wont be needing anywhere near this much storage space after that.

Till then, going to make use of every square inch of the place to get some stuff done. But that means a big commitment to avoiding "real life" for 2 whole years. 24x7 gaming and artwork development it is :)

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