Recently my wife and I moved into a new apartment. We have been overjoyed to find that we now have plenty of space for everything. That means, thankfully, there is now a dedicated area for all of the geeky things I brought to our marriage but have been unable to unpack or display since we first started living together. Freedom at last!
One corner of the Geek Library
As you can see in the images I've posted here the room is decently sized and offers not only exceptional floor space but adequate shelving as well. There's a place for all of our books, all of my collectibles, and tons of wall space dedicated solely to my maps and posters. There's nothing like walking in one morning to sort through some rulebooks and looking up to see the wonder that is Skyrim or the faces of the Justice League beaming down at you. This coupled with the fact that I was able to pick up a folding card table for gaming means that I am now able to shape my own version of heaven on Earth.
The game corner of the Geek Library
The gaming portion is, of course, the true focus here. It's great that there's space for collectibles and comics, but now I have a room that is large enough for a whole game group to gather, sit down, and launch into adventures over a dedicated gaming table. Finally, I can leave my gridded battle mat unrolled upon the table, waiting for the marks which will define the areas of combat or the halls of a new dungeon. I can leave my dice lying around without fearing the meddlesome whims of our cats. I can even escape into the room, leaving my wife plenty of space to play her ukulele or watch movies, and pour over my rulebooks while sitting at the gaming table. I can't possibly express in words how great this really is, and I still find myself looking around the walls of the room at night wondering how I can feel so happy and be so fortunate. To put it simply, it's just really cool.
The Gaming Table which bears the playtest rules for
D&D Next and some old issues of Dragon
There is proof that all of this was meant to be and is going to be awesome. After I set up the gaming table and unfurled the battle mat I tossed a large d20 down just to have it there. It came up 20! Now I know that many gamers use gaming superstitions and rituals for humour, but I feel that by rolling a 20 on my d20 after first setting up my table that there will be a great gaming future for my geek space.
I was so excited I took a picture - First roll of a die in
the Geek Library (seriously!)
Anyway, I'm giddy, as if that's not obvious. Next time I'll go into my impressions of the D&D Next playtest. My group and I will be diving into a quick adventure in the next week before the first stage survey is due. I'm hoping to become familiar with the initial rule documents and gather some valuable feedback for the developers. Hopefully our opinions and feedback will count. If not, there's always Pathfinder (which is our beloved default game anyway).