I stumbled upon these pictures on an old flash drive. They were taken on June 8, 2011, and they remind me how much has changed in the last 7 years.

In the fall of  2010, my roommate moved out and instead of getting a new one, I transformed the extra bedroom into a long awaited game room of my own. My girlfriend bought two of those square tables as a present, I bought the other two. I’d already owned the fifth table to serve as a GM’s station. With all that, I was in business.

I finally had my own dedicated game room. It was space I didn’t have to share with anybody else, or a cramped kitchen table, or a conference room at the local university where I’d have to compete with other gamers, or the smelly local gaming store.

It was mine. And it was wonderful while it lasted.

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When 5 or 6 players sat at the table, I was trapped behind the GM station, but it worked.
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A view to the right: makes of the campaign setting and Thomas Cole’s Course of Empire for inspiration.
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A look to the left. Not pictured: all the wargaming stuff in the closet, and the D&D books packed in that cabinet from Ikea.
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The view from the DM’s station. Note the shelf in the hallway and the little shelf next to the doorway. MOAR gaming stuff!
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D&D minis in the foreground, the D&D shelf in the background. Most of those miniatures are now gone.

Let’s see…

That’s two book shelves, a cabinet, and a closet dedicated to RPGs and wargames.

And this is after many items had already ended up on The Used Book Store Pile.

It took moving twice before I decided enough was enough and I downsized. Gone are the Planescape books, Warhammer was purged with a certain amount of glee, and only a fraction of the prepainted D&D Miniatures remain. You can read all about it in the Goodbye Stuff series.

Since 2011, I’ve downsized. A lot. And it feels great.

Now all my RPG books fit in that small Ikea cabinet. My RPG binders fill up only half of a bookshelf. My wargaming and miniature collection does not take up an entire closet.

It’s strange, though. Once I had my own game room, a place where everything could be organized, and I could run games in the privacy of my own home, I started to feel that gaming was less of a priority, and stuff had to go.