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Gaming in the attic

Postby Spack » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:19 pm

My gaming collection is moving to the attic so that the current gaming/PC room will become the guest bedroom. The move has started, here are the first pics:

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The bookcases have been secured to the wall with multiple brackets, and are stood on top of the RSJs that were put in a few years ago when I had my chimney breasts removed from all the rooms in the house. A lot of the infantry has been packed into foam trays to reduce storage space. At the left side of the bookcases is a stack of scenery and unbuilt large boxes.

I still need to clear out a lot of stuff in the attic and finish boarding the floor, and at some point I hope to insulate and board the rafters, and add walls with doors behind which all the long term storage items will be kept.
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby jlong05 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:43 pm

Sounds like a good plan. No attics here in AZ, and no basements either for that matter. Too bad, cause either would be cool for a dedicated space for myself as well.

I saw lots of boxes there Spack, Any with my name? ;)
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby timewizard » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:56 pm

Spack wrote: that were put in a few years ago when I had my chimney breasts removed
8O Did it hurt?

Good luck with the move up.

We have the same type attic stairs. Be careful, they can be a pain, literally. DAMHIKT! :(
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby ruffian4 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:14 pm

jlong05 wrote:Sounds like a good plan. No attics here in AZ, and no basements either for that matter.

Did they all leg it into "them thar hills" during the gold rush or something then?

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Spack wrote: that were put in a few years ago when I had my chimney breasts removed
8O Did it hurt?

You know, that starts me wondering about the beard now... 8O

Is there some ventilation up there?
The temperature extremes are quite something directly beneath the roof (the TWAT table is in the loft here).
Also, beware of cats. Next doors lunatic moggie (mad looking tom, all white with one blue and one green eye) wanders in through the velux and charges about all over the table!

It managed to paw at a tau hammerhead and spin it through about 500 degrees once!

Might I suggest sobriety while gaming too (I know, not likely), I have fallen out of the loft hatch 3 times and have been damaged a little more each time, while stargod fell out once, as has Caspar. 8O
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby Spack » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:21 pm

jlong05 wrote:I saw lots of boxes there Spack, Any with my name? ;)


Nope, those are still downstairs ;) Will be taking to work to weigh up tomorrow. As will a few other bits and pieces that I hope to get in the post tomorrow.

ruffian4 wrote:Is there some ventilation up there?
The temperature extremes are quite something directly beneath the roof (the TWAT table is in the loft here).


Got a velux in the roof on the north side of the roof.

ruffian4 wrote:Also, beware of cats. Next doors lunatic moggie (mad looking tom, all white with one blue and one green eye) wanders in through the velux and charges about all over the table!


I'd be impressed if a cat manages to get onto my roof, it's pretty much a 10 foot sheer climb from the nearest roof below. Then again, my own cat might just go up the stairs ...

Birds are another matter though - in the past 8 years I've had to remove 3 swifts from the attic space, 2 of them dead. The live one fought like mad till I put it out the window, then it just stared at me before shrugging and attempting to fly at which point it fell off the roof. I think the cat got it shortly afterwards.

ruffian4 wrote:Might I suggest sobriety while gaming too (I know, not likely), I have fallen out of the loft hatch 3 times and have been damaged a little more each time, while stargod fell out once, as has Caspar. 8O


I'm going to fit a railing round the hatch, but I'm not actually intending it to be used as room to play games in - it's just somewhere to store my collection, gaming will still take place on the dining table :)
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby killmaimburn » Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:58 pm

Spack wrote:Birds are another matter though - in the past 8 years I've had to remove 3 swifts from the attic space, 2 of them dead.

Isn't that a soffits and fascias thing, we had allthat gubbins done a year os so back and since then nothing is nesting under our eaves or anything..
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby lostandthedamned » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:14 pm

Be careful, especially with long term storage.
Last weekend we cleaned out our loft and one of the big things I notices was that plastic that wasn't in a container had over a period of about 5 years become very brittle.

The temperature range (according to an old min/max themometer that we had up there) was from +51C to -14C
Direct sun on a tiles roof and being opn to the outside air we think, it get's hot enough the the plasticisers in modern plastics become mololtile (around 45-48C) and then reset. This leaves areas without that can shatter and crack under low temperatures.
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby Spack » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:45 pm

I used to have most of my 40k collection stored up there, and also in the attic in my previous house, none of my plastic models have had any problems, even the ones that spent a good few years in the attic at my parent's house; the attic there being my bedroom, although as far as the local planning authorities were concerned it was a playroom ;) It was a few years before I had a window up there, summer temps used to be uncomfortably high ...
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby killmaimburn » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:26 pm

I have had cds/dvds corrupt (well warp basically) up there.. but this isn't tomorrows world (remember that one where they announced cds were indestructable :D..looking for a utube) and they were already 8 years old (threshold I generally find for a well kept unfingered cd DVD is around 9-10 years best without any degrading anyway)
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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby conscriptboris » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:50 pm

sweet, is it big enough for a gaming table or is that half just the size?

Im looking at converting a garage into my hobby/weights room :)

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Re: Gaming in the attic

Postby Spack » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:02 pm

I pulled out my old cassette collection at the weekend too, my son is now going through them (his nan gave him an "old" Sony twin cassette player to tinker with) and so far nothing is damaged whatsoever. They've been sat in attics in various houses for the past 10 years!

And yes, it is big enough for a gaming table, if I can get the flooring sorted and push the stuff I need to keep up there out to the edges. Still lots of baby stuff to get rid of too though. However, I'd dread to think of the possible problems of having Slate up there playing 40k ... even a railing round the stairs would be little protection.

If someone can give me about £50,000 I can build a fully furnished dedicated gaming room to replace my garage. While it won't cost £50k itself, that would cover my current loans and the building of another bedroom above the gaming, plus doubling the kitchen size by extending sideways behind the garage and adding a nice conservatory too, plus fully decorating and furnishing the lot, and as it would be paid for with donations I don't think I'd have any trouble keep it dedicated for gaming ;)

Alternatively, I could just slap some lighting in the garage - once cleared out (lots of tile offcuts in there at the moment, as well as piles of power tools that I haven't moved to the dedicated tool shed yet) it'll be a passable gaming room, although a little chilly on cold days. But given that I have a reasonably sized dining table that I can drop a couple of 6' x 2' boards onto to make a 6' x 4' gaming area, and it's nice and warm, I'd much prefer to play indoors than use the garage as it stands :D Just need to get a couple of people to come round and play though ...


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