Quoted from WeirPinball:
1st shot of my new gameroom - eta 03/15
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Awesome. Hopefully I will get to see it in person one day....
Quoted from vidgameseller:
Here are some pics I just took of my gameroom. It changes up almost daily it seems, as im always trying to figure out something else to get or dont like the way something is. I know that i could get many more games in there but i like to be able to see everything and try to place games to be seen well. I have several pins still coming in or to unbox, so that might change
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Quit hogging all the hulk pins!!
Quoted from belairjoe:
hi all just a few photos of our pole barn arcade..i know not the best photos and im even worse at playing pins..we have seating for 20,lights everywhere,music pumped thru juke box remote units..rubber mats are easy on the legs and people can come inside with dirty winter snow feet swearing like a sailor with a smoke hangin out your mouth and this no problem as its in the barn not the house.we run a 9x12 ho train inside for the kids,board games under booth seats-joe
That leaderboard is awesome.
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Quoted from belairjoe:
thanks! story behind leader board is most of us are in this for fun.but some guys who have stopped by here want to know right away what am I trying to beat? they get all pro like their at some pinball championship ..so I hang board up and tell everyone this board is recognized by the international industry leaders of pinball and to get on this board brings great respect and possible certificate from them.....we laugh like clowns as we watch them try and try all night fueled by beer and us screaming your going to make it..funny as it get as they get more angry ...by the way the joe on this board is not me..we have 3 other joes who play.
That's amazing. Sounds like me and my friends would fit right in, haha. I might have to "borrow" your idea btw.
Quoted from yzfguy:
I do like mine. Got it on amazon when they had a free shipping deal. I think I only paid like 175 bucks with free shipping. Felt top, drink holders, and pretty sturdy. Still not anything like a nice wooden table, but it would be perfect for a tourney. I have about 8 games a year here so its perfect, as folded up it hides in the corner most of the time.
Nice. Thanks for the info.
Quoted from daveispinball:
I feel compelled to share my gameroom. I can only dream about having more space... problem is I love all my games so I don't want to swap any out!
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Nice tmnt. I want that game bad. Now just get the steelers stuff outta there, and it will look really nice. I kid I kid.
Powell made my favorite decks when I still skated back in grade school/High school. Just loved that they would replace them for free if you snapped them. That was a huge benefit for a kid with no money haha.
Nice Tornado table. Love some foose. That STL sticker really ruined it though, haha.
Quoted from rollinover:
tornados are really nice. tho I found on my old tornado the ball kept dead sitting in the corners, eventually got rid of it. nice setup and LOVE THE DECKS!!!
I will just pull the rod back hard against the opposite wall and it pops the ball off the wall it is stuck on. Works every time. I just wish it was a more popular game around here. Most people are turned off because of how long it takes to get good.
What would you guys say the percentage of pinball enthusiasts that have their garage as a gameroom? I love the "at all costs" ways people use to really stretch the space in their houses to accommodate this amazing hobby.
Quoted from Luckydogg420:
You mean, don't do basements. I don't think that it's a case of "they can't". I think it's just that their climate doesn't require it. No need for a furnace ect.
Yep that is what I meant. You really think I meant it as, "those weirdos in CA, TX, TN, FL, etc don't do basements. They are just too cool. What a bunch of idiots."? Haha. Just forgot about the whole no basement thing is all.
Quoted from Aurich:
Put me in the CA using my garage club. Real estate is expensive here, some of you people in cheaper states would cry if you knew what I paid for my 1200 sq ft house.
7 in the garage, two inside in my home office (the EMs).
Oh I know. My brother lived in San Diego for 5 years and only left because of the real estate prices. His friend paid over 600k for a 1200 square foot place that would've been 90k here in the KY haha. But it's Ky compared to Cali soooooo.... Hahaha
Quoted from Blitzburgh99:
The issue with Texas is the type of soil. It is heavily clay based soil. The stuff expands and contracts like a sponge when it is wet/dry. All of that expansion and contraction would destroy any basements. I buddy of mine in Dallas had his driveway sink 4 inches when we had the huge drought a few years back. When it's really dry, the dirt around the slab foundation, driveways, sidewalks, etc will start pulling away. You will see big gaps forming. I always keep the perimeter of my house watered with a sprinkler when it gets dry.
I think the issue in TN is similar. It might not be all of TN, but definitely in central TN there is heavy clay or bedrock all over like 4-5 feet under ground. So most houses have just crawl spaces under them.
I didn't think I could want to go through the trouble of getting a pool table less until I read the past 5-6 posts. haha.
Quoted from dung:
The nice thing with pool tables is that they are a nice looking piece of furniture. They can be had cheap if you are smart. 4k table for 200 dollars and unlike pinball it was a 15 minute drive. Downside is that it did not get that much play.
Yeah. And it is almost a natural thing to get when the type of setup I will have in my game room will be all the walls lined in pinball machines with nothing in the middle. Trying to decide what my options are outside of pool table and all I have come up with is some hightop bar tables.
Quoted from Rando:
Air Hockey or bubble Hockey!
Both easier to move than a pool table and cheaper (well the Air Hockey anyway). Or Ping-Pong that can be folded up/moved out when you want?
Good ideas. I have air hockey (not sure if that will make the move as it doesn't get used anymore) I was thinking possibly something that could be moved away if I wanted to, so Ping-Pong might be the way to go. I guess I might just wait until the room is finished and see for sure what kind of space I am dealing with.
Quoted from Meph:
My gameroom got a little make over today to make room for a couple new additions. Jurassic Park left a couple weeks ago and I picked up a NBA Jam Tournament Edition that I have been restoring. Its almost complete so I moved it in from the garage today. The jukebox next to STTNG is for sale so it's just keeping the space warm for another pin very soon.
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Quoted from Deaconblooze:
Slightly off topic, but I just added a golf simulator setup to my garage. I took over the third stall, it's quite difficult to really get a decent picture of it, but it's a 10x10x10 enclosure. I'm currently waiting on my new simulator to arrive, so it's mostly used for TV at the moment. I just hosted the fight last weekend, cigars + boxing was a great combo!
Whoa. Can I be your new best friend? haha.
What is everyone's preferred flooring for a gameroom? I will be building in the future and want a floor that would be best for working on games out in the gameroom. Just worried about carpet and dropping solder on it or losing pieces, etc. I plan to have an unfinished area for a workshop, but won't be able to have more than one game in there to work on.
Quoted from epthegeek:
I looked into whether or not you could get an "Frozen Carbonated Beverage" machine for the home a few years ago. The general answer I found was no. They're apparently a maintenance headache and nobody wants to support joe home owner with one.
I found this same response for getting a touchtunes in my house. I know there are options to set up something similar, but I thought it would be cool to have all that music at my fingertips for a monthly fee or something. I guess you could set something similar up with Sonos, Spotify Premium and a touchscreen though.
Quoted from philwojo:
We do all you guys get the money for all these games? I have 1 pin and I don't know how I could afford to get another, at least not the newer stuff that I would want that is. We are not rich, but we don't live pay check to pay check either. Man I wish I knew what the secret was to having 10+ machines and most of them being new stuff!!
How did you afford the one game you own? Just keep repeating that. Haha. For me, I just stopped spending money on some of the things I used to buy all the time. Mainly video games. That and not going to the bars so much anymore (barcades are messing with that part though and I'm not mad about it). Oh, and raises and promotions at work help too. Haha
Quoted from philwojo:
I just wish I had that kind of extra money to throw around, just being a bit jealous,
I as well brother. I have no space issues at my home, it's the money thing that takes me a minute to get together. Haha. Love living vicariously through other peoples collections on this thread. So many great game rooms out there.
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:
Right now I have a very small house with an even smaller basement and two lonely pinball machines. But.....We just signed a contract on a house with a huge basement. It's unfinished, but hopefully shortly after closing I'll have someone in to finish it for me. For now, I'll be using the second first floor bedroom for the two machines. There are two other bedrooms upstairs, but I have no intention of dragging them up there.
I'm so excited. Add the basement to the 3 car garage and I'm going to be in heaven!
Make sure and show us plenty of pics of you finishing your basement/game room !!
Okay I'm pretty sure JFH wins the game room battle up to this point. Holy moly it is beautiful.
I'm visiting my parents and my dad has like 6 of these custom work benchs on wheels. I think they would be perfect for working on my games. Anyone heard of these?
Or get some black rubber made containers or go to the container store. That place rocks.
Quoted from ramegoom:
2900 Sq. ft. By the time I subtract the bedroom, utility room, work shop and bathroom, it's around 2300 sq. ft. of pure game room space.
I started a separate thread called Arcade/Game Room. There will be several arcade games in it, along with a pool table, two bowling machines, a skee ball, and many, many slot machines. My wife tells me I'm out of control. I don't think she's serious...
With 2900 sq ft, I'd put two bowling lanes in there.
Change up the lineup a bit! This will be my setup until we move in a year or two. That will give me time to save up for a nice house warming pin! Haha
Quoted from BudManPinFan:
That's a great idea, do you let the trick-or-treaters play the pins?
Hell yeah!! A lot more came to play than I thought too. Some kids were getting yelled at by their friends cause they didn't want to leave. Haha
We're brand new to this neighborhood so I thought that was a good convo starter for the parents too. Found out my neighbor has a Spider-Man arcade in his basement. We picked a cool neighborhood.
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