Medieval tavern-themed gaming room: even the power outlets look olde

September 4 | Guest post by Monkplayer
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Photos by Jef Bond Photography.

Have you ever wanted to don your armor and save the damsel [or dude!] in distress? Well, one homeowner has built a room that will put you in the mood to do just that! This room is designed with a 13th-century European medieval tavern in mind.

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Now you get your chance to save the damsel [or dude!] in distress. But at least with role-playing games like Dungeon & Dragons or Pathfinder, you can save the lady in peril using miniature figurines instead of getting your metal armor all dinged up in hand to hand combat!

IMG7186-LYou will note the Elk Lighting sconces really compliment the medieval style of the room. The sconce lighting adds warm light that gives the room the feel of a medieval tavern, and nicely accentuates the helmet and table.

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And check out the A/C vent that was altered to resemble a water sewage vent from 13 century!
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You will also notice the melted candle wax on the Elk Lighting sconces give them an even more authentic flair of being medieval candles. Take a look at the added melted wax below each sconce and soot on the ceiling above each light. These two added touches really compliment the wrought iron work of each sconce. The solid marble that serves to mimic the candle really sets off the light of each sconce to accentuate the mood of the room.

One of the other unique features of the room is the absence of anything modern. When you closely examine the room you don't notice any electrical outlets, modern nails, gaming supplies, AC vents, or smoke detectors. All of these items are there, so see if you can find them. The outlets are hidden behind leather patches, and the immense number of gaming materials are hidden behind tattered curtains.

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Another creative feature of the room is the use of medieval nails for the weapon plaques, window curtains, and to hold the leather covering over the medieval "ice box." You will note all of the feast gear is hidden underneath the leather curtain with the refrigerator and microwave.

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The medieval 'ice box' that is covered by a leather hide. These shelves house hand forged cutlery and pewter plates.

As for the curtains, you can see upon close inspection melted wax, stains, and sword holes from the many daily "tavern brawls." The curtains are designed to show the daily usage you would expect to see from every day use in the 13th century.

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Note the tree branch that is the curtain rod. Also note the melted wax on the curtain.
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One of two storage closets. This closet houses 1,700 miniatures, houses, bridges, outdoor terrain, and books.

The wood paneling is air-dried cypress that has gone through a six step staining process in order to give it the aged look you'd expect in an old tavern.

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The table has hidden drawers as well a hidden 6" deep "players dungeon" underneath the removable table-top planks. This dungeon allows the "Game Master" to set up gaming items like miniatures and Dungeon Forge sets.

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This is level one of the Player's Dungeon. If you look close you can see the underneath wood columns holding up the acrylic panels.
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Level two of the Player's Dungeon.
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Hidden drawer and a dice tray.
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If you're interested in the furniture, check out Geoghagan Woodwork, and if you would like to know more about the dungeon gaming pieces then visit Dwarven Forge.

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  1. I once had a dream to set up a whole village of little cottages decked out like this. Gamers could rent a cottage by the hour to play in an authentic setting. There would also be outdoor space for LARPing (you could rent a cottage for your group to change in, store your stuff, or take a break in). There would also be a functioning tavern, and a castle folly. We'd rent it out for weddings too…

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    • Oh my gosh, make this reality.

      Providing all the cool stuff for gaming would be awesome….

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      • I can't :(
        1- because I'm poor
        2- because I'm not a US citizen and I think this idea would only really work in the USA. In England we have real castles you can get married in and not as much demand for LARPing.

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        • 1. Venture capital exists for a reason. Draw up a business plan, invest in good building models or illustrations to show what it could look like.

          2. Um… Apply for green card? But do it right now because it takes 28 years. Maybe being flush with investment cash would help speed things along. Maybe finding funding from a US citizen or corporation will make this part of it easier.

          Now you can:
          3. Open up an account in the Cayman Islands because you will have so much money to avoid paying taxes on. AMERICAN DREAM!

          (You will get the first bill for my consultation fees shortly after your IPO.)

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    • My husband and I are doing exactly this right now in Harrison, Maine (minus the castle folly). Our event site will be Norse-themed with thatched roofs on buildings and viking-style A-frame tents as well. https://www.facebook.com/burgundar – Still lots of work to do but we're well on our way!

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  2. Where. In the hell. Do I get. That Table?

    I am amazeballed right now.

    That table would solve literally every single storage issue we have.

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    • From the post:
      "If you're interested in the furniture, check out Geoghagan Woodwork, and if you would like to know more about the dungeon gaming pieces then visit Dwarven Forge."

      Hope that helps you in your quest!

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    • The web address for the furniture maker is at the bottom of my pictures. I'm glad you like the table as there was a lot of discussion and design that went into it.

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  3. That table is really similar to our currently-being-built gaming/dining table from Geek Chic! YAY FOR NERD TABLES!

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  4. *passes out*
    *revives*
    Wow. I am amazed at the work and just wow. Stunned.
    Holy crap. Everything just everything.
    Spamming this everywhere now.

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    • I'm glad you're enjoying the pics. We're fixing to start an epic campaign so we will be able to use many of my 2,000 miniatures, which many are epic level pieces.

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  5. Want. The table especially, but I want the whole thing.

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  6. ummm…. Monkplayer, do you need more friends? 'Cause I could totally be your friend! I make excellent tacos and chocolate chip cookies! Just let me know when you want me to bring them over.

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  7. I'm not a tabletop gamer, but this will be more inspiration for my SCA Craft room.

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  8. This is amazing! My husband would LOVE this. I am debating wheather I show it to him or not. Absolutely beautiful. GREAT JOB.

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    • Just remember to keep the table modular, so we can move it piece-by-piece in and out of the house…

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      • Table is actually built in parts. If you look very closely you will see a 1/4 tall ribbon around the middle edge on the side of the table (right above the secret drawers). The table top lifts off and the legs also unscrew. The table is massively heavy so it had to be built in sections to make it portable.

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  9. Really inspiring sir! I grew up with a basement modeled very much like this but with a 15 year old's carpentry skills. I definitely would love to construct this table (or something similar) what type of wood did you use ? How much does it weigh?
    I'm very interested in plans if you have them for sale….

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    • visit the master craftsmens website posted below my pics. It's 100 year old naturally aged American Walnut.

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  10. I saw the first picture and just yelled until my boyfriend came in the room to see what was wrong. The only thing that's wrong is that I do not own this room. I NEEDS IT!

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    • Pixy,
      Wow! Your boyfriend has GOT to have one of the coolest girlfriends in the world! I really hope you get your "Girlcave" very soon!

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