When Jeff Berry, AKA Chirine BaKal of Chirine’s Workbench offered to let send me photos for a shelf and game room spotlight, I thought I was prepared. I had an inkling of what I’d be likely to see. That’s before I actually saw the photos. I’ve seen some very slick, modern game rooms. Jeff’s photos are more like getting to tour the behind-the-scenes vaults of a museum. Going beyond the exhibits that the public sees and getting to see the scientists and artists in the midst of their work.
First, an image of atmosphere:
Next, we have a series of photos that serve as an overall tour of the gaming space and lounge. This includes some costumes, a gorgeous set of drawers that houses Afghan jewelry for costumes and the gaming table with the vertical underworld extender. Yes, costumes. Those were a very essential add-on supplement to gaming in it’s younger days.
Next we have a closer look at the shelves with Jeff’s own description of them.
These are the Tekumel paper archive shelves, with everything ever created by the Professor [MAR “Phil” Barker] and others for Tekumel. We also have a huge digital archive, as well.
Miniature accessories and scenery shelves. The ‘custom of the house’, out at Phil’s, was to have miniatures for everything we ran into; both he and I loved to make things, sooo.
Miniatures, Aegyptian and specialty figures.
The main miniatures shelves; historicals, Barsoom, and Blackmoor figures to the left, Tekumel to the right. One does accumulate a lot of figures in forty years.
Bookshelves; back in our day, we didn’t have all the games already written, and had to do our own research in order to run games and campaigns.