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26 October 2014 @ 04:13 pm
Computer room decorations are finally in progress  
I was really tempted to make a custom icon for this entry, probably something like this with "We're watching you...scum" written on it, but in the end I went with something a bit more generic.

Over the Fourth of July, I was rooting around through my parents' basement and I found the map from the Collector's Edition of Morrowind. Until I found that, I didn't even remember that I had the Collector's Edition. I knew I had the soundtrack, and I found the art book the most recent trip to their house I took, but I still haven't found the Ordinator figure that came with it. I bought it over a decade ago, and I'm amazed I've managed to find the pieces of it that I have.

Anyway, once I found that, I started to get an image in my head. I wanted to get it framed and put it up on the wall when we moved, and since we had kept talking about having a dedicated computer room and I figured putting gaming decorations in there would be a neat decor style. I looked up framing places nearby, went to the nearest one that had a good Yelp rating, and...

Those of you who know how much I love Morrowind can probably guess what my reaction was when I picked it up a week later. Even with the water damage to the map from the times my parents' basement has leaked during one of our midwestern storms, it flattened out pretty well. You can tell it's crinkled if the light is directly on it, but, well, you play the hand you're dealt.

It's not the best picture, but that's because I realized after I picked it up that I didn't want to hang it until I had all the pictures that I wanted all framed. I'm next planning on framing the map from the Dark Sun boxed set and one more and setting them up in a V pattern, but I'm not sure if the third map is going to be a video game map or a TTRPG map. I have the Hollow World boxed set map, the 2e Forgotten Realms map, the Council of Wyrms map, the Ravenloft 2e maps (Core and Islands), the Red Steel 2e map, the Might and Magic VI map, the Ultima IX map, the Baldur's Gate II map...but none of those really connect with me the way either Dark Sun or Morrowind do. I kicked in for the Exalted 3e map, but that's going above our couch in the living room.

I'll have to think about it.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Tolkien Professor podcast
marianlhmarianlh on October 27th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
How much did you pay for the framing? I've been wanting to frame some maps too, including my own Vvardenfell map, the Darlene maps of Greyhawk, and others, but the prices I've found are positively obscene.
dorchadasdorchadas on October 27th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
This one was around ~$87, I think. It was pretty similar to the custom-sized framing prices I found when I looked around the internet, so I went with it because the store's within walking distance.

The Dark Sun one is probably going to be a ~$130 at that rate, though.  photo emot-stare.gif