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Reader WoWspace of the Week

Paul Sherrard

Welcome to the first Reader WoWspace of the Week. What's a WoWspace, you ask? It's that area of your living space that you dedicate to the playing of World of Warcraft. For some of us it's an entire room, for others a small stack of milk crates with a laptop perched on top. We want to see your WoWspaces, and share them here with the world.

In the whole spirit of "I'll show you mine if you show me yours", we'll start with my own WoWspace, which is actually due for an upgrade in a couple of weeks. When sending yours in to readerwowspace at gmail dot com, just emulate the format I've got here - a rundown of the machine(s) you play on, why you have the chair/desk/lamp/other adornment that you do, what you like about your space, and what you'd improve.

The Fortress of Nerditude: 9 foot by 9 foot office, with a window and 2 closets for storing non-WoW junk in.

Desk: Currently a $99 glass-top desk I picked up at Office Depot a couple of years ago. Fantastic desk, but the rollers on the keyboard tray are flakey.

Chair: The most comfortable office chair ever. I picked it up at Costco for more than I should've spent on a chair, but it was worth it. It's the throne from which I own. (I can hear your boos and hisses, you know)

Computers: On the left is a Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz machine, 2gb Ram, 160 GB SATA2 HD, ATI AIW x1900 256mb with a 20" Metro monitor at 1680x1050. On the right is a iMac G5 2 Ghz, 2gb RAM, 250 GB SATA HD, ATI 9600 Pro. Though the Mac is raid-ready, the PC really is my main WoW machine. All settings are cranked to Max, and I get no slow-down. I've connected the two machines by Synergy KM, so I only need one keyboard and mouse to run the whole show. I run WoW in a maximized window, so I can surf the net and write for WoW Insider on the other machine.

What I like: Giant WoW Mousepad!! Okay, it's a Trading Card Game playing mat, but to me it's a giant mousepad. I love the widescreen setup - I know a 20" isn't any taller than a 17" flat-panel, but the extra width really helps in the UI setup department. I also love my chair. Seriously, I love it.

What could be improved: Need a non-$10 warped keyboard, and the mouse is getting a bit old. The desk is actually a bit small for me to have both machines going and keep notes and snacks on the go. The desk is due to be replaced by a gargantuan L-sectional in a couple of weeks.

So that's it. That's my WoWspace. It's like Cribs for Nerds in here! So, show off your own WoWspace by sending in a photo (or 2 or 3) of your gaming space, a description of your rig and anything else important in the area, and what you like and want to improve. The email you want to submit that to is readerwowspace at gmail dot com.

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