Archive for the ‘Game Room’ Category

The Game Room: Where Even Grown Ups Get to Be Kids

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Is your day consumed with getting from one place to the next, carting kids around and working to pay the bills? Do you come home exhausted and maybe even a bit envious of the fact that your kids don’t yet realize what the “real world” has in store for them? Do you long to have a few minutes every day just to disconnect from the responsibilities of the world around you and reconnect with your family?

We have the perfect solution for every hardworking soul out there who needs a way to relax and unwind: A game room.

A game room not only gives you a place to which you can escape after a long day but it also gives you an excuse to escape from the real world and be a kid again. As you disconnect from your electronics and reconnect with your family, you may find yourself smiling more often and really enjoying life again.

The whole idea behind working isn’t just to earn a living but to afford a life during your downtime. You work to have fun.

To create the perfect game room (or man cave, if you need an estrogen-free zone), choose game tables and décor that truly represent your personality. Are you a billiards type of person, or do you prefer a friendly game of table tennis? Do you want to demonstrate your loyalty for your favorite team or just provide everyone with a comfortable place to hang out? As well, choose from a variety of game tables that allow you to engage with others in friendly sport. A shuffleboard table, a pinball machine or a pool table can truly make your space inviting for everyone.

You may have to get up and go to work every morning, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your downtime in style with a game room or a man cave that helps you disconnect, relax and unwind after a hard day’s work.

 

 

 

 

 

The Revival of Shuffleboard

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

It’s happening all over the country: Bars and clubs are installing shuffleboard tables, and people, anxious to play, are flocking to them. Even though the game has been around for decades, it is experiencing a sudden surge in popularity. In Florida, for example, the sport is becoming more popular than golf!

While shuffleboard began as a deck game, the table version is becoming a serious contender against pool tables and dart boards around the country, and it’s beginning to make its way into the man caves and game rooms of lucky homes as well.

Shuffleboard tables come in a variety of sizes that make it easier to choose one that will fit your space, and while it takes some time and effort to master the game, the challenge and enjoyment is infectious.

The International Shuffleboard Association was founded in St. Petersburg in 1979. The club, whose members play the deck form of the game, struggled to maintain membership, dropping to 35 members in 2005 after seeing a peak of 8,000 members in the late 40s. Now membership has spiked to 200 and continues to grow. The 2013 World Shuffleboard Singles Championship will be held at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in late October 2013.

Whether you’re brushing up on your game, to attend the championship, or just can’t get enough of shuffleboard in your neighborhood, consider one of the fine shuffleboards available at eFamilyFun, such as the Playcraft Woodbridge Shuffleboard Table in Honey Oak, available in 9’, 12’, 14’ and 16’ lengths and qualifies for free shipping. It makes a perfect addition to your  man cave or game room; it also can be a draw for your club or bar.

Want to learn how to play shuffleboard? Check out our tutorial.

 

Any Room can be Your Game Room

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Man Caves television series has been broadcasting for several years, providing hope to many home owners who dream of a room that they can call their own and inspiration for a number of different game room modifications. However, the very notion of a man cave or game room demands, at the very least, extra space, either in a spare room, a basement or a garage. What do you do, though, when you can’t quite fit your huge dreams into your small home?

Many of us do not have the resources necessary to construct a game room in the style of Cameron and Siragusa, and many of us would not be able to do it ourselves, even if we had the resources. What you do have, however, is an imagination.

Imagine that your living or dining room doesn’t necessarily have to behave like a living or dining room. Many of us have been raised in environments where living rooms were quiet gathering places at the end of the day or shrines for knick-knacks and various antiques; dining rooms were for meal time only. Woe to the person who dared to touch or soil anything within these rooms! Many of these rooms still exist, but in many cases, these rooms are but a shadow of what they used to be, and they collect dust just the same. Consider the possibility that your living or dining room can be more than what it is, what it once was or what it should be.

If you and your family are not in the habit of using a dining table, would you be more apt to spend time in the room if the dining table was replaced with a convertible billiard table? You could use a convertible table top, should the need arise, to still serve a meal there. Would you be more apt to spend time in your living room if your stereo console was replaced with a touch-screen jukebox? How much more fun would you have with a foosball coffee table than with a stereotypical coffee table?

The rules of foosball and billiards may be the same as they were decades ago, but the rules of decorating are evolving. In virtually all cases, you can make your own rules. You can have your game room. By replacing some of your “priceless” knick-knacks and antiques with recreational furniture, you will enjoy something far more priceless: memories.

How to Play Shuffleboard

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The game of shuffleboard has been enjoyed for over five centuries, in one form or another. Once outlawed by King Henry VIII, the game is now played by many people, royalty and commoners alike. The basic rules of the game are simple.

Before you begin playing the game, you may want to apply shuffleboard dust to the table surface to cover dry spots and allow the weights to easily slide down the table. Under tournament rules, you must keep one foot behind the board surface, and shaking or hitting the table is prohibited.

Coin flips determine at which end of the board play begins and which player shoots last (often thought to be an advantage and called the “hammer” ), the player shooting first having the choice of weight color. Once play begins, players take turns shooting until they have used all four of their weights.

To score, determine which player has a weight closest to the end of the board. That player then adds together the scores for all of their weights that are ahead of their opponent’s weights (or closest to the end of the board). A weight landing between the short foul line and the “2” line counts 1 point; a weight landing between the “2” line and the “3” line counts 2 points; a weight landing across the “3” line counts 3 points. A “hanger” – a weight that hangs over the end of the board – counts 4 points. Only one player can score in a given round.

After points are counted, play resumes on the opposite end of the table, with the player scoring points on the previous round shooting first. If no one scores points, the person shooting last in the previous round shoots first. Play continues in this fashion until a player reaches 15 points.

There are a number of variations to standard shuffleboard play. Once you have become comfortable playing the game, you may choose to play Crazy Eight or Horse Collar, to name only two alternatives. Shuffleboard is becoming a very popular addition to clubs and bars around the country, as well as a perfect addition to your game room at home. We recommend the Playcraft Telluride Shuffleboard Table.

Do I Have Enough Room for a Pool Table?

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Having a pool table in your home can be a great addition, but you need to make sure it will fit in your available space. The first thing to consider is that pool tables come in multiple sizes. A “regulation” pool table doesn’t have to be a specific size; it simply has to be twice as long as it is wide. The most common sizes for pool tables are:

  • 7-foot table, which has a playing surface of 39″ x 78″
  • 8-foot table, which has a playing surface of 44″ x 88″
  • 8-foot oversized table, which has a playing surface of 46″ x 92″
  • 9-foot table, which has a playing surface of 50″ x 100″

Of course, you need to have space for more than the pool table. You don’t want your friends putting pool sticks through walls and windows, so you need enough space around the pool table to make it possible to play the game.

Cues are 56 to 58 inches long, so you can roughly estimate that you’ll need five feet on each side of the pool table to have a proper play area. If you don’t have quite that much space ,there are other options, such as shorter cue sticks, but it’s often best to go with a small enough table to give you the play room you need.

Yet another option is knocking out a wall here and there in order to create the perfect game room, but that’s something you’ll have to talk over with your significant other. Whether you have a game room or just a room to spare, the most important thing to consider before purchasing your pool table is whether or not you have enough room to enjoy playing the game in the space you have. We can help you determine what type of table will work best for your space, and we’ll really listen to you and help you achieve your goals, not ours.

Create the Perfect Game Room

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

As children, we wanted to hide ourselves away in tree forts or playhouses. There we could be who we wanted to be without worrying about what others thought about us or wanted from us. As adults, we find that we outgrow the need for many childhood wonders. The need to hide ourselves away, however, is not one of them.

Be honest with yourself. You want to escape. Sometimes, you need to escape. Realistically, though, you can’t quite squeeze into that old tree fort nor make it fit your personality. But you can have a place of your own that you can use as a diversion or as an abode to gather friends for an afternoon or evening of recreation. You need a game room in which to play.

Your game room can be more than a tree fort. Make the room an extension of who you truly are and what you truly enjoy. You don’t need a video game console; you need a shuffleboard table. Perhaps you can include a pinball machine or a pool table. And don’t forget to decorate your game room with a neon sign or clock , perhaps some art work and comfortable furniture. Maybe even celebrate summer and extend your play outdoors with the beautiful NEW Extera outdoor pool table from Playcraft.

We have to grow up, but we do not have to grow so old that we can’t hide away and play. You can create the perfect game room that reflects who you are and who you want to be. When you need to escape, take a time out in your new and improved tree fort. Then invite your closest friends and family and have fun.


 

Equipping Your Game Room Means More than Just Finding the Right Price

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Let’s be honest. We want you to come visit our site and find that perfect addition to your game room. That is, of course, why we are here and why we are constantly working to keep our offerings fresh. What we don’t ever forget, though, is that you, the customer, ultimately decides if your pre-sale needs are being met.

We know that your decision to purchase (or not) is out of our hands. All we can do is listen well, provide recommendations, listen well again and inform. Once you have all of the information that you are looking for, you will be able to reach a decision – and we think it has more to do with trust than with anything else.

This way of doing business seems obvious, and on some levels it is. Certainly it is simple enough, but it is really not a dominant philosophy in this industry. There is a lot of product pushing, where the wrong pieces are suggested as a means to meet a retailer’s goals, as opposed to your goals. This is sometimes followed by post-sales issues, dodged phone calls and mounting disappointment.

We know that we need to price competitively, so we do. But we also believe that you need to feel confident with the retailer with whom you choose to do business. To help you feel confident in what we have to offer, we suggest that you give us a call and ask us your questions. We are anxious to demonstrate our difference.

We think we are different. In fact we know we are different. Give us a call. A person will answer the phone. During business hours you will speak with one of our staff – a person who has years of experience within the game room product line. They know the products, they know the shipping challenges, and listening is their first priority. After hours, an answering service will take your call. Again, these are real people – not recordings. They will do their best to help, but if they cannot, they will send us a message so we can respond.

What does this mean for you? It means that we are your resource. You will receive sound guidance from seasoned professionals who have seen thousands of installations and have a pretty good idea of the challenges that you might face. They can help you understand product differentiation that is potentially unclear. And they all know that it all starts with listening.

So give us a call. Let us know what your challenges are and how we can help. We will listen.

Olhausen Games new licensed foosball, shuffleboard, air hockey and pool tables

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Olhausen Games has introduced a new series of licensed game tables. There is Air Hockey, Foosball, Shuffleboard and Pool Tables. These are all available subtedly featuring your favorite NHL or NCAAteam. Check them out using the proceeding links.

BCA show

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Where have we been ??? We went to the BCA ( Billiards Congress of America ) and have been bogged down with a ton of new stuff that we need to move onto the website. Additionally, we have had a large number of visitors who have been in the states because of the show. it is all quieting down now and we are really psyched about what we are going to be putting up on the site. From my perspective one of the most exciting introductions are the new licensed games from performance games. These are a really well done, high end way to make a statement about your school or team. So far they have NCAA and NHL but we are optimistic that NFL, NBA and MLB will be added soon.

We are so jazzed by the work that these guys did we are building a special section of the site to cover it. Watch for it soon.

New pool table shipping configuration #2

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Just some additional pictures from our earlier opost after all te straps are in place