Other Hobbies Obtained from Board Games

Are there any hobbies you've picked up because of board games? Maybe you played a game based on, oh...say, making a patchwork quilt, and then you got hooked on doing it IRL?

For me, it's birding, and it's all thanks to #Wingspan. I live in a great area for birding, in which I hardly have to leave my house to find cool birds. I'm learning all kinds of neat things about them, and I'm using this to also brush up on my photography. 

So what about you? Any hobbies emerge in your life thanks to board games?

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Premium User14 months ago

I've been pretty into trading in the Mediterranean lately

14 months ago

Be careful not to get sucked in too far. The Mediterranean can get pretty deep.  :) 

Premium User14 months ago

Lol

Supporter14 months ago

Since getting into board games I’ve also picked up the following hobbies:

1. Convincing wife that I can purchase a board game 

2. Learning to shelve board games in a functional and attractive fashion

3. Learning to review and write articles about board games 

Owner14 months ago

1 & 3 for me, since 2 is basically non-existent. 1 isn't as bad for me though, since my wife's down for a new game as long as I'm being reasonable with budget haha

Supporter14 months ago

Depends on your definition of a reasonable budget... if you are talking $0 you’ll be in the same ballpark. 

14 months ago

hahaha All good hobbies to have! Especially 1 and 2 :)  

Supporter14 months ago

LOL

Supporter14 months ago

👍🏻

Premium User14 months ago

Lol, I feel #1 and 2

Partner14 months ago

I'm not quite sure if making dice/tile bags is a hobby, but 

I think it might count for what you're asking.







Supporter14 months ago

Wow! Cool. 

14 months ago

Very cool! Yes, this definitely fits! Do you have a website you sell these on?

Partner14 months ago

I've sold them via BGG auctions thus far.

14 months ago

Nice! It's always fun to be able to make a little extra off something you enjoy.

Supporter14 months ago

Definitely fits. 

Premium User14 months ago

Those are fun! I'd count it

14 months ago

thats pretty cool

Supporter14 months ago

@BenjaminK that’s a great picture by the way. Is that a woodpecker? 

14 months ago

Thanks! And yes, it's a Red-bellied Woodpecker, getting grub from within my in-law's shed next door haha

Supporter14 months ago

Good thing that’s not your house. One of my best friends has a woodpecker who attacks his house. Not pleasant. 

14 months ago

Yeeeeaaaahhhhhh the woodpeckers also attack their house. Which they don't really like. But it's easier for me to get closer for a better shot when they're doing that haha

14 months ago

I think reading has been the biggest one. I picked up the book Dune because of the rerelease of the board game (and new movie), I started reading the Lord of the Rings, and I just have a general desire to be off technology and read!

14 months ago

I applaud your reading choices! Great books, all. I found Dune to be very interesting, if a little dry (which had nothing to do with the desert setting). But it wasn't a dryness that made me want to quit reading. It's hard to explain haha I'm looking forward to the new Dune movie. Hopefully they get it right!

14 months ago

I thoroughly enjoyed Dune and Dune Messiah, They are really different than anything I had read. The conflict is not in the action mostly, but in the political jocky-ing. I found it fascinating and still do. I plan on continuing with the series once I finish up LOTR. 

I am very excited about the movie, I feel like the cast it very well and have a solid director!

Supporter14 months ago

For me, I can't think of anything. I tend to get games that fit with my interests rather forming new interests from my boardgaming. Just to be clear, I do find new interests, but I find them from reading etc.... Rather than gaming. 

14 months ago

That's fair. I do think it can be a bit more difficult to find a new hobby through gaming. Wingspan and birding is the only one for me, as far as I can remember haha Probably because I've always had a relative interest in wildlife to begin with, and the game made it easier to actually get into. 

Supporter14 months ago

That is a good point. 

Owner14 months ago

Other than board game-related hobbies I picked up when I'm not playing the game (e.g. watching videos on YouTube), I think the most likely hobby I'll eventually get into is drawing board game related art.

Supporter14 months ago

This is great! Not to mention that you were already great at art to begin.