Favorite board game adjacent hobby?

What is everyones favorite hobby that is adjacent/related hobby? Some of the ones I have noticed are common are blogging, 3d printing, mini painting, puzzles...

But I'd love to hear about some others! 

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Supporter12 months ago

I'm big into Fantasy and Sci-fy reading but that's about it. 

Supporter12 months ago

What are some of your favorite sci-fi books? I’m always on the lookout for more great reads. 

Supporter12 months ago

A couple of my favorites if you haven't read them yet... The Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown (so so soooo good!) and the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. 

12 months ago

I've had Red Rising on my to-read list for a while now. Guess I'm going to have to finally take the plunge!

Supporter12 months ago

Do it! It's actually Jamie Stegmaiers favorite book series so if that doesn't make you want to read it I don't know what will. 

12 months ago

Haha Well, since I like his imaginative games, I think I’ll like what sparks his imagination as well. 

Supporter12 months ago

He has talked about making a game in this universe (back in 2017-18 I think). But felt that his ideas weren't coming together and stopped. He has a video on his youtube about it. 

12 months ago

Interesting. I'm sure he'd be able to get the license for the IP if he did move forward on it. I'll have to check out his video.

Supporter12 months ago

Yeah check it out! He and their permission but said he couldn't get the game right. 

Supporter12 months ago

Here's the link for the video:

12 months ago

(Debating if I should bring up Brandon Sanderson's novels for the 1,000th time since joining this forum...)


Supporter12 months ago

Are you sure your name is Benjamin? You might want to think about changing it to “Brandon” lol

Supporter12 months ago

Role playing games and mini painting are the two hobbies of mine that I would consider most board game adjacent.

I’ve painted a couple of games and of course lots of minis for RPG’s as well. 

Tons of of fun and very relaxing as I don’t stress about things too much. 

Supporter12 months ago

I wish I could do some painting. Imperial Assault looks awesome when it’s painted. 

Supporter12 months ago

You can start pretty reasonably.  You can go to a craft store and get some cheap acrylics and brushes.  (You want brushes with a pointed tip fairly stiff bristles and varying sizes.) There are a ton of resources on YouTube to show you the basics and just go from there. 

More expensive paints and brushes will make the process go smoother but you can still get great results with inexpensive stuff. 

Supporter12 months ago

I'm a drawer with a some freelance experience (a few illustrations for friends, illustration and some graphic design work for a board game that Trent designed, BGA's logo and default avatars). This hobby's been on a bit of a halt due to me focusing on BGA recently, but I'm hoping to get consistent again. I want to start doing some illustrations inspired by themes from board games. For example, I'd take Azul and illustrate my own taken on its origins.

Supporter12 months ago

Do video games count? If so, then I do play a fair few video games as well. I game to exercise my brain and forget about stresses at work. Both board and video games help me to achieve this. 

12 months ago

I love to write, and I love a good narrative. One thing I enjoy doing is writing short stories inspired by thematic board games. These stories are written so that you don't need to play the game to enjoy them. I try and incorporate game mechanics into the story, but if you didn't know it was inspired by a game, you'd probably have to really look to figure it out. It's fun, and probably one of the reasons I get lost in a good thematic game.

Supporter12 months ago

Wow this sounds awesome. I’m sure you could write some really cool stories based on Imperial Assault. 

Supporter12 months ago

This is adjacent only in that it is sense that it is opposite. I play games because I want to relax physically and exercise mentally. I fish and hike because I want to work physically and relax mentally. 

12 months ago

I've enjoyed jigsaw puzzle much longer than I've been into board games. Sometimes they literally keep me up at night because I just have to get one more piece in before bed! Ok just one more!

12 months ago

My mom used to call me "the puzzle kid" because I did so many puzzles. I remember winning a kite at some kiddie toy store because I did a puzzle super fast haha I actually just bought a few new ones to bust out during the colder months, so I guess you could say I'm still into them as well :) 

12 months ago

Haha nice! Do you have a favorite one you've done? Mine is a big Star Trek one my wife bought me last Christmas.

12 months ago

Honestly it's been so long since I've done one, but I love the ones with lots of pieces. We had a lot of Ravensberger puzzles with 500-1000 pieces each that I always did. I just bought  a Monet puzzle with 1,000 pieces and a McQuarrie Star Wars one with his concept art of Luke and Vader fighting, so we can start our winter off right :) 

12 months ago

ooo that McQuarrie one sounds awesome. Have fun!

Supporter12 months ago

Puzzles are OK but I’ve never sought one out... I’ll do them with my kids but it’s not like they are super hard puzzles. For building/putting things together I’ve always been big into Legos, specifically Star Wars. 

12 months ago

Oh my gosh I love Legos too but they're even more expensive than board games

Supporter12 months ago

That’s the truth! My collection of Star Wars Legos is to the point where the only sets that I don’t have are the Ultimate Collectors that cost $200 or more. 

12 months ago

Wow that's a ton of Legos!