In our opinion, this is the best way to avoid becoming a jerk gamer.
Or a remedy if you’ve already become one.
It’s also just healthier for the mind and body not to sit for hours at time playing out your alternate personae. Get a gym membership. Go fishing.
Make friends outside your gaming circles.
Put the Player’s Handbook down. Put the dice bag and miniatures away.
Tabletop gaming is a poor substitute for life’s adventures.
If you’re having trouble deciding what to do, roll 1d20.
- Argue with a friend over a piece of trivia or history: the first person to look up something on the Internet or invokes Godwin’s Law loses.
- Go on a road trip to visit a friend you haven’t seen in a long time.
- Host game night with “conventional” board games (Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, etc.) instead of your usual games.
- Sort through stuff in your home you no longer want: donate it, sell it, recycle it, or throw it away.
- If you can, put all of your gaming stuff out of sight for a week and see how it feels.
- See if you can find the highest geographical feature in your area and go climb it.
- Read a book (fiction or non-fiction) outside your favorite genre(s).
- Pick up part-time job involving physical exercise–get paid to work out.
- Cook a meal for somebody else (or try learning how to cook).
- Look into going back to school if you been putting it off.
- Listen to music outside your normal genre(s).
- Exercise for 20 minutes–even if it’s just going for a walk.
- Try a new restaurant with a friend.
- Volunteer for a local charity group.
- Visit a museum with friends.
- Write your life’s manifesto.
- Visit your local library.
- Test drive a new car.
- Go on a date.
- Just dance.