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From a real world adventure at Whiteside Mountain, North Carolina…

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Go on a road trip to visit a friend you haven’t seen in a long time.
  3. Host game night with “conventional” board games (Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, etc.) instead of your usual games.
  4. Sort through stuff in your home you no longer want: donate it, sell it, recycle it, or throw it away.
  5. If you can, put all of your gaming stuff out of sight for a week and see how it feels.
  6. See if you can find the highest geographical feature in your area and go climb it.
  7. Read a book (fiction or non-fiction) outside your favorite genre(s).
  8. Pick up part-time job involving physical exercise–get paid to work out.
  9. Cook a meal for somebody else (or try learning how to cook).
  10. Look into going back to school if you been putting it off.
  11. Listen to music outside your normal genre(s).
  12. Exercise for 20 minutes–even if it’s just going for a walk.
  13. Try a new restaurant with a friend.
  14. Volunteer for a local charity group.
  15. Visit a museum with friends.
  16. Write your life’s manifesto.
  17. Visit your local library.
  18. Test drive a new car.
  19. Go on a date.
  20. Just dance.