Do you like to play games? Of course you do! My local comic shop (nominated for a Joe Shuster award) has a huge selection of board games and card games. The manager there is a proactive business person and has many activities planned at the store. Twice a week anyone can go to the store and meet up with other people to play board games. You can bring your own, or if you don’t have any games you can play the games others bring. It’s a great low-budget activity. Not to mention a good way to meet cool new people. This is a money saver. You get to play many different games before having to buy them. You might play a game you don’t like so you can save your money towards a different game you do like.
My local comic shop doesn’t have only board game evenings. They also host role-playing sessions, trading card game tournaments and a comic book club. All of which are open to anyone of any age. It’s a great way of getting the kids out there to meet people and get them out from in front of the TV for a few hours. If your local shop hosts game nights or a comic book club go ahead and benefit from it. Admit it, you probably need to get out more anyway. If your shop doesn’t have activities like this, suggest it to them. If you’re willing to do some of the leg work, they might be open to the idea. If they aren’t willing to host they’re missing out.
Having people come hang out in the store drums up business and builds a culture and community around the store. As a last resort you might be able to create interest in geek activities by rounding up people from your town via facebook and other social networking websites.
So change things up a bit and go roll some dice with friends! It won’t cost you a thing to try and it’ll do you good. Guaranteed or your money back.
Come back next month for more cost-effective ways of enjoying geek related hobbies.