23 Geeky Ideas to Get You Through Self-Isolation

I don’t know about you, but March felt like a fever dream where everything happened too fast but also painfully slow. I don’t think any of us expected this to erupt the way it has or to last as long as it is. But that’s the reality we are living in, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.

We’re all going to be stuck at home for a while longer, so I’ve got a list here of some fun things to do to help beat the monotony. Maybe you can finally do that one thing you’ve always wanted to do if you only had time. If there is one thing we’re going to have in abundance right now, it’s more free time.

Anyway, I’m assuming you’re here for the list, so I’ll delay no further.

  1. Read a sci-fi or fantasy book.
  2. Listen to an audiobook. I’d check out your local library via Overdrive, or you can get a 30-day free trial of Audible or Scribd.
  3. Play a new game. A lot of digital retailers have Spring sales going on right now, so take advantage of it!
  4. Play an old game on hard mode. Give yourself a new (possibly unrealistic) challenge!
  5. Binge something on Netflix.
  6. Disney+ Star Wars marathon. You’ve got all of the movies and the animated series as well, so it should keep you going for quite a while.
  7. Try a virtual tabletop game on Tabletopia or Board Game Arena.
  8. Get some friends for an online session of Dungeons and Dragons on Roll20.net.
  9. Try a free-to-play MMO with some friends, or
  10. Start a Minecraft server to play with friends. Maybe try one of the puzzle or parkour maps.
  11. Try journaling. In fact, I’ve got a list of more than 50 ways to use any empty notebooks you have lying around.
  12. Practice photography.
  13. Start a bookstagram/gamergram.
  14. Start a blog. And here’s a bunch of free and inexpensive resources to get you started.
  15. Write a book. The April session of Camp Nanowrimo has just begun!
  16. Take some online classes and learn something new. Skillshare, Udemy, and Coursera are all good options.
  17. Clean up your bookshelf and tbr.
  18. Digital Spring Clean. Clean up your phone/tablet/personal computing device of choice.
  19. Try out some geeky DIY, like these Playstation button coasters by Weird Louise. I also have a Pinterest board full of other DIY ideas!
  20. Print out some cool coloring pages. You can buy some intricate designs off of Etsy or you can find them for free at places like Just Color.
  21. Listen to a geeky podcast, like The Spawn Chunks or Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, or maybe even
  22. Start a Geek Podcast.
  23. Throw a party in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I’ve seen a lot of lists like this floating around, but I definitely wanted to put one together with more of a geeky flair to it. If nothing here suits your fancy, I’d definitely check out a similar list of geeky things to do by Michelle over at A Geek Girl’s Guide.

Stay safe everyone!

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5 Classic RPGs I Still Haven’t Played

Maybe the self-isolation is making me feel nostalgic, but I’ve had such an itch to play the games I used to play when I was a kid. I’ve been a gamer since I was about 8 years old, and I’ve watched the industry develop into what it is now. I’ve played a lot of older games, but that got me thinking – what were some of the rpgs that I missed out on?

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19 Favourites of 2019

I love these posts. I love seeing people narrow down the best of the best and attempt to distil their favourite content from everything they’ve seen, read or played throughout the year. It’s fun to look back at, and it’s great if your looking for more recommended reads or games. It’s that sort of end-of-the-year staple content that I always look forward to. And I also enjoy taking the time to go through my own year of content consumption to see what I would consider a favourite.

But I’m also a lazy woman. I could have broken this up into a few posts – one focused on my favourite books, one about my favourite games, and another for any other random favourites I’d found throughout the year. But honestly, I didn’t consume as much as I have in previous years to make for very large lists, and I thought it sounded catchier if I wrapped up 2019 with 19 favourites. So I’ve lumped ’em all together.

Anyway, enough about my process. It’s been a weird and busy year, but there were still some gems that I want to talk about. Here are 19 of my favourites from 2019.

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Sword/Shield Hype: Top 5 Pokemon from Each Generation (aka Alyssa’s Galar Dex Wishlist)

You’re about to see just how big of a geek I really am.

I’ve been playing the Pokemon games since they came out in 1998. That’s over twenty years! As I wrap up Pokemon Y and Let’s Go Pikachu, I’ve played just about every core Pokemon game, as well as a few of the classics (Pokemon Snap, anyone?)

Now I know there have been about 2000 leaks for Sword/Shield and a ton of the Pokemon listed here might have been confirmed, but I’m trying to avoid too many spoilers, so please, keep this a spoiler-free zone.

But anyway, I’m getting really hyped about the new Pokemon game that comes out next week! Unfortunately, I’ve also fallen behind on my writing, so I really need to catch up if I want to justify all the time I hope to spend playing it next weekend!

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