It all started back in the 1970s with films like Star Wars. Back then, being a sci-fi fan was seen as ‘nerdy’. Now, it’s become mainstream. Just about everyone is a fan of sci-fi, even if they don’t identify as one. But what do you do when you’ve run out of films to watch? Here are the best hobbies for sci-fi fans.
Playing video games
If you’re a sci-fi fan and you don’t play video games, you’re a rarity. Most sci-fi fans are huge gamers. It’s the natural progression from watching sci-fi films to playing as the characters themselves. Pretty much every sci-fi film has its own video game, and there are plenty of other games to choose from too.
Before sci-fi films, there were sci-fi books. The people that read these back in the day were the original fans. From Isaac Asimov to H.G Wells, there is a whole world of fiction to sink your teeth into. This is where the whole genre started, so it makes sense that it’s one of the first things sci-fi fans should get into.
Who said board games were dead? In fact, they are just as popular as ever, and sci-fi board games are one of the most popular genres. Well-known titles include Android: Netrunner and Twilight Imperium 3. There’s even a Star Wars board game for the uber-fans. Put that game of Monopoly back in the cupboard and get stuck into a sci-fi board game.
Comic books and sci-fi have always gone hand-in-hand because they provide the same escapism and excitement. Comic books have also enjoyed a huge rise in popularity in recent years, thanks to the Marvel film franchise becoming so popular. Check out your local comic store and see what sci-fi comics they have in stock. You’ll be heading to Comicon in no time.
Pen-and-paper Role-playing Games
Back in the 1970s, a new game was introduced to the market - Dungeons & Dragons. This game has had a cult following ever since and has sprung a huge amount of copycat games in its place. If you’re looking for a more interactive gaming experience, you’ve got to check out Dungeons & Dragons. Be warned though; you might find yourself getting addicted to the D&D lifestyle.
A surprising number of sci-fi fans are into online gambling. It must be something to do with the link between different gaming cultures. You won’t catch many sci-fi fans at a land-based casino, but you will find them at online casinos. Plus, a lot of sci-fi fans are even into sports betting, believe it or not, and many will be looking through the current Euro Odds.
Trading card games
Trading cards have been popular for well over 100 years, with cigarette cards and baseball cards. However, in the last 30 years, they have become even bigger. Pokemon is the most famous example of a trading card game, but there are tons of different ones to choose from.
It makes sense that sci-fi fans would be into Warhammer 40K. There’s something about painting models and placing them into battle positions that just resonates with your average sci-fi fan. Warhammer 40K is the futuristic version of the game with Space Marines. Plus, there are plenty of movie-based Warhammer sets to check out (including the amazing Lord of the Rings version).