Dear Anon-O-Box: She’s Geek-Curious, How Do I Break Her In Gently?

Dear Anon-O-Box,

What do you do if you find a geek-ready girl? One who is not quite yet an uber-geek, but one who’s interested and amenable to things geeky. How can I bring her into the fold without blowing her mind and scaring her away from geeky stuff?

- Gateway Geek

e answers:

Dear GG,

You’re looking for some gateway geek activities! I polled our Twitter followers to see what they thought were some good gateway geek activities to help bring the geek curious closer and closer to true geekdom.

Gateway Geek Activities:

Movies: Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along BlogLord of the Rings Trilogy

TV Shows: Firefly, The Big Bang Theory

Books: Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, Iain Banks’ The Player of Games, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Games: Fluxx, The Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, World of Warcraft, Apples to Apples, Munchkin

Other Activities: Quiz night at the local pub, “intellectual elitism” (not sure how one “does” that, dear Twitter follower)

Also, the lovely J wrote a wonderful post a while back called Meeting in the Middle, which is about activities geeks and non-geeks can enjoy together. Try that on for size, too!

You *can* geekify the non-geek, but it takes time and patience. My DM from Orlando had a non-geek girlfriend who originally through our D&D game was silly and dumb. We broke her in using Inn-Fighting, a fun card game with D&D characters. Later she started hanging around a bit more while we were playing. And eventually, he convinced her to roll up a character to play in a Star Wars game with him.  Time, love and patience. That’s all it takes to grow your own geek girlfriend.

Happy dating, geek friend.

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