In case you didn't get the memo...
I am a vocationally successful reasonably good looking guy in his early thirties who... well... has MEGA GEEK hobbies.
I am not sure how (or why), but I've always been social, interactive and never the pocket-protector geek YET the people that share the same hobbies as me... well... they are card-carrying dorks (unlike me, of course!)
In high school I read Sci-Fi, played Dungeon and Dragons and read too many comic books. I managed to get laid... even had girlfriends. My leisure time was spent with acne-sporting virgins who liked to argue whether a +2 Demon Sword is enough to take down a level 45 frost giant if you had the right potions.
So now I am an adult. I make a salary with a healthy number of zeros at the end. I go out, have drinks with the guys, play poker, run and yada yada. I still have geeked hobbies.
City of Heroes
This is a MMG (massive multi player) game where you create a superhero. You design the look and pick your powers and you are dropped into a world where every other hero is a real person. At any given time, thousands of other custom heroes are fighting crime in the same city. You fight crime, investigate clues, join supergroups and team with others.
As you arrest more and more wrong-doers you gain more powers. The game is horribly addictive. You meet other people and immerse yourself in a fully interactive comic book. I spend around 5 hours a week saving the world.
Being true to my geek I made a comic cover for one of my heroes... Johnny Ace!
This is a hobby and a game in the truest sense. You buy models of small futuristic armies. You build them (alla model airplanes or cars) and paint them. The challenge is their size (the average model is only two inches tall) and taking the time in building and painting to express your creativity and make your army unique. Everyone playing buys their models from the same company. You want your army to get the "wow" from your opponent when it hits the table.
Each model has a certain point value attached to it. There are several "races" or different armies and you build your army up to a certain point value. This allows two players with very unique armies to hit the battlefield with evenly matched strength.
The game is fought on a homemade battlefield (think train set like terrain). I have a 4ft by 8ft battlefield I made in my basement complete with modeling grass, trees and a river made of resin (it looks like water). The board is custom designed and made by moi.
A game can take upwards of four hours and is VERY strategic. This hobby taps both my left and right brains. The creative makes the army, the logic brings them to victory.
Yep... as geeky as it gets.
BTW, if you play COH, look me up on Infinity server. My global chat handle is, you guessed it, hofzinser.
G2G and save the world... cheers!