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01-25-2004, 09:28 PM
So what would you do if you couldn't play any form of computer game for 3 straight months?

I have a list a mile long (mostly of stuff I should have done in the last 4 years while I was playing EQ). It includes stuff like finishing up some needlework projects I started, painting the hallway (should have been done last summer), painting our family room, moving a bunch of plants in our yard to more hospitable locations, cleaning the gutters, cleaning our carpets, reading the 2 foot pile of books I've been meaning to read etc.

What would you do?

01-25-2004, 10:04 PM
Probably just veg out.... then get bored and travel across state to some friends..

01-25-2004, 10:51 PM
What I do when my parental units decide I have played too much video games.

- Make goofy faces at myself in the mirror.
- Take pictures of myself, making faces.
- Watch cartoons.
- Paint models (warhammer fantasy/40k)
- Watch movies (such as office space, for the 85th time...this year)
- Sleep, a lot.
- Have a staring contest with my turtle. And I usually win! :thumbup:
- Read some old Calvin and Hobbes 'books'

01-25-2004, 10:52 PM
No computer games for 3 months?Welcome to my recent life...

Not that it is a problem. I urge everyone to throw their computer games away and DO something! :) :) (My something generally includes 12+ hr. training days)

01-25-2004, 11:29 PM
Well, I've gotten kind of hooked on news lately. I don't do that much cruising of the EQ message forums any longer, but I look at and fairly often. I'm pretty interested in the elections too this time around.

Finally, like you, a TON of projects that I haven't done over the last 4 years. I've at least started them. I put up closet organizers, assembled book shelves, started organizing my garage.

But I did at first feel an empty spot where my game-addiction was. Specifically I missed my gaming friends and the soothing familiarity of it all. So what I did was immerse myself in a couple of other games (that had beginnings and endings!) so that feeling didn't get much play time because I was having too much fun in new games. Eventually you finish those games and it is time to move onto other things. But the best part of those other games is... you can stop playing any time! You can hit the pause button and go eat dinner or pee.

Now I haven't replaced Morrowind which I'm pretty burnt out on. And I'm not going to until I meet a specific goal. Then it'll be time to try "Beyond Good & Evil". :p

01-26-2004, 12:08 AM
-Start horseback riding again.
-Restoring cars.

Those are the 2 things I use to love to do before games like EQ. These days no time to do them and play computer games.

01-26-2004, 04:18 AM
So Rahjeir, why not drop the computer game habit and pick those up? They might be more expensive (depending on how immersed you are in the fake video game world), but they would certainly be more fun and rewarding. I mean, seriously, you'd be getting fresh air and creating something...

Fairweather Pure
01-27-2004, 11:45 AM
Spend a lot more money on a weekly basis.

01-27-2004, 01:16 PM
Finish writing the third book of my trilogy and finally get the nerve up to submit the mess.

Get back into doing paintings. And drawings.

Painting miniatures.

Making little tarot cards (I have a stock gypsy character I do at events, and I make my own semi-humorous yet oddly accurate tarot cards out of those formica samples to be stolen from Home Depot) and making jewelry (which I also sell at said events)

Catch up on cleaning/laundry for once and for all!!

01-27-2004, 01:22 PM
Grenoble, you sound like such a creative person. :)

I have a friend that is so into painting minatures. He's just brilliant at it. He's got to be approaching 50, or perhaps over, and he's still going strong on 'em.

My other hobby at the moment is cooking. I'm doing the low carb thing so I'm experimenting with low carb baking. I've come up with a damn good cracker recipe!

01-28-2004, 04:14 PM
Hi Panamah,
If you don't mind, I'd like to hear more about your cracker recipe. That's if you would like to share your secret. I have started doing the low carb thing and have my mom and husband on it. We're always looking for tasty but low carb.


01-28-2004, 05:05 PM
Tinker with Linux :)

01-28-2004, 08:08 PM
Artio, I PM'd you the recipe and a good message forum with more recipes. :p Let me know how they come out. Next time I make them, I think I'll use some sharp cheddar cheese in them.

01-29-2004, 12:41 AM
Thanks, Pan. I am pretty creative, and actually talented too. Not to be egotistical, but I see things selling for big bucks retail and wonder...."man I could do that so much better!" Haven't found the key to doing that full-time where I can make a living at it. I'm not the best, but I sure don't suck :rolleyes:

I think I'm resting some big hopes on getting published (which is why I'm so chicken to submit it). Then I'd have some money and I could devote myself to theater and art!

Y'know what's sad? I can pound out a 598-page manuscript but a 1-page query letter has me boggled.