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Subject: It's official: my wife finally branded me a geek yesterday. rss

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Matt Tonks
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When I got started in proper gaming 4 years or so, my wife (then fiancee) thought havign a few new board games was 'cool' and 'good fun'. Once it got to a point where I had 100+ games, she still proclaimed my street credibility but stated that I 'do have a lot' and 'if you buy any more, try to sell some'.

However, yesterday she more or less called me a geek to my face. I was sorting through some cards when she said 'you're quite happy to spend time counting cards & bits or whatever.'

I was trying to work out what she was implying between the lines & said 'but that's OK, isn't it?' to which she replied:-

'Well, some people might see it as a geeky thing.'

So I guess if it wasn't official before, it has to be official now that I am a geek. To be honest, I blame my recent purchases of common/uncommon playsets for older sets of Magic:tG for getting me into 'card-counting'...

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tonksey wrote:
When I got started in proper gaming 4 years or so, my wife (then fiancee) thought havign a few new board games was 'cool' and 'good fun'. Once it got to a point where I had 100+ games, she still proclaimed my street credibility but stated that I 'do have a lot' and 'if you buy any more, try to sell some'.

However, yesterday she more or less called me a geek to my face. I was sorting through some cards when she said 'you're quite happy to spend time counting cards & bits or whatever.'

I was trying to work out what she was implying between the lines & said 'but that's OK, isn't it?' to which she replied:-

'Well, some people might see it as a geeky thing.'

So I guess if it wasn't official before, it has to be official now that I am a geek. To be honest, I blame my recent purchases of common/uncommon playsets for older sets of Magic:tG for getting me into 'card-counting'...

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My Wife tried that same trick many years ago but I fended it off by mentioning the fact she loved collecting jelly molds.
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My wife realized I was a geek when she figured out I was hiding my gaming night from her when we were dating by saying "I had some stuff to do" on Saturday night, but she could come over later. She thought I was cheating on her, so she "popped in" hoping to catch me in the act.

Instead she found me sitting at a table playing Talisman with my buddies.
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My wife married me at a time my collection already was at 500 games or so ...
Although she sometimes complains that I spend too much time in the basement caressing my games, she already knew she married a geek meeple
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My wife realized I was a geek when she figured out I was hiding my gaming night from her when we were dating by saying "I had some stuff to do" on Saturday night, but she could come over later. She thought I was cheating on her, so she "popped in" hoping to catch me in the act.

Instead she found me sitting at a table playing Talisman with my buddies.


Epic fail!
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So an international website with hundereds of thousands of users and the word 'geek' in its name awards you 'Geek of the Week' status and that wasn't enough to convince you?
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My wife and I met years before we got married, and shared a love Star Trek, RPGs, along with Science Fiction novels, movies and so on. When we hooked up again years later, she had a life size cardboard cutout of Data in her closet (don't ask me what he was doing there, though on the show he did once mention that he was "fully functional"). She had also belonged to a Star Trek club and had several hundred $$ in collectible stuff she'd purchased at conventions, including signed autographs, collectible plates, and of course complete collections of the Star Trek Next Generation figures, along with other assorted toys. So despite my RPG collection, my model airplanes, and then my growing boardgaming hobby, I ask you, which of us is geekier?
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I don't think there was any question in my relationship with my wife. Actually, I don't think there was ever a question in any of my relationships, friends, family, or whatnot. My book shelves full of Science Fiction novels, or my DVD collection, or my games collection, or my RPG collection, posters, computers, toys, etc. etc. I've pretty much let my geek flag fly from day one.
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My situation is a little different. My husband was the science fiction, Trek guy when I met him. He "out grew" that & moved onto collecting rare books, specifically Winston Churchill books. A new book came from Europe almost every week. Then about 10 years later he sold them all & bought an antique TR6 (which now occupies our garage).

I've recently renewed my love of board games & just discovered euro games less than 6 months ago. As a result I've been on a bit of a spending spree (Santa was good to us & left 6 nice new games under the tree & more since then!!!). The more I read on BGG the more games I "need". My husband announced to me last week...I was not only a geek / nerd but he thought it was my mid-life crisiscry! This coming from a man with a newly acquired sports car sitting on the garage! (he's not mechanical & all the repairs have to be done by our mechanic, $$$$).

I don't struggle with the geek label so much as the mid-life crisis crack. I think one way or another we all have something on our lives that make us a geek. (Something that we love & know considerably more about than the average person). I was an civil engineer for 13 years, like I never felt nerdy before??? Now I'm a stay at home Mom wishing I could find others like me to start a daytime gaming group. My husband laughed & said I was one of a kind, I'd have to play solo! Alas, Winston Churchill books were geeky, apparently owning an antique Triumph is not!shake
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UndeadViking wrote:
My wife realized I was a geek when she figured out I was hiding my gaming night from her when we were dating by saying "I had some stuff to do" on Saturday night, but she could come over later. She thought I was cheating on her, so she "popped in" hoping to catch me in the act.

Instead she found me sitting at a table playing Talisman with my buddies.


My fiancee and I joked about something similar. I was on the internet looking at BGG and finding new games to buy or bid on in the lotteries. She said "Are you on BGG again??" then came over to try and see me on the site. So I (jokingly) panic and load up an "adult" site and go "No, I wasn't looking at games to buy! I was, uh, looking at naked women!"

We both had a good laugh, but I still got slapped on the arm I kind of deserved it.
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Keng Ho wrote:
So an international website with hundereds of thousands of users and the word 'geek' in its name awards you 'Geek of the Week' status and that wasn't enough to convince you?
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I guess once you've also been labelled a Geek in the real world, then it has to be official then!
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Vibes on your descent into Geekdom.
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Wear it proudly.

My wife bought a shirt that says "I love my nerd" and she loves to wear it around.

I haven't told her that I'm more of a geek than a nerd.
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UndeadViking wrote:
My wife realized I was a geek when she figured out I was hiding my gaming night from her when we were dating by saying "I had some stuff to do" on Saturday night, but she could come over later. She thought I was cheating on her, so she "popped in" hoping to catch me in the act.

Instead she found me sitting at a table playing Talisman with my buddies.


Hahahaha...hey Lance, you've seen Knocked Up right? I think Judd Apatow took the fantasy league draft scene from your life experience Wear that geek badge PROUD!
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My wife knew I was a geek while we were dating but never understood its true depths until I took her to a Trek convention in Denver Colorado. I had left the tickets in the car, and I left her in the front lobby to go get them.

I walk back in to find a guy with a long black cloak on, circling her while shaking a large green item. He is chanting:

"I bless you with the holy cabbage" over and over again.

She is standing there rigid as a board - her eyes wide - with panic clearly written on her face.

She married me anyway - and we have had a fantastic 18 years together.

I guess the cabbage worked.
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My first date with my, now, wife was a trip to London to go to a show (possibly the Buddy Holly story), via Brewer Street and Just Games (ahhh long since gone cry). I just happened to notice a copy of 6-Tage Rennen and McMulti .
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I used to hide it and had nothing but the most miserable dating experiences. Then I started looking for a nice geek girl, found one, and have been happily married ever since.
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My wife has been calling me a geek for years. However she is finally coming to admit that she, too, is a complete geek. It's about damn time!
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UndeadViking wrote:
My wife realized I was a geek when she figured out I was hiding my gaming night from her when we were dating by saying "I had some stuff to do" on Saturday night, but she could come over later. She thought I was cheating on her, so she "popped in" hoping to catch me in the act.

Instead she found me sitting at a table playing Talisman with my buddies.


1.) You can't be that big of a geek if you were hiding it from her. A true geek would be wondering why she wouldn't be impressed with the latest FFG release.

2.) Bonus points if you did: "This isn't what you think... these dolls are collectible!"

3.) If you had put candles around the board and when she walked in went, "Ooom... zooom salaboom salabin.." and bowed to the dice in the center, that would have been awesome to walk-in on.

4.) "So then I said, 'rectum, darn near killed 'em!'" and everyone bursts out laughing while everyone ignores the geekness at the center of the table.
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Zhuge wrote:
Wear it proudly.

My wife bought a shirt that says "I love my nerd" and she loves to wear it around.

I haven't told her that I'm more of a geek than a nerd.


My wife has a T-Shirt that reads 'Physicists give me a Hadron' (yes, I did physics at university )
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My girlfriend knew about my boardgames before we got together so that was never a problem. Finding storage space in the small cottage where we live is a different matter however!

PS. If you hide your geekness, how are they gonna find out about your wishlist on the 'Geek?
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Meh. It's a badge I wear with pride. Don't see why someone would feel otherwise.
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DreadFuzzy wrote:
Zhuge wrote:
Wear it proudly.

My wife bought a shirt that says "I love my nerd" and she loves to wear it around.

I haven't told her that I'm more of a geek than a nerd.


My wife has a T-Shirt that reads 'Physicists give me a Hadron' (yes, I did physics at university )


Umm, you might want to take a few minutes off from board gaming and check under the hood of that one. Just saying...
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My wife was assistant manager at the comic/game shop in our town and we were both invited to the same D&D group. She came into the marriage with the complete Star Trek:TNG series, a Poison Ivy costume, and 17 long boxes of comics. I never had to hide my geekness from her (in some fields of geekdom she has more geek cred than I do).
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