Nobody knows for sure if there will be another lockdown in the months ahead. However, if you are mandated or advised to spend your time at home, here are five fun and geeky things that will keep you busy and engaged, while reducing some of the stress and anxiety.

1. Play role-playing games (RPGs) with your friends

Ok, little story here: my boyfriend started playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) over the net right before the pandemic started, and he absolutely LOVES it. I hear him screaming at his computer every few minutes (I assume that’s a good sign?). I haven’t played yet, but it looks like fun to become another character with special powers. I’m very positive and friendly in real life, so maybe it would be fun to play a character who is ultra-evil or something, right? I’m not sure I’d know what to do, but I can learn!

If you’re looking for some interesting and free RPGs to play, check out this site. If you plan on using an online video tool (e.g. Zoom, Skype, etc.) to play with friends, then read our review of the most popular free video conference platforms for personal use.

2. Start working on your next cosplay costumes

Have you been amazed by cosplay costumes at various Comic Cons? Well, if you’re stuck at home, you’ll have plenty of time to design and create something spectacular. To give you some ideas, here are a few of the best cosplayers from New York Comic Con 2019, and here are 8 handmade costumes that are truly next level!

3. Learn a new language

Learning a new language is like opening up a whole new world, and it can boost your career as well. There are many (and I mean MANY) options available online, in a variety of formats and prices. Here is a list of some of the top platforms available. Just remember to be patient and to practice each day. Before you know it, you’ll be able to watch movies and have conversations in a whole new language.

But who says you must learn a human language? You could also learn Elvish, Klingon, or Dothraki! Check out this video, and we wish you Qapla'! (that’s “success” in Klingon).

4. Get creative

Have you always wanted to write a book, paint a canvas, or do something else creative? Well, now’s your chance! If you don’t feel all that creative, here is a good article with tips on how to get your creative juices flowing.

5. Build something

It’s a safe bet that most of you wonderful geeks are big Lego fans. So why not use this opportunity to build something fantastic? Here are some of the craziest Lego creations of all time to give you some ideas and motivation. And remember to keep participating in our monthly polls for the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card — which of course you can use to buy MORE LEGO!

What Is Your Advice?

Please share some of the creative and interesting things you’ve been doing at home over the last few months — and which you might be doing again soon.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for my Dothraki lesson!