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Cosy Hobbies for Gamers to Try this Year

This year, why not explore some cosy hobbies that seamlessly integrate with your interests? From tactile crafts to immersive reading, these warm and snug activities promise a retreat from the digital battlefield while still embracing the essence of gaming. If your New Year’s resolution is to try new things, this blog has you covered.

Pixelated Puzzle Time

If you spend a lot of time on screens, whether at work or when you are unwinding, it is important to remember to take a break. A perfect way to get away from screens is to indulge in the analogue pursuit of jigsaw puzzles. These days you can get puzzles of every genre, so why not opt for a design that is inspired by your favorite game? Puzzles offer a tactile and rewarding experience. Health Tip: Puzzles can also help improve your memory and eyesight. 

Go on a Storybook Quest

If you enjoy exploring fantastical realms, why not try a storybook quest? Explore novels inspired by your favourite game universes or delve into classic fantasy literature that mirrors the epic adventures of your best-loved titles. Reading is another great hobby that gets you off screens for a little while and is the perfect way to wind down before bed. 

Gaming-Inspired Knitting

You may be thinking that gaming and knitting do not go hand in hand, but think again! Knitting cosy items inspired by your favourite games, such as character-themed scarves or pixel art blankets is a great way to unleash your creativity. Knitting takes consistency and concentration, just like gaming. Health Tip: The rhythmic motion of knitting can be both soothing and meditative.

Board Game Nights

Another hobby to embrace this year is board game nights. This is the perfect way to enjoy a game night while connecting with your friends in person. Gather your friends or family together for an evening filled with strategic challenges, laughter, and camaraderie. There are so many board games out there, that you are sure to be able to find one that aligns with your preferences. Board games offer a fun, tactile and social experience, just remember to have refreshments and delicious snacks on hand to keep everyone going. 

Best Board Games to Try 

Gloomhaven: Epic Campaigns in a Box: a sprawling fantasy world with an evolving narrative. Played over a few sessions. 

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate: Dungeons & Dragons Meets Betrayal: for D&D fans, this game is perfect. Explore Baldur’s Gate, face challenges and ultimately, betrayal. 

Root: Asymmetric Warfare: This game demands strategic play. Players must use unique abilities to their advantage. 

Collecting and Playing on Vintage Machines

This year, why not step back in time and indulge your nostalgia by collecting and playing on retro arcade machines? First off, they look so cool and would make a great addition to any gamers abode. Acquiring classic cabinets, building your custom arcade setup, or buying your first arcade machine allows you to relive the golden era of gaming. The satisfying click of arcade buttons and the glow of vintage screens create an authentic gaming experience. Invite your friends to share the experience, try multiplayer showdowns, and share stories of how your love of gaming began.

Level up Your Cooking Skills

For a new hobby, why not go on a culinary-inspired adventure? Create dishes inspired by your favourite gaming worlds, from health potions to fantasy-themed feasts. The joy of cooking can be a welcome addition to an evening spent gaming and can be incorporated into your nightly routine.

DIY Merch

Embrace your creativity with hands-on projects that turn your favourite games into tangible and unique items. Arts and crafts are for everyone, so why not give them a go? You could create accessories, wall art, customize items or clothing or even paint a console. Embracing DIY projects is a great way to try new things, broaden your hobbies, and indulge in your love of all things gaming. This hobby is also a great way to create personalized gifts for your friends and family. 

Click here for some gaming-inspired crafts to try at home. 

As we move into the new year, it is the perfect time to consider what new hobbies you’d like to try. Variety is the spice of life, so why not try something new? Incorporating these cosy hobbies into your gaming routine provides a welcome break from screens and enhances the cosiness of your downtime. Let us know in the comments below which of these cosy hobbies you will be trying this year.

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