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Nerdy Quarantine Resource Mega List

Around the world, most of us are experiencing major disruptions to our daily lives in the form of stay-at-home orders, voluntary self-isolation, business closures, social distancing regulations, and/or nationwide lockdowns. How much this disruption affects us varies from person to person. For some of us, work can continue pretty much as usual, while others have a lot of unexpected free time on our hands. Some of us are quarantined alone, while others are with families or roommates we sometimes wish would leave them alone. Whatever your situation, what we all need are ways to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones outside of our homes, ways to relieve stress or anxiety, and ways to remain healthy—emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

To assist with that, we’ve started the following list of nerdy resources to help you. This is a living document we’ll continue adding to over time, so bookmark it and check back periodically to see what’s new! And if you have any suggestions, you can email them to april-lyn@lovethynerd.com; we’ll add our favorite submissions to the list as we update it.

And remember cadets, keep things clean. Make Levi Heichou proud!

(Last updated Friday, October 16, 2020)

Newest additions: updated conventions list, added LTN Radio to Podcasts & Radio, updated Streams & Video, updated Ways to Play Tabletop Games Online, updated Watch Parties, added a few video game suggestions

Table of Contents

General Quarantine Info and Reading for Nerds

Conventions

Online Conventions

A number of conventions are making plans to take to the internet while we are unable to gather in person. Here are some of them! If you know of any I missed, let me know!

  • International Mars Society Virtual Convention – brings together key scientists, commercial space executives, government policymakers and space advocates to discuss the latest scientific developments and challenges related to the exploration of Mars and the eventual human settlement of the Red Planet. – October 15–18, 2020
  • AwSHUX – online version of the annual Shut Up and Sit Down convention – October 16–18, 2020
  • SPIEL.digital – online tabletop industry trade fair – October 22–25, 2020
  • AfroComicCon –  a day full of exciting panels, screenings of the AFCC International Film Festival winners, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests, as well as a virtual marketplace! – October 24, 2020
  • SFFCon – Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – November 7–8, 2020

Podcasts & Radio

Streams & Video

Groups to Play Games and Be Nerdy With

On Facebook

  • Love Thy Nerd Community – our home on Facebook. Come be nerdy with us!
  • LTN Arcade – bi-monthly online game night on Discord. Tabletop games, video games, movie screenings, and more
  • Board Game Spotlight – highlighting new Kickstarter projects and discussing all things tabletop gaming. Also hosts online Jackbox game nights
  • Dice Throne Community – if you love Dice Throne, here’s the place to obsess about it with other fans, as well as find opponents for online matches
  • Geeks Under Grace Community – online home for the Geeks Under Grace ministry community
  • InnRoads Tavern –  a group is for everybody who loves talking about board games, card games, tabletop RPGs, war games, sci fi, fantasy, comic books, and more
  • The Prefecture by Jesus Otaku – a place to discuss all things anime, manga, cosplay, and more!
  • Student Pastor Game Night – are you a student pastor or student ministry leader at your church? There is a game night just for you to build community, network, and just enjoy playing games with other student ministry leaders.

On Discord

  • Love Thy Nerd – all kinds of nerdy voice and text chat channels for your perusal!
  • Love Clan – “Love God, Love People.” Nerd culture-based community centered around love in an age of toxicity. Active chat, Game nights and events, and small groups

Game Groups for Intellectuals

  • Reading Gamebow – a video game community functioning like a reading club
  • Game Chat – “The video game ‘book club’ on the Internets”

Nerd Exercise

  • James Hudson (Skybound Tabletop, Druid City Games) is streaming a quarantine workout challenge on his Facebook page (search #‎workoutwithjameshudson‬ to find all his past workout streams and follow a long with your favorite!)
  • Darebee – workout routines themed after characters from TV shows, video games, and more. There are also RPG-inspired exercise programs that can last for weeks

Ways to Play Tabletop Games Online

Tabletop Games to Play Over Video Chat

Here are some suggestions of tabletop games that can be adapted to play over video chat if one person has a physical copy. Many of these can also be played using an online tabletop game platform of your choice or dedicated app. We’ve provided links to official apps where available.

Party/Social Games

  • Just One
  • Blank Slate
  • Boggle
  • Scattergories
  • Pictionary
  • Game of Things
  • Five Second Rule
  • Codenames
  • News @ 11
  • Wits and Wagers
  • Wavelength
  • Hive Mind
  • Imaginiff

Roll & Writes

(each player will need to print their own copy of a player sheet or mat)

Cooperative Games

  • Forbidden Island
  • Horrified
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: War with the Evil Power Master

Communication Tools

Coloring Pages

Watch Parties

  • Teleparty Party (formerly Netflix Party) – Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix online with your friends (everyone needs their own Netflix account)
  • How to start a Facebook watch party
  • Watch Bob Ross on Twitch
  • Scener – free Chrome extension for hosting virtual movie nights, works with a variety of streaming services and has integrated voice/video chat
  • Roll Together – free Chrome extension to sync Crunchyroll streams and watch together with your friends

Educational Resources

Video Games to Play (a sampling of our favorites)

Advice for Parents

  • Family Video Game Database – Curated database of video games for parents to discover new things to play and exciting worlds to visit. Geared toward providing information for parents.
  • Commonsense Media – reviews and ratings of books, movies, games, and more for educators and parents
  • 4 Keys to Winning the Video Game Battle with Your Kids – Family gaming expert Andy Robertson offers advice for turning turn gaming from a stress and a worry into something healthy, engaging and enjoyable.
  • 8 Better Games for Kids than Fortnite – LTN editors and writers highlight some games to play with your kids that can help them build healthier relationships—both with technology and with you.

To Play with Others

For players who prefer to play solo





Co-founder | Chief Resource Nerd
April-Lyn is Chief Resource Nerd and a co-founder at Love Thy Nerd. Her passion is to help both nerds and church leaders alike learn to love their nerdy neighbors the way Jesus does—unconditionally, personally, and without reservation. She writes, edits, and solicits articles and training materials for Love Thy Nerd, and has also written for the UYWI blog, GROW Curriculum, and Explore the Bible for Students. She lives in Southern California where, in addition to her work with Love Thy Nerd, she is a freelance editor, tabletop gamer, avid reader, and gashapon collector.

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