5 Nerdiest Things I’ve Ever Done

I’ve done lots of normal nerdy things: been obsessed with video games, cried at the end of a good fantasy novel, cosplayed at nerd conventions – the list goes on. But these are the dirty secrets of the nerd, the things that some nerds might even say is nerdy. Let’s get down and nerdy.

1. Dressed up as Moaning Myrtle to go to the book release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Nerds everywhere can relate to a love of dressing up. Cosplaying at conventions or even on Halloween (I guess maybe that’s just called “wearing a costume”). I took it a step further, and dressed up during the release of the 7th Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows… at Barnes and Noble. My sister dressed up as Hermione Granger and I dressed up as Moaning Myrtle, complete with crying and moping role-playing, and we went to wait in line for the book. With other people. Who were wearing regular clothes. We got a lot of funny looks.

2. Ran around in the woods dressed up as an elf, hitting skeletons with foam swords.

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Larping is definitely in a class all its own when it comes to nerdy things. I began Larping in 2003. Larping stands for live-action role playing, and as it was explained to me at that time, it’s when “You dress up as a character, like an elf or something, and it’s mostly renaissance costuming, and you go around fighting zombies in the woods with foam swords.” I imagine when most people hear that, they would be both confused and terrified. To me, however, it seemed like the coolest and most fun idea I’d ever heard of. You could create and craft your own character, personality, back story, and costume, and actually enter a fantasy world for the weekend where everyone else plays along. I ended up creating a True Elf Cleric who wore a blue velvet dress and had big pointy ears. I could probably ramble on about Larp for another 3 paragraphs, so I’ll just stop here.

3. Confused a water fountain for a pensieve in the Harry Potter theme park.

When Mark and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and waited in line to get on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, it was a long wait. About an hour at least. And the WWOHP is in Orlando Florida, where, if you don’t know, it can feel the like the sun is burning you alive. So they have water fountains in the line while people are waiting – you know, so people don’t die. I saw a giant silver dish from afar and screamed “Is that a pensieve?” No, no, Stewie, you idiot. It’s a water fountain. Nerd.

4. Played tabletop role-playing games that weren’t Dungeons and Dragons.

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Most people think of tabletop RPG games as being, well, Dungeons and Dragons. And certainly that’s the most popular one. I played a lot of D&D, don’t get me wrong. But I also explored the nerdy world of many other role-playing games. 7th Sea, Star Wars: The Role Playing Game, Call of Cthulu, Firefly/Serenity Role Playing Game… I’ve played a pretty big variety of role-playing games, gorram it.

5. Role-played in an online Furry community called Furcadia.

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This may be the most embarassing and nerdy thing I can confess to, but hey, I was 13… that’s my excuse. I covered my adventures in Furcadia in this post, but really, it has to remain on my list as being super nerdy. In the game, you create your own anthropomorphic animal character and you walk around a pixel world, role-playing with other animal people. Yup. I did that.

*BONUS* 6. Gotten fandom related tattoos.

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I saw this on @youthinkmemad‘s Fandom 5 post and realized I’m guitly of it too, so I’m going to use it as a bonus. I recently got a Luna from Sailor Moon as a maneki neko to add to the collection of kawaii tattoos. Oh, and my next nerdy tattoo will probbaly be Jiggly Puff from Pokemon. Jiggly puffffffff…. Thanks for reminding me of my nerdy ink, B!


Let me know how nerdy you are by leaving your nerdy confessions in a comment!

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  • B

    LARPing seems like a lot of fun! Love the list!

    • Stewie

      It is really fun!!! You have to try it!

  • I went to the release of HP7, but I did not have the guts to dress up. If I had seen someone dressed as Moaning Myrtle, we would have become instant besties.

    Your LARPing story reminded me of the time I agreed to be the White Queen in a game of human/wizard chess. Now that was nerdy. And so incredibly awesome.

    Have you seen the movie Knights of Badassdom? It’s about LARPing & they perform a spell that releases some kind of evil. It’s REEEEALLLY weird. And really bad. But in a really good way.

    • Stewie

      Nice!!!!

      I did see Knights of Badassdom! I loved it, but of course Role Models was the first impression anyone had of Larping (and everyone asked me about it after they saw that movie) Hahaha!

  • ‘Ran around in the woods dressed up as an elf, hitting skeletons with foam swords.’ That sounds like a LOT of FUN!!!! 😀

  • I’m hoping to work on my post today! Yours are all so great! I feel like I haven’t been nerdy enough lol! I love your tattoo! and your LARPing costume is awesome! xo

    • Stewie

      Dawwww, thanks friend! You are SO nerdy and don’t ever feel like you aren’t hehe

  • TK

    I think your list has me beat (which is like a testament to how much more awesome you are).

    Love the tattoo! I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo related to Final Fantasy, but haven’t had the guts yet

    • Stewie

      No way, we are both equally as awesome <3

  • I can’t believe no one else dressed up for the Harry Potter release at your bookstore!!! What a bummer. At my store almost EVERYONE dressed up, and it really added to the awesome experience!

  • I cannot wait to LARP. I already know how my Paladin will look. ♥ Also, yay for furry related anything! I’m a bit of one myself. That Luna is one of the best tats that I have -ever- seen. Love Love Love. Last Halloween, I drew a Hatsune Miku Maneki Neko!

  • Brilliant list I loved reading what nerdy stuff you’ve been up to!!

  • This is such a great list! I loved larping, though I haven’t done it in years. And I’m realllllly hoping to start with some fandom tattoos in the next few years. Ideally I’d like a full fandom sleeve…definitely starting with Sailor Moon. Your Luna is just fantastic!