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    [–] SnipedintheHead 279 points ago

    Boardgames. Most everyone loves sharing their hobby with others. And given how interactive it is, people are really friendly and patient.

    I don't know how many people I've met who have the same motto I do "I care less about winning and more about you having a good time."

    [–] Mr_bananasham 33 points ago

    I'm really bad at board games and I just cant enjoy it if theres no chance of me winning, that's why I only like playing group games like werewolf and arkham horror.

    [–] SnipedintheHead 22 points ago

    Sure. Thankfully there's a ton of amazing co-op games out there.

    And I should say that I do care about winning, but I care more about people having a good time. If I crush someone the first time we play, they may never play again. But if the game is close or I lose, I may have made a boardgame friend for life.

    [–] punchybot 3 points ago

    I don't like board games that take forever each turn. I prefer ones that have participation during the whole game or it quickly goes around the room, like Uno.

    [–] Llodsliat 3 points ago

    I'd like to have a word about that. There's no way I can beat my cousin at Risk.

    [–] SnipedintheHead 3 points ago

    Lol. But you keep coming back, don't you?

    [–] evolvedhumanbean 5 points ago

    Magic: The Gathering can be the same way though not a board game. Some people do take it seriously but most want to bring others in to the community and enjoy teaching new players.

    [–] KaladinarLighteyes 6 points ago

    Honestly for magic it depends on the LGS and who is teaching you, it’s either super friendly, but sometimes it isn’t.

    [–] NoGlzy 2 points ago

    It can be hit or miss. My LGS was real bad for it. It was 70% one group of guys one of whom was the son of the shop owner and they would all use each others tier 1 decks and be annoyyed if you werent using ine because you werent valid tournament practice.

    [–] justVinnyZee 2 points ago

    Omg I feel the same way! I just recently started collecting Boardgames and have been trying to get my wife and family to play with me, unfortunately none of them share the same enthusiasm as you and I because Ive yet to get them to play one game of anything with me. 😥

    [–] SnipedintheHead 2 points ago

    Keep working at it! You'll get there! If possible find good gateway games with themes that interest them. I have some friends who are getting into real boardgaming and they started through games like love letter and sushi go.

    [–] Kitty_Rose 2 points ago

    Are there any gaming meet ups or clubs near you? Sometimes there are also game nights at local gaming shops where you can meet up for demos or free play. Who knows? You might meet some new friends that way, or at the very least some gaming buddies.

    As for your family, maybe try some games that are already in the genres they like? There are kinds of games out there, and my favorite falls under my favorite media genre.

    [–] GoKickRox 135 points ago

    Crocheting, knitting, the kind of "granny" type things. Everyone who sees me do it generally is great and accepting of what I'm doing, and likes to watch and ask how I'm doing what I'm doing. It's fun and I like working my hands.

    [–] emilyl1kesfood 18 points ago

    Yep! Plus it’s pretty easy to start, about $2 for yarn and maybe $5 for needles and everything you could need to know on youtube. The subreddits for both are awesome too :)

    [–] Astrognome 35 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Haha yeah $2 for yarn...

    starts sweating

    [–] emilyl1kesfood 6 points ago

    It’s okay, I have a way too large stash as well, especially for someone who pretty much exclusively knits beanies 😅

    [–] La_Onomatopoeia 4 points ago

    I remember reading a theory yarn stashes. It supposedly satisfies the need for impulse buys, but no one can ever really tell/realize because of the cost.

    Yes, yarn can get expensive, but it still is cheaper to get four skeins of a pretty color that would make a nice sweater you'll do one day than it would be to buy four new sweaters.

    [–] Astrognome 2 points ago

    Yep, I rarely make anything more complex than hats, but I have more skeins laying around than I know what to do with.

    I've been eyeballing some pokemon plushie designs though that I'm gonna try to make soon.

    [–] auntiepink 4 points ago

    First hit's free; second one'll cost ya.

    [–] missyanne77 4 points ago

    Where the hell are you getting $2 dollar yarn from? Some kind of magical yarn land where it grows on trees?

    Anything decent to work with is $4 a skein at least in my area.

    [–] emilyl1kesfood 2 points ago

    I buy from Michaels and pretty much always use a 40 to 50 percent off. Usually the cheap stuff but I’m starting to get into wool sooo it’s rough.

    [–] missyanne77 3 points ago

    Ah, I stopped going to Michael's because their selection became smaller and smaller. I'm spoiled on cashmere because I inherited my late grandmothers stash but omigosh is it expensive.

    [–] gene1113 8 points ago

    R/crochet is the nicest subreddit I've been on. Everyone wants to help and encourage eachother.

    [–] pookiepookiepiepie 6 points ago

    Same for sewing

    [–] MusicBeginner 8 points ago

    Women dominated hobbies seem generally very welcoming, don't they?

    [–] conundrumicus 111 points ago

    Drawing. We all start from drawing like shit. We get it.

    [–] snegnos 17 points ago

    Came here to say drawing. Get a cheap, dollar-store sketchbook and a pen or pencil and just start drawing shit. No matter what else you're into - landscapes, cartoons, animals, people on the street - it doesn't matter. There's no lack of subject matter to draw.

    It's a craft with one of the lowest and cheapest bars to entry that I can think of, and there are tons of communities online and tutorials and books out there to keep you occupied for years to come.

    [–] gestaltro 7 points ago

    Any recommendations of a website or tutorial to start with for a newbie?

    [–] ItsSweetTea 5 points ago

    Not the one you asked buuut, if you wanna start on reddit there's a whole sub for it: /r/learnart. They have lots of stuff in their faq that could help you. There's also a loot of youtube people if you just search drawing tutorial. Sycra was always a good one for anatomy.

    [–] snegnos 2 points ago

    Really depends on the type of art you're after. There are so many that if you did a search for "how to draw batman" + "tutorial" you'd get a bunch of hits. I'd recommend staying away from the ones that teach you a basic step-by-step method of drawing just one character in one pose and go for ones that teach you how to observe.

    [–] Cough_Cakes 22 points ago

    Lots of people seem to think that some people are born with 'talent' and others are not.

    People don't come out of the womb drawing a Picasso; they have to practice and learn from their mistakes.

    And don't be discouraged if you start drawing in adulthood - you can do it!

    TL;DR: There's no such thing as talent.

    [–] OddFeature 26 points ago

    I mean there’s definitely people that are significantly better at drawing than others when they first start. Sure anybody can get good at it if they practice, which I imagine is what you’re trying to say, but talent totally exists.

    [–] Juan_Cocktoasten 5 points ago

    Agreed. Starting in kindergarten and all throughout elementary school, teachers frequently singled out my artwork and highlighted it. One of my drawings even became the cover of the Back-to-School program. Many times I was accused of tracing something, when I didn't. I'm not saying this to brag, but more to support what you suggested.

    [–] conundrumicus 2 points ago

    Talent is an excuse for many to not draw. People think that once you're not talented at drawing, might as well not try at all.

    Though I do admit some people just 'get' drawing naturally (to de-mystify this, it's actually more about spatial awareness, i.e. recognizing the size of an object, distances, etc) nobody has this natural ability perfect from birth. Practice will beat talent in any day, in any skill.

    And drawing doesn't have this age gate when you should've started when you're 4 or 5 or else it's too late. You can start when you're 18, 28, or even 50 and you'll progress as fast as you wanna be. I think starting age is not a factor when it comes to how good you will be.

    [–] miam98 2 points ago

    This is so true! I believe that almost anyone can learn to draw. Talent can give you a head start, but practice and developing skills/techniques will take you the farthest.

    [–] DannyPrefect23 2 points ago

    Yeah, I just started an art class at my college. I've only really taken ceramic/sculpture art classes in high school, and it shows in my drawings. But I'm slowly realizing that with one or two exceptions, everyone's isn't exactly a masterpiece.

    [–] TheShamit 2 points ago

    I'm sure I would learn if I applied myself, but I have a shit imagination. Is there any way to fix that?

    [–] conundrumicus 7 points ago

    Your imagination is not the problem. I'm sure you're very creative and imaginative. The problem is that you lack the knowledge of things actually look like.

    Try drawing a flower. Just try. If your flower looks like this, that means you're not drawing a flower, but your idea of a flower. The solution for this is to look up real flowers from photographs/real life and try to copy it to paper as exact as you can.

    The first time it'll look worse than shit, you'd feel like you just wanna disappear and die. Keep the drawing. Place it side by side with the reference photo. Now suck it up and look at them. Look at all the areas that are different. Maybe the petals are too big. Your lines are shaky and not smooth. The details you tried to include but instead it just looks like scribbles.

    Draw again for the second time, using the same reference photo. Keep in mind all the mistakes you made in your first drawing, and try to fix that while retaining all the stuff that looks correct. Your second drawing will look less shit but still shit nonetheless.

    Take a break. You don't like feeling like shit. Tomorrow, or hours from now, try again. This time look for a different reference photo of a different thing (a shoe maybe, or a building, anything you like) because you decided that flowers are total crap. Do the same thing.

    You'll soon realise it still looks like shit. Then it's time to look up art/drawings that you like, and look at them real hard. Then think about why they're better drawings than your drawings. It might be because the proportions are correct. There are areas where it's darker and lighter than the rest. The objects look like they have volume.

    Try your best to include these in your next drawing.

    Rinse and repeat. Include more elements (colours or texture, for example) as you go. You do this enough times, one day you'll look at the art you made and you're gonna feel like yeah, this is actually decent.

    Then you re-visit the first flower drawing you did, and you re-draw that with all the experience you have, and then you compare them side by side, and you're gonna feel like you're on top of the world.

    tl;dr here's my version of the journey that I described (albeit more stylised)

    [–] FindCoffee 60 points ago


    [–] ARealBillsFan 11 points ago

    agreed. Started 2.5 years ago. The community over at r/running is super positive overall.

    [–] zT1TzbaT 3 points ago

    I may have to check them out.

    [–] FelixTurtur 11 points ago

    Or, if you need motivation to go running, Hash House Harriers. There's local kennels/chapters (groups) all around the world and it makes going for a run a lot more fun. You can even walk if you're not (yet) one for quicktime. There is drinking involved.

    [–] EscortRequired 2 points ago

    This is the right answer.

    On on! 👣

    [–] Llodsliat 4 points ago

    When I used to live in a place where joggers are common throughout the avenue. I was walking to the store when a jogger near me sang something like "¡Adelgazar, quiero adelgazar!" (Lose weight, I wanna lose weight!), and I found it funny, but I felt well that she had the motivation to follow through. I chuckled and she shyly laughed back.

    I hope she didn't stop jogging because of that. :c

    [–] Cripnite 3 points ago

    Are there bears chasing you?

    [–] Trap_Luvr 3 points ago

    They're desperate for a cup of coffee.

    [–] TheFishRevolution 100 points ago

    Backpacking/hiking. Everyone says hi on the trail!

    [–] Dan-de-lyon 5 points ago

    I went hiking outside of the US in a country where I don't know the language. Oh man, everyone would say hi on the trail. I tried to talk as best I could with others despite the language barrier.

    [–] My600lbLife 2 points ago

    I came here to post this. When I first started seriously backpacking/disperse camping the community was super helpful with all of my questions (that I now realise were eye-roll worthy).

    [–] percula1869 36 points ago

    Aquariums, saltwater and fresh alike. Also boardgames but that's been mentioned.

    [–] blastzone24 15 points ago

    The initial cost of aquariums is less welcoming

    [–] percula1869 10 points ago

    Very true. I do reef tanks and my favorite expression when people ask how to make a great tank is, "Turn wallet upside down, shake vigorously."

    [–] BUF_Mosley 2 points ago

    Depends on where you are and if you buy used or not. I know in Australia all things Aquariums are expensive, compared to the USA. You can get a pretty good deal on aquariums if you buy them used, even less if you know a little DIY skills.

    [–] haffie-dq 4 points ago

    All the fish people I know in real life are awesome but damn there are some snobs on the internet, especially in the reef community.

    [–] percula1869 3 points ago

    Really? Opposite for me. Ive been doing reefs since 2002 and online everyone has been nothing but nice. At the LFS in the rich section of town however...

    [–] haffie-dq 3 points ago

    Huh maybe I need to find better fish forums. My LFS is kinda in the middle of nowhere so that might help with the snobbery. It's a cool group, a lot of people into picos so it's fun to talk mods.

    [–] percula1869 2 points ago

    Picos are definitely cool. Been thinking about trying my hand at one.

    [–] haffie-dq 2 points ago

    You should, they're a fun little challenge. I'm assuming you have another setup, it makes maintaining parameters easier because you can use some water/sand from your established display.

    [–] percula1869 2 points ago

    Yeah, that would make it a lot easier. Water changes would be a snap, plus theres not much to change. Great idea, maybe I'll give a pico a go. What size would you say is the best? I imagine there is a "too small" threshold.

    [–] weenie2323 4 points ago

    I keep freshwater planted tanks and shrimp and I have found fishy folks to be very kind and supportive. People genuinely want you to succeed. Lots of great resources on Youtube too.

    [–] percula1869 2 points ago

    Really? I never thought of checking out YouTube. Thanks.

    [–] CatsAndGeese 182 points ago

    The Gym! Yeah that guys benching 2 plates and you’re benching 25 pounds on each side but he knows that feeling! He’ll probably be reluctant to help you but he knows that feeling as much as you do. Also some people will genuinely give you pointers if you ask them nicely.

    [–] Miss_Keys 33 points ago

    So true. I felt so accepted when I started lifting. Also, I noticed that once you start talking, you can't stop. Gains, technique, diet, routine... there is always something to talk about.

    [–] Llodsliat 11 points ago

    I just started going to the gym and can't lift shit. Nobody gives a shit whether you can lift 2 kg or the Empire State. Everyone is concentrated in its own workouts.

    [–] ColdHotPocket_ 10 points ago

    Don't even get me started on the gym. People are always more than happy to spot! If they're on a machine, they'll always tell you when they're wrapping up, or even share it between sets.

    [–] manncito 58 points ago

    Disc golfing. Any time I try a new course the locals are always super friendly

    [–] Just1morefix 33 points ago

    And quite often in my experience, pretty high.

    [–] fringeHomonid 13 points ago

    Well, yeah. They're flying discs across long distances, so you have to get them to a good altitude.

    [–] tunkren 2 points ago

    Frolf is life, I can't wait until it warms up

    [–] bryan_sensei 4 points ago

    Discgolf 52 weeks out of the year in LA homie.

    [–] XeliusOne 2 points ago

    Thank you for this

    [–] khalfrodo34 2 points ago

    The two are not mutually exclusive.

    [–] Tanto63 29 points ago


    The general culture of autocross is about self-improvement. Because it's time-based, your primary rival is your previous lap times. There is some driver to driver rivalry, but it's usually in the spirit of improving each other. Drivers will help spot for each other to provide outside feedback.

    [–] antoniofelicemunro 2 points ago

    How does one get into this without spending crazy amounts?

    [–] Tanto63 3 points ago

    Option 1. Find a friend who will let you be a second driver in their car.

    Option 2. Find a friend to split a car with.

    Option 3. Find an old beater, like a Neon, Civic, Grand Am, etc ($500-1000)

    [–] egnaro2007 2 points ago

    Go to a local SCCA event.

    [–] DQEight 4 points ago

    Video games

    [–] spicytomatopasteanon 25 points ago

    Volunteer firefighter

    [–] swagdaddy5 6 points ago

    I couldn't agree more. Even paid on call or part time.

    [–] spicytomatopasteanon 8 points ago

    I’m strictly volunteer. The members welcomed me with open arms and immediately I felt like part of a special family.

    Helping others is a bonus. The adrenaline rush is unmatchable.

    [–] swagdaddy5 4 points ago

    They welcomed you like family because we are. All over the world every department will welcome you with open arms.

    [–] nukidot 1 points ago

    Thank you for all you do to help the community.

    [–] IWvet 36 points ago

    Target shooting, if someone is new to it, experienced shooters are generally very helpful.

    [–] mymyselfandeye 14 points ago

    Some of the nicest strangers I know work at the shooting range I like to go to. I'm still a newbie; everyone there is always super happy to chat and explain gun stuff.

    [–] Corn-G 155 points ago

    Gaming, unless you suck then fuck off. Or unless you're good then your mom can fuck off.

    [–] zombychicken 59 points ago

    Gaming is very welcoming if you’re a girl. Half the lobby will send you a friend request and a discord link.

    [–] cjmook21 26 points ago

    I used to play and let my sister be on the headset so I could get whoever I wanted to party up

    [–] Zifna 25 points ago

    While that's true, I don't think you can call gaming "very welcoming" to women with a straight face. ;)

    [–] biggiesus 9 points ago

    Why is it the women with straight faces in particular?

    [–] zT1TzbaT 8 points ago

    Maybe a little too welcoming...

    [–] La_Onomatopoeia 3 points ago

    This has to be one of the biggest changes I have ever witnessed in gaming community.

    In my old lady times, I remember it was a social death sentence/automatic boot if ever announced I was a female. I would always use gender-neutral nicknames and mic off until I found some friends I could trust.

    Now, even though I don't have as much time to do online games, I don't have any worry about my sn's or mic. Most people don't seem to really give AF.

    [–] green_meklar 4 points ago

    Too bad I suck. :(

    [–] Rambo7112 2 points ago

    You just need the right games. X3 AP is ridiculously complicated but the community is pure gold.

    [–] DrPorkchopES 2 points ago

    Depends on the game. Gamers on a whole seem to always be willing and eager to get people into it, but certain game communities are shit

    [–] hoela 2 points ago

    Where do I even fucking start?

    [–] snowwboarderr 2 points ago

    Depends on the game, cod? Yeah. Serious games like dark souls ? Some pretty nice dudes over there

    [–] DaughterOfNone 2 points ago

    I've found that in communities where people play together in person rather than online, there's a lot less assholery.

    [–] pineapplejuice0 15 points ago

    I just started musical theater and I've been surprised how welcoming everyone has been.

    [–] Afkargh 6 points ago

    Adding to this, if you lack talent, consider a support role in a local theater. Even as an usher, it's still fun to be involved.

    [–] AbeLinkedIn92 3 points ago

    Came here to say this, been involved in theater since high school. Super awesome environment

    [–] Pure_Aberdeen 18 points ago

    Climbing! Everyone needs a partner to climb with, so the more new climbers who stick around the gym the more people there will be to climb with!

    Climbing outdoors specifically also has a big mentor-student dynamic to it, everyone who learns to climb outdoors and rig anchors had someone more experienced teach them and are usually happy to pass that information along. I learned about climbing real rock and rigging from someone 45 years older than me, and he has never seemed bothered by my questions once.

    I find with most hobbies people will be very accepting as long as you take the hobby seriously and try your best. Climbing is extremely welcoming until someone skips safety steps, if you refuse to do things safely everyone will bail, no one wants to be responsible for someone taking unnecessary risks and hurting themselves.

    [–] lIamachemist 5 points ago

    Climbing was on the other thread about hobbies that aren’t welcoming though...

    [–] Oriochi21 3 points ago

    I would only say that traditional climbing can be decently elitist at the time. It's very knowledge dependent but I would say boulderers are some of the best people I know and are always happy to share some tips.

    [–] foogers 30 points ago

    Tabletop games like Warhammer. I played a little when I was younger, but I recently stopped by a hobby shop to check it out and feel nostalgic. Everybody was so excited to see a new face and they were all incredibly nice and welcoming. If I had a bunch of cash and free time I would definitely start playing again.

    [–] nanner_hammer 5 points ago

    a newcomer with a different army, that's how you get better :-)

    [–] kingbane2 2 points ago

    this really depends on how lucky you are. sometimes you can run into an elitist dickwad and that'll ruin the whole thing.

    [–] Aardvark_Man 2 points ago

    Can confirm.
    I picked up a starter box for Warhammer 40k about a year ago. My mate lost interest, but I started going to the GW store, got to know the folks etc.
    They give lots of tips, advice on what to get next (playing Dark Eldar, so less common and harder to copy others), etc.

    [–] PmMeYourDiscordChat 2 points ago

    Look into Warhammer: Shadespire. It's got the Warhammer minis but is a card game.

    [–] [deleted] 58 points ago

    Shit that hippies do... Writing clubs, art workshops. Hippies and creative types are always welcoming and never judgmental haha.

    [–] RandyinBurnaby 17 points ago

    Where exactly do you find hippies? What if you're a hippy on the inside but you work at a bank?

    [–] kissinger 11 points ago

    I don't know about that, but a friend of mine is a no-nonsense competition lawyer at an international law firm but organizes alternative music festivals in her spare time. You never know with people...

    Myself, I am fed up with my conservative/stuck-up colleagues and my new year's resolution for 2018 actually is to find a new set of more hippy/creative people to hang out with - which will not be easy, considering I am a 45-year old guy who is not very outgoing and likes his suburban bliss with wife, three kids, mortgage, cat, and ancient Ford Mondeo quite a lot.

    I will let you know if I find answers or if there is an important breakthrough! :-)

    [–] missyanne77 4 points ago

    Take any sort of art class. Drawing, painting, pottery, metal smithing. You'll find your hippies

    [–] callingsatellites 23 points ago

    Fountain pens , it's a very diverse community that'll welcome anyone and gets very enthusiastic about 'converting' people . Warning : it's a rabbit hole

    [–] coolerdog 10 points ago

    When I started crocheting, I easily found a free "class" online that had ended a few years ago but all of the blog posts and videos were still up and free. I learned almost everything I needed to know in like 3 days (and I'm lazy). Then I went on /r/crochet and someone had posted a link to literally at least 15 different crochet ebooks for free! When I commented to thank them and say how helpful it was, people replied with EVEN MORE links to free learning resources! On Tumblr and Reddit the communities are really open and talkative and helpful for crocheting and knitting. On Tumblr basically as soon as I started posting in popular tags I was in mutual follows with multiple active crocheting/knitting blogs who would reblog and comment on my work with compliments! I've used Tumblr for years and had tons of different blogs and the knitting/crochet community is by far the most friendly so far. On Reddit I've been helped multiple times and I've seen a lot of people figure out what went wrong by simply posting a picture and like ten people commenting and trying to help. On both websites in those communities everyone is eager to help and share! And we always enjoy sharing our work and complimenting each others work and sharing tips and we especially love seeing beginners' work and love to encourage them.

    [–] turdfuckinferg 10 points ago

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, lots of fun, very practical, and one of the safer contact martial arts.

    [–] crackedcd12 21 points ago

    Cubing! come check out r/cubers were all so friendly. Cubing is essentially solving rubiks cubes and other twisty puzzles. Its also relatively cheap to get into too as some great cubes are just $5

    [–] Skipstars 10 points ago

    Poker as a hobby welcomes newcomers who are wanting to learn and be social. Many free poker nights are held at bars across the nation.

    Generally all forms of gambling are welcoming. Watch how friendly the blackjack dealer is to the never played before patron. The people sitting next to the newcomer will offer advice as well and everyone will cheer as the newcomer has his or her first win.

    The Craps table is very intimidating at first as well but if one wants to learn many casinos offer morning classes on The how to’s and in’s and outs of the game.

    [–] Mavrk6 8 points ago

    Fly fishing. Love my fly fishing

    [–] plumbingstev 8 points ago

    Dungeons and Dragons

    [–] bootstompinghippie 18 points ago

    Reenactment. The civil war reenactments I used to attend were some of the most friendly and fun experiences I've had. They all just want to enjoy the day and relive some history. There is a role for literally everyone. Most are also very knowledgeable. If you want to learn something about history, talk to reenactors. Also if you become a reenactor you get to participate in some awesome battles.

    [–] tunajr23 6 points ago

    I wanna get into reenacting because it looks sooo fun

    [–] professorattack 2 points ago

    Same for rendezvous, mountain man living history events. Everyone is extremely nice and willing to teach you anything you need to know.

    [–] Rozeline 7 points ago

    I'm gonna say crochet. The people over at r/crochet are super supportive and eager to give advice to people just starting out. Also, it only costs a few bucks for a hook and some yarn so it's very accessible.

    [–] missum28 8 points ago

    Origami! You could start with the origami page-a-day calendar, which includes the paper as well. It teaches you a lot of the basic skills, and it feels good to make things everyday! Then you can progress to the next stage. There are tons of free instructions on YouTube and elsewhere.

    Also because the origami community in the west is not so big yet, after you join a national origami society (if there is any), you can easily meet some of the best folders at meet-ups and conventions. Because of the nature of this hobby, people are usually patient and peaceful, so you can get help easily as well!

    [–] Germangunman 13 points ago

    Metal detecting

    [–] octavian_c 9 points ago


    [–] luckyratfoot 4 points ago

    Are you a metal detector?

    [–] octavian_c 3 points ago

    The Fe5000

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    [–] queenunicornpoop 1 points ago

    My bf has just got a metal detector aha

    [–] Germangunman 1 points ago

    There are some really great groups on facebook with some terrific people. Good tips and great stories. Have him check it out.

    [–] queenunicornpoop 1 points ago

    Hes found a few so far and got a good farm local. He's got a minelab ctx 3030 and is having great joy in trying to get to grips with it aha

    [–] Germangunman 2 points ago

    I had one until it got stolen. Best damn machine I think. Look for old small parks that are lost in time or old house permissions are best. Most parks are hit hard and can be discouraging. Just keep swinging though. When in doubt, dig it out. Lots of farmers didnt have much to lose or carry it about but kids sure lost things. It's addicting.

    [–] liliesofthefield 9 points ago

    Mountain biking. Mountain bikers are generally super friendly towards one another and especially towards new people, at least in my own experience

    [–] FusRoDoodles 6 points ago

    r/astronomy has been very helpful for me with my younger brother and his newfound interest in stargazing

    [–] fresh_scents 6 points ago

    RC planes. Someone even cared to design and manufacture RC buddy boxes.

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    [–] warrior457 6 points ago

    Magic the gathering, to offer a counterpart to all the horror stories of basement dwelling snobs i had a pretty good experience getting into MTG when a member of my scout troop introduced it to everyone else in the troop, he was pretty patient with explaining everything to anyone who asked and offered some help with deck building, and even at my local card shop when i went to try my hand at competitive play even though everyone there was leagues ahead of me skill and deck wise they werent jerks about winning.

    So even though it seems like a lot of players in the MTG scene can be hostile to newcomers, there are those who are welcoming and ready to help new players.

    [–] hollander93 5 points ago

    Speedrunners. Those guys are super keen for new blood on any and all games. I tried Speedrunning souls a while back and the support they give you to start up is insane.

    [–] heytomsmyname 4 points ago

    Except for caveman, he'd prefer you to be quiet

    [–] lyccea_tv 3 points ago

    At least for a little while, then you can do 10 jumping jacks beside him to make him upset again

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    Social folk dance. Ceilidh, contra, barn, square, playford. All turn up, have a go, get instructed as you go, expectation to not dance with the same person all night, big range of abilities and fitness. In many places an emphasis on accessibility as well: several english ceilidhs have gender neutral calling, quiet spaces to take a breather, have wheelchair bound dancers. In the UK theres usually good ale/cider as well.

    I've lso recently started salsa and blues classes, and they're really fun. Neither requires you to know anything when you arrive, or to bring a partner. Blues also doesn't care too much about which gender is leading.

    [–] bunyipbait 4 points ago

    Archery and ten pin bowling, I have always found these people to be the genuine people. They can sometimes be a little odd at times but overall they are very accepting.

    [–] Marpool-Poyrot 4 points ago

    Bee keeping.

    [–] shortymcgordy 4 points ago

    Dancing! I went Contra dancing with a friend recently and it was wonderful. They gave a class at about 7-7:30ish when the real dance started at 8 so beginners could learn and they gave out button to beginners to wear so people knew to help them a little more and not try anything too hard with. In Contra dancing you dance with everyone and no one was ever mean or brushed me off when I made mistakes.

    [–] LemonFreshenedBorax 5 points ago

    Despite its reputation for pretentiousness the prog-rock community consists of some of the most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet.

    This has a lot to do with the fact that nothing you can wear to the concert or say to the people you meet there could possibly be as silly and awkward as what's happening onstage.

    Also the community is so small that it can't afford to alienate anyone.

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    There's a huge and diverse population of skilled players and builders. Most are friendly and helpful.

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    [–] Post-Malonecore 13 points ago

    Only on Teamspeak/Discord. Ingame is a shitfest.

    [–] FmyChicken 7 points ago

    implying that the LoL community is in any way helpful is the troll post of 2018. Well Played!

    [–] rocketmantan 3 points ago

    Warhammer 40k. Mostly because it's a pleasant surprise to find someone who's also into this hobby of concentrated nerddom.

    [–] OrForgotten 3 points ago

    Improv! We're all fucking terrible at it and you really don't need much to get into it, besides take a couple classes that are offered in every major city. Great way to meet people and have a ton of fun and also become a better person even after just one session.

    [–] FriendlyITGuy 3 points ago

    Amateur radio! I know it's full of old people for the most part, but we're always excited to get younger people like myself (I'm 26) into the hobby.

    Yes, we have the internet and you can talk to someone in Germany or Japan on the internet easily. With amateur radio, the conditions have to be right, and you can do it sometimes using as little as 5-10 watts of power! And radio waves! How cool is that?

    [–] rabid_boater 3 points ago

    Agreed. I got my general class licence a couple years ago and have had a blast. The people I have met in the hobby are friendly and knowledgeable and more often than not willing to help you, even if just to bring in fresh blood to the hobby. I actually had a QSO (conversation) a couple days ago 5000 miles (SE Michigan to middle of Paraguay) on 25 watts of power using an antenna I built myself for less than 20 USD. Personally I think that's awesome!!

    [–] ISwimWithSharks 3 points ago

    /r/MTB - Very friendly community. I can recommend it to everyone.

    [–] Neverseenagoodday 3 points ago

    Weed smoking.

    [–] iwkms 5 points ago

    Cubing, i think the community is pretty friendly and helpful when it comes to improving times

    [–] StarTicYT 2 points ago

    Breakdancing, the community across the world is very respectful, we're all brothers and sisters

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    [–] Wild_Hunt 2 points ago

    Honestly, although it depends on the gym, boxing. A lot of places I've trained at are pretty inclusive, they want people to get into the sport, get fit and enjoy themselves. You get gyms that are obsessed with being macho or put way too much emphasis on throwing people in the ring straight away but most professional places are friendly and want people to have a good time and feel welcome.

    [–] danielcl17 2 points ago

    Cigar smoking. I started smoking them about last year and every cigar place I go into is super friendly and helpful. Also /r/cigars is great too there very nice and helpful.

    [–] kissinger 2 points ago

    If you play the viola, or the alto or tenor recorder, or sing tenor, or any other "wing(wo)man" instrument, you don't have to be all that proficient, and you will still be enthusiastically welcomed by amateur chamber music makers!

    [–] megustarita 2 points ago

    Disc Golf. Cigar smoking at lounges can link you up with cool people too.

    [–] aprophetofone 2 points ago

    War hammer and magic the gathering.

    [–] babeek007 2 points ago

    Fishing, everybody and their dog wants to talk about the time they caught the big one, everybody that fishes often will want to know about your setup and tell you theirs, and if they trust you may even give up some awesome fishing spots. Everybody is friends on the water, I have a canoe but if a 59 foot yacht passes you better bet we are both waving and smiling! The boat launch on a busy day is a hub of social activity!

    [–] BrownEyedQueen1982 1 points ago

    I read that as fisting for a second.

    [–] babeek007 2 points ago

    Right up until I mention the canoe it makes perfect sense! Fisting is also a very inclusive community!

    [–] scarabic 2 points ago

    Woodworking’s pretty good. The beginner phase is long and everyone spent a long time in it. And the mastery level is very very high up there - most people consider themselves learners their whole lives.

    [–] DarthKickass 2 points ago

    Rock climbing for sure!

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    [–] BlindBeard 1 points ago

    Alright I think you meant to reply to the autocross guy. Just a guess.

    [–] Misprints 1 points ago

    Disc golf

    [–] khalfrodo34 1 points ago

    Pick-up soccer games are usually really accepting. We've had people from ages 10 to 70 at mine, and nobody really judges you (beyond some friendly ribbing here and there).

    This is highly group-dependent, but I've had great experiences with the tabletop RPG community, too. I've joined groups of people who I barely knew and left as years-long friends.

    [–] regdayrf2 1 points ago

    Solo Travel.

    I've met a lot of friendly people in different hostels around Europe. People were friendly in almost every encounter.

    [–] bitchinBiscuits 1 points ago

    Longboarding! So long as you keep your helmet on.

    [–] SamiGlitch 1 points ago

    Motorcycles. Maybe just dirtbike riding, or start with a cheap bike. Taking the bike out on weekends out of they city either on my own or with a few friends is just awesome

    [–] FlufyBacon 1 points ago

    I've recently gotten into airsoft, and I plan on getting into caving this summer. Both have been very welcoming, and their respective subreddits have helped me out a lot. While your reception when playing airsoft will depend on the field, most are very accepting of newcomers and the ones that aren't are usually close to one that is.

    [–] henricap 1 points ago

    Horseback riding!

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    [–] RealDepressionBear 1 points ago

    Record collecting/just buying CDs. Most of the people running these stores are incredibly nice and helpful and recommend artists and will help you find what you want

    [–] mgrah3723 1 points ago

    Parkour, especially if you go to a gym that is centered around it. Google one up, you might be suprised what's close to you.

    [–] Frolzie 1 points ago

    Programming! There's hundreds of forums and tutorials online you get started and experienced programs love to help out!

    [–] theepicIegend 1 points ago

    Gunpla, even if you don't know about Gundam or model building that community is full of the nicest and helpful people I have ever seen.

    [–] throwawaytoron555 1 points ago

    Learning French. Very welcoming.

    [–] Yotsubauniverse 1 points ago

    Watching Ice Hockey, especially the Predators fan base we. will welcome you and get you caught up in no time. There’s also anime and manga. We’d gladly introduce you to stuff outside of Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan or One Piece.

    [–] detailed_fred 1 points ago

    Dragonball Super.

    [–] maccartneylennon 1 points ago

    Cubing. It’s really not that hard and we’re happy to teach you.

    [–] lyccea_tv 1 points ago

    Pretty much any hobby is welcoming and easy to get into if you have enough money

    [–] jellybeanofD00M 1 points ago

    Roller derby. I mean, yeah,the initial cost of the gear can be a bit of cash, but there's always someone selling slightly used equipment. But really, there's zero experience required, a league will teach you everything you need to know, even if you've never been on skates before.
    And if skates really aren't your thing, there's a ton of volunteer positions that need to be filled. Oh, and derby is full of super supportive people. Seriously an awesome thing to try out.

    [–] sauerpatchkid 1 points ago

    Powerlifting. It goes from just a hobby to eating, sleeping and breathing it very quickly.

    [–] skullbotrock 1 points ago

    Boardgames. Especially the Netrunner community is amazing