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The Nerd Manual is meant to be both a useful resource for nerds and a guide for the people involved with nerds. If you're a nerd you can find information here that will help you improve your life and perhaps better understand yourself. If you're close friends with, dating, or married to a nerd, I want to give you insight into things nerds do that a lot of people have difficulty understanding.

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Nerd Specializations: Gamer

Simon Liu - GARC

If it has dice, cards or a board with tokens, a gamer nerd has probably played it. Gamers are highly competitive, so don't be surprised if the gamer nerd you know races you to every door, and makes bets out of any situation that involves even the tiniest element of chance. Further specializations of gamers include RPG nerds who can sometimes script month-long tabletop games full of as much drama as any episode of Real Housewives, and LARPers who craft medieval costumes and foam swords, and do battle in public parks. Of course, most people are familiar with video gamers who have a stable of online characters who make Rambo look like a hippie.

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