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Reddit can be quite the dumpster fire. The hivemind mentality is very real across the entire site, and subreddits that get too popular often end up losing their souls somewhere along the way—either by becoming overly political or by shifting toward low-effort memes and content.
But buried in the midst of all that, you can find some really cool communities that are entertaining, informative, helpful, or all of the above. And since you can curate your individual Reddit feed by selectively subscribing to the subreddits that interest you, Reddit can be quite an awesome place for modern geeks. You just have to know where to look.
Here are the best subreddits for geeks, where you’ll find likeminded geeky communities where you can explore your geekiness and participate in the world of geekism. This list of subreddits is presented alphabetically.
Here at whatNerd, we do our best to suggest all the coolest and most watchable anime series and anime movies out there… but given how huge the world of anime can be, we just can’t keep up. If you need personalized suggestions on which anime series to watch next, or if you want to help others discover awesome new anime, then you should join this subreddit.
If you prefer listening to books over reading books, you should join the r/audiobooks subreddit where everyone else feels the same way. You’d be surprised how much discussion there can be about the audiobooks experience, but littered between those threads you’ll also find people asking for suggestions on what to listen to next.
Ever watch a movie that was so bad that it actually circled around to being enjoyable? At r/badmovies, you’ll find a community of movie watchers who are dedicated to finding, suggesting, and discussing these so-called “bad movies”! Watch and develop a new appreciation for good filmmaking.
PC gaming enthusiasts tend to take pride in their PC gaming setups. Colloquially, these setups are called “battlestations.” And the r/battlestations community is all about sharing your PC gaming battlestation for all to see. Or you can lurk in the shadows and be inspired to make improvements to your own setup!
The board game community on Reddit is one of my favorites, and it’s the only board game community I care to stick with. Unlike other places, you won’t find much board game elitism here—and when you do, those people tend to get downvoted by the rest. It’s a welcoming community where you can discuss your favorite board games and discover new ones to play.
Not sure what to read next? I’m sure you already have an impossibly long reading list—just like the rest of us—but half the fun in having a reading list is adding more to it. And r/booksuggestions will help you with that, for sure! No matter what genre, ask away and you’ll find several people willing to point you toward some titles that you might like.
If you love coffee, you should probably join the r/coffee community. You’ll learn all kinds of tips and tricks to improve your home-brewed cups of joe, and you’ll be inspired to try different brewing methods and gadgets. You may outgrow it in a year, but the time you spend here will be worth it!
The r/comicbooks community should be your first stop if you’re looking for a way to dive deeper into comic books and/or graphic novels. It has a pretty casual vibe—not much discussion happens as it’s mostly people sharing their comic book collections and their favorite comic book excerpts. But it’s great for comic newbies and veterans alike.
There are bigger Dungeons & Dragons subreddits, but r/dndnext is the best of the bunch—as long as you’re only interested in playing Fifth Edition. There’s a bit of everything here, from people sharing stories from their D&D sessions to people theorycrafting the best race/class combos to homebrew ideas for custom campaigns. Highly recommended!
The r/dndmemes community is like the lighter, more casual cousin to r/dndnext. It’s a place where people can post their favorite memes about D&D, but those memes tend to spark interesting and fruitful discussions that you may find useful. I just like it for the laughs, to be honest.
Of all the movie-related subreddits, r/flicks stands out because it’s active but not too popular, allowing it to strike a balance between higher-quality discussion and regular frequency of posts. It’s a fun place for movie buffs who want to talk movie reviews, genre trends, and more.
Despite the size of this subreddit, a lot of people still don’t know that r/gadgets exists. It’s the catch-all subreddit for all things related to gadgetry, including laptops, TVs, headphones, VR, drones, and more. It’s mainly a dumping ground for news stories, but the comment discussions on each story can be interesting.
For gamers who love thinking more deeply about video games, r/gamedesign is a nice community where you can discuss topics like game mechanics, core gameplay loops, bad design trends, and more. You don’t need to be a game developer either, as this subreddit is strictly for abstract conceptual talk rather than concrete scripting or programming.
If you actually want to create your own video games, you can’t skip out on r/gamedev. You’ll find everything ranging from coding tutorials and game engine comparisons to marketing advice and tips on how to improve your chances at success when your game is ready to launch.
While r/fantasy is technically dedicated to all things fantasy-related, the community is dominated by fantasy book threads. In addition to all the fantasy book discussions, this subreddit also holds regular AMAs (Ask Me Anything) by fantasy authors. Some notable past AMAs include heavy-hitters like Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Joe Abercrombie.
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r/geek is a pretty aimless subreddit about “geeky things.” Books, retro games, geeky collectibles, DIY projects, original fan art, memes… if it’s geek-related at all, it’s allowed. It’s not the most interesting subreddit by any means, but it’s a great filler for more content in your Reddit feed.
r/kpop is an excellent subreddit for anyone who likes K-pop but not to the same extent as most insane K-pop fans, meaning much less drama than you’ll find in other online K-pop communities. If nothing else, it’s a useful way to stay on top of notable album and music video releases. Plus there are regular discussion threads that are fun to read.
Building a manga collection can be quite satisfying. If you have one of your own, no matter how small or large your collection actually is, you should consider checking out r/mangacollectors. It’s fun to see what others have collected—but more interesting is how those collections are stored.
Once you start using a mechanical keyboard, you’ll never want to go back. And it’s not like mechanical keyboards are strictly retro—they’re quite practical in several ways. The r/mechanicalkeyboards community is the perfect starting point if you’re a newbie, and the perfect place to contribute if you’re already using mechanical keyboards.
Miniature painting is one of my favorite hobbies. Not only is it surprisingly relaxing and meditative, it’s one of the few activities that allows for unbounded creativity even if you don’t have the ability to create things from scratch. The r/minipainting community is welcoming, helpful, and inspiring for anyone who’s looking to jump into this hobby.
Have Netflix but can’t find anything worth watching? Join the r/netflixbestof community for suggestions on what to watch next and reviews of what others have recently watched. I’ve found all kinds of Netflix hidden gems through this community!
The Oculus Quest was like the iPhone for virtual reality: it wasn’t the first to do virtual reality, but it made virtual reality easy and accessible for everyday people. The more recent Oculus Quest 2 took things to the next level. If you have one, or you’re thinking of getting one, then r/oculusquest is a must-join community for keeping up with Oculus Quest developments, new game releases, finding cool accessories, and more.
Are you the kind of gamer who doesn’t keep up with the latest releases and would rather play games that are several years old? There’s an entire community like this, and they’re called r/patientgamers. It’s a great place to discuss classics and oldies without the sneer of gaming elitists.
There are larger podcasting subreddits, but I prefer r/podcast because the smaller community tends to have less of a hivemind mentality. Instead of the same recommendations and talking points regurgitated in every thread, it’s a bit more real and unique.
r/scifi is the science fiction alternative to r/fantasy, but whereas r/fantasy is mainly about fantasy books, r/scifi isn’t as dominated by books-only talk. There are threads relating to sci-fi TV, sci-fi movies, and sci-fi games. Definitely a great community for sci-fi fans!
A lot of tech news subreddits are inundated with people who derail threads with political agendas. r/technewstoday is a news dumping ground for tech-related stories, and while it still has the occasional political post, it’s surprisingly clean most of the time. Don’t expect too much high-quality discussion though; treat it like a news feed and you’ll be fine.
r/gaming is one of the most popular subreddits on Reddit, which explains why it’s full of low-effort posts. If you’re looking for a meme-free gaming community with actual discussions, r/truegaming is where you should go because only discussion threads are allowed.
Like the idea of comics but don’t want to collect them, either in physical or digital format? Then webcomics are probably more your speed—and r/webcomics is a great place to find all kinds of original webcomics. Here, artists share their own creations and users also share their favorite panels from their favorite webcomics.
Whether you’re a writer coming up with a world for your stories, a dungeon master coming with a world for your tabletop campaigns, or just a regular Joe Schmoe who loves to daydream, r/worldbuilding is a unique awesome creative community where people share concept art, maps, lore, works in progress, and anything else that comes up while worldbuilding!