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You’re not Kraven the Hunter.) Don’t lurk or linger. So don’t feel shy about asking her what she’s into, and be prepared for a long discussion—or even argument. When it seems like the conversation is coming to a conclusion, drop a hint about where you’ll be later if she wants to pick up the thread.

Sure, asking for a picture of the girl in the handmade Cardcaptor Sakura outfit is an easy way to start a conversation, but chances are guys have been hitting on her all day. Never, ever talk down to a girl or accuse her of “faking” geekiness to get attention from guys.

Plot your course carefully, and follow this flight path: Make a plan of attack.

Good news: If you’re looking to meet someone at a convention, the epicenter of geekery, the con schedule may include events centered around doing just that.

Finding someone to date shouldn’t be like trying to party up in an MMORPG: running around, repeatedly spamming chat channels for a group, and anxiously seeking a random encounter. This isn’t that kind of book.) No, seeking out Player Two is more like an old-school RPG: a gradual progression that, with the right walkthrough, becomes much, much easier.

The Convention Comic Con, video game expos, anime conventions… Maybe that good-looking cosplayer just wants to hang out with her friends and be left alone.

"For the right person, this book is the Marauder's Map, the Konami code, the Gray's Sports Almanac of the opposite sex.

It's dangerous to date alone: take this." - Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America"If dating seems more like a dismal game of Frogger instead of a fun Zelda adventure, you need to read "The Geek's Guide to Dating" by Eric Smith!

True, it’s unlikely you and your new companion will immediately hop into a TARDIS and head off to dinner on Gallifrey (before it was destroyed).

Resident style contributor Elizabeth Giorgi takes some time out from DIYing Wonder Woman shoes to share some general advice and personal experience that’s just as relevant to anybody who isn’t dating a geek or isn’t a geek themselves. Yes, it’s fun to dress up in coordinating outfits at Cons together, but there’s also a lot more to life than cosplay. There’s this tendency among geeks to try and one up each other with knowledge.

I’ve been a self-identified nerd since I was 16, but I didn’t always date within my identity. Unless you’re cosplaying every week, I wouldn’t base a relationship on it. This comes out in trivia contests, coffee shop conversations and comment sections. Comic books, LEGO sets and action figures all require a commitment of both financial resources and time.

If you feel good about the way you look, you’ll feel more confident whenever that first date happens (Before you go nuts in the comments section about how outward appearances shouldn’t be important, remind yourself that you wouldn’t show up for a job interview or a Con dressed inappropriately.

A date should be no different.)Elizabeth Giorgi is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis.

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