So over the winter I took up this game, and like most of you I was hooked. Driving 40 miles two or three days a week to my 'local' game store. But as winter became spring and spring became summer my time to play this game disappeared (along with my enthusiasm for Menoth- replaced by Circle). I have all kinds of work, family obligations, all my friends are home from their colleges- so parties, beach trips, and I have tennis, soccer, road races etc. etc. Gas money has also become bar money, and my budget for expanding my Circle collection has dropped to nearly zero.
But I'm sure I have more time being younger than most older players (I'm 21) and therefore having less responsibilities, so I was wondering- how do you balance this hobby into your life? How can I maximize my progression with Circle with less time? (switching from Menoth, which I was decent with, to Circle has left me with a terrible win/loss ratio). I have ambitions to do well at tournaments and be a respected player within my meta- but I'm wallowing in learning Circle too slowly.
Also, something I'm curious about, how open is everyone about their participation in hobbies like this? I am a closet gamer- a passionate one- but I sort of treat this as a guilty pleasure that little-to-no one from my daily/social life knows about. Is this common/looked down upon?