This one is a little tough to write about actually. Again, I feel that the friendships I have had in this hobby have almost been blown to the winds. Of the people I used to chat to on a daily basis, I now am lucky to contact them once a month, and that is on a good month.
There are two fronts that this has changed on. The first is my workload. I now am in a job that has a super large workload. I work as IT in a medium-sized company (100-200 employees). But I am the only person that works IT there. At the moment I am at home sick and I am spending most of my sick time at my computer resolving IT issues remotely because no-one else can. That sort of workload does not allow for many contacts with the dozens of people I used to talk to about gaming on a daily basis.
Having closed down my board game store and the loss of G Plus has almost completely destroyed my friendships around my hobby. There are a few guys (the solid regulars at the store) who I continue gaming with now. They are great. Good friends and of a like mind to me but it is a greatly reduced number to those I used to have as a pool of friends around gaming. I miss you all! But life changes and we must roll with those changes – good or bad. Keep rolling.