Apart from research I also like strategic boardgames
If you also enjoy predicting others best responses to your best responses and minimise the effect of luck then you try out some of the following.
Work with the your friends to save the world. Your actions in one game affect the next. Our group played it through COVID (at a safe distance).
An intense resource management game where you're a German farmer just trying to get by, but the other players keep taking your sheep.
Test out your micro-economic theory in practice. Choose the right type of auction to maximize your revenue.