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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Nov 2011 9:07 a.m. PST

What is the most irritating thing your gaming friends do during a game? Making "zoom zoom" noises as they move their aircraft? Humming some obscure martial song? Tapping your minis against the tabletop?

Privateer4hire Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 9:12 a.m. PST


basileus66 Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 9:12 a.m. PST


Bob in Edmonton23 Nov 2011 9:14 a.m. PST

Passing wind. I know he can't help it (and I'm guilty too!) but dang, if I wanted to be gassed, we'd be playing a WW1 game!

CraigH Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 9:15 a.m. PST

Two things: trying to engage me in non-game related conversation when I am planning my move – as in, so what are your neighbours up to, looks like they are building a fence ?

Or, engaging other players in conversation then when it's their turn, suddenly they are in some brand new world so "it's going to take some time while I figure out what to do"

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 9:17 a.m. PST

He has a nervous tic which he can't help (brought on by medicine that he takes) that has him nervous tapping his foot all the time. It vibrates in the floor which is nerve wracking.

stenicplus Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 9:26 a.m. PST

Not so much doing something but the lack of doing anything, ie slow play.

Fortunately it's only one person and I console myslef by chuckling over the immortal line delivered long ago by a friend; "If I set fire to him he'd burn slow!"

RazorMind Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 9:37 a.m. PST

right before rolling the dice, he shakes them in his hands vigorously for what seems like 10 minutes (exagerations) but still, quite annoying :-)

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 9:37 a.m. PST

Everyone in my group agrees that we are all perfect gentlemen with no annoying habits of any sort. Except that we do lie…

Martin Rapier23 Nov 2011 9:46 a.m. PST

Wandering off for a fag or engaging in lengthy conversations with passers by.

I'm the one going 'vroom vroom'.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 9:46 a.m. PST

Laughing at my excruciating die rolls. Happens throughout the game. All games.

John Leahy23 Nov 2011 9:47 a.m. PST

Well, I have a friend whose a good guy. However, when he is playing a game and losing (usually badly by that point) he starts griping rather loudly about how the rules suck, are unrealistic, flawed, cheesy, etc. This will usually stop or disrupt the game. Now, it doesn't matter if he's only played the rules once or twice. He's suddenly an expert on all aspects of the rules. It REALLY is quite annoying. Now the funny thing is that IF his luck turns and he starts winning he quits the complaining. I'm not sure he even realizes how much it impacts the fun every one else is having. Other than that he's really great to be around.



Personal logo Dances With Words Supporting Member of TMP Fezian23 Nov 2011 9:55 a.m. PST

pick their 'gills' with more than two TENTACLES…..

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 9:56 a.m. PST

Slow turn resolution.To the point that I am consdiering getting chess timers for the games I run.

pphalen Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 10:03 a.m. PST

It's a tie between the 10 minute pre-roll shake and the roll one die at a time (when you are playing a fistful of dice type game…)

Mike Mayes Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 10:13 a.m. PST

Passing wind is a biggie (but I do it too)

Being critical of rules that I am just trying out and make a few mistakes on. There seems to be an intolerance for not being an expert on something being introduced. It kind of saps my enthusiasm. But I usually reread the rules and try again.

Perhaps my buddy's complaint is that I am always wanting to try out new stuff?


vojvoda Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 10:13 a.m. PST

Slow play and indecisions about the players movements.

James Mattes

Scott MacPhee23 Nov 2011 10:29 a.m. PST

I guess I'm lucky, but I can honestly say that nothing my gaming buddies do annoys me.

Sundance23 Nov 2011 10:39 a.m. PST

Slowing the game down by telling stories of previous games (some of which I've heard dozens of times). Not a lot annoying – just a little.

Jamesonsafari23 Nov 2011 10:46 a.m. PST

Slowing the game down by telling stories of previous games (some of which I've heard dozens of times). Not a lot annoying just a little.

Or grousing about players from old convention games or otherwise taking the focus away from the table top.

JLA10523 Nov 2011 10:47 a.m. PST

Chew tobacco and use an empty beer can for the spit. Just a matter of time before a spit can gets knocked over onto the gaming table…

sneakgun23 Nov 2011 10:48 a.m. PST

Setting up a date and time to play and then not showing up or calling to say their plans had changed.

Bob in Edmonton23 Nov 2011 10:56 a.m. PST

I was joking about passing wind (it does happen--to everyone one)!

One thing that annoys me (although my regular gaming buddy never does this) are gamers who wander away during my turn and then hold up the game because they don't come back promptly. I make quick (sometimes rash, moves) so it is not like my turns take a long time.

richarDISNEY23 Nov 2011 11:07 a.m. PST

Yea. the 10 min pre-roll…
Or 10min to decide what to do this turn…
Or the bastich stealing my beers…

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 11:08 a.m. PST

Falls asleep.


flooglestreet Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:14 a.m. PST

One guy shakes his fingers, hums and rocks back and forth. He is not a very enjoyable person to be around, fortunately he ignores other people.

Tomg33323 Nov 2011 11:17 a.m. PST

Defending when he is the attacking force.

PygmaelionAgain Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:19 a.m. PST

Moves his units by marking the furthest forward extent the unit can go with dice, then takes figures from the back or middle and starts filling in on that line….

No… That's not how it works!

(I grant you that it makes little difference in 40K orks… and I don't want to wait for him to move them all one at a time.)

GoneNow Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:23 a.m. PST

flooglestreet, that sounds more like some form of autism rather then an "annoying habit".

TheCaptainGeneral Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:31 a.m. PST

The Trojan Bunny and I never had any problems while gaming… In fact, most of our games turned into a laugh riot… Good times!

My current gaming friend constantly mocks my way of measuring the distance my minis move. I go from center of base while he goes from base edge. I am consistent and don't fudge my move distances where I have seen him move minis and give them an extra "base" of distance…

Yet EVERY time he points out that I am "moving them weird"…

Oh, and he is a power gamer… Making lists that are made to win while I go for more 'flavor' lists… May have to change my tactics as he is the only gamer that I see on a regular basis…

ming31 Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:31 a.m. PST

Drinks at the table . I used to be the biggest ofender till I spilled a drink on a game .

Mako11 Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:35 a.m. PST

Time consuming premeasurement, and all the dithering that goes along with that in order to make a decision on a move.

TheCaptainGeneral Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:36 a.m. PST


That too! I had bought a new board game years ago and my friend spilled a full 2 liter bottle of coke on it… I was not happy… He didn't even apologize!

SonoftheConfederacy Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:36 a.m. PST

John Leahy said it perfectly…….guess every gaming group has one!! lol

SonoftheConfederacy Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:43 a.m. PST

Played a F&F tourney years ago with a 4 hour game time limit……..before moving a brigade this guy would…..measure how far they can move and mark that point, then measure how far they can shoot from that point, then measure how far the enemy was away from that point, then measure how many enemy brigades can fire on his brigade at that point. Then scratch his chin and think about it…….then not even move there!?!?!? He did this every turn for every brigade……..gggrrrr!!!!I wanted to strangle this goober…….lol

ashauace6970 Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 11:52 a.m. PST

my beef: He's not into the period or game,he just goes through the motions and usually gets burned because he hasn't listened up to any special rules or scenario specific plans.
Then he complains the rules or the scenario s**ks

Connard Sage Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:57 a.m. PST

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

People in glass houses shouldn't lob bricks.

Ergo, I'm saying nowt.

XRaysVision Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 12:37 p.m. PST

Yet EVERY time he points out that I am "moving them weird"…

That is weird.

FuriousGamer Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 12:48 p.m. PST

SonoftheConfederacy, was that the tourney we were in? I seem to remember something like that. Anyway, we have this loser in our gaming group that is a total rules bully. He'll frequently concoct an imaginary rule or concept so he can cheat. We feel sorry for him, so we look the other way, as it is almost amusing to still crush him on the table of honor, even after all his bending of the rules. However, when an opponent tries to use said imaginary rule against him, he gets this look on his face and says, "Noooooooooooooo – no,no!", and argues against his own ruling. Pitiful, but entertaining.

Willtij Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 12:51 p.m. PST

Since its been over 5 years since I have been able to play with my buddies, time has softened my memory so I would say there was nothing that annoyed me.

skinkmasterreturns23 Nov 2011 12:52 p.m. PST

I think Connard Sage is right. I'm sure your "gaming buddy " would have a list just as long,if not longer. Its as bad as being married…..sobbing in the corner "he didnt say anything about my new grenadiers"…..

idontbelieveit23 Nov 2011 1:34 p.m. PST

Rerolling slightly cocked dice when what's showing is bad for him but not when what's showing is good for him.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 1:48 p.m. PST

I too have a problem with someone who does not understand the rules and then complains about them. But only when it goes against him.

He is really a fine person, but this gets old in a hurry.

Desert Rat23 Nov 2011 1:56 p.m. PST

When playing a DBx game and the opponent waits until I throw a combat die before he throws his. It's not as if the die can actually look at the result and know what to roll!

Rogzombie Fezian Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 2:04 p.m. PST


Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 2:25 p.m. PST

Currently the ones I play with have no real annoying habit other than trying to win….

However in the past, I've had players who said "It's not that I played badly, it's that the dice were against me…"

Had a player in TSATF once who measured the movement for his forces which put them right in front of my guns, then moved them an extra two inches and put them "behind my guns"

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

When he was called on it, he said "oh I made a mistake", and moved his pieces back.

I think the worst one that I can say now would be cheating…kind of like the guy did at the FoW Gencon Demo I played in. Obvious cheating with the dice, and everyone on the table knew it, and the GM still let him do it.
I got up and walked away.

The Gray Ghost Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 4:23 p.m. PST

Constantly taps his empty beer/pop can on the table

blacksoilbill23 Nov 2011 5:22 p.m. PST

I think they should be answering this question, not me!

flooglestreet Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 6:30 p.m. PST

@tinyminis, You could well be right. And looking at some of the things othew TMPers have posted, he is not so bad.

Ditto Tango 2 3 Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 7:19 p.m. PST


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