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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 May 2023 8:50 p.m. PST

You're in the middle of the game, and the phone rings. Do you answer it? Or check for messages later?

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2023 9:16 p.m. PST

Depends on who it is calling but usually I let it go to voice mail.

Martin Rapier25 May 2023 12:04 a.m. PST

I'd check to see who was calling as I have family members in various states of ill health, but normally I'd let it go to VM.

Mark J Wilson Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 2:51 a.m. PST

There is no phone in the room at our club.

myxemail25 May 2023 3:26 a.m. PST

Once. It was a call from my mother, who was in hospice

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 4:14 a.m. PST

I would check to see who is calling, then decide whether to answer or not.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 May 2023 4:17 a.m. PST

Of course not. It's not my phone.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 5:19 a.m. PST

Wife or mother yes, it would probably be important, otherwise no.

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 5:21 a.m. PST

I always have my phone on Do Not Disturb but calls on my contacts come through. So yes I would answer it.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 5:51 a.m. PST

I check— it's likely my wife, who won't interrupt without a good reason.
But it will be on vibrate, and typically she texts, so it's unobtrusive.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP25 May 2023 6:02 a.m. PST

Just some personal thoughts.
No offence intended to those for whom the phone is a central part of their life.

People who love their phone can be a real problem for me in games.
I would concur with all the above.

However there are many gamers who use their phone throughout games. Such behaviour will stop me inviting them to my house or me going to theirs. Lucky them.

I often meet gamers ( I get around a lot) who "need" to check their phones every 5-8 minutes to see if some world event requires their immediate attention. Others have partners who need to phone them for reassurance " shall I buy cheese at the supermarket?" One peculiar group are those who like to play a game on their tablet whilst playing a game with those actually present. "It's no problem I can do both".

I suspect ( I don't really know) they will gravitate to others who are of the same behavioural type. These folk can sit across the table from each other and be in their own world without needing to hone social skills. They might also find it remarkable and incomprehensible that others object to their behaviour. Each to their own I suppose?

The main warning sign is players who place their phone on the game table. i.e "this is my main focus tonight chaps".

People in my social groupings do not use their phones at the game table or when we are at the movies or eating a meal. I am grateful to them.


martin

Arjuna25 May 2023 6:21 a.m. PST

Cell phone jammers are still illegal in most countries I assume?
A pity.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP25 May 2023 6:22 a.m. PST

Don't use a mobile phone so doesn't affect my behaviour. Others in the group do have vulnerable relatives so we all understand and they do tend to keep it short.

Worst for me is the guy who has a newsfeed that beeps every time one of his subjects comes up. He is so hard of hearing that it is turned up high and he doesn't realise how distracting it is.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 6:23 a.m. PST

I am on call 24/7, so I will answer the phone unless it appears to be a spam call. That said, my phone rarely rings while playing a game.

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 6:33 a.m. PST

Really depends upon the caller. In most cases it is a spam call, but I do want to take important calls. They are usually just a few moments and I am back at the table.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 10:51 a.m. PST

Like 79th PA I am on a 24 hour call on my mobile, so would answer if I got a call – but so far (fingers crossed) that have never happened

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 11:29 a.m. PST

This is the joy of IGOUGO it gives folk time to check their life meters!

Cerdic25 May 2023 12:44 p.m. PST

I have a phone but nobody ever calls me…

JMcCarroll25 May 2023 1:28 p.m. PST

"I have a phone but nobody ever calls me…"
Yes but that means nobody wants your money!

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 5:51 p.m. PST

All of my work life was in emergency services and later a gravely disabled wife. So I had a pager, numeric pager, alpha-numberic pager and very early cell phone since about 1980. I always answered but unless it was important it was a quick call and done.
If it was important I went outside away from the others so as not to disturb them.
Most of the time we gamed at my house and most of the people who would have called me were at the game.
The focus of game day is the game, not the phone.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Stryderg25 May 2023 9:13 p.m. PST

Wait…people use their phones for "calls". What madness is this?

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2023 9:46 p.m. PST

Ordinarily, I don't answer my phone during a game.

My wife would text to ask me to call her when I'm free. (If it's an emergency, she'll call, of course.)

There are a few people to whom I would send of the text options that pops up when a call comes in, like "can't talk now".

David Manley26 May 2023 3:31 a.m. PST

The last time I answered a phone call during a game it was an alert to a very serious incident that had life-changing consequences, so yes, I would check.

Personal logo Tacitus Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2023 4:45 a.m. PST

+1 GildasFacit. I can still hear the effing beep tone from a phone set to loudly announce every instagram, facebook, cnn, text, and chumbucket message that came through. Frustrating to say the least.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2023 11:26 a.m. PST

Yes, I check, and I decide based on who the caller is.

There is no way to definitively determine if it is an emergency, unless I answer it.

My brother-in-law flew in from out of state, last week, to visit his elderly parents. While visiting them, he had a heart attack, heart stopping for a few minutes. He was revived, and he is now recovering back home.

For me, a game is just a game. Real life always takes precedence over my games. Cheers!

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