So I played two games at the Glen Burnie Battle Bunker on Saturday, and as is always the case, we had a few spectators to watch each game.
During the first game, one of the random guys hanging around stood in the middle of Frans' side of the board, made a few comments about his army composition, picked up and read (silently) Frans' army list, and was actually enough in the way that he disrupted Frans' game.
During the second game, we had between 2 and 5 different people standing around at all times, commenting, chatting, occasionally correcting rules (which is totally fine, since my 40K rules knowledge sucks), and so on.
Now, both my opponents, Frans, and Matt, found this extremely frustrating. Matt almost snapped at a couple of them. I just don't get it.
When I started playing GW games, we ended up playing in a guy's basement or one of the college lounges, anywhere between 2 and 6 of us playing huge games, drinking liquor (not in the lounge ;)), and generally goofing off. Other friends would come and go, strangers would walk by and learn about the hobby, etc. In other words, our games were all about being social. We were hanging with friends, occasionally meeting new ones, and we enjoyed the game.
What's different? I know it's not just my two opponents, because I see the aggravation in other people's eyes from time to time. Even in non-competitive games, I see it happen. In a public place, like the Bunker, I expect people to interact with you, and indeed, I still have friends I met at public gaming venues. Do other people find themselves frustrated with strangers when gaming?
Also, what is wrong with the people who ARE spectators. Again, I don't mind- but generally speaking, why are you critiquing army composition, tactics, and talking about how you think the game is going when unasked, and to people who you don't know? I believe people should be social during these things, but at some point people actually can kind of cross the line, and really bring the enjoyment down for other people.
Ah well. Small rant, primarily to see how other people feel. Personally, I enjoy just hanging out with people, doing things I have fun doing. That's all games are to me. It just makes me sad that it's not always the way other gamers see things :(.