I’m sure Fighter will participate once the fighting starts. Unfortunately, since he didn’t listen to the quest hook he’ll wind up depleting half the population of the local orphanage by the time he realizes those aren’t halfling vampires.

You’ll see these bad habit threads pop up from time to time, but for me there’s only ever one answer to the question, “What annoys you about your players?” We all check our phones from time to time, and with dice roller apps, digital character sheets, and your entire campaign wiki available at the push of a button, technology definitely has a place at the table. I swear to God though, if you don’t put your phone away and play the damn game I’m going to throw dice at your face. It’s no big deal if you’re answering the occasional text, but if there’s a delay of game because you’re playing Flappy Bird with headphones in, you’re going to have a bad time.

The only other thing I’ll say is that, weird as it is to my extroverted self, there are people out there who don’t like RP. They feel awkward, get stage fright, or derive their enjoyment from dice chucking rather than improvisational acting. And if you’re one of those people, no worries. I’m happy to have you at my table. Enjoy hanging with your friends, building cool characters, or painting minis. However you get your gaming jollies, that’s cool. But no matter how you enjoy the game, you shouldn’t ruin it for others. I mean, you wouldn’t stare at your phone while sitting in the front row of a play, right? Well then why would you do that to your buddies?

How about the rest of you guys? Anybody out there ever have to fight an encounter against Android?