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Josh Malbon
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This poll shamelessly taken from Gamefaqs.

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When you're playing alone, do you talk?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
No, I stay completely silent while playing.
7.4% 23
Not really, other than swearing when things go wrong.
15.7% 49
A little, I chatter when playing.
41.0% 128
Yes, I regularly talk with the game I'm playing.
35.9% 112
Voters 312
This poll is now closed.   312 answers
Poll created by sixthecat
Closes: Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:00 am
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I noticed I talk a bit while playing boardgames, but when playing vid games I rarely say anything besides shouts of emotion.
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I find that it helps me work through situations if I can run through the situation out loud. Plus, cursing at your bad luck or a game's AI/bots/automa is mandatory, isn't it?
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sixthecat wrote:
I noticed I talk a bit while playing boardgames, but when playing vid games I rarely say anything besides shouts of emotion.


I talk while I play all the time, probably because I grew up an only child so it comes naturally. Only a problem when you start talking back to yourself!

Is not!

Is so!

Anyway got to go someone's trying to get me on the other line ...

(I find a running commentary fun, it helps me keep turn order straight, plan my moves and provide any necessary sound effects.)
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Well, of course I talk while I'm playing. I have to explain the plan to the little peeps on the board. You want them to read my mind or something?
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I don't talk while playing.

Wait, who said that?
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Vague accusations of cheating...

Oh, and swearing at any and all VPG's dice.
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This is quiet a timely entry. Before yesterday I would of said I don't talk during one player games but my wife asked me yesterday who I was talking to during a play test session. I am still unsure if I talk while playing a game or whether because this was a play test I was thinking out loud.

As an aside many years ago while asleep in bed, my wife said I sat bolt upright said something about taking that hill and promptly laid back down again.
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I don't but the bloke I play with he's always muttering through his turns, talking himself through his options and on occasion singing. That fella is soooo annoying... whistle
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I answered "yes, regularly...", but actually all four answers apply for me.
Sometimes I stay completely silent for hours, next day I'm talking all the time.
I'm quuite amused by myself when my AP-proneness leads to some long and interesting "discussions".
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I do, I've tried to get into the habit of role playing in each game I play. I've found it increases my enjoyment as if I don't it ends up just being about the mechanics.

I talk a lot while I play which provides my wife with hours of laughter and enjoyment laugh
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Yes, especially when I play Arkham Horror or any other HPL-inspired game. It's nice when the audient void answers you back.
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Usually just in my head. Too lazy to open my mouth and produce actual sounds, I think.

I prefer my multiplayer games fairly quiet, too.
Except when I play online and have an in-game chat at my disposal. I've found that to be an enjoyable way of "talking" while playing. But even that is limited to a few special cases. Usually, it's either talk or play for me, not both.
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I have noticed I mainly talk when someone else, like my wife, is around to hear it. I dunno, maybe I am narrating for her.
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I think I talk to board games more than I talk to people.
More strategy = more talk. I find it help to openly talk about my options, it keeps my mind from trying to parse 8 possibilities at once.
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I sometimes talk through my plans to myself, which sometimes reveals holes in them that I might not have noticed had I not done that or find solutions to problems I was having a brick wall with (Which... Not that unusual, actually. Explaining your problem to someone can work to solve it, even if that person is a cardboard cutout from a cigerette advertising campaign that your company got for the purpose of people explaining their problems to. I'm not sure how apocryphal the story is, but... Apparently Intel did it when figuring that a) programmers were needing to talk through issues they were having with another programmer when they had problems, but b) the act of talking through the problem was often solving the problem without input from the person they were taking away from their keyboard to talk through the problem with)
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It's an observed fact that if your code doesn't work, explaining it to another person (who doesn't need to be there) will help you find your mistakes. It's very real.

Sometimes though, you need the other person to glance at it and tell you what the obvious error you have made is. You become so blind to your own mistakes.
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On numerous occasions my wife has called me out for talking while playing a boardgame. I have to think through a rule or action and that involves talking through it. Plus, when Zulus are getting close to the brave British Soliders what we to do? Remain silent?
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I'm talking right now as I type this...

But yes, I do talk all the time. It's only a problem when I can't understand what I said...
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In fact, as my wife walks by, she is often confused by my never ending chatter!
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I'm quiet when playing on old yellow in the living room with others watching. When in the war room though I often mumble what I am planning... a lot of if this then that and what about this mmmm,,, nope,,,,mmmmhmmmm.... Now that I think about it I'm pretty sure I sound like Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade while I play.
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Oh yeah, as I was playing Feast of Odin just yesterday, I realized how much I talked to myself. I ponder over my AP and tell myself: "...just make a move.. make a move, any move... it doesn't matter... just experiment... just experiment... who cares. OK. Ya, ya, ya... that looks like a good move. Oh wait!" Then thoughts of Rahdo go through my head. I try to go back and fix something I screwed up. Then under my breath I'm saying: "Man this is going to be an embarrassing score to put up on the BGG... *sigh*."
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I think those who remain silent are the real crazy ones in this hobby, what with their concern about looking foolish in front of all the others whistle
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marble911 wrote:
Usually just in my head. Too lazy to open my mouth and produce actual sounds, I think.

I prefer my multiplayer games fairly quiet, too.
Except when I play online and have an in-game chat at my disposal. I've found that to be an enjoyable way of "talking" while playing. But even that is limited to a few special cases. Usually, it's either talk or play for me, not both.


I'm glad you wrote this, Kathrin! With all the talkers here I was feeling odd. What you wrote pretty much describes me, too. I do write down notes, but I don't talk (as far as I know) while playing solo.
In group games it depends on the group and the game. Some games lend themselves more to joking around while playing. Other games require more focus. I am happy to play a game without much talking going on.
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Yeah, I take lots of notes, too. Maybe that's what keeps me quiet. laugh
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