Table chatter is talk that does not concern the game itself. It includes non-game conversation, meta-game discussion outside the actual rules of the game, and social conversation.

Positive benefits:

  • Socializing and friendship
  • Improving communication
  • Relaxed, spontaneous atmosphere
  • Potential for collaboration

Negative effects:

  • Distraction
  • Lack of immersion
  • Improper meta-gaming
  • Slow or poor decision making
  • Loss of dramatic impact
  • Noise
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