We're going to be doing this soon since we've got small kids who distract. We're talking about a coffee house, not the local gaming shop (which I don't really consider very public). And we're talking Burning Wheel, so no boxes of minis to really "give us away." Still, I'm kinda feeling anxious, and I know it's 'cause, deep down, I'm embarrassed to be seen gaming outside of the comfort of home.
I was walking in the mall yesterday and saw a group of men sitting around with laptops and musical score sheets at a table. It was interesting to look over and realize how "normal" and "acceptable" it was: people, sitting together, working on something.
I suppose if I had looked over and seen people playing poker or jenga I would've thought, "Gee, why not play at home?" and "Hey, looks like fun."
So yeah, kinda strange. Students studying together? Fine! People talking? Fine! People working on a computer program together? Fine! Lone guy gaming on a laptop (multiplay or not)? Fine!
People playing cards? Hmm....maybe...depends on the shop/setting, right? People playing dominos? Hmm, could be OK, maybe in a coffee shop (usually ones that supply them, right)?
You see where I'm going with this? It's a strange line, and I can follow it up and down. An actor memorizing his lines silently? Fine. Out loud? No... Two people telling each other a story? Fine! Etc.
So there's my thoughts. I was wondering if any of you had stories to tell about gaming in public places.