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27th Aug 2016, 6:00 AM
Old Buds
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Newbiespud 27th Aug 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Author: Rastaba

Guest Author's Note: "Just a fun little meet-up between Phoebe from my comic, Steven and the Crystal GMs, and Rainbow Dash, catching up on 'what they're up to' and a little meta humor at The Hub/Discovery Family's expense. And to be clear, I am with Rainbow Dash. Friendship is Dragons is at least 20% cooler. My use of 'colored bubbles' was actually inspired a bit by FiD."
Newbiespud 27th Aug 2016, 7:36 PM edit delete
Newbiespud
Newbiespud's Note: I've made a big update/facelift to my Patreon! You guys have been supporting me for two years out of pure generosity, and now I want to give some actual rewards for your patronage.

If you've been wondering "When can I play in one of Newbiespud's games?," there is now a potential answer!

20 Comments:

ANW 27th Aug 2016, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
You know what.
I'm feeling nostalgic today.
I think I'll pull out my very first poll.
Who is your favorite CMC?
Poll ends on Monday 6:00 comic time.
Classic Steve 27th Aug 2016, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
I'll say Sweetie Belle, just for the cuteness factor. And the singing voice. She did lose some point with me in "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Tolls," tho.
Boris Carlot 27th Aug 2016, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
I hate them all and used to skip over their episodes.

The characters are inoffensive enough but the voices are fingernails-on-keyboard to me, especially when they sing.
Tatsurou 28th Aug 2016, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Scootaloo. No idea why, but I've always liked her.
Blueblade 28th Aug 2016, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
I'd have to go with Scootaloo. Just because.
Digo Dragon 27th Aug 2016, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
A Gem campaign might be interesting. Certainly would make reaching 0 HP a different experience with poofing. I'd totally play a Peridot though. :3

I've been in some weird mash-up games. I've already mentioned playing TG&P Trixie in essentially a S.H.I.E.L.D. campaign on Earth. Two other mash-ups I remember right now include a Star Trek/Star Wars blend (that ended poorly for me) and a mind-screw short campaign that was basically a combination of the tv shows LOST and Warehouse 13.
Dusk Raven 27th Aug 2016, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
I need to dig up some of your stories about that Trixie-on-Earth campaign, it sounded rather interesting, especially given the other player characters.
Digo Dragon 27th Aug 2016, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I can provide a series of short game notes and game quotes that happened.
Anvildude 27th Aug 2016, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
I've been wanting this.
Dusk Raven 27th Aug 2016, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Kai-something-or-other? Looks interesting, whatever the real title is?
Lucithana 27th Aug 2016, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, leading into a technically second series, basically a new season, but it was called Kaijudo: Clash of the Duel Masters, quite a cool show.
Top Hat Jellyfish 27th Aug 2016, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Friendship is Dragons is also 20% more cannon to the show now!
The Wise Mankey 27th Aug 2016, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Considering how today's episode went down, I hope Discord can be introduced to this series sooner than later!
Truly Mad Moves 27th Aug 2016, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
God, I hate being a DM. I've been doing it every week, sometimes twice a week, for three years, just hoping that if I keep on doing it and trying new things, then at some point something will go right and I'll stop hating it and it'll be the most fun thing in the world like it's supposed to be. But nope, it just gets worse. Used to be I just got impatient every now and then. Now I'm in tears every session and having a nervous breakdown almost as often. Today it actually, literally had me contemplating suicide, of the "this is the only good part of my week and it's completely soul-crushing" train of thought.

I should quit, I know. But every day I see all the gaming-themed webcomics and Critical Role and just everything else, a whole world full of depictions of how wonderful this hobby allegedly is, and I just think, no, I can't quit this, it's the greatest thing in the world and maybe next time, maybe next time I'll finally get it right. All my players certainly think I'm doing something right. They love my games, and they're always looking forward to the next one so much, and they just can't understand why I'm so upset.

Everybody shows up an hour late, a round of combat takes more than an hour, I have to hand-walk everybody through their options like it's some kind of choose your own adventure book, no matter how many times I explain that they can do anything they like, and still being the only person who has any idea what the rules are after three frickin' years. No wonder they have so much fun, I'm the only one who does any work! At least I never have to improvise, because nobody ever has any ideas. And every week I explain this and ask if there's anything I can do to help fix these issues, and nothing ever changes.

And this is everybody I know in the whole world who didn't turn me down flat. Another group? Other players? Letting someone else be the DM? Not possible. This is the only thing I've got going on in my entire life, and it's hell. Both quitting and continuing seem like equally bad options that would both kill me.
AProcrastinatingWriter 27th Aug 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
There are options in between the two extremes.

Take a break for a month. Find other things to fill the void. Check out online communites of D&D players, or binge watch anime. See whether NOT being a DM for this particular group of players is actually as bad as you think it's going to be.

Then you can make a final decision as to whether to stay with this group or not, I think.
DeS_Tructive 28th Aug 2016, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
DeS_Tructive
my first thought was that maybe you're playing the wrong system. There's a lot of games (Like White Wolf's Storyteller Systems) that are a lot less combat focused than D&D. That would help with the over long combats, and probably with the rules issues, as well.

With the way your group acts, I think they're not really interested in Roleplaying, or simply too confused by the rules. perhaps try something easier accessible, like a "RPG in a box". Mice and Mystics, for example.

If they still don't seem to be interested, consider looking for online RP groups, either via RP clients, forums, MMORPGs, etc.

Edit: Also, some parts of your message sends up warning flags in my mind. Sure, games can provide some measure of escapism, but if they're the only good happening thing in your life, you should really work on fixing your life instead of your campaign.
Truly Mad Moves 28th Aug 2016, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
Well... improving my life involves a lot of waiting. Need to wait for my life-changing classes to start, need to wait to see a doctor, need to wait to places I've applied for work to call me back, then wait for an interview, then wait to hear if I got it. The game is the one thing I don't have to wait for, except it is all waiting, waiting an hour for everybody to show up and then waiting ten minutes for them to figure out what to do or say...

I've told them I've decided to take two weeks off. Which is just as stressful as not doing that, because I thought that this little mini-campaign I'm doing in 13th Age, that was supposed to *be* my break from the huge D&D adventure I'm running, but it seems the notion of a system where most things are *actually* freeform and not rules-bound is even *more* confusing to my players than the endless mountain of D&D rules ever was. We started a month ago, I thought we'd be done by now, but some of them still haven't even finished their character sheets. We certainly haven't actually started the campaign. I don't even understand how it's physically possible for them to take so long on these things. Things that take most people minutes take them months...

Thank you all for the tips and encouragement. One that I get a lot is to try new games, but... I don't want to play with strangers. I'd just be humiliated. But I will take a step back and just try to think about something else for a couple of weeks.
Winged Cat 27th Aug 2016, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
Keeping at it is the better option. It does get better. Besides, if not for yourself, for your players.

That said, try being just a player for another group - maybe something online, where if you really don't like it you can just tell them goodbye and leave.
DeS_Tructive 28th Aug 2016, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
DeS_Tructive
You should check out Rastaba's Steven and the Crystal GMs. It's got a fun premise and solid writing. Very good take on SU as a RPG.
Blueblade 28th Aug 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Now I can't stop imagining a DnD based comic series for Wak-Fu...
And multiple other shows.