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23rd Feb 2021, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 23rd Feb 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
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<gets down off soapbox>

Every commenter pounding the Communication, Communication, Communication drum is 100% correct. All I'd like to add is that there's also a lot to explore - for everyone at every table - in terms of what you know you want, what you think you want, and what you don't know you want. That can be very difficult to communicate with each other as you learn it, especially with a group that's still at least partially new.

Anyway, we had a doozy of a Shadowtrot session this week, with a heck of a cliffhanger. Check it out.
Spudventures - Shadowtrot, Session 15 - Space Case: Podcast | Video
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19 Comments:

ANW 23rd Feb 2021, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Love the KH1 reference.

Besides that, I love Rarity's response.
This is a classic love beats evil trope.
And what is a story without classics like this.
Anvildude 23rd Feb 2021, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
In my experience, people need to lean into The Classics more in their RPGs. There's a bunch of 'new' archetypes, like the character that's fighting against their evil past, or the too-pure-for-this-world cinnamon bun, or the Sneaky Big Guy, but sometimes you just need a good old fashioned Knight in Shining Armor, Sneaky Rogue, Wise Mage party composition, and to go rescue a princess from an evil dragon.
Dakkath 24th Feb 2021, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Personally, I prefer rescuing the dragon from the evil princess.
Hariman 25th Feb 2021, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
The dragon IS the princess, and you need to help her fight off suitors she finds detestable.

Or this scenario: https://shirt.woot.com/offers/im-here-to-rescue-uh
Khyrin 25th Feb 2021, 2:31 AM edit delete reply
my favorite variant of this was when, through a comedy of errors, The Knight that was contracted to rescue The Princess had to very carefully explain that:
1- The Knight you are trying to hire is the Princess.
2- She didn't realize how much fuss would be generated by her making a very public proclamation of spending a season away from the capital at her mother's holdings in a cave complex would generate quite so much fuss.
3- Her Father is going to be VERY upset that his neighbors are trying to justify an invasion because his daughter is spending time with his wife, a full-blooded Silver Dragon.
4- Yes, that means The Knight IS a Dragon.
Tempestfury 25th Feb 2021, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
I prefer a variant where a Princess ran away from home under a pseudonym, then changed names again when becoming a knight. Only her parents think that she was kidnapped by the pseudonym. So they end up hiring their daughter to rescuse herself from herself.
Digo 23rd Feb 2021, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Some players really don't know what they want, but that's okay. Just check in with them that they're having fun now and eventually a goal may come to mind later.
redwings1340 23rd Feb 2021, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
redwings1340
Yep. Communication is everything in an rp.

What's your favorite style of rp? For me, I think my favorite types tend to be some sort of reenactment of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I love it when my characters screw up, make things worse, and unleash havoc on the world, creating complex and interesting scenarios where there are some moral dillemas and no right answers. However, I do it all for character growth in the end, for the ability to rp out these scenarios, and then eventually fix them. So I like it when my characters fail, but don't like it when my characters die, and I love the process of getting in to deep messes and then figuring out how to escape them. I also like having to pursue diplomatic solutions, and having my character be a voice of slightly naive justice. Think Kipo if you've seen that series, I think thats a good example of a series of events I'd love rping out as the main character there.

Other people have different preferred styles though, so I'm curious what your favorite style of rp is!
Kittoradra 23rd Feb 2021, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
I don't usually care for my characters to be "part of the problem", but in the immortal words of Jamie Savage: Failure is always an option! And to that end, that's about all I look for. Success or failure, I expect the story to continue on! If not with the same problems, then with new ones! The world, even in fantasy, is far from perfect. So why try to pretend it is? We build characters and play the games to do our best to fix problems! Granted, they may end up creating some along the way. But that's part of the game! So long as people have fun, the story flows, and the characters grow... then it's a good time, to me. And sometimes, some of the steps we take to fix one problem reveals or creates another. Especially when going in with only knowledge of one side of things! It could be completely different than expected, and then the group has to figure out how to fix a completely different problem than expected!
Anvildude 23rd Feb 2021, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
I like "The Problem Solvers" style stuff. Like, A-Team style contracted do-gooders. Monster Hunter, Bounty Board, Adventurer's Guild setups are my favorite for this reason. The adventurers aren't necessarily the best people, or the most skilled, but they're out there fighting the good fight for glory or money or just because it's what they want to do.
evileeyore 23rd Feb 2021, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
But how does Rainbow Dash feel anout it? So we've had the weigh in from the two //roleplayers//, but we haven't heard from our 'roll'player.

I suspect that's she's fine with it, especially after that slog of a dopelganger fight.
The Old One 23rd Feb 2021, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
I suspect that she's "rolling her eyes" while subtly grabbing a tissue.
A Quiet Reader 23rd Feb 2021, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
She argued in favor of it a few pages ago, so I'd agree that she's down for it. After all, it may not be an epic battle to finish out the one-shot, but it is a satisfying conclusion to the story.
Boris Carlot 23rd Feb 2021, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
She's explicitly a little bored of combat for a bit. Will probably just be going "but we still get the loot and XP, right?"
GD 23rd Feb 2021, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
There's a really good Folding Ideas about the show Tuca and Bertie (that uses a NSFW topic as the basis so, like, worth a watch, just be careful about where), that brings up the idea that part of the reason communication is so important is because we don't always know our boundaries. Sometimes we don't know where a line is till we cross it.

That's one of the reasons I'm glad about the general state of RPGs, with people encouraging others and making tools to make those moments safer.
A Nonny Mouse 23rd Feb 2021, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
I'm really loving Rarity's take on this. RP sessions are about telling a story, and sometimes the happy ending is the satisfying one.
Scissors Rock Paper 24th Feb 2021, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Why am I just now realizing Shining Armor is wearing his mane in a ponytail? How have I missed this for so long?!
ChaoticBrain 24th Feb 2021, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
You didn't realize he had his mane tied up because his mane isn't tied up. It's floating because of the love magic.
Animanic 24th Feb 2021, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
I've spent the last few days binging this, got here and was confused why the Next Page button wasn't working!
On no, I've caught up!
*waits eagerly*