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Newbiespud 30th Mar 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Wow, it was easier than I thought to make Sapphire Shores look vaguely sinister.

Behind the scenes, the joke for this comic was originally a little more complicated:

Sapphire Shores: Hello, Rarity. How's the fake fashionista life treating you?
Rarity: It's great! I'm still a no-name designer with only local customers. How's the fake pop princess life going?
Sapphire Shores: It's terrible. My songs are topping the charts worldwide.
Rarity: Oh. My condolences.
Sapphire Shores: I appreciate it.

67 Comments:

Sparkles 30th Mar 2013, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Poor Applejack, being genre-savvy has its downsides I guess...
Digo 30th Mar 2013, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
It does! Like if you know what the GM has set up for fighting the party, but you have to fight it anyway because you got your character wrangled up in a quest that not completing is going to be worse. XD

Like for me it was a D&D game, getting caught in a feud between a church and a blue dragon. I was savvy enough to figure out they were both evil but I could just walk away because the blue dragon burns the village and the church beheads my character's cousin. D'ooh! XD
So I had to take them both down. Hard!
Sparkles 30th Mar 2013, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
I DMed a game where the two characters were a bard and a rogue. Whenever I described a flat wall in which you could see the universe, the rogue would immediately dive headfirst into it, saying: "one of these times its gonna actually be a portal".
He has since learned to wait for the flat wall in which the universe could be seen to ripple slightly.
Fatch 1st Apr 2013, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
But but, with them both evil and both feuding, wouldn't that just be a case of 'Lets you and him fight'?
CJT 1st Apr 2013, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
My impression was that both had extortion leverage on the PC.

That turns it into a Dilbert-esque "dotted-line-boss" problem (two bosses with conflicting goals and you can't ignore either of them).

Killing them both before they can use their extortion-leverage, on the other hand, works quite well if you can pull it off.
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Oh, I like where this is going. Story time today is regarding fame. Tell about meeting a famous character, preferably stories about the character turning out to be different from the way they're described in stories.
Kynrasian 30th Mar 2013, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Kynrasian
Our party fought and killed a wizard turned lich who wanted to control a demon. We later found out that he wrote many books and that the local expert on most things magical was a huge fan of his.

It was a fairly tense moment but we managed to convince him that the two people were unrelated.
TheOrchestralBrony 30th Mar 2013, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Once upon a time, my DM was lazy (but still good!) and made up everything as he went along. During this time, all of our party got sent back in time. This sucked, because we were trying to learn about these ancient heroes who worked together to take down a god.

Then we realized we had gone back in time, and could just meet the heroes ourselves.

Now, If I remember correctly, there were 6 of them. They were only known in the present day by their titles; The Immortal Theif, The Holy Warrior, The Assassin King, The Unstoppable Death, The High Magi, and a cleric who's title I cannot remember.

When we met them, they were not what we expected at all.

The High Magi was an idiot.
The Holy Warrior was an arrogant prick.
The Unstoppable Death was a fun-loving crazy.
The Immortal Thief... actually he was about what I expected. Calm and Collected and whatnot. Although no one in the party recalls meeting him, because he stole our memories of the event.
We never met the Cleric.
And the Assassin King... again, about what I expected. Cold hearted and whatnot.

It made for some pretty fun times. Especially when my insane murderous barbarian looked exactly like the Holy Warrior and managed to freak out a few guards. That was fun.
XandZero2 30th Mar 2013, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
I can actually contribute to this story time!

In a pony tales RPG I've been running, I had the players pick up multiple hints leading up to this one encounter with a big-business Minotaur by the name of MIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH-TTTTTTTY MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE (or Mighty Mike for short) - He was a Macho Man-type character, thus the extensions to his name (and of course he talked in the 3rd person too, ala Iron Will).

But yeah, this big business Minotaur was the head of a massive organization in the city the party was going to, and on the way to meeting him, the party heard stories about how he'd run a lot of the mom & mare shops out of business with his corporate conglomerate. Because of him, some ponies thought the city had changed for the worse - as many ponies were now out of a job.

Also, when they got to the town, they basically found this guy's name and face plastered on every newspaper and billboard as far as the eye could see. He also had large, solid-gold statues constructed outside of every one of his business establishments, with a plaque reading "Our Founder" below each.

If that wasn't bad enough, his HQ building was double the size of any of the other buildings in the city, and was also solid gold (with two towers sprouting from the top that made the hole building look like it had a set of horns).

So when the players walked past Mighty Mike's golden statuary garden (of course you know he'd have one of these heading up the steps to his HQ), they were getting ready for a showdown.

They got inside and rode an elevator up to Mighty Mike's penthouse, to meet with him personally...

Then had to wait for him to see them...

-And while waiting, the party got to talk with some of Mike's lieutenants - a motley crew of racial representatives from all across Equestria. Now, some of these guys weren't the friendliest at first, but the party did meet some cool characters that they liked right off the bat - and when they asked any of them about Mighty Mike, they all said he was cool...

So going into the big meeting with Mighty Mike, they didn't know what to expect.

-And then I pulled a Wizard of Oz on them.
XandZero2 30th Mar 2013, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
So, when the players walk into the room led by one of the lieutenants that they like (by the name of Buck) Mighty Mike's sitting at a massive golden desk, watching this replay footage of everything the party's done while in the building (on the magical equivalent of a jumbo-screen TV). He's got his back to them at first in true super-villain fashion (to build up the suspense mind you - and there was a ton of build-up to this scene already).

Then he spins around in his chair and roars at the party, a massive golden-tufted Minotaur with burning red eyes, slamming his fists down on his desk and sending out waves of smoke and green fire in every direction. He starts to chew out Buck for having the gall of bringing the party into His chambers, and on que, the Buck lowers his head and tries to stutter out an apology to his boss.

-Of course, at this point the party jumps in. Two of the players (there were only three in this scene, BTW) stand up for Buck - chewing Mighty Mike out for being a jerk and a big bully and telling Buck that he shouldn't take that kind of crud from nopony.

The last member of the party decides to make a perception check on Mighty Mike.

Now, I'd made a point to give multiple clues throughout the game that the players could've picked up on to make them realize that Mighty Mike wasn't all that he seemed to that, and after discussing things a bit with this one player (who'd been paying very close attention), and hearing some great arguments on their part, I also ended up giving them a +10 circumstantial bonus to their roll. They got like a 40 total I believe - and you remember Mighty Mike's red eyes?

-Come to find out, they were actually contacts.

Also, Mighty Mike's performance had been foal-proof - but Buck was a lot easier to read, and the player realized it was all an act. Mighty Mike had made his big break as an actor after all, and he just wanted to relive his glory days - while also testing the party's morales (which turned out to be pretty good of course)

After calling him on the act, Mighty Mike reverted to a much more friendly persona - and the players actually left his HQ after agreeing to be put on his company payroll.
GrayGriffon 1st Apr 2013, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
That sounds amazing! =D yours is the type of campaign i wouldn't mind partisipating in.
On a different note, We met Lolth in one of our campaigns, come to find out she has MPD
Tatsurou 30th Mar 2013, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I had one that was pretty funny.

I was the DM for this campaign.

One of the major important people the party always had to deal with was this huge orc/minotaur hybrid who looked like he could tear a dragon in half with his bare hands. When he first met the party, he said, "Devil Dan does not meet personally with weaklings and stragglers. Devil Dan has more important things to be doing. The Flunkies will see to you flunkies."

This was their usual interactions with Devil Dan. He was very well known...and disliked. He was a real asshole who was only tolerated because he owned a majority share in nearly every business in the world, and wherever the party went to get quests, they dealt with him. I went out of my way to make them hate this guy, to the point where - when they got high enough level, they decided to ignore my original Campaign boss and try and take down Devil Dan.

The battle went on for 30 rounds, each time with their foe shouting, "Devil Dan will punish you for this!" or the like.

Eventually, after expending nearly all their dailies, all their healing surges, all their spells, and losing most of their remaining HP, they managed to knock off his head. The neck sparked.

The head smirked at them. "Devil Dan will see you now."

A door in the back of the office swung open, and a fully manifest Demon Lord of the Seventh Circle stepped out, smiling. "I'm Devil Dan," he said calmly. "I understand you have...business with me?"

I asked them what they wanted to do.

Every player shouted simultaneously, "DIPLOMACY!"
Stairc 30th Mar 2013, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
I love this. Great buildup.
Zontan 2nd Apr 2013, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
I had an interesting variant on this in one of my campaigns.

My players had wandered into a major city, and to pass the time and make some money they signed up for an arena fight. Several of them were well-known in the area, and as such had no problem getting themselves on the roster. One of them... was a naive swordsman from a backwater town across the continent.

So when he entered, rather than giving his own name, he proclaimed, "I am Tyrone the Blademaster!" Nat 20 on his bluff check, of course. So the NPCs immediately began treating him as a major celebrity. Turns out Tyrone the Blademaster was actually a real person, he was a giant badass, and eventually, he got wind of the fact that someone was impersonating him. He showed up later and nearly kicked all their asses by himself.

Now 'Tyrone the Blademaster' is a recurring character in several other campaigns (not necessarily mine - several of my players from that campaign have taken on his name). Anyone using that name invariably ends up rolling incredibly well and constantly performing miraculous feats of badassery.
Walabio 30th Mar 2013, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
I predict that 1 plot in this campaign will be smuggling jewels in the costumes of SaphireShores. Due to an animating error, SaphireShores is a blank-flank. I suppose that in this comic, her cutiemark gave away her true profession, so she removed it and pretends that its absence is a birthdefect.
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Good call. Her cutie mark was a dagger with a microphone for a hilt. Yeah. Subtle.
Digo 30th Mar 2013, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
That sounds like an awesome cutie mark.
FanOfMostEverything 30th Mar 2013, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
I already like this Sapphire Shores more than the canon one. Maybe because this one shows signs of a personality beyond her persona.

Actually, I'm kind of reminded of the head of the thieves' guild in my campaign, a doppelganger who calls herself Bea Anybody.

Why yes, I am shameless. Why do you ask?
falcophoenix 30th Mar 2013, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
You might say this comic just got a little more...SEEEENSATIONAL~!
Izack 30th Mar 2013, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Go to bed, Carlos. You're drunk.
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
He's no half as think as you drunk I-he am!
Lyntermas 30th Mar 2013, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
...My alt-script was correct! I have perfected my technique at predicting the comic's trajectory (that is in NO way related to having prior knowledge of the episodes they are based on). Now I shall use my techniques on other mediums! I'll figure out how Game of Thrones is going to end! I'll learn when Half-Life 3 is coming out! The power, sweet Celestia, the power is overwhelming!
Destrustor 30th Mar 2013, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Destrustor
Tell us the winning numbers for the lottery!
Who will win the next superbowl?
What is the meaning of life?!?!

Reveal all, รด prophet!
LoganAura 30th Mar 2013, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
LoganAura
Or you know, tell us what happens next in that Party of One Alt-script >_> *Calmly says it without any pressure.
Lyntermas 30th Mar 2013, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Yeah, I never did quite finish that one, did I? I'll work on it today.
LoganAura 30th Mar 2013, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
LoganAura
Awesome! Sorry if I seem pushy.
kriss1989 31st Mar 2013, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Uhhh, game of Thrones is based on a completed book series. Now Half-Life 3...Valve is allergic to the number 3.
Jiray 31st Mar 2013, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
Actually Game of Thrones is far from beeing finished,
Jiray 31st Mar 2013, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Hit the send button to soon by accident. -.-

Actually Game of Thrones is far from beeing finished, as the book series "A Song of Fire and Ice" is still 2 or 3 books shrt of its end.
That said, the writers of the show already know the end of the story, so that even in the case of George R. R. Martin's death the story will be concluded.
Malroth 30th Mar 2013, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Old world of darkness mixed campaign. We Raided an Unselee freehold to rescue an informant and found David Bowie. Nobody was surprised to see him there.
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
His pants sparkled, did they not?

He is Bowie, after all. He is the exception to the heterosexual male.
Demonu 30th Mar 2013, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
Demonu
Encountering your party from a previous adventure and finding out that, objectively speaking, they're pretty much dicks is always a hoot.
NR 30th Mar 2013, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Hm, I guess it was a good call to shorten the joke. Plus, it's funny to think that in any other context, it would be an insult XD .
NeutralDemon 30th Mar 2013, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Happy day before Easter!

Well I'd like to announce that ... I finished my first ever RPG character.
He is a Pathfinder. A summoner.
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Congratulations!

Remember to give him a feat to allow him to summon inanimate objects, as well as nonspecific things as well.

"Summon keg. Summon kiddie pool! Summon Jello mix!"

... *glances back and forth*

"Summon Bowie. Summon Bea Arthur. Summon Benderthulhu."
Tatsurou 30th Mar 2013, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Speaking of using spell abilities for unusual effects...

I remember one campaign - don't remember the exact setup - where I specialized in illusion magic. I leveled it up enough that, if I got a good enough roll, I could actually kill someone by conjuring an illusiory sword in their chest and fool their mind and body into believing they were actually impaled. The DM enjoyed heavy roleplay and descriptors, so I got bonuses if I was able to give a very detailed description of the illusion, and penalties if they weren't effective.

Examples:
"I conjure a sword through his chest." - -2 for blandness.
"A sword appears in the air before him, the blade glinting with starlight, the gold of the hilt glowing like the sun, the rubies embedded their gleaming in the sun's last rays like drops of blood. With a flourish and the sound of thunder, the blade embeds itelf into his chest, the razor sharp point, forcing it's way through flesh between bone, the tearing sensation overwhelmed by the brief moment of agony followed by the onset of shock. Blood pours forth from the wound, staining his white robes red, embodying the loss of innocence, loss of life. His vision begins to swim as his lifesblood pours forth, as he can feel death coming for him. It matters not how he tells himself this can't be happening, as deep in his soul, he knows it is, and that on the other side...he will be found wanting." - +7

I also had another spell I had perfected to cast repeatedly, sometimes in conjunction with illusions. It was called "Animate Object."

The part where the DM regretted letting me make this character? See, we were allowed to have one 'anachronistic artifact' as our starting gear, one item that didn't really belong in the setting. I chose a deck of Yugioh cards. >:D
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Nice. I would have gone with something a bit more... Mighty.
Tatsurou 30th Mar 2013, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure what you mean by your link, Raxon. Are you saying you would have used one of the Power Rangers Morphers?
One of the other players tried having a power item. Thing is, it wasn't until we were in the game that we discovered that - for our 'anachronistic artifact' to work, we had to make it work within the physics of the world we were in.
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
It's simple.

The morpher is simply an enchanted artifact that does two things. The first is instantly summon a suit of armor. The second is summon a high level kaiju for you to command. Like a platinum dragon. Yes, that platinum dragon. Armor can be summoned as often as you like. Kaiju can be summoned once per day.
Tatsurou 30th Mar 2013, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
Based on that, you would have to BE both a summoner AND a warrior class. SUmmoner to call the beast, warrior to wear the armor...and you'd have to acquire the armor AND the summoning contract first.

What I did with the Yugioh deck...
First I used illusion magic to craft an image of the monster/spell in the card at absolute realism (Duel Disk effect), then used 'Animate Object' on the card so that the illusion would behave as the card dictated the monster/spell did.

Basically, this meant I could use the deck as if I was a Duelist in a Shadow Game...except with the only limitations being having enough spell casts to make it work. So I could have my 'Blue Eyes White Dragon', 'Summoned Skull', 'Dark Magician', and 'Red Eyes Black Dragon' Active all at once, if I crafted illusions based on all the cards and animated them all as the same actions...not to mention the use of such WONDERFUL tricks as 'Spell Binding Circle', 'Redirect Attack', and the oh so immensely useful 'Kuriboh/Multiply combo'.
Flutters hi 1st Apr 2013, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
oh, did it have a "Blue Eyes White Dragon" Tatsurou?
NeutralDemon 30th Mar 2013, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Summoners don't work that way. I have some arcane magic and I can summon some creatures, the ability gets stronger as I level up.

The main summoner feature is the eidolon. Basically I have 2 characters.
Also this is Pathfinder not D&D.
Raxon 30th Mar 2013, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Aww
Aerion Snowpaw 31st Mar 2013, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
Don't be too sad Rax, a variant of the Summoner called the 'Synthesizer' can 'wear' the eidelon, taking on its physical stats (if better) and special abilities.
And they're pretty much shaped by your desires.

So, a summoner can indeed suddenly become a power-ranger, complete with the ability to have wings and breathe water (it's been a while since I saw power rangers. They could do that, right?)
Guest 31st Mar 2013, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
We arent trying to understand pathfinder are we?
We are just trying to have a power rangers RPG
Raxon 31st Mar 2013, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I was trying to find a way to have a power ranger character in pathfinder. I like crossovers. And based on what I've seen, the power rangers armor is epic or even artifact level cloth armor. The helmet is a light helm, not even heavy enough to be chain.

Now, the battlizer, on the other hand...

Also, it comes with custom mounts, special weapons, and other fun stuff, like this... Wait, no, wrong link.
kriss1989 31st Mar 2013, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
My friend runs a Summoner...named Gary Oak. His eidolon is a Charizard.
Moonrush 30th Mar 2013, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
My namesake up there is a changeling that's famous in advertising (shapeshifting is great for that, you can be whatever it calls for- and if you turn into a filly you're the best actor by a landslide compared to real ones) the problem was that once he used a "look" any following use of it got swarmed, and as a character flaw he refused to use more than one colorscheme (teal mane and tail, slate blue-gray coat). It became sort of a running gag that everyone knew exactly one of his commercials, and expected him to be whatever he was in the commercial (his role as a dastardly pegasus trying to steal cereal got him beamed with a bag of carrots, though most of the time they're just shocked he's not weirdly smiley and poetic because that's how commercials work). And don't get me started on the time we decided Bon-bon was a world famous voice actress because of the substitute GM's headcanon... in a campaign where Lyra gets kidnapped right after the normal guy comes back, but before he was filled in on half the party becoming fancolts.
Malroth 30th Mar 2013, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, They have bard level casting with a much better spell list, 3+CHA mod uses of summon monster(x) per day as a spell like ability that casts faster and lasts longer than the spell version. and They get an Edilon, a massively overpowered custom designed creature that they can summon at will as long as its HP total is above 0. Basicaly its like having a much higher level Fighter who can be resurected for free once per day following you around.
Aerion Snowpaw 31st Mar 2013, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
And for solo-adventures or PvP-heavy evil games, you can remove the weak point of the squishy caster keeping the eidelon around by being a Synthesizer.
You don't get quite as many actions per round, but you get to BE the eidilon while it's summoned.
Yaknow, in case you wanted to be a fighter AND still be useful to your superiors the magic-users.

Did I mention its physical stats can replace yours if better?
Just dump STR and DEX. Potentially CON, though you may still want some HP of your own.
DracoS 31st Mar 2013, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
This is what a friend of mine did with his Synthesist. He also multi-classed in Monk so he could punch people or bite them.

He was basically a Street Shark.
Raxon 31st Mar 2013, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Can... Can I be a rabbit samurai?

image
Pwease?
DracoS 31st Mar 2013, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Yes, you can be Usagi Yojimbo.
Chakat Firepaw 2nd Apr 2013, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
But what if he doesn't want to hire himself out as a bodyguard?

(Usagi Yojimbo is the name of the comic and means "rabbit bodyguard", the character is Miyamoto Usagi.)
Deathly Mallows 31st Mar 2013, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
The cuteness! Noooooo!
Raxon 31st Mar 2013, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Changed my mind. Gonna be a fossa. It's basically a mongoose(mean and scary) with retractable claws squirrel like agility. It is an apex predator on the island nation of Madegascar. Yeah, that island with all the freaky bizarre animals.

I do not know how to pronounce the name, because everyone says it differently. It's a crazy, tree dwelling mammal related to the badger.

And now I'm off to find a hilarious class for something like that to play. Maybe a necromancer. I can totally see him have a dark tree house of the solace of final sleep. Yesss... His dark lair is an abandoned tree, covered by a tarp of some kind. He shall monologue to himself, and even narrate like some kind of old noir film detective.
BBkat 1st Apr 2013, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
I do believe it is pronounced as 'foo-sa', the way it was pronounced in Madagascar (the movie).
ChaosDX1 31st Mar 2013, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
So everypony that's fashionable might be a guild member?
I can't wait to see how Fancypants and Blueblood fit into this canon.
CJT 31st Mar 2013, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Past a certain point, it stops being a "thieves' guild" and starts becoming a "fashion cartel". Much as with Rarity's plans to marry into high society, past a certain point you don't _need_ to do anything illegal.

Illegal sabotage and blackmail will still help, of course. The optimum result would be a cross between the business dealings of the Italian Mafia and the political dealings of the Nixon administration.

Trying this in Equestria would add a whole new level of fun: you get to guess how much you can get away with before winding up in Celestia's statue garden or on the moon. Absolute monarchies are fun that way.
CJT 1st Apr 2013, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
Added incredient: "market strategies of DeBeers".

DeBeers sells most of the world's gem-quality diamonds. They have a near-monopoly, and exploit this for all it's worth by manipulating the supply/demand curve (supply is restricted to inflate the price; diamonds are rare but not _that_ rare).

They also have a very, very effective marketing department. Most westerners will remember the "Diamonds are Forever" slogan, and it's mostly through their efforts that diamond rings are part of western marriage traditions.

There are other examples too (the tech industry is full of them), but a gem company is more in-paradigm. Sapphire Shores could very well _be_ on the board of directors of the Equestrian equivalent of DeBeers.
Chetoos 31st Mar 2013, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
I'm in a Pathfinder campaign playing a half orc barbarian, and in our group, we have a fawn summoner, a quarter earth elemental monk, a dragon bard, a human cleric/wizard, and a monkey ranger. We were in a temple getting various trials put against us, and the last two, the summoner and the monk, were having to face an evil version of the monk, each by themselves. For the summoner, the evil monk gets a stunning fist, then a flurry of blows, dealing out 98 damage. The final attack of the flurry was a fumble, and he dealt 4 times his max damage to his own leg, equaling 104 damage. The summoner then finished him off with a lightning bolt. The Monk himself got hit with the stunning fist, shrugged it off, and then spent the next turn dealing out a flurry of blows, with 5 hits. He rolled maximum damage on 10 d8 and killed his doppleganger in one round.
Fatch 1st Apr 2013, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Rogue's guild campaign. The party has been in the guild for a while, and running little side missions for the guild(it was built to be a free form campaign with an overall story arc)
The entire campaign is centered around a major port city, and as they went along, there were rumors/whispers/etc about the forest to the north being evil, that there was a evil person there who kidnapped people and did evil experiments on them and such. Building up this guy into a real headcase and convincing the players that he was to be the Campaign Boss.
One day I railroaded them(which is completely unlike me, so the players were fine with it) into a specific mission, to steal an 'object of great power.' They were given directions and ended up walking straight into the forest and trying to steal from the druid. They almost get away with it, except the dagger mage steps on a squirrel, trips, and falls, making a huge noise. The druid paralyzes the lot of them, throws them in a cart, and hauls them back to the thieves guild.
It turns out the leader of the thieve's guild and the druid were members of the same adventuring party in their youth, and had been 'stealing' the MacGuffin from each other for the past twenty years as a game.
(I had an alternate way to reveal it if they had actually made off with the MacGuffin)
DragonTrainer 1st Apr 2013, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
DragonTrainer
Remember that live reading that Bev did of the first 100 pages? Well, someone took the audio from there to dub over the first two episodes of MLP: FIM!!! (o_O")

You have to check it out right now!!!
Newbiespud 1st Apr 2013, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Wow, that's actually pretty good. I didn't think a dub over the episodes would work quite as well, but it really turned out alright here. Everyone, go check it out!

I hate you.
sunbeam 1st Apr 2013, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
HA! My computer is so nonfunctional right now, it can't actually stream Youtube videos, so I saw through your trick at the last moment!
shieldgenerator7 1st Apr 2013, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
aw haha you got me.
guy 7th May 2014, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
You win, sir. You just do.