Page 357 - The Life of Pie

31st Oct 2013, 6:00 AM
The Life of Pie
Average Rating: 5 (4 votes)
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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 31st Oct 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Happy Halloween!

Let's have a round of internet applause for everyone who contributed to this round of guest comics. I've had a lovely couple of months' break from the comic, and now I'm ready for more.

Like Dragonshy, there are updated character sheets in play because of the level up, but I probably won't get around to updating the Cast page until sometime next week. I'll point it out in an Author's Note when it happens.

83 Comments:

darkwulf23 31st Oct 2013, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
clap, clap, clap, clap
Derpmind 31st Oct 2013, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
clop, clop, clop, clop
Glowing Friendship Eyes 31st Oct 2013, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
So many ways I can see that being taken out of context
Zuche 31st Oct 2013, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
What, you suspect coconuts are involved in making the sound effect?
gallowsCalibrator 31st Oct 2013, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
gallowsCalibrator
Where would you get the coconuts?
Masterweaver 31st Oct 2013, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
A sparrow could have carried it over.
Crisis 31st Oct 2013, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Italian or Spanish sparrow?
Guest 31st Oct 2013, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
I... I don't know...
kriss1989 31st Oct 2013, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Wow that's a deep pit.
ANW 31st Oct 2013, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
As Pinkie would say
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-sorry, throat's dry. Now where was I, oh yeah-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
PikalaxALT 31st Oct 2013, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Well, it could have been an African swallow.
Xenith 31st Oct 2013, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Yes, an african swallow, maybe, but not a european swallow.
The Hittite 31st Oct 2013, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
But African swallows are non-migratory.
Digo 31st Oct 2013, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
It's really an issue of weight ratios.
Rokas 31st Oct 2013, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps if two European Swallows were tied together with a string...
Azzie 31st Oct 2013, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
And this is why I love the comments here.
banjo2E 1st Nov 2013, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
banjo2E
What, for just quoting Monty Python verbatim?

It's times like this I feel I have to link the following:

http://xkcd.com/16/
Jafro565 1st Nov 2013, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
What, held under the dorsal guiding feathers?
Zuche 1st Nov 2013, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Mr. Munroe is exceptionally intelligent and s terrifically creative person. I'm not the biggest Monty Python fan on the planet.*

That said, the wonderful thing here is not the joke. It's being in a place where it can be enjoyed as a shared experience. Sure, the case can be made that it simulates spontaneity in an uncreative fashion. The case can also be made that this is trivial when compared to the participation and enthusiasm. You see people parrotting dead scripts. I see that as the tip of the iceberg of recollection.

Let me elaborate on that. When I hear someone quote Tim the Enchanter, I roll my eyes. Then I think back to all of the people I heard quote him and all the places I heard it done. I recall his lined used as non sequitur to break an argument, as ice breaker in conversation between strangers finding common ground, and even as foreplay on one occasion. ("Say no more, say no more," is an entirely appropriate observation at this point.)

Maybe people could be doing something more creative in such moments. Or maybe some would do nothing at all without them. That would be a loss, because I've seen more than a few people spam these lines until they felt secure enough to try something original, worrying less about the possibility of falling on their face. If folks still come back to this Old Reliable in recreational or familiar moments, well, aren't those the best time to break out the building blocks you used as a kid?

* In fairness, some of that may be due to my perception that people often overlook later work done by the former members of that ensemble.
Azzie 1st Nov 2013, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
And this is why I don't often comment here.
Blackwolf 5th Nov 2013, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Well done, Sir Banjo, now bring me a shrubbery!
guest 31st Oct 2013, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
stop your hoves, not their, don't stomp on the coconuts D:
*stomp stomp stomp stomp*
Thar 1st Nov 2013, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
But it's either the coconuts, or the mango's. And I personally prefer the mango's.

Sorry if you were starting something and i didn't see it.
Digo 31st Oct 2013, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
I wonder what condition Pinkie's pad is normally? I've gamed at lots of different places and I've seen a wide gamut of conditions from immaculate clean to hobbit squalor. :)
TechUnadept 31st Oct 2013, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
A massive stockpile of cocaine is definitely involved...
TechUnadept 31st Oct 2013, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
A massive stockpile of cocaine is definitely involved...
Digo 1st Nov 2013, 4:46 AM edit delete reply
So... 2 stockpiles?
techUnadept 3rd Nov 2013, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
At the absolute least...
Zuche 31st Oct 2013, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Applause

No one here yet. Let's see if I can't give five people time to respond first.

I wasn't expecting this story to start at another player's house, but that's perfect. It fills me with feelings of foreboding for the characters, though. Once again, I am very curious to see where this will go.

Edit: Two out of five? Eh, it beats starving.
Digo 31st Oct 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
It beats starving? Are you a changeling too? :3

I always host the game at my place if I'm running. I simply never feel comfortable in the GM chair at some other place. After my daughter was born, my mobility was severely hampered so pretty much it had to be my place if the group wanted me to participate at all.

But they like my place. Has the most room and it's pretty clean.
Destrustor 31st Oct 2013, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Destrustor
I usually host the games, since out of the five people involved, my house is the only one that:
-has at least one room large enough for a full table, five chairs, a side table for the DM and enough space to still walk around once everything is in,
-isn't an hour's drive away from everyone else's.
There's this one house that is way bigger and awesome, but it's the one where the guy who has to drive an hour to get here lives.
ProfCharles 1st Nov 2013, 4:25 AM edit delete reply
We always gamed in the ground floor of the pyscology and sociolgy building at uni. Which was hilarious since we all had some varity of learning disability (dyspraxia, hell yeah!) that impacted our ablity to socilise.
XScarredHeart 31st Oct 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
"Let's get this party started!"

Famouse last words. =P
JohnBobMead 31st Oct 2013, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Pointing out the donate button was a good idea; I'm fairly unobservant to changes on webpages outside of the comic.

Pinkie Pie is going to make sure everyone is having fun; Parties R Us!
ANW 31st Oct 2013, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Dddd-double poll time:
Yep, my first double poll hope you guys and gals enjoy it.
1.what lead you to begin reading it.
D&D comics
MLP Comics <--- this one my reason.
other

2.How many times do you think Twilight will say ouch, OW, pain and any other words that mean the same thing.
Me:10 talk about painful
Walabio 31st Oct 2013, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
ANW 31st Oct 2013:

> "Dddd-double poll time:"

> "1.what lead you to begin reading it."

"D&D comics"
"MLP Comics <--- this one my reason."
"other"

Other. The FanLaborWiki

mlpfanart.wikia.com

lists this comic along with many others.

> "2.How many times do you think Twilight will say ouch, OW, pain and any other words that mean the same thing.
Me:10 talk about painful"

99
Destrustor 31st Oct 2013, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Destrustor
1: TvTropes, one day when I was bored and looking for comics similar to Shamus Young's.


2: Just the right amount of times.
ODCS 31st Oct 2013, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
1. Tv Tropes
2. I will answer your question with an equation:

t=1/d^2

(with "t" representing the number of times Twilight will be hit on the head and "d" representing her distance from Pinkie Pie. I expect a pretty high yield from this particular session...)
Digo 31st Oct 2013, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
1. I... don't remember.

2. Zero, she'll be too busy complaining how the adventure makes no sense. :)
Tatsurou 31st Oct 2013, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
1. Other. A friend recommended it to me. Oddly enough, this comic is what got me into MLP. XD

2. one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and...
*sees I ran out of fingers, holds all fingers up*
No more than 2.

(Gully dwarf counting.:D)
you know that guy 31st Oct 2013, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
It's time to d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d double post!
you know that guy 31st Oct 2013, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
It's time to d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d double post!
you know that guy 31st Oct 2013, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
It's time to d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d double post!
ANW 31st Oct 2013, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
Was the triple post really necessary?
Bombom13 31st Oct 2013, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
Of course, obviously he was double-double posting...
Malroth 31st Oct 2013, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
Giant in the playground forums
DoubleCross 31st Oct 2013, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
1) Other: Fuzzbucket was reeled in by a member of our forum after starting this comic — he'd managed to keep it secret for about a few weeks before he was discovered.

2) Horse times. She will communicate her pain to the others exactly horse times.
ANW 31st Oct 2013, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
And what is horse times?
Raxon 31st Oct 2013, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
1. My awesome bro brought to this comic. I first started reading when NMM broke the ledge out from under them. I wasn't a regular until sometime during the second session, when I joined and got me an avatar.

2. Alot says she's going to be saying ouch a lot.
ANW 31st Oct 2013, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
you too, the page right afterwards for me.

Wow...that is a lot of recommendations.
maybe I should have put that a the 3rd choice, and other as the 4th.
flutters hi 31st Oct 2013, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
1) other

2) ???

ps. each "?" represents one digit.
Sensei Le Roof 1st Nov 2013, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
1.what led you to begin reading it.

Honestly? It's been so long now I can't even remember.

2.How many times do you think Twilight will say ouch, OW, pain and any other words that mean the same thing.

X, where X is a number.
Walabio 31st Oct 2013, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
¡NightMareNight is tonight!:

youtube.com/watch?v=ccC18d0GO3E
Digo 31st Oct 2013, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
I love this nightmare night short:

Flufflepuff's Nightmare Night
Wyvern 31st Oct 2013, 7:07 PM edit delete reply
Flufflepuff is such a weird little thing! And yes, that's in the context of talking pastel ponies...
Digo 1st Nov 2013, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
Haha, too true. But Fluffle is pretty interesting because she's so weird.
Kaze Koichi 31st Oct 2013, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Good thing to know they got some good exp at last. Rainbow Dash would be furious, if they gained a level on the same session she skipped.
XandZero2 31st Oct 2013, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Internet clapping is much like golf clapping in that you can't hear it at all, but here goes (listen closely):

CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

-Did you hear it?

Well, whatever the case, that was my clapping for the round of guest comics. I enjoyed them on the whole, and it was a nice sidequest-like developement while the GM (I mean... Artist? Screenwriter? Stillwriter?) was away.

-And on the topic of Nightmare Night, have a safe and happy one everybody!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVmYcE83a2I

^In my opinion, this is still the best Nightmare Night PMV I've found so far.

For the record though, I love Halloween, as it gives a grown man reason to dress up in a crazy costume and teach college level English classes in it...

Yep! I'm talking about myself! BWAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!
kriss1989 31st Oct 2013, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
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flutters hi 31st Oct 2013, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
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Thar 31st Oct 2013, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
No story starting threads yet? OK, I'll start one.

Tell a time when putting on a disguise had fun results.

And for the killjoys: tell a time when you were supposed to wear a disguise, but managed to pass without one.
Digo 31st Oct 2013, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Shadowrun--
The team needed to break into the mansion of the BBEG in order to rescue a kidnapped child. Somehow the team thought up the brilliant idea of taking the foul-mouthed tomboyish country girl mage and dress her up into a pretty wallflower in lolita-style clothes to sneak into the mansion party as a servant.

Squick ensues when it turns out all the young girls here aren't servants, but this is a gathering of the city's WORST child molesters and sexual predators.

So where's the "fun" part? Well recall that our country girl is a Mage. Not even 15 minutes in the mansion and she goes Emperor Palpatine on these criminals-- she's hurling lightning bolts and summoning vicious fire elementals.

The rest of the team doesn't need to break in. They wait outside disguised as cops for the pedo creeps to come running out to them. Cue the beatings!!

We were so satisfied when it ended with the team saving every single child from that mansion. :D
Kaze Koichi 1st Nov 2013, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Did you just said that all young girls in the mansion was child molesters???
Kids these days...
PikalaxALT 31st Oct 2013, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
So, Pinkie Pie's the DM now? Oh boy.
dragonbrain 31st Oct 2013, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
dragonbrain
Ain't no party like a pinkie pie party cause a pinkie pie party don't stop.
Ever.
DracoS 31st Oct 2013, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
I want to get off Ms. Pie's Wild Party. D=
Colin 5th Nov 2013, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
I don't hear daaancing!
NeutralDemon 31st Oct 2013, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Story Time
This is the best present I've got all day.
Happy Birthday to me
Zuche 31st Oct 2013, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Happy birthday, NeutralDemon.
not-an-optimist 31st Oct 2013, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
everything is set up wonderfully, Pikie has put a lot of work into this, and everyone seems happy... I foresee things going badly... so very, very badly... and look forward to it
aerion111 1st Nov 2013, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
Best part is, DMs tend to have their hands full with so many things, we actually might see the...
Wait, Deja Vu...
*Checks something*
Aww, we already used the punch-drinking scene!
http://friendshipisdragons.thecomicseries.com/comics/30/
Not sure what other scenes might be used from the party, then.
_R_ 1st Nov 2013, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
So, how will she explain her psychic ability? Any ideas?
Destrustor 1st Nov 2013, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
Destrustor
She's new at being a DM and can't seem to keep DM-knowledge separate from character knowledge. Twilight notices and tries to rectify it by pointing it out, and Pinkie defends herself with some sort of vague "Pinkie Sense" that Twilight immediately doubts to the point of derailing the campaign.
It ends after they all get lost in the Everfree and Twilight realizes she once again ruined the DM's campaign for no good reason. None of that would have happened if she had just accepted Pinkie's inexperience and moved on with the adventure.
Zuche 1st Nov 2013, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
That's a very solid frame, Destructor. Good work.
Newbiespud 1st Nov 2013, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
...Dammit, that's good.
Destrustor 1st Nov 2013, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Destrustor
Did I... did I just guess it or something?
Newbiespud 1st Nov 2013, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
You didn't, but it's still very good.

Trust me. If you had guessed it, I wouldn't be blabbing about it.
Lyntermas 1st Nov 2013, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Alt-script time!

FS: I roll Acrobatics to try and transport some of the frogs to the bog *roll*...oh, dear, a 3.
PP: Halfway across town, one of the frogs jumps out of the cart and is headed right for Twilight. Roll Athletics to dodge!
TS: ...Um, why would I dodge? To be perfectly honest, I don't think my character habitually looks up to see if frogs are about to fall on her.
PP: Um...oh, Pinkie tells you that something's going to fall on you.
TS: Was Pinkie looking at the sky?
PP: No, it was, uh, her Pinkie Sense!
TS: ...Her what now?
------------------------------
AJ: Twilight, what are you doing in a ditch?
TS: Well, apparently Pinkie Pie's tail tells the future. After I failed to dodge a falling frog, she had *me* fall into a ditch to "prove it worked".
AJ: ...Is that right?
TS: Don't worry, if she's going to pull this "Pinkie Sense" on us, I'm going to get her to define exactly what it can and can't do.
AJ: Twilight, trust me on this...let it go.
TS: What? But you have to know she's just going to use it to railroad us. "You all failed your Perception checks, but Pinkie knows which way to go all the time."
AJ: And you just "happened" to find a book telling you all about how Nightmare Moon was coming back the next day. Twi, DMs all have their methods of contrivances to try and move the plot along. Some are...less subtle than others, but I know that Pinkie's not going to try to abuse her new "power" all that much. She just...wants us all to have a good time.
TS: But I'm supposed to accept the "Pinkie Sense" as something other then DM ex machina, there are so many questions it raises. If she's going to keep using it, I'm going to force her to consistent about it.
AJ: *sigh* I can tell this won't end well.
Tatsurou 1st Nov 2013, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
I have the strange feeling that the Pinkie Sense IS Pinkie's planned campaign. She's going to introduce this new ability of hers, which most will accept because there's no way it can work unless she is DM, meaning only this campaign, and so runs with it. Then Twi wants to know how it works...not just in terms of rules physics but also world physics.

At the end it turns out Pinkie added it because her family is a long line of psychics...but 'the gift' skipped her, so she wanted Pinkie to have it so she could have a vicarious connection to her family that she normally lacks. And then...

TS: But Pinkie, how did you really know I'd accept your Pinkie Sense?
PP: Wishful thinking.
TS: But...but...what if I hadn't?
PP: Then the doozy would have been the Pinkie Sense leading me to the wrong path, meaning I couldn't rely on it anymore.
TS:...
Everyone else: ...
TS: ...I believe-
PP: In fairies?
Everyone else: *facehoof*
you know that guy 2nd Nov 2013, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
Because she's a gypsy.
DoubleCross 3rd Nov 2013, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Fucking 'scuse me? Please don't use racist slurs in comments, thank you.
SupaBigMac 1st Nov 2013, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Story time?
Campaigns at a new house/area that had the players so distracted random elements of the real world kept screwing with the game. (Or really, any time RL distractions made a campaign better or worse.)