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Tardy Tidings
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Newbiespud 4th Jan 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Writing a story that properly involves Pinkie Pie is kind of like writing a mystery novel. Everything appears one way before something happens that redefines everything another way.

58 Comments:

Raxon 4th Jan 2014, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Very nice! Story time today is about plots coming when you least expect it! Tell a story about a time where all the clues were in right in front of you, but you got blindsided anyway!
Alice 4th Jan 2014, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
Not sure if this counts, but there was this one time when our group's kleptomaniac stole all of the money from a safe. ...belonging to the guy fixing up our cart. It wasn't THAT much money but it was his nest egg, so being a detective, (and a paladin) I was on the case. I tried all manner of rolls, spoke to everyone on the street, and even gave by far my best efforts of double talk and deductive reasoning. It was all useless. I couldn't "prove" she stole anything.
Digo 4th Jan 2014, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
I was part of an expedition team that was going into a ruin for some fabled treasure. We stopped over at the last town before the ruin, a fishing town, and during the night this really cute elf rogue had broken into my room and pinned me down. It's obvious she was wanting what my party was after, but I was too deep in the plot to just give up and she was pretty darn beautiful so I cut a deal to just be slowly poisoned by her (and her charms) in exchange for the crown in the treasure...
Gyvon 4th Jan 2014, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
"but I was too deep in the plot to just give up".

/eyerow wiggle
Alice 4th Jan 2014, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
/Seconds eyebrow wiggle
Digo 4th Jan 2014, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
*Grin*
Guest 4th Jan 2014, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
I'm planning one for my players. I may have arranged for them to steal a powerful magical artefact from royalty. They think the artefact was stolen from the royals, who are are hiring them to recover it for them.

Actually the artefact was never stolen. They are stealing it from the royals, and the quest giver is going to use it to try and usurp the throne. The PCs will be arrested for treason.
member of Guest's party 6th Jan 2014, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
Aha! I knew something was suspicious about that quest! Now to derail the plot... Nah, actually, it sounds like fun, so I guess I'll play along for now, but I am buying thieves tools... Is anyone buying this?
Guest 7th Jan 2014, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
I'm not. I sprung the surprise in the latest meeting of our group, yesterday. They tried to fight their way out of being arrested and got TPK'd.

But nice effort.
Letrune 5th Jan 2014, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
I got one coming in my way, and it was all my fault.

In a chatgame, sadly unfinished, we had an 1960s setting, and I were a newcomer to a small town in the US. Unbeknown to everyone else but my local GM, I was a shapeshifted cat, who wanted to get away from all the human idiocy, and took up a living by writing subpar novels.
One day, another player claimed an investigation on me. I wrote what the policemen could found, all the furniture, the contents of the fridge (milk, cat food, meat, etc), literature kept home, and so on. I felt myself very clever for keeping with the life of the character.
...And forgot we are in a sort of spy-action game.

I were captured, sent to an internation camp for being a possible russian spy - because I did not had anything a normal woman would keep at home and went out of the house way too often. So, things that a normal woman in the 1960s would not do because how the society were working...
JET73L 5th Jan 2014, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad I only alluded to my Redcap story last strip, but annoyed with myself for spoiling it.

To sum up: We meet a Redcap. In-character and out-of-character, I don't trust him. We get his three riddles correct and he offers us three wishes; although I'd been trying to maintain in-character plausible deniability, I had still given enough help on the riddles that my opinion about the Redcap pulling a malicious genie/brownie "Exactly as you wish the way you word it" scam, it later turned out he was magically compelled to be honest to the people who solved his riddles. Not fair folk "I'm going to tell you exactly enough to confuse you" truthful, but outright honest. The three wishes he offered weren't "favors", but actual Wish spells (for a level 2-4 group; our DM was astoundingly Monty Haul), and not only did we waste time being paranoid, we also wasted our wishes on relatively mundane dungeoneering tasks.

The moral of the story: Always ask point-blank what geases and compulsions the Fair Folk have on them. Sometimes. If it's relevant. Okay, that one time in retrospect.
JET73L 5th Jan 2014, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
*opinion held weight with the group.

The moral of /this/ story: Don't try to post on the internet with a cat jumping on your chest from high ledges and trying to shove his face through your chin. More likely than not, you'll mess up whatever you're trying to say.
Guest 6th Jan 2014, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
Well, this one isn't about me getting blindsided...

I was running a Changeling: the Dreaming game. The party was attempting to rescue a mortal who had been captured and dragged into the Dreaming.

As they went, they met a fellow in dapper clothing, who introduced himself as Ichabod Melchior Ambrose Wolffe, who invited them to his cottage for a meal and rest, before they continued on their way.

So they went into the cottage, ignored several hints that the decor was more feminine than the current owner would suggest, ate the 'beef' stew and then went to bed. Fortunately, one of them made the necessary Perception + Alertness roll to wake up as Mr. I. M. A. Wolffe transformed and attempted to do to him what he'd done to granny and her Little Red Riding Hood.
Grey Pennies 4th Jan 2014, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Love the expressions in the last two panels.
ANW 4th Jan 2014, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
This outta be fun.
Chain time:
Here's how it goes.
I'd ask a question.
Someone else give an answer and a question themselves.
The questions for this first chain will be about the "Mane 6".
Which of the Mane 6 had the least number of episodes about them?
Give an answer and a question afterwards.
Raxon 4th Jan 2014, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Applejack.

How many licks does it take to get to the tourmaline center of a rubypop?
Destrustor 4th Jan 2014, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Destrustor
Depends on the age and size of the dragon doing the licking.

Which is second best pony?
looplolpop 4th Jan 2014, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Honestly,i dont know,and the question seems invalid since it doesnt have to do anything with the mane 6 as far as i know.
But i will guess: 42?

What Mane 6 Transformation did you enjoy the most?
ANW 4th Jan 2014, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Sorry looplolpop, I've have to disregard yours.
Destrutor got to it first.
Which is the 2nd best pony?
ANW 4th Jan 2014, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Twilight.
Which one could be the best princess beside Twilight?
CharginChuck 4th Jan 2014, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
Fluttershy, duh.

Who should be the next one-shot character to get a second episdoe?
sjosten 4th Jan 2014, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Iron Will.

Now that the rest of the man six have siblings (yes, scootaloo and the cakes' kids count) what will fluttershy's awkwardly shoehorned in family be like?
Tatsurou 4th Jan 2014, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
She'll have an older brother she's embarrassed about because he's boisterous, overprotective, tactless, and bound and determined to get her hooked up. He's also similar to Zarbon of DBZ Abridged in that everything about the way he acts has everyone convinced he's gay, except he isn't. He's also a super pretty boy, and Rarity starts trying to woo him...and he then tries to set Rarity up with Spike.

Would you watch that episode?
Guest 4th Jan 2014, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Yes
ANW 4th Jan 2014, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
Guest didn't read the rules.
So I'll answer.
Maybe.
What did Rarity do to help Luna out on Nightmare Night?
Newbiespud 4th Jan 2014, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
I don't know.

What does this thread have to do with the comic or D&D? Or is this just an MLP-themed forum game being played out in the comments section?
Digo 4th Jan 2014, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
I think it's just one of those odd games.
Did we run out of poll ideas?
Guest 4th Jan 2014, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
No we did not.

What is the best episode of s4 thus far?
kriss1989 4th Jan 2014, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Bats!

Who else though the music for the Manehatin episode was sadly not good?
redwings1340 5th Jan 2014, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
redwings1340
I thought it was good, but then again, I felt more in to the story behind this song than I did the other two this season. I tend to judge songs based on lyrics, and I really liked these lyrics and this storyline, as well as the episode.

Has anyone else gotten their s4 experience completely changed or at least confused by online MLP reviewers? For me, my experience of Daring Don't changed quite a bit from them. I loved the episode at first, and now I can't figure out if it was a good idea or not.
Dugong 5th Jan 2014, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
The song wasn't great, however if you watch the song backwards you realise the title 'Rarity takes Manehattan' makes much more sense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak3s9scbiuQ
DoubleCross 5th Jan 2014, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
@Newbiespud His polls have been pretty much like that the entire time. I keep switching between wanting to bring it up and not bringing it up.
Digo 4th Jan 2014, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
One thing this page reminds me of is that when a party splits up, the sense of time tends to go askew. It's possible that Team A gets into a fight that would normally just last 5 minutes while Team B gets into a 20 minutes interrogation of a prisoner. And then somehow they rejoin right after so that Team A is missing 15 minutes of time...

...Just another thing about why I hate splitting the party.
looplolpop 4th Jan 2014, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Scratch my last one,so for the new answer:
Twilight:also second best winged pony
Question the same:
What Mane 6 Transformation did you enjoy most?(Rarity with wings/Flutterbat/Twilicorn/Etc.)
ANW 4th Jan 2014, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
If you are gonna do that, please post it as a response to your own thing.
Disloyal Subject 20th Jan 2014, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Flutterbat..? I'm gonna have to stop reading this comic until I catch up on s4, aren't I?
Lyntermas 4th Jan 2014, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
*looks at comic*
*looks at Alt-Script Maker 9000 as it coughs out dust.*

...Sheesh, Pinkie, you kind of blindsided me for this whole story arc.
redwings1340 4th Jan 2014, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
redwings1340
You know, Pinkie is running a decent session. At the start I thought this session would go down in flames, and it still very well could, but I feel as though I would be in to this game at the moment. I just wonder who the prisoner is. My mind immediately jumped to Discord, but it doesn't seem to be quite chaotic enough for that, and not enough of the Mane 6 is there anyway. Theories anypony? Alicorn Amulet Trixie? Iron Will? The Pony of Shadows? Queen Chysalis and a story arc that lines up for real DM to deal with next session?

I have no clue where you're going with this, but it's awesome! :)
Laurence 4th Jan 2014, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
I'm leaning towards either whatever Scootaloo's nightmare thing was called to go with the ghost that scared the cows, or the Hydra because even though it seems highly improbable, I have the feeling that Pinkie is still going to bring this back around to the episode this started out on. Somehow.
Erin Palette 4th Jan 2014, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
Erin Palette
Oh dear. You're introducing Discord via a Pinkie Pie Plot?


... this actually makes a disturbing amount of sense.
CharginChuck 4th Jan 2014, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
Why would you assume it's Discord? They would need the whole mane 6 there for that to work. It's probably the hydra. Most of FPK wouldn't really adapt well, after all, so he just took an alternate route to get to the actiony part.
Erin Palette 4th Jan 2014, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Erin Palette
"Why would you assume it's Discord?"

Because this is a screwball Pinkie Pie Plot, and because all of the events this far have created a large amount of chaos.

"It's probably the hydra."

Hydras are monsters. Twilight's letter said "prisoner". Creatures in captivity are never called prisoners.
Zuche 4th Jan 2014, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
By what measure is Discord not similarly a monster? The hydra doesn't speak, but it appears to have been a tad brighter than Big Mouth, the ogre from The Smurfs.
GrayGriffin 7th Jan 2014, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
Actually, remember that the DM said he'd need to approve Pinkie Pie's plans? What if he decided to give her information about Discord, who he had already planned as a villain, since he felt it would fit into her planned plot?

And technically, considering what RD did, she could be absent no problem.
The MunchKING 4th Jan 2014, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
I was also guessing Discord, and maybe he's so important he actually gets to be a major villain in the regular DM's game...
The MunchKING 5th Jan 2014, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Could be Auizotal though, possibly playing the roll of something bigger and nastier....
Z 4th Jan 2014, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Prisoner Zero has escaped.
Guest 4th Jan 2014, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Doctor: I'll get on that in ten minuts
kriss1989 4th Jan 2014, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Darn it, I told you we need more spakle!
Brickman 4th Jan 2014, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Given how convinced Applejack was that there was some nefarious force behind all of this and how many times she dropped the hint that that'd be a good next step in the plot, I would've expected Pinkie to change her plans to that even if that wasn't it originally. Her original plan, if it was anything else, was crashing and burning after all.

So maybe we're entirely in the realm of improvisation right now.
Digo 4th Jan 2014, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
I'm starting to think that's the realm we began at. :)
redwings1340 4th Jan 2014, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
redwings1340
I think Pinkie knows exactly what she's doing, and had everything planned out. I have no idea whether anyone knows whether this is a good plan yet, but this looks completely intentional and planned out to me.
kriss1989 4th Jan 2014, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
You'd be surprised what you can make seem random that was actually planed out. Even if it takes over a year IRL to pay off.
Call me Al 5th Jan 2014, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
I've just told myself not to try to infer/predict anything and not be surprised by anything for Pinkie's session. Kinda like in Code Geass I've just told myself to expect something really bad to happen whenever anything looks like it is going well.
Guest 5th Jan 2014, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
It's gonna be Discord, calling it now.
JackTheGreatOfPojo 6th Jan 2014, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
My money is on Iron Will
Draconianlaw 26th May 2014, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
ONE prisoner escaped... ahahahaha. Congrats on the prediction, I guess?
Guest 9th Jan 2017, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
That time when you accidentally predict a plot point in a fanwork months before the actual source used it.