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7th Jan 2014, 6:00 AM
Autopsy Turvy
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Newbiespud 7th Jan 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
It was on around the second draft of this page that I caught myself thinking, "Since when is this comic an examination of the role of randomness and improvisation in the hands of the tabletop dungeonmaster?"

And the immediate answer was, "Since Pinkie Pie."

64 Comments:

Zuche 7th Jan 2014, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Oh, this should be fun. It's a good thing Pinkie's not the sort that would base every bunny on Angel. Or Bun-Bun. Or that one featured in that King Arthur film by an obscure British comedy troupe.

No, she's more the type that would base them all on Harvey... and I don't mean the Donnie Darko version.
Digo 7th Jan 2014, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
I've commonly heard the Monty Python rabbit to be called a "Vorpal Bunny". Also, the rabbit costumed character in Donnie Darko is "Frank". :)

Zuche 7th Jan 2014, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for the correction, Digo.
NR 7th Jan 2014, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
So... The rabbits are actually pookas?
Zuche 7th Jan 2014, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
...Now that has possibilities.
Dugong 7th Jan 2014, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Horde of stampeding bunnies would be ideal for a few fireballs! As an Australian I can say that encounter would be an exterminatus.

Story time! What was the most unusual encounter you had?

For me it was on April the first when the DM found a set of April fools rules which included anthro cat girls, Bikini armor, fighter girl (the less armor she wore, the bigger benefits she got such as damage reduction and resistance to elements ... somehow) and of course 'A perfectly ordinary bunny rabbit', where you had to roll to see if the rabbit was indeed, a perfectly normal bunny rabbit, or the viscious CR 13 rabbit from monty python. That thing had a very damgerous crit!!
Digo 7th Jan 2014, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Anthro catgirls are a cool encounter. :3
The idea of less armor/clothing providing more defense benefit sounds a lot like the "bullet-proof nudity" joke rules in GURPS. I guess the creators watched lots of Anime too.

As a GM, the most unusual encounter I threw at the players was in D&D: A unicorn mad scientist with a baby dragon assistant (Based off Rarity and Spike, yes, but the PCs never got the reference until I told them afterwards). The experiment the unicorn was doing was giving intelligence to forest animals and using them to rob jewlery and money from passing traders. For fun, these animals had an INT around 8 and thus qualified for levels in classes. There was a snake with rogue levels (and a poisonous sneak attack!) a deer-fighter with power attack, and a bunch others. My favorite was the Bear-monk. The monk class may not be very strong, but a bear with a "Flurry-of-Paws" who could jumpkick you through walls was awesome purely on style points.

The PCs won the fight, but fighting such odd and non-standard opponents made them think a bit. Was fun for all.
terrycloth 7th Jan 2014, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
That sort of reminds me of the horde of evil druids who promised their followers immortality. And sort of delivered, thanks to the reincarnation spell, which at the time (a) had no expensive components so they could cast it on all of their minions that fell in battle, and (b) usually brought you back as some kind of forest creature.
FanOfMostEverything 7th Jan 2014, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Two words: fiendish lobsters.

Basically, I took Small monstrous scorpions, removed the stingers, upped the natural armor and the claw damage, and applied the template. The end result? Lobsters from Hell! The look on the wizard's face when his burning hands did diddly-squat... oh, that was a good day.

I also had plans for a flying fiendish whale skeleton in that campaign, but it didn't last long enough for us to get to that.
Digo 7th Jan 2014, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
I want to combine your evil idea with the spell "Cone of Lobsters" I made up for an old campaign. Yes, the spell shots out a cone of pinchy lobsters at opponents for physical damage. The aftermath is that you have a small area of lobsters on the ground that act like caltrops for several rounds until they disperse or the spell effect ends.

I think "Fiendish Cone of Lobsters" is a new level of evil. :D
Joe theRat 7th Jan 2014, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
"Fiendish Cone of Lobsters" or "Cone of Fiendish Lobsters" ?
...or "Fiendish Cone of Fiendish Lobsters"
...or "Fizzban's Fiendish Cone of Fiendish Lobsters"
Digo 7th Jan 2014, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
I like having "Fiendish" at the beginning, so that it invokes the idea of the cone itself having an alignment. XD
FanOfMostEverything 8th Jan 2014, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Conjuration (Summoning) [Evil]

Or would it be creation? I suppose it depends on what the lobsters do afterwards...
Zuche 7th Jan 2014, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
In 3E, there's not much you could do about fiendish lobsters.

In 4E, you'd just need to find an attack that caused acid and fire damage, then launch your attack while screaming, "Everything's better with lemon and melted butter!"

Oh, and you'd need to find a DM that let you get away with that sort of thing.
Digo 8th Jan 2014, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Best battlecry ever. :D
Guest 20th Jan 2014, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
A Half-Giant Lich Favored Soul/Artificer gestalt, driving a sleigh pulled by skeletal fiendish reindeer whose barding is sewn with silver bells that cast assorted animate dead and create undead - "making spirits rise." He also has THE bag of holding - as in, an epic-tier one - and a full complement of magic items, besides a pocketful of spells and some... unusual... weapon proficiencies.
If any of my players ever make it to epic-tier and go off the rails, Santa Claus will be waiting for them.
Derrath 7th Jan 2014, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
Weirdest encounter I had been part of went thusly; a grove of thirty palm trees hid 10 monkeys who had stolen powder kegs, and we were hired to fetch them back before the unfortunate creatures harmed themselves. We spend a good 30 minutes real time searching for the buggers before we found one(they had been stealthily jumping from tree to tree as we looked), and my cleric Kanthor Gilead came across the first one. We then discovered kegs of black powder weren't they only things they had stolen. The spider monkey I had come across had several wands of Summoning, and before I knew it I was beset upon by 12 dire weasels.

As I struggled to get the creatures pryed from my body, the rest of the party encountered more magical good stolen from the wizard they had looted, and the druid and ranger found themselves fighting a Gargantuan Sonic Goose, which was really only a normal goose with added size, HP, and a sonic breath weapon, the barbarian and swashbuckler were locked in mortal combat with a group of robot pixies and our sorcerer and rogue were dealing with the leader of the spider a monkeys, and dire baboon named "Ook" who had actually consumed the enchanted black powder, we had come to find out, and was gifted with super flatulence of varying kinds.

It's safe to say after that encounter, we asked for a raise once we returned to the wizard lol
Siccarus 7th Jan 2014, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Two words
Dire Barnacles.
Letrune 8th Jan 2014, 5:58 AM edit delete reply
Can one join those cat girls, if the girl part is shaky, I want to wear a gown at least and it is not that bad? :D
JET73L 8th Jan 2014, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
My weirdest encounter was, sadly, a bunch of riding weasels without any gnomes or anything actually riding them. Fortunately, we peaceably solved that problem and my character had an established mustelid fixation. The DM didn't let me keep one, though, 'cause he said it would make my character's actual pet ferret jealous : (
Kynrasian 9th Jan 2014, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
Kynrasian
Well, when one of my friends DM'ed he made us fight Geodudes.

And yes, they could use Harden, and yes, it did increase their AC.

Out of all the encounters I've been in where the PCs took no damage, that one was the longest.
alex494 9th Jan 2014, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Look out, that rabbit's dynamite!
kriss1989 11th Jan 2014, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
"Is that a mummy riding a manticore?"

True story.
ANW 7th Jan 2014, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Didn't one of the comments from a page or 2 said something about a stampede of bunnies?
Who ever said that deserves a cookie.
DoubleCross 7th Jan 2014, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas predicted it in his alt-script a few pages ago.

Good on yuh, Lyntermas. Good on yuh.
redwings1340 7th Jan 2014, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
redwings1340
The Alt-script generator 9000 might be utterly confused, but it's clearly still working. I didn't see this stampede coming. That last screenshot of the bunny is fantastic.
Lyntermas 7th Jan 2014, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
I...I got it right? I got it right! Yaaaay!
AABaker 7th Jan 2014, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
The strangest thing I ran across was a bunch of rabbits that had been infused with lightning by a local renegade druid. The males shot lightning and the females shot thunder. That was really nasty fight, too.
ANW 7th Jan 2014, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Chain time:
Ok, last time was a good run.
This time the questions must be about the comic itself. And it has to be based on facts.
True or False
Fluttershy can't use her abilities on dragons cause they're big and scary.
redwings1340 7th Jan 2014, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
redwings1340
False, Flutters can't use her abilities on dragons because they're not natural to Equestria.

Instead of asking T/F questions, do you mind if I follow it up with discussion questions with no right or wrong answers that might generate some interesting answers? That could be more interesting than just a pop quiz on the webcomic.

Who among the mane 6 (comic mane 6, not show mane 6) or original PM would you want as your DM, and why?
Lyntermas 7th Jan 2014, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Probably Applejack. She's got the right amount of experience and fairness that she'd make a good DM.
sjosten 7th Jan 2014, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas, you forgot to ask a question.
Lyntermas 7th Jan 2014, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Oh, right, sorry. Let's see...

Do you guys prefer the comic arcs which follow previous arcs more closely (Friendship is Magic, Dragonshy), or the ones that have more of a mix-and-match (Dog and Pony Show, Feeling Pinkie Keen)?
comedowntheroad 8th Jan 2014, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
I've found that I equally enjoy both.

Do you think that there are any game systems that this comic could also work well in besides some edition of D&D?
JET73L 8th Jan 2014, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Of the ones with which I have experience? Maybe Fudge/FATE. The comic's specific premise might not work too well for games focused more on storytelling than on simulating a setting (like some of the WoD settings, depending on the writers), but a Friendship is Magic comic in general could easily slot into a storytelling system like WoD or FATE as its framing narrative.

Out of all the RPGs you've played (or read the books for, seen played, yadda yadda), which would you most want to see get a Friendship Is Magic expansion? Games that already have FiM expansions still count.
Guest 8th Jan 2014, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
Some version of Paranoia, Don't tell friend Celestia you are a member of the Cutie Mark Crusaders because Secret Societies are forbidden.

If you were playing Friendship is Dragons what would be your character's Cutie Mark and what special talent would it signify.
Disloyal Subject 21st Jan 2014, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Toss up between a river-polished piece of basalt for Shadow Rumble's geology and a flaming longsword for Burning Sword's war magic.
(Btw, the Santa-Lich above was me. And on that subject, I think he'll be using Cone of Lobsters.)
A bit late for more questions, I think, but who am I to break the chain? Hmmm... your choice of "Who's your favorite mentor-character, ie Celestia, Zecora, in FiM?" or "Which of the many rhymes Zecora's made are your favorite?"
DoubleCross 7th Jan 2014, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
…Congratulations, Fuzzbucket.

You have created the best title pun I have ever read.

Too bad it doesn't tie into the comic better.
Zuche 7th Jan 2014, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
But isn't Topsy (and hence Autopsy too) a valid rabbit name in the line of Flopsy, Mopsy, and Hopsy?
you know that guy 8th Jan 2014, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
I believe the rabbits are named Flopsy Mopsy and Benjamin.
you know that guy 8th Jan 2014, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
My mistake. Flopsy Mopsy Cottontail and Peter are rabbits. Benjamin is a bunny.
DoubleCross 8th Jan 2014, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Wait wait. I just got an idea for a better title.

Plandom Encounter.
D'sparil 8th Jan 2014, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
It fits. It's because AJ is dissecting Pinkie's adventure.
anonygrumper 7th Jan 2014, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Urge to kill DM... rising...
Marioaddict 7th Jan 2014, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
...WHICH episode is this supposed to be based on, again? I honestly can't tell with everything that's going on.
ANW 7th Jan 2014, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
It started with "Feeling Pinkie Keen"
But then Pinkie being Pinkie...
Digo 7th Jan 2014, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
...it dipped into "Lesson Zero" with Cerberus and "Spike at your Service" with the timberwolves... ending up on "Applebuck Season" now with the stampeding stuff.

Yeah, this DM is all over the map. :)
Gden 7th Jan 2014, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Cerberus is from "It's about time", not "Lesson Zero"
Digo 7th Jan 2014, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Oh, my mistake. I had the right episode in my mind, but wrong title. So yes, It's About Time.
Bombom13 7th Jan 2014, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
It's about time you got that corrected.
ParaspriteHugger 7th Jan 2014, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Planned and at random the same time?
Am I the only one who is expecting Discord as the prisoner?
Tatsurou 7th Jan 2014, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Except they never actually manage to locate the prisoner because they run out of time, and Pinkie informs DM about what she had planned - a physical manifestation of Chaos, complete with a character sheet - and the DM asks if he/she can use it for a future campaign, and Pinkie's fine with it. This is why Pinkie is enjoying the chaos when it first starts, because she's pretty sure she knows where it's going.
But the DM tweaks it into a full fledged campaign boss, which catches Pinkie off guard, especially when she fails her will save.

Pinkie: Hey! I didn't design this guy with sanity-based attacks!
DM: Yeah, I tweaked him.
Rainbow: Wait, YOU designed this guy Pinkie? When?
Pinkie: He was the prisoner who escaped from Tartarus in my campaign, but we never actually bumped into him.
Twilight: Oh yeah. I wondered what happened to him.
AJ: Wonder no more...
mycroftxxx 7th Jan 2014, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
And this is why we need spoiler tags. This is _obviously_ what's going to happen, even if it wasn't going to happen before now.
DragonPrime 7th Jan 2014, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Sorry but Apple Bloom created Discord several strips ago. Gotta give the filly credit for that for this comic!!
Tatsurou 8th Jan 2014, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Obviously the DM combines the two designs. My guess is Pinkie's design was closer to Tirek.
Zuche 7th Jan 2014, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Hey, I just realized something. Equestria must offer a special honour to whomever manages to successful overcome a bunny stampede. No stained glass windows for this, but I'm sure you're given a special title for the deed.

Knight of the Lepus.
Guest 7th Jan 2014, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
*throws brick*
Bombom13 7th Jan 2014, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
*Steals brick and brick stash for the use in my evil brick fortress of bricky solitude*
Bombom13 7th Jan 2014, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
*Steals brick and brick stash for the use in my evil brick fortress of bricky solitude*
Bombom13 7th Jan 2014, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Drat! Double post. Sorry about that.
sjosten 8th Jan 2014, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
*blows down evil straw fortress of strawy solitude and evil stick fortress of sticky solitude*
kriss1989 11th Jan 2014, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
....well played Zuche, well played.
Matticus 8th Jan 2014, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
I like how utterly seriously Fluttershy takes the threat of stampeding bunnies.
Rokas 8th Jan 2014, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
"Because Pinkie Pie" is the best excuse ever.