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18th Jan 2014, 6:00 AM
Magic via Friendship
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Newbiespud 18th Jan 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Another weird story turn from... wait, Twilight this time??

In other news, my recruitment for the Fallout: Equestria Pony Tales game was a resounding success. I got 19 excellent submissions and had to painfully wittle it down to 6. It was not an easy task. Many thanks to everyone who applied, and you can all look forward to the podcast in the future!

51 Comments:

Raxon 18th Jan 2014, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Grats on the player selection, Spud!

Now, down to the matter at hand.

Tell a story about a time where a whole game got derailed due to someone abandoning the plot to study something or figure out something not understood.
Jennifer 18th Jan 2014, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Well... Heck, any sandbox game is like that, especially if you have easily distract-able players like me. RPG or not.

For example, it's a great excuse to maintain your sanity in Cthulu. "I know there are mysterious tentacles over in Innsmouth but I need to do more research at this library first."
Digo 18th Jan 2014, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
We had it happen on a railroad-type game :D
Our team was investigating the Jersey Devil. The first fight we had with one was at an abandoned warehouse. Despite the numerous clues that told us to follow where the creature flew off too, and the clues to tell us to follow the money of a large purchase of unusual mystical paraphernalia, the team leader continued to have us go back again and again to that abandoned building thinking that was the key. It wasn't. At all. :)
Truthkeeper 18th Jan 2014, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
But doing research at the library is how I always end up losing SAN.
Digo 18th Jan 2014, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
I don't think there's a way of NOT losing sanity in a Cthulu game.
aylatrigger 18th Jan 2014, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
aylatrigger
I had one game where doing research in a library, one character looked for a 'good book'...and rolled a crit fail on their search check, so they found Twilight.

...Of course, this was an Infinite Library between planes, where each book represented every single copy of that book across every plane, so they happily burned it. Then they went on to find the rest of the series and burn those copies too.

So sometimes you need to do research in libraries. ...And burn some books...

Oh, but the story time:
This happens often, so I will just give my favorite example, and the Ponyfinder one. I was GM'ing this one.

It also happened in a library. A library in the ancient tower of the city of Babylion, now underwater at the center of the Braymuleda Triangle...

The story thus far was a column of light had appeared from this tower, and demons were being forcefully summoned from it (which they didn't like) and it was destroying the stars in its path (as it was a seemingly endless pillar that was nigh-impenetrable from this side). So while Celestia and Luna, who were the closest Princesses, worked on moving the stars out of its path, we were sent to turn it off. Our party was a 30th level party consisting of Crystal Wishes the magic item smith (Celestial Sorcerer and Eldritch Godling Unicorn), Noun Phrase the martial arts teacher and monster hunter (monk, fighter, and armor bonded earth pony), Gears Gadget the steam punk inventor (Gadgeteer and gunslinger earth pony), Tale Weaver the journalist (rogue and pathfinder chronicler pegasus), Artifact the Museum owner and adventurer archeologist/real archeologist (Bard(archeologist) and dark delver earth pony), Speed Chaser the Ultra Pony Roller Derby champion “Pony X” and shy mailpony (monk and time thief pegasus), and by this time Speed's evil double Sprite Chaser (the same) who had join the party as Speed's 'sister' and as “Pony Z”.

So anyway, we entered a library with all the written works of an entire ancient civilization. Needless to say, Artifact was excited. So was the rest of the party. Artifact though immediately went for the large book on the podium that was open and practically had a sign saying 'plot here'. Tale Weaver and the SC sisters went looking around the library. Tale Weaver and Artifact learned the language after some linguistic checks and some time, and so Artifact started reading the history of the evil alicorn King Solar who tried to become a god (alicorns back then were not gods but still quite powerful) by stealing power from every D&D plane. King Solar caused a war that led to killing off most of the pony races, and by research Artifact was able to find what the lost races were: the previous races of Alicorns (who were a bit different than the Alicorns known today) and Sleipnir (the practically god races, Alicorns governing Civilization and Sleipnir governing harmony with nature), Pukas (who could shapeshift into any pony or animal, but kept their coloration), Kirin (light, weather, and nature magic specialists), Kelpie (a sticky amphibious race that was mainly fighters), Hippocampi (a race of aquatic ponies), and Stags (who thrived in the forests).

Tale Weaver asked if there were any books like Daring Do. I figured surely if the library has ALL the books of the civilization, there would probably be some adventure books. So I said yes, there was a collection of 100 books about Gentlepony Adventurer, the young Puka adventurer. The party asked what a puka was. I told them an ancient shapeshifting pony race, and that if they had listened to Artifact as she read the book to them, they would know. Tale Weaver then decided she would read the first book.

...So I started writing on Gentlepony Adventurer. Tale Weaver transcribed the book into Equine so Speed and Sprite could read it. After three sessions of them just reading the Gentlepony Adventurer book, they were finally convinced by myself and Artifact to move on with the adventure. Of course, before doing so they decided to take the entire collection of books all the way back to Hoofwell. Just in case the tower was destroyed or something. After all, a good book is worth more than saving the world from an evil god.

And that is how I accidentally made a fanfic within a fangame about an expy of an expy. If anyone wants what I wrote for the Gentlepony Adventurer book, I can give that too. I also have since made other titles and synopses in case anypony wants me to write those... Though no where near the 100 books.
Blademan9999 20th Jan 2014, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
awcooke@me.com
Please email it to me.
Arcict 18th Jan 2014, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
Forget games, I derail my DREAMS this way! Seriously, I'll often have total ADD moments while dreaming and start focusing on things that don't matter, derailing and often ending the dream.
aylatrigger 18th Jan 2014, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
aylatrigger
I derail everything this way and others.
Raxon 18th Jan 2014, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Man, I actually remembered a Raxon story for this.

Some dudes are robbing a bank, and Raxon shows up to stop them. One of them tries to shoot him. Raxon just bleeds and retaliates by teleporting the gun out of his hand, and against the ceiling over the thug's head. The other thugs don't know what to make of this, and they drop their weapons.

Thug #1: Aw hell! This is just like in that one movie, with the dude forced to wear that bomb!

Raxon: You mean Thirty minutes or less?

Thug1: Yeah!

Raxon: I don't see how these situations are similar. You guys and Nick really aren't in the same boat.

Thug1: I think you're forgetting the subtext of the film. If you watch it again, you would understand the subtle implications, and realize that Dwayne knows Nick and set him up.

Raxon: ... Can you wait here for a couple hours, so we can discuss this again after I've seen it?

Thug1: Sure! And don't forget the deleted scenes!

Raxon teleports away with the guns, and the other thugs pat Thug1 on the back. They race outside to see thirty cops surrounding them.

"Don't move, or we'll open fire!"


Epilogue


Raxon shows up at the jail three hours later.

Raxon: Hey, why didn't you wait there for me?

Thug1: I tried man, but the cops dragged me away.

Raxon: Oh, right, the bank thing. Oh well. Anyway, I saw what you meant. If you start under the assumption that the pizza guy is not picked at random, but is instead chosen from a list of acquaintances, it implies that Nick might be in on it after all.

And so on and so on. Yes, a street thug successfully tricked Raxon into letting them go by telling him to watch a movie. Sometimes I think I shouldn't have used wisdom as his dump stat. Then I realize that he'd be less entertaining and screw that.
JET73L 20th Jan 2014, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
You guys and your libraries! My team never let me do research at libraries; the two closest things were the personal book collection of the rich person who gave us the quest (which the DM glossed over) and brothels, which don't even HAVE books!

...well, they give more reliable info than taverns, and you're less likely to get in a barfight.
ANW 18th Jan 2014, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Sorry about the lack of poll last time, but a sick person doesn't think straight.
Discord(Main Villain), Sweetie Belle(CMC), Angel(Pet), Luna(Princess), and Fluttershy(Mane 6). They have all made the list. Time for the next one.
Who is your one-time antagonist?
Zercora counts, cause she was one only once.
Trixie counts, cause we wasn't expecting an update on her.
Me: Our favorite zebra Zercora.
Digo 18th Jan 2014, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
One time antagonist? I found the Mane-iac very endearing of a villain. Her completely nuts attitude and that insane laugh was just too funny not to enjoy. I would love to see her again.
Zuche 18th Jan 2014, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
It was nice to hear Ellen Kennedy again, especially in a very different role than the one I remember her for best: Kyoko Otonashi in Maison Ikkoku.
Summoned Singer 18th Jan 2014, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
I have to say that Babs was an utterly adorable villain
you know that guy 18th Jan 2014, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Chrissy.
Dakkath 18th Jan 2014, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
Gotta go with Mane-iac
Tatsurou 18th Jan 2014, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
My favorite one time villain? As in a character who was only a villain for one episode?
Hmm...I'd say...Mane-iac.
Guest 18th Jan 2014, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Ahh... Probably Mane-iac, too, because her laugh made me laugh every time it happened, as well as the way she used her mane to walk and do random stuff. That was hilarious, but I don't think it would be a good idea to have her appear again. I don't want her overdone.

Also, it's Zecora, not "Zercora."
redwings1340 18th Jan 2014, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
redwings1340
Going to go with Lightning Dust on this one. She was just an awesome counterpoint to Rainbow Dash.
aylatrigger 18th Jan 2014, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
aylatrigger
I hope you are feeling better.

Does Mare-Do-Well count? They were kind of antagonist to Rainbow Dash...
Onyxjew 19th Jan 2014, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Mane-iac, the way she used her hair to walk and lounge against things was just really cool from an animation standpoint, not to mention the laugh. Best satire of a villain laugh, ever.
DracoS 19th Jan 2014, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
My vaforite one-time villain is Pinkie Pie, because she made her own Legion of Doom out of a rock, a bucket of turnip, and a sack of flour.
ANW 19th Jan 2014, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
Trix: Might as well che..... Where is the vote for me? I thought I was a fan favorite.
ANW: Don't look at me?
Tatsurou 19th Jan 2014, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Trixie, I would have picked you, but honestly, I don't think you're an antagonist. As I see it, in your debut episode, YOU were the protagonist, and the Mane 6 were your antagonists. You were just doing your job, trying to make a living as a travelling showmare, and they started hating on you for no reason at all. Then your house gets destroyed, Twilight shows you up - destroying your reputation as a show mare - and the entire town drives you out. If the artifact you found to gain power hadn't been evil, that sounds like a cartoonish tragic heroine origin story. They destroyed your life, you came back to get even, but wound up a puppet to an evil artifact.

That's why I didn't vote for you, Trixie. You aren't an antagonist. You're a victim.
kriss1989 19th Jan 2014, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Also, Mane-iac was just a ton of fun Trix. You were just doing your job and got screwed, like Flim and Flam.
ANW 20th Jan 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Trix: While Trixie does agree with you guys, She was doing her job after all, Don't compare me to those two swindlers.
Their job is to make money from their machine, not take out computation by taking their home. Even I don't take out computation, amulet withstanding. If that cowpony didn't agree, those two could have been sent to the slammer.
ANW: Her words, not mind. Also you could say that Snips and Snails was the real bad guys there.
Narcolepto 18th Jan 2014, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
DOH!

I missed the post about FO:E submissions! Curses. Oh well it should be fun to watch.
Faen the monk 18th Jan 2014, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Our group tends to cycle who is DM, but when we first started out we ended up railroading the plots. I was experimenting with a Chaotic Neutral Rouge scientist, and whenever my short attention span caught something, I need to know everything about it. A plot important NPC got assassinated. The DM just wanted us to go out and find the guy (who we all knew; we didn't have subtlety down yet either). My character, on the other hand, spent three sessions trying to figure out exactly how the NPC had managed to cast a spell he couldn't have known at an angle he couldn't have seen, blah blah blah. At first it was mildly irritating, but I was somehow convincing enough that even though we all knew the DM had 1 person in mind who could have done it, the "evidence" pointed to him being framed.

DM wasn't too pleased XD
Zuche 18th Jan 2014, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Best pairing of chaos and order since Hawk and Dove, though even that may be selling Twilight and Pinkie short. I mean, when's the last time you saw Hawk and Dove share a bubble pipe?
HappyMuffin 18th Jan 2014, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Called it. Healm of mind reading. of course that still seems too high level for them but... meh. after a few weeks of pinky I'm starting to not care so much.

Damit Spud!! You've made me stop careing about reasonabele explainations. If Twi said that she got the EEG from her breakfast cereal I'd just nod complacently!

... oh maybe thats what the steel box is. She got the Healm of mindreading from... the Iron Box, of Cereal+2! Magical oats or somthing... that looks like paper...screw it, don't care, REASONABLE EXPLAINATION FOUND.

...(sob)...
Raxon 18th Jan 2014, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
It was a random prize from the crackerjack box of many things.
Digo 19th Jan 2014, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
I remember back when those things had actual prizes. I got a sheriff's star once.
JET73L 20th Jan 2014, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
I've only ever gotten the piece of cardboard that you can unfold into a pinkie ring sized for a two-year-old : (
Tatsurou 19th Jan 2014, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
She has it because she was concerned about the historical tendency exceptionally powerful unicorns of the past had towards megalomania, so she asked Celestia for some way to monitor her own brain wave activity for signs of change. Celestia - being the god character - gave her the magical equivalent of an EEG and taught her how to use it.

Alternatively, it was Celestia's concern, and she's under instruction to send her brainwave scans along with the Friendship Reports.
HappyMuffin 19th Jan 2014, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
I think thats about as close as we're going to get...
Walabio 18th Jan 2014, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy:
"¡Yay!"
——
Fluttershy

¡It is proscience!
The magical soup can 19th Jan 2014, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
maybe she built a strange device in her sleep one night but did not know what it would do, so she pushed the button on it and it turned her basement into a mad scientist lab, cause she rolled multiple 20s.
FanOfMostEverything 19th Jan 2014, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
Wait, I think I've got it. Twilight found Genius: the Transgression.
HappyMuffin 19th Jan 2014, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
appokalipsy scanners are built with computers. and Twi doesn't seem particularly mad.

Also I don't think she has enough d6s.
HappyMuffin 19th Jan 2014, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Magic soup:
what kind of DM would let you do that.

-please don't answer "Pinky".
Guest 19th Jan 2014, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
So the very first act in the game I'm running had the players try to track down a serial killer murdering all the clerics of a certain homebrewed religion. The serial killer turned out to be a half-drow assassin taking revenge for his family's murder; the religion is notoriously racist and some followers of it killed his parents and younger brother. The half-drow assassin, Cecil, had kidnapped a young wyvern, Kheel, from a rather unlucky man named Feliks who had smuggled him into the city because he wanted to be a wyvern rider.

After the goblin rogue spent an entire encounter fighting sewer alligators riding around on the back of one of them, I cleared the path for the inevitable and now the goblin rogue is also a wyvern rider.
euric 19th Jan 2014, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
Whew, I finally read through all of the comics! I can actually be relevant now!
Also, props to you, newbiespud, for actually doing this. I really appreciate that there is barely Any swearing, too.
Newbiespud 20th Jan 2014, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
The first session of Fallout is Dragons has just finished, and we all had a good time. The audio/video component will be going up in the next day or two, but you can read the notes one of our wonderful spectators took here!
Digo 20th Jan 2014, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
FOE parties seem to default to "insane".
Codeman 20th Jan 2014, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
I noticed... Still makes for a fun game though. :D
Disloyal Subject 20th Jan 2014, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Sanity... IS FOR THE WEAK!
Hmm. Horseshoes 40K actually sounds pretty damned fun. If we can mix ponies and Fallout, why not? Make it so! Blood for the blood God!...ess?
Codeman 20th Jan 2014, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
I could see playing as an inquisitor of friendship, serving the God Empress and enforcing her will.
Great Dinn 21st Jan 2014, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Great Dinn
The notes are open to comment, so please feel free to tell me how you think they can be improved in the future.
Guest 20th Jan 2014, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Hey can people help me come up with a list of dragon and half dragon names?
Disloyal Subject 20th Jan 2014, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
I had a half-dragon named Jolt for a while - functionally, a blue dragon, with lightning breath and the Earth subtype, but in appearance more brassy.
Really, I'd want to base their names off their personality and abilities and/or powers. For instance - aside from Jolt - I had a Red Dragon Bloodline human Fist of Hextor called Groml Firelungs. Perhaps a silver dragon, maybe who worshipped Sune or Hlal, would be called Gilluria Shimmerscales? Just throwing stuff out here. A Brass, Bardle Siroccowind? I admit, my system for naming characters without a randomizer is better suiter to ponies than other races; too many Luke Nounverbers detract from the pattern's impact.
They do work much better when run through translators, though; someone may have built an English-to-Draconic translator. (As evidence, Rill-Iphu Hinue-en'Gurtha sounds a lot more impressive than Flame-Blossom Deathsong. She's a rather morbid elf wizard.)