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Newbiespud 13th Feb 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
There's are many reasons why tabletop games tend to produce ridiculous quotes and stories. It can be tough balancing in-character attitudes with in-game priorities and the laws of the setting, and the next thing you know, you're saying something along the lines of, "Necromancy is like jaywalking. It's technically not illegal, but it's frowned upon."

121 Comments:

Digo 13th Feb 2014, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
"You killed people?!"
"Yes, but they were all bad."

Best line from a decent movie AND a decent super hero adventure where I played an alien bounty hunter. My character didn't care much about the survivability of the villain, but she did have standards-- She'd never willingly endanger an innocent life.
ANW 13th Feb 2014, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Ok today is a double.
Do you have a special someone for Valentine's Day?
Me: Not this year

Who here got hit by the 1-2 punch of the winter storm down south.
Me: Almost lost power because of it.
Digo 13th Feb 2014, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
1. My wife

2. Tons of rain, but power managed to stay on despite browning.
aylatrigger 13th Feb 2014, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
aylatrigger
I have lots of special someones, but none in that way because I am an anromantic asexual.

I will be making chocolate things for my family and friends, though. Haven't figured what as I want to do something different from my usual brownies...

And secondly, I am currently having a frozen rain and wondering if the stray cat I saw out two nights ago is okay. (My own cats are inside with one curled up next to me right now). We did lose power about two weeks ago, though. And while we got a generator after Sandy, we also lost internet, which is what our livelihood and sanity depends on... But we are fine now.
InvisibleDale 13th Feb 2014, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
1. No one at this moment.

2. Spent snowstorm in hospital, No power loss.
redwings1340 13th Feb 2014, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
redwings1340
1) Nopony right now, but I do have a lot of good friends, and friendship is magic. :)

2) A foot of snow. It looks awesome outside!
T_T 13th Feb 2014, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
T_T
1. Nopony

2. Power went out twice.
gallowsCalibrator 13th Feb 2014, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
gallowsCalibrator
1. No one, but that's by choice/
2. Not in the lower 48, rode out fairly pleasant, normal winter weather up here.
Razomyure 13th Feb 2014, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Still need to work things out with Gamzee before you can figure out that Karkat/Dave conundrum, eh? ... In seriousness though, same here.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
1) None, cause I everyone (Mixed of both brony and not) I love leaves me. (tears in middle of class).

2) It's all melting and it makes me sad, I live up in Washington.
Newbiespud 13th Feb 2014, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
1. DoubleCross is ma belle, and I don't say that enough. <3

2. We got, like, an inch of snow where I'm at. Naturally (since this is the Pacific Northwest), everyone panicked.
DoubleCross 14th Feb 2014, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
@Newbiespud:

I just stumbled upon this now and my face is consisting of a large grin. My fuzzywuzzy<3

@ANW:

1) Fuzz.
2) I'm British. We have other problems. Which I've avoided entirely still, but… well, ya know. Still.
Raxon 13th Feb 2014, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Oh! It is almost that day, isn't it? I love this time of year! The flowers, the love, the discount candy on the 15th...

And yes, I got hit with it. It was light, though, and all we got was our pipes frozen.
Timothy 13th Feb 2014, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
1. No.

2. The hill almost immediately outside my house iced over completely, along with our cul-de-sac. We can't really leave the house unless it's on foot. : (
No power loss though.
kriss1989 13th Feb 2014, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
1. Asexual, not interested to begin with.

2. Eight frickin inches on top of what we already had. Where's my God damned global warming?
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Because of earlier earlier text, i relized, again, i consider my self an antisexual. You can probably guess the reason. Also, almost all if the snow has melted, and i am very sad, cause i enjoy winter, and it didn't snow enough.
Frillz (Guest) 13th Feb 2014, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
1: Nope.
2: I live in Minnesota. >:/
Malroth 13th Feb 2014, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
1. I'm Poor so ladies hate me

2. dipped below freezing for 1 hour
The Ponytrician 13th Feb 2014, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
1. She-who-must-be-obeyed a.k.a. my wife

2. The last time it snowed in these parts was about 22000 years ago, give or take a couple of millennia. Maybe. I think it was a Tuesday?


@kriss1989 re: Where's my God damned global warming?

Answer: It's busy causing your increased snowfall.
Higher global temperatures means more evaporation of water from the oceans, which leads to higher concentrations of moisture in the atmosphere, which in turn results in increased precipitation as it is cooled by being driven into the upper atmosphere.

Enjoy! ;)
kriss1989 13th Feb 2014, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Wait, so because it's warmer...it snows more. Snow, which requires cold, is being produced because its warmer. That is your argument. You are literally going with "increased temperatures is making it snow more".
The Ponytrician 14th Feb 2014, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
Well, if you want to remove the crucial points of the explanation, yes, it is.

If you want it simplified a little: warmer temperatures means more water going up. More water going up means more water coming down.

Yes, snow requires cold. Outer space, and by extension the upper atmosphere, is full of cold - there's a very near infinite supply of cold up there.

Snow also requires water. The more water that goes up to hit that endless cold edge of space means the more snow that comes back down.

Isn't global weather dynamics wonderful?
kriss1989 14th Feb 2014, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Space isn't "full of cold". In fact, overheating and frying is one of the main obstacles in space flight. That and radiation not being blocked by our wonderful atmosphere. Also, technically speaking, cold in and of itself does not exist due to the fact that it is imply a reference to something with a lower level of thermic energy than our own bodies, which is an arbitrary measuring point. In addition, under the greenhouse effect the upper atmosphere should be the FIRST place to experience temperature increases, not the last, as that is where reflective heat would become trapped. As such, even if global warming results in increased precipitation it should be rain, not snow, if a significant enough change occurred to affect the global water cycle dynamics.
Dea 14th Feb 2014, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Actually friction is the reason overheating and frying is an issue in space flight due to the acceleration required to leave orbit, etc.

And they never should have called it global WARMING. It's a bad name because it really doesn't represent the full picture and lay-people are always going "but it's colder where I am!". The climate changes basically mean that climate gets a bit thrown on its head... more severe climate, more changes in what you're used to, etc. Read up on it in books/websites/articles written by actual scientists and you'll understand better.
Tatsurou 14th Feb 2014, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
As far as global warming causing more snow, there's a lot of that science in "Day After Tomorrow". Pretty good movie, highly accurate science.
terrycloth 14th Feb 2014, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Space is cold, in the sense that things exposed to it lose heat and freeze (as the highest energy molecules escape first and as IR radiation is emitted). If they're in direct sunlight and are good at absorbing t they might fry instead. I think NASA's solution was to wrap everything in shiny foil to keep the sun from frying it, and then use a heater to keep it from freezing?

The upper atmosphere is cold in a more conventional sense.
Ms Guest 14th Feb 2014, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
"Global Warming" Should be called "Global Climate Change". It was just named by people who live where the climate is becoming warmer. Where I live just had the coldest winter in the last three years. -20 Degrees Fahrenheit is not fun.
The Ponytrician 15th Feb 2014, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
Well, I *did* say it was the simplied explaination. I am well aware that 'cold', as such, does not exist - it is merely the abscence of kinetic energy. If you want the detailed explaination, first I'd need to recap a couple of years of high school physics, and to be blunt you aren't paying me enough for that :P
You'll just have to accept that it's an undisputed, easily verifiable fact that the higher you get in the Earth's atmosphere, the colder it gets relative to ground-level temperatures. If you *do* want to dispute that, I have some flat-Earth theories that you might be interested in - one involves turtles! ;)

Actually, under Greenhouse Effect conditions the first place to experience temperature increases is the oceans. Air is a terrible conductor of heat energy - water is slightly better.

As for increased preciption being rain not snow:
1. I'm sure that you've noticed the increased flooding being experienced over the last several years in the UK, Europe, and central Asia? Don't forget we're talking about *global* weather systems, not just North American weather systems.
2. It will happen eventually in the US. Changes happen slowly. On a geological timescale, natural cycles of glaciatation and warming take tens of thousands of years. The fact that we are experiencing drastically changing weather patterns in a matter of mere decades/centuries is concerning. Speak to me in about 40 or 50 years, and we'll see how much snow has turned to rain.
MWS 13th Feb 2014, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
1. I'm ronery :,( (Brony seeking bronette for long trots on the beach)

2. Cold, bit of ice, some broken branches in the yard, but no real impact. My brother's place briefly lost power.
MWS 15th Feb 2014, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
I feel the need to clarify a few things:

A) Global warming can cause increased snowfall. Extra energy in the atmosphere causes more radical temperature variations and more extreme weather, in both directions, even if it generally leads to overall higher *average* temperatures.

B) Space is not cold, space is nothing. Nothing cannot be cold. A person exposed to vacuum in Earth's orbit will get the worst sunburn imaginable if exposed to sunlight, and bad frostbite due to rapid evaporation of any moisture on the skin if not. It's possible, if they aren't turning, to freeze on one side and fry on the other. Overheating is a serious issue in space travel because in a vacuum there is no medium to carry excess heat away.

C) The Day After Tomorrow is only slightly more scientifically accurate than Sharknado.
Fey (Spectra Light) 14th Feb 2014, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
1. Yes, I spent yesterday celebrating Valentine's and being together 6 months with my wonderful girlfriend. ^_^

2. It got really cold, and lots of people here near Charleston, SC lost power, but I didn't, thankfully. ^_^
Ponikon 14th Feb 2014, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
1) Do fictional SOs count?

2) There was no winter here for the duration of the entire non-winter.
Robin Bobcat 15th Feb 2014, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
1: Sad, lonesome pony.

2: Quite the opposite - I'm in California, where we have had record HIGH temperatures, and are experiencing the worst drought since EVER.
Our warm weather is 'bending' the jet stream up and over, which pulls the arctic air down when it comes back.
FanOfMostEverything 13th Feb 2014, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Excellent choice of screen shot for panel 4. Pinkie's so surprised, she's invoked the Coyote-Fudd Principle of Gravitational Awareness! (Gravity does not act on an animated mass until the mass realizes it should.)

And yeah, ridiculous lines are a big part of the fun. Sadly, I haven't been gaming in a while, so none come immediately to mind.
aylatrigger 13th Feb 2014, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
aylatrigger
"Well at least we know one thing- he's a god, so he must be overconfident."

We were entirely under leveled for that and ended up having my cleric ask her god for help...and three gods personally coming to duke it out with the god of pestilence. We watched from the sidelines.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
From a comment that was replied off me last page, does anypony know what "Excel Saga" is?
Digo 13th Feb 2014, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
A comedy anime I think.
gloomie 13th Feb 2014, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Google is your friend.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Excel+Saga
Tatsurou 13th Feb 2014, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
An anime that looks like it was written by Raxon.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
That would explain it. I don't/can't/am unable to watch anime. Also, if it looks like it was made by Raxon, then i have very mixed feelings about how to approach the program in the first place.
FanOfMostEverything 13th Feb 2014, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Slowly, keeping your hands visible and without making any sudden movements.
FanOfMostEverything 13th Feb 2014, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Slowly, keeping your hands visible and without making any sudden movements.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
??? I feel like someone expects me to understand that.
kriss1989 13th Feb 2014, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
That's how you're supposed o approach a wild animal in a non-threatening manner.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Yes, that much I know. But does it have a refrencve to Exile Saga, or Raxon, or me?
ANW 13th Feb 2014, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
I think everyone here agrees that the advice is about Raxon.
Midnight Blaze 13th Feb 2014, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
And really, isn't that honor the only one they'll ever need?
Malroth 14th Feb 2014, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
Excel saga is "nothing but a twisted version of every parody film ever made into one terrible video. Like a story that never ends, and only gets worse and worse"
Specter 14th Feb 2014, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Wait a sec... (Checks last page), now I'm scared, did I really reference something popular that I never knew existed?!?!? (Off to check).
Night Sage 13th Feb 2014, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Best quote from my game:

The players are in a fire fight, and one of their guys just got shot up pretty badly and fell unconscious, thankfully stabilized thanks to being behind cover, and the team magician was right there.

Having been able to see his comrade fall in battle, the following is in character:

Player1: "shit, I hope I don't get shot up. I'm allergic to bullets."

Playr2: "couldn't you have chosen a less cliché line than that?"

Player1: "No seriously, I'm allergic to bullets."

Out of Character;
Player1: Look here

I had already pulled out my notes, and opened up a website on my laptop to show everything that goes into the different types of bullets out there. The character is allergic to everything that goes into a bullet, which includes silver bullets. The thing that makes incendiaries, incendiary rounds, gel round. The character is quite literally allergic to every type of bullet you can find in shadowrun.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
(Laughung uncontrollably) You should get a medal for even choosing to get in a fire fight. Also, your team should have got a closer look at who their hiring.
Night Sage 13th Feb 2014, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
I was the Game Master who approved such a character. He gave me the following three reasons for this disadvantage, one of them I think applies more than the others.

1. I want use that clichéd line "I'm allergic to bullets," and actually mean it.

2. It's a fun challenge, and I like challenges.

3. A bullet is likely to kill me anyway, I won't be around long enough to worry about my allergic reaction to the substances.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Than you both deserve a medal. Him for the reasoning, and you for allowing it. High-hoof! /)
CocoaNut 13th Feb 2014, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
As a fellow acrophobe, I feel her pain.
GrayGriffin 13th Feb 2014, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Our group has a lot of memorable quotes.

"Fire spreads, right?"
"Fire RISES!"
"Yay fire!"

That was OOC, but discussing an IC action.

Also, for one session where our DM ended up not showing up, we ended up having a stimulating discussion about a crossover between our RP group and Yugioh.
Soletta 13th Feb 2014, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
We may have a quote book for our campaign...I think my fav may still be one of the earliest - "Oblivion is Peace. Jazz hands!"
Digo 13th Feb 2014, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
I have PAGES of quotes I kept on my Livejournal over the years... like... 11 years worth if I'm not mistaken.

For some reason the funniest ones happen when I'm running the show.
Zarhon 13th Feb 2014, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
To any who might take an interest: I'm considering starting a pony campaign for evil PCs, played over Skype!

The game will be themed around being devils/fiends/inhabitants of a fiendish bureaucratic dimension, who have just gotten access to Equestria for (faustian) contracts and similar assignments to be fulfilled by the evil PCs.

For more info (including skype stuff), check out the link (need to register to post):
ponytales.forumotion.com/t834-my-little-inferno-evil-is-magic-evil-pc-campagin-interest-gauging

Please post your interests there, as it helps coordinate with players not reading these comments better, and I can check it / respond to it easier (I already posted this 'ad' on the previous page's comment, btw)

Game will be using the "Pony Tales" rules:
ponytales.forumotion.com/t459-official-handbooks-in-one-easy-location
Digo 13th Feb 2014, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
You could not have picked a better avatar for that advertisement. :)
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Agreed, nothing more evil than an anti-hero with a bloody knife.
Also, as mentioned in the last page, i won't be able to play, but i can make some npc's for the players to overcome. Yes or no.
magewolf 13th Feb 2014, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
ah would certinly be up fer that but forumotion wont let me register ta say so on there.
if ya want, let me know on here in a reply and ah'l fig'er a way ta get in touch. that is, if ya have room fer me in the game zarhon
Zarhon 13th Feb 2014, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Not sure why it wouldn't let you register. Errors?

I've made a Skype group, just contact me on Skype then (make sure you mention its campaign related), and I'll add you to the group.

My Skype info should be in the forum thread. Alternately post your Skype info so I can add you directly.

Regarding players, have a few interested, but have yet to see any character concepts/ideas/sheets (apart from one player). Gonna need those before any decisions are made, both for the campaign itself and who'll be joining.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
I know i can't join, but I'll send some concepts anyway. No pictures since i can't draw to save my life. Is that ok?
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
It'll take a few hours since im in school, and am using a phone to communicate.
Zarhon 13th Feb 2014, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Pictures-wise, you don't need one for your "true form", whilst for the pony one (which you'll mostly be using) you can make one via pony creator(s):
fav.me/d47efz4
fav.me/d6kuepg
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
I'll try them out when I get away from school computers and idiot smart phones (4, maybe 5 hours) Anyway, thanks.
ADDmuse 13th Feb 2014, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
I've only played a few sessions of D&D, but the times I have played got some interesting quotes.

These are some from the parties' sorcerer.

"Did you say carpet bombing? points for style."

"We just walked through the forest of death and are now watching guards being eaten by gators. Dinner and a show."

On whether or not said gators would chase us, "What gator's gonna chase us when it's got happy meals in the water?"

Now a couple from our druid

"I can't stop the penguins from taking the boxes" (note- there were no penguins in the campaign)

"I should not have trusted the purple marshmallow king" (note- there also was no purple marshmallow king.)

And finally, two on the topic of our monk.

Monk: I attack the orc.
DM: Only the head and feet are left

After the monk punched an orc for more than twice its health the DM decided the single hit attack killed the guy behind him as well. This prompted one of the other players to say the following:
"You hit one person and killed two"


Bonus quote from my character: "I am a dwarf. My liver is harder than the rocks I mine."
Dusty the Royal Janitor 13th Feb 2014, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh, I actually have a story for this one.

So, it's the first day of a new campaign and also the first time I ever took part in a tabletop RPG. I'm a complete noob and have no idea about, well, anything that's going on.

So, the DM is sitting there explaining the map that he made for our original setting. He explains that the various races have set up their own nations and so on and so forth.

It's also worth mentioning that he has some of the worst handwriting I've ever seen.

So I'm looking at the copy of the map he gave me and I see way up in the north, the Tiefling nation. I am a noob, though, so I don't know what Tieflings are or that they even are a thing. Furthermore, his handwriting is so bad, I probably couldn't make out that it was the Tiefling nation even if I knew that Tieflings were a thing.

So I point at the map and ask him, as bluntly as possible "Does this say 'Tit Fungus?'"

Everybody in the room bursts out laughing.

BUT WAIT, IT GETS BETTER

So a few weeks into the campaign, our group has just left the Dwarven nation where we were sent to investigate an old abandoned keep that had been overrun by Kobolds (I'm playing a half-elven Sorceress who specializes in fire). At one point in the keep, I ended up being splashed by some murky water, but didn't make anything of it. We're wandering back to base when I'm told by the DM that "I feel an intense itching in my chest."

It turns out that after being splashed by the murky water, I became infected with an unnamed illness. The long and the short of it, though, was that my boobs were starting to grow mushrooms. And the only cure was in the Tiefling nation.

I was the butt of many jokes that day.
Dusty the Royal Janitor 13th Feb 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Goddammit. Sorry for the double post >_<
Newbiespud 13th Feb 2014, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Took care of that for ya.
StarshineDash 13th Feb 2014, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Memorable quotes? Oh baby.

"I have six ranks in cooking."
"Why?"
"The same reason I have six ranks in Poison." - a BESM game.

"Operation: Fuck You button is go."
DM: ... Uh, explain?
"My character will, for the duration of our trip, have a maximized, empowered, extended Death Throes cast upon himself. At my level, that means if he dies, he takes out an area roughly the size of Manhattan with pure Holy damage."
DM: ... And you're visiting a necropolis.
"Exactly!"

"I don't care what feats you have or how many ranks in Handle Animal, you are not riding a Tarrasque!"

After a player rolls a series of 1s resulting in his character performing such a magical series of fuck ups that the entire room is cackling.
DM: The goblins look on in sympathy before turning and leaving in peace, one turns back and says, "I know that feel bro" in his native tongue.
aerion111 13th Feb 2014, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
aerion111
Gotta love plans that can be summarized as 'Well, if I die, I want to kill everything in the city, to make sure I get revenge no matter who is responsible'
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Agreed, unless it was your own idiocy.
Raxon 13th Feb 2014, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I got a memorable quote for you.

"I am a walking, talking, Steven Hawking!"

Raxon is trying to point out that he is the most learned ethereal researcher. He considers spacial physics degrees to be little more than advanced liberal arts degrees. Understandable, since his basic barrier spell uses redirected force to negate impacts. It even takes Supes significant effort to break one. Only real way to bypass it is to hit it so hard it can't redirect enough force to cancel it out. Or, you know, use nonphysical attack, like burning lasers, fire, sonics, poison gas, electrical shocks, filling the area with water, freezing temperatures, and a few other effects. But honestly, how often would Raxon meet an opponent like that? It's not like the DCU is full of people like that.
Digo 13th Feb 2014, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
MetCam-5 Armor!

It was a weird modernish campaign a decade ago, but there was this experimental armor the PCs got ahold of called "MetCam-5". It had the property of absorbing kinetic energy and transforming it into heat.

The downside was it was way too efficient. It'll stop bullets, you'd get minor spot burns as the energy transferred. As a bumper, your car will survive a 45 mph crash, for about 2 seconds before it bursts into flames. The PCs managed to melt through a bank vault door by sticking the armor on it and then firing a gauss cannon from a safe distance.

The armor didn't survive that, thus proving there was an upper limit to how much heat it can generate before the armor vaporized itself. :D
Raxon 13th Feb 2014, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Oh wait! I got another!

Raxon: Want me to capture them?

Green Lantern: No, Raxon. This is war. Only take prisoners if they surrender or are too injured to resist.

Raxon: You mean you want me to fight at full strength?

GL: Yes, Raxon, cut loose.

Raxon: *taps his ring* Power dampeners, disengage. Mana siphon, off. Authorization level, Boss. Passcode; My hands are stained, and she wept, for I had no tears for myself. My crime is unforgivable.


Ohhh yes. This is a baaaad thing. The password to unlock his full power is a forced reminder of(in his opinion) the worst crime he ever committed. Noo he's going to be upset about it. Oh, look! What is that approaching Earth? Why, I do believe it looks like comfort fodder. No prisoners. Only food for the drones, and shiny prizes to be had.
Raxon 13th Feb 2014, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Strange fears? I have one.

One character of mine is a furry wolverine/highlander mashup named Ransu. His fear? Water. In most environments, he's a lean, mean, killing machine. Emphasis on the lean part. He can only barely swim, due to having less body fat than a supermodel. And on top of that, his musculature is dense and compact. He's 5'4" and weighs 160 lbs, but he's built like Bruce Lee.

He hates falling into water. It's not the depth, though. He can wade through shallows just fine. It's width. Anything more than five feet deep, he can climb his way out of, but he has to walk along the bottom to get there.

As you can imagine, he has a rather adverse reaction to the ocean, and will instead pay inordinate sums for other methods of travel.
aerion111 13th Feb 2014, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
Strangely, it's not that unique - RetroMud, one of the big MUDs out there (as far as such a thing exists), gives aqua-phobia to all their beast-races. Highly trained Catfolk Monks can stumble into water and get stuck there, having too much fear-based debuff to swim out.
And since I keep misreading the map, that is 'fun' the DF sense whenever I walk into the river like an idiot.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
I see where you guys are coming from. All i will tell you about any water fears for me is this. Its not the water itself, it's what's underneath that counts. Normal character fear that i use, and is not what i have in real life, fear of scientific advancement. "If its not magical, then how does it work!" (Punches robot)
Raxon 13th Feb 2014, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Well, he knows to walk briskly to the nearest shallow, and can jump to catch little breaths, but... well...

Remember those underwater sonic stages where you have to hurry, but you can only move at slow speeds? Yeah, Ransu weighs less underwater, but he still has to deal with water resistance when he jumps, so that mostly negates that. His considerable athletic prowess is of little help underwater if he can't reach the surface to breathe. If he falls in the ocean, it's all over. A swimming pool, not so much. He's an arboreal predator, suited to gymnastics and climbing, though, so swimming is generally done when a river has to be crossed.

On the other hand, he loves shallow water. Hot springs are a favorite of the old warrior.

EDIT: Also, I have... things... for underwater encounters. Parasitic woodboring worms that damage ships, sharks with buzzsaws for jaws, small shrimp that can burst your eyes and ears just by snapping their claws shut, crabs covered in venomous creatures they pluck from the sea floor to use as armor.

And that's just the real life things. Bloody coral, gimpers, knotworms, The Beast of Certain Death, maidenfish, iron coral, and leech weed. Naturally, this list doesn't include the lovecraftian horrors.
kriss1989 13th Feb 2014, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
"Oh thank god, we're all going to die!"
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
The only quote I want to say in most campigns. You my good aquenince/ally, deserve the congretional medal of "Only one way to escape this hell".
kriss1989 14th Feb 2014, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Um, no, that wasn't the context. In fact, I loved the campaign. It just requires a massive amount of context to explain.
Midnight Blaze 13th Feb 2014, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
I've got three: one from B.J., one from Umamaru, and one from my character, Dusty.

B.J.: I'm attacking the bridge!

Umamaru: You have one blade, I have seven, you are clearly outmatched.

Dusty*: We can do this the easy way er tha hard way. The easy way means we get ta whup the tar outta ya. Hard way involves a lawyer an' a jail cell. Now, ah'll be honest, we was hopin' you'd choose the first one.
*I would like to state, at this point, that I actually speak with an accent while in character.
Theo Vellum 13th Feb 2014, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Hello, I'm Theo, and I've been following this for a while now. I've really been wanting to get into roleplaying for a long time now, but I just haven't found the right group. I would like to join a Skype group that would be kind to total beginners.

It could be pony related, it could be normal D&D...I would just like to be able to participate in one and make some new friends.

If anyone has a spot open, I'd be glad to join! Thrilled! My Skype name is Theo Vellum in case you were curious. Skype would be the only place I would be comfortable doing a roleplay so you can probably see why I've had trouble.

I hope to see some friends soon, you shouldn't feel obligated to do so. I just hope I'm not coming off as pathetic, asking through this. This is really the only place I feel comfortable asking though.

Also, good job on the comic, just thought I should say that.
Disloyal Subject 14th Feb 2014, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Welcome, friend! I'll bear you in mind when I get my Skype campaign off the ground. It's D&D 3.5 with a few tweaks - somewhere in between gestalt & standard; each character gets a free upgrade to their class' BAB, Hit Die size, saves, or class features. For instance, the Sorcerer gets 3/4 instead of 1/2 BAB, and the Psion settled for Armor proficiency, - plus they both get full casting progression in PrCs that'd normally lose levels (Prestige Bard, Dirgesinger, and Elocator, specifically.)
I'll contact you when I organize it, but it's bound to be a few months, so you'll likely have found something by then. On which note, good luck!
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
If nyone wants me to, I can post the first chapter (three parts to avoid word wall) here on F.I.D. Does anypony reject?
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Time till post is about 5:20 p.m., comic time.
Theo Vellum 13th Feb 2014, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Since I'm new here, I have no idea what your talking about, please, enlighten me.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
No problem. I am attempting to make a video game/novel thing. And i have no real source of people who can comment/give a good opinion, since a lot of people i know arnt bronies, or don't have enough lore about it. So i am hoping to get individuals or groups to help. YouTube bronies, locals, and all of you. Also, to Theo, i would love to have you in my gaming group, which is non existent, but i have no computer based way of doing that. :( sorry.
Theo Vellum 13th Feb 2014, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
No problem, but what is this based off of? Maybe I can give a good opinion on it?
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
My little pony. Equestrian civil war. But not how anypony would see coming.
Newbiespud 13th Feb 2014, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Um, that's a little off-topic. And it's still going to be a wall of text even if it's split up into three consecutive posts. I'd rather you didn't, but instead posted to FiMFiction or something and just shared the link. Once.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Sorry, i will... how do i make a link?
Raxon 14th Feb 2014, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
You need to put [*url=webaddress.com]Your text goes here.[/*url]

Leave out the asterisks, and that's your template.
Specter 13th Feb 2014, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Best quote ever uttered in our game:

Barbarian: So, why are we fighting both the king, AND the revolutianaries?

Ranger: Yeah, why are we? We are outnumbered by about 1,000,000 to 1 no matter who we go after first.

Paladin: Bard, you'd better have a good explanation.

Bard (Me): Because WE are a better choice than either side. Besides, I convinced ALL of you to do it in the first place. Now explain to me how that happened.

All: (Silence)

(In background on a computer someone was watching) Fluttershy: You rock.

Me: (LIKE A BOSS) :)
Darkside 13th Feb 2014, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
There's two different quotes that come to mind for campaigns I've been in. First was when we were investigating an evangelist who was very charismatic and persuasive, IF you were standing in the light from his house.

So, we went to his house and found the door barricaded with magic, which none of us could remove. So I turned to our tank and said "Well, if we can't go through the door, go through the wall!" Everyone just sort of stopped and stared at me for a little while at that.

The next time was a different campaign. Our party was supposed to keep the location/nature of our hometown secret from the rest of the world, and we were being interrogated by a guard half-orc (who also happened to be another player). When he asked what direction our home was in, I replied "If you go far enough in one direction, you go back to where you began."

Cue stunned silence.
TheFreshDM 13th Feb 2014, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
1.The snow seemed so minor where I was at I honestly didn't notice it so yeah I didn't get much.
2. No special someone this year though I really wish I could find someone who shared my interests. I'm a little shy around new people so that doesn't help either.
3.As for quotes in RPG's I've had many moments where me and the company I was plaing with made quotes so manyy in fact I can't remember all of them however to me the one I remember best comes from my current group in which a friend of mine DM'ed that night allowing me and another friend to PC he made a ridiculously flamboyant merchant named Salvadore and since we were in a desert he sold "Turbans made with giant tarantula siiiilk" 9We were going for an Arabian Nights theme) It wasn't the line but how he delivered it that made us laugh hysterically.
Curb 13th Feb 2014, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
One that was pretty funny, running a Kelly Gang campaign in Rifts (a mercenary group run by a transplanted Road Sentinal named Reckless Kelly in Rifts).

When the group got jumped by some rival mercs in power armor, the PC who had asked to run my Mystic Misery Nightshade. Had her put herself between the party and the attacks and shout.
Curb 13th Feb 2014, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Posted premature....sucks

Anyways, Misery shouted, "I Chose You, Dakka Boom!!"
The party looked at me, only to have me smile as the player had Misery shoulder her rocket launcher and fire two shots, both painted to look like generic pokemon.

curb 13th Feb 2014, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Oh, just a side note...I've started working on a new Pony RPG using my current stats for all the races as Anthros called The Two Empires. With Princess Celestia ruling the Solar Empire and Princess Luna ruling the Lunar Republic. One of the twists is Nightmare Moon is Luna's Twin Sister!! (Dun Dun Duuuunnnn). Celestia as an as yet unnamed daughter and the Mane Six are not the Elements of Harmony, but live in either Empire. And Pinkie is a twin as well. Currently, Twilight is in the Solar Empire, Rarity is Lunar Republic. The others are still being worked out.
Curb 13th Feb 2014, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Just a quick update...this is a slightly darker story.

Celestia is a Tyrant, Twilight is her loyal servant and almost as bad, as is Celestia's daughter, so the Solar Empire is pretty much a dystopian civilization.

Luna and her sister Nightmare Moon(originally named Selene) rule the Lunar Republic as benevolent and fair rulers.

The Main Six are located as follows

Twilight is in the Solar Empire, as is Dashie, who is her aggressive personal guard.

Rarity is in the Lunar Republic as is the Pie Twins.

Applejack and Fluttershy live in the Free Lands, beyond the borders of both the Empire and Republic.

I'm currently working out Tech, weapons, transportation and other things, like monsters and such.

Oh, and one last thing, Trixie Lulamoon is a Mystic Monster Hunter with a grudge against the Solar Empire and Twilight in general...for nearly killing her!!
banjo2E 14th Feb 2014, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
banjo2E
I might be willing to play in this campaign. What's your policy on online sessions?
Curb 14th Feb 2014, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
I haven't tried to run an online sesson before. I've only run small group games up to now. And I'm just working out the basics of the world right now...it won't be ready for playing for some time, thanks to a variable work schedual...I wish I was rich sometimes. Not having to work would be a massive boon to my creative projects.
Bzpony 13th Feb 2014, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
My group has a few, mostly all said by one player, unfortunately I cant remember any of them so here are two that i do.
Firstly when asked what he thought was in the haunted house the players were about to explore he responded, "Satan, we're going to open the door and it'll just be Satan. It's just a house full of Satan."
The second one goes like this:
"Is he about to vomit again?"
"yes"
"I go back into my portable hole"
(he was in the monsters mouth at the time)
Midnight Blaze 13th Feb 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
I kind of agree with Flutters on this one. For one thing, I have a small fear of heights and for another, there's the fact that when you're fighting a dragon you're usually on the ground.
Disloyal Subject 14th Feb 2014, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
No, when I'm running from a dragon I'm usually on the ground. Unless the DM went to the effort of giving them a build of aerial feats, it's pretty easy - and comforting - for a PC with even a little focus in flight to get an advantage; why make aiming a breath weapon easy?
Of course, I love to use Raptorans to abuse people's tendency to think in 2 dimensions... and who checks the ceiling for oozes.
Quade 13th Feb 2014, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
The best quote to come to mind from resent memory was during fight with a enemy gnome who had buffed his AC so high the party rarely managed to land any hits, but the monk landed a single punch and used a feat to initiate a grapple as after effect of his attack. Withing two turns after this he had the gnome pinned, and had the party cleric cast enlarge creature on him, but he was still haveing trouble landing hits, but then we got this gem of a conversation.
Monk: Can I fit the gnome in one hand?
DM: yes
Monk: Ok I use the gnome as a weapon and roll an attack against the wall.
Great Dinn 13th Feb 2014, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
Great Dinn
Came to the realization that despite their completion, I'd yet to post them here.
So for those of you interested, session 3's notes!
Emmerlaus 13th Feb 2014, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Im single and I really don't mind now... less headaches this way.

Im always glad to see those story other roleplayers have to share :)



Raxon 13th Feb 2014, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I haven't taken a favored enemy in a while, either. My mighty ball and chain needed a rest from the constant grappling maneuvers and the stresses placed upon it from fighting the red menace.
FanOfMostEverything 14th Feb 2014, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Favored enemy (Communists)?
...
I'm not even that surprised. Not sure if that says more about me or you.
Raxon 14th Feb 2014, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
No, it was just full of euphemisms. Favored enemy, as in sleeping with the enemy. Ball and chain, well, that's a story for another time.

Red menace does not refer to a person, per se...
DracoS 14th Feb 2014, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
I once got away with burning down a building because we were in the bad part of town.

The worst part is I didn't even kill the rats I was aiming for.
darkwulf23 14th Feb 2014, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
Actually, isn't jaywalking technically illegal but nobody gives a damn?
Raxon 14th Feb 2014, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Only if you're doing it wrong.
Walabio 14th Feb 2014, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
¡Happy Hearts&Hooves-Day!
celestdaer 14th Feb 2014, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Okay, I have to tell this one... it's actually a two part joke.
The GM from the Air Gear game decided to set up a Soul Eater game as well, and had the players randomly get set as Weapons and Meisters, and the weapons got their form chosen by random rolls on a weapon type table the players contributed to, I ended up as a horse sword, but my Meister wanted me to be able to separate into a blade half and the stick half... so, during character creation, I came up with: "Oh, what if I'm a magician's assistant, but the magician was terrible?" and the GM threw his glasses down to cover his face, the universal sign for: that was either brilliant or mind numbingly terrible, let me laugh about it for a moment to figure it out.
Part two occurred just after the game started, Death held a get together for the new students to meet and mingle and such, and my character, fresh from a Vegas show, is walking around in stage dress, sequins, feathers, sparkles, everything. After some preliminary testing to place our characters the next day, the students went out on the town, and the GM goes: 'And Melody over here who is presumably in a flashy dress?' and I jumped in with, "Nope, I have street clothes, I just figured for a big important meet up I should dress up..." and the glasses got thrown again.
Kynrasian 14th Feb 2014, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Kynrasian
Ridiculous quotes and stories, eh?

I suppose the best one I've got is the time our party encountered a hag, who managed to trick and subdue four of our characters while our halfling rogue stayed outside. Due to a blessing or something he can go invisible 3 times per day, which he used here to sneak past the hag into her house without her knowing. She went outside to check for the cause of the disturbance and he shut and locked her door behind her, at which she returned to the door and started banging on it, saying "I can be whatever you want me to be." Horrifying though the image was, we couldn't stop laughing for a good five minutes

Or before that, when we found an empty bag on some trolls and our halfling insisted on searching it repeatedly as if loot would magically appear, so I rolled a strength check against him to shove the bag over his head, which slipped right over him completely. Mortified at the possibility that I'd just killed him, I tipped the bag upside down and he fell back out with enough force that he lost his remaining hitpoints and fell unconscious. Pretty sure that's not how Bags of Holding work, but that's how we discovered it. As a result, our halfling won't get in the bag from now on even when it'd be to his benefit, and we have a few running jokes relating to the bag.

And maybe one day I'll tell you about the most convoluted and ridiculous prank to play on a lich.
banjo2E 14th Feb 2014, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
banjo2E
It's actually a pretty good thing that he's not willing to go into the bag of holding. Bags of holding have a finite air supply.
Kynrasian 15th Feb 2014, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Kynrasian
Yeah, we're aware of that, we don't do it for very long.

Although that reminds me of the time we shoved a goblin in the bag and then in our haste to escape the encounter we completely forgot about him until another encounter had gone by. He survived, somehow, and we had a chat with him.

This goblin later went on to become the chief of his tribe and that's our group in a nutshell: Opening the barrel of society from the bottom.
Guest 14th Feb 2014, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Silly quotes, huh?
I didn't have any immediately, but thanks to the magic of going back through the play by post, I found some mildly amusing lines:

Unless it's one of those "suspension of disbelief" things. I just find it hard to justify in flavor how I'm punching a fire.

And then Diamond Dust took fire damage for the rest of the campaign...

It's not every day we can slay our enemies with the power of awesomeness!