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Newbiespud 15th Mar 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
I wasn't planning to make this a double-length page, but then I started having too much fun writing the script and decided to give myself the extra leeway. The remaining pages leading up to 420 will be normal-length, but enjoy the free bonus!

92 Comments:

ANW 15th Mar 2014, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie has crossed it.
That's all I am going to say.
Zarhon 15th Mar 2014, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Called it! And it's as glorious as expected it to be.
Zarhon 16th Mar 2014, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Just realized, the last panel is slightly tilted. Nice touch!
JackTheGreatOfPojo 17th Mar 2014, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to go with thought/dreams/whatever you want to call it, it has already conquered so many of the other elements, and in time will conquer the rest, also, it allows you to fight ruthlessly, and effectively without actually killing anyone. Dramatizing them severely, and causing unbelievable horror, and pain, but no actual death.
JackTheGreatOfPojo 17th Mar 2014, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
opps, meant to put this on the poll, sorry
ANW 15th Mar 2014, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
The elemental spirits has decided to to let you have control of one.
Me: tough choice, but I've got to go with water.
Digo 15th Mar 2014, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Carbon. A million uses. ;)
T 15th Mar 2014, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Them I choose Uranium! So I can do from "curse to death" enemies to destroy entire cities.

Now I would like you to use you carbon control in my favour.
Guest 15th Mar 2014, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
who's ranium myranium
Bombom13 16th Mar 2014, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Silicon, a million and 1.
Siccarus 15th Mar 2014, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Which set, Fire water earth air, Or Metal wood fire water earth, Or the Periodic elementals?
Yaski 15th Mar 2014, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Which element? I'd have to go with Kindness
T 15th Mar 2014, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
EARTH
FIRE
WIND
WATER
HEART
By your powers combined..I AM CAPTAIN PLANET!
ANW 15th Mar 2014, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
outside the periodic table.
Joe the Rat 15th Mar 2014, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Hammer. It's like Heart, only Dwarfier.
Destrustor 15th Mar 2014, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Destrustor
Fire.

"oh hey it's time to go clear the snow out of the driveway."
*fwoosh*
"What snow?"

Also, fire shield/aura to vaporize the little pests constantly flying around my face whenever I go outside early in the day during summer. Generally being able to essentially kill any bugs or spiders I want with my mind sounds awesome.

Unlimited torch-like illumination whenever necessary.

Never cold.

All these and more, even better if the range of control over fire also allows me to extinguish it at will.
Disloyal Subject 16th Mar 2014, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Yay for recursive commentary!
@Digo- Only one million uses for carbon? Slacker! =P
@Destrustor- I'll grant that a fiery aura deals with bloodsucking insects with less attention needing to be spent, but it sounds energy-intensive (I assume fuel has to come from somewhere) and hypothetical water control enables just making them explode, or fly off-course until you get tired of tormenting them and THEN make them explode. Hydrolysis is a wonderful and terrible thing.
Digo 17th Mar 2014, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, been lazy this past weekend. ^_^
Just couldn't get myself to bond to the work.
That one guy 17th Mar 2014, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
HAHAHAHA! Puns...
MWS 15th Mar 2014, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure which I would prefer, Derpy's Element of Muffins, or Fluffle Puff's Element of Tacos.
Specter 15th Mar 2014, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Time, then my name will truly have meaning.
Emptybee 15th Mar 2014, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Tacos, definitely tacos.
Bombom13 16th Mar 2014, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Why not combine the two?
Fury of the Tempest 15th Mar 2014, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
Air. Its an auto-win against everyone else.
Eyepoppee 15th Mar 2014, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
Fire. I am sick and tired of not burning things to the ground because I'm afraid of burning something I wish not to burn. And I could use it to fry bacon.
Sensei Le Roof 15th Mar 2014, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
Bah, I can use the heating element from my oven for that. :P
Raxon 15th Mar 2014, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Actually, I think I would go with either earth or air. Both would suit my need for fast travel powers. Also, the ability to open escape holes would be pretty sweet.
Mabbz 15th Mar 2014, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
I choose the element that, through time travel shenanigans and a mad chickencow god, saved the world of Dragonfable. The element of... BACON!
Midnight Blaze 15th Mar 2014, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
BACON!!! BEHOLD THE MIGHT OF THE CHICKENCOWLORD!!!
Penny 15th Mar 2014, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
I would go for either fire, water or air, because I want to fly, I like fire a bit too much, and I want to be a mermaid
FanOfMostEverything 15th Mar 2014, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Neutronium, the real Element Zero. If you can't solve a problem with super-dense collapsed stellar core matter, you aren't using enough of it.

(What? It's not on the periodic table, so it meets that criterion.)
Ponikon 17th Mar 2014, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
I prefer the actual Element Zero, if only to confuse the science community.
you know that guy 15th Mar 2014, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
I choose the element of Surprise. Surprise and fear. Fear and surprise and ruthless -- wait, just one element?
kriss1989 15th Mar 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
I chose the element of Candy! ...don't look at me like that, it worked in One Piece and was actually pretty badass.
Guest 15th Mar 2014, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Earth obviously. Control over earth leads to control over metal and controlling over both means I can destroy the world whenever I feel like it with a singe gesture.
-Nellz
Summoned Singer 15th Mar 2014, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
Magic, with it, I can't control everything else in the universe¡!¡!¡!¡!
banjo2E 15th Mar 2014, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
banjo2E
Hydrogen. That way I get both water and nuclear fusion powers, plus a bunch of other stuff if I'm creative enough.
Luminous Lead 15th Mar 2014, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
The Element of Surprise, good for any fighter, magician, or Spanish Inquisition.
Midnight Blaze 15th Mar 2014, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
I would with the element of Null, AKA Void. My reasoning is that it allows you to cancel things out. If want to fly, boom: cancel out gravity's effects on me. If I want to run fast, bam: I'm the fastest thing on the planet. See, Void can be used to cancel out matter, energy, and physical forces. Also, it's the fifth traditional Japanese element.
Musashi 15th Mar 2014, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
Midnight Blaze: While your use of absolute vacuums is creative, I'm going to have to ask you refrain from calling "Void" Japanese in origin. If anything, it might be Greek.

"Void" is one possible translation of 空, the last and most powerful of the five elements described in The Book of Five Rings... but I know it better as "Emptiness" (空 + 手 "Empty Hand" = Karate), or more typically, "Sky."

To begin with, The Book of Five Rings is best thought of as a collection of philosophies pertaining to swordsmanship (similar to The Art of War), rather than a theory on the elemental make-up of the world. Why on earth would feudal Japan be so scientifically advanced that they would know what a vacuum of air or matter would act? "Emptiness" wouldn't refer to a literal emptiness at all, but "things that transcend the physical realm, of pure thought or spirit or energy." The relevant book in the actual work actually describes the author's approach to Zen meditation in swordsmanship.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet some 2000 years prior, Aristotle proposed a fifth element to be added to the four classical elements - "Aether", an element to describe the unobtainable, near unobservable space far above the sky, where the stars and moon rotated on an axis around the world. It was said to be an element with "none of the qualities [of] the terrestrial classical elements ... incapable of motion of quality or motion of quantity..."
Disloyal Subject 16th Mar 2014, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
Mushashi: As I understand it, the Greeks' fifth element is usually translated as Aether, and fundamentally different from Void as a concept. That said, I haven't done any legitimate research on it, so I'll stop there.
As far as choosing control over a non-periodical element... The Six of Harmony don't quite suit me, possibly excepting Magic. The four classical, as well as the Greek and Chinese Fives, all present the problem of picking just one, which varies by circumstances and my mood. For instance, in Avatar: the Last Airbender terms, my sparring partners unanimously assigned me Fire (sorry guys, I didn't mean to hit that hard... or aim for soft spot...). Air has a lot of perks, but sucking the air out of people's lungs or giving them embolisms are the high points for me, and I'm not wasting the choice on some sadistic killing methods.
Gonna go with water. Flexibility to give way when necessary, or strike with the fury of the storm when presented with an opening.
kriss1989 18th Mar 2014, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
And let's not forget the Romans who ident believe in Æther, or the element of matter beyond the physical, but they dd also have a fith element of their wn. Quintessence, or "the fith essence", was life energy itself, i.e. what Seperated a fox from a stone, as both were made of earth. The fox also had Quintessence so it was alive and the rock was not.
The Angry Vegan 16th Mar 2014, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
Fire. Why fire? Fire is a plasma. What else is plasma? The sun. Die, little bugs, die.
Dakk'ath 16th Mar 2014, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
I gotta go with void. Not only do I control SPACE, it's the element that allows for teleportation. Just walk yourself through the space between atoms.
DM's Choice 17th Mar 2014, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
I think I'd go with Earth.
Why?
Because Earth just rocks!
JackTheGreatOfPojo 17th Mar 2014, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to go with thought/dreams/whatever you want to call it, it has already conquered so many of the other elements, and in time will conquer the rest, also, it allows you to fight ruthlessly, and effectively without actually killing anyone. Dramatizing them severely, and causing unbelievable horror, and pain, but no actual death.
Thar 17th Mar 2014, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
Air, if only so that I could fly.
Lucy 28th Mar 2014, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
In true gaming style I could find uses for any of these. Okay I have yet to find a combat style for bacon. Anyway I think my personal preference would be towards light. Smite your enemies with the force of energy. Have fun with quantum mechanics. Glow in the dark. Illusions. Angelic impersonation … the list goes on
XScarredHeart 15th Mar 2014, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
*plays the Sephiroth theme*
Luna 15th Mar 2014, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie just failed her sanity check really badly. XD
Digo 15th Mar 2014, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
The first three sound so much like my players, I nearly cried... with laughter. Dear sweet Celestia that's just too uncanny.
Jannard 15th Mar 2014, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
Yes! Yes! I got the same vibe. I can see my friend who always goes with whatever sounds cool and loony whether or not it fits. Or the guy who needs a combat every 5 minutes or abandons the table and goes to the PC to play League of Legends (luckily he desisted coming to roleplaying sessions) and the crazy minmaxer/mixer who recently came to grace us with his presence. I'm still waiting for the dramatic roleplayer... Oh wait, that's me, tee-hee.
kriss1989 15th Mar 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
All of them sounded like my players.
Digo 16th Mar 2014, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
I just don't have the in-character drinks-a-lot type. Mostly because they fall OOC too easily. XD
kriss1989 18th Mar 2014, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
I would like to note for clearity that I was including Pinkie in my player list.
Pathfinder 15th Mar 2014, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Pathfinder
Story time! Tell a story how you and your team accidentally "broke" your GM. No intentional trolling and awful behavior - just misunderstandings and other problems.
Specter 15th Mar 2014, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
It was I who broke. I was DMing for some college kids (It was after a open house, and I had other reasons for being there, but killing time wasn't easy) I happen to over hear them needing some kind of DM, and their I was.

Well, We were doing a pretty simple one shot campaign for about three hour time limit, and whoever had the idea to time them was amazing. (Talk about highly educated and taking the initiative)

At the end, they were fighting the end boss, low on health, none of them were any kind of healer, and needed to make sure the enemy couldn't use the apocalyptic god item, since it was made from a deity, who wouldn't want it.

What broke me was that they decided as a team to find a way to destroy it, and would luck have it, they found one. I have no idea on what kind of d1,000,000 table I needed.

I actually couldn't think of what to do, so I actually asked them their opinions, one good and bad each.

D20 numbers 1-7/ 14-20 only, and they got the worst good one, where they did save the world, destroyed the item, but sent them and the enemy boss to limbo. Since they couldn't have any items in limbo, they proceeded to get death's attention by beating their enemy to death, then negotiated with death for a release back to life. Then the sands of time stopped.
kriss1989 15th Mar 2014, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
I was the DM that got broken so bad I actually just called a half hour break. The player had just blindly guessed the identification code of the evil robot he was pretending to be to bluff the other robots into shutting down. He didn't do a bluff roll, he did it with in character dialog.
Destrustor 15th Mar 2014, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Destrustor
ICE CREAM!
Blues 15th Mar 2014, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
I may have mentioned this before, but for my Megaman homage campaign, I made 8 robot master type bosses that the party would have to fight against. I had plot ideas for every session, and it was going to be awesome and wonderful.

Then, in the third of eight sessions, after incapacitating the robot master of the week, the players decided to hack its teleportation signal. They managed to use it to get to Russia where the villain, Dr. Molokov, was basically be funded under the table by the government itself to undermine the US robotics industry. They captured the lead villain and solved the plot in three sessions, when it was supposed to take at least 9. And they managed to bypass 5 important robot masters that I worked hard on designing.

After they beat the campaign, I asked them to give me a week. After that, we resumed with a 10 year time skip, after which most of them had high positions in a new robot church, lead by an AI that managed to spontaneously create itself. I got to use most of the robot master designs afterwards, but, still. All they could do was laugh as I just sat there staring at the battle mat.
Gyvon 16th Mar 2014, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
You could've done the traditional Megaman boss rush and have them fight the robot masters on their way to the end boss.
Céline .S. Sauvé 15th Mar 2014, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Failed Sanity Check. Poor Pinkie Pie...
Guest 15th Mar 2014, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
Does chucking a foam d20 at them count? Otherwise I don't think so.
Derpmind 15th Mar 2014, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
As we can see here, Pinkie's player is actually a pink pony, just without poofy hair. I can't wait to see how Newbiespud replaces RD with a human version of herself in the next comic.
Limey Lassen 16th Mar 2014, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Either that or she's roleplaying her character as a GM in universe.
Zuche 15th Mar 2014, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations, Newbiespud. I found the original version of that scene disturbing enough, and now here you go all Double Lunacy on it. Well done.
Digo 16th Mar 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
The madness has been doubled!!
Specter 15th Mar 2014, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
I was certain that there was a page called "Party of one" somewhere, or was that the actual episode? I don't have any of them, so... any of you know?
Guest 15th Mar 2014, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
"Party of One" is the actual episode.
Summoned Singer 15th Mar 2014, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
As well as a guest comic from the second batch, if I'm not mistaken
Raxon 15th Mar 2014, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
To be fair, this exactly the kind of thing I do when writing. It helps get get my creative juices spurting.
Digo 15th Mar 2014, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Host a party with inanimate objects?
Specter 15th Mar 2014, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Pretend their are a group of very different people listening to what your saying, how it's going, and criticizing everything you do?
Raxon 15th Mar 2014, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Basically, I put on a play where I am the director and all the players. It helps if you compartmentalize your brain for it. It looks like something that should get you put in an institution, but it is fantastic for writing. However, some editing is later needed. See also the thing where Raxon decided that, during the invasion of Earth, he would just steal enemy ships, as many as he could. This resulted in something to the tune of the flagship and twenty capitol ships, each of which carries a few hundred carrier ships, each of which holds a thousand or so one man fighters. He also filched a few hundred supply ships, shuttles, troop landers, and other assorted goodies. Remember, the simpler the field, the easier it is to teleport, so he just made enormous cubes around the big ships, and got a bunch of little ships for free.

All together, he got almost a trillion tons of ship, and over a billion enemy soldiers. The thing is, the fleet was so massive, nobody noticed until afterwards, when he asked if they had any use for a flagship admiral. On top of the that, he's planning to use all those POWs as food for his drone army. He can fuel his drones for several years on that alone. He is retroactively disallowed from doing this.

So now Raxon has a massive space navy he does not know how to use, and cannot man due to manpower requirements, utilizing technology he does not understand. Also, due to their size, he can't keep them at his place, and the moon base is only equipped to accept small ships. He ends up just stashing the fleet in a BOTI hangar until he can figure out what the heck to do with all of them. All the while, he has the billions of enemy POWs just hanging out in the demiplane of his, where time stands still. Still not sure what they'll be used for.
T 16th Mar 2014, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
"It helps if you compartmentalize your brain" sorry, for the ones without regeneration powers this usually is crippling or lethal.
gallowsCalibrator 15th Mar 2014, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
gallowsCalibrator
Embodying a group of radically different group of people all at once and going rapidly and violently insane from the strain?
Raxon 15th Mar 2014, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Strain? You act as though it's hard to keep six different personalities and mindsets going as you spontaneously generateva scene with characters interacting.
Disloyal Subject 16th Mar 2014, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
See, I learned to do that for my writing, but I never learned to turn it off, so once I create a character, they're always with me. It's a little frustrating, especially when it makes them get character development prematurely. Any pointers, O Mighty Raxon?
Raxon 16th Mar 2014, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Are you kidding? I still hear Sergey sing itsy bitsy spider when I do to sleep.

Sergey is a backpack size talking tarantula who likes to frighten people.

So no, not really. Just do your best. Then again, I stopped Raxon's original story when all the crap he had been through finally caught up to him, and he had an honest to goodness nervous breakdown, and decided to just never sleep again. He spent the night chopping lumber, and was so tired he didn't notice himself bleeding to death when he missed a swing and hit his leg. Yeah... And by the time that ended, I had thirty some people in the party, and a couple hundred back at the house. Come to think of it, most, if not all my characters need therapy. Ransu is, well, a lighter and softer Wolverine, and suicidally overconfident. The fact that he's usually right about winning really shouldn't matter.

Then there's Beau. Oh dear lord, what isn't wrong with Beau's head? He's a paranoid, bordering on schizophrenic survivalist who finds out that his pregnant girlfriend is the daughter of the woman all his conspiacy theories revolve around, and the heir to the throne. He just snaps, though. He knows he is so thoroughly boned that there is no way he's walking out alive, so he might as well make his time on this Earth memorable for the queen.

I'm not crazy. All the people in my head are crazy. I'm the only save voice in my head!

That said, premature character development comes across as ingenuine. You need to give the personalities more stubbornness to compensate for the 24/7 party in your head thing. I mean, Raxon is still trying to figure out what is and is not acceptable. He obeys the general rule of nonlethal force, even though he doesn't understand it. He does not understand the dating process, either. His former fiance was just the girl that didn't run away when she saw his scar, therefore he had a chance to love her. Also, the concept that women are fragile thing that need to be protected. Then again, he girlfriend was an action girl, his mother was a battle healer, and he got relationship advice from an 1,800 year old black widow named Moire. Let's see here... He does not get why releasing his genetic experiments is a bad idea. He figures, you know, as long as they don't breathe fire or swallow cows whole, should be fine.

Yeah, Raxon has been a writing character of mine for the better part of a decade, and he's still getting character development. You think he's flawed now? You should have seen him during the elf war. Genocidal force of nature. Thank goodness Purra came along to help settle him down.

Now, he's much, much less likely to murder your face off. Then again, he might screw you over by tricking you into stabbing yourself on the back with a shiv he convinced you it was a really good idea to make, but that's rather indicative of his status as a trickster now, and not an axe wielding magical charging bull.

Amazing how much character development he's gotten.

Back on subject. One of the ways I deal with premature character developments is through the careful use of the magic of time skips.

And in case you were wondering, by the time Raxon ends up in Gotham, he doesn't sleep at all. He meditates. He does not dare sleep, lest the nightmares return. And there are so many nightmares waiting for him. The worst nightmares are memories.
Azureink 15th Mar 2014, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Azureink
Thankfully, the Bard can multiclass more than once, and all of the classes listed use Intelligence and Charisma to some degree. So Sir Lintsalot should be fine.
Disloyal Subject 16th Mar 2014, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
I guess I need to get around to learning 4e, then, because my inner powergamer threw a tantrum at the thought of just dipping a primary casting class like Wizard. As it was, I had a tough time justifying a Wizard/Paladin to myself, but it was worth it for the cheesy self-righteous lines they spouted.
The Old Guy 15th Mar 2014, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
Oh. My. Celestia.

Rainbow Dash is going to vanish and never be seen again.......
Raxon 15th Mar 2014, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Don't say that. They'll always have a little piece of her inside them.

Whether they know it or not.
Specter 16th Mar 2014, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Well, at least the car ride back to the party should prove interesting.
j-eagle12212012 15th Mar 2014, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Cupcakes anypony?
Lyntermas 15th Mar 2014, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
...It just kind of hit me. I mean, my guest comic was looking at this scene as occurring within Pinkie Pie's (the pony) roleplaying session. And it was a little creepy, but safe within the confines of a roleplaying game.

But here, Pinkie Pie (the HUMAN in the REAL WORLD) actually got a bucket of turnips (seriously, who has a bucket of turnips?), a pile of rocks, some lint, and a bag of flour, and is actually pretending that she's their DM.

...*shudders*....
Disloyal Subject 16th Mar 2014, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
Actually, I do have a bucket of turnips. Pie made from mashed root vegetables, layered with cheese as a divider, is fantastic, but to cinch the reference to the Redwall books' "Deeper'n'Ever Turnip'n'Tater'n'Beetroot Pie," it has to be big enough for small children to fall into, so I need a lot of every root vegetable I can get hold of, especially turnips because they're delicious.
...and I just now realized that could've been a joke the adults were telling the toddlers to keep their mischief managed. It only took me, what, nine years to catch on. Bah.
As to the other bit... I agree. Most of me wants to say I preferred the guestcomic because it was hilarious and awesomely in-character, but this legitimately disturbs me in a way that even the episode couldn't quite manage. (Lesson Zero, however, DID.) Either way, I'm happy to get even more equine madness.
Euric 17th Mar 2014, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
You made an acctual deeper'n'ever pie? Thats awesome!
Disloyal Subject 17th Mar 2014, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! It takes all day to bake one, what with boiling and mashing literal buckets of veggies, but it feeds a ton of people. Tastes awful if it goes rancid, sadly. I've made 3 to date, since I seldom have the time and resources to spend on one.
Zarhon 16th Mar 2014, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Heh, called this type of psychotic break.

It might not be an actual bucket of turnips, bag of flour, etc... Maybe she's just using miniatures, or props (akin to how the parasprite was tennis-ball prop - Spud wouldn't be able to edit those into the comic, it's not a clear visual transition).

Alternately, she always brings props to games she plays, meaning she's got the whole selection of them to use when she's DM's at home.

She's still pretty psychotic in both cases though.
Subspace_Lani 16th Mar 2014, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Roll a Will Save.
"... What? Why?"
Just roll it.
"... Okay then. *roll* 13."
Alright. Continue.

(blah blah blah)

Roll another Will Save.
"What is this, a freaking skill challenge?"
Your mind is... having trouble taking this seriously. Suspension of disbelief and all that.
"But... you know what? Fine. *roll* 17."
Continue.

(blah blah blah)

"Oh, they're not so bad."
"... Another Will Save?"
Last one, I promise.
"Okay. *roll*"
"... 4. Alright, what horrible fate has befallen me?"
... Nothing, really. You've just found yourself engrossed in this party with all your new friends. You're pretty sure your bad mood will clear up soon.
"Wait, you said earlier I was having problems with taking this party seriously. How does failing the roll make things better?"
'Not so bad? Puh-leeze. Those numbskulls are a bunch a losers!'
You notice Mr. Turnip nodding in agreement and Madame LeFlour give a look of disdain at the mention of the "numbskulls".
"... R... Rocky? How are you-"
"Pinkie Pie, I think you've just failed a Sanity roll."

I'm actually quite pleased to see where you actually went with Party of One. I like the guest comic, but seeing the players go nuts is... slightly more fun than seeing the characters go insane. Schadenfreude and all that.
Disloyal Subject 17th Mar 2014, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
"Fun" in the Dwarf Fortress sense, methinks; schadenfreude?
For me, it's more the fascination of being legitimately afraid. Which I guess goes to show how overly emotionally invested I am in the characters...