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Newbiespud 26th Nov 2011, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Hope you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to holiday plans being derailed (and even the backup plans falling through), I spent Thanksgiving alone. So instead of relaxing and eating lots of food, I ended up being super-productive somehow.

I've been applying for the fangame Equestria Online's writing staff. I just finished my entry for the second and final round, so I just have to wait and see how that pans out.

I also whipped up some video editing shenanigans on YouTube, for those of you that like action and modern video games.

60 Comments:

Holygriever 26th Nov 2011, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
BIG MAC IS THE DM!
Derpminf 27th Nov 2011, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Eeyup.
Emerald Shine 28th Nov 2011, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Eeyup
Akouma 26th Nov 2011, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I just realized that that cliff never shows up ever again, despite probably being very close to town since it was the first thing they came across.

Also, I got no anecdote for this one, which is unusual. Then again, I've never plopped down a difficult-to-surpass obstacle where I wasn't previously planning on there being one.
Valentine 26th Nov 2011, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
I believe the cliff reappeared in Feeling Pinkie Keen, when they were running from the Hydra.
Izandai 26th Nov 2011, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
But that was in Swampy Bottom Bog, not the Everfree Forest.
Krishnath 26th Nov 2011, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
Well, Fluttershy did fail spectacularly on her roll.
reynard61 26th Nov 2011, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
Actually, it's *Froggy* Bottom Bog. [/pedant]
Azureink 28th Nov 2011, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
The bog is in the Everfree Forest.
Cony 27th Nov 2011, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
What about the cliff that Applebloom falls down in 'The Cutie Pox'
Chakat Firepaw 27th Nov 2011, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
And just how many times have they gone to the ruins of the old palace since then?
Shikome Kido Mi 29th Nov 2011, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
There's no particular reason they should see it again since I get the impression the Everfree is a big place and none of the other times they go back are they going to the old ruined palace. Even less reason, since they know the hazardous cliff is there now and can consider alternate routes.
Rookiehistorian 26th Nov 2011, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Wait...there's...people are making a MLP FIM MMORPG?!!!

.....................................

Thats it, being a Brony is now officially the coolest thing anypony can be.
Izandai 26th Nov 2011, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
That is the most acronym-laden sentence I've seen in a while.
Guest 26th Nov 2011, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
MLP FIM MMORPG FTW! OMGWTFBBQ!

OK...GTG. BBIAB.

:P
Limey Lassen 26th Nov 2011, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
I hope you've heard of Fighting is Magic. I would feel bad about your mind getting blown twice in the same night.
Izandai 28th Nov 2011, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Also: My Little Investigations.
Rockburgh 27th Nov 2011, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
You didn't even know about one? I mean, really. There's MLP Online, Equestria Online, Equestria Chronicles, and I might be missing a couple. (Though Chronicles might have been shut down?)
Masterweaver 26th Nov 2011, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
If I posted a link here for a role play forum, would it count as shameless advertising?

I've had days where the dice decide to go against me for no reason whatsoever. Witness my charismatic and seductive liar somehow managing to bungle her sentence so badly nobody ever believes her again... Also, I've looked into Equestria Online on and off. It... seems a bit iffy, but it's still in development.

And I'm serious about the link.
McBehrer 26th Nov 2011, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
I wouldn't have a problem with it, but I'm not in any way in charge of anything around here.
Saddlesoap Opera 26th Nov 2011, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
I applied with Equestria Online, too!

Best of luck to you, my good Brony!
Kyronea 26th Nov 2011, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
Good luck with getting on the writing staff of the MMO. Also, an MLPFIM MMO...I think I shall play it. I shall play it indeed.
Lyntermas 26th Nov 2011, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
Alright folks, place your bets. What comment will cause "NMM" to make the cliff collapse?

A. RD: Come on man, where's the "excitement and adventure" you promised?
B. Twilight: Ok guys, with this vantage point we can have RD fly us straight to the castle and bypass all other obstacles.
C.AJ: Calm down gals, there's no rush. I don't think NMM even knows we're looking for the elements.
Akouma 26th Nov 2011, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Either A or C. You'd need a MUCH more specific description of what the area was like for a player to come up with B.
Aurabolt 26th Nov 2011, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Oh come on now, the dice aren't cursed. Its all random. Hehe.
Mecryte 26th Nov 2011, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
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Mecryte 26th Nov 2011, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
That didn't turn out the way i was expecting.
Vegetalss4 26th Nov 2011, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
If it had turned out as you expected, what would it have looked like?
David 26th Nov 2011, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Copy-pasting into a word processor, it looks like it was meant to be the FUUUUUU rage face.
Mecryte 26th Nov 2011, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
It was.
xuincherguixe 26th Nov 2011, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
The reason it didn't turn out like you expected probably relates to fonts. In that you were working in a monospace one, which the comments are not.
Uh... you can ask that the reader copy and paste into their favorite word processor?
Jorlem 26th Nov 2011, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
If you turn it on it's side, and zoom way out, it looks like a map, I guess?
Vegetalss4 26th Nov 2011, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
So by comparing to the cast page, she rolled a 2, a 4 and then a 1.

before this page they have rolled the following at various points:

RD: 3, 14, 14, 20, 17-any attack bonuses she gets in 4e, not sure on what specifically.
AJ: 9
PP: 1,
TW: 14
FS: 15

so average roll for the group, not counting rainbows unknown attack, 8.8
median: 9.
most common roll: 14 followed by 1
total number of rolls: 12

average for Rainbow: 12.75
median for Rainbow: 14

average for Fluttershy: 5.5
median for Fluttershy: 3

The rest have only rolled 1 time except for Rarity who hasn't rolled a die yet.

This was random statistics with me, hope you didn't find it too annoying.
leafia6 26th Nov 2011, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
At least Applejack's player will get to sort of shine at this point.
xuincherguixe 26th Nov 2011, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
Remember people, every obstacle is an opportunity. Now it may seem like that hundred foot drop is a problem, but it's all just a matter of perspective! When life/GMs throw you cliffs, make cliffade!
8_days_a_week 26th Nov 2011, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
No, don't make cliff-ade... Get mad, and, uh, actually, I think a combustable cliff would be a really, really bad thing.
Mecryte 26th Nov 2011, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Are you kidding? Combustible cliffs would be awesome!
TheDoomBug 26th Nov 2011, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Nightmare Moon should have used them; would have ended the show right here. Not that I want that, but she certainly would (maybe).
Guest 27th Nov 2011, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
It's a real shame that NMM's episodes had to introduce the mane 6 and Discord's ones didn't. She coulda been quite a badass otherwise. Ah, well, at least we have fanon and fanfics!!
xuincherguixe 30th Nov 2011, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Ironically, combustible cliffs is also in the spirit of the comment. Although by that reasoning? So are the combustible lemons.
bobmortar 27th Nov 2011, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
Once we had an evil aligned paladin entering a drinking contest against an ogre. He rolled a Fort save (that booze was fricking strong :D ). He rolled a one. Then another. Then another...
After six consecutive natural 1-s, the DM said: if you roll 2, or higher, you survive. Otherwise you organs will explode. Guess what? He rolled a seventh 1.
MirrorImage 27th Nov 2011, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
I got one just as bad, and is consistent with the game rules to say "I'm dead."

I was messing around with a 4e Dragonborn Paladin/Sorcerer, where the gimmick was I could use the Dragon Magic style of Sorcery to allow my Dragonborn to breathe fire more than just once an encounter. First encounter, our resident ditz manages to split the party, which abandons my Dragonborn behind a pile of Bandits. He goes to negative, thus beginning death saving throws.

I roll a 1. Initiative goes around and I roll a second 1. One of my teammates had been getting several 20s off of his die, so I steal it for the third roll. It's a 1. To recap, that's 3 failed death saving throws, which means the character dies outright. Worse still, they were all natural 1s, meaning that he is very definitively DEAD.
Kyronea 27th Nov 2011, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
I hope the party didn't have to stick around and clean up the place...
bobmortar 28th Nov 2011, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Actually, we didn't have to clean up the place, we only had to clean ourselves, cause that lovely pally ended up literally "covering" us :D
Alpharius 28th Nov 2011, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Either those dice were loaded or you're lying.
Shikome Kido Mi 29th Nov 2011, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
It's possible. There was one yellow die we had that would always roll a one or two in combat. The rest of the time you might get anything but every single combat it would start giving you critical misses. After the third or fourth time this happened the group decided to destroy it.
GuestM 27th Nov 2011, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
If life gives you cliffs, you make Cliffade.
Awesome.

Kinda reminded me of Power Thirst.
If god gives you lemons, you FIND A NEW GOD!
Akouma 27th Nov 2011, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
POWER CLIFF!
GuestM 28th Nov 2011, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
You will fall so many meters.

400 METERS!

Drink Power Cliff while falling down and you will fall

ABNORMALLY SLOW.
xuincherguixe 30th Nov 2011, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
... Just a sec. I need to mail you an internets that you just won.
Emerald Shine 27th Nov 2011, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
DM is Big Macintosh
Ulrich 27th Nov 2011, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
earlier today me and my party of 3 were trying to fight a group of skeletons and no one in our group or the skeleton group rolled anything more than a 4, for at least 6-8 rounds.
Guest 28th Nov 2011, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
In the game I'm in, my party was in battle, and I rolled a one to attack which resulted in me hitting one of my allies accidentally. The roll to hit him ended up being a 20, so I critted on him. Then later in the same battle, our druid rolled a 1 on an attack as well, and then hit the same party member with a natural 20 as well. So our party member ended up being hit with crits of fire and lightning. He has not forgiven us.
Glimmerling 28th Nov 2011, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on being chosen. :D
Azureink 28th Nov 2011, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
@Newbispud: Incoming rant. I would like to first acknowledge that for sake of story continuity, the characters had to get to the cliff. And that there was probably Hard DC checks for the challenge.

But I'm looking over the rules and from the 2011 update to Difficulty Class By Level in 4e and it goes like this (based on level of challenge/monster):

Lvl 1: Easy 8, Moderate 12, Hard 19.
Lvl 2: Easy 9, Moderate 13, Hard 20.
Lvl 3: Easy 9, Moderate 13, Hard 21.
Lvl 4: Easy 10, Moderate 14, Hard 22.
Etc.

I would be surprised if this was higher than a level 3 skill challenge as that is level + 2, which is usually as high as it should go before becoming too hard to attempt/enjoy. So the fact that she at least hit the Moderate DC once should have helped.

And then there is the argument for having her allies use assist checks.

But I am just going to assume, like I stated in the beginning, that the challenge was much harder than Moderate DC to navigate in the haunted, overgrown forest. But damn.

I hope they didn't have to make Endurance checks to not lose healing surges to falls and the like. Wait.

Poor Twilight.
Yinan 29th Nov 2011, 1:39 AM edit delete reply
Thats new to me, but well, havn't played since 2010, so i woudn't know. We were all lvl 2 or 3 and had regularly a DC of at least 15, mostily more. But that wasn't really a problem since the ones attempting had base-values of at least 5 up to 8, so a 15 isn't that high, its better then 50/50 for us ^^ so to say 13 is already moderate i find this updates exaggeretes a bit -.-
Shikome Kido Mi 29th Nov 2011, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
The funny thing is that since the last failure counted twice she got her three failures before getting four successes, so even if the 13 succeeded she'd be left with three failures to one success which is not anywhere near her desired ratio. And to be fair, she got lost but she didn't actually blunder into anything dangerous (yes, the cliff is theoretically dangerous but they didn't fall into quicksand or go through poison ivy and it didn't collapse on it's own).
David 28th Nov 2011, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
Once, my party was fighting goblins with ballistas riding giant spiders. (We were at around 4th or 5th level, I think. 3.5e.) We were doing really badly and two of our six members had already died. So our cleric decides to pray to Thor, and immediately gets +6 to his strength stat for the duration of the battle.

He immediately rolls a nat 1 on his attack. Ended up killing every single thing on the battlefield besides himself, including the other three still-living members of our party. Luckily *cough cough* the goblin leader happened to be wearing a necklace embedded with five large diamonds...
ddemonhunter 29th Nov 2011, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
why does this always happens to the new guy?
leafia6 30th Nov 2011, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
So how is Fluttershy's encounter with the Manticore going to play out in a D&D context?