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15th Nov 2014, 6:00 AM
Hoofbump Simulator
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Newbiespud 15th Nov 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Okay, I think I'm almost out of Tabitha St. Germain voice actor jokes. Maybe. Probably.

...Oh wait, this whole arc is based on a premise that is one giant Tabitha St. Germain voice actor joke. Nevermind.

Uh, hey! There's a new Fallout is Dragons, finally!
Session 28: Libsyn YouTube

47 Comments:

Raxon 15th Nov 2014, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I guess storytime is obvious. Tell a story about accidentally slipping into the wrong character.
Blues 15th Nov 2014, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Well, one time I sort of figured that whenever I play a character, they usually end up just being a lot like myself. So for a friend's custom game, I decided to make a character who was unlike myself as much as possible.

I mostly focused on simple differences. Vanessa was quiet, shy, possibly even a little cowardly, but highly optimistic. Needless to say, every time I said something sarcastic, we had to make it out of character.

She did end up having a great character arc that made her less shy and more independent... it just involved two other members of the party dying(they were leaving the campaign and death was actually kind of difficult in my friend's system) and then being picked up and told to keep going by the party's mentor.
Euric 15th Nov 2014, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Hey blues, out of curiosity, do the names Ever Cleary and George ring any bells for you?

Anyway, being the Dm, its been a bit hard keeping everyone's voices straight. Since I have a wide vocal range (i'm a fairly high tenor) I would change the pitch of my voice when I spoke as different characters. It was super cheesy, but my brother seemed to get a kick out of it
Blues 15th Nov 2014, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
@Euric: I can't say that either name strikes me immediately, although Ever Clearly sounds like someone had a little too much fun with high proof alcohol.
Euric 16th Nov 2014, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
@blues

Ok, I just know a closet brony from some acting classes that had your name as a stage name. He would make subtle mlp quotes every so often until I complemented him on one. I think I might have scared him of of that, lol

It's actually pronounced ay-ver, but It does look like that that at first glance, lol. It's an Irish name I use every so often that literally means 'irish bard'.
FanOfMostEverything 15th Nov 2014, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
It's not quite on topic, but there was this one Pathfinder campaign where we were doing the Kingmaker "found and run a country" thing, but there were only three players. So, we decided to double up on characters. I distinguished between my wizard and druid through different voices (and gave the halfling a lower, gruffer voice than the human because I thought it was funny. And I still do.) The barbarian and cleric were different as night and day, so their player distinguished between the two of them through attitude.

But then there was our rogue-and-ranger player, who did virtually nothing to distinguish between the two of them. It didn't help that they were twins. Really, the only time I could tell which one she meant was if she asked if something was a trap (which she did constantly after her rogue got trap sense.) The ironic thing is that she was the most enthusiastic roleplayer there. She was just roleplaying the same person twice.
Specter 15th Nov 2014, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Specter
(Hooray! Fallout is Dragons!)

Other then the obvious of plying several hours of one video game campaign, and then switching over to another one on the same game, and seeing everything is different and confusing?

Well, during one of our more... dying like campaign's, I just kept rerolling the same character every other few times. Sir Kenith Vagabond, the cheap shot fighter... (please give me a few minutes so I may traverse to school, I will finish story there)
Specter 15th Nov 2014, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Specter
(A few minutes later) ...He was a cowardly fighter who used alternate means of fighting (bribed the locals, chuck some booze, slander or make them a city wide enemy). After about six deaths and 9 sessions, I decided something else, Sir Kenith Vagabond, the honorable fighter. Admittedly, it took a while to remember that my new honorable fighter would not attack an unarmed combatant, and that thrown booze was not a fair fight... for 7 real life hours.

I eventually did get a hang of it, and fought fairly with my opponents, with out dying that much anymore. Think I', out of the woods for two seconds about remembering my old characters, when the DM decided to attack us with our old characters... moral of the story, if you're fighting as essentially two different alignments, pick the honorable first, or get really good really fast as a good guy.

Or revert back and use the enemies tactics against them (I forgot about being honorable again).
you know that guy 15th Nov 2014, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Well, the opposite of Specter's throwaway example was when I played the same character in the Saint's Row series, the Mass Effect series and SWTOR (because of the same voice actress). I romanced Garrus in ME2, then played SR2 and was disappointed when he (Tobias) was already married to someone else.
Disloyal Subject 15th Nov 2014, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Hold on, if video games are legal for storytime... Andraste's knickers, I'm not even gonna go there. I made twenty-three characters in Dragon Age: Origins, and had to write out character sheets with extensive psychological profiles and histories of influences to keep them straight and make myself roleplay them instead of whatever mood I felt at the time. I had to stop playing the irredeemably evil characters; I just didn't have the stomach for them.
Mykin 15th Nov 2014, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Growing up, I had one person in my group that would always play a dwarf in a very special way: That of the Tordek knockoff. At the time I didn't know what a dwarf was so I figured that's how all dwarves were like. Thus we had our drunk dwarf that had a penchant for turning me into a battering ram at the drop of a hat and killing people for the heck of it...while also being lawful good.

So, years later, when I finally caught up with my fantasy lore, I decided to roll a dwarf cleric. Despite my best efforts though, that guy's dwarf had been so ingrained into my memory that my dwarf kept acting like his at certain points (and always at those points, oddly enough.) I finally gave up after a while because I was just playing his dwarf at that point and ended up rolling a new character. I've yet to try playing a dwarf since then and that's really the only instance I can think of where I've accidentally slipped into the wrong character.
Disloyal Subject 15th Nov 2014, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Well, I'm one of those players whose character never seems to be quite what I planned, even right off the bat.
Well, except the Orsimer Favored Soul of Obad-Hai. The only change in him was my inability to roll a hit with his crossbow.

I think the best example would be Ophilia, the Dark Heresy Assassin I've been ranting about for months and recent-ishly finished playing, but I must be getting better, because her shift was more dynamic, and felt more like plain old character development from "cold jaded teenaged murderer" to "cheerful jaded twentysomething murderer." Her habit of snacking on food bars in times of stress and/or after a kill and her EXTREME protectiveness of people she cared about were constants around which the change revolved, as was the paternal advice of our combat specialist Lucius (whose dead daughter was about Oph's age).
Kynrasian 15th Nov 2014, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
Kynrasian
Never really done that one before, but there was that time when I accidentally used the term GPS while in character >_>
Crazy Tom 15th Nov 2014, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Crazy Tom
Kind of like Euric, I have a lot of NPCs I have to manage as the primary GM for my group, and most of the prominent ones have special accents to make them stand out. This leads to me often slipping from one character to another and leaving the PCs confused as to why their boat captain suddenly became a reclusive wizard. There have often been snide remarks in-character about it, it's kind of funny.
kriss1989 15th Nov 2014, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
I roll with any mistake I made. That wizard instead of captain one? "Oh I'm just hijacking the nearest person to use as a communication relay...what?"
EricStarstorm 15th Nov 2014, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
I once got caught up in the story and forgot I was playing a Paladin. Basically, we met up with the main villain and he monologued for a while. After he was done, I won initiative and I tried using Chaos Bolt. After about fifteen seconds of awkward silence, I realized my mistake. Since then, the DM has joked about me multiclassing to Sorcerer whenever and wherever possible.
MongrelChieftain 15th Nov 2014, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
(This story got me commenting for the first time.)

The easiest way to slip is to hear someone else using an accent, while you don't really use one. For exemple, at the LARP I go there's this race called the Medjaï, basically arab-like people. Their accent is the most contagious.

On another note, my usual DM can't change his voice for the life of his so anytime he tries to, it's always Symeon, the Gnome Illusionist. Even if it's supposed to be the Elven King or a Human Ship Captain. We like to tease him about that.
Digo 16th Nov 2014, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
I had a Shadowrun shaman who was a southerner farm girl, with a slight drawl accent. Occasionally I'd go too far with the accent and slip into a pretty decent impression of Apple Bloom. :x

Shadowrun Crusaders Breaking an Entering Squad Go!!
Jannard 16th Nov 2014, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, there was that time when my Chaotic Good male Favored Soul of Finder Wivenspur believed for about half a scene he was the Legal Neutral female Cleric of Boccob from the previous campaign. It was weird that nobody noticed, since he wasn't acting quite like the semi-free-spirited guy he usually was and was going instead for rather stringy "serious business" attitude coupled with mild exhasperation.

We only realized the mistake when I said "she casts dispel magic". For them it was the "she" that gave the mistake up, for me it was the "casts dispel magic", since this new character didn't even have that spell.

Do *you* have a story about that? Not that you have to have one, I don't think Raxon would accidentally slip into the wrong character (emphasis on "accidentally").
Super_Big_Mac 17th Nov 2014, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Super_Big_Mac
Character slippage? Can I use an in-universe example?

Ah well, I'll tell it anyways. My character this one time had serious split-personality syndrome. Almost as if he was bipolar, but instead of swapping from happy to angry to sad, he'd trade between being a calm and collected ranger into a overly happy bard. Every day I had to have whichever one I was playing as roll a will save. If they didn't make the save (15 or higher on a d20), they swapped, literally turning around and suddenly having a completely different inventory, different skills, and even different armor and clothing on.
At one point, we're fighting against some evil warlocks or cultists or something, and they throw a spell at my bard that's supposed to turn him into their evil minion. I fail the will-save, and turn into the ranger, now attacking the cultists with ranged attacks out the wazoo instead of just buffing my allies. But I'm still acting as if I was playing the bard, shouting "Haha, Charm Beast!" (Flame Arrow) etc, etc

Afterwards, we ended up finding a strange artifact in the enemy's cave lair, and as my ranger was usually used as the trap-checker, my bard (still under the spell's odd effects) waltz up to it and picks it up. It was basically the Dewitchery Diamond (from EGS, Raxon probably knows what I mean), and as such my Ranger (still all happy-bard-times mode) and my Bard (still all Batman-cool-and-collected) split apart. Then it becomes super zany as they realize they've been the same person for so long, and an ancient god is awakened to kill the "abomination" created by the artifact (seriously the DM must've been a fan), and we get an epic-tier battle while I try to keep up with both personalities fighting at the same time, with the wrong skills at stats (Think Batman calling out a bat-a-rang attack, and instead strumming a guitar to play a lullaby. It was pretty much like that. In character).

Good times were had, confusing as they were.
Super_Big_Mac 9th Jan 2017, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Super_Big_Mac
To all you Archive bingers... Love ya!
Anyhow, onto the character slippage.

In my last Ponyfinder campaign, I was playing a stallion who had three wives. So I would, on any given quest, be playing any of the four for however many sessions there were in that quest. The wedding bands they all wore were special-made by Queen Illiana for our ceremony after we'd finished some super important quest for her, and they acted as a means of extreme long-distance communication (using ley lines and the like), like a primitive cell phone/walkie-talkie. Whenever a bit of another character started slipping in, the others would all chime in with questions about what it was like back home, because obviously the wife had just called me up to remind me I couldn't ride my bike indoors.

The only two characters who were most definitely their own selves were Overwatch (my main PC, an Unchained Rogue), and Depth Perception (Percy, Watch's son, and a Ranger who gave up all spell slots for an auto turret that shoots based on Concentration checks). Watch was cursed to be unable to swear (and still made horrible puns), and Percy was young and meek. The female characters all just ended up blurring together at times, mostly accidently.
Disloyal Subject 15th Nov 2014, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Poor Luna, left hanging.
Perhaps she should try giving one a hug..? ...no, they're already scared and jumping to conclusions. That wouldn't go over too well.
Digo 16th Nov 2014, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
I had a princess in a D&D game try this and she too got left hanging by the PCs. Apparently they were all afraid of the medieval equivalent of a lawsuit XD
Super_Big_Mac 17th Nov 2014, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Super_Big_Mac
Just have the princess be the Princess of Warm Welcomes, and like twelve or something, and giving the heroes that saved her papa a hug.

Watch for their reactions. xD
kriss1989 15th Nov 2014, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
While I have never accidentally slipped into another character during play, they are too different for me to casually do so, I have referred to other players by the wrong character name when they pull off something that is the signature idiom of another character.

*mecha pilot pulls off insane troll logic plan that works brilliantly*
"Good job Davith!" ...*realizes I just complimented the 4E warlock for the mech pilot's maneuver*
Blueblade 15th Nov 2014, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Don't worry Luna I won't leave you hanging.
HOOFBUMP! /)
Mykin 16th Nov 2014, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I'll join you in that!
HOOFBUMP! /)
Guest 15th Nov 2014, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
So, uh, not to be the guy who comments just to nitpick, but I'd like to ask our wonderful author: did you include the Zecora bit a few pages back as part of the Tabitha St. Germain joke? The misconception that Zecora is voiced by Tabitha died in the early days of Season 2; she's voiced by Brenda Crichlow.

But, again, I don't want to be that guy, so: first-time poster, long-time reader, great comic. Though I don't know how deep into the comment section you actually read, so... XD
Specter 15th Nov 2014, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I think it's because Zecora is in the arc.
Guest 15th Nov 2014, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, and Zecora fits in with the joke about Rarity's player finding a new character, but based on the author comments after the strip, it seemed like Newbiespud was including her in the joke *because she's another Tabitha character*, which she isn't.
Newbiespud 15th Nov 2014, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Oof. Bit of egg on my face, there - I completely forgot about that. I suppose the joke still works based on perception, but you're right - not on reality. Ah well.
Raxon 15th Nov 2014, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Go, Guest, unto the mines of Comicfury. Find and complete the sacred rite of registration, and create an avatar, that all the world may know that on this day, you have joined the ranks of the elite.
kriss1989 15th Nov 2014, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Elite what are you...oh right, yes, an elite brotherhood! With membership fees, payable to me and Raxon here.
Super Kami Guru 17th Nov 2014, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
It seems that I missed that invitation.. Ah well! Whether one is part of the inner circle or in the outermost ring, we are all part of the herd!
Bombom13 17th Nov 2014, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
I already payed last month! How can dues be needed so soon again?
Mykin 15th Nov 2014, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Huh, never knew about the misconception thing until now. Then again, I tend to live on the outskirts of pony culture so I'm usually ignorant about stuff like this. Oh, and if you want to know how deep Spud reads into the comment section, the bottom of page 501 is a good example. He kinda has to read that far down to catch all the shenanigans we keep pulling on the comment section from time to time.

Speaking of shenanigans, Kriss, Raxon, why do you make it sound like I'm part of something awesome? Honestly, I've put my foot in my mouth enough times to have the permanent taste of leather on my tongue so I doubt I have any tact to be a part of such a thing. And what is this nonsense with going into the mines to perform sacred rites? Art thou suggesting we are of a noble knighthood of the court of His Majesty, Sir Newbiespud The First, in the fair realm of Friendship is Dragons? I say, my friends, I wouldst disagree with thou if it wasn't such an intriguing idea. Very well, Sir Raxon, Sir Kriss, though tis odd that we wilt fill thy coffers with the coins of the newly recruited, I commend thou f'r thy grand idea and bid ye farewell. Come, Sir Specter, let us be off and defend our fair realm from those that wish it harm!

...And let us grab some doughnuts along the way, I'm really craving a maple bar for some reason.
Specter 15th Nov 2014, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
Specter
The deed of a maple bar gathering for thou shall be done, I hath consumed one on this bright day, so I will get some aqua. However, along the way, we shall divert the funds of one Joker Raxon, and Cat thief Kriss, and place it where they shall never contest for it, in the patreon account of Sir-lord Newbiespud.

Or if he doesn't want I'll gotten goods, we shall delve it into charity for animals and children... I just don't want Kriss and Raxon (or any of us unworthy peasants) from getting power or resources from the unwitty or less fortuned.

By the way, I like the picture you are wearing today, from where was it made, Mykin?
Mykin 16th Nov 2014, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Glad you could join me in this endeavor, though I think we might of scared off Guest with this little escapade...Oh well, the conversation seemed to have ended once Spud posted so I don't feel too bad derailing this thing for a little bit longer.

As for the picture, it's a bit of an annoying story for me. When I found this picture on google image, I put what I thought was the artist's name in the title of the picture, as I like to give credit where it is due. So when you asked about it, I went looking for the guy's site...and didn't find it. So I hunted down where the picture was posted and found that 3 different people (none of whom had the same name that I had) had posted the very same picture. So I'm at a loss on who actually drew it. It is of Sakuya Ohtori from the VN rewrite...or rather I think it's Kyousuke Natsume from Little Busters cosplaying as him.

Either way, I was looking for a picture for my sorcerer for my Thursday Pathfinder game and I just ended up liking it a lot so there you go. I guess I have a thing for trench coats, they just make you look cooler. I do plan on drawing something similar to that picture to use as my avatar sometime in the future so we'll see how long it lasts.
Specter 15th Nov 2014, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I'll tell you guys the truth, I got nothing for this one. No witty comment, no lesson from some harold, not even a little side-story. But, I did find someone in need. Oh sure, it's small, and not much, but I like underdogs, and he's a pretty funny guy.

Like Newbiespud, he's a YouTube-er. You probably haven't heard of him, I found him by accident and liked what he had. SO, I propose we aid him and his channel, as we have for Newbiespud.

here is a video explaining what he's done and doing (it's a little old).

and here is the video explaining the situation.

... might as well add some music for a triple video with a hint of unity.
Curb 17th Nov 2014, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Checked it out, pretty funny. I added him to my subs.
Curb 17th Nov 2014, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Curb
Forgot to log in before I commented. But, yeah, guy's got alot of potential.
Mykin 17th Nov 2014, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Because you asked Specter, I'll go ahead and add him. The amount of subs I currently have I can count on two hands anyway, so its not like adding another one will kill me or anything. Besides, I could always use another place to pull up stuff to listen to while I play my games at the end of the day.
Digo 16th Nov 2014, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Hee hee, 'hoofbump simulator'.
Blueblade 16th Nov 2014, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
HOOFBUMP! /)
Mykin 16th Nov 2014, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I don't think this is a very good 'hoofbump simulator'. None of the others seem to understand the concept of a friendly hoofbump.
Specter 17th Nov 2014, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Specter
In all honesty, I probably wouldn't hoofbump her either, I'd probably ask how her day was or something, and attempt a hug (if one pony can full on do a hug for a princess, maybe everypony else could manage a hoofbump).
Yellow 13 17th Nov 2014, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
My whole group is guilty of this. because we do our gaming on a collabrative document called Titanpad, sometimes characters from other games slip in to take the place of who should be there.

One example is that on a plane, Kit, one character was replaced with Trevor, another character by the same guy. We usually point it out and fix it quickly though.