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Fun and Secrets
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Newbiespud 5th Feb 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
It's really old and unfunny, but darn it I'm gonna sidestep the meme anyway.

Also, I'd like to clarify something from the last note. When I said I couldn't stand zombies, some people took that to mean in the sense that they're played out and prolific and I'm a massive hipster*. No, for me, I'm actually legitimately scared of apocalypse-grade infectious undead, no matter how played out they are by this point. The very concept gets under my skin. So you can imagine my reaction to the last, oh, decade or so.

*I am a bit of a hipster, though. Evidenced by that I run my podcast using a homebrew tabletop system you've probably never heard of.

72 Comments:

Digo 5th Feb 2015, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
I don't think I got the reference to which meme you're referring to. Course there are so many of them that I wouldn't be surprised if I missed one or forgotten a particularly old joke...
Guest 5th Feb 2015, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
scary butt fun.
Toric 5th Feb 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Right next to "Secret butt fun"
Digo 5th Feb 2015, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Ahhhh... yeah not particularly funny. :3
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Yeah. I'm with you, Digo. -w-;
Guest 6th Feb 2015, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
I thought it was the "1v1 me sucka" thing. I'm not very familiar with FPS jargon, but it reminded me of a story.
Boris Carlot 6th Feb 2015, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Same
Disloyal Subject 6th Feb 2015, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Uhh... Be advised, linked story has an erotic ending. It's telegraphed pretty clearly before it happens, so it's easy to avoid for those who'd rather not read it.
The whole thing's format is liable to confuse those unfamiliar with greentext, though.
Evilbob 5th Feb 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Evilbob
Let's be honest. If you're unafraid of apocalypse-grade anything, you've become far too jaded for your own good.

Either that, or you should probably see a psychologist regarding your will to live.
Toric 5th Feb 2015, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, I'm not afraid of zombies. Zombies are predictable, even when "fast." You know what a zombie wants and what it's going to do. And there's no malice or madness behind it, it's just obvious natural predation.

HUMANS scare me. They aren't always bound by logic or reason, and even when they are their version may justify incredible acts of destruction and stupidity. A combination of high-function intellect, powerful technology, and complete irrationality is a Molotov cocktail of potential apocalypses.
Digo 5th Feb 2015, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
I am reminded of Agent Smith's remarks on the human race in The Matrix. Classifying them as a virus.
CharginChuck 5th Feb 2015, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
Zombies are basically people, but slow and stupid. Where exactly is the real threat there?
Specter 5th Feb 2015, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
Specter
... True.
Winged Cat 5th Feb 2015, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it."

And zombies are dumber. Perhaps also in a perpetual state of something resembling panic? The danger comes from their human wave attacks, as employed in several wars by non-zombie human armies over the past century. (Although said armies were better equipped than typical zombies.)
Crazy Tom 5th Feb 2015, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Crazy Tom
This is exactly right.
j-eagle12212012 5th Feb 2015, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
@Specter
Now I must find that movie on netflix and watch it
Digo 6th Feb 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
I liked the intelligent ghouls from the Fallout series. Every bit as smart as normal folks, with the benefit of no longer needing to eat and breath.
masterofgames 6th Feb 2015, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
I am told there is more needed to deal with zombies than just a great number of concealed pits with sharpened bamboo at the bottom.

But if there is, I haven't needed it yet.
Raxon 5th Feb 2015, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
In that case, Evilbob, maybe I am a bit jaded. Natural disasters don't frighten me. At all. Tornados, to me, are an inconvenience. Even having seen the death and destruction they have wrought firsthand, my general response is something along the lines of "Damn it! Not costco! Now I have to go to the other end of the city to get my 1 lb container of chili seasoning and those free samples I like so much!"
Specter 5th Feb 2015, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I guess I'm in the same boat as Raxon then. Of course, concur to him who see's disasters as an inconvenience, I simply don't care. But that is to a lose of heart and soul, not the mind.

... What does "jaded" mean?
Mykin 5th Feb 2015, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Jaded: "Tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something."

According to google anyway, though other dictionaries have similar enough definitions that I don't mind using them in this case. Of course, this is assuming your question wasn't a rhetorical one, Specter.
Specter 5th Feb 2015, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I actually didn't know, I am not well educated in literacy. Thank you.
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 8:22 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
In addition, Specter, the term "jaded" is more commonly used to describe someone who becomes unsympathetic/acts apathetic or cynical, due to desensitization or overexposure to something.
Mykin 5th Feb 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
@Specter: Any time, man. I've always got your back...you know, as far as the internet will allow...

@Mace: Thanks for expanding on that. I think your definition applies more in this case than mine.
Mace Direwolf 6th Feb 2015, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Much obliged, Mykin. I'm glad I could be of assistance.
Evilbob 6th Feb 2015, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Evilbob
Hey hey! Raxon! I'd like to point out that my statement was "apocalypse-grade anything" being terror-inducing... Not your typical natural disaster (although, yes, you probably are a bit jaded). You see... "apocalypse-grade anything" wouldn't just destroy that one Costco... It *is* an apocalypse. That's all your Costco's gone!
Dilaculo 6th Feb 2015, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, zombie apocalypse doesn't scare me because... well, it's unrealistic in how it's often portrayed. If it's spread by a bite, then it will never spread meaningfully past it's city of origin. Especially once it's a known factor.

That element of initial surprise and emotional panic is... really all zombies have going for them.

(barring the involvement of shady companies/government agencies)
Eyepoppee 5th Feb 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Legitimately scared of zombies? That's a massive red flag on the Hipster-o-meter.
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
*chuckles* Good one, mate.
Toric 5th Feb 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Story time: tell about when you encountered a scene tailor made for a meme or reference and you chose to let it go by.
FanOfMostEverything 5th Feb 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Bonus points if it was a reference to Monty Python.
Digo 5th Feb 2015, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Pffft, that never happened in my groups. XD

The only way a meme/reference would be skipped is if no one got it. One does not simply choose to ignore a meme. ;)
zimmerwald1915 5th Feb 2015, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Case in point …
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
@Digo *chuckles* :D

http://mylittlefacewhen.com/media/f/rsz/mlfw10430_medium.jpg
Mykin 5th Feb 2015, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Our group is in the middle of Dead Men Mire at the moment and yesterday we were trying to get some sleep when my cleric encountered some lightning quicksand that engulfed him entirely. After getting the party awake, we managed to do the whole princess bride tie the rope and go in after the person thing and I was rescued. Outside of pointing out that the idea came from the show, there was no references or memes said during that entire encounter.

After that was done, our sorceror/fighter dragonborn decided to firebolt the thing in order to glass it over. Obviously it didn't work but did attract the attention of something that I saw. So I informed everyone, our owl was sent out to keep tabs on it, and everyone got ready...and our dragonborn was making so much noise putting his armor on that it attracted the rather large thing towards it. Our ranger eventually decided to see if it was an animal and found out it was a giant crocodile who was hungry and we managed to convince it not to eat us in exchange for helping him eat the bulliwag camp that conveniently laid between us and the castle we were headed towards. Again, no references was made to peter pan in the slightest (our ranger acted like Mr.Smee in the beginning when he was telling the croc to bug off while our dragonborn was trying his hardest to look friendly. Everyone knows you never smile at a crocodile!).

Then again, my DM was amazed that we were actually talking to the thing instead of outright killing it because it was moving so...
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
@Mykin Shucks, that's disappointing! (It's more surprising to me that I never read in these comment sections about party members making references to Skyrim when a dragonborn is involved an a Tabletop session) Tick! Tok! (Feed the croc!) *Tick* *tok!* *Tick!* *Tok!* Btw, Mr. Smee and Hook are a hilarious combination! Two of my all-time favorite characters! XD Ooh, say fellas, why couldn't Mr. Smee and the crew play cards?
Flashpoint 5th Feb 2015, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Flashpoint
A scene tailor made for a meme or reference? I think I technically have two. It is Monty Python related as well.

One of our players loves playing the religious zealot type mainly because he loves coming up with these really long epic monologues and using them during any big fights. After a while we did start getting a bit irked about how much time he was wasting.

Finally during one battle with a BBEG the villain just shouts really loud "Ugh, GET ON WITH IT!". Then half the party looks at him and says in-character "YEAH, GET ON WITH IT". Then the DM says "From the direction of the Jor'en village you hear a distinct 'YEAH, GET ON WITH IT!!' from all the villagers."

He stopped doing the monologues for a while after that.

The other one involved a berserker NPC that we meet on the road. We'll call him Tom. Tom was a relatively happy go lucky guy, and was usually smiling no matter what the situation, even though sometimes that smile was the sadistic kind where someone is having way too much fun doing something that should not be fun at all.

Thing is Tom was also a mercenary, and hired to guard the road we were travelling on. He gave us three options, either turn around and leave, pay him double what he was being paid to do this job (about 500k gold), or fight our way through. We were about to decide to simply find another route, until one of our players, named Kohfax, decided to one on one the guy.

For a bit of context, Kohfax is a heartless bastard who greatly enjoys causing pain to others, and uses a razor whip (basically think Ivy from SC) because why not. He was also really good at grappling with said whip, and could get it wrapped around people with relative ease.

So they fight for a bit, they both get a few scratches but no major damage, until Kohfax manages to get the whip wrapped round the guys waist. He then tries to fling the guy over his head, but an unlucky lucky roll causes the guy to be cut in half at the waist.

Tom still has a bit of HP left though, so he gets up sitting on his severed waistline, picks up his sword and goes "Come on, we're not done yet" with his creepy ass grin.

The player using Kohfax gets confused and says "You can't keep fighting, I literally cut off your lower half!" The DM recognizes the perfect opportunity and says "It's just a flesh wound." For that Kohfax decided it worthwhile to cut off the rest of his limbs and then remove his head. Good times
CrowMagnon 5th Feb 2015, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
For what it's worth, the classic "viral" zombie outbreak would never be able to reach apocalyptic proportions.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly.html
Digo 5th Feb 2015, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
And in the near-term, robot uprisings wouldn't be very effective at wiping us out. Our weapons of mass destruction are guarded by legacy technology so old that modern machines couldn't connect and operate it.

Asteroid impacts and gamma bursts however...
Frenchanon 5th Feb 2015, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
These "scientific" reasons are not that effective: They say that the only advantage zombies are gaining with their transformation is the insensivity to pain. But think a little: all of the video games zombies have some "talents" or perks, like the ability to detect the human's odor, stronger metablism, faster speed, and I'm not even talking about Resident Evil's "complete mutations", who tend to transform into horrifying giant masses of flesh with claws, fangs and so on...
Also, if we consider the fact that all of their body fluids can be the source of infection, that means that all of the bears and dogs which attack them will quickly turn into zombies themselves. The same reason goes for all the insects, who will likely fall under the hive mind (see Dead Rising). The cold and all the 'murica people will still be a threat though.
Jannard 5th Feb 2015, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
Well, the article asumes that the zombies are the basic "rotting walking dead type". If that's the case, then their scientific reasons are perfectly valid. Whenever zombies have talents or perks, they're either not walking dead (being instead infected mutants or something along those lines), or their perks should be extremely powerful in order to even overcome the many defects stemming from being blasted-rotting-corpses.

Now, let's jump to the infection part. What you're describing is a "mortal desease" so infectious that any animal can be a carrier (active or passive). That's not a zombie apocalypse. That's an apocalypse that happens to have zombies. A disease so effective and infectious need not turn us into the walking dead in order to wipe us out, what's more, turning us into the walking dead wouldn't make much of a difference (most of us would end up infected from insect bites far before we let ourselves be caught by zombies).
Frenchanon 5th Feb 2015, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
You obviously watch the walking dead a lot (and I don't (not because I don't like the show, but because I don't have the time)), so sorry if I don't understand all your references.
I said that animals could become zombies (why not ?), but I've never said that the disease was lethal because it isn't. Turning into a zombie doesn't kill you (that's a survivor's view point): you transform into something, you can move, eat, attack... But you're still alive!
Also, a disease has no needs. It's not alive, it's not conscious and therefore it cannot think about wiping us out: it simply does. If it turns us into zombies when we get infected, then it does so, and there's nothing to complain about.
And yes, I assume that these perk are extremely powerful: living beings infected by a virus wich keep them alive as long as they absorb flesh and meat, slowly turning them into powerful beings able to surpass the humans, slowly killing themselves because they destroy their own food source.
This article was bad because the writer simply assumed that zombies were "an almost inconscious body, unable to defend themselves", not thinking that zombies are not real, and therefore we cannot define their behavior. What effects does it have on the metabolism ? How exactly are their physical capacities affected ? How do they spread the virus ? We could spend days inventing new types of zombies and viruses, just to counter each other's theory...
Digo 6th Feb 2015, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
I've noticed that a lot of zombie shows and movies don't touch on the issue of how long a 'zombie' can last. All that energy spent shambling about looking for victims has to come from somewhere. And if they are animated walking corpses, how would feeding on flesh serve them? Their organs and bodily processes don't work, do they?

Well, maybe if they're like the 'I am Legend' type undead (they were more vampires though)... but anyway, it's something that bugs me about zombie stories.
Jannard 7th Feb 2015, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
I watch NO TWD, at all. I don't even care much about zombies (I've played TWD adventure games, mostly for the story, and there's little to no explanation about the zombies there).

Firstly, "a rotting walkin dead" is a rotting walking dead, not "a rotting character of the walking dead", there's no reference. Secondly, the article probably understood zombies zombies in the classic sense (it's clear if you care to read how it treats them), which is "moving corpses", and then debunked them under that assumption. We could assume zombies are people infected with nanites slowly becoming more robotic in nature, for all it mattered, but it would be deviating de article's topic to suit our own arguments.

As for the desease, no, a desease doesn't have "intentions". But then again, never did I said it did. I didn't say it was deadly either, I just showed how any deadly disease with such an easy infection mechanism would be AS effective in wiping us out as this "zombie virus". What I said, more precisely, is that if a disease is infectious enough to turn every living being into zombies (of any kind, I don't care what YOUR definition of zombie is) or at least to turn every human into zombies and every other animal into a passive carrier of the disease, then the problem is the disease, not the zombies. It's an epicemic apocalypse, the fact that the diseased people are faster, stronger and more dangerous is a minimal effect compared with the chances of being infected by a mosquito bite, or randomly being in touch with any infected creature's fluids. So again, if we assume your version, the zombies would still NOT be our problem.

BTW, I will expand on what Digo wrote. Just because your zombies are hiperbeings doesn't mean they're any more "possible", by any means. Basic science would still be able to debunk them. Not even bilology; they would be killed by the laws of thermodinamycs. Or by people still functional and organized enough mass gun them down, if they're only superior enough to not violate the laws of physics.
Wdot 5th Feb 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I don't like them either. The only ones that don't completely freak me out are the one's in DMFA by Amber Williams. Sheri actually kinda grew on me. An anthro sheep filled with sawdust.
Exgallion 5th Feb 2015, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
Why do I get the feeling Rainbow is not going to win that fight?
Tatsurou 5th Feb 2015, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Wow, and I thought I was the only one who was creeped out by the mere concept of zombies. Solidarity, Spud!
Bob 5th Feb 2015, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
Creeped out by zombies ? You don't like Lovecraft much do you ?
Newbiespud 5th Feb 2015, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Nope.
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
As an aside, Spud, I'd just like to say that if you are a Hipster, then you are an extremely mild case.

1) You don't call yourself a Brony because it's "edgy", "controversial" and "new" to make a statement.

2) You're not a Brony to be "ironic" by watching FIM to make a statement, for whatever reasons people imagine. You're not; you are doing it because you legitimately like the show and care about the stories and/or find the characters delightful/interesting. Your dislike of zombies is not because you're trying to be "ironic".

3) You haven't stopped watching/caring about FIM or started disliking it simply because it became "too mainstream" or started watching it/bashing on it while obnoxiously proclaiming things akin to "I liked/hated _____ (zombies, ponies, dub-step, etc.) before he/she/they/it was/were cool!"

Those would be reasons to suspect that you're a Hipster. Not you having a legitimate fear of animated corpses, or having a homebrew tabletop game for that matter.
Euric 5th Feb 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
And really, most geek/nerds are at least a little bit hipster. We often like things 'before they were cool' after all, though most geeky things never really get cool
Mace Direwolf 6th Feb 2015, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Perhaps so, Euric, but if I may be so bold, I reckon the difference here (from my current knowledge and point of view) is whether or not you feel that you're better/superior to most or all "mainstream" people and use your favor and fascination of these nerdy, geeky, obscure or "fringe" activities and objects that you supposedly liked "before they were cool" as evidence to that claim. At least, if that not an unfair stereotype of Hipsters. However, as far as I know, this is not so, and closer to a generalization.
Tatsurou 6th Feb 2015, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Oddly enough, I love the concepts behind the Lovecraftian Elder Gods.
Mykin 5th Feb 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
"No, for me, I'm actually legitimately scared of apocalypse-grade infectious undead, no matter how played out they are by this point."

Well, yea, I thought you established that very well back on Page 506. I figured you were just adding the genre on top of that as well. But whatever, mute point.

EDIT: Sorry, I don't mean to sound like a jerk here. Being terrified of something shouldn't be something that is taken lightly. I'm more or less the same way with giant spiders and I'd probably hate life too if they start becoming popular in the same way zombies are.

So, it turns out that it was the obvious suspect all along. Stupid Little Pip PIPSQUEAK! I MEANT PIPSQUEAK!! GAH!

...

*Ahem* Anyway, I can't help but feel like Mahiro from episode 5 of Haiyore Nyaruko-San when he finally figured out what was really going on and that the true foreshadowing was actually his mom talking about her love of video games that barely made up about a minute of the episode in it's entirety: "That was the foreshadowing?!" Though this does mean that Rainbow Dash was right in her own sarcastic little way.
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
I feel for Spud, because they always legitimately creep me out... They can be a useful plot point for character development, but I don't care how much character development they spur, if they're super-gory and it just squicks me out, it gets me saying "Nope. Screw that! If you want to include zombies, fine, but they don't need to be all rottin'; bleedin' and dropin' flesh all over the joint!"

Hehehe. I'm glad I'm not the only one that accidentally thinks "Littlepip" whenever I read "Pipsqeak" now! xD
Mykin 5th Feb 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
The sad thing is, this isn't the first time it has happened. Though I'm also reminded that I did suspect Pipsqueak before, but dismissed it as too obvious. Teaches me for doing such a silly thing, I guess.
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Oh shoot, I meant *Littlepip *facepalms*. Ah, fixed! Thank God I finally stopped my constant lurking and made an account so I could edit my comments--and use my cool new art logo as an icon! By the way, Mykin, did you make your icon yourself? It's really neat! :3

Haha! That's why you must "consider everyone a suspect" or however that phrase goes. For all you know it could have been THE BUTLER! NO--I mean, the MAYOR, er, adding a deeper pitch to her voice! Aha!~ ;P
Mykin 6th Feb 2015, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Yes, having your own personal account makes life so much easier. I also got mine so I can use the edit button (which I use frequently because I'm almost never satisfied with what I originally write) and the delete button is nice as well (though I haven't really been using that one lately...).

As for artwork, Thank you, yours is pretty cool too. Mine was more of a dual experiment trying out a new art style (my reference pictures came from here. I'll let you figure out which ones I used, it should be obvious. Oh, and artist's link is near the bottom) while also messing around with gimp for the first time. Before you asked, no, I didn't trace this one out. I actually drew it with a mouse and liberal doses of the ctrl-z shortcut. AND. IT. TOOK. FOREVER. I made the picture for Kriss' PbP game just so people knew what I was talking about and I liked how it turned out so here it is. All in all, though, I think I've got a handle on how to actually draw ponies, so I'll probably replace it with something that is a bit more original soon...ish....

The pony himself is my only OC character, Intrepid Scholar, who works at the Canterlot Library and frequently travels the world for books, magical items, and to map out the occasional wonder of Equestria.

As for "considering everyone a suspect," discord was on my list for a long time so I did take that to heart with this story arc. It's kinda sad that its going to end soon; I had a lot of fun with my own personal game of "who dun it?" Oh well, I think the next arc will give me some new things to think about, as they usually do.
Mace Direwolf 8th Feb 2015, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Ahehe...Same. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my writing.

Thank ya kindly! My friend Nakuki (that's a screen-name he uses) and I made it with my help, based upon a design of my very first OC, Mace Direwolf! (The background is stock I came across recently) Ooh, very interesting! Equestria-Prevails is superb artist! I'm definitely going to keep an eye on their work! Didn't one of the other expansions allow you to play as a Timberwolf? I wish I could try playing a Pegasus in Ponyfinder sometime, but I only know a small handful of people who'd be willing to play and less who have the time (which rather excludes myself most days). Heh, no worries, mate; I can tell that you didn't trace it out. Many hours spent with a mouse on one piece? I know the feeling; trust me... Play-by-Post, eh? And that's with the Ponyfinder system? It always helps to have visuals for reference, if you ask me. Great! Artistic progress is always good news! Oh, heh, I definitely know that feeling, as well...

Hmm...seems like a clever name, actually! So what sort of books and magical items is he particularly interested in obtaining? (Which are for personal use or for study? Or both?) Would you consider his interest in mapping to mean that he's something an amateur cartographer? Wait, you say he your only OC? Fascinating. I could never be satisfied by only one, or even just one per fandom! As an artist that specializes in character creation, I have over 37 characters, and counting. Hahaha! It's a favorite hobby of mine. It's nothing to brag about though...as most of my ideas and concepts are only in my mind (I keep record of character personalities and backstories via an outline and make mental note of design features I desire to make adjustments to). Due to how busy I usually am, I've only fully drawn complete concepts of 5 OCs with 4 more or so being partially complete. *sigh* It's par for the course when you're working to earn a Bachelor's degree and the path gets rocky.

I...don't know how Spud could have fit him into this arc, and I don't think Spud would want to take the spotlight away from Luna and her re-introduction with Discord's introduction. However, that would have been quite the twist. Yeah, no worries. We know that Spud will find us something interesting to ponder during the next arc!
Mykin 8th Feb 2015, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Excuse me, I meant only pony OC. Of course I have other OCs. Kinda hard not to when you grow up playing rpgs. Speaking of rpgs, I know what you mean about finding people that want play ponyfinder. I only have one friend who would have been interested but he disappeared off the face of the earth. So I was excited when Kriss said he wanted to run one and I jumped on board, but he's been gone for a month now, so we'll probably have to find a new GM. Assuming everyone is still there of course. I'll keep you in mind once we get things up and running again.

Hmm...seems like a clever name, actually! So what sort of books and magical items is he particularly interested in obtaining? (Which are for personal use or for study? Or both?) Would you consider his interest in mapping to mean that he's something an amateur cartographer?

Thank you, anything and everything of interest, both, and I guess so. I have a character sheet of him from the game I mentioned before, if your curious. It's more or less how I envision him in my head so it works.

Finally, yea, it was a long shot to expect Discord to somehow make an appearance this soon in the game. But whatever, I had fun and that's what matters as far as my crazy theories goes.
Mace Direwolf 17th Feb 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Ah, that explains it. Makes sense. Oh shucks, I appreciate that kind offer, Mykin, but honestly I don't know if I'd have the time. College is eating most of my time this term, but I'll try to keep that in mind. Also, I've participate in online text RPs, but never an PBP RPG.

Fascinating and puzzling...A good set-up for a RPG character, however, it strikes me as odd that he'd leave his adoptive father and then later part ways with the companions he left home with so easily.

Yeah. Speculating is often really fun!
Rooker 5th Feb 2015, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
Rooker
Sorry Spud. I thought you just meant you had a general dislike of the "zombie apocalypse" thing. Not even a fear or hipster hate, just weren't into it.

The reason I don't fear a zombie apocalypse is the reason Toric described. Humans are terrifying. Zombies are just going to either bite/claw/bleed on you if they fail to achieve the kill, or tear you to pieces in the zombie's best case scenario. People are going to do much worse, sometimes just for fun. So my worst ending with a zombie is if I get mauled by one and lie there bleeding out waiting for the end and hoping one of my friends (assuming I have any) can put me down from where they are. Worst case with humans, I'm going to live for a long time and missing a lot of important pieces along the way.

I still argue that your ability to accept a Necromancer is that the zombies aren't the viral, infectious undead (usually...) but a minion for a squishy magician. Plus, don't some Necromancers arm and armor their zombie minions for more effective combat ability?
KingArthur5 5th Feb 2015, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
Two things about your zombie dislike:
1. My roommate is the same way, so I can understand.
2. Must kinda suck whenever Zencarn does... just about anything if Fallout is Dragons!
XanatosDrake 5th Feb 2015, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
so i just found a reference to plants vs zombies in dragon age inquisition. i nearly died from laughing as it was taken and put into the setting of dragon age.
Super_Big_Mac 5th Feb 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
What was the reference?
Gden 5th Feb 2015, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Upon travelling to Crestwood, you can find several references to another EA game, Plants vs Zombies. In the area of Crestwood, head south from Three Trout Camp (Southeast of the Village of Crestwood) and travel near a giant ridge to a place called Linden Farm. At the back of the farm you can spot a peculiar sight - a row of massive flowers against a crumbling wall, each along a narrow column in the ground. On several of the columns are corpses - a callback to the traditional playstyle of Plants vs Zombies, apparently
you know that guy 5th Feb 2015, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
There was something like a sunflower that was powering an entire infantry.
Mace Direwolf 5th Feb 2015, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Don't feel bad, Spud. As far as I'm concerned, those are some of the best ways you could be a Hipster (if those really count)!
DallyDaydream 6th Feb 2015, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
DallyDaydream
Ha, nice Rainbow Dash interrupt. ^_^

Now excuse me while I go and squee over how adorable Pipsqueak is being.
DoubleXXCross 6th Feb 2015, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
Also, you remember that picture, with the scarf-
Archone 8th Feb 2015, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Zombies aren't scary. Zombie MAKERS are scary. To get really scary, you have to go back to the original concept.

Imagine that someone has just turned you into a zombie. They threw powder into your face. Or a spell. Or they dug up your corpse to reanimate. Or they crammed you full of cyberware to make you a puppet on strings. Now you'll do whatever they want. So first they'll take you to empty out your own bank account and give it to them.

...Then they order you to take them to your home, where they will make you lock the doors and cut the phone lines. Now your family won't be able to escape or get help. And you'll watch your loved ones being abused, tortured, murdered... and you won't be able to do a thing. Worse yet, maybe they'll order YOU to do it. Attacking your own children/spouse/parents with your own body, and unable to stop yourself.

The true horror of zombies isn't the "walking corpse" part. It's the "someone else turned a person into a thing" part. Don't fear/hate the zombies. Fear/hate the zombie maker.
Reb 23rd Feb 2015, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Oh my god, I thought I was the only one!! I can't stand zombies, they're like my biggest fear! I even got nightmares from Zombieland, much as I still enjoyed it.