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9th May 2015, 6:00 AM
Amoral Superiority
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Newbiespud 9th May 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
I think I kind of outed myself as a relatively inexperienced newb (hey, whaddaya know?) in the last Author's Note. I hope no one thinks any less of me for not quite having the authentic old-school hand-crafted organic free-range D&D experience.

Anyway, it's Fallout is Dragons, on time!
Session 42 - An Angry Mob: Libsyn YouTube

32 Comments:

Toric 9th May 2015, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
It's moments like these where the rest of the table slowly and full of horror realizes that just pitted the two most competitive players against each other and neither of them will take defeat well. It's one of those "Maybe this wasn't such a hot idea" moments that you can only look on with regret because there's no longer any stopping it.
Digo 9th May 2015, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
I had two players like that. I forget if the situation was similar, I think they only meant to stage a fight as a distraction, but they ended up actually huritng themselves, each other, bystandards, and causing collateral.

Oops.
Raxon 9th May 2015, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Now imagine two minmaxing psionics doing this. You would need to resort to scientific notation in short order.
Toric 9th May 2015, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Not to mention in the middle of their epic battle, they'd be composing twenty-page essays on why the other smells like dog buns.
Evilbob 9th May 2015, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
Evilbob
Yesssss. Scientific notation!!!
Digo 9th May 2015, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
Fond memories of damage rolls in Shadowrun. XD
dzonewolf 10th May 2015, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
While DMing a Fallout Equestria game, my mom and little brother's PCs, Rivina (griffin) and Surprise (pegasus), both mercenaries, realized that Surprise hadn't been welcomed by the traditional pranks and ridiculous stunts that he should have been. I start to see where this is going then, but hold my tongue and lay down the ground rules through their boss, nothing that would interfere with combat skill or sneak, and nothing that lasts longer than a week in game. So Rivina, her Balefire Phoenix, Bale, and the group mascot, a canine/pegasus/Goddesses knows what, named Vala, to welcome him properly. So the four of them sit down in a tavern with a couple of the griffins stationed with them, and start comparing stories about how they were welcomed into the group, Bale had apowder thrown onto her the stained her bright pink for two weeks, boss wasn't happy, Rivina recieved rainbow powder mixed into her feather dust, which is something rubbed through feathers to make them quieter, reducing the noise usually associated with wingbeats. The result was every feather on her body being stained a different color, she got back at them the same way... While he was on mission. Hearing about their stories, Surprise decides he wants nothing to do with this insane tradition, and goes to leave, when a mud and cow manure coated Vala walks in and throws globs at him and Rivina, the latter tackles her and they wrestle for a few minutes, while Surprise takes a shower. He gets out of the shower and finds the two on his bed, the mud is now off of them and on the bed, coating it. He chases them out, and cleans it off. Holding true to 'don't get mad, get even', he collects it all, along with assorted trash from around the base and hides it under Rivina's covers. She comes in and takes one whif of the room and realizes what he's done, so deciding it's time to turn her mattress over. They have buck beds... Rivina's got the top. After dumping all the trash on Surprise's head, Rivina runs off to find somewhere else to sleep for the night. Things only escalate. I will tell you this, Balefire Phoenix have corrosive turds.
Digo 10th May 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Corrosive.
Turds.

Only in a Fallout Equestria game would that make sense. XD
Toric 10th May 2015, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Talk about biological warfare. Those are some weapons of mass disgusting.
ANW 9th May 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Sorry for the lack of polls, I know better then to post when I'm sick.
It doesn't end well.
So Rainbow won the first one.
But who will win overall?
Me: I think AJ will win.
Toric 9th May 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
I think it'll end in a tie and both players will demand a tie-breaker.
you know that guy 9th May 2015, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Just like in the show. Why did the GM decide on an even number of contests anyways? Is she a d20 fanatic?
Ace Jackson 9th May 2015, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Ace Jackson
It would be funny if they all half knowingly betrayed their character's in earning the tickets, Twilight being hounded at the gala by people wishing to meet the "famous athlete who won the running of the leaves/came out of nowhere to win the tie breaker of the ironpony competition." Rarity playing as Dainty Dove being told by an otherwise surprisingly reasonable Blueblood that he'd rather have met the "Obviously more refined element of generosity." Etc.

Probably not what's going to happen of course. In regards to the poll at hand though, Rainbow does get a +3 to all racing and stunt checks. So barring the possibility that She elects to forfeit that advantage(real likely there,) I'd say Rainbow Dash.
j-eagle12212012 9th May 2015, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Applejack eeyup
Raxon 9th May 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Some of my best posts are made when I'm sick. I take my pills soon after, though.

Wait, did you mean physically sick?
Mykin 9th May 2015, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Well, I'm glad to hear your better now. I have no problems posting while sick but I've yet to learn from my own past mistake: Never post after just having woken up. I would save myself so much anxiety and headache if I just hit the X button instead of the post one.

As for the poll...I'm going to say it will end in a tie, if only because I doubt either of them will accept defeat gracefully. Thus the DM will give up once they're on their 110th event and call it a draw for the sake of moving things along. Either that or our DM picks Twilight as the winner, just because I like Ace's idea of what could happen instead.
MuffinMark 9th May 2015, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
MuffinMark
Spud, if it makes you feel better, on Wednesday I nearly forgot how to add my proficiency to to-hit rolls, and I failed to change it at our last level-up.


That dragon fight was not as fun as I would have hoped.
Winged Cat 9th May 2015, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
I've recently started a new game, but so far the first few sessions (I think it's been 4 so far) have been - slowly - guiding half the table through chargen. It's not supposed to be hard, but they keep running into the same roadblocks, ignoring advice about what parts to do first and what parts to skip for now because they'll make sense after doing those other parts (akin to making a D&D character by trying to start with the HP total and feats; planning to figure out race, Constitution, and class some time later; despite other players saying "don't worry about the HP and feats sections of your character sheet until you have these other parts filled in"), and repeating questions others have already asked (though, to be fair, the repeater joined around the third session, and the questions being repeated had been asked in the first and second).

Fortunately, the GM advised that he wouldn't have the full campaign set up for a few weeks anyway, so we were to plan to take a few sessions for chargen.

So, yeah. You're used to character builders and don't have much experience doing it by hand? No worries, it could be much worse.
HonorableInsanity 9th May 2015, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Character builders should also remove the possibility of accidentally creating an illegal character, which I've managed to do in 3.5 due to not realising that weapon finesse requires BAB +1, and the DM not realising exotic weapon proficiency also does...
MuffinMark 10th May 2015, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
MuffinMark
Actually, that was done by hand. We started playing 5e when it came out and I'm still using the same character sheet from when I started. I've never actually used an electronic character sheet before, this is the first campaign I've really been in.
Ace Jackson 9th May 2015, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Ace Jackson
Everybody starts out somewhere, the trick is not forgetting where you started.

I've lurked here for a while, so I guess I owe a story. Buckle up, I don't know that I can tell a story well, but you all can be the judges.

I had played a one off session of 4th ed, and GM'd a few sessions of living legends brand ponytales. I even ran a one shot of my own design for a few people who never did a TTRPG before. Still, no major ongoing games, until now. A friend tipped me off that there was an opening in a local group that was going to be running a 5e "Hoard of the Dragon Queen" campaign. I was eager to be player again, at least for a while, and so I looked into it. Finding that the group had no healer, and as I would later discover, no purpose built tank, I eventually built a light domain cleric of Lathander, god of the dawn, "Stralend Striker," or if google translate is to be believed, "Radiant striker." Ultimately, my take on a cleric built Twilight.

The first few sessions were uneventful, my LG cleric, funnily enough, starting out on good terms with the party's CN rouge, being the loudest voice in the party saying "No! Let's not run into a dragon raid without a plan!"(EDIT *The campaign opens with a dragon raiding a small town.) somehow getting on the jaded dragonborn's good side, and forming a bit of a rivalry with the party sorcerer. But things really started to get interesting last session.

We were about to leave the keep to head out into town again after a short rest when we were jumped by swarms of rats. being first level and not wanting to use up more of our very limited resources, the sorcerer and warlock both went down.

After the fight, we got them stabilized and woke them up, but something interesting happened when the warlock woke up. This player was one of the most experienced of us, and worked out a few custom deals with the GM. As it turns out, he was not playing a human, but a Tiefling! The dragonborn's player reacted immediately, and asked the GM if everyone knew *Something,* to which he replied that we all did. Now I was in a unique position, I'd later look it up and find out about Arkhosia and Bael T____ from 4e, which isn't supposed to be in FR, but at this point the only metagame I had was that the character knew more then I did.

The scene was revised to explain that the only two people aware of the warlock's true nature at this point was my cleric and the party wizard. We both tripped over ourselves to try and keep the scene under control, I used slight of hand to try and quickly use the wizard's health potion on the warlock, and the wizard used minor illusion to try and put the mask back on. The wizard succeeded, but my cleric didn't, it seems as though the warlock had no adventuring experience to speak of before the adventure and didn't recognize the health potion, and so wriggled away.

The dragonborn now asked what was wrong with the warlock, to which I immediately, though a little foolishly, replied "Battle shock." needless to say, the player called BS of a different sort. So we rolled opposed insight and deception checks. Unfortunately I had already spent my good rolls of the night, and lost the roll by two points on a six. I had now lost the Dragonborn's favor, and he told my cleric to step aside, so my cleric simply raised his shield, which was currently glowing.

Meanwhile, the sorcerer had finally started using his wild magic table, and used detect magic to see what was going on. After a breif flavor description of the party's magic sigs, he found out the hard way that the warlock was in a pact with "a great old one," I.E. FR brand cthulhu. And so he rolled on the wild magic chart twice, AND the illusory butterflies grew tentacles...

The rogue basically said, "Forget this." and left for the wine cellar, and the dragonborn was getting distracted. One of the butterflies flew past my cleric's head and so it was whacked with the mace. It was tactile, and with a thud it hit the wall, climbed up the wall, and then exploded in a shower of green sparks.

With the link between the great old one and the sorcerer weakened, he shifted gears and focused his detect magic on the wizard which resulted in an illusory cat describing calculus.

Meanwhile, the chameleon circuit on the warlock turned back on and sent a bolt of pain through the wizard's head for the trouble.

Eventually, the sorcerer was able to fully break free. And so all the characters unanimously said, "Forget this for now!" locked all the doors behind them, and quietly crept back into the keep for another short rest having left for less then 10 minutes.

It was decided that in the wake of the session, that the warlock's best bet having unwittingly alienated the sorcerer, the wizard, and earning the suspicion of the dragonborn fighter, was to become the cleric's best friend, as the cleric is competing with the dragonborn for best front line fighter, can use magic consciously and reliably, and is still on decent terms with the only wild card left in the group as relates to the warlock, the rogue. The GM cannot get enough of the irony in group dynamics right now.

And so that's the story of our "HotDQ" run thus far.
Specter 9th May 2015, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Length, irony, and (from what I can tell (or I might be wrong)) a good amount of character knowledge that the player doesn't know. I can already tell this campaign you're in is going to be interesting.

Side note, I have dealt with swarms in every game I've had to play at a Pathfinder Societies meet place I went to, and this is all I know, "Keep away from the swarm, and destroy without mercy", cause I hate things that require an AoE to hurt.

Everything aside, definitely a story I enjoyed, and I can't wait for another to arise.
DB 9th May 2015, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
. . . there were no character builders, because desktop computers didn’t exist yet. Yep, I started playing RPGs as a teen in the 1970s.
DB 9th May 2015, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
Nice. I forgot that, even though a title text field is provided, it isn’t actually shown. That should start with “I remember when . . .”
Pokota 9th May 2015, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Heh; my dad got me started with Rolemaster. As a result, I pretty much smirk smugly at people who call D&D's chargen process overly complex.

Though I will gladly admit that character builders are a godsend, there's nothing like doing it by hand every so often. I love building 3E characters (I only have the sourcebooks for 3E at the moment - not even 3.5; I need to rectify that).
Digo 9th May 2015, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
I made a character once in Rolemaster. Yeah, real complicated. The crit tables were fun though.
Raxon 10th May 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Lucky bastards. One of my very first tabletop games was F.A.T.A.L..

It was kinda fun until it was ruled I had a tiny vagina on the end of my penis, and suddenly all the townsfolk tried to set me up on dates with their teenage sons.

To be fair, up to that point, we were all BSing around in a tavern, then headed out on a quest. I stopped on the way out of town to buy something from a traveling potion merchant. I do not like the game. Not because of the vag in cock thing, but because we went into combat, and I stepped on a freaking nail, contracted lockjaw, and died. Bad game! Bad!
Disloyal Subject 10th May 2015, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
There aren't enough syllables in the word 'bad' to capture the horribleness of FATAL.
Pokota, if you don't mind doing some digging with webarchive, dndtools.eu should serve you well. Their app, the 3.5 Compendium, is also good, though I don't prefer it. It only comes with the SRD, but it's not too hard to track down stray links for the full database.
j-eagle12212012 9th May 2015, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
No new episode this week

What they showed instead was gen 3 special My Little Pony Runaway Rainbow......

So Parody time

*Spoiler Full*

This was just awful

Three things that I hated

1) "Princess" Rarity of Unicornia (cause unicorns are the master race) sending the rainbow wand to the Earth pony town of Ponyville

2) Earth pony Rainbow Dash and her constantly saying "Darling" all the time

(Bonus) Breezies because buck pegasi

3) Cathy Wesluck as spi.... scratch that.... as princess rarity (try watching this without realizing that Spike's voice is coming out of a unicorn filly named Rarity who is also a princess thus completely changing how you veiw Spikes relationship with Rarity and Twilight in friendship is magic)

....

Ok next week we will return to normal episodes (I hope)
Specter 10th May 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
Specter
With this tournament really is out of 20, then going with classic player behavior, some of the later events will be Absolutely Insane.
Disloyal Subject 10th May 2015, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Competent DMing by far outweighs old-school technical preferences. I think your nerd cred is safe, Spud.
Mykin 10th May 2015, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
Ditto.