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Newbiespud 16th May 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
The only difference between these two is that one of them actually has pre-written vaguely-DM-approved backstory to reference when trying to justify extra bonuses, rather than just inventing stuff on the spot.

New Fallout is Dragons is up today!
Session 43 - A Moment's Peace: Libsyn YouTube

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ANW 16th May 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
The girls really did it this time around.
Let me put like this, if wasn't for Celestia and Luna, every pony in Canterlot would be seeing the crystal cave, along with their houses.
We can't let them go unpunished. And all six was responsible.
What punishment will you give them?
Newbiespud 16th May 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Is this new episode stuff? Because it feels like it is. I'm still a ways behind.

And if the first comment on Saturday's page, mere hours after the new episode airs, is discussing borderline spoilers, maybe that's a sign that there should be a small informal delay.
ANW 16th May 2015, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Uh, it's not new episode. I have no way of watching season 5.
It's too early for free watching online.
It is just a fake story to introduce the poll.
Digo 16th May 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Did you mean the caves under Canterlot from season 2's finale?
ANW 16th May 2015, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
That's the one.
Newbiespud 16th May 2015, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Guess I was wrong, then. Sorry. Guess it was something I was extra worried about today.
the shadows in the moon 18th May 2015, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
What I learned so far from S5, Discord is a massive Tsundre
doc 16th May 2015, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
either exile or eternal imprisonment
Minalkra 16th May 2015, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Sorry but I need more context. Did they accidentally cast a city-wide invisibility spell? Or an x-ray vision spell? Did Canterlot almost explode? Did Canterlot grow legs and almost wander away a la Baba Yaga's house? I'm not getting what the crime is here, the description is a bit vague. Maybe I'm the only one.
you know that guy 16th May 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
I volunteer to give Rarity a spanking.
ANW 16th May 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
To put it simply, they almost caused the entire city to go underground via earthquake like.
Dragonflight 17th May 2015, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Spanky Rarity might be fun. Making RD spank Rarity might be drifting into slashfic territory, but I'd still have a camera set up anyway... :)
Digo 16th May 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Yesterday was my birthday, ad it had me thinking back to when my old gaming group would throw together little "parties" for birthdays. Basically we'd all pitch in for a card and some cake. Nothing too fancy, but thoughts count and there was also the unofficial "Plot Coupon" gift we'd give.

Basically a little piece of paper that entitled the birthday player to one auto-crit for the session (but not usable on other PCs).

Mykin 16th May 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
First of all, Happy Birthday! Hope it was a good one!

Anyway, never really had or done anything special for a birthday or any event whatsoever. Closest I have to something like this would be the little bribes we give to each other, or "snackrifices" as we jokingly call them when it goes to the DM, which the DM puts down as points of inspirations or chances to reroll when we don't really like the results. Doesn't happen a whole lot, but it's a nice incentive to being nice to people. Though lately I've more or less been hording my points since I haven't found a good enough reason to use them.
Digo 16th May 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Thanks! It was alright, haven't done anything fun yet. Hoping to this weekend.

I like that term, "Snackrifices". That's clever. :D

Specter 16th May 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Happy late birthday (no funny picture was found, sorry)

Special happenings during birthdays in game groups I'm in, nothing. I don't tell anyone when it's my birthday (I've sort of given up on it).

Also, yesterday was your birthday? Now I wish I could go back in time for one day.
Digo 16th May 2015, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Thanks!

Well Twilight had that tricky spell that could take you back in time momentarily, so there's that. :D

I haven't quite given up on birthdays, so long as I still get presents from my family (usually a couple bucks for lunch and a replacement pair of socks. I go through a lot of socks).
Someone 16th May 2015, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
And did you include the modifiers, Jackie?
Mykin 16th May 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
All I can think of when I read "pre-written vaguely-DM-approved backstory" is the Old Man Henderson story I heard a while back. I just imagine AJ having a 360 page novel of a backstory sitting right behind her that she threatens to pull out whenever the DM questions her justifications for anything:

DM: I don't think your time in the Apple Orchard would justify your ability to know how to drive a submarine.
AJ: Do you want to double check that with the backstory? *Pats pile of papers*
DM:...No.
Digo 16th May 2015, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
I reread that Henderson story a while back and thought of one player in my old group who Could write a short novel back-story if you let him. Thankfully he didn't try pulling that kind of shenanigan on me with "want to check my back-story"?

He would of gotten away with it too I bet.
Winged Cat 16th May 2015, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
The people I know who'd do it, would take it a step further. Rather than offering to let you check their back story, they'd actually pull out the relevant part of the back story and indicate it. Granted, that limits it to what's actually there, but if one can slide in a full adventuring career's worth of backstory for a beginning PC...

(Sometimes this is even justified, for high-power systems such as Exalted. Most of the PCs just got lucky and tripped into power. These ones earned it thoroughly, in detail.)
Raxon 16th May 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I have borrowed the Old Man Henderson strategy, creating a legacy character with a massive list of hated enemies, against which I got morale bonuses and circumstance bonuses. Among these were:
Vampires
Spiders
Lizardmen
Dragons
Slimes
Rustmonsters
Kobolds
Elementals
Vampires with funnt hats
Wights
Ghasts
Ghouls
Necrophiliacs
Children
Birthday cake
My shadow

I had some fun with that character. His backstory had him witnessing all manner of ridiculous traumatic events.

Yes, that was the same character whose backstory eventually devolved into "got rich, loving parents. Parents killed by rogue birthday cake. Got new parents. Parents killed by vampires in party hats."
daftdeafdave 16th May 2015, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
daftdeafdave
Not a problem, so long as your GM remembers to take your deep and abiding loathing into account for ALL your dealings with children, cake and your own shadow.
Raxon 16th May 2015, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I designed the character to blatantly abuse the roleplaying xp rules. Basically by overacting in ridiculously dramatic fashion to everything. It was so much fun.
steeeve 16th May 2015, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
reminds me of a quickplay charterer I rolled once.

Alignment: Psycho

hated enemy: everything that's not hot chicks, booze and loot.

he would have lived longer, but the party's mage took offense when he stabbed the idiot cleric in the spleen.


The MunchKING 16th May 2015, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Specifically Apple-themed ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XJutVHIsq8&t=1m32s
kiapet 16th May 2015, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
I'm betting this is to leave them tied for the Running of the Leaves.
Digo 16th May 2015, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Or Twilight ends up winning with a lucky critical. :D
Raxon 18th May 2015, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Nonsense. The tiebreaker will clearly be an event of deep zymbolic and spiritual significance.
The MunchKING 18th May 2015, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Fluttershy would FREAK OUT...
Kinrah 16th May 2015, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
I'll bet there's a modifier/bonus Dash has just because she's a pegasus (that she doesn't know about yet) that allowed her to win there. The DM will reveal this bonus during the tug-of-war, at which point Dash actively begins exploiting it to win.
j-eagle12212012 16th May 2015, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Well considering what spud said in the first comment I will put off my spoiler free review of todays episode till later...
Newbiespud 16th May 2015, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Your reviews tend to (sort of) (mostly) (borderline) be spoiler free, but the resulting comment thread discussion would usually cross that line.
j-eagle12212012 17th May 2015, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Ok I will put off my reviews until tuesdays update's that should give people enough time to see the episode (though I will keep it spoiler free)
Disloyal Subject 17th May 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Cripes, I'm actually a season behind... Time for a marathon, I guess.
Guest 16th May 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
Why would anyone play an earth pony in this system? They appear vastly underpowered.
Digo 16th May 2015, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Which system? The one the comic depicts/uses?
Dzonewolf 16th May 2015, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
The boost to strength, endurance, and all skills related to either.
Guest 17th May 2015, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
They don't appear to work. Even with two wings tied behind her back rainbow dash is still going hoof to hoof with applejack , and WON the arm wrestling competition.

Being an earth pony seems to run into "what measure is a muggle"
Disloyal Subject 16th May 2015, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
We don't know what all their racial abilities are, but I'm guessing that Dash happened to roll particularly well for stats to match AJ's. They both have 19 strength, but Rainbow's Dex is higher than AJ's by more than AJ's Con beats hers, so her higher total physical modifiers could -hypothetically- be the reason, though it seems unlikely with this DM - they surely have something trickier up their sleeve to set up the Running of the Leaves.
I got off track there. My point is that earth ponies probably have racials that, while maybe not on par with flight, are still good. Even if they weren't, plenty of players don't mind playing something mechanically weaker than they could if they think it'd be interesting.
you know that guy 17th May 2015, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
AJ put more points into mental stats than RD did.
Disloyal Subject 17th May 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Only one, actually, in WIS.

Stat-RD/AJ
STR-19/19
CON-14/17
DEX-18/12
INT-10/10
WIS-11/12
CHA-08/08

If Pegasi's racial mods total to +2 more than Earth Ponies', then they could be using point buy - it would neatly explain them both dumping CHA like that, and other stat spreads... Hmm; measuring against the other PCs, it seems you're right. Rolling would mean more randomness, and the stat spreads all look like what the players might pull - in particular, Rarity having the least minmaxed spread.
Keirgo 17th May 2015, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
I have this weird feeling that the GM is using this to trick Dash into developing a backstory and broader sense of character...
XanatosDrake 17th May 2015, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
best explaination i have heard yet. I have done similar things to my players that have yet to finalize and check off their characters backstory with me.
Guest 17th May 2015, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
I had a dream last night that Newbiespud was a black and white dragon and the dragon mawlers were turned into ponies. And it went like this.

Newbiespud: "Welcome to standing up school."
Dally falls over.
Newbiespud: "And you fail."
The MunchKING 18th May 2015, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
they claim it was intentional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5inD4XWz4U