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22nd Dec 2015, 6:00 AM
Regular Promises
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Newbiespud 22nd Dec 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
We never established Pinkie Promises in this series? Well, probably for the better. There are some powers you want to avoid giving your players.

Actually, the Pony Tales/Living Legends system has a Pinkie Promise-style power. It has a clause forbidding coercion, though - the targets have to accept the binding promise willingly. So naturally, I rarely ever saw it used.

37 Comments:

ANW 22nd Dec 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Christmas is almost here.
What's your plan for the holidays?
j-eagle12212012 22nd Dec 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Spending time with Family and friends. Looking forward to seeing one of my oldest friends, we don't see each other much since she is a teacher now so she's busy most of the year.
Demonu 22nd Dec 2015, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Demonu
Trying to manufacture a christmas miracle :p
Digo Dragon 22nd Dec 2015, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
What kind of miracle are you looking to construct?
Boris Carlot 22nd Dec 2015, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Enforced family time escaped as quickly as possible.
Borg 22nd Dec 2015, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Chinese food, of course.

'Tis traditional.
Digo Dragon 22nd Dec 2015, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I read that in Japan there is a popular tradition to eat fried chicken, like KFC, during this holiday. I'm trying to confirm this with my friends who live there.
aylatrigger 22nd Dec 2015, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
Immediate family + my almost-2-year-old niece at home.

Breakfast is a nut-fruit roll bead shaped like reindeer and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Present exchanging and staying at home.

(btw, my niece was asked what she wanted for Christmas and she said 'choclate')
Mykin 22nd Dec 2015, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Take over the world.

... Ok seriously I'm just spending time with the family and overall enjoying one of the few days I get off this year. One of my sisters wants me to draw her a pony (I'm the only one in my family that's in the fandom so this came out of left field) so I might just wait until Christmas Day and have her watch me draw it for her. Just to make it a bit more special than just handing over a piece of paper with some scribbles on it.
Digo Dragon 22nd Dec 2015, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Avoiding ending up on the evening news for murder. :D

All I ever want to do during the holidays is eat food and play video games. Rarely do I get either option during this holiday. :p
Raxon 22nd Dec 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I think I'll teach the cat to dodge beer cans and walk on the ceiling by strapping her into a suit covered in springs. That way, when she falls off the ceiling, she'll bounce back up to it, looney tunes style.

Oh, and I'll be spending time with the family, but mostly the cat thing.
Someone 22nd Dec 2015, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Give us some intel on how it goes then. The cat thing, that is.
Winged Cat 22nd Dec 2015, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Baking! Cooking! Seriously, I can get why Pinkie Pie once looked forward to an all-day cooking spree (an artistic endeavor, a day-long burst of well-planned creation). In my case, most of my output is likely to be cookies, and I have already begun.

Oh, yeah, and shopping/wrapping/giving presents somewhere in there too. And the meals at which all the oven/range/etc. creations will be consumed.
Digo Dragon 22nd Dec 2015, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm pretty much done with the wrapping of the gifts. All that's left is to stuff the stockings on the eve and sneak presents under the plastic tree.
Specter 22nd Dec 2015, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I never really put much thought into what I want to do for holiday, but that's probably because others plan it for me.

If I was to have a plan, it would probably involve family/friends, and us doing something together. It's like the one thing I've always wanted, yet everyone has something they need to do. Sometimes I think that when they're finally done with whatever they have to do, then I'll need to be the one to let them down.

... Oh well, I guess that means there is even more to overcome in the future. Woo! Obstacles!
Zuche 22nd Dec 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
The same thing I do every Christmas, ANWy...

Wind my way over to work.
Xelmon 23rd Dec 2015, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Family time of course... Not to mention friends and cheers going around.

Also, not working, that'll be awesome for the next week.5
Rinnaul 23rd Dec 2015, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
Stress myself to the point of illness worrying about finances, slack off because I'm too burnt out from the stress and work to do home stuff like decorating or writing ponyfic, try in vain to get my friends back together for a Pathfinder or Shadowrun campaign, then resign myself to the fact that the holidays are just going to be me and my wife at home with our toddler this year, and hope we do better next time.
GrayGriffin 23rd Dec 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
GrayGriffin
Tomorrow/tonight (depending on time zone), one of my PTU games is going to have a Christmas special session. I've read some of the GM's old game logs, so I know his Christmas sessions are always super-special and awesome, especially the NPC he uses for those. He also let us choose to "shake" our presents beforehand, so I'm super-hyped to learn what they are.
Pandorym 22nd Dec 2015, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
Ah, geas. I remember it well. A favorite spell for paranoid players to ensure that if anyone ever attempted to betray them, they would suffer horribly for it. If whoever the party was associating with wouldn't bind themselves to the geas, it was instantly assumed they were evil or had intentions to betray them and so all communications would be severed. Or they'd kill them, depending on party consensus. When you can reduce even imaginary people down to numbers and threat assessments, I guess it doesn't matter.

After all, it's not like they're PEOPLE, who would be understandably nervous and likely unwilling to swear themselves to a mystical pact they don't understand the consequences of, and so have no desire to endanger themselves.

But what do I know? Happy Holidays everyone.
Winged Cat 22nd Dec 2015, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
And of course they could expect the same treatment: would-be allies expect the PCs to geas themselves willy-nilly. Refuse or hesitate in the slightest and you're a sworn enemy, instant combat time regardless of all previous actions, which can only be averted by immediately agreeing to whatever geas is demanded (and even then only sometimes: if you've had a moment to think about it and then agree, you've obviously found a way to subvert it so binding yourself to it is meaningless).
Digo Dragon 22nd Dec 2015, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I hope some of these players are savvy enough to know this is a ploy to ditch the party overnight. ^^;
Mykin 22nd Dec 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
That's what the bear traps are for.
Digo Dragon 22nd Dec 2015, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
What, to tell the players this is a ploy? That's one heck of a way to deliver a hint XD
Mykin 22nd Dec 2015, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
No one ever said it had to be subtle. :P

But no, I'd set up bear traps at every entrance point if I was in their shoes. I find its a nice deterant for everyone who isn't a rogue or a mage and it should properly motivate DM-AJ to stay put.
Digo Dragon 23rd Dec 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Nothing gets my players paranoia levels to spike like an obvious trap. :D
Anonymous 22nd Dec 2015, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
I doubt they have the metagaming skills to get the plan AJ is putting together by using Bluff:delay to get away from it. but I still wish them luck at spotting the clever wording anyway. it's like asing a programmer if (s)he wants coffee or tea. the answer is yes, prompting the question of which one. in this case, they are unaware of the programmer question asked. cue the "what were we thinking!" reply when they expect AJ and get air.
Ref 22nd Dec 2015, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Wait. Has Applejack refused to promise she'll be there? "One, no."...
Kaze Koichi 22nd Dec 2015, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Your lord and master Pinkie Pie orders you: dance until you die!
The Hittite 22nd Dec 2015, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
I don't see the problem with giving geese to the party, unless someone's got a phobia of waterfow- oh wait you meant the other thing.
Zuche 22nd Dec 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
...Ducks?
Delta Echo 23rd Dec 2015, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
Anatidaephobia: the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.


"QVACK"
Digo Dragon 23rd Dec 2015, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Qvack? Is that the sound of a Roman duck?
Someone 23rd Dec 2015, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Eeyup. Similaryly German ducks go Qwak and Russian go kuak.
Raxon 24th Dec 2015, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Yeah, them yiddish ducks sure know how to kvack.
Delicious Taffy 22nd Dec 2015, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
I happen to be running a Living Legends campaign thst features the exact talent you're referring to. Starsworn Oath: It's how the party's employer is making sure their contract is fulfilled. Sort of a way to keep things from derailing too much from their assassination list, with a justification in the story.