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Ninety Percent Mental
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Newbiespud 30th Apr 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
This page originally started out as referencing Thunderlane and his initial 9.3 wingpower, so Twilight's exclamation was "77%!" But despite getting a scene all to himself, on further viewing it becomes apparent during the montage that quite a few other ponies break Thunderlane's score, ending with our constellation boy up there and leaving us with the less impressive-sounding "50%!"

Still, while it sounds obvious in retrospect, I maintain that it requires a very particular mind to immediately realize that 16.5 is 150% of 11...

Anyway, there's some new Fallout is Dragons this week! Wow! It's almost like it's a weekly podcast!
Session 58 - Final Preparations: Libsyn YouTube

50 Comments:

Pablo360 30th Apr 2016, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Pablo360
Okay, because you said that, I am now imagining a crossover between Fallout is Dragons and Writing Excuses.

My... my mortal mind cannot comprehend its form. That alicorn has summoned a monster. I stared into the abyss and it stared back. The great black beast from beyond the stars spoke and, Celestia help me, I understood its words. Pablo360 is dead; long live Pablo360.
you know that guy 30th Apr 2016, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
One of my headcanons is that Freefall took place in the same universe as Schlock Mercenary's past.
Zeeth 30th Apr 2016, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
Thank you, I now am considering that a secondary headcanon because it's so awesome. :D
Pablo360 2nd May 2016, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Pablo360
I actually have that same headcanon, and am currently writing a series of fanfics to merge the two.

More accurately, I wrote the first chapter of one fanfic that hasn't even touched on anything remotely related to Freefall yet, but will, eventually, in theory.
Robin Bobcat 30th Apr 2016, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Celestia help us: unicorns with micro-annie powered horns...
bluehelpinghorse 30th Apr 2016, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
bluehelpinghorse
I'm still predicting that the baked bads are going to come into play somehow. Or have they already? I can't seem to remember.

Also, i guess i should introduce myself. I'm the blue helping horse, but I've also posted under the screenname "Euric" for... quite a while now. I stopped following this comic for a while, but recently I found it again, and decided that it's about time I made an account.

My experience with rpgs is kinda... odd. I don't know anyone who is into rpgs, so all the games i have played arenones I've GMed for my family. Course with my family's schedule and mine, that never worked out to more than one game a month. Because thier lack of basic rpg knowledge and my lack of experience gming, ive only ever completed one scenario, and that was one i specifically wrote as a one-shot. the only experience i have as a player is through a play-by-post that i'm currently a part of.
im currently playing Fate Core, although I've also attempted an aDnD retro-clone and open d6 fantasy.
The Old One 30th Apr 2016, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
The Feather Flu, as I recall. Baked Bads were from AJ getting all macho and not resting.

Digo Dragon 1st May 2016, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I wonder if they go the Feather flu route and the GM says someone made those pegasi sick... passed along the disease somehow?
Winged Cat 30th Apr 2016, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
If you want to play more often, there are places you can look. Get to know people through online games, and the circles the other players hang out in.
Specter 30th Apr 2016, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Specter
I can't help but think that the 50% better rating is a lot more outstanding then the 77%. It does kind of mean that Rainbow isn't nearly as fast when one thinks of it (you, despite the fact it was her 'taking 10). It does also mean that these other Pegasus (however the plural it properly written) are just as capable of being heroes as well. Kind of what was said by Spitfire (voice by Applejack at the time), about if they had to recruit every little hero that saved the day, they'd have a lot more wonderbolts. It also kind of states that the group is *no* more immortal then their neighbors, or their enemies, or the princesses (thanks to Rarity for playing as Luna)... Yeah, it kind of throws into perspective what a 'hero' really is.
aerion111 30th Apr 2016, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
aerion111
Well, 50% better might mean an 14 in a stat instead of a 10, or some such.
Exactly 50% better implies there are some shenanigans going on, mind you.
But I think RD's got hero-stats the pegasi just include some natural athletes.
Specter 30th Apr 2016, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Specter
Eh, true. Odds are I'm wrong anyway.
Digo Dragon 1st May 2016, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
PC heroes are generally better than average, but everyone starts at first level somewhere. Unless they are some kind of immortal, but no one in this group named their PC 'Celestia'. ;)
Ref 2nd May 2016, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
By the way, the correct plural is "pegasi".
Chris 4th May 2016, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
I believe that canonically* it's "pegasuseseses".


*For Pinkie Pie values of "canonically".
ANW 30th Apr 2016, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Your main character is going to teach you what they consider their main skill.
What is it, and would you go for it?
Someone 30th Apr 2016, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
What is this "Main Character" you speak of?
aerion111 30th Apr 2016, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
aerion111
Well, magic, generally speaking.
Which is hard to teach a non-magical human (to be clear, my main character isn't a unicorn or anything. They're just the magical DnD-type human, which is practically a different race, or some entirely different humanoid race)
Alternatively, when they give up on that, they'd teach me how to lie convincingly - which I definitively would go for.
Specter 30th Apr 2016, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Specter
It would probably be being either shape shifting (I'd love that), always being able to cheer up their friends/allies through unconventional means (I'm already sort of there, but I'm still eager to continue that), or bloodlust (... I can't really think of a practical use of that skill).

A lot of my characters also know how to use a sword as well, I can think of a few things I could do with that. Or the use of a breath weapon... or fly... I'm starting to see why I don't like playing humans in any RPG, if given the chance.
lilystar6 1st May 2016, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
I've got some of the which main character problem. The one with an obvious teachable skill is my old anima character who can teach me summoning.

Answer heck yes teach me
Digo Dragon 1st May 2016, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Which main character? One we're currently playing, or our fav? Highest level? Depending on the answer, then I'd be taught one of medicine, cooking, military training, or music theory. I'm already pretty good at cooking though.
j-eagle12212012 30th Apr 2016, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Well of course Twilight Mathed all that in her head she's a wizard, a math Wiz ^_^


I'll go sit in the corner now -_-
Specter 30th Apr 2016, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I am here to get j-eagle out of the corner by performing the mathematical equation to prove 16.5 is 50% more then 11 (I blame my high school algebra teacher for giving me an 'F' for giving the correct answer without any of the 'work' from mental math-ing, thus I now having a type of minor PTSD from it).

*Using 50% rule from 10 to 15

Highest 'control' result: 11, divided by 10 = 1.1

Multiply result by 50% more then dividend, 1.1*15 = 16.5

Is the given result equal to the 'uncontrolled' result. 16.5 =? 16.5, True.

Even after college, I'm still haunted by the words of surprisingly strict teaching methods.
Anvildude 30th Apr 2016, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
The way I was looking at it was "Half of 16.5 is 8.25, therefore not correct"

Not sure if that's incorrect- I'm not sure what you're doing with that '50% rule' thing.
SRP 30th Apr 2016, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
It's not incorrect, but the wrong way to look at. 11 define the 100% here.
you know that guy 30th Apr 2016, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
"50% better" in most cases, and here, means 50% more. So, the original is 100%, and the better thing is 150%. Take 11, divide by 100, multiply by 150, and you get 16.5
Zeeth 30th Apr 2016, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
Well, 50% more than 100% is 150% (100+50=150).
So, that's 1+1/2 (One plus one-half).
Convert to a fraction, and that's 3/2.
To find out how much the lesser variable is, invert the fraction for division. 2/3.
So to find out what number is 100% if the total is 150%, you divide the total by 2/3.
2 * 16.5 = 33
33 / 3 = 11
Winged Cat 30th Apr 2016, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
...am I the only one who recognized that 16.5 is 150% of 11 before going on to read the panel where Twilight said as much? It's not as hard as, say, computing the logarithmic sum of a series of wingpowers (assuming they don't just add up linearly).
Digo Dragon 1st May 2016, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
You get out of that corner right now and take this cookie for the awesome punnery! :D
j-eagle12212012 1st May 2016, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Thanks Digo... I kinda stayed in the corner cause the comments got all Mathish and made my brain hurt.
aylatrigger 2nd May 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
...As a math teacher I wanted to join in, but it seems the math has already been done...
Ryuu 30th Apr 2016, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
I'm a table gaming novice. Can someone explain what 'taking 10' means here?
Composer99 30th Apr 2016, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
In <i>Dungeons and Dragons</i> and some of its d20 game derivatives, "taking 10" is something you can do instead of rolling a 20-sided die when it would be called for, usually in a low-pressure situation. You are treated as if you rolled a '10' on the die (hence "taking 10"), then you add or subtract any applicable modifiers to the die roll (usually some bonuses to reflect your inherent ability, training, and experience), and see what the net result is.

Some in game examples might be: picking a lock or hacking a computer when there is no time pressure, potential hazard, or risk of escalating consequence for failure; a simple athletic contest or artistic performance; haggling over the price of a horse or relatively inexpensive armour.
Composer99 30th Apr 2016, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
I see HTML code doesn't render. Kindly disregard the attempt at italics code! :)
Ryuu 30th Apr 2016, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
Aha! Now I understand the comic. ^_^ Thanks guys!
Winged Cat 30th Apr 2016, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
It's BBCode here, so you'd want [ then I then ], and on the other side [ then / then I then ].
Huor 30th Apr 2016, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
As I understand it, some D&D versions allowed a PC to take a guaranteed 10 (plus any bonuses they had to the roll) rather than actually rolling a d20 in certain circumstances. For example, here's the Pathfinder rule on it (and taking 20):

http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/usingSkills.html
Huor 30th Apr 2016, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
So, in effect, what this comic is saying that on an average day, RD provides way more wingpower than the next strongest flyer in Ponyville.

Now I'm curious how Fluttershy ranks if she takes 10.
Winged Cat 30th Apr 2016, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Notice that they mentioned the outliers, the strongest and the weakest, then established that RD is the strongest.

That said, the PCs have PC stats...
The MunchKING 1st May 2016, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
in 3.X you couldn't take 10 in Stressful situations. Did they change that in 4?
Digo Dragon 1st May 2016, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Her score would be a 12.

Which is normally better than their best NPC on the list, but I think Flutter's player is going to end up rolling anyway as this is stressful for her character (stage fright) and she rolls a 1. XD
ANW 30th Apr 2016, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
Wait, if that's 10, then would 20 be 33?
Someone 1st May 2016, 3:23 AM edit delete reply
I think it'd actually be 22.
Ref 2nd May 2016, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Another valid interpretation would be 26.5

So yeah, with just one data point, it could be whatever. :)
Danica 1st May 2016, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
eh, that was fast and all.

but it could be faster.

...about 20% faster
aylatrigger 2nd May 2016, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
So either 18.7 wp (170% of 11 wp) or more likely 19.8 wp (120% of 16.5 wp or 180% of 11 wp).
aylatrigger 2nd May 2016, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
And yes, this math can also be done easily in the head. ...I did not do it because I have a head cold and can barely add 2+2 at the moment, but I could when I am feeling better.
Hawkflight 1st May 2016, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
You know, just a thought, but you could have just fudged the numbers to make it more impressive. Gone with Thunderlane's score, or just made something up.
Specter 2nd May 2016, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Specter
... After much thought, I just figured out that this is actually pretty close to a small one shot I ran where my PCs had to train a small militia to fight against an overwhelming force. It happened a lot like this, except the PCs were in charge, and there was a lot more NPCs following them.

It actually ended rather similarly too.
you know that guy 2nd May 2016, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
omg, I just noticed the pun about pressure. Well done.