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3rd Sep 2016, 6:00 AM
Fluttershy Beats Some Fruit
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Newbiespud 3rd Sep 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Author: Winged Cat

Guest Author's Note: "Story Time for this one flows directly from the strip. Please tell us of times when Diplomacy or similar skills were successfully used against inanimate objects."

33 Comments:

Dusk Raven 3rd Sep 2016, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Not Story Time related, but something I've been thinking about for the past few days is a pony-based high fantasy setting. In the past I've liked the concept of Equestria being a part of the established D&D setting of Mystara (based on a fanfic with that premise, which rather seamlessly integrates the two), but this time I'm going for a slightly more original setting, based largely on the pony card game Buck: Legacy.

Buck: Legacy is, as expected, a game where pony adventurers explore locations, fight monsters, and grab loot. Beyond that, it's got some rather quirky tech, mostly Late Middle Ages with what I call "Teslapunk" - which is basically steampunk with gratuitous amounts of electrical power.

I've been working on my own setting based partially off that, and partially off my own ideas, in the hope of being able to form a Pony Tales or Wanderlust game off it. Though as evidenced by the whimsical nature of this post, I'm not sure how to even pitch the idea... it's 8:30! I have more enthusiasm than thinking power!
Digo Dragon 3rd Sep 2016, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Nice. I played Buck Legacy once and had a lot of fun with it. Bought a set for myself. Sadly don't have local friends to play it with.

As for setting, I have a "classical" D&D setting that takes place over 1000 years before the show. I call it Ponaria and run a couple D&D 5e games in it. It's pretty fun. In one of the games, the party met a filly Celestia. A very moody filly Celestia. Totally adorable.
Someone 3rd Sep 2016, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Was there also angsty teenage Woona or was that Post-Moonie?
Digo Dragon 3rd Sep 2016, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
They didn't meet Luna, though she's probably somewhere around, being adorable.
Norgarth 3rd Sep 2016, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
*ahem* I'll just leave these here...

John Biles (an older Fanfic author who has trouble with the concept of a 'short' story) Has written a series of stories featuring Equestia shoehorned into Mystara.
http://www.thekeep.org/~wombat/Stories/MLP/index.html
It's pretty good (also long)

and the TVtropes page
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanFic/MystarasLittlePoniesFriendshipIsAdventuring
Norgarth 3rd Sep 2016, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
actually, this is a better site to find the stories, and has 2 more not listed on the previous link.
http://www.fimfiction.net/story/2857/My%28stara%27s%29-Little-Ponies%3A--Friendship-is-Adventuring
Dusk Raven 3rd Sep 2016, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Norgarth, you have just linked to my favorite fanfic of all time. ^u^ I've actually talked a bit with the author himself about trying to work on that setting for my own purposes, as I loved how smoothly Equestria was placed in there. I didn't know it had a TVTropes page though, I'll check that out!

While I'd definitely love to play in a "Mystara's Little Ponies" setting and game, that's something for D&D in particular.
Wyvern 3rd Sep 2016, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Oh, wow; I remember John Biles from his epic Children of an Elder God. Thank you for the link. I've bookmarked the page for later, as I'm sure he's done interesting non-pony things too.
Dusk Raven 3rd Sep 2016, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
If My(Stara's) Little Ponies is any indication, I do love his prose - or rather, the narrative voices of his viewpoint characters.
Grant 3rd Sep 2016, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
He's still around? He was doing fanfics back when I was just starting reading them, way back when everything was basically Ranma or Sailor Moon.
CaptRory 3rd Sep 2016, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
I played this at BronyCon in Baltimare and loved it so much I bought qa copy for myself and my friend and GM who took me to the con. =-D I even got my parents playing sometimes.
Digo Dragon 3rd Sep 2016, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Our Diplomancer in the FOE game has tried swaying the unmoving attitudes of some inanimate objects for comedy effect. In one attempt she succeeded, though diplomacy involved bucking the door open. You know, a little "incentive" for the door to listen to her and open up. :3
Specter 3rd Sep 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Same group as last time.

The group had to stop a thief from escaping the town square with the jade dragon. Party bard up ahead gets the great idea to move a fruit stand in the thief's way. Sadly he was too weak to move it on his own, so he tried to diplomacy it to move for him.

It was a partial success, the cart didn't move but the oranges fell out and rolled into the street.
Digo Dragon 3rd Sep 2016, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Maybe the cart wasn't good at holding oranges because it was a lemon?
ChrisTheS 3rd Sep 2016, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
I converted a mountain to my religion.
Classic Steve 3rd Sep 2016, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Somehow, that made me think of transforming a mountain into a religion itself.
Guest 3rd Sep 2016, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
Bringing the mountain to Mohammed? :p
Blueblade 4th Sep 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
I... I... I don't even know what to say that.
Grant 3rd Sep 2016, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
A PC's bard once was drunk enough that the DM decided she'd spent the entire night performing passionate, heartfelt love songs... to a tree stump. It was good enough to get her invited to play at a local merchant's house, which was what we'd been trying to get into for the campaign.
Someone 3rd Sep 2016, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
The Party's Alleged Car was so wrecked that driving it was a Diplomacy Check instead of Drive to get it to work.
Guest 3rd Sep 2016, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
I could see this working in a 40K Adeptus Mechanicus campaign where the players have to literally cajole their tech to work.
Zarhon 3rd Sep 2016, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
One of the other players in the D&D 5th game I'm playing is an insane Azathoth worshipping warlock who regularly does 'odd' things.

One of these things was to talk to a plant in a tavern, asking it what it knows and the local rumors. Which then gave him a 'rumor' about a kidnapped princess in some local caves.

Several sessions later, when we went intentionally rumor-milling the tavern, the princess rumor was repeated, word-by-word, by a patron of a bar, for a different character.
Dusk Raven 4th Sep 2016, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
THE PLANT KNOWS.

Also, been a while since I've seen you make a post here, Zarhon. So many faces you can find in older comics who are no longer with us now, it seems...
Blueblade 4th Sep 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
I was going to make a joke about the plant being Flowey but now I just can't stop imagining Flowey getting drunk at a bar...
LoganAura 3rd Sep 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
5 words.
Stealth from Lava.
Nuf said.

More seriously, I played Living Legends during the time playing by word was broken [still can be.]. I tried to abuse wordplay with because "Nat 20 = Spectacular Success." from a ghost character, plus me being exhausted as fuck, made me think "Hey I can just. You know. Not be seen or touchable."

I forgot that with the creator of the system, system abuse is impossible because word-of-god.
Guest 3rd Sep 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Edit: Wait, successfully.
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Ah well, still a funny story.
aylatrigger 3rd Sep 2016, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
aylatrigger
I have a story of an UN-successful skill use. Not because of lack of communication, but because of lack of skill.

This was not from a PC, but a NPC that was sort of run by the entire group. The PCs were a group of failing language students from a university, their professor, and the TA (who was my GMPC and depressed warforge wu jen). The PCs sans professor and TA were sent out in order to get extra credit by writing a report on the languages spoken in the city. After hearing a list of the various districts, they decided to go to the temple district.
Player: "So what languages are spoken at the temples?"
Me: "Well pretty much all the priests will speak common and the languages of the most common worshipers there... Except for at the temple of Bahgtru, Orc God of Stupidity." (this was a game with All Pantheons Are Real, so Forgotten Realms included...tv tropes pantheon was too)
Player: "Okay, we'll go there."
Me: "...Do any of you speak orc?"
Players one after another said no.
This started one of the silliest NPCs ever to grace my games.

Orc, high priest of the god Bahgtru, CE Orc God of Strength, Loyalty, and Stupidity, had an Intelligence...of 1. All of which was spent knowing the one language he knew, Orc. Orc was very loyal to Bahgtru, and through shear stupidity, strength, and loyalty, had worked his way up to being a level 20 cleric. That is to say, he was too stupid to win a fight, so he got all his experience points from roleplaying.

After being chased out of Bahgtru's Temple by Orc (who threw a tea kettle at the party as one of the players roleplayed his nonsensical orc yelling that no one understood), the party eventually found themselves in the merchant district, talking to the head of one of the merchant guilds. After refusing to sell their organs, the party eventually left.

Orc wandered in just as the party was leaving. He decided to sell his kidney...to a pillar. He haggled with the pillar, but the pillar was too wily for him. He got a bad deal. Still, he went through with it, and stabbed his eye with his knife. Well, his knife handle, with the blade sticking out.
The party left after that.
Someone 4th Sep 2016, 3:50 AM edit delete reply
The TvTropes Pantheon was included? I wonder how did they influence the game outside of just, ya' know, being there.
AlexHurlbut 4th Sep 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
Remind me of the long legged creatures from Dark Crystal >.>
Winged Cat 4th Sep 2016, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Same here. I'd considered making a joke about that but none came to mind, and Fluttershy's reaction in the episode just called out for me to do something with.
AlexHurlbut 4th Sep 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
Remind me of the long legged creatures from Dark Crystal >.>
Guest 4th Sep 2016, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
In Changeling this is actually a mechanic for I think the knockers. They have the ability to intimidate inanimate objects into working. Smack the tv, it starts working again.
Blueblade 4th Sep 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Must... Resist... Urge... To... Reference... Undertale!....
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Ok I think we're g-
"Plants can't talk dummy!"
GOSH DARNIT! I was so close too. :(