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Newbiespud 29th Dec 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Player: "Huh, this setup seems really dangerous and no sane planning committee of any kind would ever approve it."
DM or Any Fantasy World Designer: "Add it to the pile."

31 Comments:

Specter 29th Dec 2016, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Specter
I love the concept of "Idiot-Proof". More so when I prove it's a lie.
Rastaba 29th Dec 2016, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
Rastaba
I take the term idiot-proof as a personal challenge to my comical skills.
Zaranthan 29th Dec 2016, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
As the saying goes, when someone claims they've made something idiot-proof, it is my responsibility to devise a better idiot.
Thor 29th Dec 2016, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
Idiots are naturally self improving. They don't need your help!

Please stop ;_;
Toric 29th Dec 2016, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
He's not just any moron. The brightest minds of a generation worked together specifically to create the dumbest being alive...
Michaela 29th Dec 2016, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
I approve this portal reference
Lalli-is-Best 29th Dec 2016, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
I second the approval
Greenhornet 29th Dec 2016, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
"We're morons, but we're unionized!" Moe "Three Stooges" Howard.
Gdesign95 29th Dec 2016, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
to claim something is indestructible is to call on others to prove it isn't. I now say nearly indestructible because then they know it must have been broken before and don't try to do it again... usually
Flag 30th Dec 2016, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Is one of the many flags that exist... Like telling someone that you are going to marry after the war or have a couple of days until you can retire
CrowMagnon 29th Dec 2016, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Well, ponies DO generally have "cartoon character" levels of durability.
aerion111 29th Dec 2016, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
aerion111
Some might claim the infamous 'Wing Boner' is a survival reflex precisely because even the Pegasi can fall out of the sky.
As in, a Pegasus gets very surprised and *pop* out comes the wings, ready to glide until they figure out what's going on.
And at some point some wires got crossed, as they often do with these things if humans are anything to judge by, and sexual arousal became a trigger as well. Though in Humans, it's usually the other way around; other things trigger the arousal inappropriately, the arousal doesn't trigger as many unintentional reflexes.
Winged Cat 29th Dec 2016, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And/or, the original animation that inspired the wingboner meme was surprise as well. RD was very much not expecting PP to be capable of that.
Digo Dragon 31st Dec 2016, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well it's unfair to say. Unlike humans, pegasi tend to have extra extremities and no clothes to make such reflexes easier to notice. ;)
Space Jawa 29th Dec 2016, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
See also: The real-world continent of Australia.
Winged Cat 29th Dec 2016, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And now I am envisioning ponies joking about the many ways Cloudsdale can kill you. Enchantment running out aside, a pegasus might have wings suddenly ice over, a strong gust of wind might knock a pony off the clouds, and then there's the lightning. (And that's assuming, as a presumably nearly-100%-artificial "land"mass, Cloudsdale doesn't have indigenous fauna.)
aerion111 29th Dec 2016, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
Or what about non-pegasi born to pegasi parents?
Because apparently Earth ponies can have unicorn and pegasi kids, so why not the other way around too?
Better be real careful with the kid (and you better actually check for wings/horns before putting them down)
Chris 30th Dec 2016, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
My headcanon is that a pegasus mare bearing a non-pegasus foal will have a near-irresistible urge to be on the ground toward the end of gestation.
Chakat Firepaw 29th Dec 2016, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Don't forget: Visitors that forget that the city isn't built on a single, uninterrupted, surface. It has holes and since walking into one of them is just embarrassing to a pegasus they don't have guardrails.
Digo Dragon 31st Dec 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I recall one of my fanfics that had a fight up in Cloudsdale. Someone used a 'dispel' to end the cloud-walking enchantment early on the two non-pegasi protagonists. Whoops.
Big Lurker 29th Dec 2016, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Just like Star Wars? How many fight scenes are there in places that would never get OSHA certification?

Of course, now I want to have my players' next battle in a location where they have to be careful of safety rails and guide ropes...
Winged Cat 29th Dec 2016, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Enchant or mad-scientist-style automate the location, so the enemies are safety rails and guide ropes.
Chakat Firepaw 29th Dec 2016, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
Return to Castle Wolfenstein still gets the big win on the "unsafe ladders and catwalks" front:

About halfway though the game you can find a memo regarding the dangers of open ladders and exposed ledges. After that point, almost all modern structures you go through have guardrails and safety cages.
Evilbob 29th Dec 2016, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
Evilbob
Obviously, the concept of social Darwinism is much, much, much better ingrained in these societies than it is in ours.
Thud 30th Dec 2016, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
I think I figured out how Equestria manages to be such a nice place overall despite the abundance of things that will kill and/or eat and/or do something worse to you.

Robin Bobcat 30th Dec 2016, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
"Man, that Gary is such a jerk..."
"Yeah... hey, isn't that him walking by the big open pit?"
"Hmm.. so it is. Should we warn him about it?"
"Nah, I'm good."
Gindranis 29th Dec 2016, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
On the plus side:
The empire finally built a fucking guardrail
Gdesign95 29th Dec 2016, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
I can agree to that point my world literally has floating islands that are suspended by magic. this is in a system where an anti-magic field is a thing. if one were to do that to one of the larger ones the impact would be like a large meteor. so yeah unsafe world check
Jennifer 29th Dec 2016, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
I recently read a review of the World Tree RPG, which sounds quite interesting but exceedingly dangerous... everyone lives on the branches of a giant tree.
Robin Bobcat 30th Dec 2016, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Well, the thing to realize is that said branches are SEVERAL MILES across.
Putting it another way - do you worry about accidentally setting foot on the local interstate? You know where it is, right? Just over thataway a bit?
Laurence 31st Dec 2016, 4:55 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me of Kelethin back in the early days of Everquest. Good old Elven city in the trees, connected by, more or less, plank bridges. With no hand rails or anything else to keep anyone from falling off.

When approaching the city, you knew you were there when there was a large pile of dead bodies strewn across the area. A pile that was added to buy silly people who tried to race around Kelethin. Drunk. In a game where being drunk messed with the UI and made you literally weave back and forth as you walked.

Man, I miss those days.