Page 950 - Delicate Dance

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Delicate Dance
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Newbiespud 22nd Aug 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
950. Geez.

26 Comments:

CocoaNut 22nd Aug 2017, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Prince Blueblood is head of the thieves' guild. Calling it now.
Solyxam 22nd Aug 2017, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Dangit, you beat me to it.
ZhonLord 22nd Aug 2017, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Didn't beat me to it. I mentioned the possibility several pages ago.
The_Hittite 22nd Aug 2017, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Pretty sure I already called this one back when "Elusive" was first mentioned, or somewhere thereabouts. Too lazy to check now.
Digo Dragon 22nd Aug 2017, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, it's about 9:10 here, so I got 40 minutes to prepare...

Social challenges are often harder because you have to actually think of what you want to say and to who. It really brings up that separation of what a charismatic/intelligent character would say versus the player who isn't as silver-tongued.
Zaranthan 22nd Aug 2017, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Whereas I'm of the school of thought that a character who's silver tongued coupled with a player who isn't is EXACTLY why we can roll d20+Whatever to handwave convincing people. This is a game for NERDS. GEEKS. TWERPS. The "Indoor Kids". (Full disclosure: I belong to all four of those identifiers.) When the barbarian wants to lift a boulder, you don't ask the player to pump iron for a bonus to the roll. When the mage wants to dispel an enchantment, you don't ask him if he's using the Ethereal Detanglement Method or the Umbral Disassociation Technique and auto-fail him if he guesses wrong. Thus, when the bard wants to sweet-talk the prince, you don't penalize them just because Jerry is shy and stumbles when forming sentences while talking to strangers.

I understand the idea that "roleplaying means you speak in-character", but it's perfectly acceptable to say "I ask some gently probing questions about the slave trade" and roll Diplomacy.
terrycloth 22nd Aug 2017, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Usually for me it's sort of the other way around. I get impatient and say something even though I *should* be letting other people talk, and the GM forces me to make the diplomacy roll with my -2 bonus. x.x
Specter 22nd Aug 2017, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Specter
I hate social challenges so much. I for one am sort of two sides of the same coin, pending on the circumstances of the social challenge. Security, military, contracts, hostage negotiations, other similar circumstances and I will rank better than gold. Etiquette, flirtation, charm, and other similar social ques will burn me harder than mount doom.

Fun fact: The complete opposite can be said for my brother, but he has no social flaws. Guess which of us goes to convince people to help us. (Rhetorical question, please don't answer)
Skorzah 22nd Aug 2017, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Heh, we got a pretty good look at this in fallout is dragons.
ANW 22nd Aug 2017, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Did you watch the Eclipse yesterday?
Me:recorded it, then watch it later.
aylatrigger 22nd Aug 2017, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Yes. It was awesome! I got to see shadow bands where I was, too.
Digo Dragon 22nd Aug 2017, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, got 85% coverage from my location. Interesting side-effect too: Due to the sun getting covered up, clouds are unable to properly form, and so many places that were cloudy cleared up in time for the event. Science!
Joe the Rat 22nd Aug 2017, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
97% Here. Local predictions of Apocalyptic Darkness missed the detail that 3% sun is not much less light than a full moon.

The Totality folks had one hell of a show though.
CrowMagnon 22nd Aug 2017, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
About 92% here, so everything looked like it was being viewed through tinted windows.
Solitary Performance 22nd Aug 2017, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Did I watch the eclipse? They were selling spots in my town because I was in the magic "Path of Totality" in my state... it was full of surreal lighting outside as the sun was nearly obscured, and after the total coverage, as it was late afternoon (~2 hours to sunset, orange-gold hued lighting) brightness with morning sun position shadows... plus nearly dead of night blackness in the house and a little brighter outside when totality happened.
Digo Dragon 23rd Aug 2017, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
According to a chart one of the local weather stations posted, there is an eclipse scheduled to run through Florida around... 2047 I think. So hey, I'll be nearly retired but if I'm around I'll totally watch that one. XD
Mykin 22nd Aug 2017, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Ah Twilight, you're overthinking this a tad. As always. Never change, my favorite book horse. =D
JAKE 22nd Aug 2017, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
50 MORE! 50 MORE! 50 MORE! WHOO WHOO WHOO!
Winged Cat 22nd Aug 2017, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And then 1,000 more, then 2,000 after that, and so on until you've run out of story.

Because, 950 and it's just now showtime? This is getting interesting.
TheBaron 22nd Aug 2017, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Twily's bit reminds me why we have an unwritten rule in our roleplay group. Unless a player raises their hand or starts their sentence with "Out of character", then it's up to the GM's discretion whether to take them at their word.

This helps with the volume of jokes that can fly during a session, but was kick started by one single event To make a long story short:

Groups kills a bunch of lava worms. Archer joking says "I search the worms for loot.". GM takes him up on this. Archer now has hands covered in lava and takes burn damage each round. Mage summons water. Archer no longer takes burn, but hands are now sealed in igneous rock. Dwarf spends next 2 hours,(game time), carefully chiseling the hands out again. Cleric casts healing spell to restore the chunks of skin/flesh accidentally removed by chisel. Adventure resumes.
Malik 22nd Aug 2017, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Eeehhhh. I do similarly with a lot of the groups I DM, but I don't think I'd take it as far as "Taking you at your word, I assume you have no sense of self-preservation, and are now willingly covered in lava".
There's a point where encouraging the players to stay in character verges over into being a dick. In my opinion it adds more to the game, and makes the characters think, if you ask "How? Remember, they are quite obviously MADE OF LAVA", so they have an opportunity to ome up with something.
Winged Cat 22nd Aug 2017, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
In the text chat games I'm in (IRC, or Skype/Roll20/Discord when not using voice), there are marks we use to distinguish OOC vs. IC, such as putting OOC in double parentheses ((like this)).

On Roll20 we tend to flip between player-name vs. PC-name for this since it's so easy to do.
Philadelphus 22nd Aug 2017, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
Philadelphus
Well, this looks to be shaping up to something interesting! Nice work Spud.
Lady Hawk 22nd Aug 2017, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
Wait if Blue Blood really is the thieves guild leader. Don't the thieves know about Rarity's desire. Does that mean that they planned for Dainty Dove to end up with the leader to begin with? Maybe that was the plan all along when she was handed that identity!! It would put a element of harmony, one of the most powerful artifacts right in their hands/control!
Winged Cat 22nd Aug 2017, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And/or it means there are those among the guild who ship Rarity with their leader.
peliaosfiendline 22nd Aug 2017, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
or... and this is probably the darker option and least likely as it would practically end the comic, he is the leader, and he's their top assassin. Bye Bye Rarity.