Page 1074 - Prep Talk

7th Jun 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Newbiespud 7th Jun 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
This is another one of those moments where, as a viewer, the sudden Rainbow Dash pep talk about friendship struck me as a little odd and sudden. I never really bought that Rainbow Dash of all ponies was really passionate about friendship. Yet from the writer's side, I can find an angle where it makes a bit more sense.

Rainbow Dash/'s player at this point doesn't really fully understand or internalize the importance of friendship / roleplaying, but she knows it's gotten them this far. When the team is down and facing incredible odds, the best thing she can think of to boost morale is a team coach pep talk. So of course she'll randomly evangelize on the subject a bit, because she knows that's what makes this group special and binds it together, gives it strength. If this were a group of Wonderbolts she was partied up with, this would sound a little different.

In my interpretation, both in show and in comic, Rainbow Dash has a greater grasp of situational context than she lets on. She would just prefer the context was almost always "Rainbow Dash is great."

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ThatGuest 7th Jun 2018, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
My pep talk for this kind of situation would be to put my head down on the table and cry in dispair over how fast this was going to end badly.
KS_Claw 7th Jun 2018, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Not gonna lie, I am looking forward to what happens next X3
Discord 7th Jun 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
She makes a good political speech, but nothing to back it up with.
It's too bad that I can't physical harm them.
I would be cut from the show faster than Butterflutter can fly.
FanOfMostEverything 7th Jun 2018, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Any brute can end a life. It takes a true artiste to ruin one.
TyrantViewer 7th Jun 2018, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
yeah- that is why I liked the monochroming of the mane six in canon- except for fluttershy discord basically just talked them into their worst attitudes and just used magic to stabilize it- no brainwashing, no altering of their minds, just letting their own flaws come to the for and then just enough magic to hammer it in. I really like how his whole plan was basically- "make is so noone is capable of using the elements against me" he knew better than to rely on targeting the magical tools that stopped him before, so now he just makes so noone is willing or able to stop him- with the entertaining side effect of making everyone have an attitude that is less harmonious and probably more entertaining to him
Guest 7th Jun 2018, 6:33 PM edit delete reply
Butterflutter? HOW DARE-
Digo Dragon 7th Jun 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Role Playing, the best way to succeed because the dice are usually against you. :3

As a GM, I find that if I pull away dice rolls, players become more willing to "get into the pool" and take a chance in the situation. So if I want to encourage players to get into a situation, I will let their Role-Playing lead, forgoing some checks to give them a bit of confidence that they can get through it without worrying that an RNG is gonna kick them in the shins.
DeS_Tructive 7th Jun 2018, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
Or just go with the path that the better the players RP, the bigger the bonus to the eventual roll is.
Sure, they could simply roll the dice to convince the guard to let them in, but the willingness to play it out will get them a small bonus. If they put on a convincing show, maybe the roll itself will get waived.
Digo Dragon 8th Jun 2018, 4:52 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yes, I do award RP bonuses to checks. Positive reinforcement is always more fruitful, and as you said, if they really get into the RP part, then it's a Win-Win situation.
BackSet 7th Jun 2018, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Hold it! HOLD IT! I have discovered something very wrong with this comic! I have read the 4e players handbook front and back and there are no bards or barbarians! The class section begins with Clerics and it’s in alphebetical order! This has been an astounding realization brought to you by BackSet.

Seriously though, can someone explain?
Joe the Rat 7th Jun 2018, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Which one*s* did you read? There's more than one.
BackSet 7th Jun 2018, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
The one with the dragonborn on the cover.
Vegetalss4 7th Jun 2018, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
So as a quick explanation:
DnD have traditionally had a bunch of what's called sourcebooks in addition to it's core rulebooks, which are optional and not necessary to to play the game but which are nevertheless often used anyway to give both players and DM's more readymade options to use.

In 4e the bard, barbarian and Druid classes wasn't included in the core handbook, having been replaced with Warlocks and Warlords (which wasn't core in earlier edition and in Warlords case an entirely new class).
All 3 of these classes first appeared in 4e in Player's Handbook 2, which the group in this comic evidently also uses.
BackSet 7th Jun 2018, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
I know what a source book is. I’m not that out of touch.
Vegetalss4 9th Jun 2018, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
Sorry I just didn't want to assume anything.
you know that guy 7th Jun 2018, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Warlords were called Marshals, and introduced in the 3.5 sourcebook Miniatures Handbook.
Lalli-is-Best 7th Jun 2018, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Also, this is a "homebrew" system, meaning it doesn't necessarily follow all the textbook rules. The rules may be based off 4E, but some things have been altered for the sake of this specific game--like having pagasi and unicorns as player races.
Borg 7th Jun 2018, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Dashie's got a knack for inspirational speeches. As long as she believes she will succeed, and she usually does, she can make you believe that you will all succeed. It's her best leadership quality.
Winged Cat 7th Jun 2018, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I'd go so far as to say Dash has a greater grasp of situational context than she lets on to herself.

(Also you have a typo, NS: "Dash/'s".)
Newbiespud 7th Jun 2018, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
As in "Rainbow Dash slash Rainbow Dash's player."
you know that guy 7th Jun 2018, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
I would write: At this point Rainbow Dash/her player doesn't really
ShenkyeiRambo 7th Jun 2018, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
this is exciting. i wonder how well an actual co-DM would work
What happened 7th Jun 2018, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
I don't remember much of the episode but... Fluttersh in the end did not use 'The Stare'