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16th Jun 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Newbiespud 16th Jun 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
(Me, late at night, writing this): Hmm. The people who know me often hear my voice as the DM in this comic. I wonder if anyone will point out the way this looks like I'm writing a fanfic-y scenario where John de Lancie compliments my DMing style?

Nah, they'll probably just be too busy pedantically pointing out that the phrase is 'moth to a
flame. I'll be fine.

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Discord 16th Jun 2018, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
"Welcome to my parlor" said the apple to the moth.
LordIce 16th Jun 2018, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to start saying it like that, and I don't care if anyone misunderstands.
TyrantViewer 16th Jun 2018, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Now I want in show Discord to have more dialogue like that, such that it would be nonsense in any other context, but his antics means that it makes sense for the moment- Like if he sang a version of follow the yellow brick road reskined to be the slip n slide road after he turned the read to soap in canon- not to much of it, but you have shown a talent for it that I want to see more of
BackSet 17th Jun 2018, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
"Pleased to be here." Said the bat to the apple after eating the moth.
RuBoo 27th Nov 2019, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
...That makes me think of my MLP character's pet... She's a bat, you see. But the thing is, she's not an insectivore...
...She likes fruit, too. And not even Fluttershy can explain that, since most bats are either fruit- or insect-eaters... Or vampire bats, but Moriko's appetite is not so sanguine.
ThatGuest 16th Jun 2018, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Spud we all already knew you have a Discord daikumura and posters. You're not fooling anyone.
Digo Dragon 16th Jun 2018, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
AJ could decide to NOT take the bait and wander elsewhere, but that wouldn't be much fun. Sometimes a player just has to play along to help the narrative move along. :>
Kereminde 16th Jun 2018, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
"Look, you can keep ignoring the plot hooks, but the real question is - do you want to play D&D or don't you? Because I can just break out Catan instead."
Digo Dragon 16th Jun 2018, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I know someone who'd take you up on Catan.
Evilbob 16th Jun 2018, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Break out the Catan... and continue to RP. Because why not?
Winged Cat 17th Jun 2018, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I've seen Catan RPed.
Discord 16th Jun 2018, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
In reality, I made all the paths go to the same room.
BackSet 17th Jun 2018, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Discord, this is you. There is no reality.
TyrantViewer 18th Jun 2018, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
I like that, the sort of "cheating" that isn't, achieving your goal without breaking the rules or really the spirit of the thing, just a simple trick that gets things done and illustrates that there is more to you than just your power
Borg 16th Jun 2018, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
I mean, obviously you know that it's normally "moth to a flame," and so does AJ's player, so clearly you meant to do that. Why be pedantic about what was clearly a deliberate choice to deviate from the normal phrasing?
Boris Carlot 16th Jun 2018, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
Because he'd get people pushing up their glasses and going "well, actually" like he didn't know if he didn't actually specify.
Digo Dragon 16th Jun 2018, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, the bulb is likely less lethal to the moth when it collides with it.
Kuraimizu 16th Jun 2018, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
The incandescent ones can burn just as bad as a flame for the higher wattage bulbs. But the modern led bulbs are pretty darn harmless.
Digo Dragon 17th Jun 2018, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
LEDs also last a million hours longer than those ancient incandescent ones.
CharginChuck 16th Jun 2018, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
I don't actually know what your voice sounds like, so in my head, the DM's voice is Patrick Stewart. Which just makes the interactions with John de Lancie's imaginary voice that much better.
Malroth 16th Jun 2018, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
Lalli-is-Best 16th Jun 2018, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Well crap, now I want Patrick Stewart to guest star on an MLP episode with Discord.
ThatGuest 16th Jun 2018, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
He would do it. They just need to ask.
TyrantViewer 16th Jun 2018, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
In retrospect I wonder how Stewart would have done as the voice of Tirek, it feels like a missed opportunity now
CharginChuck 17th Jun 2018, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
I was really, REALLY hoping they would get Stewart to voice Starswirl. It just would have been so perfect.
Crossroads 16th Jun 2018, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Why not? They already have Q and Cap'n Kirk!
Ishidan 18th Jun 2018, 1:35 AM Sulu says... edit delete reply
I am waiting for George Takei to do a character, myself.
BunBun299 16th Jun 2018, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
I always imagined the GM as a younger Lauren Faust. Came up with a world of magic pastel colored ponies, after all.
TyrantViewer 16th Jun 2018, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
Huh- I thought more would default to Celestia's voice, that is the character that the DM seems to identify the most with
Departure_Dave 17th Jun 2018, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, Spike springs to mind for me, given how often he's around in the early chapters.
Ishidan 18th Jun 2018, 1:33 AM Q likes it edit delete reply
Given their current relationship in canon, imagining Spike as the narrator works well for me.
Guest 16th Jun 2018, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
No compliment like a backhanded compliment.
ronrab 17th Jun 2018, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Name? Job? Ho Eyo Ho Hum!
Hankroyd 17th Jun 2018, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
I just want to point out that the correct expression is 'Like a moth to a flame.

So... yeah, I guess you are fine.
Nemo Specific 17th Jun 2018, 8:41 PM No one in particular edit delete reply
I just imagine Jeff Goldblum's Grandmaster touching his cheek at the "W-Well thank you!" line.
Digo Dragon 18th Jun 2018, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Haha, I could see that. The Grandmaster role was perfect for Goldblum.
Alex 18th Jun 2018, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
For some reason, I'm getting a romantic relationship vibe between the two dms.
Needling Haystacks 18th Jun 2018, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
I know of players who'd go the opposite way just to be contrary.

I'm the sort who'd play a game of peekaboo and/or red light-green light to figure out what parameters their movement was following. I mean, they're self-rolling apples! Think of the savings on transportation!
TyrantViewer 18th Jun 2018, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Think of all the things they might roll in, especially on a farm.
Needling Haystacks 19th Jun 2018, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Which is why they need to be studied. Cattle get everywhere, too, but people (and ponies) manage to herd them.

For Science!
SylveKit-_- 10th Nov 2020, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
I thought it was always moth to a bulb. Just flows in the moment.