Page 1111 - Leveling the Field

1st Sep 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Leveling the Field
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Newbiespud 1st Sep 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Hey, now there's a milestone! Page 1111. The big thousand was an achievement, but that's just a fun number.

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The MunchKING 1st Sep 2018, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
so 15 comics? :p
Enigmatic Jack 1st Sep 2018, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Nah, the internet runs on hex. We're at a whopping 4,369 comics!
Lethologica 1st Sep 2018, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
In hex, this is comic 457.
Departure_Dave 1st Sep 2018, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
*Urge to make TTA reference rising*
Guest 1st Sep 2018, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Tiny Toon Adventures?
Tempestfury 1st Sep 2018, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Nope! TVTome Adventures. Great series, as was the remake. Its even got a game coming soon!
BackSet 1st Sep 2018, 6:11 AM edit delete reply

We can all see where this is going,

On my count four of them have had their elements reversed. That leaves Twi and Rainbow (assuming this isn't an elaborate trick) as the only ones who'll still be able to use the elements.

Unrelated: This comic beat 8-bit Theaters callback record, didn't it? I remember that happening.
Newbiespud 1st Sep 2018, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
I think I got close, but I don't think I actually broke it.
ZhonLord 1st Sep 2018, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow WAS cursed. Her text box was black and white instead of blue-outline like she normally is. Betcha the elements being hidden away is what will cause her to bail out.
Kinrah 1st Sep 2018, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure that the coloured speech bubbles are only used when it would otherwise be difficult to tell who's speaking.
McRandom 1st Sep 2018, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
Really? I saw that in the comments, but I've gone through and compared the not-cursed textboxes with the ones after she reappears and I honestly haven't noticed any difference?
McRandom 1st Sep 2018, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
I should really make an actual account--the above comment was intended to reply to ZhonLord, for the record
Valtharr 1st Sep 2018, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
ZhonLord, you did notice that on this very page, Twilight's speech bubbles are also in black and white?
Fire Flyer 1st Sep 2018, 8:21 PM Regarding the speech bubbles... edit delete reply
I think the colors are just for when the character speaking isn't on-panel and/or is difficult to tell from the rest. Pretty sure Rainbow just hasn't been speaking while off-panel yet.
Lethologica 1st Sep 2018, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
8-Bit Theater doesn't hold the callback record anymore, anyway. In strip count, Homestuck has run away with the title and built a frankly insurmountable lead over anyone else. In real-world time, Order of the Stick sports a 13-year callback. I don't know if those are absolutely the record-holders, but they're the ones called out on the 8-Bit Theater wiki entry for strip 1221.
Discord 1st Sep 2018, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
And what nice victories they are.
And the ultimate victory is still to come.
~So hit me with your shot. Fire away.~
Digo Dragon 1st Sep 2018, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Alright, this is where the party wizard hatches a scheme that requires one Hail Mary arcana skill-check and then a series of logic loops to break the curses. Maybe. :3
darkgloomie 1st Sep 2018, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
The party wizard already has such a plan ready- the statis spell she used at the start of the session.

That is, if the GM allows it again.
CCC 1st Sep 2018, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Your ones-a-versary! Well done!
Needling Haystacks 2nd Sep 2018, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
That's just what I was thinking. :P
Guest 1st Sep 2018, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Discord, keeping a promise? And playing by the rules?

That WAS unexpected!
Alice 1st Sep 2018, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
It was unexpected, so of course as a spirit of chaos he had to do it.

Except if he had to do it, it wouldn't be so unexpected, so basically we're left oscillating between two expectations (the chaotic not-following-the-rules thing, the meta-chaotic following-the-rules-because-people-expected-otherwise, and again meta-meta-chaotic not following the rules and so on).

One curious things about chaotic characters is that you can't really expect them to do the chaotic thing; otherwise, it'd be just reverse lawful, not chaotic.
Winged Cat 1st Sep 2018, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
In other words, a "wine in front of me" type situation?
Digo Dragon 4th Sep 2018, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yup. Both goblets are poisoned.
tolich 2nd Sep 2018, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
It's like the unexpected hanging paradox. You're expect it to be unexpected, but then it acts like you expected it, and this is unexpected, and you're confused.
Archone 4th Sep 2018, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
Of course he's playing by the rules. He's a GM. You're not supposed to fudge the rules (especially not homebrewed rules) unless it's in the best interests of the game. Refusing to keep his promise or altering his own rules would ruin the fun.
zimmerwald1915 1st Sep 2018, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Happy comic ones-versary, Spud.
redwings1340 1st Sep 2018, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
'despite my best efforts, none of you cheated.'

That's an interesting statement from Discord here. Does that mean that Discord was trying to get one of them to break their curse? Would Discord have punished them for this? Its an interesting statement, that shows both Discord's brilliance and also his skirting around the line of out of character frustration and drama.
ThatGuest 1st Sep 2018, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
I just noticed a tiny RD pasted into the crater wide angle shot. Nice attention to detail.

I wonder if in this new version of the season 2 premier RD ends up giving everyone a boot camp talking to for going way overboard with their curses than they needed to. Like Rarity's curse was to covet the diamond. She didn't have to go full Gollum and turn into a raging jackass towards everyone.
The Doctor 2nd Sep 2018, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
One of my past selves as a man with a plan too. I don't like him much. I mean he's great at parties and who doesn't love spoons, but he was always two steps ahead in chess. It's not fun.
Tarrangar 3rd Sep 2018, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
I guess the fact that Rainbow Dask don't seem to have been cursed, prove that Fluttershy was wrong, which in my opinion, mean she was just as much a jerk in her session as Discord was, accusing someone of railroading is a rather grave accusation in roleplaying, so Fluttershy doing it just because Discord made getting away a challenge was a jerk move, of course Discord then getting angry was a jerk move too, but in my opinion Fluttershy was a jerk first in that scene.
redwings1340 3rd Sep 2018, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure I consider Fluttershy's player a jerk there, but she may have been wrong. The way Shy's player reacted indicates to me pretty strongly she's been abused by others in the past, and this was her default reaction to feeling abused. If anything, her crime was in not recognizing the difference between an OC (out of character) and IC (in character) interaction, and reacted OC to an IC abuser.

So she may have been wrong, but I think its a defensible kind of wrong based on factors that are hinted as likely way too complicated to actually be dealt with in the course of this comic.
HappyEevee 3rd Sep 2018, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
The worst part is when you know the GM has at least one more shoe to drop but he's just smiling and acting like everything's fine...