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5th Nov 2022, 6:00 AM in What About Discord?
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Newbiespud 5th Nov 2022, 6:00 AM edit delete
It should probably be disclaimed that Friendship is Dragons is far from an ideal model of how to handle issues at the table, merely a dramatization thereof.

In other news, I'm opening up the floor for guest comics! I'd like to take a nice long sabbatical once this mind-taxing arc is complete (so that, at the very least, I have more time to figure out what the heck comes next), but you already know I don't like to leave the content pipeline empty if I can avoid it. Luckily, if you want to create something more involved and complex, you've got plenty of time starting now. As always, here are the guidelines. Looking forward to everyone's submissions!

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Jennifer 5th Nov 2022, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
I think I'd disagree, at least with the later arcs. Even where the solutions are substandard, the interplay at the table and the fact that the problems are even being brought up is a good thing in itself. We are seeing a (fictional) group working through its issues, and that's relatively rare in this genre; the only counterpoint I can think of is Knights of the Dinner Table, which took a very long time to get to it. This is still well-done, Spud, don't do yourself down.
Digo 5th Nov 2022, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
I feel like this page is akin to explaining the joke. ^^

But I suppose that's because we the audience have knowledge that Discord does not and the GM doesn't know that we have.
CyanWhisp 5th Nov 2022, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
With how delicate and somewhat manipulative this whole stiuation has become, the GM would have come across as a massive jerk if he didn't explain things at this stage.
Digo 5th Nov 2022, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Like I said, we have knowledge Discord does not.
Arcada 9th Nov 2022, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
The term for the audience having information a character doesn’t in this type of setup is “dramatic irony”.
A Quiet Reader 5th Nov 2022, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Does anyone know what that illustration on the far left in panel 3 is? It looks like a pony facing down an Ogres & Oubliettes monster, but I can't figure out what the monster is supposed to be.
you know that guy 5th Nov 2022, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Let's see, it has 2 eyes, horns or ears that point backwards, a big mouth with 2 big lower teeth, and a large jaw. This is probably a lion head without a mane, as it strongly resembles the Manticore from s1e2.

It's also coming out of the ground and might not have legs. If the stuff above the pony is part of the same monster, it has a really long tail. Maybe it's some sort of burrowing chimera? Although the chimera from s4e17 had a tiger head instead of lion, and generally looked different.
CyanWhisp 5th Nov 2022, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
That part looks more like a giant hand. From what I can tell, this seems to be some kind of troll.
Newbiespud 5th Nov 2022, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
...An ogre?
ChaoticBrain 5th Nov 2022, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Impossible, you can't depict an ogre in a single background layer.
Toric 5th Nov 2022, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. Ogres are like Onions. Multiple layers
Chakat Firepaw 9th Nov 2022, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
Nah, Ogres are far more angular and are festooned with guns and missiles.
evileeyore 11th Nov 2022, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
Nioce! Always go for the treds, then pick a part the guns and pray it's not armed with a nuke or two...
CyanWhisp 5th Nov 2022, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, if I had to guess, I feel like the comic has to continue with The Cutie Map, if only because of how involved Starlight Glimmer becomes in the later half of the show. Though, with this comic's penchant for going off the rails, I would only be mildly suprised (and more than a little impressed) if Spud somehow managed continue without her. I have absolutely no idea how Starlight will factor into the story, however. She could easily just be a reacurring NPC, but it would be interesting to see an attempt at adding a seventh player (if the girls would be willing to try that after the whole Discord fiasco).
Winged Cat 5th Nov 2022, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Discord's pony character, much like Spike the GM is also Celestia?
CyanWhisp 5th Nov 2022, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
Possible, but I don’t really see it given how their play styles clash so much.
Draxynnic 7th Nov 2022, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Actually... Starlight in her villain arc did have similar modus operandi to DiscordPlayer. I could see Starlight as an alt for DiscordPlayer as a VillainPC, albeit doing it as a character that doesn't have all of Discord's power as a challenge.

But yeah, Starlight could simply be a recurring NPC.
Roguim 5th Nov 2022, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
So Discord DM still haven't figure out how the players feelings about his way os gaming, so let's see if at the end he will Understand.
Cyborg7221 5th Nov 2022, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Applejack's face in the last panel is EVERYTHING to me. So sincere.

Also Spike's expressions here help reveal the DM's overall tone throughout the rest of this conversation- including the bits that came before. That one panel with ambiguous line delivery that everyone was talking about. "Well, yeah."

Loving all of this. So much.
Wolfier 6th Nov 2022, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
This is probably the first time I've seen a D20 depicted in media.
Luna 7th Nov 2022, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Commentary, especially of the riffing sort, can be very disruptive of any game, especially when the commentator is not directly involved. So here's hoping discord will practice some degree of moderation...
Warlock 7th Nov 2022, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Riffing is my personal bane at a table - While I not only see it often (and at times engage in it), there are a few times where it *really* ruins any sort of tension to be had. And the genre most affected by this has always been my Horror/Spooky tones. There's only so many times you can reference ghostbusters or scooby doo or Tim Curry's Pennywise before it just winds up being a bit of a mood killer, and people wonder why i stop giving out descriptive narration. But it's easily applied to any dramatic moment too.

I truly understand that the riff is part of the game. I also really feel for the GMs who have lost the gravitas for the scene just so someone can drop yet another quote from Mel Brooks.
Freelance 8th Nov 2022, 3:52 AM edit delete reply
This may be a hindsight 20/20 and all that situation, but I think that most of the entire mess might've been avoided had DisDM just sat in for a few sessions, just to see the flow of both MainDM and the party so that his own style didn't "flip the cart" as it apparently did.
Wolfier 8th Nov 2022, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
Considering how he cheated his own rules in his debut and is so shocked by his loss right now, I doubt it. More likely he would of scoffed and said "this is not my table" or "I'll show them how to play DnD right".
Freelance 8th Nov 2022, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
I don't know about that. back in 1668, he acknowledged that he stepped on toes and was willing to cool the ooc ham a bit to smooth things out a little. as for the attitude, I'm dubious about that, too. Back in 1694, he talks about how a lot of his DMing stye is just improv nd taking advantage of ideas that appear in the game. A good DM wants to both challenge his players while they have fun. his over-the-top style was fine for MainDM (whom he had apparently played with for years), but if he had taken the time to observe how this party plays, he could and probably have adjusted his kit accordingly.