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Newbiespud 25th Jun 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Let's keep it simple. Any stories involving someone not being aware that a microphone or other type of broadcast equipment was still active, or otherwise not being aware that other people could hear them?

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ANW 25th Jun 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Picking the winner wasn't tough this time around.
Specter just got his third prize.
So here's a twenty sided dice.
All ones.
Someone 25th Jun 2015, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
You mean, like a d20 on which all sides have one instead of their usual number? Beacause I have one like that. Also, one that has only 20's.
*Sigh* 25th Jun 2015, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
Did you get those custom made or did you find some company that manufactured them for you? Because I've been looking for both of those for ages on the market.
Someone 26th Jun 2015, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
Custom made, wooden, to avoid further questions.
Specter 25th Jun 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
... now my luck has come to reality.

Maybe if I give my brother the dice, he'll at least get nat. 20's.
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Shadowrun-- the party broke into a sizable office building to confront a corrupt executive. Most of the team gets caught during the infiltration and their weapons/recorders are confiscated. The exec is feeling pretty good about capturing them and so lets his guard down just enough that he mentions a couple of the evil plans he was involved in (basically lots of money laundering and extortion).

What he didn't count on was the team technomancer. She wasn't caught yet and managed to record the conversation using the office building's security system. One quick file transfer later and Lonestar was knocking on the front door. XD

So yeah, sometimes even the best security system hurts you.
Guest 25th Jun 2015, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Our old DM was a bit of a stickler for everybody staying in character while at the table and had a nasty way of punishing the group for talking OOC. For example if the group started talking strategy about a battle then if our characters were within earshot of the enemies and they were intelligent enough to understand them then we would actually be announcing our plans on how to beat them directly to them.
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Wow that's annoying. I couldn't play under a GM like that... well, I might try some shenanigan first such as contacting all the players prior and setting up a code so when we talk about strategy in front of the enemy we're actually tricking the GM into a trap.
Emptybee 25th Jun 2015, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
You know there's nothing stopping the _characters_ from setting up a code system like that and using it. Instead of just blurting out their strategy in front of intelligent monsters.
Raxon 25th Jun 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
I have one for story time! So, there I was, in a game of Shadowrun. I was playing a face, and I had a major case of gremlins. Well, my gremlins started acting up, because my comlink was on the fritz.

I was there to seduce guy so we could drug him and get his info. Well, unbeknownst to me, my comlink was turned on. In fact, it was currently connected to the speakers of a nearby stadium. Thirty thousand people got to hear me getting hot and heavy with a troll, just like this one.

Needless to say, the game was delayed.
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
*Snerk* Well that's going to be an interesting hit to reputation. :3
Raxon 25th Jun 2015, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
And that, my friends, is why the janitorial union went on strike until every seat had an emergency sick bag.
Disloyal Subject 25th Jun 2015, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Damn. I'll bet the megacorps were PISSED at the sick-bag expenses.
ANW 25th Jun 2015, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
For this challenge, read MLp Time Loops chapter 71.
You can find it on or
Basically, the cast keep finding interesting things
Here's a small list
A book about how to be a Barbarian
A book with the spell sapphire shot
A cleaver of mending (it won't cut)
A skull of dreams
I think you get the idea.
Come up with your own item.
Toric 25th Jun 2015, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Well, I've long believed in the power of Horseshoes of Spider Climb.

Something a little more original however: Bag of Dropping. Whatever you put into it randomly falls towards a nearby creature/character from 100 feet. Elastic opening for maximum power.
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
So basically someone copied lists from GURPS Warehouse 23? ;)

I've run two campaign in that vein. The second one was crossed with the show LOST and was by far the most interesting. It's the only campaign where at the end, the PCs willingly set up their own TPK to save the world.
Masterweaver 25th Jun 2015, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Actually, we found a random loot generator online and had the MLP characters react to the loot.
ANW 25th Jun 2015, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
I thought I recognized your name.
You guys are funny.
It was the whole drinking one up parts that I came up with these challenges
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
I'll just list a few things from my W23 campaigns that were amusing to my players:

[] A phonless cord.
[] A non-magical Magic 8-Ball.
[] A broken watch that stopped at 4:89PM on March 42nd.
[] The Disney animated version of the movie FARGO.
[] A giant box of receipts dated from the 1920s in Chicago. At the bottom was an empty manila folder labeled "Capone, Alfonse. Property of the Internal Revenue Service"
Toric 25th Jun 2015, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Hammer of Chronic Backache
Goblin Anatomy Playset
An immortal parrot that only knows the phrase "Die in a fire"
Fight-Pillow of the War God
Frozen Napalm
Elixir of Halitosis
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
I would love for the Fight-Pillow to come with the ability to use the Barbarian Rage class feature. XD
Anonymous User 1337 25th Jun 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
MLP Time Loops. Excellent tale, and lengthy too.
Random Item: Eternal Dirk of Metal Beams
Someone 25th Jun 2015, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Catnip of Summoning Cat-alien Invasion
Specter 25th Jun 2015, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
"Lucky" Penny. All critical rolls (success or fail) are now 1-5 and 16-20.
Raxon 25th Jun 2015, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Ring of portalfall. It is sublimely simple. When you fall from a great height, it opens a portal. You fall through the portal, and are popped back out a nearby portal. This happens over and over, and every time you go back up, you lose some momentum.

Eventually, you are deposited on the ground, ill, but unharmed. You pop up out of a portal, and the ring determines that you,are going slow enough, so it stops opening portals.

Fun little novelty. It's like dimension doorways, but it has a max distance of about ten feet.
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like that Ring should come with an emergency sick bag too. ;)
daftdeafdave 25th Jun 2015, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Plastic caltrops
Tuba of brown note
Bellybutton of Vecna
Scroll of literacy check
False eyebrows of intimidation
Everlasting pocket handkerchief
Rose of fabulous flamenco dancing
A boomerang that cannot be disposed of

...Ladies and gentlemen I do believe I've designed my next bard.
Toric 25th Jun 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Skillet of Pear Conjuration
Rock of Edible Despair
Semi-Tortoise of Speed
Portable Privvy Seat
Pompadour of Flamboyant Futility
Used Detachable Limb
Cheese Whiz Ooze
DanielLC 26th Jun 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
I've always wondered about the effects of a vorpal merciful sword.
Toric 26th Jun 2015, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Ever seen Futurama, with what they do to the severed heads of old famous people?
j-eagle12212012 25th Jun 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
So according to EQD the ratings for "Princess Spike" mark it as the lowest of the season...
Why Do you think this was?

A) it was not a very good episode.
B) it was so long between episode 99 and 100 people didn't realize there was a new episode this past week.
C) it was good the numbers must be wrong

I think B
ANW 25th Jun 2015, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
I think it was because it was 101 that it was low.
100 raises our expectations, and 101 tends to become lower because of that.
Classic Steve 25th Jun 2015, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
D) It was a Spike episode.
Pen Brush 25th Jun 2015, 7:27 AM Pen Brush edit delete reply
The writers tend to write Spike as an idiot, or as an annoying object obsessed dragon. His episodes tend to be the worst of the series, so that would also go for this one as well.

So its D.) Writers suck at Spike as a main character.
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, Spike episodes tend to be fairly weak in my opinion, so I'd nod in agreement to D. I found the new background ponies were more interesting.
Evilbob 25th Jun 2015, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Yerp. IN complete agreement there. Spike is always unbelievably getting the short end of the schtick.
Jannard 25th Jun 2015, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
I must be missing out on something here. Are ratins a measure of how many people watched the episode or of how many people watched it and liked it? If it's the former, then I understand there would be less interest since the audience already expects little from a spike episode, but whether the episode was good or bad wouldn't explain the ratins on itself.

By the way, my guess is the ratings may be attributed to a lot of "it will be a Spike episode so I'm not inclined to watch it" and a bit of "got burned out with episode 100".
j-eagle12212012 25th Jun 2015, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
The ratings are how many people actually watched the episode when it aired. So regardless of wether or not you liked it, if you watched it on TV it counted towards the ratings. So my question was why so many people didn't watch it.
Other Guest 25th Jun 2015, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
It was not a good episode. Every bit of the plot could be seen from a mile away. Spike abuses his power, gets in over his head, tries to hide it. Trees that make a dragon sneeze and a cracked water main. What could happen? I like Dr Wolf's suggestion. If the show had been about a sleepy Twilight giving nonsense answers and Spike trying to deal with it, it would have been a whole lot funnier. As it was, this goes on the small list of episodes I don't ever want to watch again.
Albedoequals1 25th Jun 2015, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
Spike is only good in episodes that aren't about him.
referee 25th Jun 2015, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
E) Because 100 sucked so much that it seeped into 101.
Winged Cat 25th Jun 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to have to agree with the consensus here. It would have been better had Spike risen to the challenges instead of just succumbing to greed. Maybe a little bit of that, but then he realizes (or Cadance gets through to him) and he scurries around to set things right before the disasters can hit, perhaps intercepting them in progress. (A lot more effort than simply apologizing and putting the statue back together with help.) In the end, only Cadance knows.
daftdeafdave 25th Jun 2015, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
B. I forgot about it. To YouTube!
dzonewolf 25th Jun 2015, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
To be honest, it's starting to piss me off,I'm at the point of going "God, no, not another Spike episode." Don't get me wrong. I love Spike, I just hate the way he's portrayedin the episode centered on HIM. His best scenes are all in episodes that aren't centered on him, he's always shown as a lazy irresponsible idiot. But he isn't! He's been shown to be, almost, as responsible as Twilight, nearly Pinkieclass when it comes to noticing when other people are having problem, and one of the hardest workers when he vet's started, even if he does try and talk his way out of it, or convince Twi it doesn't need to be done.
Zuche 26th Jun 2015, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
The numbers have nothing to do with the quality of the episode. I still get the impression that most of the fandom just don't understand Spike or his episodes. Sometimes the reactions remind me of what it was like to listen to members of the Evangelion bash Shinji for failing to measure up to the protagonist stand-in power fantasy.
Sunbeam 25th Jun 2015, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Hi, I'm looking for a D&D story that I think might have been dropped around here at some point? It was a demonstration of how to do GMPCs right. It involved a kobold assassin npc that just skulked behind the party, coming in to unlock doors for them and similar because nobody had put any points into rogue-like abilities. During the adventure, they slowly discover that the lich they're fighting wiped out his entire nest. The finale involves the last surviving member of the party casting raise dead on the kobold so that it lands the finishing blow on the lich.

Ring any bells? Anyone know where I can find it?
Disloyal Subject 25th Jun 2015, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Are you sure that's from this site? I don't remember it, and I have a pretty good memory for stories.
Sunbeam 26th Jun 2015, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
I'm not really certain, I'm asking around everywhere.
Evilbob 25th Jun 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
That seems to be a very common meme, the whole not being aware recording device is on and spilling the evil beans. Isn't like one of the villains in the TV Show Supernatural follow the exact same hackneyed meme?
Digo 25th Jun 2015, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
There was one session in a Shadowrun campaign where the trope was played with. The team intercepted some mercs in a subway and had a firefight with them. The PCs recorded this fight, and even though both sides were clearly armed and up to no good, the PCs uploaded their videos to the internet.

Half the team ended up dead or busted because the players used the trope on themselves!
Jannard 25th Jun 2015, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Ah, that makes me thing of the many times that players thought they could get away with something while an NPC could not just because theirs were the player characters. Sorry this won't be a story about the trope:

DM: you blew up the whole building! Of course the guars will take you down!
Sorc: But we saved the city from the vampires!
DM: yes, you also utterly destroyed any proof that you did just that. Plus collateral.
Rogue: ...well dang. Guess I'll have to hide and try to break you out.
DM: Ah, chaos got you here and now you're counting on chaos to get you out. Fun times.
Disloyal Subject 25th Jun 2015, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
More a trope than a meme, good sir.
paradoxical 25th Jun 2015, 9:31 AM Oh man you're . . . listening to me. edit delete reply
I was in a D20 Star Wars Campaign. and There was somebody who had double-crossed some rival gangs and gone to the rebels to bail him out, the rebels had hired my character (with his mildly large chr bonus) to help as the face man/pilot. So I said to the other characters; "Oh man he's doomed."
I had forgotten that the NPC was there.
Later I decided that my PC was evil and just didn't care that the shmo heard.
Winged Cat 25th Jun 2015, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
This happened just last night. Star Wars campaign, my character noticed a bug on the hangar door where the party's ship was parked. She brought it up to the others, who wondered why she had not disarmed it. As a reply, she brought up ship's sensors and put in an overlay of all the recording devices she knew about. The hangar was aswamp in a sea of blinking red dots. She had just been curious if this one was known to be an Imperial design, since it was much cleaner and shinier than the rest.

Now, granted, she was exaggerating to make a point. She was including all the public security cameras, sensors on the other ships in the hangar, and so on. She had accepted that they would be seen by countless eyes the moment they stepped out of their ship, and had assumed that of course the other PCs were also aware of this. Let's just say she has a history of overestimating the party. One of the PCs retreated to quarters and resorted to breathing into a bag to shake off the paranoia fit this revelation induced.
The_Hittite 25th Jun 2015, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
<a href="">I'll just leave this here.</a>
The Hittite 25th Jun 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Crap well that didn't work. Forgot I had a Comic Fury account. Can't edit the first post, though.

How about this?
Disloyal Subject 25th Jun 2015, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
You monster. Someone's going to click that and lose their whole day.
Jannard 25th Jun 2015, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
I remember a story where our DM nade us fall for that one... Even though we were the ones trying to bust someone else. It was a short-lived V:tM campaign, and we got to the prince with everything set up to get him to reveal his plans to betray the Camarilla... It was a tough diplomatic and intellectual battle for our Ventrue, who got convinced to share intel on how we managed to get to the prince in exchange for the revelation we were looking for.

We were naive fools; we revealed to our own broadcast the terrible things we had done to get there, while the prince only shared harmless bits and twisted pieces. In a swift stroke we became fugitives, and while the prince's reputation did come into question, his plans came to fruition anyway. We died soon after. Ah, good times.
Hubris Plus 25th Jun 2015, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
I'm proud of DMing this one because I had absolutely nothing to do with the setup. The players did it to themselves.

They had long been on the trail of a corporate conspiracy that was amassing ancient magical artifacts for unknown purposes. They worked for a government organization that was in charge of keeping an eye on that sort of thing. One of them decided they needed to bug the CEO's office, so he spends days of game time putting together the perfect listening device, explaining in exacting detail what he wants it to do.

In order:
1. Never ever turn off. This baby picks up EVERYTHING.
2. Undetectable by mundane means.
3. Uploads its recordings regularly via a private encrypted channel to their agency's headquarters and store it on their servers.

He never ends up planting it because the conspiracy rapidly lead them elsewhere. Just keeps it on his person.

A few sessions later they realize that the agency is the most compromised of all, infiltrated from the bottom up. The entire campaign the party has made jokes about dodging paperwork by dropping it all on interns, and only now realize that every single document has been subtly doctored to make the current director look bad and lead to his replacement in the face of a new threat. There's just one person they can trust, and they gather to discuss their options for overthrowing this corrupt regime.

Obviously they sweep the room for ever conceivable kind of bug. They do not, however, sweep the gadgeteer.

Twenty minutes later the new director kicks in the door and cheerfully announces: "Guess who's guilty of high treason?!"

The last words of their NPC ally? "Stop... Helping..."
Zuche 25th Jun 2015, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Have you been listening to news from Winnipeg, Newbiespud? Your story suggestion brings to mind a recent police helicopter incident.
Grant 26th Jun 2015, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
Never actually got that to work. As the DM would point out, any situation where you can do that, anyone with basic intelligence will be aware of the possibility and anyone too dumb probably won't even be worth trying it on.
Specter 26th Jun 2015, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
... One of those racers are going to win the ticket, and then that character is going to need a player.

Under the belief of luck and the fact I have seen the episode just a few hours ago, I know exactly who should portray as the character.

... maybe.