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21st Jan 2016, 5:00 AM in The Last Roundup
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Survival Skills
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Newbiespud 21st Jan 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete
I'm always a big fan of roleplaying opportunities, especially when there's an excuse to zoom in on a smaller group of characters. Extra mini-sessions are a great tool for doing just that. Alternatively, roleplaying via text or post between sessions is also a good tool. The only major downside is that it's more content for the DM to manage, especially if it sprawls into something bigger, which is why FiD: Dynamic Duo has been difficult to get off the ground.

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ANW 21st Jan 2016, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Ever felt the same feeling that Rarity is feeling right now in your gaming career?
Greenhornet 21st Jan 2016, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm reminded of Spoony's Dragon Strike review:
"Bottom line, can I stab the jester?"
Mykin 21st Jan 2016, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Tons of times. Never did anything with that feeling, though. The closest I've gotten was with Taiyth, ironically enough. The ranger I mentioned last page annoyed the heck out of him (and it didn't help that her player went out of his way to annoy the heck out of me too) and a sort of petty cold war started between the two characters. It almost got to a head when we were about to start the next module.

I mentioned a while ago that my game store GM has a tendency to include his previous characters in his current campaigns. Taiyth has only encountered the Heironeous Twins, the dwarf and human paladin duo who are so fanatically stupid about their deity that it's usually a bad idea to get them involved in anything. They also happen to be level 20 and have the power to level cities with ease.

Now, Heironeous doesn't exist in the game world Taiyth lives in, but he did remember the mysterious symbol of their god and also the words used to summon them ("No one expects the Heironeous Inquisition!"). So his plan on finally getting back at the ranger was pretty straight forward: wear the symbol, summon the two, claim to be a believer, and point them in the right direction.

Except by the time my cleric finally got the symbol made, the player stopped coming to the game store and the ranger disappeared as a result. So the problem solved itself without pointless bloodshed. If you're curious, he still has the symbol in case he finds a need for it later on.
Evilbob 21st Jan 2016, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
There's this one player whose characters that always rubbed me the wrong way, so it came as no surprise that we were openly OOC working against each other. It got to a point where at one point where working together might made more sense marginally, but fell through because of trust issues.

In this same game (WH40K Rogue Traders), the GM may have also been guilty of taking too much pleasure in focusing on my character's hijinks because I went out of my way to befriend and talk to the NPCs, whereas the others were just more focused on battle.

I'd spend so much time crawling through the underbellies of the ship, talking to crew members and mutants hiding-in-between-the-walls, improving infrastructure, improving morale and quality of life amongst the lower ranks, etc.

What'd annoy me, is that the other player, who was the Rogue Trader Captain, was much more narrow-minded in his tolerance of the abnormal, and who'd just ruin all of my hard work in one fell sweep with his callous disregard and/or hare-brained schemes for riches.
Digo Dragon 21st Jan 2016, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm usually the DM so... if I feel like backstabbing, it's going to be a multi-hit combo. >.>
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2016, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Finish Them.
Other Fighting game lines
j-eagle12212012 21st Jan 2016, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Does playing a co-op video game with an annoying aquantince and wishing the game would let you kill them but you can't cause its not that kind of game count?
Digo Dragon 21st Jan 2016, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm going to say yes.
Kaze Koichi 21st Jan 2016, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
Feeling one now. There are two new players that joined our campain last week. One is playing female wizard that was sent by the same selestial organization as me, but we didn't figure out a way to introduce her as such without causing suspissions, so she mascarades as a cosmetic saleswoman. And of course she maintained perfect cower by starting an argument with a goverment agent about a proper evacuation/safekeeping procedures.
The other is a male monk named Avatar. I repeat, there is actual person in our game that walks around calling himself the goddamn Avatar! He just met my character outside of out base and asked to introduce him as my friend. Our characters never met before.
So I was a bit annoyed by this stupidity. For a starter, I claimed both of them to be my ex-lovers. I'm looking forward to finding a way to backstab them. As our base was attacked few minutes after those two appeared, it shouldn't be too hard to claim they were spies.
Wellwater 21st Jan 2016, 8:40 PM Best typo, or best typo? edit delete reply
"she mascarades as a cosmetic saleswoman" is pretty great. That's all.
Kaze Koichi 22nd Jan 2016, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
That was a part that I like. I only she acted according this legend, I wouldn't be annoyed.
Kaze Koichi 22nd Jan 2016, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
*If only she acted...
I need to just register here. Not be able to edit my typos is annoying.
Wyvern 21st Jan 2016, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Of course that's silly - everyone knows Avatar is a Wizard not a Monk. Little short guy with a big beard.

If you're confused, it's a reference to the 1977 film Wizards:
ZhonLord 22nd Jan 2016, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
I'm getting that feeling right now.

I'm in a 5th ed campaign with a half-orc warlock who is part of a group called the Friendly Avalon Guardians (and yes, he chose that acronym on purpose); when he fights, he triggers a glamour that turns his clothing bright neon pink and purple and he's surrounded by sparkles. Every person we meet he launches into a big loud speech about his organization and trying to recruit people, telling horribly-botched stories of the party's adventures, etc.

In other words, he's the most annoying character my sorcerer has ever encountered and there have been many times when he has wanted to smother said orc in his sleep. Or "accidentally" get him caught in a Fireball or Lightning Bolt. Or outright blast him in broad daylight with no care for the consequences.
Luminous Lead 21st Jan 2016, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Hey take a look at those scratches Pinkie Pie has- they're blue! Who wants to bet they get infected?
ANW 21st Jan 2016, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Maybe it's the whole color on color makes it looks different thing that's going on.
Specter 22nd Jan 2016, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Or maybe she's not really pink.
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Or maybe she has blue blood...
That moment when you make a terrible pun and don't realize that you're making one until it's to late...
But then you share it anyways because Why not?
Ted the saiyanwolf 21st Jan 2016, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
I wonder has there ever been a moment where there is too much bonding in a DnD game?
Digo Dragon 21st Jan 2016, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Too much? Like, where two PCs end up dating or something? Can't recall that being a problem in any of my campaigns.
Digo Dragon 21st Jan 2016, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Has a deadline for guest comic submissions been announced?

I like bonding moments between PCs. My experiences have usually been positive and it can lead to better teamwork because the PCs may learn each other's strengths and limits, thus being able to compliment those in battle.
Winged Cat 21st Jan 2016, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
I haven't seen one yet. I'm assuming at least a week or two more, given what's being mirrored.
Digo Dragon 22nd Jan 2016, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Hopefully two, as I am working diligently, but performing an amazing balancing act with a few other things in my life.
remia1 21st Jan 2016, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
back in the days when 3rd ed was new, I ran a rogue in a campaign with some friends.
However the monk of the party, rather then fighting bare handed, preferred crossbows. Problem was he couldn't hit anything.
Except me.
Every time he picked up the crossbow, the only thing that ever took damage was me.
Most of my money was going to buy healing potions so I could stay alive.
So I passed the GM a note.
Next time we got into combat, the crossbow exploded in the monk's hands. Something about how all the screws holding it together had been replaced. Next time we got to town, he bought a new crossbow. Same thing happened to that one. And the next one, and the next.
It was 4 sessions and at least that many crossbows before my friend realized that my character was the one responsible.
that is the closest I've ever come to killing a fellow party member.
Raxon 21st Jan 2016, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Rarity does not backstab.

She decapitates her enemies with a vorpal Equestrienne Aigner saddlebag.
Digo Dragon 21st Jan 2016, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Vorpal Equestrienne Aigner saddlebag of Holding. :3
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2016, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
And I'll throw magic point onto that because overkill is best kill...
Also it has cup holders.
Seatiebelt 21st Jan 2016, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Man this is SO ON POINT for my last week of gaming. Last Thursday in my Star Wars game, we were driving a speeder through the desert toward a hostile compound and a rogue piloting check sent my character flying out of the vehicle while he was fixing a coolant leak. Had to walk the remaining way through the scorching heat while the rest of the party took on the BBEG.

Then just tonight, I ran a spur of the moment one shot set in the past of my current Ponyfinder game. Only 2 out of my 5 players were available, so we got to zoom in on the character dynamic between the two of them and worked out SO MUCH history between them! It was incredibly fun and I can't wait to see how this translates to the real campaign.
Boris Carlot 21st Jan 2016, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
I'm kind of prone to inflicting this on people I play with. If my character and another end up alone together IC for any period I try and start a short IC conversation. People who aren't used to it get a bit freaked out sometimes but no harm done.
Not Xencarn 22nd Jan 2016, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
No FID stories? Aww man. Those players must be great.
Digo Dragon 22nd Jan 2016, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
When I grow up, I wanna be in an awesome team like theirs. :D

No wait, first I need to fold space-time so that I cut out the Central and mountain time zones, THEN I want to be on a team like theirs.
Mykin 22nd Jan 2016, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
But Digo, I live in the Mountain Time Zone and I'd like to join them too! If you cut me out, how in the world am I suppose to do that?!
Digo Dragon 22nd Jan 2016, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Hmm, perhaps if I merge MTZ with WTZ, thereby placing you in the same time zone as spud?
Mykin 22nd Jan 2016, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
I can live with that.
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply