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20th Jan 2018, 6:00 AM
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Called Shot
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Newbiespud 20th Jan 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Artist: ChrisTheS

Since we're working kinda backwards or snakelike through the usual comic collaborative workflow (storyboarding -> art -> paneling + script, instead of storyboarding -> script -> paneling + art), I find myself wanting to mince my words to make sure most of this unique art remains on display. Moreso than when using the show screencaps, since the show is popular and readily available.

And here's the second half of the latest Tale from New Dunhaven!
Session 13-2 - The Motherland Job, Part 2: Libsyn YouTube


ZhonLord 20th Jan 2018, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Accurate Rage Backstab, I love that name! Also literally getting his but kicked is just plain fun.
Guest 20th Jan 2018, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
Yes, his... butt.
Digo Dragon 20th Jan 2018, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Are you suggesting that Dash is really... on the ball with coordinating her attack?
ChrisTheS 20th Jan 2018, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
4E is the best game for calling your attacks :)

Wish there was a BESM version for 4th instead of 3rd...
Cygnia 20th Jan 2018, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Elusive is gonna be a gelding by the time this arc is over...
Desperado99 20th Jan 2018, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Is that a problem?
Dakkath 20th Jan 2018, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Fire Flyer 20th Jan 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Bonus XP for making sure he can't be un-gelded! (Because I imagine they have some sort of magic for that.)
ANW 20th Jan 2018, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
Story time
Most difficult boss fight you ever had.
Digo Dragon 20th Jan 2018, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I think the most difficult boss fight I ever took part of as a player was fighting off two driders and six were-rats in tight quarters of a sewer dungeon. Our wizard died in the first round to a single fireball.
No silver or magic weapons.
Party level 7th.
Driders invisible.
Melee only.
Final destination.

The insult to injury for barely surviving against a TPK was that the only magic item we got out of it was a used wand of magic missile (25 charges, caster level 3).
ChrisTheS 20th Jan 2018, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Full-res shots here.

Speaking as the one who stands to benefit from the art being on display, just keep going with the funny :) For one thing, the text boxes help hide the unvarying scenery :p
BackSet 20th Jan 2018, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, they haven't changed location yet.
ChrisTheS 20th Jan 2018, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
There are ways that I could have varied the scenery a bit more without changing the venue. But set design is hard and I don't like doing it.
Evilbob 20th Jan 2018, 12:58 PM edit delete reply

I thought the usual order should be script->storyboarding->paneling + art?
ChrisTheS 20th Jan 2018, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
I don't know about other comic artists, but my process usually involves a compelling image lodging itself in my imagination and then I have to find a way to make the script work so that I can use it. (For instance, the Mane Six wouldn't have been in Star Mares at all if I hadn't gotten "Help me, Twilight Sparkle, you're my only hope" stuck in my head.)
Guest 20th Jan 2018, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
This comic got 120% cooler.
Thanks to you two, I envision a succesful comic series, exceptionally so
Hariman 20th Jan 2018, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
...This page is hysterical!

I read it in the break room at work, and had to try VERY hard to NOT laugh at the top of my lungs at the last panel.

Laurence 20th Jan 2018, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
Did the Magma Beast actually kiss AJ??
ThatGuest 20th Jan 2018, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
I'm curious what the tactical positives to the Enhanced Allure thing are. I could see it being useful for pulling squishy members like Twilight, Fluttershy or Rarity closer for nasty short ranged combat. Pulling in Dash though seems like a mistake, moving the barbarian to you.
BackSet 20th Jan 2018, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
It may be entirely possible that the gm is attacking the way elusive would usually attack and that elusive tends to default to seducing people instead of combat.
Malroth 20th Jan 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
given that this power is a minor action, using it on the low Will defence Barbarian makes perfect sense if he also has a standard power that takes control of her attacks as well.
ChrisTheS 20th Jan 2018, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
For what it's worth, MY reasoning for it (within the narrative of the fake episode) was mostly the evil guy thinking that he could seduce the token evil party member into joining his side. Failing, of course, to take into account that evil and chaotic evil are not the same thing.