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Newbiespud 21st Aug 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Putting aside the "dumb bruiser" jokes for a moment, there's value in keeping the hitter's tools in your toolbox - especially when you're up against the mind-games type. Your enemies might put so much effort into arcane trickery, devious puzzles, and cutting speeches that they might forget that the cell door's hinges are rusty and brittle and will shatter with a few good shoulder charges.


Digo Dragon 21st Aug 2018, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
There is a good reason why many trickster bosses employ a bruiser for a bodyguard in these stories. ;)

Dash's fighting pose in the first panel is pretty cute.
albedoequals1 21st Aug 2018, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
Dash isn't as crazy as she sounds. Punching the prankster may not kill them, but it will keep them from getting much pranking done. It's also meta-gaming, but she's right that Discord can't kill anyone, putting more power on Dash's side when she resorts to violence.

I once played a barbarian that used a similar tactic, and the god-like enemy ended up having to retreat, since it had too much GM time invested in a complicated story to just kill me (also, it had so many troll powers it forgot to leave room for attacks :P).
Luna 21st Aug 2018, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
In my experience as both DM, when players start feeling like they can't die because of metagaming reasons like that to the point where they're actualy willing to fight a godlike entity they can't possibly beat unless the DM actually pull their punches... then it's time to actually kill the fool(s) and adapt the campaign if they actually attack.
albedoequals1 21st Aug 2018, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Except that Discord's only the guest GM, so he really doesn't have much power at all unless the players willingly play along.
Tarrangar 22nd Aug 2018, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Yeah but that's when they're facing something like a dragon, when they are facing the mighty prankster, well the mighty Prankster want to have fun messing with them, so he actively don't want to kill them, which makes the attitude justified, if Rainbow Dash was trying to solo a dragon, that had been plundering towns and eating the inhabitants, then death should absolutely be the most likely outcome, but what she's doing is trying to fight the trickster god, and the trickster god plays tricks, he don't kill, so while there should be high chances of curses or weird situations, there should be low chances of death, because Rainbow Dash death is simply not his goal.

So yeah what Rainbow Dash is doing is a valid tactic, but only because she's doing it to someone who wants her alive, attacking the murderous monster who don't care about you is foolish, attacking the enemy whose plans need you alive to get information for the rematch, is a smart move.

If you're playing a Teen Titan game, Raven can totally attack the Trigon cultists, no matter how much stronger they are than she is, because the worst they can do to her is capture her, their god needs her alive to get into their world after all, so if they are fanatic enough, they will literally take a bullet for her, while she's attacking them, so it's not metagaming, to have Raven attack a vastly superior gathering of Trigon cultists, because Raven knows that they need her alive, so she has no fear of dying to them, similarly here Discord want to play with the PCs, and broken toys are no fun, so unless Rainbow Dask actually manage to put his life in danger, there's no chance of him killing her, and if she manage to put his life in danger, there's a chance she kills him first.
Zaranthan 21st Aug 2018, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
I don't think Dash is metagaming here, she's simply read Discord like a book. A god of pranks and mischief doesn't want to kill anyone, because the dead cannot laugh (or be embarrassed, or uncomfortab