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23rd Oct 2018, 6:00 AM
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Mask Effect
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Newbiespud 23rd Oct 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
YOU get a soapbox! YOU get a soapbox!

I know I lose a few people when I drop a computer/console gaming reference, but alas, I've played so much BioWare content that it's practically part of my DNA. I gotta exorcise it a little bit every now and then.

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Zetsus 23rd Oct 2018, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
I mean, let's be real here Dashie's got a point. When you're playing chicken with an all powerful deity you're going to get boned no question about it, the only difference is /how/ you get shafted.

She basically decided to take a social hit instead of a literal one, and as such (in so much as the party is concerned) she's the only one besides Twilight that's uncursed at the moment.

From a tactical standpoint her choice has merit, if not from a moral one. But then again sometimes you have to do the "Horrible Algebra" to use Discworld terms, and the needs of the many don't always outweigh the needs of the few or the one, especially if that one is gearing up to throw down against an all powerful god to save those many who said god was just going to torture regardless.
terrycloth 23rd Oct 2018, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Or you can say, 'paying the ransom just encourages them to take more hostages later'. Once you've established that you don't care about anything, everyone else is safe from your enemies.
Winged Cat 23rd Oct 2018, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
What terrycloth said. In Dash's opinion, she could let Cloudsdale get hit and stay uncursed, or take the curse...and likely (in her opinion of DiscorDM) see Cloudsdale get hit anyway.

So the choice actually reduces to "curse or no curse". Her choice did not affect whether Cloudsdale would get hit. From that angle, as she said, the choice she made was meaningless.
Luna 23rd Oct 2018, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
I doubt RD considered the tactical merits of her choice, but I agree that, in my opinion, her decision has merits. The main one, and the one that AJ is disregarding by bringing this up ooc : Dash stayed true to her character, which is a chaotic evil barbarian that is loyal mainly toward her party.

Her decision was just that : stayt true to her party and no care for the innocent bystanders. AJ seems to be assuming that everybody in the party is, or should be, lawful good and act accordingly, but that's not true and shouldn't be true.

And really, bringing this ooc is just another bad move on her part, in my opinion. That means she's chastising the player instead of the character, which can sour things up way too much for the table's harmony.
DuoScratch 23rd Oct 2018, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Actually, AJ doesn't think that at all. It's very clear, based on her dialogue, what she's really sick of is covering for the CE Barb. She doesn't expect Dash to change, she's just sick of having all of Dash's CE actions backlash onto the group as a whole, which is a problem in a group of mostly good, if not at least neutral characters.

There are plenty of times when groups just get sick of handling the Chaotic Stupid's fallout. That being said though, Dash doesn't really do all that much (at least from what we're privy to) to truly reflect poorly on the group, so this might be some crap from other games entirely.
Dakkath 23rd Oct 2018, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
Don't forget, Dash's choice was
A) choose Cloudsdale, the party loses Discord's game, Dash probably gets cursed
or B) choose to stick with the party, have a better chance of saving all of Equestria, save Cloudsdale as part of that.
ThatGuest 23rd Oct 2018, 2:24 PM edit delete