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29th Nov 2018, 6:00 AM
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Spark Into Flames
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Newbiespud 29th Nov 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
...I think I might be learning a little bit about gaslighting by writing this arc and this interpretation of this character. Kind of a scary thought.

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ThatGuest 29th Nov 2018, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
So Twilight's true colors are being frustrated, angry and annoyed when she's being ignored and those around her are being either unhelpful or detrimental to the goal of playing a game that they all came over to play?

Pretty sure that's a normal human reaction.

However I applaud Spud for writing such an infuriating asshole well. In RL at this point Discord would have a chair in mid flight aimed at his head. That or my DM would have thrown him out a window an hour ago and told him if he ever came near his house again he'd kick the crap out of him.
Digo Dragon 29th Nov 2018, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Wait, only one pony left untouched? What about Rainbow Dash? Thought she wasn't cursed either, unless it was super subtle?

I consider much of Twilight's frustration to be IC, but I agree that it would be a normal reaction even OOC. As I've mentioned before, AJ's curse was the only one that would have prevented her from being helpful. Any helpfulness the others didn't provide was their choice to make.

The GM really should have stepped in more, but he/she let this train drive itself off the rails. I've been in a game where players started into an argument IC, it spills OOC, and the GM just sat there on their smartphone instead of putting the breaks to work things out. I as a player tried to calm the scene, but when the GM doesn't back me up, there wasn't much I could do on the argument. The game ended up dissolving and the group stopped meeting for a while.

A couple weeks later one of the players from the argument suffered a heart attack at work. He didn't survive the surgery. That group never came back together since then, and it was a tragedy that our last session ended so sour and since there was no way to make amends to one of the players. So yeah, don't be like that GM and just watch an argument unfold. Step in and calm the situation. Take charge and negotiate peace.
Smiles 29th Nov 2018, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Bets that this is the GM's "Wait, what?"

IDK, Twilight didn't actually try and RP getting through the curse, she went straight to 'use elements, fix problem'. That seems like what Discord would've predicted her to do OOC, so it really feels like she's the one he's talking about. I guess the question is if he had to curse RD or if she really got off scott free due to not caring about Cloudsdale.
THE OTHER GUEST 29th Nov 2018, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
What would she "RP through"? She wasn't "Cursed" like the rest of them, and as an outsider to their drama has a different perspective on their altered behavior. She didn't have anything instigating her as a player to act differently IC (other than her mounting understandable frustration over how uncooperative her friends are being), and her usual M.O. IC is to try and Solve the Problem in front of her, and she does "RP" through most of that when appropriate.

To this point, no-one in the party so far has anything along the lines of "Remove Curse", either as an ability or utility item, and the Elements were a known Purifying Force previously, so trying to find them was made a priority, made more-so since that seemed to be where they were being lead by their regular GM.

Comments she's made previously have given me the impression that she does have a different idea of how to get rid of her Friends' curses, but that she hasn't acted to pursue that course of action makes me think it's either Longer odds, or exponentially less expedient than if the Elements had Worked.
ThatGuest 29th Nov 2018, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
A GM shouldn't be afraid to eject someone either. We were trying to get a superhero game off the ground one time and we were all introducing our characters. Mine was a very standard golden age style hero, colorful, peppy, upbeat, kinda like the animated Flash from the older justice league cartoon. Well a couple of the other players wanted to be violent, edgelord punisher type "heroes" and started ripping into how stupid they thought my character was and how childish and pathetic it was that I wanted to make someone, you know, heroic.

In no time the GM told them that we weren't playing the game and they needed to get out. When they tried to downplay it and convince him things were fine he -very- firmly told them to get out NOW. He also made it clear that they would never be welcome back at anything he was involved in and he blocked them on everything he could.
Scytale 29th Nov 2018, 6:51 AM edit delet