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Newbiespud 1st Dec 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
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To clarify the previous update's Author's Note a tad: I don't truly believe gaslighting is Discord's main technique. It seems to me more a byproduct of his relentless manipulative improvisation – an error of highly predictive and reactive GMing in general, perhaps. Sometimes what the "plan" really was and what the "stakes" really are is hard to pin down and keep there. (Especially when you're on the fourth rewrite of a particular comic page and you're starting to confuse yourself on what Discord's dialogue should reveal at this juncture.)

There's also something to the notion that the divisive Discord discourse in the comments (which, for the record, I'm okay with up until personal attacks get trotted out) is a result of people seeing different versions of the same events – applying their personal experiences to interpret certain implications, calling those interpretations facts, accusing others' interpretations of those implications as being mere phantoms, and questioning whether others have actually seen or read the same material.

So yeah. I feel like I'm learning a bit about gaslighting by writing this character in this arc. I apologize for not expanding on that thought earlier.

117 Comments:

ThatGuest 1st Dec 2018, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Sweet holy hell there might actually be a little hope. The GM has gotten sick of the schtickt and realized what's going on! *fires off fireworks and orgonizes a parade to celebrate the historic moment*
Digo Dragon 1st Dec 2018, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
About TIME that the GM grew a spine to take control of their own campaign.

And it's nice that the party is finding some cohesion again. Dropping the curse show and talking to each other on regrouping to find a plan of attack. Finally, working together! Yes!
Spoony Viking 1st Dec 2018, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Personally, I don't think it's a matter of "spine". I think it's more of a matter of him not realising something was wrong until now.
Mr Wednesday 1st Dec 2018, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
That’s not really any better, is it, @SpoonyViking? Not noticing something is wrong until this point suggests the Main GM has been on Mars this whole time, with their eyes shut and their fingers in their ears.

As for the players dropping the curse show, where was this in the library? If they all were on Twilight’s side why did they just stand there looking upset?
Rakaydos 2nd Dec 2018, 2:40 AM edit delete reply
Main GM has been feeling powerless, run over by DiscorDM. The last page, "Would you have let me?"/"It's your game." was a transformitave moment for the main GM- reminding him that it IS his game, and he CAN step in if things are getting out of hand, something he wasnt sure about with his old game master hamming it up with game altering powers.
ThatGuest 2nd Dec 2018, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
It is troubling still though how much Discord didn't want to give control back and it seemed to take outright fear to at least, temporarily force him into relenting.