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Newbiespud 4th Dec 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
FAQ: "Hey Spud, don't you miss the days of FiD where comic pages got three-digit comments almost every week?"
Me: "No, not really."

So by now, the divisive Discord discourse is starting to cast for HP instead of mana, and I can see a few battle lines forming. As fascinated as I am by how various alternate interpretations have slowly entrenched into alternate realities, I gotta prioritize keeping my comic's comment section a civil, unstressful place.

So do you want to know what I think about Discord? Well, I don't know for sure yet. I haven't finished writing him. Even if I do come down with a firm judgment... I'm the author. I'm dead. Some of you will choose to see what you want to see regardless.

You're all seeing the DMs and the players through the lens of your own experiences. Sometimes awful experiences. Players who've been problem cases when DMs give it their all. DMs who've taken things way too far with total disregard for their players. Cases where there's a clear villain, and cases where it's just a matter of playstyles clashing or personal non-cohesion. Even with all the stories told over the many years this comic's been running, I've never seen so many perspectives on this conflict that is perhaps the most central to tabletop roleplaying. I could never have expected all this when I started writing; I'll admit that freely.

What is Discord, to me? I think I have to say something if I want this discussion to cool down for a while. At this moment, with just a small buffer in front of me, Discord is... well, in some ways, a parody of some of the "genius" DMs I've known and heard about over the years, their traits dialed up to 11... and handed a challenging target, which they pursue with all of their ability.

Discord isn't acting with "evil in his heart," in my mind... He's an attack dog. He's only paying attention to the characters' reactions and emotions as much as it gives him data to further utilize against them. And he thinks it's okay because he knows the players are supposed to win in the end and supposedly get a massive, well-earned catharsis out of it. That's how it's always worked, for the best villains of the "genius" DMs.

77 Comments:

KSClaw 4th Dec 2018, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
The DM is allowed to be upset too, Twilight.
Digo Dragon 4th Dec 2018, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Perhaps so, but Twi might feel that the GM's idea to bring in DiscordDM is a direct result of how Twi broke the GM's first campaign arc with gathering the elements. This arc is indeed going the GM's way, and Twi has been frustrated over ther inability to affect things or contribute meaningfully due to all the interruptions and the cursed PCs not engaging her.

Another way to put it, Twi thinks the GM got what they asked for, but the GM thinks maybe not what they wanted.
ThatGuest 4th Dec 2018, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
I do feel sympathy for the GM now that reality is hitting home but it's also kind of a 'reap what you sow' scenario. They wanted everyone cursed and squabbling and at each others throats, well......~ta-da~

I know that they're inexperienced but part of me still thinks this idea was on par with "You started a fight at a soccer game. How did you think this was going to end well?" *stands in the middle of a burning city*
Borg 4th Dec 2018, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
I think it's more along the lines of "You started a game of Diplomacy. How did you think this was going to end?" Yes it's a game with a reputation for ruining friendships, but if you chose to play it you probably thought your group would be able to not take it too far.
Bartimaeus 4th Dec 2018, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
"You started a game of Mario Party. How did you think this was going to end?"
HappyEevee 4th Dec 2018, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Nothing ruins friendships faster than Mario Party.
obscurereader 4th Dec 2018, 9:34 PM edit delete reply