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22nd Jan 2019, 6:00 AM
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Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Speaking of DM hubris, there's new RPG livestream/podcast content coming down the pipe, hopefully launching this coming Sunday. Multiple campaigns, in fact, under the broad heading of "Spudventures." The first is a short FATE mini-campaign that I'm running, and I'm also later playing in a 5th edition dungeon-crawl with a bit of a twist. More info on those things as they approach and solidify!


Randonimity 22nd Jan 2019, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
As a reader, I find one of the slightly confusing aspects of the comic is that the IC and OOC divide between what the characters say and what the players say is not immediately clear. The base "assumption" is that things being said in word balloons are always "in character", except there are so many panels where it's more of "out of character" discussion occurring.

This lack of separation/distinction reminds me of what a DM did to my friend during his very first game. Friend's PC (level 1 warlock, fairly squishy, still learning the ropes) gets downed by some zombies and Friend is sad that he's "dead."

The more experienced players assure him that he's just down, he can be brought back up and continue with the game. The cleric heals him while the others deal with the zombies.

Friend declares "Thank god!" in relief, because it's his first game and his first time getting downed so he still hasn't fully differentiated between being "dead" and "unconscious."

DM goes "Do you say that in character?" with this smug smirk.

Friend just seems confused but hesitantly goes "Y-yes?"

DM declares that the zombies hear him make a declaration of gratitude to "God" and they swarm him, ignoring the other PCs and killing Friend's character. All the while DM has this self-satisfied smirk on his face.

Friend doesn't play with that DM anymore.
Digo Dragon 22nd Jan 2019, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I sometimes have the IC/OOC confusion in a game I'm running, so I'll ask which is it of the player. I don't blame your Friend for not wanting to play after an incident like that though. I never take satisfaction if a player's character dies in my game, even if it is by their own action. I see characters as investments and why would I be happy to see a failed investment?

Anyway, hope your Friend has better experiences and stays around.

Also, I love your avatar. Where is she from?
Randonimity 22nd Jan 2019, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Friend thankfully gave D&D another shot mostly because, in his own words, he didn't know any better than what a GOOD sessions was supposed to be like and his close friend assured him the zombie session was NOT a good session. He ended up playing in our Dragonheist campaign and he said the difference between them was immediately apparent.

@Tempestfury, albedoequals1, Khyrin - That DM is infamous in our gaming circles that it reached the point that no "veteran" wants to play under him and a lot of players don't want to play WITH him. I have no personal experience with that DM but a couple of my other friends have played under him and they confirm the vindictive nature of his DMing.

@Digo - Hee, thank you! She's my pony OC Sea Whip. I made her back when I was super into FiM but my spark for the show dimmed since Equestria Girls aired and the shoujo-limbs-proportions just turned me off completely.

@Hankroyd - Agree to disagree with liking the confusion. As someone who got into RP via PbP, it was super important that ooc/ic is distinguished because it results in a LOT of drama otherwise. Not to mention text does NOT convey tone and a sarcastic/teasing turn of phrase can be mistaken to be sincere/snide, especially if the reader is the charitable sort and vice versa.
Digo Dragon 22nd Jan 2019, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That shirt Sea Whip wears for a bit reminded me of original Star Trek uniforms. She looks like she'd be a badass space explorer. :D

Yeah, my spark for the show has dimmed as well. I feel the show has run its course for the most part. Maybe it should have ended on a high note, taken a short sabbatical ,and then start fresh with a new premise. One with 100% less skinny human doll characters like Equestria Girls.
Randonimity 22nd Jan 2019, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
@Digo - It's supposed to be something of a "chest armor" as she was originally conceptualized for a parallel dimension version of Equestria but with a sci-fantasy setting. Whip's the on-board scientist/mechanic looking for her mentor who disappeared under questionable circumstances.

I never got around to finding a game for her nor did my enthusiasm for the show stick around long enough for me to write a story for her.
Digo Dragon 24th Jan 2019, 6:01 AM edit