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21st Nov 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Noh Brother
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Newbiespud 21st Nov 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
You don't have to make everything about tackling your personal demons, Spud.
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22 Comments:

Digo 21st Nov 2020, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Spud, the last panel is possibly the greatest joke you have told in recent memory. I have to add 'recent' because your comic has been going on for years and never got stale. So that's two accomplishments! Yay!

Now the players need a plan B.
dziadek1990 21st Nov 2020, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
You get a character! YOU get a character!

EVERYBODY GETS A CHARACTER!
KSClaw 21st Nov 2020, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Ooof no, I do not think "actual" Zephyr would be fun to have as a player...
Wulfraed 21st Nov 2020, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
Was that a Fluttershy-silent door slamming?
Story Time 21st Nov 2020, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Any story when the GM offer someone a character that no one want?
Winged Cat 21st Nov 2020, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Technically, any game with pregenerated characters where at least one is not taken - especially if two or more players take copies of another character (say, male/female fraternal twins where a given character has one name if played male and another name if played female).
RuBoo 21st Nov 2020, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
That reminds me that I want to play this Starfinder campaign by the name of Skitter Shot. It’s got pre-generated characters, one of whom I want to play... But, alas, no GM, and no other players...
Guest 22nd Nov 2020, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Probably not what you meant, BUT we used to have a DM of... Notably poor skill with a bad habit so dealing in both favors and favoritism in tabletop, and a habit of starting a game, running it two or three times, then scrapping it for another,or running multiple games for MOSTLY the same people...

He had a habit of making... Decisions for the PCs, usually in the form of forcing a familiar or the like no one wanted into the party... For example, killing off my wizards parrot Familiar(I like birds, only reason) and giving him a plot-critical Imp familiar instead to act like a guide cuz we got Railroaded into hell... Which I honestly feel like he stole from something...

And should we actually refuse this sort of shit, he tends to, out of spite. Kill said critter and make us feel bad for not wanting it... And generally end the game a week later out of the blue.

On the note of the campaign above, he had a idea where all the PCs would die and then have to work their way out of hell... Disregarding everyone's actual alignments or Religous leanings for any divine casters... And absalutely everyone passed on it as it frankly did not sound fun.

So, a few days later he supposedly had a new idea, more generally fantasy, and we all jumped aboard... Only for us to all "totally not die and just get teleported to hell ambiguously"... Which for me had my throat basically get torn out by a hellhound... Or "grabbed and dragged there" by it.

He basically tricked us into playing a game we all passed on. Via absalutely blatant lies.

There was never a second session... And how the first session went, honestly felt like he had nothing prepared for after we actually get TO hell.... Which was another issue he had in both tabletop and the old Forum RPS "Well, do stuff!" With minimal or no information to work off of...

As a reactive DM myself, I can tell that's sort of what he was going for, but you need to provide hooks and seeds still...

He also had a issue of trying to, persistently, get you to play class/race/personality combinations he would as a aPC, with those that do getting immense favoritism, which loops back into the Proposed Storytime a bit...

Have not heard hide nor hair of this jackass in literally years, and I am not eager to remedy that... One of like, two friends I've intentionally left behind over the years...

Still not as bad as the Typo-elemental whoms definition of friend was "people I benefit from being associated with", who insisted every game abandon the DMs plot and become a Civilization Builder game, and ruined the phrase "a slice of the pie" for me forever... But that's a completely separate story about Megaman, Megamind, DMPCs, and a guy who completely did not see the issue with the PCs traveling with a level 20 DMPC who was explicitly the leader, in a "I will end the game if I don't get my way" manner.

...why do all my Storytime entries end up about either these two or Dave, whom is the cosmic balance for the other two...
Hariman 22nd Nov 2020, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
The only examples I have are from people who I ended up hating gaming with, so they don't get the dignity of their exploits being told to others.
albedoequals1 21st Nov 2020, 10:19 AM Family Ties edit delete reply
albedoequals1
Haha, that last panel hits a little close to home. As a GM I'm always tempted to try to make everyone and everything be connected to the players somehow, but sometimes it's better to have things be just what they seem and nothing more.
Digo Dragon 21st Nov 2020, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, that's the best way to go about it. If the PCs want to adopt an NPC, let them do the work for it. That way they have a cast of characters following who aren't going to antagonize them in bad ways.
Jannard 21st Nov 2020, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Makes sense, wouldn't want constant reminders of real-life drama within the game. Especially since, unlike Twilight's player, this is all it would be, only an annoying reminder, not "a chance to reconnect with her estranged family".
Jennifer 21st Nov 2020, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Is that Guard officer FEMALE?
Ransom4 21st Nov 2020, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Ransom4
Season 9 noticeably had many more female members of the royal guard (and more varied royal guard designs in general).
Famout 22nd Nov 2020, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Famout
Head canon if Zephyr was actually brought into the game: Flutters Brother comes along to play, annoys the DM enough to just be given Zephyr as a character, and plays the role painfully "well."
Eroraf 22nd Nov 2020, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
I saw the title and immediately thought of the Noh mask from Inuyasha. I see neither masks nor demons here. I am vaguely disappointed.
Jennifer 22nd Nov 2020, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
I'm always reminded of the Noh Theater sketch from MST3K.
kimjongunbabbies 23rd Nov 2020, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
I thought of actual Noh theater but didn't have any jokes to share. At least Dash didn't have to do any dances for Zephyr just to leave, though.

That's a reference to an actual Noh play called Hagoromo, by the way.
kimjongunbabbies 22nd Nov 2020, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
And with the non-canonization of Zephyr as Flutters' brother, we're averting Real Life Writes the Plot!

Meanwhile, on Jutsu & Jinchuuriki...

(Uncanny timing is uncanny.)
Otterfriend 23rd Nov 2020, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
I haven't seen Pinkie or Applejack in these past few pages. I presume that this is due to limitations of the screencaps, but, in-game, are they present but "offscreen", or are they holding the fort back at the palace?
Newbiespud 23rd Nov 2020, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
They've been very present but very offscreen.
keybounce 23rd Nov 2020, 10:30 PM Wii! Wii! Wii!!! edit delete reply
Does panel 2 remind anyone else of Mario Kart?