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Newbiespud 12th Jul 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Some people want to be the star of their own action movie, some want to be the protagonist of their own political intrigue fantasy novel. Different strokes.

Got not one but two episodes of Fallout is Dragons today, which means the buffer has run out and you've all finally caught up with us players! Tomorrow's game will be a new experience for everyone! We've recently taken to streaming it live on my hitbox.tv channel (game starts Sunday 7PM PDT).
Session 17: Dropbox YouTube
Session 17.5: Dropbox YouTube

Also, there's some supplementary news regarding both Patreon and the immediate future of the podcast, which you can read in blog post format over here.

35 Comments:

Disloyal Subject 12th Jul 2014, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Why choose between the two? Action movies are "at least 60% people walking and talking," after all. That's plenty of room for social intrigue, provided the setting allows for it and the DM possesses the considerable skill needed to pull it off.
Digo 12th Jul 2014, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
The secret to a good, well-rounded movie. :D Give it a bit of everything in a clean story frame.
Newbiespud 12th Jul 2014, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
That's kind of why I said "some, some" and not "some, others." There's more than two categories, naturally.

I'd almost call it a spectrum, but I just realized I have no idea where the heck the Fallout is Dragons campaign lies on that scale, so I've suddenly lost all confidence in knowing what I'm talking about.
Great Dinn 12th Jul 2014, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Well, wherever it falls its a ten! ^_^
Guest 12th Jul 2014, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
You mean a Natural 20, right?
Digo 13th Jul 2014, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
Unless they can only take 10. ;)
Digo 12th Jul 2014, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
My players are predictably towards the murder-hobo end of the spectrum. It's not hard to please them by throwing monsters and treasure in their laps.
Jannard 12th Jul 2014, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Our group has been extremely diverse from time to time. Not many murder hobos, but we've had a few. And one Pinkie Pie, which I find difficult to classify in that spectrum.
FanOfMostEverything 13th Jul 2014, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie is always a category unto herself, no matter the context.
T 12th Jul 2014, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
A bit of harem and horror too?
aerion111 12th Jul 2014, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
I think that's actually a vital part of why DnD-movies will never be overly successful; Depending on the group, it tends to be 4 hours (per session) of either straight murder-hoboing, or low-quality dialogue and a lot of bumbling about trying to find the plot-hook they lost two towns back.
Disloyal Subject 12th Jul 2014, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
...wow, I get out of bed to find that I wasted the first post on an xkcd reference and triggered some conversation.
I agree strongly with Spud & Jannard regarding the nonlinear spectrum of game content (I might make a chart later, 'cause this is bugging me now) and the wisdom of recognizing confusion, and having similar group composition to Jannard. I'm actually pretty bad at running for murderhoboes, because they kill things that they weren't supposed to and wind up getting jailed. Repeatedly.
And I'm waxing eloquent again... Bah, back to sleep for me.
I need to catch up on Fallout is Dragons... Now that I'm commuting again, I guess I have time.
The-Hittite 12th Jul 2014, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
New DnD goal: create a 90 pound gymnast and have her beat up absolutely everyone.
Codeman 12th Jul 2014, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
So basically the Acrobat from the old D&D cartoon? She was pretty badass.
Digo 13th Jul 2014, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
I liked that cartoon. :D
The Erik in the cartoon looked *Exactly* like an old friend of mine. Same name too XD
The-Hittite 13th Jul 2014, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
<a href="http://xkcd.com/311/">Required reading.</a>
Digo 14th Jul 2014, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
One of the BEST ones. Classic.
Guest 15th Jul 2014, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
Of course just like every political intrigue fantasy novel has room for a few anonymously thrown knives embedding themselves in the hearts of gorgeous last hopes for a happy ending. Balance!
Toric 12th Jul 2014, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
This reminds me just a little of several scenes in Red and Red 2.

Story time: tell about when a social or combat encounter went the completely opposite direction of what you expected.
Pseudonym Sam 12th Jul 2014, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
I once GM'ed a Victorian-era campaign, in which the players were a team of explorers racing to the center of the earth (inspired by the Jules Verne novel) against other national expeditions. The party was having an in-character planning conference at the mansion of their patron, Baron Richard Cecil Kipling Stanley Pearson III.

As the players were discussing routes and logistics, one player decides on a whim that his character, Mr. Duxley, is actually an ASSASSIN hired by the Russians to sabotage the party! This totally caught me by surprise, but I let him try. He pulls out of stick of dynamite, cuts a length of fuse, pulls out a match...

This is not very subtle. "To what purpose are you preparing that stick of dynamite, Mr. Duxley?" the baron asks.

"Your death, my Lord. Got to love those Russians!" Mr. Duxley resumes preparing his stick of dynamite...

Baron Richard Cecil Kipling Stanley Pearson III calmly stands up, draws his revolver, and shoots Mr. Duxley in the chest from across the table.
Euric 12th Jul 2014, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Ooh, ooh, I finally have one!

Ok, so I'm dming a noob game (we were all first time players) and my sister was playing a lawful good cleric. The thing is, irl, she is LG with fantasies of CN, being a assassin, puting c4 in cupcakes, etc, and it came across in her character.
Long story short, the party found a group of goblins in the woods who they thought to be behind the theft of healing herbs from town. They killed all but one, who they knocked out for questioning. When he came around he wouldn't tell them anything, so the group was discussing ways to make him talk, when the cleric suggested that they cut off a finger. The other two players agreed so
Euric 12th Jul 2014, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Ugh, dumb touchscreen. Anyway,I thought it was a joke, but the other players agreed, so the ranger cut off the goblins finger with an axe. It took me a good fifteen seconds to realise that they were serious and come up with what happened (which was the goblin screaming and attempting to run, only to be cut down by the same axe that took his finger).
Fishtie 12th Jul 2014, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
The first combat in the first campaign I DM'd was against a CR 1 against a pair of elven warriors (tribals turned to banditry). One died in the fighting, but the other didn't hit -10 HP.

The party then proceeds to spend a REAL LIFE HALF-HOUR beating and healing him to try and find out what he knew (nothing) then trying to force him into 'clean living'.

When he tried to bite his own tongue to kill himself they just healed him and then hit him some more for trying.

That was a... interesting campaign.
kriss1989 12th Jul 2014, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
In my opinion, a player usually has three motivations for their play style. There have even been "official lists" in D&D books for GMs to use. Under the set I use (from 3.5) I am a Dramatist (want a compelling narrative), Actor (want to play a fleshed out and rounded character), and Explorer (want to go to NEW locations and face NEW challenges).
Raxon 12th Jul 2014, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Swooning at the table? Nicely done, Spud!
Von 12th Jul 2014, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Makes sense, even bayformers is really just 19 minutes of robot fighting for the first three movies.

Remember, combat in game term takes minutes to seconds (10 rounds, bam, you just had a one minute fight)
It be a long day if it was nothing but fighting.
Disloyal Subject 12th Jul 2014, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Took us four hours to run a three round combat the other day...
5 PCs, 6 mooks, and 3 elites, 1 being the target. Very shooty, much shrapnel, so risky, wow
Digo 13th Jul 2014, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Four hours for 3 rounds? Wow!
Disloyal Subject 14th Jul 2014, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Yeah. Granted, it was text-only, which slows things down a bit, but still. I panicked a bit when a teammate grazed the guy I'd spent the whole combat aiming at with autofire, but in the end I got to tally up my ridiculous aim bonuses and get a guaranteed hit (short of a critfail) called shot to the boss' head, with bonus damage dice per degree of success. There was no head to bring back as evidence that job...
We also spent a fair amount of time clarifying locations, since 3 of us were on a barge with the baddies and 2 were in a rowboat. There was more concern than usual about that since those of us on the barge might get knocked off by explosions, and the water below was so vile that brief immersion in it triggered random mutations.
kitty 12th Jul 2014, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Uhh, dont know if my eyes are playing triks on me or not but... did you add Sunglasses over Tavi's eyes?
Zaerosz 12th Jul 2014, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
Your eyes are playing tricks on you.
Specter 12th Jul 2014, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Specter
I didn't even realize Octavia (or Dr. Hooves for that matter (Is it?)) were in the page until you said something.
Disloyal Subject 14th Jul 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
It's not. Different mane and cutie mark; plus, bowties are 11's thing - pony!11 is generally bare. TVtropes lists this - violinist? Is that a violin or a viola? - as Concerto, but apparently it's a fan-given name.
dracostarcloud 13th Jul 2014, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
dracostarcloud
Nah. Just thick eyebrows.
Specter 12th Jul 2014, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
Specter
Video!

I don't even know what to say about last page, I can't work technology well, but I still learned how I can fix the (same) problem from the experience, so, that's a plus.

Double video still, just to make up for it. :)

Video 1

Video 2

I forgot which videos I have done, and I can't theme well. :)