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Twilight Brew (Teaser)
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Newbiespud 9th Sep 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Author: frostedWarlock

Newbiespud's Note: Here we go! A six-page mini-arc to tide you over while I kick back and play Destiny- I mean, take a break. (PS3, Name: Lockshield) Expect shenanigans.

70 Comments:

Digo 9th Sep 2014, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash soooo speaks to me from my last experience playing Shadowrun. :D
you know that guy 9th Sep 2014, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
I think Rarity is the one speaking.
frostedWarlock 9th Sep 2014, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash is the one talking.
Disloyal Subject 10th Sep 2014, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
RD's mouth is open. Rarity & Applejack look rather... Frazzled.
Wyvern 9th Sep 2014, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash speaks in light blue letters. Also, who would be more likely to burst into angry yelling?
FanOfMostEverything 9th Sep 2014, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Ouch. I hope Twilight at least got a friendship roleplaying lesson out of the experience.
AJBulldis 9th Sep 2014, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Wow, abandoning half-eaten food? That's a special kind of angry.
Digo 9th Sep 2014, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
No kiddin! I've never seen a PC so angry that they'd leave their food behind.
Curb 9th Sep 2014, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
I have, and only once...wasn't pretty...
CharginChuck 9th Sep 2014, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
So the GM looks like Lauren Faust? Honestly, I never thought of that before, but it does make perfect sense.

Of course, in my head, she'll still have Patrick Stewart's voice....
Night Sage 9th Sep 2014, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Night Sage
I always heard Morgan Freeman's voice when reading the GM's lines.
frostedWarlock 9th Sep 2014, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
"Batman, can you get me a roll of stamps? I just need a roll of stamps, Batman."
Newbiespud 9th Sep 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
I've left the interpretation of the DM pretty open.
Specter 9th Sep 2014, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Yes, yes you have, and I would like to say thank you for that because (I'm banking that you did this purposely and for maybe this reason) individual interpretation is probably a highlight in any writing.
Raxon 10th Sep 2014, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I would like to say something on the subject of interpretation. If you are writing a satire, or something silly, you might want to veer away from leaving things open to interpretation.

For example, as a gag, I had Raxon develop a thing that lets you filter any movie through it, and you can apply several effects. First, there is the "Cagifier". This turns any and all actors into Nicholas Cage. Including nonhuman actors. This was played off as silly and amusing.

Then there was a thing that you have to pay for. It removes all clothes from the film. This was a very, very bad thing, and Raxon was punished for it. He was forced to go and get back every single copy. That said, people were using the filter on porn. the filter stripped the outermost layer, so some people tried using the filter on porn where nobody had clothes, ever. Turns out skin is the outermost layer then. The nudifier was taken out, and a skinless filter was put in its place.

Despite the fact that all of this was essentially just really good CGI, opinions were mixed on the ability to have various actors play every single part in something. Some actors thought it was hilarious, others thought it was abhorrent.

Personally? I thought the idea of playing some chick flick with every role portrayed by Conan era Schwarzenegger was hilarious. Or Twilight, but with all the roles played by Brad Pitt, reprising his role as Tyler Durden. So, good? Bad? Heavily opinionated, and split down the middle according to my friends.

The nudifier? Yeah, that was a very, very bad decision. But come on, Raxon is the pinnacle of good decisions, right? When has he ever made bad choices, or done things on poorly conceived ideas? When has he ever done anything that could be considered even remotely- Yeah, I can't say that with a straight face. China, grey ring, that whole thing with all the dead muggers, moon base prostitutes, vegan meat substitutes, the roofie bomb incident...

Oh, right, back on subject. Be careful about leaving things open to interpretation, because people tend to err on the stupid side unless you point things out.
CharginChuck 9th Sep 2014, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
"Hey, Batman....Batman...the one in the suit...BRUCE WAYNE!

You know, Batman."
TheFreshDM 9th Sep 2014, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Great now I can't un imagine the DM looking like Lauren Faust yet talking like Morgan Freeman. Still in my opinion this just made the comic way better.
What is My Destiny? 9th Sep 2014, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Say, Spud -- how's solo play on Destiny? The massive ad campaign makes it look like a... heavily advertised game, but I have no interest in seeking out new variations of misanthropic "You Mom" jokes.

I do remember being bored with Halo's story campaign. I have no idea if Destiny is worth getting into if I've never enjoyed, say, WoW.
Newbiespud 9th Sep 2014, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Actually pretty good! Voice chat is extremely limited, even in the competitive modes, so there are pretty much zero trolls to listen to. Most of the missions can be completed solo (and they have instanced sections, so no one who's not in your fireteam will be joining you).

After playing the open beta, I previously described Destiny as "Halo 2, the MMO." Now I'd probably insert "meets Diablo," but that's basically the game, for better or worse. Either that statement entices you or it repels you. It worked for me.
Destiny is Downloading! 9th Sep 2014, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Thanks -- that does help. I'll give it a shot. Should be downloaded and installed by the time I've gotten home today.
kriss1989 9th Sep 2014, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Going to be on the PS3 myself. Aiming for my Kriss1989 name.
you know that guy 9th Sep 2014, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
Umm, what will you do if that name is already taken?
kriss1989 10th Sep 2014, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Scream with the furious energy of a thousand exploding suns. Then pick something else and announce it here.
NellzDaBlackKing 9th Sep 2014, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Same, I'm gonna most likely get on the weekend when I get my paycheck, so on PS3 look up nellzdablackking if you're interested.
Destiny is Fun! 10th Sep 2014, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
You were right, Spud. Solo'ing has been a good time so far. I managed to help snipe for a couple of random teams I spotted on Mars this morning.

Did I miss something during character creation? It seemed to force me to use my PS Network user ID. And I so wanted my Hunter to be named Tinkerhell...
ClosetBrony?! 9th Sep 2014, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie looks like she's gonna go nuts and murder someone any second now... and just what the 'eck happened to Applejack??
Has anyone had any incidents where a player just stormed either before or during a session, or perhaps a break? Or even had a player look like they'll go nuts any second now?

I don't have any particular stories of such things except for one during my first campaign as a player; another player got into an argument with his girlfriend and he ended up tearing up his character sheet and ragequitting, declaring his character dead. We all looked at each other in bewilderment for a minute before one of the players chimed in, "I loot the corpse!"
And everything was okay..

Digo 9th Sep 2014, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
I've had two incidents where I created pre-made characters for the PCs. In both cases they were simply for a short adventure to kick off a campaign with their own characters.

The first was for a Superhero campaign. I created a team that was about 25 years the party's senior and ran a 1-session adventure where they busted into the BBEG's lab and took him down. The events of that set up the BBEg for the actual PCs to battle with 25 years later. Worked out well.

Another was for a post-apocalypse campaign. The 1-shot adventure was a set of soldiers during the "day the bombs dropped". This didn't turn out well as the PCs had different allegiances and weren't knowledgeable in military jargon and tactics... at least it was short. When the campaign proper began we all forgot that little bit at the beginning. :)
sjosten 9th Sep 2014, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
I always played with my kid brothers, so pre-made characters happened more often than usual in gaming groups for us. This stopped pretty quickly after I let one of my brothers start making his own, and they were bizarre and creative.
evileeyore 9th Sep 2014, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
evileeyore
My guess? The premade characters hit a nerve...
Curb 9th Sep 2014, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
From the look of things...yeah...raw nerves at that...even flutters looks pissed.

Twi - Here are your pre-made characters.
Everyone but Dash - Really?? Really???
Dash - What is this Shit???
guy 9th Sep 2014, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
whenever players are mad at the GM, it is almost invariably because said GM has been seen to be too controlling.
Whether or not they are RIGHT is a case - by -case thing, though.
I know this, because I have been both a controlling GM and an unruly player.
guy 9th Sep 2014, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Ah. Should have been more careful when reading this. Yes, pre-mades are infuriating.
Still, I feel bad for twilight.
Raxon 10th Sep 2014, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Guy, I'm watching you. You're on thin ice, mister. You best not be starting any more haiku themed apocolypses.

If you do, I swear, as soon as the onion rings run out, I'll eat you first.
Mykin 9th Sep 2014, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Huh, a re-enactment of every dnd game I was ever in until the 10 grade? And it gets to be told from the DM's perspective?? Sure, it'll be fun to finally be on the outside looking in for once!

But dang it, why did it have to be Twilight of all people?!...Besides the fact that, out of all of them, she has the more controlling personality...
JenBurdoo 9th Sep 2014, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Oh, yes! I liked this version of the characters before and I'm glad to see it's on for more strips.
Jennifer 9th Sep 2014, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
But dang, do Applejack and Rarity look traumatized...
kriss1989 9th Sep 2014, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Rarity: "I have seen things. Ad they were unfabulous."

AJ: *intense emotion of being reminded forcibly that she is an orphan*
Zuche 9th Sep 2014, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
I always suspected AJ was Batman.
Digo 10th Sep 2014, 4:48 AM edit delete reply
It's still a possibility yeah!
Raxon 9th Sep 2014, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
I like the art style and wish to see more.
guy 9th Sep 2014, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Agreed.
kriss1989 9th Sep 2014, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
This is how I imagine the characters because of past guest comics.
Dusk Raven 9th Sep 2014, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
I recall this particular art style. I believe this guest artist has made art before... I also recall asking for more.
Raxon 9th Sep 2014, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I know. I remember it too. I also remember it being absolutely adorable.
Nixitur 10th Sep 2014, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, frostedWarlock has previously done the "You do not hurt my friends!" scene right over here:
http://friendshipisdragons.thecomicseries.com/comics/187/
Curb 9th Sep 2014, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm, Pre-mades....I try to avoid them if I can. I've played pre-mades before, but they were for one-shot con games. Even when I ran my one-shot at Chimeracon a few years back, I let the players pic their classes and helped them with their stat rolls and skill choices and gear. I have a bad feeling that Twi may have made her Pre-mades off her friends and their play-styles or just the play-styles, which can lead to arguments.

As for homebrews, they can be great, if done right. I've only done a few and most didn't last long(they weren't meant to, just filler games) but they were fun. But they can suck on ice if you aren't careful, like a friend of mine who's groups homebrew borrows from soo many sources and they literally make up the rules as they go...I still don't see how they haven't' had any fights yet.
Luna 9th Sep 2014, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
When i do premade character, I usually make the core of the character stat/skill wise, with a rough "background" to explain the archetype, then the player is free to do the roleplay side (appearance, gender, age and so on) and, if they wish so, fine tune a couple of things here and there on the stat/skill side with me checking it so it won't go on a full recreation. The exact background is up to them as long as it doesn't entirely contradict the archetype.

It's really rare when I do pre-mades where the character have no hand with those. Most of the time, I'd rather have them do the char from scratch to their liking, but sometime, you just want to do a one-shot, a short campaign or just a character just died horribly soon after the start of the session and giving them a pre-made allow to keep playing without him/her doing nothing.
Specter 9th Sep 2014, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Specter
I have never made or been forced to play a pre-made character before (though in a MLP campaign I am GMing, I accidently made a few for (mostly as npc stat blocks) new players until they get their own character).

Plus I am glad I never made pre-made's, cause I have seen individuals play solely one class, or able to play everything.
LostDeviljho 9th Sep 2014, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
The DM is cute...
Xanderfox 9th Sep 2014, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Good grief Twilight, what did you do? made Rainbow angry, made AJ cry, embarrassed Fluttershy and left Pinkie and Luna shell shocked!? What crime against role-playing did you commit?
sjosten 9th Sep 2014, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
I only just noticed that Rarity's player looks Luna-esque now. That must have been a quick design edit, since the Luna thing only came up in the last page.
frostedWarlock 9th Sep 2014, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Yes, if by edit, you mean "i drew this last night"
Nixitur 10th Sep 2014, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
Wow, I just now noticed the moon accessory in her hair.
That's adorable!
Colin 10th Sep 2014, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
frostedWarlock, can I just say your art has gotten better? Posing, shading, body proportion, all hugely improved. The no-line style has grown on me too, now that you know when to scale back the size of the eyes.
kriss1989 9th Sep 2014, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Am I weird because I can grab a pre-made, read the paragraph or two on them, and then make a character more memorable than the rest of the parties scratch? True story, I was joining the campaign late and the DM didn't want to go through working out an entire character for me. So he just asked me for a class and race (and deity since I picked cleric), slapped together a level 7, grabbed a mix of gear, and wrote a couple paragraphs of backstory in a day and handed it to me when I showed up for the game the next day. I played the hell out of Jacob Signman, finding ways to expand his backstory and playing in a style that justified his gear(magic armor and weapon) and feat "choices" (all meta-magic, the DM loved those, I hate them). Basically he was a militant cleric and a bit of a zealot, who used his magic in ways to impress and awe the masses, and his martial prowess to punish those that dared to challenge Heronious and the forces of justice and right. His spell choices weren't optimal, but he loved surprising his foes by doing unexpected things with lesser spells.

Tldr I don't mind pre-made characters and can have a lot of fun playing them.
Specter 9th Sep 2014, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Actually, that is pretty normal depending on who you are (it's only weird if you break a pre-made character).

My younger brother once got a wizard who specialized in debuffing the enemies, but he also (as time went on) chose fire like abilities, and thank to the DM's homebrew mechanics on combining magic's and machines, my brother debuffed enemies with fire vulnerability and set whole structures on ablaze... The DM decided to alter their homebrew decisions after the campaign.
Zuche 9th Sep 2014, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
I've always viewed pre-made characters with the eye that I've won the audition for a particular role, and have been giving carte blanche to interpret and expand upon it. Now if the director DM is the sort who will keep stopping play to tell me, "That isn't what Grizelda would do!" I must reply, "You assigned me this role because you trusted me to do it justice, so wait."

Most of the time, though, the reaction tends to be more of a, "Never really thought of her like that, but anyway..."
frostedWarlock 9th Sep 2014, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
That...isn't really how directors and actors work, but okay.
Raxon 9th Sep 2014, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Twilight, you created a GMPC, didn't you? She went super saiyen alicorn, didn't she?

Shame on you.
Lyntermas 9th Sep 2014, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Twilight: So, Tirek drained the magic from the rest of you, but with the power of all the alicorns (which she can do because she has the cutie mark of "magic"), Princess Twilight Sparkle goes off to fight an epic battle to save the world from...wait, where are you guys going?
Raxon 10th Sep 2014, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
"Guys, come back! I haven't even gotten to the part where she gives up her power and completes the puzzle, causing the whole party to ascend!"
Delta Pangaea 9th Sep 2014, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Well. I can say I didn't expect Quarma to be an-arting here, but in no way unwelcome!

Looks like we should be in for a fun ride!
TheFreshDM 9th Sep 2014, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
Great now I will forever see the DM as Lauren Faust in this comic yet the DM will sound like Morgan Freeman at the same time.
Raxon 10th Sep 2014, 1:16 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Imagine Morgan Freeman's accent and mannerisms with Bubbles' voice. From the Powerpuff Girls.

That is the DM here.
Digo 10th Sep 2014, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
I was thinking Morgan Freeman's voice with Bubbles accent and mannerisms.
Digo 10th Sep 2014, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
I was thinking Morgan Freeman's voice with Bubbles accent and mannerisms.
kriss1989 10th Sep 2014, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Twilight: "You know Lauren, it always amazes me how your voice doesn't match your looks."

DM: "Eh, it's just what you're born with. Some people get the voices of angels. I get a deep mesmerizing voice that makes people willing to pay me to recite grocery lists."
Guest 10th Sep 2014, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
I've always read the GM's voice as Phoenix Wright from Turnabout Storm.
I have no idea why.
Digo 10th Sep 2014, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Well I have no... objection to that. :)
Sidnoea 10th Sep 2014, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
...Palette Swap? Is that you?