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Newbiespud 14th Nov 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Got any stories about the campaign changing major locations or "home bases?"

We have some more Dynamic Duo, after many weeks of crappy delays! It contains a character people seem to love and I (jokingly) regret putting in.
Session 2 - The Dust Bowl: Libsyn YouTube

40 Comments:

Delicious Taffy 14th Nov 2015, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
As a DM, this kind of situation would me my worst nightmare.
ANW 14th Nov 2015, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Your in-game selves is a bounty hunter.
What type would they be, and are they good at their job?
Me:Don't have one yet.
you know that guy 14th Nov 2015, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
This question is now "Your in-game self has a bounty on their head. How much, and for what reason?"

My char: abusing the "no falling damage" characteristic of the power armor and causing collateral damage.
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Based on a joke that came up in our Fallout Equestria game:
"Wanted for adding boob implants on a horse."
Icipall 14th Nov 2015, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
That sounds something Raxon would do.
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2015, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It does, right? XD
Raxon 14th Nov 2015, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Except the implants would not be in the chest.

Everyone knows pony nips are down in the pelvic region. See?
Evilbob 14th Nov 2015, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Evilbob
Somehow we've completely avoided doing anything too horrifically questionable... Might have something to do with our party's moral compass being able to beat all of our heads in if we did anything.

There's this one time though... when some NPC nearly got his ass murdered because he pissed off our moral compass so much, lol.
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2015, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm something of the moral compass in my group, though having never been given the chance for being a true bad-flank I don't know that anyone would think to worry if they pissed him off.

He can tank like a boss though. Not even built for that, but somehow... :3
daftdeafdave 15th Nov 2015, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
daftdeafdave
Clark Pinion
Wanted Alive (the Authority cares about you a great deal Clark)
For not drinking his mandatory two cups of coffee and failure to incinerate important documentation.
For suspected terrorist activity.
Winged Cat 15th Nov 2015, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
Sara Ashlan. Wanted dead, for existing.

From some, this is because she was the princess and sole surviving royal heir of the kingdom violently usurped from her parents.

From others, this is because of her...unconventional attitude towards life. While not quite Pinkie Pie grade, spreading joy in mystic realms where the rulers frown on such is trouble. (Also she jumps like a superball and swings a heavy axe like it's nothing, though she can refrain from causing property damage...when she's in lands where she cares about that.)
The MunchKING 16th Nov 2015, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Wanted: Dead or Alive

1,000,000 GP

Wanted For: Murder in the First Degree of everyone who was putting Bounties on his head.


...

...

I'm afraid that one ended rather predictably; if you know what I mean. *evil grin*
Super_Big_Mac 7th Jun 2016, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
Super_Big_Mac
Not so much a bounty as it was a life for a life.

I was hired to be someone's bodyguard, and killed the assassin that was sent. Said assassin was my fiance. I went to her parents, utterly distraught (because I had only met them a time or two, I didn't realize he was the Don of the mafia), and was told to kill her target/my client, or my mother and sister would die because "We've lost our precious daughter thanks to you. Now, you can either finish her job, or we'll take someone from your family."

And that was just RP'd between me and the GM as part of my backstory! My character is still barred from trade with the Night Market.
Random Person 14th Nov 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Not me, but one of our PC's had a contract out for them for burning down a thieves' guild branch. Another PC could be wanted for two counts of murder (both of aforementioned PC. Never do stupid things with a Paladin around that can deal your max HP on average with a single attack when they can make TWO per turn.)
Specter 14th Nov 2015, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Specter
What kind of bounty hunter, and how good:

Shard the Monster Hunter. In the kingdom of Sabin, Shard and company had started out as hunters for the outlaying villages who were attacked by monsters. Almost every time, the only member of the group who ever actually confronted the monsters, Lucky, attempted diplomacy to broker a deal between the monster and the terrorized village. It worked quite often.

In-game self has a bounty on them:

Jeff the dragon born had a bounty on them for the kidnapping a pirate prince, and the heir princess of a thriving island nation. bounty was about five million gold, from each nation. ... both had actually run away from their respective nations, and found their way onto my ship.
Disloyal Subject 16th Nov 2015, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
He IS a bounty hunter, or was before the Inquisition kidnapped and recruited him. He's reasonably good at his job, but when your primary weapons are a sniper rifle and a felid that is, essentially, a saber-toothed snow leopard, bringing in resisting targets alive is difficult. Fortunately, most humans in the grim darkness of the far future have never seen a cat big enough to eat them. Terror tends to make them hold still long enough to zap them with a shock maul and cuff their wrists, at which point resistance is less of a concern.
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2015, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The vast majority of my player groups never had a "home base", so changing locales wasn't anything different for a group of adventuring hobos. :3

One time it sorta made sense was in a Shadowrun campaign. After the team ended a major run with a large body count and one destroyed hospital, they decided to leave town. Went from Seattle to the outskirts of Portland for a while until the heat was off them.

Was a good time because trouble never followed. They made fresh trouble on their own. Started with the circus...
j-eagle12212012 14th Nov 2015, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
Come on Spud you know you had a blast playing NIGHTSTALKER the crazy alicorn who thinks she's a super hero from a 30's episodic radio broadcast. I must tune in next week for more exciting adventures with Flotsam , Xencarn, and Nightstalker.


On an aside note

I left out something in my Scare Master and What about Discord episode reviews that I didn't notice till rewatching the episodes

In Scare Master the fact that fluttershy dressed up as Flutterbat pretty much confirms that the Guards in "Luna Eclipsed" where in costume as bat ponies and are not infact a new species

And In What about Discord I left out the fact that Zecora made an appearance and had speaking lines for the first time this season. Also the fact that Zecora makes potions but not in the cauldren is funny.
Spike " Wait if that's the potion, what are you brewing in the cauldren?"
Zecora " It ties the room together and emits a warm glow. But if I am to be honest, it is just for show"
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2015, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Not sure about your logic that Fluttershy wearing a batpony costume is immediately proof that the batpony guards do not exist.

I mean, they probably don't since we only saw them that one episode, but you might want to consider fixing your logic there. Saying that 'X' doesn't exist because someone wore a costume of 'X' probably wouldn't stand up in a debate. Just some advice.
Someone 14th Nov 2015, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
What she probable meant was not that they do not exist, just that they're not a natural species.
j-eagle12212012 14th Nov 2015, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
^
j-eagle12212012 14th Nov 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I was not saying that they don't exist, just that if they do exist it's through Magical means not natural like Someone said
Tatsurou 14th Nov 2015, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Not necessarily. It could be that they do exist, but are fully nocturnal and only come out at night, causing them to be strongly associated with Nightmare Night, and everyone just *assumes* that they aren't really real...which they appreciate, as it makes working for Luna that much easier.
Disloyal Subject 16th Nov 2015, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
That's the basics of what I've been using for them in my 5e game. Most folks don't believe in bat ponies, and the team rogue - who insists on calling herself a 'thestral' - always keeps a cloak on when in public.
Tatsurou 14th Nov 2015, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
After all, Fluttershy's bat wings for her costume weren't magically augmented, anymore than the ones one the bat costume Rarity originally offered.
Digo Dragon 15th Nov 2015, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Right. Fluttershy's costume does nothing to resolve the batpony question one way or another.
Ishidan 15th Nov 2015, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
Yes that was funny.
Not as funny as that she would happen to have a Discord-Buster Potion on stock and on the shelf, not even a need to brew up a new concoction. Considering that the cauldron was already full and brewing by the time the problem was explained to her, it would have been a wonder indeed if said brew was a custom made solution to a problem she didn't know about.
Anon 15th Nov 2015, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie said she found the potion delicious. Chances are, Zecora knew Twilight was overreacting and gave her a gourd full of fruit punch. Note the silimarity in color to the drink Rarity spit in S2E9 Sweet and Elite.
Winged Cat 15th Nov 2015, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
What Anon said.

As to bat ponies - there seems to be disagreement between the creators as to whether they're pegasi or a new race. Outside of the show, the closest canon seems to be one of the novels, which says they're a race. (Then again, they could be an offshoot or subtype of pegasi, which would make both interpretations correct.)
Ishidan 15th Nov 2015, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
See now I am seeing that as a Chekhov's Gun.
Cutie Map summons AJ and Pinkie to a mission- that is deep underground.
Pinkie's drill hair and born familiarity with geology is handy, and tells her that she won't want to use candles or ordinary hurricane lanterns for light. No unicorns invited, so no light cantrips. Flashlights? Canonically, we got em...oops, out of batteries! Time to visit Zecora for warm-glow-inna-bottle.
The MunchKING 17th Nov 2015, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Except at least for Rainbow Dash, Lanterns were using Fireflies, not actual fire.
Broken Gear 14th Nov 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
We were/are playing "The Witcher: Game of Imagination". When I asked my GM if we had any "HQ" he told me that group technically sleeps in a castle in Cidaris (since one of players had a princess as a character) and that the other player had basically a fort of his own. A fort that he won in a battle that killed all of previosus residents.
Group spent a week in luxury of castle, shenanigans happened and we had to move places. My character was wounded and woke up just as we were arriving at fort. This is a description GM gave me: "As you wake up and lift your head from wagon, you notice rows of trees on bouth of your sides. Each tree has at least three people hanged from them. Looking a little lower you see many corpses impailed on spears and stakes. Finnally when you look at the ground you realise that it is more like you are riding on corpses than actual dirt. You are sure that you've seen and heard many ghouls in the distance."
To this, the owner of the fort replied "Ah. Home, sweet home."
Disloyal Subject 16th Nov 2015, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Sounds like my kind of place.
...I guess this is what happens when you read too much Berserk in one sitting.
S-Clark 14th Nov 2015, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
So my first DM was running the game in a 'modern' setting. Elves, Dwarves, Centaurs and such all exist in our present day, but only in government approved companies. The PC's fought with magic, swords, and guns; all while trying to stay out of the public eye (normies didn't know we existed).

And then came the day that our group was on a well deserved break, camping deep in a national park. Suddenly a bouncing ball of light landed in the middle of our camp, blinding us. When we awoke, we found ourselves in a hastily erected fortress, in the middle of a war, in Greyhawk.

No guns, no ammo, no way of getting home unless we helped these people, and to top it off, this was the way that the DM handed the game over to a brand-new DM...me.
Dragonflight 14th Nov 2015, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Heh. I'd probably run something like that similar to the various novels about modern-day soldiers who wind up in the past. It's strange, it's downright paradoxical, but the way home still exists... if the PC's want to take advantage of it. If not, the way closes, and now the world becomes something very different.

Assuming they stayed, I might have another timeshift later on, dragging the PC's back, only to realize the modern world *is* the World of Grayhawk, just many thousands of years later. And their actions have... *changed* a few things...
S-Clark 14th Nov 2015, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
That would have been cool too. I may have to incorporate that into a later campaign.

As it was, they teamed up with several other 'out-of-timers' to escape when they found out that the local noble, Lord Adolphson, was only using them. Stealing expendable soldiers from alternate realities was easier than trying to raise an army to take over the nearby lands.

After several adventures in a modified (and later burned) Saltmarsh, they were able to storm the castle and take him out. Yet, instead of finding an easy way home, they found that Castle Adolphson had a darker history as it was secretly ruled by his father-turned-lich.

Anyway that's how my party fought an undead Hitler from another world.
Anon 14th Nov 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Time for a change of backstory, I think. You could hand off the DM duties by saying "They got pulled into the past, and now they returned to another future not their own." Maybe throw in a change of dominance(magical to technological or vice-versa.) to throw them off more. Nasty DM plot twist. They might go off the rails if that happens, but a good DM will always have a backup plan to deal with anti-railroaders.
S-Clark 15th Nov 2015, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Sadly the campaign ended shortly before finals and graduation.
Specter 14th Nov 2015, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Specter
Rainbow Dash the barbarian (chef?), is a master of disguise.
Winged Cat 15th Nov 2015, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
This one campaign I was in, we started off as ruin explorers, always returning to our home city between ruins.

Then we found an airship in one of the ruins...and after getting it up and running, problems arose if we returned home. (Including the main home for some of the PCs getting trashed, with a mark left behind that only the residents knew meant "flee and do not seek revenge: your survival is revenge enough".)

Starting in a city then changing home base to an airship was good enough for FFVII (among others), and it was good enough for us.