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1st Feb 2018, 5:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 2
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Musical Outnumber
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Newbiespud 1st Feb 2018, 5:00 AM edit delete
Artist: ChrisTheS

My bizarre job for this sequence was to somehow sell the fiction that this was playing out within the confines of a tabletop session running a real game system, while also letting the visuals sell the fiction that this would make an awesome episode of the show. And while I've had to shorthand a lot and, uh, ask that you don't think too hard about the action economy towards the end, I think we've managed to reach the home stretch with those fictions intact. It's been an experience.

Speaking of tabletop and bizarre fictions, here's another episode of that podcast about tabletop thieves!
Tales of New Dunhaven - Session 14-1 - The Most Wanted Job: Libsyn YouTube

Notice: Guest comic submissions are still open until this arc is finished! Guidelines here.



Kirosthenes 1st Feb 2018, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
Psh, action economy. Rule Zero trumps all.
Anvildude 1st Feb 2018, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Rule Zero... You mean "Don't time travel to warn yourself not to time travel"?
Rokas 1st Feb 2018, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Rule Zero is: "Have FUN."
SpoonyViking 3rd Feb 2018, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
Nah, Rule Zero is "Don't skip Nine".
FanOfMostEverything 1st Feb 2018, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Oh good, I'm early enough that I can say it first. Ahem:

Now that's what I call a stiletto heel!
Digo Dragon 1st Feb 2018, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well it is a glass slipper. That was a shoe-in for becoming her finishing move. ;)
Toric 1st Feb 2018, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
I guess there were 2 heels cast in this round...
you know that guy 1st Feb 2018, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
This was the heel-face turn.
Solario the Visored 1st Feb 2018, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
You win.
ChrisTheS 1st Feb 2018, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
If he hadn't made such a shoddy effort, she might have gone head-over-heels for him. As it is, his prize horse threw a shoe and the disappointment went straight to his head. His sole consolation is that he's well-heeled enough for the rich folk's prison. That's only farrier.
Hariman 1st Feb 2018, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
You've got an impressive fetlock on punning.
Digo Dragon 1st Feb 2018, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
And here I had to cobble together my one pun.
Needling Haystacks 1st Feb 2018, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Yeah well I umm... I am bad at puns! :P
Winged Cat 1st Feb 2018, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Not quite a boot to the head, but close enough. Backstabbing from nearly in front is quite the slipper-y trick.
Composer99 1st Feb 2018, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Eh, once it was down to PCs vs. boss on his own, and he's starting to get locked down, there's no point trying to stick with a rigid action economy in the comic representation of the game.
albedoequals1 1st Feb 2018, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
I love the way you can sneak attack with anything. I once had a fellow player in pathfinder who gave a pegasus rogue minor magic. She knew the cantrip Jolt, so she would stealth around, scuffing her hooves on the carpet, and then unleash a lightning bolt for 1d3 4d6 sneak damage. :P
ChrisTheS 1st Feb 2018, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
I, on the other hand, once had to pull out 'Complete Arcane' and actually show the GM exactly where it said that a warlock could crit with an eldritch blast, and he STILL didn't want to allow it... :(
Rastaba 1st Feb 2018, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Unfortunately the GM has final say is pretty much the rule, though I should hope most decent GMs would concede to when the rules do explicitly state something.
Digo Dragon 1st Feb 2018, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I had trouble with the Warlock, but agreed to crits when the book was shown to me.
Solario the Visored 1st Feb 2018, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
I would definitely love to see an episode like this, and it fits the tabletop action as well as anything we've seen, so great job, ChrisTheS! :)
Hariman 1st Feb 2018, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Well, the finale of Daring Don't comes reasonably close to this.

Also, I am hoping for something like this when Rockhoof and Flash Magnus get focus episodes.
ChrisTheS 1st Feb 2018, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Full-res shots here.

For those who can't read music (or those who have trouble reading this particular music), it's a well-known little ditty ending in "aaah-aaah-aaah-AAAAAAH..." :)
Hariman 1st Feb 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Only in minor key, orchestral, and backed with both electric guitars and ominous tolling bells.
Guest 1st Feb 2018, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
As it's Symphony of the Dark Court I figured it would be this version of (the original) theme:
Kereminde 1st Feb 2018, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
Which means the question really boils down to: "How do you want to do this?"
Hariman 1st Feb 2018, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Captain America: "I got that one!".

Me: Yep. I did too.
Lalli-is-Best 1st Feb 2018, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Rarity should make that her signature weapon. It fits her so perfectly.
Winged Cat 1st Feb 2018, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
But knitting needles are made for stabbing. Heck, one can use knitting needles as stabbing-optimized daggers, for the most part.
Demon Nachos 1st Feb 2018, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
Not really. They are decent at jabbing into thing fabric, but needles are not exactly robust enough to handle any sort of armor (including a decent padded gambeson, which could withstand arrows from war bows). They also don't really have a secure enough grip, so you aren't going to be able to maximize power delivery.

So in short, daggers are better daggers than needles.
Hariman 1st Feb 2018, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
It's... It's... A Theme Music Powerup!