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26th May 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Newbiespud 26th May 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
It's a very distinctive type of maze.

I am so glad my lukewarm take about riddles last comic was met with validation and fruitful discussion about puzzles in general. Not what I expected.

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Toric 26th May 2018, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
I think Professor Layton wants to speak with you.
Digo Dragon 26th May 2018, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah this would be where I'd give the GM a talk about why this is a bad puzzle design.

Honestly what the PCs came up with was much better of an idea and if I were the GM, I'd of burned my notes and went with their idea of the Everfree. No reason a thick dangerous forest can't be maze-like.
Guest 26th May 2018, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
So much this. Take the old notes, run them through a word filter to substitute all the relevant nouns, and the players will think you were a creative mastermind the whole time.

Nobody will ever guess you just have a few spare points in plot forgery.
█████ 28th May 2018, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
"As you make your way through the forest, the trees seem sparser than you recall and ample sunlight spills through the thinning treetops.

"The undergrowth however, more than compensates for the lack of trees, rising up thickly around as you push your way deeper into the forest."

Roll perception. Natural one? That's fine.

It isn't until you see the marble benches flanking a water fountain that you realise you're now in an enormous hedge maze."
Discord 26th May 2018, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Well, I'm done spreading chaos.
I think it's time to focus a bit more locally.
That hedge maze looks nice.
A bit too nice.
Greenhornet 26th May 2018, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
Maybe you should have put up a flashing neon sign?
evilauthor 26th May 2018, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Neon signs only work if you're already looking at them. You need some means of getting the attention of Ponies NOT looking in that direction.

Use something noisy. Like trumpeting fanfare and a marching band.
ZhonLord 26th May 2018, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Steal Pinkie Pie's one-pony-band equipment. it needs a comic page to make up for not being used with the parasprites. Now THAT'S fanfare!
Discord 26th May 2018, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Tell the truth, I put a mark on miss violet vampire there(even I think that was a bad story).
That way, no matter where they decided to go, I could mess with them.
BackSet 26th May 2018, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Why don’t you just mind control ponies very briefly, just lomg enough to make them turn around.
Discord 27th May 2018, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
You just said the one I can't do.
Reverse personality, yes.
Mind control, no.
Ponies have a weird ability to say no to chaos taking over their minds.
It hurts just thinking about it.
BackSet 27th May 2018, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Oh come on! Don’t tell me there wasn’t a bit of mind control involved when you screwed with dash.

Or what about that time you made evil demon beavers,
Malroth 27th May 2018, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
You expect consistent rules from the being that caused deer bunnies to eat cotton candy clouds?
BackSet 28th May 2018, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
I don’t exoect any rules.
SilvercatMoonpaw 26th May 2018, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
If you want someone to look at something then tell them they look at something before they have time to think otherwise.
Guest 26th May 2018, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
a maize maze
kgy121 26th May 2018, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
That's why I like using roll20. When you have a map you can just put things on, you don't have to discover every last thing before the players can start jumping to conclusions.
b-wolf95 26th May 2018, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
And when they find out Twilight was on the right track later, they are going to give the DM hell.
Not the Mod 26th May 2018, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Ahem... Player you are not going where I want you to go... So I will discreetly tell you the place you need to go because you are too stupid to notice where I need you to go
BackSet 26th May 2018, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Or, in this case, not so discretely.
Tempestfury 26th May 2018, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Does anyone else know why the same riddle in the show lead to Twilight thinking they were referring to the maze?

Though admittedly, the maze itself was entirely a red herring.
Teacher's Pet 26th May 2018, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
I think it was mainly see the maze from the window of the castle and Twilight could not thinking something else.
BackSet 26th May 2018, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Twilight only thought about the first part: “twists and turns” and not the second part.
Paranoid Twilight? 28th May 2018, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
Second Part? That is not important? I'm forgetting something that could be important? Don't worry, that is not important, Only I have reason, the rest of you fools need to follow me.
Tempestfury 29th May 2018, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
And, unfortunately, these Element Bearers are veteran Adventurers (mainly), so they are a lot more thorough.

Which, can be an issue as the maze is a red-herring, and the DM has had issues with railroading in the past.
ChrisTheS 28th May 2018, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
This is the point at which I would load a PDF of the original Tomb of Horrors onto my tablet and 'accidentally' leave it on where people could see it.