Page 1073 - Chaos Club

5th Jun 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Newbiespud 5th Jun 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Going frame-by-frame means learning how the eye-blinks are patterned out in the animation, which is exactly as boring as it sounds. However, sometimes it gives you a lovely screencap where one character's eyes are narrowed before everyone else's, like so.

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Matt Reverse 5th Jun 2018, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Matt Reverse
I wonder how they're going to do the next section. Will they send everybody to the next room and keep one player at a time? They'll talk and the plan wouldn't be so easy.
Unless Discord attacked the players and not the characters.
Digo Dragon 5th Jun 2018, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
If this were my old local group, I'd give it 4 minutes with everyone at the table and you'd get the end result the episode had. XD

But as to the co-GM behind Discord, I'm sure he'd get under the player's skin just as much as the PC.
Binary Toast 5th Jun 2018, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Something like that. Sometimes a conversation must remain private, even to players that honor in/out of game knowledge. Sometimes the rest of the party only gets to know an interrogation is over when you step out of the van, and promptly turn around and empty a magazine into the prisoner.

It was a boring conversation anyway.

Moving on, this next segment would be rather easy to do if it were online, shifting over to a private voice channel would honestly work wonderfully for this.

But I do think each player should have their scene privately, if only because the rest of the party shouldn't (immediately) know they're under a mental effect.
Digo Dragon 5th Jun 2018, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Spud employed private channels when he ran that one RPG stream where everyone was secretly a Breezie. It works well as long as the GM can multi-task with several channels open. That reveal was still one of his crowning moments of GM-awesome.

Thinking back to table-top campaigns I've played in, one GM attempted to use the back porch for private meetings for his Star Trek campaign. It worked because it was a heavy glass door that muffled the sound well. So whenever one of us officers wanted to speak with the captain privately, we'd go out to the porch ("Ready Room") and have the discussion.

Only downside was that those not out on the porch had to sit and wait for them to come back inside.
Winged Cat 5th Jun 2018, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
"where everyone was secretly a Breezie."

This is a story I wish to hear, good sir.
Anvildude 5th Jun 2018, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
So very many of Digo's stories are ones I wish to hear.
Newbiespud 5th Jun 2018, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
The first SpudShot session.

In the run-up to this one-shot game, I made a huge deal about how every character was going to be given a DARK SECRET that might or might not come into play during the session. Four players made Fallout: Equestria characters for this session, and the SUPER GRIMDARK SECRET BACKSTORY that I gave them all was...

(Spoilers, but it's been over a year, so whatevs.)

...that they were all secretly highly advanced robotic synths, piloted from within their braincases by Breezie scientists from The Breezie Institute. (Fallout 4 was recently on my mind at the time.) The true characters they were playing were actually the Breezies, and they were all trying to undermine each other without realizing.

The reveal when one of them put it together was glorious.
Needling Haystacks 6th Jun 2018, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
It occurs to me that, if organized properly, each player will only know what their character sees. For instance, Rarity's player will only know that she sees a giant diamond, while the others see a rock. Each could assume the other sees an illusion (or be told that).

Similarly, RD's player can be told she sees Cloudsdale under attack... by something she can actually hit. Then have her communicate by phone thereafter.

It actually doesn't work that badly here because it is, after all, only a game. The stakes, compared to the actual episode, are relatively low so there's no real need for personal attacks, as you might see in "D&D Aangvanced" for instance.
Brainstorm 5th Jun 2018, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Eye, for one, appreciate the effort to get the right screencap for that last panel.
Digo Dragon 5th Jun 2018, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, it is certainly a blink-and-you-miss-it image upon viewing. ;)
BackSet 5th Jun 2018, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
I am finding this hilariously hammy. This has been an automatic response from an automatic robot. Beep boop. I am totally a robot. Nkt a person pretending to be a robot.
Discord 5th Jun 2018, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
What to do while I wait?
You know ponies aren't the only thing I can take wings from.
Isn't that right Mr. No-longer-winged cat?
Winged Cat 5th Jun 2018, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I've already got so much chaos in my life, a bit more might just bounce off. Let's see if they're still there...

EDIT: Yep, still there! (At least, that's how title & avatar display to me.)
TyrantViewer 5th Jun 2018, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
huh. that has to be the most boring thing I have heard any iteration of discord try to do- make something ordinary- winged cat to normal cat...

maybe try replacing them with something else instead- make it into a knockoff of dogcopter? force the cat to try navigating with Balloons? maybe just reverse the cat with wings itno a bird with claws?

Just spitballing here, and to be fair it is far easier to critique chaos and or evil than to do it personally so please don't take this as mean spirited.
Discord 5th Jun 2018, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
*Pulls out microscope, and looks up*
There's more resistance here then a certain annoying tree.
Waffle Sorter 5th Jun 2018, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
I choose to believe that last panel means the DiscordM is aware he's in a webcomic without out-of-character visuals.

What's the regular DM up to while this is going on? Unusually long smoke/coffee break?
Winged Cat 5th Jun 2018, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
The regular DM seems to still be there, monitoring if nothing else. Just, not having to say much right now. (Two can fit behind a screen. Three, usually, though that's pushing it. Four or more requires the "screen" to be more of a "table divider", though it technically is even for one.)

DiscordM's words are justifiable without said knowledge, though they could also hint at knowing it. But more importantly, if DiscordM knows he's in a Webcomic, would Pinkie's player also know - and if so, how long has she known?
dziadek1990 5th Jun 2018, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Spud, how long does it take you to exhaust all the screencaps you need from a single episode? In terms of sitting in front of the video player, not in terms of over-how-many-days-you-stretched-the-task.

And how many days usually it takes to use all the screencaps, after you collected them? Or do you use screencaps *both* prepared in advance, and as-the-moment-needs?
Winged Cat 5th Jun 2018, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
What that poster asked. When I make guest comics, I've got a pre-made source for screencaps. Are you saying you go through an entire episode frame by frame and make your own screencaps? That's dedication.
Newbiespud 5th Jun 2018, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
I grab them as I need them. When I sit down to write the script for a page, I'm also sitting down to search for / grab screencaps immediately afterwards, because the whole process works better when I don't have to try and remember what the intended image for a given sequence was. Though if I'm confident I'm going to be using every significant expression in a shot later down the line, I'll grab those too and hold onto them. Those saved-up screencaps usually last me only about a week.

So in terms of time spent hopping around in a video player, per page... If I know exactly what I want, 5 minutes. If I've got a bit of writer's block or I'm kind of searching for the expressions that jump out at me, maybe 20 minutes on average. Windows Media Player Classic is great for this.
Kaze Koichi 5th Jun 2018, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
I love how Newbie managed to portrait Discord even lamer then he was originally, no matter intentional or not.
Aprion 5th Jun 2018, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Ohh that snark at the end there. XD im loving this
LordIce 6th Jun 2018, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
I play with women, but by definition any group I'm in is not women-only. Some studies I've read suggest that women act differently when they know there are no men judging them. I wonder how this new person in the group will affect their dynamic.
Needling Haystacks 6th Jun 2018, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
Interesting point. Was it confirmed Discord's player was male?

For what it's worth, I observed at the age of like 10 that males act differently in mono-gendered groups. I similarly can't observe the female side. On the male side, though, they tended to be more civil if at least one female was around.
you know that guy 6th Jun 2018, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
last panel of previous comic