Page 1097 - Eyes on the Lies

31st Jul 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Eyes on the Lies
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Newbiespud 31st Jul 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
A player willing to GO HAM at their own expense is a valuable (if sometimes insufferable) thing to have.

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Discord 31st Jul 2018, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
A pony and her diamond.
Feels good to reunite them.
Well good for me.
Them, not so much.
BackSet 31st Jul 2018, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
Ok, see, that doesn't even make sense.

Let me guess, the answer is "what fun is making sense?"
Everglue Horace 31st Jul 2018, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
I can totally understand this mentality at times, I saw something worth 25 cents USD at a thrift store while bargain hunting.

I saw that they were charging $1.25 and thought to my self 'why is this refrigerator magnet so expensive? I must have it! even though it has a scratch on the surface and buying it will make me more easily flamboozled than Fluttershy buying a cherry. If it's THAT overpriced it must be worth more than the obvious quarter.'
Specter 1st Aug 2018, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
I have actually bought a small rock before. It's now sitting comfortably as a paper weight for some of my adventure planning papers.

10/10. Shiny and smooth.
0/10. No chaos here, try again next time.
Digo Dragon 31st Jul 2018, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
They'd have to be a ham to take it down this path and get such a high entertainment value out of it. :3
Greenhornet 31st Jul 2018, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
I like where this strip is going!
FanOfMostEverything 31st Jul 2018, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Going whole hog can't be bacon for granted, especially not when a porcine is willing to trotter round with a prop.
Digo Dragon 31st Jul 2018, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I attempted to think of some counter-puns, but that was a big misteak because I couldn't beat your jokes if I fried.
Winged Cat 31st Jul 2018, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Don't wallow in misery. If your imagination's stuck in a sty, that happens. Maybe just take a break, relax with some swine and cheese?
Starphoenix 1st Aug 2018, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
I am disappointed in all of you.
Achtungnight 31st Jul 2018, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Funny enough, diamonds got their value the same way- through hype and insistence as to their great worth.
Space Jawa 31st Jul 2018, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat 31st Jul 2018, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Guest 31st Jul 2018, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
Except in D&D, where their use as fuel for resurrection would presumably inflate their value to being just about on par with what it is in the real world.
Akouma 31st Jul 2018, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
This one kind of reminds me of a potion at a LARP I attend called "Mind of an Animal." It's absolutely worthless in combat, but it makes whoever drinks it behave like an animal for five minutes or until they receive a poison curing effect.

This has lead to a game we play sometimes we call Mind of an Animal Roulette. Three or more people sit down at a table, barkeep makes them all the same drink, except one of them has been spiked with Mind of an Animal. (To be clear, everyone at the table KNOW this is happening. No screwed up stuff happening without consent.)
Hankroyd 31st Jul 2018, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Maybe a stupid question, but what is mind of an animal?
zimmerwald1915 31st Jul 2018, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
"a potion at a LARP I attend. . . it makes whoever drinks it behave like an animal for five minutes or until they receive a poison curing effect."
you know that guy 31st Jul 2018, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Rob Schneider potion?
Hankroyd 31st Jul 2018, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
And i guess I should take reading lesson...
Ishidan 1st Aug 2018, 12:35 AM Animal help! edit delete reply
Of AN animal? How gloriously vague, does it specify further?
There would be vast differences between a human compelled to act like a deer, compelled to act like a sloth, or compelled to act like a honey badger, yet all are animals.
Freelance 31st Jul 2018, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Story time, I guess. In the 2nd ed. game we played, this gnome in the party got his hands on a cursed scroll that when it was read, it turned the reader into a pit fiend, powers, alignment, the whole kibosh. One of the rangers in the party (we had three at the time, go figure) remarked, "so *that's* where pit fiends come from.
The wood elf made an intelligence roll to see if he believed that statement--probably because he was CN and suffered a severe case of PTSD from everything he went through by then. He rolled a nat 20.
In second edition, that's a BAD thing.
So for the longest of whiles, we had to stop him from trying to commit atrocities on the gnome population whenever we came across them. Or the town made up thereof. (That somebody ended up summoning a pit fiend while we were there did NOT help.)
He eventually realized that, no, gnomes do not grow up to become pit fiends, he just really hates gnomes. That still didn't stop him from founding a religion around said concept in any case.
ThatGuest 31st Jul 2018, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
I just realized that there's nothing really stopping the characters from still using the power of friendship at the end of the maze other than the fact that each player is going too far with their respective curses. Discord is basically giving them enough rope to hang themselves with and just watching.

AJ doesn't have to go full opposite day with her speech. Pinkie Pie could have easily gone with a more cheesy action hero thing instead of n fun allowed Jason Borne and Rarity....well....didn't really need to go full on gollum.
Boris Carlot 31st Jul 2018, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
That's where the homework pays off. If he'd tried putting the same style curse on Twi that Discord put on AJ, she'd have not been able to resist finding a way to twist around it. If Discord had pulled the "pet rock" thing on RD instead of Rarity she'd only playing along with extreme reluctance and it wouldn't be fun for anyone. Discord the GM is being careful to tailor the curses OOC as well as IC.
Redwings1340 1st Aug 2018, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Also, one thing to note is that this curse only lasts until the game is over. Discord is banking on the fact that the curses have all gone so far when the 'game' is over, nopony will even notice he said it was in his speech.

Evil but brilliant And exceedingly dangerous gming.
MooseImperium 31st Jul 2018, 5:25 PM MooseImperium edit delete reply
Story time!
On of my players in a recent campaign set in the Forgotten Realms was dead set on playing a cleric of Sobek.
In the Realms, Sobek doesn't exist.
Every other character knows this.
She has still managed to convert half of them and 1,049 others.
(We keep tally.)
HappyEevee 31st Jul 2018, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
Props to Rarity's player for going all out with this. :)
NexAngelus405 1st Aug 2018, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
We once had a guy at our Tails of Equestria session that insisted on speaking as his griffon character with a Russian accent. It always made me cringe because of how exaggerated it was. However, I shouldn't talk since I (tried) to speak as my unicorn wizard character in Elizabethan English but eventually gave up on it since I wasn't well versed in it enough to come up with dialogue on the fly.
Kaze Koichi 1st Aug 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
And now you see why DDM started with AJ. At this point everypony can see what's going on, and AJ wouldn't make that deal. Which mean DDM would need to bullshit a curse on her in another way.
Needling Haystacks 1st Aug 2018, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Except the non-cursed ones are still separated. Though that "Diamond!" was probably audible to them.
Thor 1st Aug 2018, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
I'm now hearing all of Rarity's lines in Brian Blessed voice.

Pls send help. :p
BR549 2nd Aug 2018, 3:06 AM edit delete reply
Archone 2nd Aug 2018, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
And this is why DDM is actually one of the good guys, and why the GM was so eager to invite her friend over for this. Seriously, just imagine Rarity's player's face while she's hamming it up. That's the whole point. To have FUN. And Rarity's player might have gotten to do intrigue and mystery and political drama, but now is her chance to wave a big rock from the GM's garden around and squeal, "DIIIAAAAMMMMOOOOND!"