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22nd Sep 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 2
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Pony Versus Pony
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Newbiespud 22nd Sep 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Honestly, take a step back, maybe transplant these situations to different RPGs, and you don't even really need Discording to get these kinds of arguments to happen...

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Discord 22nd Sep 2018, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Time for some dramatic music.
Whoops, let's try that again.
Wheels on the bus goes round and round.
Third times a charm.
Mary had a little lamb.
Last chance.
*Rolling Thunder*
Eh, good enough.
Trumpet of Doom 22nd Sep 2018, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
I mean, have you <i>heard</i> Rolling Thunder?

That's plenty dramatic, at least in the first strain.
Discord 22nd Sep 2018, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Sound effect
The Old One 22nd Sep 2018, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
How about "Dare to be Stupid"? It worked great for the Junkion vs Autobot fight
Digo Dragon 23rd Sep 2018, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Oh my Celestia, someone other than me knows that song was there in that scene! My day has been made! :D
Ransom 22nd Sep 2018, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, I'm loving this back and forth, and I can't help but wonder if the outcome is that everyone except Twilight is actually having fun with the over the top chaos.
Digo Dragon 22nd Sep 2018, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I think it's a mix of enjoying and not enjoying. AJ's player seemed frustrated at her curse during the break, while Pinkie's player seemed fine. Shy's player seems down, Dash didn't seem cursed and is just out of the loop. Rarity is concerned, but seems to be just working with the curse she's got. Mixed bag I think.
Rakaydos 23rd Sep 2018, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, I think Twilight and RD will bond over being hopelessly lost by what's going on.
Rakaydos 23rd Sep 2018, 12:16 AM edit delete reply

I think the biggest problem is that Applejack's curse took away her agency. The other 3 curses are hamming it up, but her curse obligates her to doublethink herself into uselessness.
Digo Dragon 23rd Sep 2018, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon

AJ is indeed overthinking this. She believes Discord might punish her for revealing info OOC. Fluttershy got cursed for seeing through Discord's game and Discord took offense to that ooc. I imagine she didn't like that, but is apologizing anyway despite not being at fault.
Tarrangar 24th Sep 2018, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
She didn't see though Discords game OOC, she was triggered OOC by how Discords character was acting, and so blew up at Discord, which caused Discord to get mad and curse her, without a chance of getting out of it, Discord gave everyone a fair chance to get out their curses, Rainbow Dash actually succeeded, Fluttershy had a chance to get out of her curse too, but she wasted that chance by deciding to insult Discord both in and out of Character, and refuse to play, and if you refuse to play, it's only natural that you auto lose.
Draxynnic 22nd Sep 2018, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Am I correct to imagine Pinkie Pie's voice actor saying that line as a Luke Skywalker impression?
Rastaba 22nd Sep 2018, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
I would say yes. As that’s what I imagined it as...though now I’m imagining Pinkie dressed as Luke in that scene...against Darth Maud...yeah, gonna stop before that gets way too far.
Classic Steve 22nd Sep 2018, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
I'm having enough fun imagining Fluttershy as Vader.
Captain Snark 22nd Sep 2018, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Wait? Maud is Pinkie's father! And her sister?

That's... one interesting family tree.
Sensei Le Roof 22nd Sep 2018, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
My pick would've been Batman. Either Bale or Lego.
Rakaydos 23rd Sep 2018, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Pinky doing a Solid Snake doing a Luke Skywalker.
Makyura 22nd Sep 2018, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
Oh no you don't

My last party were roleplay heavy, but sometimes, they took things too far. They bickered a lot in-charachter, leading to one of the to actually SULK.
And not an irelevant time, but they had to go save a guy that disapeared, and the paladin went on a walk to next town to calm herself because she was tired of the gnome bard keeping informations (as you can guess, just out of chaos and to mess with them)

So yeah, even good friend can tire each other pretty quickly
Scytale 22nd Sep 2018, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
The more we see of Discord's GMing, the more unhealthy it seems...
Rakaydos 23rd Sep 2018, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure we can blame this on Discord...
ThatGuest 23rd Sep 2018, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
True, but it's probably not a good idea to encourage it. In lesser groups this would have already probably escalated into a fistfight by this point.
Mr_Some1 22nd Sep 2018, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
When you can't tell whether actually being serious and focusing is better for combat than messing around and doing whatever you want. @PinkiePie
Archone 23rd Sep 2018, 4:30 AM edit delete reply
Let's see...

Rarity is hamming it up with obvious glee, being the consummate roleplayer that she is.

Applejack is also getting into it - the "chisel" suggestion is pure gold.

Fluttershy is enjoying her "curse" forcing her to speak her mind... and letting everyone see that she is indeed quite brilliant, she just wasn't showing it that much due to her shyness.

Pinky Pie is going full on melodrama to the point of quoting Star Wars. Next she'll probably scream, "NOOOOOO!" Either like Luke, or Anakin... or possibly like Calculon.

And Twilight... is not quite realizing that the point of this is to have FUN. Which is a common failing of minmaxers like Twilight's player.

(Personally I'm VERY eager to continue with a campaign that's been waiting on the GM's schedule to clear, where at one point we saw the heroes and a bunch of goblinoids trying - and failing - to intimidate each other, each making threats in languages the other side couldn't understand, waving our weapons... ultimately we literally blew smoke at them, finally came a combat that was mostly slapstick before the barbarian got involved... then bandaged their wounds, and when we resume the interrogation is likely to be even more hilarious)
Bed Head 23rd Sep 2018, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Aaaaah, now I see where this is going thanks to your comment.

How much you want to bet the next story beats follow thusly:

1. Dash asks for (or intentionally gets) a curse so she can get in on all the fun the others seem to be having.

2. Twilight('s player) gets despondent and walks away from the table.

3. The main DM assures her the goal was to have fun not to drive her specifically crazy and reminds Twilight she's overcome all kinds of other challenges so she's sure to find a way to beat this one too.

4. Twilight, re-emboldened, goes forth and de-curses all her friends then leads the charge to beat Discord.
Archone 23rd Sep 2018, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
No bets. Teaching not one, but two players about the fun to be had in the roleplaying aspects of the game? And doing so in a way that's genuinely fun and enjoyable? Yeah, that sounds about right.
HappyEevee 25th Sep 2018, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Yeah I think Twi's player has gotten too wrapped up in her earlier successes at circumventing the GM's plots and is now feeling stressed and pressured if she DOESN'T come up with some way to resolve things right away. Hopefully this arc will teach her to relax and enjoy the journey as well as the victory.
evileeyore 23rd Sep 2018, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Up until this moment I was willing to give Discord-GM the benefit of the doubt. But the "Warts and all" line?

Nope, he's a total douchebag.
Tarrangar 24th Sep 2018, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Or he's just a believer, in the idea that true friends, need to know both each others good and bad sides.
The Chessmaster 24th Sep 2018, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
The Chessmaster
Can you explain that to me? The villain he's playing is just insulting the PCs. I'm legitimately not seeing why that would be objectionable.
Archone 25th Sep 2018, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
I... was unaware that villains were not supposed to be insulting when carrying out acts of villainy...
SilverShadow4 25th Sep 2018, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
I don't see it as "insulting." It's a figure of speech meaning "the good and the bad." Sometimes the DM has to be a bit extra to provoke the correct response from the PCs but that doesn't always translate well to the Players. It looks like everybody's having fun except Twilight who I bet is going to get upset and leave before the DM sends her a million texts encouraging her to come back and kick DiscorDMs ass
HappyEevee 25th Sep 2018, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Er, he just complimented them all by calling them "consummate professionals" in regards to their role-playing. Coming from a more experienced gamer/GM, that's not an insignificant compliment.

Besides, "warts and all" is a figure of speech, like if he'd said "these are your friends, the good, the bad, and the ugly." It wouldn't mean he was saying one of them was really ugly, it would mean they're a mixed bag of good and bad parts - like all gamers (and people) really are.
Hankroyd 23rd Sep 2018, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
Is 'frontstab' a real word?
Digo Dragon 24th Sep 2018, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I make it a point not to question rogues about that word.
Guest 24th Sep 2018, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
It's rather hard to refute a rogue's point, regardless of which direction it's coming from.
The MunchKING 24th Sep 2018, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
That's what Shields ARE FOR! :D
HappyEevee 25th Sep 2018, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
I think Frontstab means you get your sneak attack dice for some reason other than flanking the target from behind. Like if the target is flat-footed, blind, stunned, some other effect that grants combat advantage.
Meanwhile... 24th Sep 2018, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Meanwhile... What is doing Dashie? We know that Fluttershy is with Pinkie, And AJ with Rarity... Twilight is with Discord but... what about Dashie?