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18th Oct 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 2
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Newbiespud 18th Oct 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Monologuing is, itself, a very orderly action if you think about it. One person talks and expects everyone else to wait due to status and decorum. Surely the most chaotic thing would be constant, neverending, hellish screaming. (Then again, kids show.) (Then again AGAIN; whaaaaaat, Discord is a bit of a hypocrite? You dooooon't saaaaaaaay!)

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Guest 18th Oct 2018, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Monologueing is nice and all, but it tends to leave one open to attacks.
Anyone here ever took that open chance.
albedoequals1 18th Oct 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Always. Never let the BBEG say anything, he's only trying to trick you. The GMs I play with have mostly stopped trying to do that, thankfully. We just get down to the try-to-kill-each-other part and skip the GM ego trip.
DuoScratch 18th Oct 2018, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Ego Trip, HAH! Says the heroes of their own little universe, that basically can get away with anything they want!
Guest 19th Oct 2018, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Making the players understand that it's not true is important (unless it's a campaign where it's true, in which case they should be informed it is).

Now if they want to RP their PCs like that anyway, it's up to them.
Digo Dragon 18th Oct 2018, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Oh yeah, to hilarious effect this one time in a D&D campaign--

The PC party infiltrated the "evil fortress" and found the BBEG giving a speech to his minions on the next phase of his plan. The party hides off in the back behind a door as they listened to this plan. They study it for weak spots to exploit. At one point in the monologue the BBEG held up a book that contained important notes on a summoning ritual to bring forth an aspect of Tiamat into the world.

The party looked at each other and whispered a debate on the seriousness of this plan, then took more notes on what to do to stop this summoning. But then the wallflower cleric, who had been very quiet in the background up to this point, grabs her d20 and says "I shoot the book."

This caught me by surprise in the middle of the monologue as much as it did the party! So the cleric rolled to fire her crossbow and nat-20s her shot.

The table was silent for a moment. I stood up, picked up my notebook with all my DM notes and held it up in the pose that the BBEG did. I spoke the next line of the monologue, but interrupted myself with an action of a crossbow bolt knocking the notebook out of my hand. The notebook fell to the floor and several pages fell out.

I sit down, pointed to the mess on the floor and said, "Okay, so the cleric did that to the BBEG's ultimate plan. What's the next step?"

The party made one heck of a hasty retreat through several fights to escape with their lives, but I was laughing and enjoying just how brilliant the cleric stuck a size 12 wrench into the BBEG's size 6 gears of the plan. I awarded extra experience points that night.
Winged Cat 18th Oct 2018, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Wouldn't the BBEG just be able to pick up the pages and put them back into the book? It wasn't a flaming or incendiary arrow, right? A hole in a few pages can be read around, unless the bolt struck a critical rune or something.
Digo Dragon 18th Oct 2018, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Eh, I didn't want to ruin the moment with logic. The book was magical at least, so mending spells couldn't be used. I basically delayed the BBEG's plan by a week while his scholar repaired the book. That gave the PCs a few more days to harass some mini-bosses.
terrycloth 18th Oct 2018, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
Monologuing is a free action, but when he drew the book that was a move action that the players could respond to.
Guest 18th Oct 2018, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Personally, I feel like that ruins some of the fun. If the villain wants to take the time to explain themselves, might as well open the discussion. Let them have their turn, then give them that neat little rebuttal you've been waiting all campaign to make. The lines are drawn, and the inevitable showdown is that much more interesting for it.

Unless the GM actually wants you to interrupt, I suppose. Depends on where they're going with it.
Robin Bobcat 18th Oct 2018, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
In the superhero game BASH, Interrupting A Villian Monologue will actually give said Villian a bonus of half of his hit points. Not advised.
HappyEevee 19th Oct 2018, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
That mechanic is pure evil. But hilarious, though.
evilauthor 18th Oct 2018, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Constant screaming? You mean a single, unending action? Sounds even more orderly and predicable than a monologue right there.
Toric 18th Oct 2018, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Only if the scheming is internally consistent. They might be tossing or foiling many of their own plans with whatever their current whims are. Motion, even continuous, is less orderly than stillness and inactivity.
Toric 18th Oct 2018, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Whoops, misread screaming as scheming
FanOfMostEverything 18th Oct 2018, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Not a form of useful order, though. I'd call it the conversational equivalent of heat death, but I suppose that would be more of a low, monotonous hum.

Still, that's the thing about extreme order and chaos. They eventually meet each other as they increase without bound.
Greenhornet 18th Oct 2018, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Alternate dialog:
DISCORD: "Just one ever-changing, never ending amusement park!"
TWILIGHT: "Where the hot dogs taste like newspaper."
Discord 18th Oct 2018, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
My favorite flavor of newspaper of course.
The Canterlot Stock Market.
you know that guy 18th Oct 2018, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Speaking of stock, did you know honeybees are classified as livestock? I wonder how they survive the branding iron.
albedoequals1 18th Oct 2018, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
It's a veeeeeery small branding iron. :P

No, actually they use a q-tip with paint on it. Really.
HappyEevee 19th Oct 2018, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1: "It's a veeeeeery small branding iron. :P"

Hahaha, okay that made me laugh way too hard. ^_^
Guest 19th Oct 2018, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Isn't it all amusement parks?
Winged Cat 18th Oct 2018, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
And now we get to find out what happened with Rainbow Dash?
Digo Dragon 18th Oct 2018, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I sense a little frustration in Twi's first line within the 4th panel. That is the core of where my frustration would be if I were her.
ChrisTheS 18th Oct 2018, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
You mean he actually DOES the Q flash-vanish thing?? I've been making up my own effects all this time for nothing????
HappyEevee 18th Oct 2018, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Discord always has. The character was based on Q, that's why they asked John De Lancie to voice him.
Robin Bobcat 18th Oct 2018, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
Even does the finger snap.
ChrisTheS 19th Oct 2018, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
I know... I've been making so many visual gags about that in my comic, but I didn't know they actually did the flash effect on the show. I spent ages matching the look of the Star Trek effect when I could have just yoinked it from this frame :(
ThatGuest 18th Oct 2018, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
Ah crap...this definitly seems like Discord is trying to start a RL fight. Dash will talk about calling his bluff, the other more 'professional' players will get all on her flank and then Dash's player will leave angrily not wanting to stay while everyone lectures and scolds her.
Sidnoea 18th Oct 2018, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Typo, panel 4: "interupted".
Phoenix926 18th Oct 2018, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
The regular DM getting in on the light switch antic is a nice touch.
HappyEevee 18th Oct 2018, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
Always two there are, a master and an apprentice.
Archone 18th Oct 2018, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Oh, this is hilarious... and now the bomb gets dropped regarding Cloudsdale... oh, this is definitely hitting newfound levels of challenge for the team.

Again: still waiting to see what happens. Discord GM is supposed to be a brilliant GM, according to Main GM. So... let's see what his end goal is.

(remember: Discord GM's end goal is NOT going to be the same as Discord NPC's end goal)
ThatGuest 18th Oct 2018, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
I feel like there was really no way for Dash to win. If she had taken the bait and left to save the city, then everyone auto loses and are mad at Dash. Dash refuses and lets Cloudsdale be destroyed or whatever, and everyone is mad at her for not playing along possibly.
Malroth 19th Oct 2018, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
New Fluttershy and Pinkypie will be fine with Dash's choice and will fully support it. Rarity will support the decision out of character but possibly not in character. Applejack will say she dislikes the choice but only because of the curse. Only one who might have a problem with Dash sacrificing all of Cloudsdale is Twilight.