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15th Dec 2018, 5:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 2
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Newbiespud 15th Dec 2018, 5:00 AM edit delete
The biggest thing I didn't expect out of this comic was the somewhat closer than usual rapport between Twilight and Pinkie. Maybe deep down I've been TwiPie shipping trash all along? ...Nah.

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Tempest Fennac 15th Dec 2018, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
I thought Pinkie trying to act like a stereotypical action hero was funny personally. I'm not sure how it would come across with real people though.
The cheesiest sandwich 15th Dec 2018, 5:58 AM In Queso Emergency I Pray To the Grate Lord Cheesus edit delete reply
Same, I've actually run a ponyfinder game where we had a pinkie pie expy go all dark and gritty on us. That was some comedy gold
Rastaba 15th Dec 2018, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Totally with you here. I found it very funny. But also agree that with ‘real people’ it might not go over as well unless it’s clearly being done for fun. Which this situation seemed sorta geared to prevent.
Redwings1340 15th Dec 2018, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I enjoyed what pinkie was doing too. Her only mistake was not going oc to check with teilight/others when it went poorly with her.

Pinkie pies curse seems to have the most straightforward in character solution to me, which is, remind her that the best way to defeat discord is by remembering how to laugh.
Digo Dragon 15th Dec 2018, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I probably more agree with Pinkie. She tried to be serious action hero, but it fell flat and forced to me. Quite annoying in my opinion.
Freelance 16th Dec 2018, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
Maybe the comicly serious action hero would have been a better fit? Like how Arnold Schwarzenegger can be in a good number of his movies.
Freemage 16th Dec 2018, 2:27 AM edit delete reply
Of the four who 'took the bait', I think Pinkie's bittergrim was probably the one I would've enjoyed being at the table most, simply because of the contrast I've played in games with a personality-altering curse before, and they can be fun--and Pinkie seemed to be having fun doing it, and I find fun contagious unless it's malicious in nature.

By contrast:
AJ was clearly frustrated; Fluttershy was irritated and maybe even a little unpleasant; and Rarity seemed trapped in her self-image as a ROLEplayer to the point where she wasn't enjoying it (ie, she wasn't doing this because she wanted to, after awhile, but because she felt she needed to, in order to live up to her self-image as the group's thespian).
MythicFox 16th Dec 2018, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
In a recent tabletop game I was in, the character I was playing experienced a supernaturally-induced personality swap, going from an optimistic problem-solver to a cynical fatalist. It made me miserable, and everyone actually kind of hated it until we found a good way to undo it. While the MLP game is meant to be light-hearted, it's not necessarily meant to be a comedy game, so I can see Pinkie's action-hero antics to be kind of a drag on things. Especially if the group's social dynamic had previously come to lean on her to keep everyone's spirits up.
albedoequals1 15th Dec 2018, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
I'm playing a very Pinkie Pie-like character in a game, and she also got a positive reaction by doing the action hero joke. In my case though, it was voluntary, and she was constantly breaking character to talk to her friends. It was mostly for the peasants' benefit.
Toric 15th Dec 2018, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
You know, while Pinkie maybe contributed to Twilight's frustration, ultimately I feel she was the least obstructive of the cursed players. It's kind of interesting to me that what she's apologizing for here is a bad joke gone too far, and how she puts it entirely on herself. I don't know that Pinkie even noticed Twilight's slights against the party except in the context of her own failure to create a better atmosphere.

I also think that Pinkie's action-hero-tough-pony shtick might have worked better if it was the only radical change at the table. In the mix with the other curses, it was kind of a bucket of water to the face in a rainstorm: not much of a difference, but still a blow to pride/morale.
obscurereader 15th Dec 2018, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. I don't know if Pinkie was the least obstructive (that's probably debatable but largely irrelevant all things considered), but I do think that Pinkie's taking responsibility for what she thinks she did poorly on (which is good), and that the action hero stuff might've worked better in a different scenario (for instance, not being forced into it by a Chaos God and Not with the group encouraged to work against each other).
Redwings1340 16th Dec 2018, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
I agree, I think in other circumstances, what pinkie was doing could have been funny. I definitely thought it was amusing at least. It was more an on top of everything moment than a problem in itself, this is just more evidence things needed to go oc sooner.
Departure_Dave 15th Dec 2018, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
I though "Hardboiled Pinkie Pie" was cool and I hope there's a resurgence or nod at some point.
GrayGriffin 15th Dec 2018, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
I mean, there are screencaps of Detective Pinkie...
THE OTHER GUEST 15th Dec 2018, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Parties are Serious Business.

It's a lotta work making sure everyone has a good time, including yourself.
Kaze Koichi 15th Dec 2018, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Detective Pinkachu.


My job here is done.
CharginChuck 16th Dec 2018, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
Voiced by Pie-yan Reynolds.

You're welcome.
Malroth 15th Dec 2018, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
Pinkies curse was quite fun.
Steel Resolve 15th Dec 2018, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
The S.S. Twinkie is a fantastic ship. Come aboard, we're expecting you.
NR 16th Dec 2018, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
*Chanting* One of us, one of us, one of us!
Guest 15th Dec 2018, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
In the show like in the comic, Pinkie and Twilight share an highly analytic mind, an intense sense of organization, and a tendency to go banana over things, even details, not going the way they thought it would go.

Despite their different interests, it's not surprising they go along so well.
MiqoRems 16th Dec 2018, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Allow me to be the first to echo:

Hankroyd 16th Dec 2018, 2:09 AM edit delete reply
How could the echo be longer than the original?????
Wulfraed 16th Dec 2018, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Multiple surfaces with different delays such that the echos are overlapping with each other.
Needling Haystacks 16th Dec 2018, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
For doubling down to loop back to being funny you really have to go all-in. Look into "Kristen Schaal is a horse". I mean I didn't personally find it to loop back to being funny but some people do.

Gambling mixed metaphor unintentional but left in.
Archone 16th Dec 2018, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Is she REALLY apologizing, though? Because honestly, her "grim, gritty anti-hero" schtick was pretty damned funny. Especially since I've never been too fond of "grim, gritty anti-heroes" in fiction (let alone in an RPG; they tend to cause more problems for the team than any other archetype), so seeing Pinky mock the "badass loner who also has lots of friends and all the ladies are hot for him" cliche was delightful to me. Is she just saying this to help everyone bond?

(That would be a Pinky thing to do. Canon Pinky not only responded to Gilda's behavior by throwing her a party, but later went to Griffonstone to help her. And even as far as this comic and this player controlling a PC is concerned... funny people tend to be the ones who know what real pain is. That's why they tell the jokes - they don't want anyone else to be sad)
Mr Wednesday 16th Dec 2018, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Er, what?
redwings1340 16th Dec 2018, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
She is apologizing. Its not about whether her routine was funny, it was that twilight was getting annoyed by it, and instead of addressing that, Pinkie doubled down and tried to press what she was doing, continuing the cycle of making the game less fun for everyone.

Pinkie is apologizing for continuing to make twi upset when she realized that's what she was doing, not apologizing for trying this curse in the first place.
Chronic Lurker 16th Dec 2018, 7:47 PM edit delete reply I imagining Pinkie off screen that last panel pulling a Fonzie? I am not kidding! In my head she has somehow made a snapping noise, is pointing her hooves, and her mane has sculpted itself to perfectly resemble the Fonz. Also is sudden;t wearing a black leather jacket. DAMN YOU MIND PINKIE! STOP THE RETRO WEIRDNESS!!!
Mr. Guy 17th Dec 2018, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie did nothing wrong.
THE OTHER GUEST 17th Dec 2018, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Maybe so on an individual level, but collectively she was still contributing, even if only in a small way, to the situation as a whole and shares part of the responsibility for Twilight becoming aggressively frustrated.

Pinkie is the party member who in the past has taken it upon themselves to keep the others from becoming too serious about things. So when she stopped doing that in the middle of a tense situation where 2/3 of the rest of the party was also cursed to act contrary to their usual behavior her seriousness just became a force multiplier, since the others probably take her as the barometer for how seriously to take a situation.

As others above have pointed out, if it had Just been Pinkie, it might have been tolerable, and they could have more easily worked through it.