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10th Jan 2019, 5:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 2
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Newbiespud 10th Jan 2019, 5:00 AM edit delete
Now that I've put this together, I realize this might seem like a "rarr Equestria Girls sucks" kind of fandom meta-joke, and that's not the intent here. The joke here rests solely on the gag of "Going back to HIGH SCHOOL?? Please, give us back the cosmic horrors from beyond the edge of reality, anything but this!!"

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Achtungnight 10th Jan 2019, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
I got it, friend. Don’t worry. LOL!
Platonix 10th Jan 2019, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
I didn't necessarily get straight to "high school sucks", but I WAS interpreting it more as "real life sucks" than "Equestria Girls sucks".
Hankroyd 10th Jan 2019, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
I though it was 'Oh my God, I have become a weird monster! I want to be a pony again!'

At least this joke works for everyone ... for different reason. I guess that is Chaos is all about. :)
Toric 10th Jan 2019, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Well, the shock and horror of finding you've been turned into a creature with a different spine, different limbs, articulated digits, a monkey-like face, and an entirely different nervous system + internal anatomy probably would evoke the terrified scream in the last panel, especially given the relative ease of filling ponies with terror.

I always appreciated the drama of that scream as it must have appeared to everyone who heard/saw her in EQG. In front of a high school, right before classes had to be the IDEAL place for her to have that meltdown. Everyone walking by would either have completely ignored her freak-out, or completely understood it in relation to high school (given recent trends in humor).
Double-cross 10th Jan 2019, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
"different limbs, articulated digits,"

Well, the limbs are mostly the same. But gaining an extra four digits a limb is probably hell.
Digo Dragon 10th Jan 2019, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It's annoying to me when a PC figures out something that might be interesting or important to others and they sit on that information rather than tell the rest of the party. Especially when the GM meant for it to be shared. It's like, "Yeah, that's pretty cool, but can we join in on this too?"
Balrighty 10th Jan 2019, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I feel that pain.

I was playing in a homebrew Final Fantasy game as a Viera (rabbitfolk) whose entire race was dying and half-cybernetic, and at one point, we're all split up and gathering info and rumors and whatnot. The GM was feeding us bits and pieces for us to fit together (and it wasn't even plot-critical, just interesting world-building background stuff), so I was deliberately not paying attention to what he was telling one of the other players (since my character wasn't there and wouldn't have been privy to this yet). My PC had found evidence of cybernetic components completely clean of organic material, and his PC (I later learned) had found out about a gruesome process that was liquefying people (but apparently not their cybernetics) to fuel some ritual.

Later, when all the PCs meet up again, that player deliberately doesn't say what he learned, and since I hadn't listened then in good faith, I didn't know on my own. I spent the rest of the game thinking I had either missed something I was supposed to pay attention to (which to my mind, still didn't include "stuff told to characters when yours isn't in earshot"), or that I was dense for not putting together something obvious.

That said, I don't think RD is sitting on the info on purpose. More like she hasn't gotten back to the prime universe yet.
GrayGriffin 11th Jan 2019, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
Why didn't you ask the player OOC to share the information IC?
Balrighty 11th Jan 2019, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
Because I didn't know whether it was something that had been told to me that I wasn't making the connection to or if it was something told to another player that I didn't hear. It was only after the campaign ended that I asked the GM what the deal was with the fleshless cubernetics that I found out it was something told to that other player.
Cygnia 10th Jan 2019, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Ah, I see you've met one of my players in the 7th Sea game I'm GMing.

Suffice to say, the campaign is on the precipice of Armageddon due to her inactions and inability to TALK TO THE OTHER PCS!
Enigmatic Jack 10th Jan 2019, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Some friends actually got to see the inverse of this, to hilarious effect. One of the players was being a pain in the you-know-what, kind of dominating the session and trying to make it all about him. They ended up in the requisite inn, so the guy decided he's going to "seduce" a barmaid and takes her back to his room. That night, the plot started up (I think vampires were involved?) and the party leaps into action. The one player starts talking about what he's going to go, and the DM looks at him and says "Didn't you leave to go bed a barmaid? You're not there, unless somebody came to get you." They looked around the table, and everyone said that they didn't go get him. So the guy who had been showboating and trying to make everybody do things his way ended up having to sit out the next chunk of the adventure because his character simply wasn't there.
Ganny 10th Jan 2019, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah. I have a GM who likes to do something similar to what Balrighty's GM was doing. Problem is that I know all the other players who don't bother sharing information (one just has a terrible memory, another doesn't bother, and one uses the excuse 'My character doesn't know its important, so why would he share it?').

Its absolutely awful to deal with.
Digo Dragon 10th Jan 2019, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I've been in a few arguments where I was expected to know something but my character wasn't there to know that thing. I prefer to have such info brought up IC rather than just assume they were told this off screen.

Because there are times a PC learns something but is told to keep it a secret in the interest of national security. IC communication of info is an important thing so that secrets aren't broken and you get picked up by the Feds because your adventuring buddy tells everyone you know what they keep inside Area 51 or something.
Kaze Koichi 11th Jan 2019, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
My DM normally doesn't bother to hide an information only some characters getting from the rest of the party. The meta I enjoy to do is to play on the information that my character knows only. That can lead to situations like: "Dude, you should know that's bad idea" - "I do, but MY CHARACTER doesn't know that."
Archone 11th Jan 2019, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
Oh... yes. I lost track of how many times I told the players, "talk to each other, share information, work together," for them to essentially nod in unspoken agreement, "we must NEVER talk to each other about game stuff outside of the sessions! ONLY communicate through the GM!"
The cheesiest sandwich 10th Jan 2019, 5:37 AM In Queso Emergency I Pray To the Grate Lord Cheesus edit delete reply
In RD's defense. She's probably trying to figure out just what the heck is going on. I mean I'd take a few passes too. Especially since it changes every time
Anvildude 10th Jan 2019, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
XScarredHeart 10th Jan 2019, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
"Well so much for THAT campaign idea..."
Digo Dragon 10th Jan 2019, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
This feels like a good way to play Planescape or similar campaign settings.
Rastaba 10th Jan 2019, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
Ah, Chaos. What a beautifully haphazard and comedic force you are.

And yeah. High school, school in general, real life, they all suck most severely. Escape while you still can Twilight! Before it’s too late and a mean girl steals your crown so you can’t fight Discord!
CrowMagnon 10th Jan 2019, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
I've long suspected that Equestria Girls is some sort of twisted Hell dimension of eternal high school.
Guest 10th Jan 2019, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
If you really think about it, Equestria Girls is just the pony version of Third Impact.
Joshua Robinson 6th Dec 2020, 12:52 AM edit delete reply
I, and everyone else who sees this show as a complete and wholesome option for extended canon...

...resent that HEAVILY.

I mean, Sunset gets a cameo in the last episode during the big music number, of course it's extended canon at this point!
ANW 10th Jan 2019, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
All we need now is Discord playing as Rod Serling.
albedoequals1 10th Jan 2019, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Too soon. :p
FanOfMostEverything 10th Jan 2019, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Ironically, that comic makes more sense as a Discord-conjured alternate timeline than what actually happened.
DuoScratch 10th Jan 2019, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
Neat, but I'm a little sad to see that Zombie-ville isn't gonna be the thing they face...I've always really liked zombie games. ;p
Derpmind 10th Jan 2019, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Sensei Le Roof 10th Jan 2019, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
At least have her freak out over those waggling knuckled monstrosities.
GrayGriffin 10th Jan 2019, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Interesting reaction from the DM-suggests that he might be relatively older than the rest of the group, old enough to have forgotten how horrible high school can be. Maybe Applejack is older as well, since she doesn't have an overly dramatic reaction here.
Draxynnic 10th Jan 2019, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie's response also seems to be a fairly measured one - not horror, merely curiosity. Given her personality, though, she probably enjoyed high school a lot more than the rest.
GrayGriffin 10th Jan 2019, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Eh, it depends. She's obviously someone who cares a lot what people think about her, and it's not guaranteed that her high school was accommodating of overly energetic/cheerful people.
Toric 10th Jan 2019, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
My experience and meme-knowledge has led me to believe that "But Why Tho?" is more of a "please, someone explain to me why this had to be here?" or "who thought this was a good idea?" Generally skepticism that something belongs in a particular setting and/or confusion as to its relevance.
Someone 10th Jan 2019, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
So do we get a pass if we interpreted it as 'High School AUs suck' in general rather than specifically about EQG?
Newbiespud 10th Jan 2019, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
I'll allow it!
Wulfraed 11th Jan 2019, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
Strangely, I just interpreted this as a variant of canon Twilight's fear of being sent back to "Magic Kindergarten"
Freelance 10th Jan 2019, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
I never l the l hate myself. My time wasn't bad at all.

*MIDDLE SCHOOL* on the other hand....
The Horror! The horror! 10th Jan 2019, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
The horror! The Horror! Bipedal beings with no hoofs. That is going to traumatize everyone. Why no one think of those poor kids that will be traumatized?
gloomie 12th Jan 2019, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Eh. Goats are hardy. They bounce back.
Anonymous 12th Jan 2019, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
I totally called it, kinda!
Guest 30th Jan 2019, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Definitely worst timeline
crazyredemu 11th May 2019, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
I went to a private school so it wasn't that bad, our bullies just said mean things
Joshua Robinson 6th Dec 2020, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Still, yeah, reliving high school would be horrible for most.