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12th May 2012, 6:00 AM in Dragonshy
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RD Is Best Anti-Hero
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Newbiespud 12th May 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
I had a lot of fun with this one, as you can tell! There are even a few lines that didn't make the cut.

Rainbow Dash: Then the apple farmer convinced the bookworm to drop from a 70-foot cliff. I thought that was hilarious!
Applejack: Context!

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Derpmind 12th May 2012, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
I'm so happy right now.
BadHorse 12th May 2012, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23 12th May 2012, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Always recap with bullet points. It's easier to hear than

DM: As the cliff broke apart our fearless heroes plummeted towards their doom, saved only by their quick wits and loyalty to each other. Though the Rogue fell off the cliff, she was saved by a good dextarity score, while the Ranger risked her own life to...

RD: We don't need to hear a novel, we were all there!
darkwulf23 12th May 2012, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Actually for any DM who wants to annoy their players, recap every roll.
dzamie 13th May 2012, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
And then choke in dismay as the players force-feed you your own dice.
darkwulf23 13th May 2012, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
You know, certain avatars changes the feel of the comments. Like for example, your comment used humor to reply to my comment, but your avatar made it sound more psychotic. Wouldn't change it though.
Lycanthromancer 13th May 2012, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
The only rouge pony is Big Macintosh.
Mecryte 14th May 2012, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
rouge = French for Red
rogue = Sneaky striker class
Learn the difference.
darkwulf23 14th May 2012, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
I ended up spelling a word that I usually don't type often wrong? Boy is my face rogue. (Beat)

Fine, I'll change it.
xuincherguixe 14th May 2012, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
One of the nice things about my Avatar is that I'm usually saying something nonsensical so it generally works out okay.
Raxon 21st Jun 2012, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
I know exactly what you mean!
Destrustor 31st Jan 2013, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Mine makes everything I say sound just plain silly!
The MunchKING 12th May 2012, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Ah yes, the skewed perspective means of recaps. Always a classic.
Crimson Doom 13th May 2012, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
Oh. I suppose that purple bubble *was* a different purple bubble. I saw purple and assumed Rarity based on the other purple bubble. XP
Newbrony 12th May 2012, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
hehehehehe. I would probably end up doing what dash did, but not for my own character XD
Your Obedient Serpent 12th May 2012, 7:09 AM A Shiny, Shiny FATE Coin! edit delete reply
You've got the character's "voices" DOWN -- I have no trouble hearing Ashleigh Ball read this whole installment (with the others interjecting their own comments in their own voices).

Our DRESDEN FILES campaign starts each session with a recap given by one of the players. Whoever gives the recap gets a FATE point, which is an eminently useful kind of bribery.

Your Obedient Serpent has been asked ... well, begged ... to PLEASE stop leading off with a baritone, "Previously, on the Dresden Files ..."
GreyDuck 12th May 2012, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
We don't do recaps, but starting out the first session of a campaign with a setup spiel led off with a Don LaFontaine "In a world..." spiel is just the way to you, don't you think?

(Since I happen to have the voice for that, after all.)
Guest 12th May 2012, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
"In a world where the narrator has a sexy voice, we find our adventurers preparing to battle a fearsome foe: Their very own empty wallets!"
Guest 12th May 2012, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
I'll admit, I just skimmed this one. Recap is always boring and, frankly, Rainbow Dash annoys me at the best of times.
Digo 12th May 2012, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
Wow, RD just impersonated a player from my campaign. XD
Honey Mead 12th May 2012, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Why does Rarity have a Charisma of 15?
I mean, I get that she is a rogue, but she is a social rogue. Shouldn't it be a little higher?
darkwulf23 12th May 2012, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
Considering ten is suppose to be average, she probably has more than enough to get by.
Zarhon 12th May 2012, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
Panels #3 and #4 is why Rainbow Dash is among best pony.

Also Twilight's expression in panel #14. Scrunchy face is always hilarious. Whoever originally drew that up is a genius.

Xander Cruize 12th May 2012, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
Good as always. I love Dashie so much.
deeman45 12th May 2012, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, you always get one person in the group like this. The best is when they point out that a DM's recap isn't doing them justice.

"Hey, you forgot that part where I rolled two natural twenties in a row! BEST PART OF THE CAMPAIGN!"
sjosten 14th May 2012, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of how my players think the ranger's deceased dog was the most important member of the team. Bear in mind, the dog had only been with them for three missions because these guys keep letting the dogs get into melee first.
Jomoru 12th May 2012, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Did Rarity change alignments because of the storyline?
Zarhon 12th May 2012, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure Rarity sacrificed a few points of charisma for the ability to switch alignments as a minor action.
Beard 12th May 2012, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Aw man you aren't setting up poor Twilight for the crushing weight of reality with that whole, "She sees the group as TRUE FRIENDS who've bonded through the game!" thing are you?
Crimson Doom 12th May 2012, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
I found it interesting that Twilight was the only one interrupting... especially since that means Fluttershy *did*. Impressive for Fluttershy: she's starting to make herself heard. Good for her! But it's a bit weird that Twilight didn't interject at all.
On the other hand, Rainbow *did* give Twilight the only non-self praise of the recap, so...
The MunchKING 12th May 2012, 8:22 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
I thought Twilight was the Dark Purple bubble that said RD concidered joining the Shadowbolts.
Akouma 12th May 2012, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
When I DM, I make absolutely sure to make my recaps a short sentence beginning with "When last we left our [vaguely positive-yet-condescending adjective here] heroes..." and then ending by taking their antics totally out of context to make them look either like raving mad-people or idiots. For example, my upcoming session will begin with:

"When last we left our bold heroes, they spent multiple hours trying to find a pair of shoes, then couldn't figure out how to destroy them."

This is *technically* true, but it puts them in a bit of a bad light. You see, in the previous couple sessions they had done a few key things:

-Made an ally with one of the nine demon lords that have taken over their continent, who is now secretly working to feed information back to them in exchange for a one-way ticket back to hell to rule uncontested there and some willing agents during her time here.
-Found out that ALL of the demon lords have made modified phylacteries, and what objects each lord's phylactery is. (They're a little tougher to destroy than normal, and the lords don't instantly die when their tokens are destroyed. They only become mortal again.)
-Were given their first piece of information from their ally, which was the location of a phylactery: a pair of dancing shoes. (The shoes make sense in context; all the lords are based on the traditional Greek muses.)
-The ghostly paladin they had called back from the dead had been sighted in that area wreaking havoc among the demon forces, and would be a valuable asset to retrieve.

And so they went to the area in question, found the paladin while they wandered in search of shoes, and then found a dance studio. In it, were approximately THIRTY pairs of shoes, all of them magical to some extent. They ultimately destroyed pretty much every pair of them through various comical means of trial and error. Eventually they only had three pairs left. They eliminated one pair because it was a different color than the lord they were hunting usually wears, and eliminated the other because it didn't shudder violently when tinkered with. Problem is, the phylacteries are still hard as all hell to outright destroy (effectively indestructible), so they decided to opt for trying to disenchant it. They ultimately disenchant it by tying the shoelaces together and attempting to dance in them and falling over. (They belonged to a demon who's domain was dancing. Frankly I'm amazed it took them OVER AN HOUR in real life to reach this idea even if it is a little wacky.)

My favorite session recap has to be "When last we left our intrepid heroes, they had voluntarily teamed up with someone they know to be a mentally unstable mass-murderer," though. That one wasn't even taken out of context. They actually did that. And I even made it fairly clear that they could've just gone "thanks, but no thanks" to him and that would've been it.
Bronymous 12th May 2012, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
OFC. Oh yes.

I won't lie, the numbers on the cast page just rolled past me, but I like the added extra comments for each player. Developing in line with the game, but still unsure of who they will be or what they will do next session.

If this were on TV, that might be a hook.
xuincherguixe 12th May 2012, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
No Applejack. Context is the enemy. Everything is so much better without it.
Guest 14th May 2012, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
I have to agree on this point. Your avatar for example probably loses some silliness once you understand what that thing is and why that man is riding on its back.
xuincherguixe 15th May 2012, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Oddly enough? Nope. Context doesn't help there. It makes no sense there either.

Gintama is a strange series.
Izandai 12th May 2012, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Well, at least she's getting invested in the game...
XandZero2 12th May 2012, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
I'm just going to throw this one out there - but in my personal opinion, RD is the worst pony around. She's such a thoughtless jerk that I've come to calling her "Rainbow-Douche."

That is all (;
Bronymous 12th May 2012, 10:07 PM edit delete reply
I see what you mean, what with:
-sticking with her friends vs personal gain
-standing up for them against an old friend-turned-bully
-volunteering to lead the weather team in clearing up winter
-assisting Applebloom in trying to find her Cutie Mark
-defending the right of an indigenous species to their own land

So thoughtless and selfish.
xuincherguixe 12th May 2012, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash is deep!
Zuche 13th May 2012, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Better yet, xuincherguixe, we get a display of deep Dash pizzazz in that last panel.
Bronymous 14th May 2012, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Deep Dish Pizzas are now Deep Dash Pizzazz.
modulusshift 13th May 2012, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
She's not a thoughtless jerk, she simply acts, then thinks. Doesn't excuse her actions, but she's not evil. She can be a little hard to live with at times, but when things get really tough, there's nothing in all of Equestria that can stop her from helping whoever is important to her in trouble. And the crunch is when things really matter.

She's also not averse to real responsibility. When no one else can do the important jobs, she's all too happy to step in. Need somepony to marshal together all of Ponyville's flyers to do their best at a job? Fastest flyer in Equestria, at your service. Need a pony to deliver a kick in a dragon's jaw to keep Equestria from dying of smoke? Already did it. (Even though it didn't work, still takes resolve to do.) Need somepony to be a supportive role model to a sibling-less filly? Rainbow's all too happy to be idolized, true, but she showed up with the real sisters at the end of Show Stoppers. She's right next to Scootaloo for the meteor shower in Owl's Well That Ends Well. She's realized it's not a one way street to be a sister, and is happy to help out.

And of course, she's even better in the fandom. She's the adventurer, she's the protagonist, for better or worse. She's the one who dreams, even though she's also the one who falls. She's the bravest, though she's the most fragile. She's the one who lives out loud when Rarity's hiding her feelings behind a veil. She's the one who acts when Twilight can't decide. She's the one who saves when Fluttershy's too scared to fly. She's the one who helps even when Applejack's too proud to accept. (I can't think of a non-grimdark one for Pinkie...Wait, got it.) She's the one that brings Pinkie back down to reality when she's lost in nightmares.
...Actually, that last one happens a lot. You'd think Fluttershy or Applejack would be better for that, but Rainbow ends up doing it most of the time.

Anyhow, Rainbow saves the day, whether it's easy or not. And you always need somepony to do that.
airtseuqe 4th Nov 2016, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
You're an idiot.
Lyntermas 13th May 2012, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash seems to be getting into the campaign. I wonder if she's going to be as negative about Fluttershy's fear of heights as she was in the original episode.

RD: Can we all agree that I'm the pony most likely to actually beat the dragon? The wizard wants to use DIPLOMACY, the rouge just wants to steal its stuff, the druid is a scaredy cat, and the bard is...what WERE you planning to do, Pinkie?
PP: I was going to throw it a party. Duh.
RD:...So is there any reason why I can't just fly straight up there and kick some dragon butt without these guys?
TS: I only want to try diplomacy as an alternative to violent tactics. You'll at least need Fluttershy to heal you if you want to last more than 1 round against a dragon.
RD: Twilight, we're level 6 now. If we were going to fight this dragon right after losing to Nightmare Moon, this should be a cakewalk for a barbarian like me.
DM:...who says the dragon was meant to be your next encounter?
Honey Mead 13th May 2012, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Yep, that sounds about right to me.
Kayeka 13th May 2012, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
You know, call me crazy, but I don't think the numbers on the cast page are all that interesting. I'd be far more interested in the feats they took.

Numbers are all part of the game, of course, but it's the feats where you get to actually build a character.
Thud 13th May 2012, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy is a controller druid. She doesn't have heals, at least not much.
Azureink 13th May 2012, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
Meneth 13th May 2012, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
So the old stats are no longer visible. Good thing I saved a copy of the original page.
Azureink 13th May 2012, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Thanks Newbiespud for taking my advice to redistributed Applejack's attributes to make her more wisdom-y without damaging her higher scores.

Though I have no clue, without the Level 1 sheets, where the +1 to two attributes went (besides their strongest stat).
Zuche 13th May 2012, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
For some reason, I can't read the panel with RD and AJ without hearing them as Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam.
sjosten 14th May 2012, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Well now I can't either. Thanks a lot.
Evilbob 14th May 2012, 12:13 AM Cast edit delete reply
The character cast page would make more sense to have the different levels they had and the matching stats (eg what the starting stats at level 1 were) in order to give it a more dynamic, non-static view of the evolution of the characters.
Urthdigger 15th May 2012, 1:39 AM edit delete reply
So, storytime! Anyone have a tale about a time they did something that was indeed a good act that benefited the party... but only with the proper context? (AKA Applejack's problem up there)
Crimson Doom 15th May 2012, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
My neutral good cleric once punched a homocidal elf teammate because she was about to kill a fallen antagonist. Although this hasn't paid off yet, DM's left hints that sparing that NPC might come in handy later on...
friendship dragon 15th May 2012, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
I just realized the duble canon/cannon while writing this huh.
Headless Unicorn Guy 23rd May 2012, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like Dashie.