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Newbiespud 19th Dec 2019, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note:
"So begins what I hope will be as enjoyable experience for you, the viewer, as it is for me, the person trying to put all this together! I've had this idea kicking around in my head since...well, about June 16th, 2013. It'll probably be obvious what this all is 'pon the next update, but for now...let's say I'm tentatively calling this guest arc 'Twilight's Zone.' At least until the actual name goes up."

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



ANW 19th Dec 2019, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Story time

Ever had to stop a game midway due to sickness?
albedoequals1 19th Dec 2019, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
I've had players taken out by migraines in the middle of a session. We have a pretty tight group, so with one person missing, we usually just pause until they recover, rather than play without them.
MythicFox 19th Dec 2019, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Not the player's sickness, but once we had to cancel game halfway through because his kid started throwing up and he had to go.
Wulfraed 19th Dec 2019, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Not sickness... But we did end up with an intermission as we ran one of the players to an emergency room.

Don't recall exactly what he'd done. He was the heavy smoker of the group, and was always sent outside to run a cigarette (he could light it at the doorway, walk to the end of the driveway and back, and only the filter would be left). Think he tripped over something while inhaling that cigarette and sprained a joint.
Specter 19th Dec 2019, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
I was once sick, but that didn't stop the game from starting, or me from joining.
VariousGameMasteries 19th Dec 2019, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
While not sickness, my group had to stop and head home due to a full-on blizzard that kicked up while we were playing.
Wulfraed 20th Dec 2019, 8:09 AM edit delete reply

You didn't use that as an excuse to play around the clock?
Randonimity 19th Dec 2019, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
I had to beg off from a game because I was in the starting stages of a fever. The game was held in our living room and I could hear them playing and laughing while I lay in bed shivering.
Malroth 19th Dec 2019, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie is still more understandable than Dashes Leet speak
FanOfMostEverything 19th Dec 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
I don't know, took me longer to parse Pinkie than Dash. Shame about that sushi burrito.
Borg 19th Dec 2019, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
I didn't even know you could get a sushi burrito that gives you food poisoning. Normally those sorts of places are pretty careful about the proper storage and handling of their food.
albedoequals1 19th Dec 2019, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Maybe she made it herself.
Digo 19th Dec 2019, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
There are 7-11 gas stations here that sell sushi and lots of it was recently recalled. I can believe Pinkie's story.
Joe the Rat 19th Dec 2019, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Intended read: "Sushi Burrito -tasty, but made me ill. No ponies."

My read: "Sushi, Burrito yummy, made me sick. Time out, trots."

RD is just old fashioned texting shorthand.
Agya 19th Dec 2019, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
I've never understood texting shorthand, or emoji speak for that matter, in terms of actual usage in this age of full, proper keyboards on our phones.

Surely needing to think of your message, translate it into shorthand/emoji and then locate the necessary emoji or type out your message is slower or more effort than just typing normally?

For example, "NEway" is either two shift or caps lock presses, and then the 5 letters, meaning 7 keystrokes instead of 6 and the necessary training time of actively having to think about and type that before it becomes instinct.

Obviously this doesn't hold true for all shorthand, but definitely most I've seen
Randonimity 19th Dec 2019, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Sometimes it's less about how "few keystrokes" you need to make and more about how small you can make your message. I don't know the rate of text message costs, but where I live (before the advent of viber, whatsapp, and other chat-based apps) you're charged by the number of messages you send. So to save on cost, we resorted to cramming as much of our message as we could via "txt tlk."
Winged Cat 19th Dec 2019, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
What Randonimity said. Some of us still have to deal with 160 character per message limits (or 140 on Twitter); while we can chain multiple messages together, not only does that cost more, but sometimes you have messages you really do not want to break up if possible (since, if they are broken up, they'll likely be misinterpreted - due to the recipient's misunderstanding, or intentionally for political purposes).

Thus, wordsmithing and abbreviation to get an entire message into that limit. Sometimes it's a bit of an art: creativity in response to limitations, as has been seen throughout human history.
Winged Cat 19th Dec 2019, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Same re: parsing l33t vs. emojis. But then, I've seen more l33t sp34k.
Digo 19th Dec 2019, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Heh, "Con text". Clever.

I've had a session interrupted mid-game due to an illness. I drove a player to the hospital and pretty much stayed with them all evening while my other players house sat and just did some loot inventory.

However, that was small potatoes compared to the time I had a session interrupted because a player's children were seized by a court order and they had to go down to the police station with some lawyers.
Tempestfury 21st Dec 2019, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
Well don't just leave us hanging, what happened? Why where the kids siezed in the first place?