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Newbiespud 4th Jan 2020, 5:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note:
"The problem with flying by the seat of your pants in a game like this, is that since everyone else is travelling by same said pants, they get dragged along even when they might not want to.

There are a lot of different ways that people enjoy RPGs. Some people enjoy just being along for the ride, and don't generally push themselves into scenes. Sometimes it's good to give them a nudge. But most of the time?

Most of the time, it's better not to tell someone the rest of the table is waiting for their response.

If you let people come by it naturally, though, you usually end up with gold. I have gotten some truly fantastic stories out of players who lean into the background. Any stories about players like that in your group?"

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BackSet 4th Jan 2020, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
Wow. Now that's just a bit harsh.

I am semi-eager to see how the Humane Five will fit into this as characters. Like, did these guys (gals?) just crib their characters off of the main comic campaign and humanize them or something? I can only imagine Twilight's reaction to that.

I don't have any stories but first post, yay.
IndigoTarrasque 5th Jan 2020, 2:47 PM Six edit delete reply
Six, actually - one more’s coming later.
CrowMagnon 4th Jan 2020, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Hmm, not much in the way of stories, but it kind of applies to my group. Four people who run a spectrum of how much they assert themselves.

I'm the one who plays characters who tend to push themselves into leadership roles. The one who acts the most like the main character of their own story. (which is funny because I'm the opposite irl)

Then we've got the one who likes to play quirky characters, using offbeat builds that make her a total powerhouse (if situational sometimes). She doesn't really push herself into the spotlight like I do, but she does bring a lot of life to the table.

Then we've got the easygoing guy. The one who tends to take on support roles and decides what sort of character he's going to play after everyone else has settled into their roles.

Lastly, and probably the most applicable to this strip, we have a guy who tends to act like he's new to the game even when we've been running a campaign for two years. The one who always asked "can I [do X]?" or asks for a GM ruling instead of looking it up himself. As a result, we do tend to give him a little grief over it, much like SunsetDM is doing to not-Flutters here.
Darkside 4th Jan 2020, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
There was one guy I played with who couldn't decide whether he wanted combat or story. Whenever we did major story stuff, he would start getting antsy for combat (and once combat began, he'd smugly declare in-character "it's that time again"), but if combat carried on a while, he would start wondering when we'd get back to the story.

Curiously, his pseudo-love of combat meant nothing when I and my brother-in-law decided to try and defeat a sealed evil beast, and he, who was playing a paladin, decided it was too risky and left.

The two of us and my follower killed the evil thing.

He did, however, have a moment of awesome in a Runepunk (Savage Worlds) campaign, when he blew away a demonologist that been giving us trouble and said "payback's a bitch, and I'm that bitch." We agreed to retcon it so that he'd actually said it before he rolled, instead of after he hit.
Truthkeeper 4th Jan 2020, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
Having never seen or been the slightest bit interested in Equestria Girls, my first thought on seeing these human ponies:

"Huh, I wonder if this is the same universe Doug is set in, but with a higher animation budget."
Anonpony 5th Jan 2020, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
I understand the hesitation, I think most of us felt that when it was first introduced. It's actually not too bad, in my opinion. Much worse shows have been made over the years.

Your comment on Doug being in the same universe is great though! Now I want a crossover of sorts...
Somber 5th Jan 2020, 11:21 AM New Challenge edit delete reply
Use Fallout Equestria art to do a post apocalyptic comic.
A New Craze 6th Jan 2020, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
So it's familiar? But it's not TOO familiar. Now that I think about it it's not too UNfamiliar
Digo 6th Jan 2020, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
I think everyone needs to buy their own pants.