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21st Apr 2020, 6:00 AM in Guest Arc: Equestria Girls
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Newbiespud 21st Apr 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "Equestria Girls (Cafeteria Song)! AKA The catchiest tune in the movie. It's not my favorite, but the lyrics are so beat you over the head that it's near impossible to forget. Did you think I was going to do a fun rewrite of this, a la Pinkie's songs in FID proper? So did I! Turns out I'm very bad at it, and my attempts have been flushed to the U-Bend of Time. They'll hit me at 3AM two years from now and make me sweat in cold shame, but for now: out of sight, out of mind.

I like letting players justify weird maneuvers based on the general shape of the move they're actually attempting. I understand why DM's are hesitant to do so; justify something once, and it's nigh on impossible to put that worm back in the can. But with the right group of players, it's a push and pull. And hey, the more you let it happen, the more lateral your puzzles can start to get, which can lead to some interesting tales in their own right."

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Digo 21st Apr 2020, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
It's been long enough that I had to look up the song again. My mind doesn't remember this movie like it did the second, which just really nails the soundtrack.

I used to have a habit as a GM to come up with theme music for the important NPCs in my campaign and have some of the tracks for atmosphere. Naturally picking the villain tracks were the most important part and often the best times of the set.
A Hat with A Smaller Hat 21st Apr 2020, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
I think it’s because EQG’s story and character drama is just less solid than 2. There’s so many odd plot decisions and strange plot holes (not to mention the movie spends a lot of time assembling the characters we already know) that trying to remember it is just hard.
Winged Cat 21st Apr 2020, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
It's fine, Dinn. The exact lyrics of the song depict something that did not happen in this telling. (And you already set up in the last panel of last strip that there was no actual song.) You'd have to significantly alter the lyrics, like so:

Panel 1:
TS: Do we have the speakers hidden around the cafeteria? Spike will start the music when no one's looking.
PP: And a one, and a two...

Panel 2:
PP: Hey, hey, everybody, we've got something to say.
PP: So listen along if you want to play.

Panel 3:
Rarity: Think you're alone? Feeling bored?
Rarity: All five of us thought we were ignored.

Panel 4:
RD: When bam! Out of the darkle.
RD: Came our new good friend Twilight Sparkle.
GM (bottom corner of panel): ...
TS (right next to GM text): (I know, but she tried.)

Panel 5:
PP: She showed us how we shine with a different quality.
FS: Generous, honesty, laughter, kindness, loyalty.
AJ: Twilight helped us each to see all that we can be!

Panel 6:
All 5: So get up, get down, 'cause it's gonna make a sound,
All 5: If we work together helping Twilight Sparkle win the crown!
Eroraf 21st Apr 2020, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
As mediocre as the first EqG movie was, the Cafeteria Song still manages to get me boppin' my head every time.
DanaO 12th May 2020, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Just realized. GM Sunset will be remembering this event when the Sirens (eventually) turn up, and will likewise present their cafeteria entrance with overelaborate game-rule strategy explaining both how they take over the student body and why the players are railroaded into losing the initiative for preventing this. (Fictional player characters should be far more alert to events than regular fictional high school student characters, but we've just been covered - the players can be perfectly aware of what's going on without their characters able to do anything useful about it right off.)