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14th May 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 14th May 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
The weirdest thing about coming back is that I'm now writing in a fantasy world where people still go to other people's houses to meet up in-person for long stretches of time.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are still open until this arc is finished! Guidelines here.



Scissors Rock Paper 14th May 2020, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
When reality becomes fantasy... Man, this year is only going to get weirder, I just know it. Thank goodness for ponies or we'd all go mad.
The Old One 14th May 2020, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Ye Gods, I've almost forgotten what people at a table looks like. My group went to Roll20 at the start of this whole mess and the biggest discovery we've made is how internet in the Seattle Metroplex is abject crap.
Evilbob 14th May 2020, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Well, tbf, internet in Seattle probably saw a spike in usage its infrastructure wasn't exactly prepared for.
tipulsar85 14th May 2020, 4:43 PM Crapcast * Sin count ding* edit delete reply
We can thank Comcast for most of the stupidity. I have nothing but problems with them since two years after they bought out AT&T broadband. Lack of internal support, a make more money than Disney Mentality, and seeing to make sure they own 100% of the local market. They also do not care if you live in Shoreline, to them the county line is at 145th. That's all kinds of problematic for election time.
Truthkeeper 14th May 2020, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
At least part of your problem might be that Roll20 was never the most optimized website in the first place, and it's getting hit a lot harder now than it used to be.
ANW 14th May 2020, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Poll Time
May not be Tabletop related, but I think it's still related.

How many siblings do you have?
Me:2 younger sisters
Guest 14th May 2020, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
1 older half-sister and two younger brothers.
GD 14th May 2020, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
One younger sister, and one significantly older half-brother.
BackSet 14th May 2020, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
One younger sisterl
hugh_donnetono 14th May 2020, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Dakkath 14th May 2020, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
0, only child
Borg 14th May 2020, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
One older brother, who must know DM the family D&D game virtually.
Winged Cat 14th May 2020, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
One older half-brother, whose marriage involved swords and an honor guard but a significant lack of (revealed) changelings.
Ember 14th May 2020, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Two sisters, two brothers. One older sister, then two younger brothers and a youngest sister. Big family. :-}
Solitary Performance 14th May 2020, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
One younger sister, biologically; a (barely) younger brother and a second younger sister as step siblings, though stepmom was a close friend of the family, so us four were functionally siblings for pretty much all our lives before dad and mom divorced before my 21st birthday, and dad ended up marrying my stepmom.
How close were we raised? Well, to the point that it wasn't uncommon to be effectively a family of 7 doing stuff, and us kids responding to "1,2,3,4" instead of names because it was faster and we knew which one of us was which (it was by birth order).
A Quiet Reader 14th May 2020, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
1 brother who is slightly younger than me, 1 brother who is significantly younger than me, and 1 sister who is much younger than me, yet I'm closest to her. Go figure.
albedoequals1 14th May 2020, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
I'm the oldest of nine. Five boys and four girls. What do I win? :p

Actually, to answer my own question, my large family is the only way I was able to get into D&D/Pathfinder in the first place, since they were available to be my guinea pigs while I taught myself to GM. One of my ongoing games is all family to this day.
Guest_54 17th May 2020, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
>Five boys and four girls.

Oh, your poor parents haha.

Family games sound fun, but a potential recipe for disaster if things ever get heated.
aylatrigger 14th May 2020, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Two older brothers!

...And this episode hits close to home since the BBBFF song reminded me of my oldest bro getting married at the time...and then later she turned out to be abusive and they got a divorce... Unfortunately not a changeling so no 'good' version.

They both introduced me to D&D when I was 8 (I couldn't join until I could tell them what THAC0 was). Now oldest bro does not play anymore (but really could use it...or some hobby), but my other bro and I are still doing games. Pathfinder Spheres of Power for the next one!
Desert Sun 14th May 2020, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Identical Twin Brother
CharginChuck 14th May 2020, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
One older brother who is sadly no longer with us.

I'm a bit worried this arc might bring some difficult feels.
Gden 14th May 2020, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
1 older sister
1 older brothers (deceased)
1 younger brother
Dantalion 14th May 2020, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Two younger brothers (technically, one and a half-brother), three younger sisters (technically, one and two half-sisters) - of those, the brother and two half-sisters are in quarantine with me.

So now I have a captive audience to DM for.
Eroraf 14th May 2020, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Older brother and sister, younger brother. Legally, my big bro's significant other is my brother-in-law.
Norgarth 14th May 2020, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
A younger brother (only 11 months, or as my Mum puts it: Twins the hard way), a d a much younger half sister.

Plus a slightly younger cousin who was at our house so often he was practically a sibling😄
Evain 15th May 2020, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Sixth of eight kids here.
albedoequals1 15th May 2020, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
RuBoo 15th May 2020, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Two younger sisters. Both anti-pony. Their older brother's the only pony fan in the family... And I'm no Shining Armor, more the antithesis of Shining Armor.
Kinrah 14th May 2020, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
It'll be interesting to see which way this goes - whether Cadance's player is legitimately not a nice person, or the whole thing turns out to be a conspiracy she planned with the GM (that Twilight's player ends up taking far too seriously).
Digo 14th May 2020, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
I did that once as a GM-- had a guest over and I let them play a couple villains for the encounters.

It plays out very differently, so do explain to the guest that the idea is to challenge the players and have fun, not try to kill everyone. I'm glad my guest enjoyed playing up some scene chewing cause he made those baddies fun to interact with.
Jannard 14th May 2020, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Preach Digo. Our DM never explained to the guest the idea was to challenge the players, nor did he balance the guest's chracter to make it so. He went straight for my character and pummeled it to death. Not that my companions were keen on stopping him, they were positioning for extra damage, not for preventing him from doing massive damage. It managed a one-turn KO, and then it died from the aforementioned damage from my companions.

Boy that was retconned quickly.
you know that guy 14th May 2020, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
I think if she did conspire with GM behind Shining's back, Twilight could have a few reasons to freak out. I'm not saying it's a rational response, but I could see it happening.
Kuraimizu 14th May 2020, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
Given what we know of the plot, from the show, we know that Cadance will have to play Chrysalis disguised as Cadance, and after Cadance is rescued, Chrysalis will be switched to the DM. while Cadance will then get to play as the the actual Cadance. Given Shining is being mind controlled by Chrisalis, he will have to play along and ignore Cadance being out of character. so probably a good guess that Shining and Cadance will both be playing along with the plan of the DM.

Twilight who knows Shining, and likely also Cadance, will feel that they are out of character, but won't be able to figure out why, and will try convincing her friends in game. They not having known Shining or Cadance, will ignore twilight, and chalk it up to them not having talked in a few years. When twilight get's snubbed by her friends in and out of the game, the DM will realize he has taken the joke too far, and will spring the trap, revealing Chrysalis and taking over the villain for the rest of the game.
Achtungnight 14th May 2020, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
One full sister, one half brother, one half sister, two stepbrothers, one stepsister. I only am close to the full sister. :shrug:
Jannard 14th May 2020, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
I remember I started watching Locke&Key a few weeks ago, and I caught myself thinking "oh, no" the moment two characters shared a hug. "May you live in interesting times" was definitely a curse.
GD 14th May 2020, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, not being able to meet with my Saturday group in person is physically devastating and definitely grinding me down.

I need my fix of board games, goofs, and terrible Shadowrun/Humblewood decisions.
Sam Palmer 14th May 2020, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
We tried to play via Discord (heh) but you have to have the right group for that, I find. My previous group worked well with that. My current group, not so much.

The game is different when you play it that way. Any fun stories from games played alternative format (Play by post, video chat, etc)?
Winged Cat 14th May 2020, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I've been playing almost exclusively online for decades. For me, meeting up in person to play is an "alternative format", something I almost only experience as one-shots at conventions.
BackSet 14th May 2020, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
I was doing some sort of pseudo-D&D play-by-post game set in the universe of Fire Emblem: Three Houses but it's on hiatus due to the gm's mental health problems.
BackSet 14th May 2020, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
What a coincidence. The GM just showed back up today which I assume means the game's back on. What magic is this?
hankroyd 14th May 2020, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
They are at the same place ???

Oh God, this comics has become completly unrealisitic. :D
Jennifer 14th May 2020, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
Just tried my first videochat game. For work purposes! It was Untold: Adventures Await, a freeform game that seems more about telling stories. Should work okay for library program purposes... and given that the GM did all the rolling, it might even be possible to do it in person while sitting six feet apart.
evileeyore 14th May 2020, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Yay, the real story is back