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23rd May 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Tempting Fête
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Newbiespud 23rd May 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
"Let's get out there and have a medium, mundane day!" said no one ever as they sit down to play a fantasy roleplaying game.

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Achtungnight 23rd May 2020, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
A mundane boring wedding... no such thing, folks. No such thing.
Composer99 23rd May 2020, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Well... I've been to a few. And the most you could say about mine was that the bride's party clearly hadn't rehearsed their speech. YMMV.
Digo Dragon 23rd May 2020, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Alcohol, furries, and part of the Final Fantasy 8 soundtrack was involved in mine. XD

But no one got hurt, so it was considered a success!
Malroth 23rd May 2020, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
"eyes on me" "the extreme" "man with a machine gun" and "force your way" would all lead to very different weddings.
Khyrin 23rd May 2020, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
I'm hoping it was <i>Waltz for the Moon</i>, personally.
Digo 23rd May 2020, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
"Eyes on Me" was our wedding song, as it rather fit how my wife and I got together, bit there was some humming of Waltz.
RuBoo 23rd May 2020, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
If I ever have a wedding, I want to have Love Is in Bloom play at it. Should it happen, I hope the bride is a Cadance, and not a Chrysalis...
Professor Haystacks 24th May 2020, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
My wedding involved a bunch of engineers and scientists figuring out how to support the flower arch when it turned out to be too top-heavy... We wound up grabbing fishing line out of someone's vehicle and looping it around the ceiling supports, but only on the flowers. This meant we had to keep the arch fixed or it wouldn't look like it had flowers on it anymore. Interesting day.

Oh and the 'bachelor party' was a game of Terraforming Mars.
Composer99 23rd May 2020, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Twilight, Twilight, Twiligiht...

You're in a D&D adventure. You pretty much have to assume something bad is going to happen.

And by "something" I mean anything like:
- A dragon descends from the sky and attacks
- A wizard turns most of the wedding-goers to stone in order to kidnap someone (bonus points if this was arranged in advance and the someone is cooperating)
- The wedding is actually a fell ritual in disguise with the intent of summoning a Doom Monster™ or causing general doom.
- The wedding is taking place on cursed ground and guests start turning into zombies.
- A wicked fairy noble, formerly smitten with one of the people getting married, turns up to place a curse on them
- One of the wedding party is actually a shapeshifter who has infiltrated the society in order to pave the way for an invasion (*)

(*) This example may or may not be topical. ;)

In any event, Cadance's laugh kind of gives the game away, doesn't it?
Composer99 23rd May 2020, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
Oooh. Just had an idea.

Story time: Who has included a wedding as a plot-relevant or even plot-critical element of an RPG session, and what went down?
MechaDitz 23rd May 2020, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
I actually had a wedding in the Ponyfinder campaign I ran, though the wedding itself was more of a plot reveal than full on event. The plot had been about finding the champions of the gods to retighten the lock on Apep's cage, so the wedding of the two most reoccurring npcs that were clearly an item wasn't surprising. The fact their Captain's kindly 'maid' paramour who was a high level caster and would 'accidentally' reveal state secrets they just so happened to need to know was actually the princess was not something I expected to remain in the dark till the day of, but the look on their faces when it dawned on them was worth it.
dragonfly9078 25th May 2020, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
I was in a party on what turned out to be one of many moons orbiting around a much larger planet, but I was having some trouble with some of the players, both in character and out of character, so I decided to leave. My character was a part of a fairly important noble family, so throughout the campaign I had been engaged to the King of the World in an effort to keep the single huge nation together.

Anyway, the DM decides that my wedding would be a good point for me to leave the party, a good farewell session and I agreed. The wedding itself was fairly straightforward, but then at the reception the King's long lost older brother appeared and asserted his claim to the throne, kicking off a massive civil war.

I still left the group, but I worked behind the scenes with the DM as a sort of secondary antagonist to the party. I put a bounty on their heads and sent my own personal assassins after them, it was great. I even faked my own death after a failed assassination attempt on me and surprised them by showing up at one of their games a few months later.
BackSet 23rd May 2020, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
She didn't even need to laugh, Twilight's jinx was enough warning already.
Composer99 24th May 2020, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
I know, right?
Jennifer 23rd May 2020, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Twilight - haven't you learned yet? Never, ever say something like that!

If you are PCs, the universe quite literally does not like you. Don't tempt fate...
BackSet 23rd May 2020, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
If you're a pc you have two possible outcomes:

The universe likes you but is contractually obligated to screw with you (good gm).
The universe hates you and derives great joy from screwing with you (bad gm).
CrowMagnon 24th May 2020, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
I've got "The universe likes you, but also makes a show out of acting like it derives great joy from your misfortune." (tsundere GM)
Malroth 24th May 2020, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Universe LOVES you but in an unhealthy and obsessive manner and destroys anything that could potentially get in the way of it's plans for you (yandere GM)
Solitary Performance 24th May 2020, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Based on the shenanigans that have happened in my ponyfinder party (in both forms of the party, I was functionally a healer; alchemist in one with the share "spells" discovery, and a cleric of Not-Quite-Twilight [Princess Luminence]), I went into every week's session hoping for a medium, mundane day, instead of stuff like:
* Steelheart (robo-pony) Oracle whose curse let them peek at the future, and they delivered a few of those in a doomsayer style.
* Persian (winged cat) Rogue who basically felt morals and ethics were "those weird pony things" (they were CN, I was a NG unicorn cleric that party, and we had a unicorn paladin of the same goddess in the party; we were the only ponies in that party for the most part)
* Earth Pony gunslinger who was basically going for a walking mortar launcher/cannon build (they crit a target, and basically pulped the our-level pony from the damage dice)
... so yeah, I sometimes pined for normal games.
Guest 24th May 2020, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
Given Candence's reaction in the last panel I'm going to make a guess:

The twist is that there is no Candence at all in this version of the story, Shining is knowingly marrying the Changeling Queen, and the happy couple is going to drive Twilight's player insane by insisting she's just imagining things to maintain "Cadence"'s cover. Shining's player will go too far in his smugness about outsmarting Twilight's player, and Cadence will show herself to be a minmaxing problem solver just as god as Twilight's player, allowing her character to be one step ahead from Twilight's investigations on all time.

The shot of Celestia and Chrysalis fighting will be used as Twilight is imagining what the Changeling's plan is.

And the DM will again have to learn to stop insisting on pursuing/allowing meta mind games that make the players miserable rather than just talking like grown up individuals.
Cliff_Robotnik 25th May 2020, 4:42 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me of one of my earliest D&D mistakes, i wanted to just gloss over them meeting the king as I had nothing FOR it to make it interesting at all... And they became rather angry about it, like I was waiting the opportunity...

So I did it and shoehorned in a assassination attempt, just to make there be a "Point"...

Back then I was of the mindset that if they were not fighting or solving a problem, I was waiting their time... And wanted to skip over "Uninteresting parts".

Mainly because that's how I feel as a PC... Tho I have grown since then, when it comes to DMing, I still rather fight a level appropriate foe nine times out if ten, then solve some dialog shit in town.