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23rd Jun 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 23rd Jun 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Fool: Natural 1 on Perception or Insight means you "learn" something utterly untrue
Intellectual: Natural 1 on Perception or Insight means you went to a cartoonish length to learn absolutely nothing of value

This past weekend wasn't very kind to us - I got sick, internet didn't allow streaming for multiple people - but we still got a Spudventure recorded! Here's the second session of The Borrowers, the side-story I'm not in!
Session 2 - A Game of Boats: Podcast | Video

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Disappointed in Denmark 23rd Jun 2020, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Mishap rules are not fun, and GM god-modding like that is *not* very cool.

...I say, having learned from experience, being *that* GM before.
Digo 23rd Jun 2020, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
I often see what the player says in reaction and build off that for failed intelligence checks. Sometimes it is nothing but a blank stare, sometimes it's a hilarious moment.

One of my favorite was a wild western campaign I ran where the party met with the gunsmith Winchester. One of the players wasn't quite aware about what he did historically, so I let him roll a check to see what his character knows.

Nat 1.

Before I could say anything, the player shouted "Winchester is a pharaoh!!"

The other players died laughing and the player with the bad roll started talking about Egypt with Winchester (who was very confused but tried to just let it fly by).
Joe the Rat 23rd Jun 2020, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
I have been fortunate that my players tend to come up with their own inane and erroneous ill-fated observations.
Scissors Rock Paper 23rd Jun 2020, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
Ran a game old school style where I did all the rolls. Took some getting used to for the players but it definitely forced them into their roles and not to second guess everything. It may have been a five room dungeon one shot but they remember those characters better than most.
Winged Cat 23rd Jun 2020, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Fortunately, apparently Rule Zeroed in this case, thanks to the GM knowing the limits of the specific players involved.

But yeah, this wouldn't be good at most tables.
Guest 23rd Jun 2020, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
TBH I feel like this being between players its a little more acceptable, and the stakes for it are not very high, so it sorta gets a pass?
ANW 23rd Jun 2020, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
Twilight use embarrassing playground dance
It's super effective
Twilight's dignity has fainted
BackSet 23rd Jun 2020, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
I thought Twilight lost her dignity forever ago.
Scissors Rock Paper 23rd Jun 2020, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Twilight had dignity?
ANW 23rd Jun 2020, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
She has it.
She just has a tendency to(continuing the poké reference) use Self-destruct on a ghost type.
Or do things that is super effective against it. And it has the same amount of HP as a Shedninja.
Story Time 23rd Jun 2020, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Any funny stories about things that happened after a player get a 1?
Winged Cat 23rd Jun 2020, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
if the roll is to see if Cadance remembers, shouldn't Cadance's player be rolling instead?
Anon 23rd Jun 2020, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
The roll is to see if Twilight can tell if Cadance can remember her. So it's more of an Insight check if anything else.
CrowMagnon 23rd Jun 2020, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Recent session of Strange Aeons, my players are working their way through a creepy asylum and one of them rolled a very low Perception check, so I joked that he walked face-first into a spider web. Shortly thereafter, they're searching the kitchens. Same player rolls poorly again, so I say that he sticks his head into one of the ovens to search it, and when he pulls back out his head is just covered in spiders.
Discar 24th Jun 2020, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
I think the thing I'm loving most here is that it's delightfully ambiguous as to whether Cadance has been replaced by Chrysalis or not. I expect it's going to continue like this up until the point of the reveal from the show--or possibly beyond, depending on how it's done.

The way I would do it is have the in-show moment with Twilight yelling be indicative of Twilight's player yelling at her brother, and then Cadance's player extends an olive branch by retconning her character into having been replaced, so they have their little dungeon adventure together.
Guest 25th Jun 2020, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
How come 1. the DM dictates what Twilight is doing instead of her player 2. Cadance's player can just decide to roll a skill check and then declare she succeeded without the DM saying what the DC is?

I'm no 4e expert but it still has opposed rolls, right? When the DC is equal to what someone else rolled in the relevant ability score/skill?

If I where Twilight's player I would remind the DM they don't control my character, and if I were the DM I would remind Cadance's player she doesn't control the rest of the world.
Professor Haystacks 2nd Jul 2020, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Remember, Cadance is the villain here, so she may be secretly acting as co-DM. If so she's being a bit too obvious.