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9th Jul 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 9th Jul 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Say it with me, players: Never give your DM a better idea than what they already had.

Say it with me, DMs: Always steal your players' ideas.

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keybounce 9th Jul 2020, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
> Say it with me, DMs: Always steal your players' ideas.

You mean, only hint at something, and wait for the players to come up with the details, and their details just happen to be what is going on?

They feel so smart. Such a good thing :-)
Balrighty 9th Jul 2020, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
I just noticed the name. Are you by any chance the Keybounce providing commentary on Darths and Droids?
keybounce 10th Jul 2020, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
There is at least a 25% chance that I'm the same keybounce doing Darths and Droids.

(This will make a lot more sense when you see Sunday's comic and commentary).

Oddly, there are a LOT of people with my last name, and even my full name. It's not the most common spelling of the name. But "Keybounce"?

I've seen one author on an amazon writer's forum. There's a retired engineer with a mechanical engineering blog. I think I've seen one other. And myself, I trace back to a TRS-80 model 1.

It's much, MUCH easier to find stuff about/dealing with/from me by "keybounce" than by my real name. Heck, I can't get Google to show ANYTHING about me by name.
ANW 9th Jul 2020, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
It all boils down to, "I wasn't planning to, but that is a lot better then what I came up with."

The true DH's(Dungeon Host) can do this without a clue that it happened.
BreakFatesChain 9th Jul 2020, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
My DM’s best method of getting horrifying stuff was to let me guess at what’s going on, say that wasn’t what was happening, but my version was more messed up so he’s using it instead. Really wore thin after awhile and I learned to just shut up
Digo 9th Jul 2020, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Always steal your players' ideas.

If people knew the notes I been taking from the Shadowtrot group, they'd probably be paranoid.
Anvildude 9th Jul 2020, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
Shadowtrot? Not Shadowgallop?
Digo 10th Jul 2020, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
The reason I went with "trot" instead of"gallop" was how the term sounded. In Shadowrun, you are known as a Runner. So for the pony term, it sounded better to be a "Trotter" than a "Galloper", as Trot had the same syllable count and rolls better off the tongue.
Draxynnic 10th Jul 2020, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
So close to a good LOTR reference there...
hankroyd 9th Jul 2020, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Always steal your players' ideas.
FanOfMostEverything 9th Jul 2020, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Instructions unclear. Am a DM who gives his players better ideas than what they already had.
albedoequals1 9th Jul 2020, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
And when your players' ideas aren't better than your own, let them think they're right for as long as possible anyway. The most convincing red herring is the one the players made themselves.
Winged Cat 9th Jul 2020, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
The trick to giving a DM better ideas than they already had, is that you hopefully already know how to deal with the idea you came up with before suggesting it.

Skorzah 9th Jul 2020, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
DM: “So, He says this guy reneged on a deal, and he needs you guys to-“

Me: “Quest giver is a devil.”

DM: “…I’m not this predictable, am I?”
Guest 9th Jul 2020, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
Plot twist: the quest giver isn't a devil, that's actually the guy they were dealing with. The quest giver just really, really wants to sell their soul and is extremely disappointed that nobody would buy it.
Skorzah 9th Jul 2020, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
It was great. We had to go kill a diabolist that was killing his own subjects and enslaving the rest. But the quest giver totally was a devil. It’s right up there with “We suspect there are undead spies within-“
“Channel energy.”
“…I hate you.”
aylatrigger 9th Jul 2020, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
The quality of souls isn't what it used to be, and the supply is much larger than the demand! You got to know the market. Currently virgins and bees are in high demand.
Philadelphus 10th Jul 2020, 2:29 AM edit delete reply
Is that ladder just…leaning against the cake? It's clearly not a stepladder. Maybe it's being held up by invisible wires?
Wulfraed 10th Jul 2020, 9:22 AM edit delete reply

That's some sturdy cake... How long has it been drying out?
Professor Haystacks 10th Jul 2020, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Fishing twine tied to the ceiling struts. It's how we supported the arch at my wedding, so I assume it would work with ladders. :P
Chakat Firepaw 17th Jul 2020, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
There are stepladders that look like that: The ladder side continues past the joint and the base extends out to keep it stable.

They are used for pretty much the depicted situation: when you have something that would be in the way of a standard stepladder.
CliffRobotnik 10th Jul 2020, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
My DM style literally runs on this concept... I am a extremely reactionary DM, and I always drop my plans and steal the best theory my players have made.

Makes me look like a good DM, and let's the players think they're smart and figured it out.
Wulfraed 10th Jul 2020, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Back in the day, the rest of the party used to glare at me -- as I was the one that kept proposing hypotheses that were worse than the GM had planned.

Of course, I was also the one who proposed the party should negotiate with the current monster blocking the route into the dungeon. It was a sphinx chained at a juncture in the sewer system. Really -- a fastidious part feline chained in the muck? I was sure that we could talk it into letting us free it, in return for it letting us then pass inwards (and it could then leave the sewers for somewhere sunny and dry)
sumanrajput 10th Jul 2020, 9:53 PM Dream Girls edit delete reply
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