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Newbiespud 6th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
I'm glad it's a convention in campaign comics that events depicted in pictures are usually being described by the DM. It means when there's something cool happening, I don't have to cover it up with words that wouldn't do the images nearly enough justice. And it means I can be lazy.

Man, we finally made it through A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1! Let's go into Part 2!

And we've also got another session of Shadowtrot up today!
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Winged Cat 6th Oct 2020, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
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No guest comic break? Okay, then!

Less work for a better result is a rather specialized form of "lazy" that is to be encouraged. And yes: a picture is worth a thousand words; in this case, usually the DM's thousand words (since the players are getting mostly narration and have to form the picture in their heads). Though perhaps it is Cadence's player's thousand words - co-DM in this case.

As to Dash's comment...there's an old line, old enough that I wonder who among the audience of this comic will have heard it before: "Please don't throw me into the briar patch."
Digo 6th Oct 2020, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I was thinking along a similar line. With Twi on the "inside", she can do a lot more damage to the villain's plot.

Twilight: "All according to plan."
Wulfraed 7th Oct 2020, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Heh... Since Disney hasn't run "Song of the South" since the late 60s, the briar patch is probably quite unknown.
CosmicPlatonix 7th Oct 2020, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Various other media have been making references to it over the years, so even people who have no idea what the original source was might know it.
Jennifer 8th Oct 2020, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
I've never seen the movie, but I owned the album as a child, and the original stories are readily available.
anonymous 9th Oct 2020, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Those stories existed BEFORE Disney, you know.
Borg 6th Oct 2020, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Makes me think of a big battle my party had the other day.

We won, but at the end of it we noticed that our unconscious monk, whom we had been too busy to wake up, was no longer there . . .
Guest 6th Oct 2020, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Strategic applications of laziness are a core part of any art form, tbh. If you can take shortcuts that don't hurt the quality of the final product - and may even enhance said quality - why wouldn't you?
Spell 6th Oct 2020, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
So... What spell used 'Fake' Cadence? It seems a fire spell combined with a teleport spell but there is also the distance so I guess is not a normal teleport?
dziadek1990 6th Oct 2020, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
Looks like a forced ghostform.

It makes the enemy immaterial against their will, and then pushes them through floor until they reach the destination.

No idea if there are such spells in 4.0.
Robin Bobcat 6th Oct 2020, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
My guess is just a teleport spell (possibly Greater Teleport or something) with extra special effects.
Khyrin 6th Oct 2020, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
The ninth-level spell Gate would be perfect if it didn't specifically not work for intra-plane travel.
Digo 7th Oct 2020, 4:51 AM edit delete reply
I think too often people forget that you have a lot of wiggle room to describe the fluff of how your spells look. In my RHoD game, I often use singing as the core effect for many of my bard's spells, like Sleep, Shatter, and Healing Word.
Robin Bobcat 7th Oct 2020, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
I rather like that the Goblins webcomic universe has the concept of the IME - Individual Magical Effect. Casting spells or using magic has a specific color attuned to the user, but the effect becomes individualized as the character levels. We actually see a bit of this in Equestria - unicorns have individual colors for their levitation and other magics.
Jack 7th Oct 2020, 12:37 PM Cannot see comic edit delete reply
I cannot view the comic on the site itself, using either firefox or chrome, and I don't have any adblock on.
Jennifer 8th Oct 2020, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
I have the same problem, but only at work - I suspect new blocking upgrades of some sort. At home, using the same programs, it's fine. Happens with a couple other webcomics too.
redwings1340 7th Oct 2020, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Just as planned... Dangerous words from a player.

Once one of my characters decided to act as bait for the rest of the party to be able to capture a robot, and she got her arm cut off for it. Harsh result, but she was prepared to take that punishment going in, so the plan worked perfectly. Another time, another one of my characters killed themselves to trap and kill the big bad in a parallel universe, thankfully we managed to later reset the timeline and prevent that one from ever happening.

Anyone have any stories about a player pulling off a scheme that has seemingly disastrous results, and the player being happy about the outcome? Depending on how they go, these plans are usually the best plans ever or the worst plans ever, occasionally being both.