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17th Jun 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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Wrong Pony, Wrong Time
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Newbiespud 17th Jun 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
The biggest difference in the way reveals work at a gaming table, as opposed to other storytelling media, is that information travels instantly. As soon as you drop a reveal, there's effectively no delay between that moment and everyone knowing about it and trying to solve it. This leads to tabletop mysteries being structured around bombshell drops.

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Digo 17th Jun 2021, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
Time to make the morning fabulous!

The show always bothered me with inconsistency on how cutie marks work. Twi's friends switch marks but can't do each other's talents. But when Apple Bloom gets fake cutie marks she's good at the talent, and way later in the series, losing your mark means you can't even do simple talks like running very well.
Vegetalss4 17th Jun 2021, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
My personal headcanon, and it is pure headcanon, is that the difference came from those effects not *actually* being variations on *mess with cutire marks*, but rather being some different magical changes that happen to mess with cutie marks *as a symptom*.
Similar to how a lot of different diseases can give you a feber but still have a bunch of other varied symptoms and ways of doing damage and needing different treatment.

So for instance this switch was from the Mane Six switching destinies/fates, which included their marks but they didn't switch talents, or personalities, or beings so their new fate didn't fit who they were as people or their actual talents. Applebloom on the other hand was magically faking talent and nature and thus got the talent and as a side effect how having a fake!talent and a fake!realization about that talent being what she wants to do with her life she naturally got a fake!cutie mark.
Kittoradra 17th Jun 2021, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
And, to continue on, "removing" the cutie mark in the episode later was "taking everything they were good at" to force a fake "equal" onto everyone. One symptom the same, "messing with cutie marks", three completely different effects.

Following through on the scenario... I'm wondering how, specifically, the players are going to figure out the fix for this. I know how the show did it, but the players could figure it out faster (like Twilight seems to manage regularly) or slower (which would make the scenes take longer for them to resolve). Either way, how long before GM!Discord gets involved. It's... a little awkward to resolve the Discord situation without the person that was managing the antagonist present
Toric 17th Jun 2021, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
I think this might be a session before. Like, this is them developing the power to actually combat Discord in anticipation of him using DiscordDM reasons to nerf their Elements of Harmony again. I think the actual session will be kind of a mash between The Return of Harmony pt2 and the episode where Fluttershy is asked to reform Discord. This is more like a lore-dive sidequest than a strictly offensive action. I'm a little curious how blind DiscordDM is going to be when they return to the table, and whether this is purely about the elements, or if they'll find other ways to use the setting tactically. The precedent of Cadence/Shining Armor's love attack could let this go some interesting ways.
Kittoradra 18th Jun 2021, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
I hadn't thought about that. You have a good point, and I could see that as being the direction things go. Remove the need for the artifacts to use the same kind of power, and all they have to do is deal with GMBS from a competitive person. They've probably also been talking about possibilities and learning more about how GM!Discord does things to be ready for a lot of nonsense. We, as readers familiar with the source material, "know" that it "has" to work out somehow... but it doesn't have to be immediate, and seeing how it unfolds is a big part of the entertainment for me.
albedoequals1 18th Jun 2021, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Something I always found interesting was that Rarity may not have had an instinct for weather control, but she did have the power. Her and Pinkie probably would have been fine in their new roles with a bit of practice, while the other three looked doomed.
Stormy Tinker 17th Jun 2021, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Guest 17th Jun 2021, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Fortunately Twilight has Star Swirl's cutie-mark-swapping spell that's just perfect for a situation like this!
The Wheel Of Cutie Mark 18th Jun 2021, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Let's turn The Wheel Of Cutie Mark!

Who will get the lucky Cutie Mark?

What Cutie Mark will you get?

Don't worry, if you fail, just turn it again.
Philadelphus 18th Jun 2021, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
That's an interesting point. There's the meme about how so many modern movie/TV show plots would be instantly resolved if people just had a cell phone (and thus the writers have to contrive reasons that isn't available), but tabletop gaming (barring notes or other private communication) is like everyone has instant group telepathy; it's like the exact opposite extreme.
Question 18th Jun 2021, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
So... A little question... How much can the DM control the player characters? Like in this time she is making Rarity do weather manager without even explaining anything
Guest 19th Jun 2021, 4:08 AM edit delete reply