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17th Jul 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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Newbiespud 17th Jul 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
It's hard to sustain the Eureka moment when you feel compelled to run everything you just thought of by the GM for accuracy or feasibility. Which puts it at odds with most other storytelling media.

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dziadek1990 17th Jul 2021, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Oh boy! I hope The Speech will be as touching and as well-reasoned as the Big Talk near the end of episode S1E2, where Twi explained the nature of The Spark!
dziadek1990 17th Jul 2021, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
And I mean the speech of the FiD-Twi, not the speech of the TV Show-Twi.
Digo 17th Jul 2021, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
On the one hoof, letting Twi's player guide this session with her ideas is a great way to keep your players invested and engaged in the campaign.

On the other hoof, if you're letting them push the narrative because you didn't have a plan, try not to make it obvious. XD
Jannard 17th Jul 2021, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Boy, did you not write something in the author notes that has been in my mind for a long time now. I'd like to point out though that there are games designed to allow the sort of spontaneity that fiction is built upon by baking it into the very mechanics of the game (like PbtA and it's myriad clones). Those games are usually more loosey goosey with the role of the GM than D&D is though, and often tied to one specific kind of narrative framework to ensure things click.
CosmicPlatonix 17th Jul 2021, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
It's tempting to think she's invoking the Unspoken Plan Guarantee, but is it in character for her to be that trope-savvy?
LupisLight 17th Jul 2021, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
I don't think this is Unspoken Plan guarantee, so much as "I want to save time by not explaining the plan in detail beforehand, besides it will make better sense as we are actually doing it, anyway."
Winged Cat 17th Jul 2021, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Especially that latter point. Plans like this can easily be overthought and/or misunderstood, then objected to and halted on that basis, when in truth if the actual (not overthought and/or misunderstood) version of the plan was just enacted, it would work.
Wulfraed 18th Jul 2021, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
I'd missed it the first few times around...

Twilight's eyes have 6 satellite stars, but her real cutie mark only has 5
HalflingPony 26th Jun 2022, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
It's a recurring motif in this episode. It also shows up in the mark that descends from the sky and on the banners at her coronation.

I always took it to symbolize that her core destiny, up until this exact moment of realization, has been incomplete.