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7th Aug 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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Elegant Practicality
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Newbiespud 7th Aug 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
Sometimes overthinking things is more of a trained response than a natural inclination.

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Blyndpwn 7th Aug 2021, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
How I would DM this:
RD: ...No big gotcha twist?
Me: I can make ten random clouds explode for psychic damage if it would make you feel better.
Digo 7th Aug 2021, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
If overthinking things is a trained response, then I am of the theorye that the player(s) had a former GM that reveled in gotcha scenarios. That could have been the result of an abusive PC/ GM relationship.
Matiekay_13 7th Aug 2021, 11:41 AM Bad DMs edit delete reply
If I remember right, the Discord DM was a "gotcha" type DM, and Discord DM was also the first DM the comics' main DM had back when they were a player.
evileeyore 8th Aug 2021, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
And if we go back and reread the earlier adventures, while they didn't have "gotchas", they were certainly a little more complex (this is complex, it's just simple on the individual level, and this is also just Stage 1 of "Dealing With Discord"...).
Anon 7th Aug 2021, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
I fully admit to having read this comic on auto-pilot without ever going backwards in the archive for like, 5 or so years, so correct me if I'm wrong here, but haven't the last couple of arcs all boiled down to "Twilight has an idea and the DM goes along with it because not doing so would make at least Twilight if not all the players upset"? I dunno, while I can see the DM having a "I'm happy if my friends are having fun so I'm going to let them do what they want" sort of personality, they constantly seem to be on the receiving end of a mildly entitled and snarky relationship.
Boris Carlot 7th Aug 2021, 7:26 AM Obvious "just my interpretation, but..." caveat goes here. edit delete reply
DM's trying to unlearn the Discord style GMing that they thought the players would want and find cool - maybe even the kind of game they prefer to be a player in. Now that they know that's not really the game style the players want in this one, they're trying to be more straightforward. I could see the DM not even having a strict solution in mind here, just "give me something plausible and roll dice".
NoGentleman 7th Aug 2021, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
well yeah, the DM is unquestionally trying to unlearn the Discord playstyle, but the big question is does she enjoy it? it's clear that the others are enjoying themself more the way things are right now, but does the DM enjoy the new style as well? the entire premise of the comic seems to be "your way of enjoying yourself is wrong and you have to do things our way or you're a bad person". if the DM is enjoying herself the way things are now, great, but from the start it only ever really seems that all the players demand them to change and and do things their way and none of them is really putting any effort trying things out her way. they've gotten a bit better since the chrysalis game, but there's still a lot that can rub you the wrong way...
dunno, it's hard for me to put in words but there is a reason that while i stayed with the comic for all the years, i never really liked any of the players all that much.
Freki and Gary 7th Aug 2021, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps I’ve just been lucky with groups, but I’ve run games for years, and I would always rather make sure my players are okay and make adjustments on my end than force them to do things my way. Of course, this means that I don’t always get to use every idea I could come up with, or push the players as hard as I strictly could, but I welcome that uncertainty for the same reason I roll dice.

GM’s have a responsibility to the people at their table, and part of that means fostering a safe environment. If a GM is causing their players distress, then they’re the ones in the wrong, not the group. People play games to have fun, and if a group dynamic makes everyone in it miserable, something has to change or the group has to disband. Frankly I respect this GM for being willing to adapt, along with these players for coming back to the table when they could’ve just quit.

I’m choosing to look at this session as a trust-building exercise, where it’s more important for these people to learn to communicate effectively and determine their boundaries than to aspire to some Platonic Form of RPGs.
vegetalss4 7th Aug 2021, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
I'm wondering whether we'll be getting another divergence from the show here.
After all, to Rainbow Dash managing the weather is mostly just a job, her passion being athleticism and the whole mercenary combat stuff. The athleticism could still be read as being close enough for this to work.

Winged Cat 7th Aug 2021, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Given as the show had a very athletic display, I believe this part was an appeal to athleticism for her. Given RD's last line on this page, it kind of can in the game, too.
Guest 7th Aug 2021, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
There must be a twist *somewhere*. We know Twilight's plan from the show, so it must go wrong somehow.
Otterfriend 9th Aug 2021, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
My bet is that Twilight's plan succeeds easily enough, and then we do a surprise swerve into a different episode.
Jennifer 8th Aug 2021, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
I like how you're inserting dialogue from the song where it fits, Spud. Nice touch.
Stormy Tinker 8th Aug 2021, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
Wet Mane Rarity Best Rarity.
RuBoo 9th Aug 2021, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
At least the clouds ain’t made of cotton candy, and raining chocolate milk! That’s be an even bigger mess, they don’t poof when kicked!
Cliff_Robotnik 10th Aug 2021, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
Note to self... Cloud Mimics...