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Newbiespud 6th Jan 2022, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note: "We hit ten pages, so time for a double! And also, the introduction of the Dungeon Master.

I honestly find the Dungeon Master to be a really interesting character in the series proper. He's integral to the plot, and the unfinished final episode, Requiem, had some really interesting revelations about him that you can actually get some glimpses of throughout the series. It's actually some phenomenally subtle storytelling for an era where the plots were about as thick as instant ramen stock.

I will say that, given the inspiration is explicitly Yoda and Obi-Wan, they capture that vibe perfectly. Sometimes moreso in the animation than in the dialogue itself.

Speaking of: Since this is a static medium, and no one actually has to say these out loud (though I absolutely did) I felt like I could get away with giving him a rhyming tic. Felt a little closer to actually being riddles than this particular episode got (and some of the 'riddles' flat out won't work in text the one from this episode).

It's a dangerous game, giving characters speech tics as a DM, but sometimes, they can be a lot of fun! Any good stories about a character with a tic?"

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: February 20th.



Wulfraed 6th Jan 2022, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Since it has been stated that, for this sequence, it is the MLP ponies playing the RPG where they are human... I expect someone to flub and call the rhyming NPC DM "Zecora"
Winged Cat 6th Jan 2022, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Is rhyming restricted to Zecora, or is it a trait of any zebra?
Stormy Tinker 6th Jan 2022, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
My headcanon is that the native Zebra language *inherently* rhymes, as part of it's grammar and sentence structure. While Zecora is speaking Equestrian, she's carried that over from her homeland.
MechaDitz 7th Jan 2022, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
If we take the comics as canon, then rhyming is something Zecora actively chooses to do and not a culture quirk of the zebras
Winged Cat 6th Jan 2022, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
It can be difficult to snap off rhymes that chime on a dime. That's not fine: to take too long can be a crime, making bored players whine, spoiling a campaign before its prime. Preplan your lines - opine ahead of time - and you may prevent such grime, making your game shine.
Sensei Le Roof 6th Jan 2022, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
Too much of that and someone'll break your column.
Ransom4 6th Jan 2022, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
So, I’m not much of a player or a fan of the old cartoon, but I confess I keep coming back to the idea that having a bunch of teenagers get thrown into a fantasy world and made to take on various roles, with an emphasis on teamwork while the characters exchange various sarcastic jabs at each other and the setting, might actually be the most “faithful” adaptation of the source material you could come up with.
Digo 8th Jan 2022, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
The hardest part of a speech tic is remembering to use it.
Kaze Koichi 11th Jan 2022, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
He speaks in rimes. That's not going to be annoying after 15 minutes.
Friday13 19th Jan 2022, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
Are we sure Dungeon Master is human? I think he looks more like a potato creature