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Newbiespud 26th Apr 2022, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
In writing this page, particularly around panel 5, my brain went off an a whole tangent about sci-fi MacGuffins that are "smart" devices with biometric access keys and automatically linked to your identity and credentials... which make them a security nightmare.
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Toric 26th Apr 2022, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Imagine a heartbeat-oriented deadman switch for the Elements of Harmony. Orbital Friendship Cannon of positive vibes for the surrounding area immediately upon death. In D&D/Pathfinder terms, nuclear Good Hope/Waves of Ecstasy.
Space Jawa 26th Apr 2022, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
What I'm imagining as result of imagining that is a villain whose purpose is to kill the players/destroy the Elements explicitly because of that deadman's switch.

Reason being that the villain is so miserable he thinks that the powers of said deadman's switch is the only thing that can ever again enable him to experience such feelings.
evileeyore 26th Apr 2022, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
evileeyore
Exactly, done enough times and one could even become addicted to the rush of positivity that comes after killing the Bearers of the Artifacts of Harmony. Such a villain might even set themselves up as the dispensers of the Artifacts to the next hapless crew, who fight for a time against hordes of petty minor evils just to ultimately face the BBEG and die so that they can get their fix on a regular, even routine, basis.
Classic Steve 26th Apr 2022, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
It could even be a well-intentioned villain, hoping to benefit the world as a whole.
Stormy Tinker 26th Apr 2022, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
I always love the cute little *growl* Pinkie gives when she pops back to the group, ready to fight.
Roguim 26th Apr 2022, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
So, chocolate milk rain enjoying time end.
"Summon tactical-laser-rainbow" time begin.
A Quiet Reader 26th Apr 2022, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
For those who, like Rarity, are wondering where "It's clobberin' time!" is from: It's the catchphrase of The Thing from the Fantastic Four.
Wulfraed 27th Apr 2022, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
At least it doesn't bring up the <shudders> that Twilight's invocation does.

Anyone else get a sense of "Wonder-twin powers, activate"?
Philadelphus 26th Apr 2022, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
Philadelphus
Now I'm imagining a MacGuffin which isn't quite up that standard, and instead requires two-factor authentication to work. Every single time. *shudder*
Digo 27th Apr 2022, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
I'm imagining an artifact with a captcha login to ensure constructs don't mess with it. XD
Dakkath 27th Apr 2022, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
The warforged calls said artifact racist
Digo 28th Apr 2022, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps. It would make sense in a setting where the war forged are in conflict with someone else.