Page 174 - A Modicum of Grace

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A Modicum of Grace
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Newbiespud 13th Sep 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
The strange and magical thing about a good RPG session is that a triumphant climax can make up for earlier slumps or rough patches. This is generally true of all experiences, but nowhere does it come up more frequently than at the weekly table.

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Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Guilt tripping a dragon would be a real accomplishment.

I can't help thinking that pure intimidation would be even funnier.

FS: That's a real nice hoard ya got there. It'd be a shame if anything were to happen to it.
deeman45 13th Sep 2012, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
FS: Ran into some of your kids down the way. Seemed like nice little tots. Hope they live long and unmolested lives...
Philadelphus 13th Sep 2012, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy is a Creeper in disguise? o.O
deeman45 14th Sep 2012, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Unmolested in the more generalized sense of "out-of-danger." Not necessarily creeper-style. Though my word choice could have been much better.
Cain 13th Sep 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Ah, the sadness when they avoid the overly complicated trap. So much fun.

Edit: Damn it Raxon, how do you keep beating me?
Zuche 13th Sep 2012, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie saves him a seat.
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
I eat all my vegetables.

They're full of vitamins and minerals, and they're good for you! They'll help you grow big and strong, and post fast.
definitelynotRaxon 13th Sep 2012, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Now I know!
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
And knowing is half the battle!

Where the carp is my beret?
MWS 13th Sep 2012, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
What's the overall makeup of the other half of nattle?
MWS 13th Sep 2012, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
battle. Stupid touchpad.
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
The other half is violence!
Digo 13th Sep 2012, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Odd, I remembered it as 25% Red lasers and 25% Blue lasers.
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
Digo 13th Sep 2012, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah, [URL=""]It can be![/URL]
Newbiespud 13th Sep 2012, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Wait, Raxon has two accounts? Great. That might partially explain why, before this comment goes up, he's made 8 of the 24 comments up to this point.

...Congratulations, Raxon, you're the new Kaleopolitus.
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Actually, that's just something I made for the lone ranger joke on comic 172. The actual reason I can comment so freely is that I'm home sick, and not capable of much else. It'll settle down once I can, you know, do stuff. Oh, and I'm sorry I've been so inattentive I'll try to have a larger presence from now on, as much as I am able.

Also, if I'm Kael, does that mean I can fly now? Oh! Do I get a snazzy new necktie?

Digo 13th Sep 2012, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Hell pidgeon of Doom? Oh hey, I could use you for the security cameras I need to knock out of alignment at this Saturday's gae session.
Oblivious 13th Sep 2012, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I know feel, Spud. Even before the Pony Tales campaign, I've seen that plenty of times in the other campaigns I've been a part of, having so many rough patches and failures to launch, among other things. It is nice though, having that warm, fuzzy feeling of accomplishment at the end of a session, even if you almost beat someone at the table with a truncheon to get there.
Other Guest 13th Sep 2012, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps he intended for the dragon quest to be a multi-part campaign, as NMM was supposed to be. And they keep finishing it in one session.
Destrustor 13th Sep 2012, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
And then he'll just give up and make a half-baked one-off campaign that they'll hook into and drag on forever, forcing him to keep improvising stuff for weeks.
They will make him insane in no time at all...
Lyntermas 13th Sep 2012, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
Well, I did theorize that "The Best Night Ever" was probably meant to be just a fun little filler story that goes horribly horribly wrong.
Digo 13th Sep 2012, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
And now for the real reward. EXP! EXP! :D

As a long time DM, I always found the journey much more exciting than the destination for the PCs. Sure the epic final battle can be fun, but I enjoy more the dungeon crawling, trap tripping, golem-made-of-copper-pieces-pounding-on-your-head adventure of watching the PCs get up to the final battle.
Lyntermas 13th Sep 2012, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
I wonder what the more interesting routes were.

1. Agreeing to fetch a MacGuffin for the dragon.
2. Get captured and put on trial by the Council of Dragons.
3. Search for gems to appease the dragon, run into Diamond Dogs.
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
Go to the local draco-mart and pick him up an issue of playdrake?
Guest 13th Sep 2012, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
Thanks, Raxon, now I need to go pick up some Brain Bleach.
anon 14th Sep 2012, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
It cold be worse. That dragon coul have asked certain toy from "Bad Dragon"
Zeeth 13th Sep 2012, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Are you sure that wouldn't just keep him in that cave longer?
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Naw, it's just something to enjoy on the flight back.

Though I do feel sorry for any towns he flies over on the way.
Digo 13th Sep 2012, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
But he just reads it for the articles, right? ;)
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Reading is for eggheads. Besides, all the best books have pictures! Yes, even Twilight's spell books.

Yes, field survival guide, take it off. Show me how to take it all off. Field dressing a buck is so good!
Cain 13th Sep 2012, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
*shudders* You make me, the one capable of making people shudder with words, shudder with your words.
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Does it help if I tell you that I'm rolling dice to determine the random things I say?
Guest 13th Sep 2012, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
That just raises even more questions! Biggest being: how did you come up with that list?
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
I didn't, I was just asking if it would make him feel better.
Digo 13th Sep 2012, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Madness apparently took its toll and he didn't have exact change ready.
XandZero2 13th Sep 2012, 10:35 AM edit delete reply
That's a good one!

-And, I don't know why, but whenever Raxon posts, I find it hard not to read what he says... Possibly because his posts are like a box of chocolates...
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
I'm the coconut creme of the crop!
Duoroguey 14th Sep 2012, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
you know what they say. math puns are the first sine of madness. (get it?)
Zuche 14th Sep 2012, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
It could be worse. He could have dysentry.
terrycloth 13th Sep 2012, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
A McGuffin? Like the sleep apnea face-mask thingie of Destiny?
Cain 13th Sep 2012, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
You sir, must be a bitch to DM. Takes 3 hours for a session that should last 2 as you keep grosing them out
Raxon 13th Sep 2012, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Actually, I prefer to be the Eddie, Elan, or Pinkie of the group. Village idiot, or lunatic. I may find a group, someday. I love D&D, but I've never had a group.

Be warned that I'm slightly less crazy in real life. My style is to base my characters off rule of funny.
Ramsus 13th Sep 2012, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Just so you know Raxon, our D&D game that started in these comments and moved over to the Pony Tales forum needs another player or two.

I figure punishing myself in this way would easily be made up for in punishing everyone else. XD
Raxon 14th Sep 2012, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
I will have to look into that at a later date, when I have some spare time, and a deadline that I'm not falling further and further behind on.
Guest 14th Sep 2012, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
And now I just had a horrible, horrible plot bunny suggesting that I ship Elan and Pinkie together...

It's all your fault, Raxon.
Indalecio 14th Sep 2012, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
And now I just had a horrible, horrible plot bunny suggesting that I ship Elan and Pinkie together...

It's all your fault, Raxon.

Do it! Do it!
darkwulf23 13th Sep 2012, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
Good news, I found Derpy. But I won't tell you where so you all can find her as well.
Ranubis 13th Sep 2012, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
I see her! Hi, Derpy!
Destrustor 13th Sep 2012, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Derpy is best pony.
You don't have to tell me where she is. I always know where she is. I can always spot where she is.
She's in my dreams.
She is my happy place.
All hail the avatar of the god of muffins!

...what? Don't look at me like that!
Guest 14th Sep 2012, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Don't you mean goddess of muffins?
Guest 14th Sep 2012, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Derpy: *accidentally blows smoke into another pegasus's face*
I just don't know what went wrong!
Guest 16th Sep 2012, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Yeah... It's a mystery...
Batman 13th Sep 2012, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
I still feel bad for that dragon. I mean, he's just trying to take a nap, they're already attacking and stealing from him, what's he gonna do? He was an innocent victim of gang violence, who decided to fight back. In a cave. Then, society has to get all up in his grill with their huge eyes and tiny wings. I for one, commend him. GO DRAGON!
The Hittite 13th Sep 2012, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Hmm. Defeated, guilty dragon flying off "somewhere to the southeast." That's suspiciously specific and at the same time vague. I smell foreshadowing.
Mr. 0 13th Sep 2012, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
wait... there are millions of words, and tens, even hundreds of thousands of phrases in the English language alone. How can you (raxom) roll to determine what to say? The sheer number of sides or number of die needed would be ridiculous...
Mr. 0 13th Sep 2012, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
*raxon. sue me.
XandZero2 13th Sep 2012, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
I know, right?

That's why he's Raxon.

Do not question it, for He. Is. Deadpool.

-And going completely off topic, I was surfing youtube today, and guess what I came across?

Raxon, I imagine you'll be all over this like... well, I think I'll let you make your own simile... or is it a metaphor?
Ramsus 13th Sep 2012, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Semaphore. Wait no. Wrong thing.
Lyntermas 13th Sep 2012, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
...Raxon, if you could just look into this neuralyzer for a second. Say cheese!


I'm sorry, friend. If you gained knowledge of that game, the Deadpool concentration would reach critical capacity, wiping out all life on Earth due to insanity. Rest now, and let the idea of a video game starring Deadpool be just another of your wacky ideas.
Mr. 0 13th Sep 2012, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Oh, I got the deadpool thing off the bat. I'm just wanting to know if he's really just that random, of if there's a pattern to the madness.
Mr. 0 13th Sep 2012, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
I would think a die like that would have its own orbit.
Guest 14th Sep 2012, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
Probably an orbit of dice.
Raxon 14th Sep 2012, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Consider me a method actor.

If I were this crazy in real life, I'd be weaving baskets with my toes.

And I did say I was only saying that to make him feel better.

But ya know, making a bunch of tables like that wouldn't be so hard. It's not a question of words, it's a question of picking subjects. Nouns are much more limited. Though the picture book table would probably be very interesting to see.

Base Media table:

1: TV: Refer to TV subtable
2: Movies: Refer to Movies subtable
3: Cartoons: Refer to Cartoons subtable
4: Comic Books: Refer to Comic Books subtable
5: Books: Refer to Book subtable
6: Music: Refer to Music subtable
7: Radio: Refer to Radio subtable
8: Internet Memes: Refer to Internet Memes subtable
9: Internet Videos: Refer to Internet Videos subtable
10: Video Games: Refer to Video Games subtable
11: Tabletop Gaming: Refer to Tabletop Gaming subtable
12: Reroll die
Greywander 14th Sep 2012, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Isn't a reroll option kind of redundant? After all, you're just going to land on another option. Now, if it was something like, "roll twice more, and combine both results", for example, doing both a comic book and internet meme reference at the same time.
Anvildude 14th Sep 2012, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Oh my. I believe I've just witnessed the birth of a beautiful and terrible thing...
Mr. 0 14th Sep 2012, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
I caught the method acting bit, too. I just wanted to see if you would follow through. A wise Barney Stinson (N.P.H.) once said that the greatest lies (or in this case, improv performance,) requires layers, or even more lies. Helps with NPC's if you're dm-ing, to give them some depth and wow factor. what you did is a perfect example of this, to me at least, but I wonder: why just a d12?
Raxon 14th Sep 2012, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
Because I ran out of ideas at 11.
T 14th Sep 2012, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
1. Actually there are more possible phrases than words.

2. throw a 10d numbered 0-9 and assign one digit to each result. The number of throws will give the max digits of the number so if you trow the dice 3 times getting 2, 5 and 1 you just got a result of 251 on one giant die with 1000 faces numbered from 000 to 999
Ranubis 14th Sep 2012, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
Want to prove to a mare that you love them? Stab yourself!


Trust me, it makes much more sense in context. (Latest Pony Tales session)
Cain 14th Sep 2012, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
yhea... not much even in context even...
Videocrazy 14th Sep 2012, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
The Guardians of the White Halls: The finest comedic drama troupe, now coming to a town near you!

Also, this just in, Soaring Song cannot make a romantic confession for the life of him.
LoganAura 14th Sep 2012, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
The BABY DRAGON has more moves than Soaring.
Guest 14th Sep 2012, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
So a bunch of my friends and I have been playing a Pony/Pathfinder game every week. This week, we're in the middle of the country next to Equestria trying to find a cure for a party member with horn rot (The GM is following It's a Dangerous Business... so if you've read that fanfic, we're dealing with the Glidale portion).

We have a new player this week who we need to join the party. He's a Multiclassed Ranger/Rogue zebra with a large-size repeating crossbow strapped to his back. The party is in the middle of a battle with a stampede led by this HUGE fucking dragon.

Our alchemist (me!) is in the middle of preparing this gigantic kegbomb that we are going to drop down the dragon's throat when, out of nowhere, this explosive ballista bolt whizzes past the dragon and embeds itself in the wall we are defending. The fuse is still going so our gunslinger shoots out the flame, but leaves the wick intact. Zartan (the zebra) has a repeating crossbow so the next round he fires it again and does a 19/20 supercrit. Dragon is instantly down 3/4 of it's HP. This is the first attack Zartan ever does in the game.

We drop the kegbomb and it, along with our two moose barbarians, scares the stampede away. Solitare (our gunslinger) manages to hit the dragon in the eyes and I tanglefoot bomb the crap out of him so he can't move. Zartan fires his last ballista shot and takes the jaw off the dragon, killing it... In 3 rounds.
Lyntermas 14th Sep 2012, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
Solitaire: Who...who are you?
Zartan: I am Zartan, from a far off land.
You seemed in danger, so I lent a hand.
It seems we desire similar ends,
so do you think we could be friends?
Barbarian: I don't know about this guy. Do we just let anyone join our group now?
Alchemist: Are you blind!?! That zebra just wrecked that dragon. Yes, please, join us!
Zartan: *smiles*
Guest 15th Sep 2012, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Pretty much... And this was after I, as our only earthpony completely wrecked my diplomacy rolls with Hammerhoof, leader of the Daleponies (note to everyone: Don't call a king 'Dude,' he get's pissed")

And our afflicted unicorn? He's bored being sick so he decided to make masterwork cupcakes.