Page 25 - The Silent Minority

4th Oct 2011, 6:00 AM in Friendship is Magic, Part 1
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The Silent Minority
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Newbiespud 4th Oct 2011, 6:00 AM edit delete
There always seems to be at least one awfully quiet player, doesn't there? Especially if there's a large group or if there are completely new players. Unfortunately for Fluttershy, she's in both situations.

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Holygriever 4th Oct 2011, 6:22 AM Been there. edit delete reply
Soooooo been there. Loove the comic. Do you plan on going further after the two-parter?
Erin Palette 4th Oct 2011, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
He'd better. If he doesn't do Dragonshy then I am going to hunt him down and make French Fries of him!
Germanbrony 4th Oct 2011, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
What the..
Colin 13th Oct 2013, 12:25 AM Spud --> Potato edit delete reply
Fries are potato. What's our dear artist's screen name? :P
kriss1989 4th Oct 2011, 9:01 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
...quick come up with the idea that your character is shy so you don't have to say a lot!
Mecryte 4th Oct 2011, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
That's cheating. And shame on the DM for putting the Watcher on the spot.
Vegetalss4 4th Oct 2011, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
you know, since she is new, the DM may not be aware that she is "the Watcher" yet.
Mecryte 4th Oct 2011, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Valid point.
Aranfan 4th Oct 2011, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Ah, Fluttershy. So adorable. I just want to hug her.
Tilmer 4th Oct 2011, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
I used to be like that... Still am if the games over the internet with mics TT-TT
Moabite 4th Oct 2011, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Funny, I'm the same. In a local game I'll happily play the face of the group, hamming up my part and having fun. But as soon as I'm put into a chat with strangers, I clam up and start second-guessing everything I do.
Unformed8 4th Oct 2011, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Personaly im quiet unless I have something to say, although shy like fluttershy(my fav of the mane 6) I never let my shyness get in the way of things.

Also if you don't make comics to atleast Dragonshy im simply going to have to love and tolerate you like a bomb.
Azureink 4th Oct 2011, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
I would be surprised if the author didn't continue through the ENTIRE series. That would definitely be a mistake if the author did not do that. We would all be sad.
Digara 4th Oct 2011, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
You to, eh?

Aaaanyways, not sure what a 'watcher' is in gaming terms. But Fluttershy's player reminds me of me in some ways here, still pretty new to roleplaying of this genre and while I love roleplaying and invest as much as I can in the game, if you aked me to make a character on my own? I'd be cowering under the bed.
Mecryte 4th Oct 2011, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
The watcher title is a quip that you attach to a specific play style such as power gamer or role-player. Watcher means that they're, more or less, along for the ride.
Azureink 4th Oct 2011, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
My name is flu*mumble*.
Guest 4th Oct 2011, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Flu? Sounds like a good pony to have on a quest. I take it you work with poisons?
Guest 4th Oct 2011, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Well she is a druid...
Chris 4th Oct 2011, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Aw man, Dash is gonna bite her head off for taking a rabbit as her animal companion instead of something combat-oriented.
Limey Lassen 4th Oct 2011, 11:45 PM edit delete reply
You kidding? Angel is a beast.
noname 5th Oct 2011, 1:25 AM Pegasus IS a beast edit delete reply
Well, actually, pegasus is NOT angel. It's a horse with wings on its spine(which, actually, are additional pair of limbs). So,... pegasus is beast, in some way... Especially CHAOTIC EVIL BARBARIAN Pegasus with "RAGE" PERK ACTIVATED!
Hatman 5th Oct 2011, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
He means "Angel", Fluttershy's rabbit. He's quite the handful at times :D
noname 5th Oct 2011, 3:30 AM My apologises edit delete reply
Sorry, didn't know. I'm not FIM fan.
kriss1989 5th Oct 2011, 5:56 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
What we need is an 'off screen' pwning by Angel to the point that even RD is in awe.
Candi Apple 5th Oct 2011, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
That just brings to mind Monty python's bunny of death
Chris 5th Oct 2011, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
"Your animal a RABBIT?"

"That's no ordinary rabbit! It can leap about...It has teeth like...look at the bones!"
sieurin 6th Oct 2011, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
Angel does plenty of on-screen pwning in the actual series.
terrycloth 5th Oct 2011, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
4e druids don't get animal companions though. Unless they changed that back in Essentials?

They do (potentially) get lots of summoned critters at least.
MirrorImage 5th Oct 2011, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Druids haven't received an Essentials build yet. Beast Mastery Rangers can gain a companion, though, so Wiona will at least be canon and legal. Though with her Nature score, Fluttershy could just as easily passed a Handle Cute Rabbits check in character building.

I do find it slightly humorous, though, that our resident "Watcher" has taken a class that I call one of the quintessential "Roleplaying" classes of 4e. Wizards and Druids have enough "tricks," through Cantrips, Rituals, and access to ridiculous Diplomacy checks (crit 20 Diplomacy vs Dragon Fluttershy?), to allow for creative roleplaying opportunities. Though I have another random thought now...

Can Fluttershy use Wild Shape to turn into a Tree? Or an Ent at least?
Azureink 5th Oct 2011, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
Druids have an Essentials build since Heroes of The Forgotten Kingdoms (the second Essentials core book), they are called Sentinels and are based on the four seasons. And they get an animal companion based off of the season: Wolf (Spring) and Bear (Summer). The other two seasons have yet to be revealed.

And as far as I know, Wild Shape in 4e doesn't allow you to turn into plants. However, you can rp your transformation as anything beastial (quote from Wild Shape: "Your beast form might also be an indistinct shape of shadowy fur and claws, an incarnation of the Primal Beast of which all earthly beasts are fractured images.") So, theoretically, you could be Ent-like (by becoming a hazy shape of twisting vines).
Tomatohead 5th Oct 2011, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Please do Dragonshy. I want to see Fluttershy beat that dragon in the D&D universe.
Johuotar 5th Oct 2011, 11:03 AM Seal of approval edit delete reply
I like ponies.
Guest 5th Oct 2011, 3:50 PM edit delete reply

Azureink 5th Oct 2011, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
For those needing the references of player types that we bandy about here, the Dungeon Master's Guide for Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition identifies eight player types:

* The Actor, who has fun by developing and acting out a fictional character.
* The Explorer, who has fun by immersing in a large and detailed fictional world.
* The Instigator, who has fun by making something happen, regardless of if it would be logical or in-character.
* The Power Gamer, who has fun by Min-Maxing a powerful character.
* The Slayer, who has fun by killing things in combat encounters.
* The Storyteller, who has fun when the game sessions tell a continuous and engaging story.
* The Thinker, who has fun by solving challenges through strategy and planning.
* The Watcher, who doesn't care so much about the game itself but about having fun hanging out with his/her friends.

I identify most with The Explorer archetype. Unfortunately, I am also one of those people who needs to know all the rules and ins-and-outs of the world in order to play it. So I do get rules-lawyery from time to time. Though that might be because I like to DM and weave things in from others' stories so I need to know how it all works.
Deekin 5th Oct 2011, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
haha, I'm definitely the instigator type

one time I was the evil kobold warlock in the group and vaporized a peasant, a couple hours later, the town is flooded several feet by the druid so that we can escape the town guard
Draco Dei 27th Oct 2011, 5:14 PM Dragon OF God edit delete reply
Thinker, Actor, Storyteller, Explorer, in pretty much that order.
Raxon 13th Jun 2012, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
I am an instigator, watcher, power gamer, and actor. In that order. I love to minmax a bizarre character for something nonessential, like cooking, and then have him turn out to be hilariously powerful in combat, due to the wording of of his skills and feats.

I am evil incarnate when it comes to character creation.
Tatsurou 30th Nov 2012, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
I'm a mix of Actor, Storyteller, and Thinker. I love getting into the story, especially when it is complex, and I LOVE coming up with crazy puzzle solutions. *nostalgic sigh* I can't count the number of times I made my DMs twitch and foam when I found inventive solutions to crazy complex puzzles in moments when the puzzles were supposed to take hours to properly solve. Usually when the puzzle was to give the DM time to retcon the big bad's escape after I'd broken their empowering ritual in similar fashion. *nostalgic sigh* good times...I can still remember them pulling out their hair...
guy 13th May 2014, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Power gamer, thinker, slayer.
And all lawful good.
I'm really not a role-player.
Ekevoo 5th Oct 2011, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
I still am like Fluttershy. :3
Julia 5th Oct 2011, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
Pardon if it's been asked before, but what time zone is this comic posted in?

I'm EST, so I get a tinge of the WTF's when I see this comic isn't up at the 6:00 am it says it is.
Julia 5th Oct 2011, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
Nevermind, I figured it out by the comment post time :) This comic rocks faces and it makes me really wanna try table topping! I wish I could give it a shot! Keep it coming!
Za Doctor 5th Oct 2011, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
So, which time zone was it?
Za Doctor 5th Oct 2011, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Nevermind, it was pacific
noname 6th Oct 2011, 3:09 AM What the time is it? edit delete reply
Let's see... I live in Bratsk, so my time zone is... hmmm... roughly GMT+8. The time is 19:07, so GMT is 11:07. All I need is to know time of the site and...
noname 6th Oct 2011, 3:15 AM Eureka! edit delete reply
The site time zone is GMT-8
HopeFox 6th Oct 2011, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
Poor Fluttershy's player (whom I'm going to call Andrea until we know the players' actual names). I hope the others can help her get into the flow of the game - I don't see Twilight's player being especially helpful. Rarity and Applejack, now, they seem to be on the ball when it comes to roleplaying.
Kd7sov 6th Oct 2011, 4:25 AM edit delete reply
If nothing else, Andrea does appear to have a firm grasp on the difference between IC knowledge and OOC knowledge. This is a good sign, even if she is (I speculate) not very organized.
Erin Palette 6th Oct 2011, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Then it's in Spud's interest to keep going, right? He doesn't want to make me angry at him or you angry at me.

Hear that, spud? Through Dragonshy at the very least! :D
DashFan686 29th Oct 2011, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
Dat used to be, an in a way still is me