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Newbiespud 27th Jun 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
I'm not really a music snob, myself. (That's more my dad's field than mine.) I'm more the kind of guy who, if you ask me what kind/genres of music I like, I'll respond, "Eh, just about everything." I go by individual songs more than genres. There are certain dubstep songs I like. There are certain J-Rock songs I like. There are certain country songs I like. There are certain Broadway musical numbers I like... The list goes on and on, but not enough to say that I like any particular genre more than others.

It can be frustrating to be this kind of guy, because on long interstate car rides, one potential conversation starter gets shot down immediately. Not to mention I'm completely unhelpful at picking a radio station (or an iPod playlist). I sometimes envy you people with good taste in music.

But I digress. My chosen fields are storytelling and gaming, and I'm alright with that.

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Digo 27th Jun 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
I would of thought an mp3 playlist is easier to pick at since you can throw it together based on individual songs rather than genres?

My group used to have a player that never saw a classic movie that premiered before 1998. Anything like Tron, Ferris Beuller's Day off, and The Goonies was over her head.
Thankfully my DVD collection helped mitigate some of that. :D
Evain 27th Jun 2013, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Oh look, your list is three for three for movies I've never seen. Derp.
Zaftique 27th Jun 2013, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, I've yet to see Goonies, Breakfast Club, and FBDO, and those are exactly my generation's movies. I grew up on AMC, so my crush was Cary Grant, not Judd Nelson (et al.)

That said, I want to hurt the co-worker who has never seen Ghostbusters. -_- I mean COME ON... *GHOSTBUSTERS*, MAN!!
Digo 27th Jun 2013, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
These are the movies that defined my generation, and even today they can still be quite entertaining. I recommend them all. :)

And yeah, Ghostbusters is one of those "You just have to see it" kind of movies.
Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
I guess definition depended on location. I got stuck at a summer camp with a lot of pilot wannabes, for whom the movie of choice was Top Gun. It was only about a decade later that I learned where the blame lay for the resurgence of "Twist and Shout", and I'm afraid it's made it impossible for me to enjoy... that movie. For me, Matthew Broderick was just that guy from War Games and Lady Hawke.
Tovath 27th Jun 2013, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
There was one girl in my karate class who hadn't seen Star Wars. She fixed that problem after it was pointed out to her :-)
andreas002 27th Jun 2013, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
You got lucky about only 1 person not having seen Star Wars... I recently made a Star Wars reference in my high school class, and not a single person got it.
Digo 27th Jun 2013, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
I'm one of the older participants in another Pony board, so often my old-school references go over the heads of the other folks. Oof. XD
Tvtyrant 27th Jun 2013, 10:58 PM Tvtyrant edit delete reply
Are you on GitP?
aylatrigger 28th Jun 2013, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
I grew up old-school, so maybe I could get some. ...Especially as according to my friends I have been living under a rock for twice my lifetime.
Anvildude 27th Jun 2013, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
That's... Terrifying.

I mean, sure, the original is 40 years old now, but seriously.
Tovath 27th Jun 2013, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Well she is one of the youngest people in the adults class. Oddly enough, or maybe not so oddly, she is in high school.
aylatrigger 28th Jun 2013, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
The only people I know who have not seen Star Wars are people who grew up in another country, mostly ones from China, and my grandma. Despite my entire family trying to get her to watch it, she adamantly refuses to. Once she said she would watch it if my brothers watched 30 seconds over Tokyo, so my brothers did and she reneged on the promise. It's gotten to the point where she has said we will have to force her to watch it on her deathbed. Which we probably will.
Guest 27th Jun 2013, 9:26 AM Star wars edit delete reply
I live in an ex-communist block country, that is needed to be said.
I was having a russian friend at me who never seen Star Wars in Russian before, so I put it on for him. At the biggest battle scene, the neighbour knocked on our door, asking if the soviet troops came back...
DaughterofBastet 27th Jun 2013, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
o.o That... doesn't mean you want to hurt OTHER people who haven't seen Ghostbusters, right? Just your co-worker! ... Right?
Marrock 27th Jun 2013, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
I saw all of those when they were new releases in the theater... gods I feel old.
Kadakism 27th Jun 2013, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
My wife is very classic movie starved. I've had to pretty much force her to sit down and watch things like Pulp Fiction. Apparently, she just spent her whole childhood watching and re-watching the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings films. Now I can't even enjoy them anymore, because she's sitting there, mumbling every line and quote in time with the movie.
aylatrigger 28th Jun 2013, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
Some of my friends have done that for Lord of the Rings. I once went to a friend's birthday party and EVERYONE besides me was word for word talking with the movie. What's worse is they spoiled every single difference between the movie and the book, so I can't even read it. I'm trying to see if my poor memory will forget it so I can read it, but so far I could only read 10 pages before stopping...
Suburbanbanshee 28th Jun 2013, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Try the Lord of the Rings unabridged audiobooks. Tolkien wrote his books to be read out loud.
Akouma 27th Jun 2013, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
When it comes to movies, my policy is "you name it, I haven't seen it." One of the guys I work with is a film student, and one day we made a game out of him naming every must-see, everyone's-seen-it movie he could think of. I think I'd seen something like two of the twenty or so he listed.
Kynrasian 27th Jun 2013, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
I'm also one of those guys. It's gotten to the point with us that asking me if I've seen a film actually sounds like a stupid question, because the answer is usually no.

As for music, I tend to like rock a fair bit, but most of my music is from video games, films and tv series.
aylatrigger 28th Jun 2013, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Video game music is awesome.

...My genres are jazz, classical, musicals, video game music, nerdy music, geeky music, and comedy (Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman...). Rock is too 'new' for me even though most of it was around before I was born.
aylatrigger 28th Jun 2013, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
I had one friend who hadn't seen Princess Bride. And he was a geek and nerd. Fortunately I remedied that. ...You need to see Princess Bride to be friends with my family. Or rather, being friends means you will have seen Princess Bride if you have not already.

One time we found there were copies in the 5$ bin at walmart, and my brothers and I completely emptied it out, bought all 17 copies, and figured out how to give them all out at Christmas, mostly to family members. My immediate family of 5 members has at least 8 copies last I checked.
Stephen Kennedy 27th Jun 2013, 6:11 AM Uncanny edit delete reply
Are...are you my clone? That is my exact music situation VERBATIM. Right down to the dad thing.
Zaftique 27th Jun 2013, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Right there with you. The only genre I reliably enjoy is "techno," which covers a massive range.

And to see just how massive, let me show you the awesomest site ever:

Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
"Look where the music can take you,
When you're getting low."
IphStich 27th Jun 2013, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
I'm exactly the same when it comes to music too. If it weren't for some friends showing me Labyrinth, I never would have heard of Bowie.
Digo 27th Jun 2013, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
My case was amusing because I had heard many songs from Bowie, but didn't know who he was until I saw the movie Labyrinth. That's where I made the connection between him and his music.

"Why is this guy's music sounding so familair?" XD
Darok 27th Jun 2013, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Same here ... and for David Bowie, the first time i heard of him was in Nomad soul :p
Jason Shadow 27th Jun 2013, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Fluttershy: "I, um, might have heard Rainbow singing 'Hello, Dolly' in the shower once or twice..."
Rainbow: "That... That never happened! You can't prove that! She can't prove that, right?!"
Twilight: "Hold on a minute... You two aren't roommates. When could you have heard her singing in the shower?"
Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy: We took a SCUBA course together.
guy 8th May 2014, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Hah! Good answer!
Guest 27th Jun 2013, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
And that's the story of the time Twi was the last to figure something out.

... also, giggity.
Raxon 27th Jun 2013, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Oh, Fluttershy, you are such a clop tease!
aylatrigger 28th Jun 2013, 4:36 AM edit delete reply
She, like me, may sing it very loudly in the shower?
Raxon 28th Jun 2013, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Neat! I sing Monty Python sketches to the tune of Jpop songs.

It is remarkably cathartic.
Guest 27th Jun 2013, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Dashie likes something embarrassing clearly.
Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
It's the tribbles, isn't it? Chicks dig the tribbles.
Rokas 27th Jun 2013, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Dashie's player probably isn't much into music, I'm betting. And from that comment, she knows what a tribble is, so it's possible she's actually just a nerd with no music experience.

I might be projecting; I was in the same boat myself once. For the first twenty-five years of my life or so I never really had much of a care for music. I had a few songs I liked, like Newbiespud I had a wide taste spread across several genres, but none of them really grabbed me and I didn't really care about bands or trends or whatnot. Then I finally met a friend more knowable in such things and I got to listen to some good music, and I realized what the problem was: I wasn't disinterested in music because I didn't care for it, I was disinterested in music because broadcast radio plays absolute sh*t 99% of the time and I thought all music was as bland and sh***y as that.

So yeah, Dashie's player just needs an introduction into good music, I'm betting. Not wild abut David Bowie myself, but I can at least respect that he had an impact and wasn't a talentless hack like most pop stars nowadays. What she needs is to listen to some Iron Savior and rock out to epic science-fiction themed European power metal. \m/
Brickman 27th Jun 2013, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Even more than Newbiespud, this post perfectly describes me. Except for the part where I haven't actually finished transitioning out of that "not caring because you're used to crappy music" phase yet.
aylatrigger 28th Jun 2013, 4:38 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like you need suggestions! As we are here, I suggest DISCORD. Also most MLP music that is not purposely bad. And many of their fan remakes are good.
Rokas 28th Jun 2013, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Well if you like anything metal (for instance, if you liked any old-school Metallica songs that still actually get played on the radio now and again) then try that band I mentioned, Iron Savior. Or Sabaton. Or Turisas. Or Alestorm. Or Iron Maiden, Iced Earth (just their one album, though, The Glorious Burden), Keldian, Saxon, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Manowar, or Hammerfall.

Or whatever floats your boat. But I thought I'd at least try to make a few suggestions.
Raxon 28th Jun 2013, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Oh! Sabaton! I love shadows! Lord of the Rings metal for the win!

I also love a lot of Hammerfall songs. Not terribly fond of dragon force, though. I suppose one man's soulful is another man's whiny, and I don't tolerate much whiny in my metal. I don't tolerate much soulful in my metal either. It's metal. I didn't come to hear beautiful ballads of the pretty elves. I came to rock out and hear about fighting dragons, saving maidens, and epic battles from a guy who gargles steel shavings before recording!
NR 27th Jun 2013, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
I'm in the similar situation of just being into a variety of things. So, I just say I'm into remixes of video game music [re: Mostly Touhou], since that's what makes up most of my iPod, and call it a day.
deeman45 27th Jun 2013, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Dash's player is probably a huge fan of music...classical music. She probably realized they used real cannons in the 1812 Overture as a child and was hooked ever since. Her favorite piece is "Mars, the Bringer of War," which she uses to get her blood pumping for...just about anything.

Sadly, given the type of personality she is, others tend not to understand her passion and judge her for her musical taste. So, inevitably, she keeps it to herself.
Anvildude 27th Jun 2013, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
Dude. Classical is _awesome_ for provoking emotion. One of my faves is the Farandole from L'Arlsienne- not only because it's completely a blast to play the Bass line.
Demonu 27th Jun 2013, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
You think not knowing David Bowie is bad?

I've played with someone who had never seen a Monty Python movie or even a single sketch. We cut the game 2 hours short just to sit her through The Meaning of Life, The Holy Grail and Life of Brian in that single night.
Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
What a cruel thing to do to a person, Demonu. May you be forced to watch every one of Monty Python's awful sketches in one long sitting some day.
Demonu 27th Jun 2013, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
Oh you did not just call Monty Python awful. You did NOT just insult some of the finest comedy Britain has to offer.

No person sits down at my table who does not know to quote Monty Python when appropriate.
(that and Anchorman: the legend of Ron Burgundy. Also suprisingly quotable)
Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
If you ever sit down to watch the complete works of Monty Python, you'd realize that most of it was terrible. I have great respect for the group because everything was part of a continual experiment, in which frequent failure is to be expected. That does not mean I should have any desire to resample the worst of it ever again.

And the movies work better when you're not being force-fed all of them all in one go. Hell, Meaning of Life is much more tolerable if you break it down into multiple viewings, though if you simply deleted everything except the Crimson Permanent Assurance from a viewing, the audience would be no poorer for the experience. Seriously, the rest of the movie drags badly through a lot of tedium on the way to amusing (or dull but quotable) excerpts.
Demonu 27th Jun 2013, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
I have watched all of Monty Python's work. To this day, they remain the biggest factor on my own sense of comedy, at least on the absurd/experimental side. And yes, while there are many sketches that have been permanently engraved into the collective memory, I do admit that not everything they put out was instant comedy gold. Still, to deride them as awful is something I cannot let stand.

And for the record, she wasn't "force-fed" all three movies (why does everyone always forget Jabberwocky when talking about Monty Python movies?)
She could have walked out any time or just turn it off. But that didn't happen. She even stood to say, and I quote: "Heh, that's actually pretty funny."

Let's just leave it at that. There's no accounting for taste and clogging up the comments with debates like this one isn't going to do anyone any good.
Digo 27th Jun 2013, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
My wife introduced me to Faulty Towers back when we were dating. That was a hilarious series.
Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Demonu, I think you're arguing against a point I'm not making. When Monty Python was good, it ranged from adequate (and overrepeated) to remarkable. But when they were bad -- as was often the case -- they ranged from tedious to absolutely awful.

I don't hold them responsible for the sort of idiot that derails an entire game to badly misquote ten minutes of their narration or dialogue for the benefit of nobody. It's just made me acutely aware of how much of their stuff is quoted as a substitute for humour.
Walabio 27th Jun 2013, 12:49 PM Monty Python Versus Faulty Towers edit delete reply
Monty Python Versus Faulty Towers

Monty Python was, on average good. Some sketches fall flat, while others were great. The inconsistent quality is because, the sketches were written less than a week before shooting, were all shot in a day, and received less than a week of editing before airing.

The scripts for Faulty Towers were polished for Faulty towers were polished months before filming. Each episode was filmed over at least a week. The episodes received a minimum of a month of editing before airing. That is why Faulty Towers is, on average, more funny and more consistent than Monty Python.
Theo 27th Jun 2013, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
I'm in a weird boat with Monty Python, while I like the show over all (even though it has ups and down) I usual can't stand the movies. I'm about the only person I know who has an active dislike of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Which is odd by all right I should enjoy it, but I don't.
Digo 28th Jun 2013, 4:00 AM edit delete reply
That's amusing, Holy Grail is one of the only Monty Python movies I've been able to watch more than once. I didn't like the ending though, but well, that's Python for you. :3
Syth 27th Jun 2013, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
An admirable use of gaming time friend, your sacrifice of loot and wenches was well spent.
you know that guy 28th Jun 2013, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
Blade Runner is a great movie to have watched, with many great scenes, but it's slow and drags on at times. I wouldn't expect a young movie-watcher to enjoy it at first.
Delta Echo 29th Jun 2013, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
Is that "slow and drags on" as in "slow and drags on", or "slow and drags on" as in "Michael Bay and J.J. Abrams didn't collaborate to produce it so there's a slow-motion shakycam exploding sex scene every 10 seconds"? ;)
Zarhon 29th Jun 2013, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
You forget how most of Pony Team Bravo failed at several reference-recognitions, including the Power Rangers and the Spongebob song. :)
Demonu 3rd Jul 2013, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
There's that too.
Onyxjew 27th Jun 2013, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Considering there's a distinct lack of storytime around here...

Has anyone ever had a scenario where music played a significant role in a game?

Beyond a few bards, I got nothing on this one.
Demonu 27th Jun 2013, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
I sometimes use songs, nursery rhymes and the like to convey a hidden message or a prophecy or something.

Other than that, music is mostly used as background, mood setting or when bards use it so don't think I have a lot of stories to that.

Although... let me just check something real quick.
Digo 27th Jun 2013, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
In an X-Files style campaign, the GM had us all stuck in a mirror chasing after "Bloody Mary". The mirror world was a twisted looking mall styled in the older Silent Hill games.

The GM had this song playing softly on his ipod in the background which he said was just the "musak" playing over the mall speakers. After a little exploring we found out the verses in the song were clues as to how to get out of the mirror world.

Can't remember the song, but it was definitely something Ska.
Zuche 27th Jun 2013, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
The conclusion to the firt chapter of the Dragonlance modules included sheet music and song lyrics for the wedding of Goldmoon and Riverwind. I don't recall hearing of any group that played out that part of the adventure.
Suburbanbanshee 28th Jun 2013, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
That's because the songs stunk.
Kadakism 27th Jun 2013, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
It was a very short lived campaign, but I ran a game where the entire party was bards. They amounted essentially to a medieval rock band, traveled around slaying bandits and performing benefit concerts for bankrupt taverns and orphanages.

They were sort-of heroes, as they always seemed to counterbalance their good deeds with whoring themselves out and causing property damage at the after-concert party. So many bastard children and angry villagers.

Had it gone on longer, I was going to create a rival bard party and essentially turn the game towards the plot of the movie 'Rock and Rule.' It was one of my goofier campaign ideas, but it was really fun while it lasted.
Parchment Scroll 27th Jun 2013, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
I love this story. It's outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.
SilentBelle 27th Jun 2013, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
Our group's players were once being celebrated for saving the city from a pretty large crime syndicate, and were rewarded with having the famous orchestra play music for them. So the DM put on a series of classic orchestral numbers (I forget which ones).

Of course, as our characters watched the orchestra, we figured out that we hadn't dealt with the entire criminal syndicate as thoroughly as we had thought. We figured out something was afoot, but arrived too late. The syndicate summoned some sort of dragon to kill a number of innocents (orchestra staff/audience members) as a way to undermine our newly found fame.

SO we ended up taking the dragon head-on, and one of our party members decided to make a diplomacy check to convince the orchestra to keep playing and pretend that it was all part of the show.

We managed to pull it off, being sure to herd the mad beast away from the audience and orchestra pit. We managed to take it out pretty quickly, though the summoners were long gone.

It was a lot of fun, and reminded me immensely of the FF6 Maria and Draco Opera.
Digo 27th Jun 2013, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
I stole the FF6 scene myself for a campaign. PCs had to rescue a girl who had knowledge of an empire's military plans. The empire sent assassins to kill her on opening night of an opera.
What the PCs didn't know was that the girl secretly paid a third party to kidnapp her just to throw off the empire's assassins.

So cue the opera and the assasins making their move. The PCs rush in start fighting the assassins, but no one bothers to secure the girl. Since the audience is enthralled to watch this PC/Assassins fight, the girl simply walked off stage with her paid kidnapper.

Assassins are dead.
PCs are arrested.
Girl sails off on an airship which requires the players to have to go through even MORE trouble to get her.

...oh, and bail money wasn't cheap.
Demonu 27th Jun 2013, 2:05 PM Aa edit delete reply
Before I begin rambling, I first want to say that I've been following the 300th comic video comments and I have to say: I'm touched to know that so many people enjoy the Five Fathers' Adventuring Party adventure and want to know more about it.

On that note, I have a story to share. And it's a Five Fathers' Adventuring one! (Man, how long has it been?)

The premise is this: once a year, a certain town holds a festival in honour of its patron saint, a daring knight who was said to have slain a great evil in order to protect the town. The festival is held on the local landlord's grounds and it is he who also finances everything, earning him major brownie points with the public. Aside from providing the populace with a couple of days of entertainment, the local landlord, who is an avid collector, opens up his gardens and (part of) his manor as part of the festivities/sightseeing.

Too bad for him, the group was hired break into the manor and steal a valuable artifact. The festival provided them with a window of opportunity as security would be less tight with all the activities taking up all the attention of the manor guards. The plan was to get in, get the item and get out during the song/dance performance as that would distract the majority of the people.

Now by sheer coincidence or perhaps faith, who should happen to be strolling into town alongside the travelling merchants and performers? Why, none other than Dave the BARDbarian and occiasional sixth ranger to the group. After getting reaquianted with the others, they adjusted their initial plan to include Dave because they could really use his people skills.

We took a short break and decided to pull off the actual heist after. During said break, Jef (the rogue) gave Dave a piece of paper with his part of the plan on it. The actual plan consisted of this: they removed the one in charge of the music (non-fatally) and, through some good rolls, convinced the others for Dave to be a last-minute replacement. Now that they had their man in place, the group made their way over to the manor where they, shock and horror, split up: Jef the rogue and Tim the wizard went further into the manor, Alex the cleric stayed on the ground floor in the manor hall and Mike the paladin and Jim the fighter went back into the gardens.

Their individual parts in the plan were:
1) Jef and Tim to infiltrate the manor and retrieve the item as their skills made them best the qualified for it.
2) Alex on watch duty to warn Jef and Tim should any guards pass by and to slow down/misdirect said guards.
3) Jim and Mike on crowd control and to potentially start trouble to lure the guards away from the manor.
And Dave? Well, at exactly 10 o'clock, he starts conducting the orchestra, rips off a piece of his paper, hands it to me and says: "This is the first song we start playing."

It was the 1812 Overture. Sure, why not. It would have drawn attention if there wasn't any music and the orchestra members were skilled enough to play just about anything. Now as this was underway, Jef turns to me and says: "We're going to forego finesse and force our way through."
What that entailed to was that instead of lockpicking the doors and bypass the safety measures, they were just going to bust down/explode everything open and use brute/magic force.

Me: "You know that's going to attract the attention of all the guards, right?"
Jef: "Did I mention that we're going to time every use of excessive force in tune with the cannons being shot?"
Me: "You clever son of a bitch."

This of course prevented the guards from hearing anything going on in the manor. Then Dave hands me another scrap of paper. "We'll be playing this song next."

It was Verdi's Il Trovatore or more specifically, the Anvil Chorus. Which they used to muffled out the sound of glass breaking and falling on the pavement.

Me: "Alright master criminals, what now? You're trapped with the only way out being a 10 meter drop onto broken glass. You'll get noticed if you're going to climb down."
Jef: "Oh, I want them to notice us."

Right then, Dave hands me another slip of paper. "I do believe this is the perfect moment to start playing our next song."

That song? Night on Bald Mountain. Yeah. Tim used his magic to create the illusion of a giant black demon. He basically made himself look like Chernabog. Said 'demon' then made the window spew 'fire' and slowly started to descend down from it towards the performance area, as if he had come forth from the gates of hell itself.

Of course, the people reacted like you would expect. Panic. Mass panic. They started running around in fear, each trying to get as far away as possible, guards including. Taking this as their cue, Mike and Jim jumped on stage and played along.
Mike: "Fear not, fair citizens. For this evil shall soon taste the cold steel of my blade."
He turns around to face the 'demon' who had now landed on the stage. "On my honour, thou shallt not harm a single one of these good people. Have at thee!"

Some of festival goers now stopped to turn around and see what was happening. Putting two and two together, they realized the orchestra and actors were re-enacting their patron saint and his fight against evil. They slowly started to walk back after they saw the grand and exaggerated movements the 'actors' were making, clearly indicating that this was a rehearsed piece. Mike was mock fighting Jim while Tim kept the illusion going with some added special effects. While this was going on, Jef took the opportunity to quietly sneak away with the object without the guards noticing.

The fight ended with Mike stabbing the 'demon' in the chest and vanquishing it. The people saw that it was just a mage standing in for the illusions and gave the biggest round of applause. A quick couple of bows and the group made their escape into town with Dave following behind 15 minutes. They all loaded up onto his travel wagon and rode out of town, claiming they had to be in the capitol the next day to perform there.

Me: "Congratulations, I'm going to start calling you Ocean's 6 from now on."

And just to rub it in, they actually took that name to travel/perform under when the situation demanded it.

(Yes, I'm glad to be back. How can you tell? ^^)
Anvildude 27th Jun 2013, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
I remember there was this one episode of a cartoon I watch where the villain was impersonating a hero, and the hero's name was a musical term, and when the two were singing a duet the lack and presence of said musical notation was a clue to which was the 'real' one...
Guest 27th Jun 2013, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
My goodness, that's pretty deep. It must have been a cartoon of exceptional quality and sophistication.
Raxon 27th Jun 2013, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
I have one for you. Raxon, the character in some of my stories, once uses his lovecraftian superpowers to create an army of mindless drones. He disguises them as hobos and hides them in New York City, because nobody would notice more hobos in New York. At night, they eat ravenously, to increase biomass and swell their ranks.

He creates more and more, until there are about four million of them. Basically, he creates enough that they can almost stand shoulder to shoulder with their backs against all the buildings in manhattan. The hobos are literally lining the streets.

And then, all the hobos, in one accord, stand and sing, "Pore Jud is Daid". It can be heard all throughout the city, and it completely freaks everybody out.

He also disguises these drones as ordinary people, and stages spontaneous musical numbers in public. It's really something to see a big elaborate song and dance number be done by geriatrics. These drones are literally part of him. Like his own hands, except connected to him by wireless. He is the master computer, and all the drones are slave drives.

I got the idea from The Orz.

...No, not that orz. These Orz.

Complete with the creepy implications.
Brickman 27th Jun 2013, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
Did these musical numbers actually serve any greater purpose, or was turning New York into a musical the end in and of itself?
Raxon 27th Jun 2013, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
Meh. They're disposable bodies to use as fodder, and perform as he finds amusing. They are literally just himself, so he's essentially sock puppeting his way through broadway musical numbers. As for purpose to this...

He is a bard. If you were an artist, and you had incredible power, wouldn't you use that power to do crazy awesome stuff? Admittedly, the Raxdrones do have some honest to goodness uses. He is a monk, and while he is, admittedly, rather accomplished in the melee combat category, he currently resides in the DC universe, where that puts him squarely at the bottom of the ladder of the Justice League's combat requirements.

Now, his body is modded and tricked out like a five million dollar rice rocket, so he's super double jointed and uses this in his offensive fighting style. The result is that while he's really not that impressive with melee combat skills, his unpredictability sorta makes up for it, requiring you to really be on your toes, be ready for anything, and be able to react very quickly.

And he's still at the bottom of the heap. Why? Because everyone and their dog has superhuman fighting skills and reflexes. However, toss in the Raxdrones, and now you could be facing two double jointed crazyfighters. For each drone tossed into the fray, it gets harder.

Literally, the dude can black out the midday sky, and cause the sky to turn red and drip with blood. He can perform summoning rituals where he spills his own blood in his shadow, and a creature claws its way out of the blood, and wraps itself in the shadows.

THIS MAN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET BORED! New York Hobo: The Musical will happen!
Digo 28th Jun 2013, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
But were any of them Jazz Hands?
Raxon 28th Jun 2013, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Not yet, but I'm thinking he'll claim jazz hands is a super power.
DracoS 27th Jun 2013, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
I don't know about significant, but in my Pathfinder group, whenever someone does something awesome, like nailing a difficult skill roll, getting a Crit to kill an enemy, or just coming up with a great solution to a problem, our DM plays a song appropriate to the character.

Also, we somehow seem to have a lot of battles that take place in the middle of concerts.
Raxon 27th Jun 2013, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Ya know, I think my characters would tend to have songs like Enter the Gladiators. No, no link.

What? Because screw you, I'm tired, that's why!
Scribejay 27th Jun 2013, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
No. Why? Are you saying there needs to be a The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars inspired campaign. Cause there totally needs to be such a campaign. Who will join me in such a campaign?
Metool 27th Jun 2013, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
You all should play the David Bowie Drinking Game. It's on YouTube.
Raxon 27th Jun 2013, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
TruthUntold 27th Jun 2013, 12:54 PM Suprised edit delete reply
I was wondering where you were!
Akouma 27th Jun 2013, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
I kinda' know that feeling. I've realized that when people ask you what kind of music you listen to, it's more interesting to just state where the largest bulk of what you like falls. For example, I have no genre I won't listen to outright (although rap and pop are dangerously close for me), but when people ask me what kind of music I like...

"Most types of rock, and some techno/dubstep."

Most of the time, this veers off into a side conversation about the validity of dubstep.
Kamil 27th Jun 2013, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
I bet 9001 internet dollars that Dash('s player) only listens to classical music.
DracoS 27th Jun 2013, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
Nah. She listens to stuff like DragonForce and Power Symphony.
Raxon 27th Jun 2013, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Gden 27th Jun 2013, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
I think you meant this, Raxon
Xuncu 27th Jun 2013, 1:54 PM Ziggy Stardust edit delete reply
I once got a $2 tip at work for making a Bowie refrence. notbad.jpg
Musicagamer 27th Jun 2013, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
if there ever was a comic that symbolized my D&D sessions it would be this one. just =, not with the humor,
Karilyn 28th Jun 2013, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
"Why would she not know anything before 2000, that wouldn't make any sense---"

*does the math*



Digo 28th Jun 2013, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
I'm right there with ya.
Rokas 28th Jun 2013, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
You think that's bad? Try being someone who remembers when the Soviet Union was still around and stayed up half the night when the first Gulf War started.
Spyer Flyer 28th Jun 2013, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
I remember watching the Gulf War start on a online computer network (Prodigy) while I was at a department store.

Let's see...I remember the last Apollo moon shot, playing the _original_ version of Oregon Trail, playing 'Computer Space', picking up new the original 'Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Dungeon Masters Guide'...
Zuche 28th Jun 2013, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Guys, I'm sure all four of us are old enough to remember that, and Tianamen Square, the reunification of Germany, the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, the advent of Space Invaders, and why the television commercial for Alien was one of the scariest thing we'd seen up until then. We've all owned record players and we've all seen 8 tracks and Betamax. We remember when the Rolling Stones from before they all achieved lichdom, the prime years of Sid and Marty Krofft, and the first run of the Muppet Show.

None of us are old enough to recall Sputnik, let alone Lindbergh. We remember Anne B. Davis from The Brady Bunch, not What About Bob? The only reason I know where I was when Bobby Kennedy was shot was because my little sister was born on that date, and I doubt any of you was around when his brother John was killed.

I apologize if I'm ranting, fellas, but experiencing history is no reason to feel old. Our increasing physical limitations should cover that just fine on its own, so I'd rather count the rest as one of the compensations, if it's okay with you.
Guest 28th Jun 2013, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Sheesh. "Kids these days. . . ."

Yeah, I'm old enough to remember Sputnik: I was born in 1946. (I remember my cousin Jim's coming home from Korea with both legs amputated at the knee from frostbite.)

"Being old" is sufficient reason to feel old.
tuxgeo 28th Jun 2013, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
And . . . that was I.
I was not logged in.

(I don't recall logging out; but at my age, I wouldn't. . . .)
JohnBobMead 28th Jun 2013, 8:48 AM I remember when... edit delete reply
Gemini launches. I vaguely remember Gemini launches, when I was in pre-school. Too young to remember the Mercury launches, but I probably watched them. Sputnik was just before my time.
Raxon 28th Jun 2013, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
You think you guys are old? I can remember when Christopher Lee sang and danced.
kriss1989 28th Jun 2013, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
My best friend remembers when they invented the Internet, and desktop computers became a thing. I'm younger, and I was alive when the Berlin wall fell.
Other Guest 28th Jun 2013, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
AJ: "Everybody out to her car. We'll see what she listens to!"

RD: "Come back here! Nobody touches my car!"

DM: "I just don't know what went wrong."
Raxon 28th Jun 2013, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
Twilight: Jingle cats, nine inch nails, vanilla ice, and... Who the hell are the wiggles?

Rarity: It is a veritable buffet of horrible music. Doesn't she have anything nice, like Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You?

Applejack: You mean Dolly Parton, right? Next you'll be sayin ya like Celine Dion.

Rarity: Of course I do! What do you listen to? Country and western, I suppose?

Applejack: It's just called country, and no, actually. I prefer this. *pulls out her ipod and shows a playlist*

Rarity: Elvis, Beatles, Bob Seger, led zeppilin, rolling stones, AC/DC... Wow. Surprising.

Pinkie Pie: She's a little bit country, she's a little bit rock and roll!
kriss1989 28th Jun 2013, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
*everypony but RD laughs*

RD: I don't get it.


FS: Right, emergency music education, now!
Tatsurou 28th Jun 2013, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
PP: So FLuttershy, what do you listen to?
FS: Oh, you know, gentle music, smooth jazz...
PP: Really? *grabs Fluttershy's ipod*
FS: Oh no please don't-
PP: ...why is this filled with Death Metal?
FS: *blush* *hides face* I'm so embarrassed...
Zuche 28th Jun 2013, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for reminding me that I need to watch American Pop again sometime soon. The piano adds something to Bob Seger's "Night Moves".

And lacking awareness of The Donny and Marie Show counts as a musical emergency?
Raxon 28th Jun 2013, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
My favorite Seger song is Old Time Rock And Roll.

And FYI, her favorite song in the playlist is Smooth Criminal. She can even do all the dance moves. Can anybody here draw? I wanna see AJ in the smooth criminal suit and posing.

Pinkie Pie likes Smells Like Nirvana.

Rarity likes Total Eclipse Of The Heart.

Twilight likes The Sun Is A Mass of Incandescent Plasma, because it's factually accurate.

Fluttershy likes Mr. Sandman. Both the Chordettes version, and the Metallica one.

My fanon for this comic is fun.
Suburbanbanshee 28th Jun 2013, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations to Raxon for taking control of Marvel Comics' alternate Deadpool cover... Dang, you must have some good blackmail material!
Zarhon 29th Jun 2013, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Hah! I'm pretty much exactly like that, Spud. I don't know, or really care, about most fad musicians or music genres of either the past and present. Results in much teasing.

I enjoy good music, but I really don't have any favorites, with a few exceptions: Most of the music of Kingdom Hearts II (sang by Hikaru Utada and composed by Yoko Shimomura), a few pony songs (Discord, Smile Smile Smile), as well as a number of other videogame songs that happen to be catchy (too many to count).
garciarael 22nd Nov 2014, 6:14 PM You too?! edit delete reply
Hey, that's the kind of music person I ALSO am! I always thought I was the only one! I have my share of easy listening songs as well as intense ones and slow and powerful ones.
Disloyal Subject 22nd Nov 2014, 7:36 PM Can't Hold Us edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
We're pretty common, especially (in my relatively limited experience) among gamers.
Well, maybe I should say "you're relatively common." I'm enough of a metalhead that I may not fully qualify, despite my varied tastes.