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Newbiespud 4th Jul 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
This'll probably be one of the weirder Google searches you'll do today.

Anyway, Everfree Northwest starts tomorrow! I'm rather excited! I'll actually be going in this afternoon to pick my badge up in advance.

I also have a sort of side-project brewing, but that's for after the convention.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Guest 4th Jul 2013, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
What was she using the banana as?
Zuche 4th Jul 2013, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Lubricant on the hinges, if the people with whom I used to play 2nd Edition are any indication. As they saw it, why go after lock or door when you could just go after hinges?
Anno1066 4th Jul 2013, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
Slight problem with that. Not counting modern codes for stores to prevent stampeding issues, external doors open in for exactly this reason. It protects the hinges.
Disguised 5th Jul 2013, 11:31 AM of Sweden edit delete reply
Although doors which open in are fire hazards, the press of panicked bodies preventing it from open. Better then to have metal pins inside of the door going into the frame.
Guest 4th Jul 2013, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
...Do we really want to know? Every player that has ever tried to explain something like this when I GM never ends with things I want to hear.
Oblivious 4th Jul 2013, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
It's obvious; she's using the banana as a lubricated lockpick.
Zuche 4th Jul 2013, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Best not to ask the reasons for which she's carrying the packets of parsley, sulfur, saltpetre, and thyme, though.
Other Guest 4th Jul 2013, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie: "To spice up the game!"
LazerWulf 4th Jul 2013, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
No... just... no. ^_~
Walabio 4th Jul 2013, 6:04 AM ¡Have fun at EverFree! edit delete reply
¡have fun at EverFree!
Zuche 4th Jul 2013, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I have had the good fortune of seeing the Tiny Tina video. That side project sounds like it will be GLORIOUS!!!

Ahem. What I mean to say is, that sounds like a promising project, and I hope you have a blast with it.
Destrustor 4th Jul 2013, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
I have had the recent fortune of playing that DLC, and I must say it's the most fun I've had playing a game in months.
Everything is perfect.
OlivierBR 5th Jul 2013, 4:49 AM Sad edit delete reply
i have NEVER (and i mean NEVER) plyed dungeons and dragons and the game REALLY interestes me! (why is there no online game or something)(seriously, we could use voicechat or something)
Jason Shadow 4th Jul 2013, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Okay, this only confirms what I've come to accept: Rarity is best po-

...Actually, let's not go there.
safr 4th Jul 2013, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Yes, let's.
Come on, if ever you found your D&Der trying to pick the locks on your house, for the sake of roleplaying, how could you not fall in lo-- I mean, treat them preferentially?
OlivierBR 5th Jul 2013, 4:50 AM eeyup edit delete reply
especially with a banana...
Eyepoppee 5th Jul 2013, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
Is that "especially with a banana" meant to be attached to the lockpicking or the preferential treatment? Some of the more indecent minds among us may not be sure.
CocoaNut 4th Jul 2013, 6:36 AM edit delete reply

There. No need to Google it.
Pathfinder 4th Jul 2013, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
We got one guy in our group who is amateur lockpicker. He once came late for the session, because instead of ringing he picked open the doors to the apartment and come in silently in behind my back. It was kinda scary. The funny thing is, he never wants to play rogue.
Anvildude 4th Jul 2013, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Luckily, I think that the people who are able to lockpick are probably the ones who are least likely to burgle- because it's so much easier and faster (therefore less chance of being caught) to just do a smash and grab. The lockpickers also have a ready-made profession in Locksmithing.
aylatrigger 4th Jul 2013, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Usually you only want lockpicking for things people won't notice, like stealing things no one cares about or stealing temporarily and giving it back. Burglary negates this, but there are tons of 'almost stealing' things that people either won't notice or won't care. As my actions are generally LG, I am more inclined to the 'hurts no one but is cool'. For instance, my mother was awarded and received the Nobel Prize this way. After putting it back everything was locked back up. No one was hurt, no one probably cares, but it is awesome to be able to do. I think that is pretty much the only action I count as actually romantic that I have heard of, but I may be biased as I am anromantic.
Wyvern 4th Jul 2013, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
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Wyvern 4th Jul 2013, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
(Note: please disregard the malformed post above. The system ate my first reply entirely, then posted my experiment - apparently permanently.)

Anyhow. Lockpicking is a useful skill to know and not as mysterious as you might think. A good place to start is the MIT Guide to Lock Picking, available all over the internet. (Try for example.) It's a knack that takes some practice, but it's a good confidence builder and is educational.

Locks before the industrial age were usually a lot easier to open; the common pin & tumbler lock has plenty of tiny fiddly bits.
LegendofMoriad 4th Jul 2013, 6:48 AM Unusual Prep work edit delete reply
I'll admit, I've never had someone get that deep into a character to start acting like them more than verbally. I did have someone explain to me how lockpicking actually worked, which got him some bonus points.

Enjoy Everfree Northwest, in honor of those of us that will never manage to get there.
Other Guest 4th Jul 2013, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
You better check her bag for loot before she leaves. Just to be on the safe side.
you know that guy 4th Jul 2013, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Bow chicka wow wow
gloomie 4th Jul 2013, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
eh,she probably can bluff her way out of a search; "feminine products" 'n all that.
Raxon 5th Jul 2013, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
Some of us can actually get away with that.

But it does not work on all of us.
Ponikon 5th Jul 2013, 3:55 AM edit delete reply
Gloomie, funny thing about that...

It works with guys as well. All you have to bring is some inconspicuous container (think can of TRADEMARK FAVOURITE BEVERAGE HERE), empty and slightly modified to be able to remove and re-attach the lid while still making it appear closed, then put whatever jewelry you found inside.
TheOrchestralBrony 4th Jul 2013, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
I'm excited for everfree too! You said you'd be spending time in the game room, yes? Maybe I'll meet you there.

Also great comic, as per usual.
Guest 4th Jul 2013, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Actually this reminds me too much of an unfortunate incident during the first dnd meet I DMed. I was in middle school and had only rounded up about two friends and my younger brother. My brother figured that we could round out the group with some of his friends. Foolishly I agreed before realizing a simple fact:

My brother is a lot more mature than most of his peers...

He also was a little too successful and brought about four friends, one of which was hyperactive as Pinkie Pie on Red Bull and had forgotten to take his medicine.

Needless to say we accomplished very little and my friend who still plays occasionally since that first session had an aversion to inviting friends of my brother for years.

Anyway during this chaotic session one of the brats had locked himself in the bathroom in some inane game of tag. Another decided to try picking the lock...

...with a twig of wood

The one inside came out eventually but the one with the twig still wanted to try picking.

So the end result was a locked bathroom door with no one inside and a length of wood jammed in the lock so no one with actual tools and experience could actually open it.

It was months before we could use that bathroom again, and my parents never allowed my brother to invite that kid back again.
Goblin Scribe 4th Jul 2013, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Awesome, you're going to EFNW? Hope I see you there! I'll be going between Paizocon and EFNW, since they're right across the street from one another.
Demonu 4th Jul 2013, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
Not really connected to anything on this page but just felt like sharing this. Someone over on the 300th comic video wrote this down.

Dave the BARDbarian was bold as could be,
He used his lute Lucille to fight tyranny~!
He smote bandits and dragons,
And got barkeeps to fill flagons,
'Cause there's no other bard that is quite like he!
It's partly for his actions that today we are free!
Dave went along to protect a queen,
And stood up tall, his eyes all agleam!
He hefted Lucille, and gave a great shout,
The siege party's attack was deflected, no doubt!
The smoldering boulder flew back with a scream!
And he stood victorious with the rest of the team!
Dave, Dave, the BARDbarian brave,
With no moment to lose, your life he'll save~!
Dave, Dave, the BARDbarian cool,
Not calm but collected, this bard is no fool!
Dave, Dave, the BARDbarian strong,
Till the end of all time they'll play his song!
Dave, Dave, the BARDbarian kind,
He'll save those in need, no matter their bind~!

Fanmade content posted on a fanmade video about fanmade stories that were posted on a fanmade comic. What a world ey? ^^
kriss1989 4th Jul 2013, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
...this is going into my next D&D game.
aylatrigger 4th Jul 2013, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
That sounds more meta than my accidental fanfic in a fanfic game about an expy of an expy...
Newbiespud 4th Jul 2013, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Decided to delete a screen-stretching comment. Sorry Bronymous!

Also, uh, Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans!
Bronymous 4th Jul 2013, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Impatient. If you had looked again, I saw it did that and fixed it.

Rokas 4th Jul 2013, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
See, this is what happens to people when they get popular, they start to act all self-important and high and mighty. ;p

Note for those who have no sense of humor: I am joking. I would explain it but if you haven't gotten it by now you never will.
Raxon 4th Jul 2013, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
The best fourth of July involves grilled foods and a wet mane competition.
kriss1989 4th Jul 2013, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Happy Slap the King Day!
Zuche 4th Jul 2013, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
I get the feeling you're trying to say something in between the lines there, Bronymous, but I'm just not seeing it.
Raxon 4th Jul 2013, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
I suppose Rarity likes mmm bananas.
Demonu 4th Jul 2013, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
Roll a History check to see if you know where you can find mmm bananas.
WantItNeedItFearIt 4th Jul 2013, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
I ended up rolling a natural one, so naturally I'd find mmm bananas on the Sun!
Ponikon 5th Jul 2013, 3:57 AM edit delete reply

Guess how you get there.
Drflash55 5th Jul 2013, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
You could have Celestia banish you there so that you can get a banana!
Bronymous 4th Jul 2013, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
Well lets try this again.

Guest 4th Jul 2013, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Bandit Keith? What are you doing here? America
Guest 4th Jul 2013, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Bandit Keith? What are you doing here? America
Lyntermas 4th Jul 2013, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Obiligatory patriotic song.
Flutters hi 5th Jul 2013, 2:41 PM Flutters hi edit delete reply
Keith? Keith!? KEITH!!! See ya in Battle City!

Demonu 5th Jul 2013, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
How can you say you love your country when you're not even wearing a flag on your head?
Drflash55 5th Jul 2013, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
HALT! Who goes there?
Raxon 5th Jul 2013, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
You're not going anywhere with that attitude, Keithy boy.

Ooh hoo hoo hoo hoo! I'm so ambiguously camp!
Guest 6th Jul 2013, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
Screw this conversation, I have money!
ProfCharles 4th Jul 2013, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
"This'll probably be one of the weirder Google searches you'll do today."

Trust me, it isn't.
Mink of Snow 4th Jul 2013, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
What am I supposed to Google?
Masterofgames 4th Jul 2013, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Well, if you're going for weird, I'd say try looking up "Koala on a jetpack".

Seriously, it's a thing. I was just looking up random things on the internet to see if it had been done yet, someone came up with koala on a jetback, and there it was.

Almost as weird as 'velociraptor riding a shark while holding dynamite and uzi.'
aylatrigger 4th Jul 2013, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
Here's one I made up on deviantart: fairies made out of lazers. In other words, feyzers (or feyz0rs).
The Batman 5th Jul 2013, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
I see what you did there.
Drflash55 5th Jul 2013, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
Figure that out on ya own! You may find something weird!
Onyxjew 5th Jul 2013, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Heh, try "Rarity fighting a giant crab."

This is a thing.
NeutralDemon 4th Jul 2013, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
I wanna go to Everfree Northwest!
Why is it not near me?
aylatrigger 4th Jul 2013, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
My father says every engineer should know how to pick locks. And from what I have gathered, they should know how to make master keys as well. I think this should be extended to 'every nerd and/or geek'.
Wyvern 4th Jul 2013, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
It was certainly handy for Richard Feynman, and he was a nuclear physicist. (Being able to open locked filing cabinets can get you noticed when your lab is busy inventing atom bombs.) Lock picking can be very handy - and it may surprise some people how easily they can make their own picks.
Kaze Koichi 5th Jul 2013, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
My top list is "use a banana to fix a dvd" and use a banana as a keyboard."
Drflash55 5th Jul 2013, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
I wonder how using a banana as a pick-lock turned out to be.
steeve 5th Jul 2013, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
prolly not as hard as tryin the cartoon stye 'cat claw lock pick' whilst the claws are still attached to the cat.
Limelight 5th Jul 2013, 3:48 PM From EFNW edit delete reply
Hi Newbiespud
Newbiespud 5th Jul 2013, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
Hello, person who was sitting next to me in the board gaming room!
DoubleCross 5th Jul 2013, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
I think this is a terrible time to mention to Fuzzbucket that I really like bananas. Which is exactly why I'm mentioning it.
Summoned Singer 15th Feb 2014, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
Was that a reference to your M3ST3K style commentary video?