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27th Oct 2011, 6:00 AM in Friendship is Magic, Part 1
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Ye Shall Receive
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Newbiespud 27th Oct 2011, 6:00 AM edit delete
A suitably tenacious player can get whatever they desire. As a DM, you can't really put a stop to this without ruining the fun of the game, but you can make the player regret the consequences.

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Adamantcheese 27th Oct 2011, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Yeah I remember my DM made me regret the consequences once. Made me nuke an entire freaking tower while I was inside. I almost died.
Kettu 27th Oct 2011, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Nuking a tower you say?
Any thing like this?


Haha, Player jumps track, so you just redirect them back on course.

Our own DM got good at feeding back into the main story as we tend to jump track quite a lot.
That and thinking on her feet for when we didn't so much jump track but rather tore it up and laid down an entire new gauge.
Adamantcheese 29th Oct 2011, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, actually that's exactly what happened. And being a warlock with only cloth armor and being level 2... I'm not sure how I survived. But it was pretty funny because I tried to pull a Minecraft without examining anything.
m 27th Oct 2011, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
The tower got nuked and you *almost* died?
Matt 27th Oct 2011, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Probably playing DC Heroes. Nukes only do bash damage there.
Adamantcheese 29th Oct 2011, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
Nope, DND 4th Edition. I had to leave the party and stop something in the tower from killing everyone else.
Adamantcheese 29th Oct 2011, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
Slightly below bloodied, yes. Not sure how I managed to live with only cloth armor... must be made of unobtanium or something.
Flutters hi 29th Jan 2013, 8:17 PM Flutters hi edit delete reply
watch teen titans "blackfire" and robin explains what his cape is made of, and your cloth armor.
Blaizokaran 27th Oct 2011, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
...On the one hand, that was pretty crafty. On the other hand, fat lot of help SHE was.
Izandai 27th Oct 2011, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Twilight: "Th-That doesn't answer ANY of my questions!"

Me: That's the point.
Guest 27th Oct 2011, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
Besides, she didn't really ask anything specific.
Beard 27th Oct 2011, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Nice non-answer there. Celestia quietly confirmed that Twilight was right to be worried, but knowing Twilight she's not going to read between the lines or anything.
Torg 27th Oct 2011, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm confused. What questions doesn't it answer? She confirmed that there was a threat, and even explained the mechanism through which it can be defeated.
Chris 27th Oct 2011, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
The DM better be careful not to piss off Twilight's player too much. Plenty of folks get so tired of this kind of evasiveness that after a while they start deliberately jumping the tracks just to 'get back' at their DM.

I can totally see Twilight saying, "You guys know what? Princess Celestia is right. I need to find some faithful and strong friends who I can trust to share this adventure with.

"...Now if you'll all excuse me, I've got to go figure out where Derpy and Carrot Top live. You guys have fun hanging around town!"
AstroTrain 27th Oct 2011, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
That's what I do whenever I have a railroading DM. Chaos is fun when it's directed at a overbearing god.
dzamie 28th Oct 2011, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
I agree, Discord should've won.
Wait, that's not what you were talking about, is it?
Lyntermas 27th Oct 2011, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Ha, I called it (Option 2 in previous comic's comments). Considering the reactions on the other ponies faces', I wonder if they realized the dark portents implied in Celestia's letter.

And really, for Twilight, this is the only way for her to do it right. Otherwise, her interactions with the other characters might start to resemble "Lesson Zero".

Twi: Ok, to defeat NMM, we need to be good friends. So we're good friends now, right?
Fluttershy: Um, but my character doesn't know you very well...
Twi: Oh, I'm sorry. Do you WANT eternal night? All your animal friends dying? We're friends now, got it?
Fluttershy: *whimpers*
kriss1989 27th Oct 2011, 8:17 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Which is why I never got into the whole 'Trollestia' thing people say about this ep. She realized that's what would happen if she informed Twilight, and instead let it develop naturally.
xuincherguixe 27th Oct 2011, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
This webcomic is frightening realistic. GM fails to anticipate that a player would ask the person who'd actually know the answers, so gives a vague useless clue that only makes sense in hindsight.

What's the GM going to do if the party doesn't end up as friends?

As an aside, I'd be tempted to have Celestia tell Twilight, "Go have Pinkie Pie tell you about Sailor Moon."
xuincherguixe 27th Oct 2011, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
It's actually a terrible idea that doesn't work for many reasons. But I still thought it was worth repeating.
GuestM 27th Oct 2011, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
And I was all giddy about how this was going to be the plot twist ridiculed by the cynic players. "So you actually mean we are like the Carebears? All rainbows shooting from our tummies and everything? You´ve got to be kidding"

Maybe I´m just tainted by other rpg-comics where at least one player is all passive aggressive.
TheDoomBug 27th Oct 2011, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
But Twilight still needs someone who can fly. Fluttershy.
Philadelphus 27th Oct 2011, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
What's cool about this strip is that Celestia's answer actually sounds like something she might say, if Twilight had actually asked. And (to me) that's no mean feat. Just goes to show how good this comic is!
terrycloth 27th Oct 2011, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Heehee at the look on everypony's faces. "Congratulations! You've just been drafted!"
Limey Lassen 27th Oct 2011, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Here's a fun bit of fanon to tie it together:

When Luna was banished, Celestia lost her attunement to the elements. So she set up the school for gifted unicorns, whose actual purpose was scouting for a filly who could represent the element of magic. The spark to unite the others.

That's why Celestia took Twi as a private pupil. It was literally an issue of national security.
DB 29th Oct 2011, 12:17 AM In fact . . . edit delete reply
Celestia confirmed in “The Return of Harmony” that she no longer was attuned to the Elements of Harmony—the “mane six” were instead.
DB 29th Oct 2011, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
Doh. I get it: the “fanon” part is the school-founding, not the attunement. That’ll teach me to comment after bed-time.
TheDoomBug 27th Oct 2011, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
No, I got it. I was just thinking about the bridge in the second episode. Applejack can't fly or teleport.
kriss1989 27th Oct 2011, 8:19 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Twilight can teleport two. She can teleport herself and Applejack.

It's fun to derail DMs and see what they do.
TheDoomBug 28th Oct 2011, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but look what happened to Spike when she tried that. Anyone order a toasted apple-farmer?
megabob12 28th Oct 2011, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
hey, Spike was just fine!
plus, i bet toasted apples taste AWESOME.

i got kinda off-track there...
Cedric Bale 29th Oct 2011, 3:40 AM edit delete reply
I REALLY want a toasted apple now.
GuestM 29th Oct 2011, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
Don´t forget Spike is a dragon, and in this series also a familiar. He can stomach baked bads and I suspect he is actually flameresistant.

On the other hand, AJ could have pulled up Twi on the cliff and she could probably connect the old bridge with a lasso trick.
kriss1989 27th Oct 2011, 8:15 PM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Gah I hate railroads. How far 'off track' is the party I DM? Let me tell you three things I had planned on by level 10.

1. Bandits (that were secretly working for a dragon I'd introduce later)
2. Werewolf plaguing village
3. Fighting Hobgoblin Army

What they have done:

1. Killed a vampire in a haunted mansion
2. Fought a small Gnoll tribe.
3. Went off on the Paragon plot level 4/5.

I don't railroad. Ever.
Colin 18th Dec 2011, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
I don't even try.
leafia6 27th Oct 2011, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Look on the bright side Twilight. At least you'll beat Nightmare Moon in an awesome fashion, and make rainbows awesome at the same time.
Silka 27th Oct 2011, 10:14 PM Actually... edit delete reply
On the contrary, it tells Twilight Sparkle and the others EXACTLY what they need to know. It is neither Celestia's nor the DM's fault that the players aren't getting it. XD
HopeFox 28th Oct 2011, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Wow. I like this. This is actually more ominous and creepy than if Celestia had said, "Yeah, Nightmare Moon is gonna break out of her prison in a few hours and bring about eternal night. Oh, and kidnap me."

On the subject of railroading, this is the first session, and the party is still getting together and figuring out their quest. I believe there's a certain amount of railroading permitted or even expected at this stage, and mature players know when to follow the rails. They might follow them on one of those hand-cranked mining carts instead of the "GM Express" steam train, but the rails are where the story the GM has actually prepared is.
Unformed8 28th Oct 2011, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
I love how you made cel as vague and unhelpful while being helpful as in the series xD
D& 24th Jul 2013, 10:08 AM Kania Caramisa edit delete reply
Nice response. I <3 this series.
Master Zebulin 3rd Jan 2014, 1:53 PM What's a "Title"? edit delete reply
You must gather your party before venturing forth.