Page 37 - Tipping Point

1st Nov 2011, 6:00 AM in Friendship is Magic, Part 1
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Tipping Point
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Newbiespud 1st Nov 2011, 6:00 AM edit delete
Put off by Celestia, overfed by Applejack, abused by Rainbow Dash, exploited by Rarity, ignored by Fluttershy, ambushed by Pinkie Pie, and sabotaged by Nightmare Moon.

At this point in the episode, it has been Twilight Sparkle's worst day ever.

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AstroTrain 1st Nov 2011, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
The glorious puns!
Blaizokaran 1st Nov 2011, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
...Wow. Don't know why, but the words "Trauma Conga Line" come to mind. Granted, I don't think that's what this day has become for Twilight, but it's the first thing I think when I read that last bubble. Type C reaction. Matches it to a tee.
Blaizokaran 1st Nov 2011, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
...Okay, she's not catatonic and she hasn't given up yet, so maybe it isn't to a tee, but this isn't really what I'd call a TCL anyway.
Moabite 1st Nov 2011, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
-1 SAN
Could also be a Humiliation conga line.

Teacher tells you to get a life, etc etc.
hrwilliams 1st Nov 2011, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Indeed 0_0
banjo2E 1st Nov 2011, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
No comment on the vanishing craters from the DM? Was he waiting for someone to do a spot check?
Guest 1st Nov 2011, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Why? I think we can assume it's just not mentioned, just glossed over like in Darths and Droids, and that Twilight's responding to the cues, realizing that the rotary impeller blade just spun up, and is waiting for the payload.

She is, notably, not disappointed.
HopeFox 2nd Nov 2011, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
The usual idea with campaign comics is that anything we see in the comic is being narrated by the GM, even if there's no specific dialogue to go with it. I'm a little surprised that Twilight's player didn't comment on it, but I guess she's already well aware of how this is going down, and doesn't see the need to comment on each individual step on the road to disaster.
Lyntermas 1st Nov 2011, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
There's nothing worse than knowing what's going to happen and not being able to do anything about it. From Twilight's perspective, the god-empress has been disposed, eternal night is about to be imposed forever, and she has no idea how to fix it.

Oh, and all Celestia said was to "make some friends" with the money-hoarder, the brute, the diva, the underpowered shy girl, and the party animal.

So from her perspective, yeah, the world is doomed.
kriss1989 1st Nov 2011, 10:49 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
I think Twi's reaction is the most appropriate given the circumstances.
Bronymous 1st Nov 2011, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
All I know is, if my DM had put my character into a situation like this, there would already be a few NPCs bleeding out, and the building would be aflame.

Its happened before.
terrycloth 1st Nov 2011, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
Oh please, Twilight. It's an RPG -- you knew there was going to be a quest!

This seems like a pretty good way of getting the group together. That's always a challenge!
leafia6 1st Nov 2011, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Don't worry Twilight. It gets better.
GuestM 1st Nov 2011, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Poor Twi.
"I told you so" has never been this appropriate.

I wonder how Celestia will be presented ingame? This far there are some possible explanations:
1. Careless ruler: She knows of danger but doesn´t take enough precautions,
2. Ominous oracle: She knows of the danger but does not tell everything for some ominous reason,
3. Mad Horse: She doesn´t know of the danger, ignores the warnings and walks right into it.
Torg 1st Nov 2011, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Mad Horse, Mad Horse, Mad Horse, Mad Horse
She rules the pony nation, the Goddess of the Sun
Her love of making friends has just killed ev-ery-one
The players are all helpless, and the game's just beguuuun...
Melt the Big Bad with solar rays?
No, friendship's gonna save the day
Mad Horse, Mad Horse, Mad Horse, she's mad
A railroading DM is watching so beware
There is no information you can make her share
So make the Mad Horse gleeful
Or bow to the Nightmare...
You're saddled up, there's no recourse
It's Hi-Ho Silver
Signed, Mad Horse
Matticus 1st Nov 2011, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Curse you, Dr. Horrible!
Guest 1st Nov 2011, 7:03 PM edit delete reply

You sir, win everything.
Matev 1st Nov 2011, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Yes, this is exactly what I want.
musicssound 1st Nov 2011, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
...Wow. That was...unexpectedly awesome. With only one awkward line, the railroading DM not being an internal rhyme...You are truly the spirit of the internet, taking any random thing and spinning it off into something else, usually better.
Shikome Kido Mi 2nd Nov 2011, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
You forgot the very nearly canonical (see the Phoenix Episode, among others) characterization of "troll".

That is, she knows what needs to be done but she manipulates people into going about it in what she considers the "funniest" way, rather than telling them.
Limey Lassen 1st Nov 2011, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
Seriously, DM?

She's a level 1 wizard, and you put her in the same room with the villain of the campaign. There's "Challenging", and then there's "One dice roll from being deatomized".

She should have saved that drink. It's time for some charisma rolls.
banjo2E 1st Nov 2011, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Oh, I don't know. Chasing the Big Bad through the entire campaign is a well-known setup.

Albeit one well-known enough that these days it's almost always subverted.
chinlamp 2nd Nov 2011, 1:22 AM Second to last panel edit delete reply
Should be 'no pony' not 'no one' as it's the DM speaking and he's not likely to forget to say that like the players are.

Also, I'm loving this series so far, I've been reading from the first time this was mentioned on ED, but only just now felt like commenting.
Philadelphus 3rd Nov 2011, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
He's not speaking in character at the moment.
255-0-127/2.718/3.1419 2nd Nov 2011, 5:11 AM Natural 1 edit delete reply
Seems like Twilight has the best spot check, cause nopony else saw the Mare-in-the-Moon disappear. Always wondered why that was. Now it makes sense.
DeadManSleeping 2nd Nov 2011, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Slightly off-topic, but am I the only person who imagines that the DM speaks in Princess Celestia's voice normally?
Azureink 2nd Nov 2011, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
First off: Torg did a great job with that reiteration of Bad Horse from Doctor Horrible Sing-A-Long Blog. Huzzah! You win some points.

With that out of the way: I have a question about why Twilight's player keeps forgetting about the Elements of Harmony that she learned about during the opening spiel by the DM (Page 5) and has yet to try to figure out where IT might be? You would think that she would be doing that research while she was in her room.
Shikome Kido Mi 2nd Nov 2011, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
Maybe the opening spiel was too long for her to focus and pick out what's important?

I seem to remember her being a fairly new gamer, if not as new as Fluttershy.