Page 410 - Devolution

4th Mar 2014, 5:00 AM in Feeling Pinkie Keen
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Newbiespud 4th Mar 2014, 5:00 AM edit delete
Every arc starts with a screencap in mind for the climax. You have NO idea how long I've been waiting to use this sequence.

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FanOfMostEverything 4th Mar 2014, 5:09 AM edit delete reply
Playing a wizard, making a plan, the DM telling you it didn't work for no adequately explained reason, exploding with rage...

I know that feeling, Twilight.
Digo 4th Mar 2014, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
I hate those too, though only slightly less so than when the GM explains the obscure loophole in your plan and the BBEG seems to uncannily use it to defeat your plan.
Specter 4th Mar 2014, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
With most of my plans, the loop-holes are kind of obvious... It's my job to stop the loop-holes... I just stand in the middle of it... that's how I usually die.
Digo 4th Mar 2014, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
I try to put a curtain or something over mine. Blocks line-of-sight but does nothing against bullets.
Kynrasian 4th Mar 2014, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
Well, saying that, it was Twilight who assumed that the hydra's appearance would be advantageous in the first place. If anything, that's just reiteration of the lesson to be learnt about assuming expected behaviours of anyone, player or NPC, in a tabletop RPG.
Guest 4th Mar 2014, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
I know that feeling all too well. I once had a plan to hit a boss for massive damage involving a familiar and a backpack full of magic explosives.

The boss was inexplicably immune to fire.
Gagestah 6th Mar 2014, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Tell me about it. The one time we ever came up with a strategy in our group was with our very first adventure.

We had tracked members of a prohuman group called the iron circle to a house in a field. I came up with a brilliant plan. Our two stealthy hobbits and our one human would infiltrate their tavern. Our archer would hang back in a tree with fire arrows to take out the tavern and bridge while the rest of us would be around the tavern if and when the stuff hit the fan. The stealth mission failed, but all members of the iron circle died in a massive fire. To cover our escape I tell the archer to burn the bridge and... "it's made out of stone and wood."

Everyone was pissed for the rest of the short session.
DracoS 4th Mar 2014, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
I had an experience somewhat like that.

In a game I played years ago, the guy running the show seemed to have something against me. Whenever I made a plan, whether I consulted with others before hand or not, it failed, and whenever I went in without a plan I got chastised and told I should've planned.

Haven't played with that guy since. Good riddance.
Dragonflight 5th Mar 2014, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
As a GM many times over, I know the feeling. It usually comes from that moment when the PC's have inexplicably found a way of defeating your carefully laid plan and carefully prepared bad guy in minutes, turning what was supposed to be an epic Final Combat into a Total Curbstomp.

The temptation at that point is to give the bad guy some kind of special invulnerability so they can continue. But if the PC's catch on, they start to resent it, and the enjoyment fades fast. So the trick is to just accept it and move on. Ultimately, the whole story you're telling is more important than any single encounter. Even a boss fight.
ANW 4th Mar 2014, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash and Applejack are having another one of their arguments, again.
Let's end the debate once and for all.
Who really is the Iron Pony.
Me: Applejack
Venellian 4th Mar 2014, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Well we know that Pinkie is the bravest of the lot, considering that she was the one to be near the need that covered AJ & RD without a bit of protective clothing, but as for Iron Pony?

Rarity works with gems, found in the ground much like iron.

I still have to say Derpy, however, because she destroyed a building by flying into it. If she's not made of iron, then what?
Adens 4th Mar 2014, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Plus we know Pinkie is faster than Rainbow Dash (Party of One, Griffon the Brush Off)
Rainbow might be the fastest *flyer* but Pinkie is probably the fastest Pony.

Speed isn't everything though, I'd probably have to go with AJ.

Second Place: Bulk Biceps
Digo 4th Mar 2014, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Your first line describes the opening premise of my daughter's My Little Pony game. :3

As for Iron Pony, definitely Applejack. The ony way Dash can beat her is with wings.
Specter 4th Mar 2014, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
The "Iron Pony" would be Iron-Pony. Right? (Iron-man + Pony = Iron-Pony?)... Somepony, make/find a picture of that, stat!
JackTheGreatOfPojo 4th Mar 2014, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
Ditzy Doo
Tatsurou 4th Mar 2014, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
I think it should be obvious.
If you're asking who's the strongest physically, it's Big Mac, no question.
Who's the most powerful? Pinkie Pie
Who is Iron Mare? Only Twilight could make the arclight.
Who is the one to really be scared of? Fluttershy. Just ask the dragon, cockatrice, and Discord.
Specter 4th Mar 2014, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
FanOfMostEverything, awesome. My pick is the one's with helmets on/ no certain identity.

Tatsurou, I agree with you 100% with Fluttershy, probably a reason why she is my favirote.
ANW 4th Mar 2014, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
I wonder what NewbieSpud would pi....
It's Applejack isn't?
Bombom13 4th Mar 2014, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
If Raxon was a pony, he would win.
Luna 4th Mar 2014, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Now, I want to see a guest strip showing Twilight's player reaction in the next batch, same way it was for Fluttershy staring down the dragon/DM. XD
Digo 4th Mar 2014, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
That would be awesome. :D
Incidently I've kept all the files from my last couple of guest strips, ready to do another. XD
frostedWarlock 4th Mar 2014, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
I was gonna do that!
Specter 4th Mar 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
I don't care who does it, JUST DO IT! (If there was any plan to also have player Twilight's hair also sprout fire, DO IT!)
the_hittite 4th Mar 2014, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
I say she should break out a lighter.
Disloyal Subject 4th Mar 2014, 10:15 PM Realism VS Awesome edit delete reply
Odd; I'd pictured her eyes glowing, the lights dimming, and her foaming at the mouth with a Lesson Zero-ish twitchy-eyed smile while eldritch voices chanted Black Speech from an unseen void, to balance realism with terrifying the PPPM.
Come to think of it, anypony know the name of Lovecraft's abominations' language? Ry'loth is a place, Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu are monstrous entities, and then I'm tapped. Prolly oughta work on that; could be fun for My Little Villains.
Ftaghn, and good day!
Luna 4th Mar 2014, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Looking forward to this, then. ^^
KeePony 4th Mar 2014, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Everyone knows Derpy is made of derponium.
Specter 4th Mar 2014, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
I fear the atomic #/ weight of whatever element that is, also, is it radioactive?
Bombom13 4th Mar 2014, 4:26 PM edit delete reply
The atomic number is -4. It is only radioactive when near muffins.
FanOfMostEverything 5th Mar 2014, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
I thought it was atomic number 6+9i (Complex atoms can only occur in high-magic environments.) It's only radioactive when no longer exposed to muffins, though, at which point it starts emitting frightening amounts of gamma rays.
Zeeth 5th Mar 2014, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Uh, gamma rays are high-energy photons as a result of atomic decay or destruction. They are radioactivity.
Digo 4th Mar 2014, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Years back I used to collect the D&D plastic minis. When they released the collossal mind-blowing red dragon figure, my mind was... well blown. I bought it and hid it in storage because I knew that my D&D game at the time was getting to the final battle, and the BBEG dragon had to have this astronomical figure's form.

So, cue about a month later. The players were averaging Level 23, they were assaulting the lowest circle of hell and they reached the final throne room of the BBEG-- Duke Earl Asmodeus Tyrant of Hell

I plopped that figure from it's hiding spot onto the battle mat. Dropped down his highest ranking personal guards and spellcasters, and then cue'd up the final boss music from Final Fantasy 8.

My players figuratively peed themselves. That final battle lasted a little over Twenty rounds and resulted in TWO heroic sacrifices on the PC side to prevent a TPK. Twice.

So yeah, sometimes when I get a grand idea for a final climax, it's worth the wait.
Evilbob 4th Mar 2014, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
You know the saying: "Pics or it didn't happen"

Seriously though, I have no point of reference. How big was this mini? Size of a cup? A computer? A person?
Digo 4th Mar 2014, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
Fair question! Okay, a standard mini to represent a medium-sized creature has a 1" base and stands no more than 2" tall.

Here's a size comparison:
[URL=""]Totally Colossal![/URL]

The figure is of course the giant thing in the back. To the left is a 'huge' sized Dragon (3" base) and to the right is pretty much your standard human-sized adventurer. :)
Tatsurou 4th Mar 2014, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Had a bit of difficulty copy pasting since it didn't become a proper hyperlink, for some reason, but...

Damn! That was the final boss battle? What's the creature size on that?
Digo 4th Mar 2014, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
It's colossal sized, although I think the base is one square larger than to provide stability. The fire breath is a neat removable piece too. I sometimes use it as a prop to represent a Wall of Fire.

Not sure why the url didn't correctly post. Maybe it didn't like quotation marks.
Specter 4th Mar 2014, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
I will probably never see the pic, but if it is as it is described, HOLY &%#$, THAT'S TERRIFYING! I'd be afraid of that thing in real life if it was either actual height or in comparison height.
Malroth 4th Mar 2014, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
I wound up using that "mini" for my PC last session as i was Wildshaped into a Roc and was under the effects of an animal Growth spell and that was the only one my new size.
Walabio 5th Mar 2014, 1:59 AM Image edit delete reply
Specter 5th Mar 2014, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
That thing is huge, and by huge I mean colassal, and by colassal I mean "RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, IT'S THE REINCARNATION OF BAHAMUT, OR THE EVIL ONE, RUN!"
Jason Shadow 4th Mar 2014, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Ah, yes, the Colossal Red... I have a Gargantuan Blue, myself. Shame I've never really gotten an actual game going, or else it probably would've seen use by now.
Great Dinn 4th Mar 2014, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Great Dinn
I have been woefully behind, but for those of you following Fallout is Dragons, here's the notes for Session 4 and Session 5
Disloyal Subject 4th Mar 2014, 10:20 PM Skype Gaming is Magic. And also Dragons. edit delete reply
Much obliged; the recordings are fun, but more time-consuming than I can afford until after midterms.
Truthkeeper 4th Mar 2014, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
Specter 4th Mar 2014, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
TWILIGHT-DASH or RAPI-SPARKLE, the laws of 5th wall physics states that any one comparison + another another can't be one or the other, but combined to the awseome both.
banjo2E 4th Mar 2014, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

TWILY SPARKS evolved into RAINBOW DASH, you picky person.
kriss1989 5th Mar 2014, 3:49 AM edit delete reply
The phrase you're looking for is portmanteau.
Raxon 4th Mar 2014, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
I always knew Twilight was a huge flamer. Fo sizzle, yo.

I'm surprised nobody shows any emberthy for Twilight's boiling frustration. We need an incinderstanding between friends here. We can't just have everypony be coal afterwards, we needed a tempered dialogue. After that, we can move on, and sail where the wind bellows. Friendships will be forged in the heat of battle. If you ignore this, I'm gonna be steamed.
David 4th Mar 2014, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
Well, it's too cold to hold my nose and run screaming outside.

So I think ignoring you as if you hadn't said anything is the second-highest accolade for a series of puns that bad, isn't it?
Disloyal Subject 4th Mar 2014, 10:23 PM It's Not a Real Session Until... edit delete reply
Too late.
Um Uh Er I mean "Brave Sir David ran away, Bravely ran away away! When Raxon made some awful puns, he - eh, buck it. Is tiem for sleep.
Super Kami Guru 4th Mar 2014, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
You know. I really think you would fit in with my group of friends... maybe...
kriss1989 5th Mar 2014, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
Dude chill, your puns are getting everyone hot under the collar.
FanOfMostEverything 5th Mar 2014, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
You truly are a pyronoclast, Raxon.
Specter 5th Mar 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
I have never really been burned badley ebough or self-combust into flames, But I do carry a fire extinguisher for others when they do. (Some players just get a little too touchy about bad guys getting away, also because I let them walk right by me when they have veen completely deafeted.)
Specter 5th Mar 2014, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
been completely deafeted.
CJS 5th Mar 2014, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
I'm glad you're here, Raxon. I needed that laugh. :D
Raxon 5th Mar 2014, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
The pyrony of your statement just burns me up.
kriss1989 5th Mar 2014, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Yes well that realization was just a flash in the pan. Sorry about the glacial pace of the response, I was frozen out of my account for most of the day, but it's all cool now; everything's frosty.
Razomyure 5th Mar 2014, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Raxon, every time I see another one of your posts on here, I just think to myself how nice it is to have such an old flame still going for this comic. It just burns me up to imagine that anyone wouldn't want to keep reading once they've started. You, my good sir, keep the spark in us going just as much as Newbiespud himself - even if he's the one with enough of a flaming passion to keep making the comic.
kriss1989 6th Mar 2014, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
And I'm just ignored. Dang that is cold.
Razomyure 6th Mar 2014, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
No, none of us are really left out here. We're all still carrying to torch here, after all.
Thgrtgfbll 5th Mar 2014, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
It's Fluttershy Vs. the Dragon all over again...
Ponikon 5th Mar 2014, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Twilight's fire-face somehow looks Squidwardish.
TheAngryVegan 8th Mar 2014, 12:22 AM edit delete reply
One time my party was hired to recover an ancient artifact that had been stolen from a religious order. It had been loaded onto a ship, and we were working with an NPC bounty hunter to get it back. We spent something like twenty minutes coming up with plans, from "Have the rogues sneak in from above" to "Have the rogues sneak in from underwater" to the tried and true "Blow the thing up and grab what we want later". We were just about to settle on "Send in the rogues, have them grab the statue and as many other valuables as they can find and book it" when the DM announced that the bounty hunter was gone, followed shortly by an explosion. Then we had to book it because for whatever reason there was a bunch of undead in the hold and they'd somehow survived the explosion.

That flipping bounty hunter has been the cause of every problem since we got to that continent. If we ever get back to our reality, then the dwarf and I are going to go through with our plan to kill her in her sleep.
Ted the saiyanwolf 30th Sep 2014, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
Twilight has gone Pontya