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8th May 2014, 6:00 AM in Sweet and Elite
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Codex Fatigue
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Newbiespud 8th May 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Alternate punchline:
Rarity: All I heard was "rich people and their unsecured valuables in high density," so consider me interested.
DM: Some of those rich people might also be experienced thieves.
Rarity: Well, it can't be TOO easy, can it?

(As for Session 10 of Fallout is Dragons, we ran into some technical issues over the last week and it's thrown me for a loop, so it'll be up... sometime today. (Within the next 18 hours.))

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Calypso 8th May 2014, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Fleur is making quite the face in panel five, isn't she?
Derpmind 8th May 2014, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
I'm looking at Rarity's horn glowing in all these panels and picturing her player clutching dice in her hand.
Digo 8th May 2014, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
I had players like that. They hold their dice constantly like a security blanket. Hey, whatever works for them. :) My thing (when I'm a PC) is to constantly be scribbling something, whether it be notes or a sketch. Can't put the pencil down.
Specter 8th May 2014, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
I would chew on something, wether it be a pen, dice (don't ask), or delicious jerky.
Digo 8th May 2014, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Dice made out of delicious jerky would be awesome.
Malroth 8th May 2014, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
and strangely have the side with the 1 eaten off yet are still used by the player
kriss1989 9th May 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
I tap a pencil. I am then told to stop. Rinse and repeat when I'm deep in thought, it's subconscious.
JR Klein 9th May 2014, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
"By the way, why has your horn been glowing all this time?" "Oh, I've just been snatching a few loose valuables..." *cut to a giant hoard of shiny jewelry*
Specter 8th May 2014, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
I kind of hope they do all of the activities they did in the show, and Rarity just guessing on the wonderbolts race and stuff...

I really have to question how this will go over when the other players show up.
FanOfMostEverything 8th May 2014, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
The DM will ask Rarity's player to help explain the setting details, learn she wasn't paying attention, and despair at having to repeat everything.
Adens 8th May 2014, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Considering past experiences with the DM freaking when things go off the rails, I like that Rarity is trying to keep them calm by glossing over how NONE of those things have ever come up before.
Digo 8th May 2014, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
I can understand the GM's worry about forgetting to relate things of the game world to players. GMs like us spend a lot of hours invested in creating worlds full of culture like holidays and history, but we want to gush to our players about how neat it is, and it can either become a data-dump or we forget something that is plot-important for an adventure...

One thing I did to help organize all my world-building was to solidify it into one world and keep to that. That some things like the calendar and history carry over and since the PCs are somewhat familiar with it already, it's one less thing to retell.

By the end of the run, I had completed about 3 campaigns with the same world and the continent was about the size of North America. I still have a lot of the notes too. I guess if WoTC ever hold another contest for new settings, I could send them that.
Razomyure 8th May 2014, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Oh man, I have issues with that sometimes... When I build a world, I really build an entire world. Whenever I get a new player they're always surprised, because I'm a pretty quiet and calm person normally, but as a GM I explain EVERYTHING and get excited about all of it. I have to really rein myself in or I wind up ranting about the histories for the entire session or explaining the mechanics of the nobility and the royal families or accidentally letting slide some plot-relevant secret or something... So yeah, I have to really hold back on describing the setting now, heh.
Specter 8th May 2014, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
I would love to have you as a GM Razomyure, and you would probably hat e me as a player, because I am the type to just sit there and listen to EVERYTHING you would say, and remember it. (Then again, I would probably be a good "journal" keeper of everything you have said, ehh.)
Razomyure 8th May 2014, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Honestly, at the moment, I'd like a group that pays more attention - most of the players I have right now are more the passive sort. It's getting to be more than a little annoying with the whole silent, internal "Okay guys I spent hours and hours making this setting and all this lore for you to mess around in WHY ARE YOU ON YOUR PHONES"
FanOfMostEverything 8th May 2014, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
It could be worse. They could have their character sheets solely on their laptops. Which means they're constantly browsing the Internet rather than paying attention to anything that's not actively trying to kill them. And quite a bit of what is actively trying to kill them.

And then they lose the character sheet file. After you explicitly told everyone to print out a hard copy, just in case. Ugh...
Razomyure 8th May 2014, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
... Are you, like, psychic or something?
FanOfMostEverything 8th May 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
No, speaking from experience.

I do like my playgroup; I just wish they would focus.
Night Sage 9th May 2014, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
Night Sage
This is why I do the following when I get together with my Shadowrun group:

1. Disable wireless internet. If they bring their laptop they won't be able to access the internet. Smartphones? We don't get signal where we play so they are also useless.

2. Have a hard copy of everyone's characters in my record folder. They lose their character data, they have to live with the last known update to their character that I have.

The hard copy I keep on record, I purposefully have it 1 run behind where their characters actually are, as punishment for not taking better care. My group did agree to me doing this, so they know what's in store. So far, only one person had to use my hardcopy, so he is actually behind the other characters. He's regretted losing his character records since.
Razomyure 9th May 2014, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
See, the problem is that all my players have their sheets stored online (which makes it all the more impressive when they lose them). I have my own copies of them, but still...

With my next group and/or next campaign, I'm definitely going to be using something local instead.
Night Sage 9th May 2014, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Night Sage
This is why you give them incentive to not store their characters online.
Anvildude 9th May 2014, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Or you could run your next campaign online, but with people you know will be interested and invested in the game. People like us, maybe?

I've been itching to get back into Roleplaying again, but all the people I know in the area who're willing to DM, well, aren't actually that good at it. Just a few too many DM-created NPC races and such, and inability to reign in the other players.
Anvildude 9th May 2014, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Oh gods, I hate that. And there's the one guy who's got his "soundtrack music" going, but only in earbuds. Then one of them interrupts critical plot relevant exposition with laughter about a funny video someone sent them on Facebook.

And of course, you have the one or two players who actually have nothing but hard-copy character sheets and are working on getting into the world, that're cruelly being yanked out of it by the others.
Digo 8th May 2014, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
Razomyure, I'd probably enjoy a nice fleshed-out world :D And yeah, totally hate when PCs tune out the game with their smart phones and laptops. Ugh!
Disloyal Subject 8th May 2014, 1:36 PM Headshot edit delete reply
We have a house rule for that. You get 3 strikes; after that, having your phone out makes you fair game for smacks upside the head. In other words, phone use provokes attacks of opportunity.
DeS_Tructive 8th May 2014, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
We put all our phones on a stack, and whoever checks his first without it ringing pays for the pizza. Works like a charm.
Adens 8th May 2014, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
My friends and I do the same thing at restaurants. I'm the only one without a smartphone, so I haven't had to pay in a while. I usually get my own way anyway, since they have to pay for everyone else and I have an "unfair advantage"
Raxon 8th May 2014, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
World building, you say? Oh man, have I got fun stuffs for you!

I built a fantasy kitchen sink where death is permanent, but all mythological figures are real. Thor? Check. Zeus? Check. Crom? Check! I twisted D&D into a bizarre world where you can hang out with Charon, and Cerberus is the prison warden of hell.

And all theze deities can be called forth, but cannot be harmed by mortals.

Yeah. You can summon Pelor, but he will kick your ass for allying with that rapist warlock. And you better be damn sure you aren't just wasting their time.

One of the most powerful spellcasters in the world is a pixie.

And jackelopes are as rare and magical and noble as unicorns.
celestdaer 9th May 2014, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Does the pixie hang out with a young fellow who may or may not have overthrown both YHVH and Satan?
Raxon 9th May 2014, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
No, the pixie is an eight inch tall epic level badass with nature and elemental spells.

And he kicks all the ass! Anybody here ever watched David the Gnome? Like that, but a flying, spellcasting, diplomancing badass.

And just to screw with expectations, his name is Zeus.
Malroth 9th May 2014, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
wait Rapist Warlock? Cha based caster with charm person, in class diplomacy bluff and a +6 bonus to all social rolls can't get any legitimately?
Specter 9th May 2014, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Which makes it all the better because it's the DM who is not focusing.
Razomyure 9th May 2014, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Me? Nah, I've only done that like once. Normally I'm the most focused member of the group.
Razomyure 9th May 2014, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I used to be a PC with the group I'm in now before the DM stepped down (he's one of the PCs now) - even then I was the only person in the group who was consistently focused on JUST the game at hand.
Colin 9th May 2014, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
I use my weeny netbook to keep my character sheet and personal campaign notes. I was surprised but pleased when the GM asked me for a copy, as they were blatantly character-centric.
Wyvern 9th May 2014, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
In one campaign I gave out one-page 'about the world' sheets, usually with information about the PC's current location, a famous local NPC or two, and at least one local legend or historical tidbit. It seemed like a good way to expand the world slowly, without drowning the players in infodumps.
Trus Nam 8th May 2014, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
I love Fleur. Not because of anything in the show though, but because, in a MLP app game I have, she glitched and instead of having to be won I could just buy her for a ridiculously low price.
Curb 8th May 2014, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Got a Trixie update.

The Desiel Punk Psychic Detective storyline is coming along fine, but after all this Rogue Talk...I couldn't help but doing a criminal game. Trixie, in this version is a low level psychic gun specialist who arrives at Canterlot from Manehatten. She finds that there are several major criminal organizations in the city. But the one that draws her in the Garden of Shadows. She is recruited by Fleur, who sits at the right hand of the Garden's boss, the Luna.
Digo 8th May 2014, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, I like a good detective story. I'm bad at clues, but still, I enjoy trying to put together a puzzle. :3
Specter 8th May 2014, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Puzzles! Detectives! The Underground Network that sounds suspiciously like Shadowrun! (Recently got from steam, and love it.)
Guest 9th May 2014, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
He lied about session 10
Specter 9th May 2014, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
There is a difference between lying and technical difficulties/ unprecedented events.

Plus I just watched session 09, so, I really don't mind.
MCSE 10th May 2014, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
I thought all rich people were thieves.