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24th May 2014, 6:00 AM in Sweet and Elite
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Newbiespud 24th May 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
I'll be moving across state lines today. But the comic shall continue regardless!

So, the Fallout is Dragons podcast had some really unfortunate technical difficulties. All we could do was put together a recap of Session 11. But to compensate, I've put together a short side-story from the campaign and put it up on FiMFic. We've changed our recording method, so with any luck, this complete recording loss won't ever happen again.

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



█████ 24th May 2014, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Let's hope this 'Rainbow Dash' doesn't turn out to be a...lame horse.

An another subject, is this the first pony we've seen with a mustache?
Zuche 24th May 2014, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Assuming you mean in the comic, I think it might be. I don't recall either the tennis pony or Rarity's father making an appearance here.
Guest 24th May 2014, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
In the comic? Yes. In the show? No.
Sisterhooves Social back in season 2 had Rarity's dad who also had a moustache, Wonderbolts Academy is in season 3.
Toric 24th May 2014, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
Don't forget Flam in "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000," or Snips and Snails in "Boast Busters" Season 1.
Guest 24th May 2014, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
In the IDW comics, a "Tom Selleck" pony has appeared several times.
Digo 24th May 2014, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
I think she's interested in learning about these Wonderbolts. :3

But I must say that her answer of "hittin' stuff" pretty much described 95% of all the players I've ever had. With about 50% of that group following up with "that's about it" as to anything else they like to do. I gamed with many murder-hobos in my DM career. :3
Jason Shadow 24th May 2014, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Jason Shadow
Nope. We've already met Fancy Pants, haven't we?
ttd0000 24th May 2014, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
How do you block out your name like that?
█████ 24th May 2014, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Through the wonders of Alt Codes!
Robin Bobcat 25th May 2014, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
Basically, they're using the alt codes to type the 'solid block' character -
█. There's a lot of others you can do: ♥, ☠, ☢, ☮, ♫, ⚽... It goes on. Not all fonts can handle some of the exotic ones, but there's even things like egyptian hiroglyphics lurking in the depths of Unicode.
Zuche 24th May 2014, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
I didn't expect to see this setting today, and it was a pleasant surprise. I'm feeling kind of bad for Dash in that final panel, and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe I'm reading too much disappointment into that expression. Good choice.

I hope the move goes well, Newbiespud, and may you remember to identify it as another move forward.
Digo 24th May 2014, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
I was thinking embarrassed myself. :3
Disloyal Subject 24th May 2014, 11:42 PM "Ugh" edit delete reply
I was thinking more 'exasperated.'
Wow, I've fallen behind on the Fallout is Dragons recaps. On the plus side, summer break has arrived, so until I attain gainful employment, there's nothing stopping me from binge-reading 'em.
Specter 24th May 2014, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash with questions... the RP world is getting to her.

Speaking of RP, Devon Exceon playing Welcome to Ponyville. (Warning: Language, humor, some jump scares (in series))
Bombom13 24th May 2014, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Is that based on Welcome to Nightvale?
Specter 24th May 2014, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
I have no clue, and I have never heard of it.
Jgame 25th May 2014, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
No. As someone who's a fan of WTNV, Welcome to Ponyville is something else entirely.
Bombom13 26th May 2014, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
Darn, Nightvale would be a fantastic setting for a Dungeons and Dragons adventure.
Razomyure 26th May 2014, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
... Now I'm going to have to figure out a 3.5e character sheet for a Hooded Figure, for the Angels, for the Sheriff... and of course for Cecil. All fully statted out. This is going to take some digging to find the right classes for them.
Mort the Ghost 27th May 2014, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
I wake up from a dream about Night Vale and *this* is what I see?!
What sorcery is this?
Also, the Sheriff is probably a ranger, and Cecil is definitely a bard.
Razomyure 27th May 2014, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I got the Bard part figured out, and I agree with the Ranger - I just seem to recall some obscure Prestige class that uses the voice to work magic and just about nothing else, I wanted to try to dig that out for Cecil.
Tinker 26th May 2014, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
Though, as a fan of welcome to nightvale and MLP, I can confirm the youtuber 'cannedcream' has done a MLP Nightvale spoof.
XandZero2 24th May 2014, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
I second Zuche's notion.

I hope the move does go well for you Newbie. Moving to a new place can be pretty scary at first, but I hope that in the end it turns out to be a change for the better.

Good luck & god speed!
Newbiespud 24th May 2014, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Actually, the problem is that I'm moving to an old place, in which there were a couple of bad memories. Equally as scary, I think.

But hey, this is my first comment from said place. The move was a success.
FanOfMostEverything 25th May 2014, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations! May you make much happier memories there.
Digo 25th May 2014, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
As long as those bad memories don't manifest into daemon poltergeists that throw your stuff around and facilitate a need to video tape your rooms in the middle of the night then you'll be good, right?
DeS_Tructive 24th May 2014, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
This reeks of... character developement!
Raxon 24th May 2014, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Oh, you're moving too? I'm helping my family move, too. They're hoarders and stuff has gone south from the start though. Can you believe it's taken six freaking months?

Fortunately, I was here when an update borked my phone, and not a hundred miles from the nearest service center.

Let's make that story time! Tell a story about moving, and any real problems it caused. Preferably in a game.
Blues 24th May 2014, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
My first GM that I ever played with moved to Florida about two sessions after I joined his group. I didn't really understand what was going on, except for that we had to kill a lich in the first session. Then, in the last session, since he knew he was leaving, he broke out... That Book.

That Book was a, ah... compendium for dealing with sex in D&D 3.5. This lead to my fighter, with a low will save of course, to be spontaneously stripped of all non-magic items, to be transformed into a girl, and to spontaneously orgasm once a minute, with the added effect that I lost 1 point of CON every time.

Needless to say, I was a little scarred, as this was all of my second time playing D&D ever. I did eventually purchase my own copy of That Book, just so I could show people that ridiculousness actually exists.

Also, yeah, college games that had to be confined to only 10 to 15 sessions, so we could get it all done in a semester.
Zena 25th May 2014, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
You were in-game raped?! That's horrifying.
Desparil 27th May 2014, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Are we walking Dragon 300, Dungeon 95, or Book of Vile Darkness? Or something else entirely?
Blues 27th May 2014, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Book of Erotic Fantasy actually.
Desparil 28th May 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Huh, I had actually never heard of that one. I knew they did a bunch of "mature content" right when Paizo first started doing the Dungeon/Dragon magazines. Probably similar to the old Exalted supplement, the Scroll of Swallowed Darkness. Yeah, everything religious nuts and panicked moms have ever claimed about role-playing? This strange generation of books tried their hardest to justify them.
Darkside 24th May 2014, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Well, there wasn't any gaming going on at the time, but when I was helping my girlfriend move I was carrying something out to the truck and mis-stepped, rolling my ankle. Fortunately that only lasted a week.
Digo 24th May 2014, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
I lost most of my last gaming group because most of the members moved out of town. That problematic enough for the game? :)
Specter 24th May 2014, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
I don't even live in the same city as most of the DND people I play with, but then again I go to a school in a different city then I live in.
Digo 25th May 2014, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
I remember going to high school in a different town than the one I lived in. The commute was pretty rough.
Disloyal Subject 25th May 2014, 12:08 AM The Family that Slays Together edit delete reply
My first party that did much consisted of my then-girlfriend's family - three girls, their mom, me, & the mom's boyfriend. I spent our last summer together helping them move, and in the evenings, we gamed, the other boyfriend serving as DM, with Mom and I serving as auxiliary DMs. It worked rather well while it lasted, aside from the obvious frayed nerves involved with a move, on top of the adults' jobs, and the obligatory pizza rationing of a gaming session - the latter compounded by the players including 3+ hungry teenagers who've labored all day.
It was a homebrewed mashup campaign drawing mainly on Elder Scrolls and Oriental Adventures, with the players as following:
Me- male Orsimer Favored Soul of Obad-Hai w/ access to domain spells for spells known & female Raptoran Scout w/ ludicrous move speed (tl;dr scary orc treehugger & anthropomorphic peregrine); auxiliary DM
Girlfriend (Eldest sister)- female Argonian Ranger/Psychic Warrior, traded Animal Companion for extra Favored Enemy bonuses VS undead for flavor reasons
Youngest sister- female Khajit Barbarian, linguistic savant
Middle sister- female Bosmer Fighter/Wizard, dabbler
Mom- female Human (Breton?) Paladin, no sense of humor (less because 'Paladin' than because 'tired mom'), auxiliary DM, auxiliary DMPC controller
Boyfriend- DM; male Human (Imperial?) Warblade, ruthless "Lawful Good;" male Human (?) Rogue, laconic smartass; male half-drow Wizard/Fighter, witty
I've probably infodumped this before, so I apologize. It just fit so perfectly!
Curb 25th May 2014, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Being a military brat, i have moved alot. my first gaming group, a Robotech group, was short lived because of it. I only gamed 2 sessions with them before we got reasigned. lost contact with them later. the one group i left do to a move i am glad about was colorado. Joe, who shall forever be the definition of a kill the party GM, spent our sessions rule bending and short changing us. Overpowered NPCs, onverleveled monsters, you name it, he probably did it or had it on standby. after the move, my brother and i vowed to never end up runnning games like that.
Digo 25th May 2014, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Yikes on the killer GM. I had one once (as the Smarmony gang can attest)
Curb 26th May 2014, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
yeah, totally sucks when they forget the purpose of the game, to have fun, and instead try to kill the party in the most rediculous or grusome manner.

Oh a side note, I've taken on a challenge with my homebrewed Airship Pirate game. I'm trying to solidfy the world and setting up ship building and such. It'd a D20 system, since that seems to be pretty universal these days.

I'm also toying with taking Iron Kingdoms and doing airships in there as it already is a steampunkish world.
Razomyure 26th May 2014, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
I've actually been tempted recently to run a campaign at some point where almost everything the PCs go up against in combat just *slightly* outclasses them, enough that it's still possible to win but really hard. I want to push people and see how they can innovate, though, so it's not exactly the "kill the party" style.