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Newbiespud 14th Jun 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Intertwining two characters' backstories (or futures) creates some interesting potential for roleplaying, if you have the right players who appreciate the opportunity.

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dracostarcloud 14th Jun 2014, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me of the time I tried playing Numenera. We spent a half-hour just trying to figure out who would be fill the "connected back story" requirement for each character.
HiveLordLusa 14th Jun 2014, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
This should indeed prove interesting. This idea is giving me further ideas on what could come next, but I like that this wasn't something I would have reasonably guessed to happen. That's the fun in this comic for me. That and very, very slowly learning things about how to play RPGs XD

...still should go and actually play one myself at some point...
Derpmind 14th Jun 2014, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Same here. There's tons of fun stories about them that I love reading, but I've had about zero luck getting in one. There's nothing local, and online it's either hard to find, terminally lethal doses of awkward, or text posts. If I can't get at least real humans speaking, I'm not sure there's a point. The 3-6 hours is a little intimidating, too.

@comic: If I made a count of all the times Friendship is Dragons surprised me, it would be a big number. (Uh...) And RariDash is the OTP.
Tinker 14th Jun 2014, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
Well, thece comments can only mean one thing. Friendship is Dragons subset game.
HiveLordLusa 15th Jun 2014, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
@Derpmind There are some friends of mine that play, and they're proper local friends, but every time they play that I'm aware of I either have a shift at work or something else on :/

@Tinker ...and what does that mean in this context?
Tinker 15th Jun 2014, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
i meant a gaming group should form from the comment section of this comic, lol
Newbiespud 15th Jun 2014, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
Game around the comments? Do you mean a game run IN the comments or a gaming group formed FROM the comments?

In the first case, actually, for a while we did have an actual game being run in the comments. It was called Zilean's Revenge. I'm not sure when it started, but you can pretty much pull up any page from Dragonshy and find an installment of that campaign. I think between arcs I asked the group to move somewhere else, since it was creating a giant wall in the middle of comments on the comic and Story Time stories.

As for groups borne of the comments... Well, all you have to do is visit the Pony Tales: Aspirations of Harmony forum.
Digo 16th Jun 2014, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
I've connected PC back-stories lots of times and it is really fun. One PC was looking for his long-lost daughter of 10 years, meanwhile another PC was that daughter and neither player knew it. XD
Zuche 14th Jun 2014, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
"Two great tastes that go great together."

PC's History Mix 'em Up!

(Still looking for a better word than History, one that's a better match for "peanut" than a word with a blended syllable.)

Nice use of a Season Four reference to help create character background. Sounds like somebody aced his test! Seriously, though, it's interesting to see how the unread background is finally coming into play. Is it just my imagination, or has Dash's inattention to the write-up given the DM room to weave it more naturally into an evolving setting and Rarity's own backstory?
evileeyore 14th Jun 2014, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Zuche: ""Two great tastes that go great together."

PC's History Mix 'em Up!"

Which is how every FATE campaign begins. The PCs literately have to intertwine their backstories in order to come up with some of their abilities.
kriss1989 14th Jun 2014, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
Funniest version of that: one player in a Dresden game has as his trouble "Did I interupt something?" As such he has a tendency to walk in on things at the worst possible times. His backstory with the other players? He literally stumbles into their already ongoing adventures and winds up swept up in the events.
Dragonflight 15th Jun 2014, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Zuche: "Two great tastes that go great together."

D'Oh! I read that in conjunction of the last panel, combined that with the episode where Rainbow Dash is playing superhero, and the *barely* off-camera impression is that she has a picture taken of herself kissing Applejack... AND adding in the fact that the tomboy is apparently willing to stand still for extended periods playing mannequin while Rarity puts dresses on her...

Let's just say I had a totally different interpretation of the comment. @_@
Von 14th Jun 2014, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
I keep trying to convince my friends to roll up a half-elf, human and half-orc with the all independently hunting the same deadbeat dad to mess with a DM someday.

So far non one has taken the bait.
Norgarth 14th Jun 2014, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
In one D&D campaign, where each player had 2 characters, mine were a half-elf rogue(with a few fighter levels), and a Half-orc barbarian. I decided they were half brothers who's dad was a retired bard. 8)
FanOfMostEverything 14th Jun 2014, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
I've never understood why half-elves and half-orcs are core races, but half-dwarves aren't. I guess because Tolkien. And yes, I know some settings have half-dwarves, but they're hardly widespread.
Zuche 14th Jun 2014, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
I'm still trying to figure out why orcs have never been permitted as core races in D&D. That became most puzzling when 4E permitted drow and minotaur within the core rule set. Heck, Eberron even provided the race with cultural options that weren't evil and that still wasn't good enough.
Disloyal Subject 14th Jun 2014, 11:33 AM Half-Dwarves edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Given dwarves' robust immune systems (+2 CON & bonuses VS poison) I rule that, while half-dwarves exist, they're incredibly rare, as the would-be mother's body attacks the father's genetic material as a foreign body with such ferocity that conception rarely occurs. It was actually a minor plot point, with a half-dwarf Archivist NPC/ healer hiring the party to explore some Dwarven ruins with him so he could learn about that half of his heritage. It beat everyone meeting in an inn... Or would have, if he hadn't held their first meeting in an inn.
DeS_Tructive 15th Jun 2014, 4:55 AM edit delete reply
That kinda jives with the Dark Sun setting, where half-dwarves (Muls, iirc)are known, but rare, and infertile.
terrycloth 15th Jun 2014, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Since half dwarves are actually bigger than humans (from dark sun), maybe some 'half ogres' are actually half human and half dwarf.
Malroth 14th Jun 2014, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Why stop there? You could have a Half-Giant a Half-Dragon an Asamar a Tiefling, a Yaun-Ti pureblood, An Illuminan and An Elan all as part of the same really weird family.
The MunchKING 16th Jun 2014, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
I actually saw an art series like that. I can't remember the artist at the moment, but I seem to recall the first one was this bard guy coming into the city with a little half-dragon girl and the villiage leader saying "We said SLAY the dragon, not LAY the Dragon!".

After a while he wound up with a Centaur, Mermaid, Minotaur, Half-Ogre, Dryad, and Some-kind of Half-Scorpion monster thing kids. And that's just the one I remember of the top of my head.
The MunchKING 16th Jun 2014, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
AH I looked it up, Fredrik K/ZT/ Andersson.

Warning, some of his pics are NSFW.
Von 21st Jun 2014, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
True. I was trying to avoid classes with LA back then, so it could be fun.

Actually, thanks to the template and LA rules in 3.5, you could even have the entire party related without them knowing.

All secretly half dragons, and the ones who want the abilities can take the levels in half-dragon while those worried about losing progression (casters) could continue on their normal path.
Toric 14th Jun 2014, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
I had a half-elf rogue who had paid really good money to install a pair of feathered wings on himself. Serious surgery, lots of mula, pretty painful. A short time afterwards, another player was embarking on some overly complicated and very tropey campaign of righteousness and failing to inspire the masses.

I had basically been glitterdusted after getting the wings and a few other enchantments had me looking awfully angelic. All I did was hop up next to him and shout that as an archangel of justice, I blessed his quest. The crowd went crazy and started rising up with him.

After the session, the DM offered me the chance to make the rogue a half-celestial due to his sheer showmanship and consistent success at roguiness. I thought it was a bit much, but I accepted for one reason: He was already a half-elf and this would finally settle the issue of what the other half was.
kriss1989 14th Jun 2014, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989 the party!
Curb 16th Jun 2014, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
That would be fun to do, break the Dm a little at the same time.
Digo 16th Jun 2014, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
One time a player had that same idea. No one went for it either.
Raven Wing 14th Jun 2014, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
Was that an Order of the Stick reference?
Zeeth 14th Jun 2014, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
It could be a Schlock mercenary reference, you never know. Tagon's Toughs do in fact have a combat lawyer in the company.
Specter 14th Jun 2014, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
*Got to be fast, got to be FAST!*


Warning, Family guy.
Raxon 14th Jun 2014, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Oh, that's a nice punchline. I love it.
Demonu 14th Jun 2014, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
I took part once in one-shot adventure that was meant to showcase how the game worked to people who were interested/wanted to play for the first time. The DM was the most experienced of us and I merely tagged along so that there was at least one character who knew what he was doing (basically a GMPC handed over to a player) There were two guys who played a fighter and a rogue and got into the game pretty well from the start, a young boy who played a wizard who had some trouble with the more complex rulings but made up for it by being the most enthusiastic player at the table and a girl who took the cleric but remained quietly in the background for the most part.

As the DM was explaining the mechanics and whatnot with me occasionally pitching in, I thought to myself 'Wait, this is a roleplaying game right? Someone should show or teach them that aspect as well.'

So the adventure started and somewhere 20 minutes in, the group (4 premade characters with blank backgrounds) encountered my character. My character introduces himself with "Oh great... it's you."
To which the fighter of the group (who showed more initiative than the others) stepped forwards proclaiming "Ah, I see you've heard of us and our quest."
"Heard of ya? That's my ex-wife travelling with you."
So yeah, the quietest player at the table had to step up and improvise on the spot. Luckily she rose up to the challenge.

Out of the blue insinuations or bold declarations of former encounters or relations are fun every once in a while.
Specter 14th Jun 2014, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
*Clap. Clap. Clap.*

Bravo, I have not heard of a great tale of improvisation and teaching since I was a slightly-above-par siege general.


Part of me wants to hear the rest of the story now.
Fury of the Tempest 14th Jun 2014, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Your not the only one
Guest 14th Jun 2014, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
Quick question:
In the Aspirations of Harmony system how many combat traits do you get at level 1?
Guest 14th Jun 2014, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
You have zero combat traits, but 3000 gold at level 1. You gain traits at levels 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9.
Guest 15th Jun 2014, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, one less thing to worry about but I know what I'm going to take
Jennifer 14th Jun 2014, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
I'll just point out a mistake in panel four, which should read "They used to be monitored BY the EUP Oversight Commission."

That said, this plot is looking more and more interesting.
Newbiespud 15th Jun 2014, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
*sigh* Fixed.

It's always a missing word caused by a change in phrasing, it seems.
Digo 16th Jun 2014, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
I know how that goes. All too well.
kriss1989 14th Jun 2014, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
And this completely makes up for last strips mandatory filler! Plot, resolution for Dash's contract, world building, and intertwining character interests.
FanOfMostEverything 14th Jun 2014, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
I just want to note that Pinkie's player has been hugging Dash's for six or seven pages. Just realized that, and I felt someone needed to mention it.
minalkra 14th Jun 2014, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Fourth panel, GM box: "They used to be monitored the EUP Oversight Committee/"

Missing a 'by' there Newbie.
Newbiespud 15th Jun 2014, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

I never get any of the fun errors. It's always some dumb "forgot a tiny word" stuff.
confused 15th Jun 2014, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
and pray do tell what amounts to a "fun" error?
Raxon 15th Jun 2014, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Accidentally flooding your home with magma is a !!FUN!! Accident.
Malroth 16th Jun 2014, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
or a !!FUN!! deliberate design feature, with Dwarves it's hard to tell.
DM's Choice 16th Jun 2014, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
What exactly is the difference between a barbarian and a thief?
FanOfMostEverything 16th Jun 2014, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
Barbarians get mad and hit you in your face.
Thieves get even and stab you in the back.
Adens 16th Jun 2014, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
A barbarian is like a bear: it'll run up and maul you until you die.
A thief is like a jaguar: it'll wait til you walk right past it, then jump out and kill you before you know what's happening.
Malroth 16th Jun 2014, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
in 3.5? 3hp or 4 skill points per level. In 4th? Wither Str or Dex is your damage stat.
Rokas 16th Jun 2014, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of Pony D&D!
Venellian 17th Jun 2014, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
I'll just say it: the supposed lawyers cannot be good in the courtroom. They're supposed to be as good in the courtroom as they are in the air... But they're earth ponies.

Also, nice S4 slip in there.
Newbiespud 17th Jun 2014, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
" the actual flyers are in the air."

Referring, of course, to those like Spitfire and Soarin, the actual flying members of the Wonderbolts. As good as the Wonderbolts are at flying, their lawyers are as good in the courtroom.
Megido 17th Jun 2014, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
One of the guys I play with is nice and all, but he constantly tries to get our characters a mutual history together and insert himself into my backstories. It's nice that he's inspired and all but it gets a bit frustrating. Sometimes I just want my guy to be a guy that his guy doesn't know too well yet, y'know?
Disloyal Subject 17th Jun 2014, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Unless they're really determined, being an extraplanar entity helps with that.
I agree; backstory's fun, but I prefer to build & flesh out PCs' relationships organically in the course of play.
Night Writer 17th Jun 2014, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
I wouldn't necessarily doubt the lawyers of an organization like the Wonderbolts. After all, the historical Vikings loved a good epic tale of courtroom drama and legal procedure as much as the pillaging.
No, really.
kriss1989 17th Jun 2014, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, they basically had CSI before books were invented.