Page 494 - Pumpkin Season

23rd Sep 2014, 6:00 AM in Luna Eclipsed
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Pumpkin Season
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Newbiespud 23rd Sep 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
Well, that last week was something. Not great, but something. A learning experience, at the very least. I promise I'll never take another sanity break without planning it well in advance first.

Anyway, regular updates of Luna Eclipsed begin now!

Let's start things off with some Story Time. In the comments, tell a story about something specifically Halloween-themed happening in your game.

Also, Page 500 is coming up. Just wanted to throw that out there.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are still open until this arc is finished! Guidelines here.



CharginChuck 23rd Sep 2014, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
So will we ever get to see the full story behind everyone ragequitting on Twilight?
frostedWarlock 23rd Sep 2014, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Probably. I'll just have to draw it all out in advance instead of it just being a last-second fustercluck.
j-eagle12212012 23rd Sep 2014, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Glad to hear that, it looked like it was going to be good. Hopefully with more time you can have a longer guest arc next time Spudd takes a break.
Big Lurker 23rd Sep 2014, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Fustercluck... Now I'm picturing a group of angry chickens around an alarm clock...
Disloyal Subject 23rd Sep 2014, 4:56 PM Omnivory edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Fun fact: chickens love spoiled custard.
Malroth 23rd Sep 2014, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Start submitting guest comics now so newbiespud will have them ready to go next time he pulls a spontaneous hiatus.
Digo 24th Sep 2014, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
Ah, so I'm not the only one to think about that? XD
Hee, might consider it!
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Sep 2014, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
"That new game that came out recently." Well, that's certainly one way of keeping the comic from dating itself.

Also, Pinkie's player being in costume is perfect.
aqua 23rd Sep 2014, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
"that new final fantasy game" could work as well
Raxon 23rd Sep 2014, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Obviously, Gotcha Force 2 came out and RD can't stop playing.
Destrustor 24th Sep 2014, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
There's always "the new Madden" or "the new CoD" if you want a reference that will stay relevant until the heat death of the universe, depending on how bro-ish you want RD to be.
TurretBot 27th Sep 2014, 2:10 PM TurrretBot edit delete reply
Nonspecific specific reference. And by the way, the game is totally Destiny.
UG counter Aggro 23rd Sep 2014, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
So, votes for what game she was playing?
CrowMagnon 23rd Sep 2014, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, obviously.
The MunchKING 23rd Sep 2014, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Given what all the other comics are talking about, it looks like the fantasy worlds got Smash Brothers before Reality. So 5 GP on Rainbow Dash being a Greninja fan. :D
CharginChuck 23rd Sep 2014, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
There's no way Dash doesn't main Captain Falcon.
Summoned Singer 23rd Sep 2014, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
Ahem... Destiny. I'll bet 20 GP.
Digo 23rd Sep 2014, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Monkey Island 1 & 2 back to back!

...what? The updated versions of those classics were on Steam sale last weekend. 75% off :D Course I'd stay up all night playing that!
Disloyal Subject 23rd Sep 2014, 4:59 PM The Blue Blur edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Have fun with that, Digo. I'm looking forward to Dragon Age: Inquisition, myself.
As for Ms. Dash... It's been months since I paid attention to what's coming up, but what I've heard of Destiny makes it sound fast-paced enough for her.
Specter 23rd Sep 2014, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Let's see... It's Rainbow Dash, and she would want to play a game that is 20% cooler than the biggest game that came out... add the possibility of beta... add possible theft and or hacking capabilities... and... ... OF COURSE! She has been playing a pre-release of Civilization: Beyond Earth in hopes to become good enough that she can beat Twilight out the water and not have to be embarrassed about losing to a game of war.

It all makes sense now.
Raxon 23rd Sep 2014, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Gotcha Force. It's an action fighting game where you can play as giant mecha, ninjas, and flying fortresses that rain laser death upon everything. Also, you can play as mechagodzilla's flying head that rains laser and missiles all over the battlefield. I'm not even joking.

Did I mention that there are characters who can outrun a nuke, and attack with knife fins on their elbows? Sounds like RD's kind of game.
kriss1989 24th Sep 2014, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
I agree with Raxxon. That sounds like pure awesome.
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
You can get it real cheap free online. It's a gamecube game, though, so you'll need a gamecube or wii.

EDIT: Geeze, it's pricy online. You can get a rom online, though. Here ya go!

I condone pirating games that are no longer available for reasonable purchase, such as old atari games, where none of the money will go to the manufacturer. Gotcha force apparently had little to no marketing, very few copies made, and apparently, my bro was super lucky to snag one at gamestop for $15. Seeing as how it's over ten years old, you're not likely to find it in any resale shops. In that case, go for the rom.
Derpmind 23rd Sep 2014, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
"I promise I'll never take another sanity break without planning it well in advance first." Out of context, there are so many wonderfully silly places that phrase could be used in.
Jennifer 23rd Sep 2014, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
I was just thinking that whole line is a bit of an oxymoron -- one of the signs of insanity, after all, is an inability to plan ahead... :p
Digo 23rd Sep 2014, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Pre-meditated chaos. :3
Specter 23rd Sep 2014, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Halloween themed, and costumes is all I got.

We were playing Pathfinders within a Venice, Italy, setting (It was a month after Assassins creed 2) and we needed to steal a total of 20,000 gold in exchangeable materials to release or friend from prison (and one of us was Lawful-Neutral).

Thankfully a wonderful holiday was in town to commemorate a war that showed how the town was created (an alliance of nomadic tribes people vs. the occupied land of dinosaurs), it was not only interesting, but pretty cool that the GM also had small pet dinosaurs out in the market place to buy and sell.

The holiday included that we were to dress up in a nomadic fashion (didn't matter how), and half of us were native to the area, so it would be easier to get around. the rest of us (1 Goblin, 1 Human, and 1 Elf) had different ancestors that weren't from this area, and had different costumes (respectively, A dress-up of bones and appendages, A masked marauder of the east, and a grass/leaf body suit... I made every attempt t stay away from the elf).

A long story short, we acquired the materials (theft, tournaments, and spare-of-the-moment hostage negotiations), got our companion (with a number of new scars (Pirates are not good for NOT getting into trouble)), and held up in a cottage for the night... then some kids walked up to the house with the look of vandalism in their eyes.

Our lawful friend stopped them in his elder costume in a similar fashion like this... (we were not good actors)

Elder: Hey kids, get of my lawn.
Kids: Go away old man.
Elder: Get off my lawn or I'll steal your youth.
Kids: Right, and were the gods in mortal form, go away.
kids: AAAGGGGGGHHHHHH! (runs away).

We immediately fled with a sack of random stuff they dropped and set sail on another half made ship that crashed us on an island of time lords, what were the chances.
Luna 23rd Sep 2014, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
I once did an initiation game of Vampire : Masquerade that occured during Halloween. The players were sent to find some vampire hunter that was targeting Caïnites all over New York. The main clue that he was wearing some halloween costume, which didn't help as much as the players hoped as it was now halloween in full blow and pretty much everybody in town were now costumed.

Anyway, after investigation for a while, the players finally managed to find the supposed vampire hunter, who was wearing some freakish clown costume and threatening them... with a water gun ! Players being knew at this game, they took it lighly, laughing and advising the "hunter" to go back home and start playing around before he got hurt. Laughs turns to scream when the hunter started shooting away as his gun was filled with holy water (to those who don't know much about the Vampire game : holy water does aggravated damages that can't be soaked nor regenerated by vampires inates power unless they have one special power).

They managed to deal with the hunter, but took quite a beating in the process and learned a valuable lesson : a weapon might look utterly ridiculous and ineffective, it can still be deadly if you actually use it the right way.
Malroth 23rd Sep 2014, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Unless of course you're running a 9+ Humanity True faith build then you start creating holy water by taking a bath and start becoming immune to all sorts of vampire detection schemes.
It does make it more difficult to hang around the creepy goth fangirls though.
Pen Brush 24th Sep 2014, 12:51 PM Mouth/Youth edit delete reply
When I read the characters dialogue this morning at like 5 AM, I was confused. I thought that the Elder had said he would steal the kids mouth, and not their youth...
Suddendeath11 23rd Sep 2014, 8:00 AM I know how dat feeling RD edit delete reply
So I go to a Anime Con in Detroit Michigan every year, and two years ago I did not have a hotel close to the Con. By the time I wanted to go back to my room, it was 3am or arounfd there. Now I was not about to walk back to my hotel in Detroit at night so I stayed at the Con, witch was open 24 hours. I got no sleep that year and when I returned to my college, I had a d&d 3.5 session. I slept through a lot of it, and it was a good session, being my DMs Halloween session. I only remember one things waking up in the middle of a combat to save a PC from a mind flair.
Tinker 23rd Sep 2014, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
Wow, is there actually someone who reads these comics and also goes to Youmacon? (I assume youma) Hooray for nerd events!
Guest 25th Sep 2014, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Yes that is the Con.
Curb 23rd Sep 2014, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Well, there was a short run sort game we did using Rifts as a base (bless the megaversal building guide, lets you make your own settings). I was playing as Lilith, the youngest daughter of Samhain, the Lord of Halloween. She was an mystic with a bit of Gothic style, and I don't mean Hot Topic gothic either. The rest of the party included a witch, two werewolves and the daughter of the Lord of Christmas, Candy Cane, an elf ninja(glad I wasn't having to GM that game).

The whole story was a sort of Day in the Life of, with Lilith dealing with a visit from her penpal on Halloween. It got rather silly as it went on, with the Goblin Worker Strike turning violent(they wanted a 20% increase in wages), an attempted infiltration by advanced scouts of the Lord of Thanksgiving(he's always trying that), and Candy having to call in a Snow Ghost strike team to back up Lilith's Shadow Maidens Strike team when crazed, drunken dwarves from another dimension(seems the realm of Octoberfest experienced an dimensional anomaly) accidentally invade, looking for more beer.

The Outcomes

Goblins got a 6% pay increase and addition days off before and after Halloween.

The Lord of Thanksgiving is chastised by Samhain and Lord Claus and has to repay Samhain for the incident, by hosting the annual Superbowl Party for the next three decades, fully catered at his own expense, and none of the cheap stuff either.

Heidi, Daughter of the Lord of Octoberfest, arrives to retrieve the dwarves and apologizes and becomes penpals with Lilith and Candy(GM forced to promise not to run with the idea, but I wrote it down)

All in all, it was pretty fun, I think I still have Lilith's sheet around somewhere, have to properly convert her over fully. Might post the setting, now that I can fully flesh it out, for Rifts, maybe even convert it to D&D, if I can work out classes and such.
Two Bits 23rd Sep 2014, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash: 'Did I fall asleep?'
DM: 'For a little while...'
Digo 23rd Sep 2014, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
I once had a player who would fall asleep nearly every session. No fault of my game or anything, he simply stayed up late nights online so when the weekend rolled around he'd just collapse. Kinda sucked because he was an excellent roleplayer. He just had terrible sleeping habits.
Big Lurker 23rd Sep 2014, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
We had a player in a Marvel based RPG that slept so much that her PCs codename was Coma Girl. Another player was an artist and drew up comic covers for the campaign, and inevitably Coma Girl was dozing off in the corner box by the issue number...
Lyntermas 23rd Sep 2014, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
RD: Shall I go now?
DM: If you like.

Yes, Dollhouse was a good show.
dragowar 23rd Sep 2014, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
Does your friend have a deviant art account if so can you linkbit because I so wanna see the comic cover coma girl that's hilarious
Digo 24th Sep 2014, 4:49 AM edit delete reply
That art piece sounds... kinda cute actually. If it were an animated series she might get the fan favorite title.
Disloyal Subject 23rd Sep 2014, 6:49 PM Do You Even Joss Whedon? edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Hmm... The Dollhouse would make an interesting employer and/or antagonist for PCs. Playing as Dolls with adjustable XP expenditures could be an interesting mechanic to keep games interesting, for those who favor many genres.
(Edit: could've sworn I posted this this morning. Touchscreens remain my nemeses.)
Randomperson 23rd Sep 2014, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
My group's first and best DM had us come upon a house in the midst of the woods whilst fleeing from a recently overrun city. "How convenient," we thought. Deciding to check the place out, we got separated from the NPC's. They all vanished mysteriously. We then run into their ghost, but not their bodies. After talking to a disembodied brain, our ranger(who was bitten by a werewolf) wolfs out. We get him tide up and our pali decides that we should try this potion we got a couple of sessions back on him. Since he was stupid(Intelligence of 7) he also decided to try it out first. It turned our ranger back to normal, but the pali was knocked out. We decide to leg it, but a bank of enchanted fog prevent us from leaving.

We turn around to find a mindflayer staring at us. "Chauthullu welcomes you."
Raxon 23rd Sep 2014, 3:29 PM Celebrating this momentous occasion with a monologue! edit delete reply
Celebrating this momentous occasion with a monologue!

This place is our home, time and time again. On the path of life, the road brings us back again. I just can't leave. Always when I travel, I wait to see my friends again. I get and I give, and our laughter on the air hangs around us and creates such mirth! The road less traveled is nice, but your friends often take the beaten path. I can't wait to go home again. This is the life I love, seeing new places, trying new things, but always I think of returning home. Is this hubris? I think not. Making memories and sharing them, it is the most beautiful thing in the world. The cultures, the music, the food, all create new and wonderful memories. And when I come home, I share all that I have learned with my friends.

I love returning home and reuniting with my friends. I love traveling, and I just can't wait to do it again. I love to be on the road, again and again. On to new places, to new lives and thoughts, onward, wherever the road may lead me, and home again. One day I know I won't be able to travel anymore.I'm going places, I've been where I've never been. And when I return, I'll feel happy, because I'm home again. There is no wrong road away from here, I've never seen one, though I have traveled them again and again. The wrong road is in one's mind, never at your feet. Time and time again, I find wonderful things. I'm seeing things that I never realized existed, and one day I know I'll see more still. I'll travel while I feel strong, and go home again. I stand and lift my burdens, and he head is clear. These times may never see me through this place again, but I'll always be here.

Many times, or so I've been told, kindness leads to disaster. All these paths, all this travel, talk is cheap, but actions speak volumes. Standing still will make you old. And so, I just can't wait to get started again. So I'll close my eyes and walk on the road again. On the road, I feel alive again, time after time. Like a traveling band, we find a path, a venue, an audience.I won't regret my path. I don't look being me. I'm moving on. Moving on is not forgetting. A group of gypsies by my side, we go happily, the highway stretching out before us. We're all the best of friends, so I'll take them with me. And when I close my eyes at night, I know that I have a home. My friends are insisting I return now. That is the way home. I won't look back, the road behind me is in the past. This world will keep turning as we go our way.

And our favorite way is moving on the road again.
Raxon 24th Sep 2014, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Bah, nobody even noticed the song lyrics. That's the last time I make a happy monologue.
Malroth 24th Sep 2014, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Untill you need to creep out the excessively jaded anyway.
Raxon 24th Sep 2014, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
That's when I break out a new story, about a little girl who learns all about friendship, and the value of never judging a book by its cover. She goes on lots of adventures with the nice clown who drives a windowless minibus.

And these lyrics were a twofer. On The Road Again by Willie Nelson, and Home Again, by Michael Kiwanuka.
Zuche 23rd Sep 2014, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Nice to see a story underway again. Just goes to show that this strip is too big to flail.
Digo 24th Sep 2014, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
Heh, flail... good one actually. :D
Derpster 23rd Sep 2014, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
Yay! Update! :D
Taco Belle 23rd Sep 2014, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Well, it was a game where it was me(a Elf Sorceror), a Catfolk Bard, a Kobold Monk, a Tiefling Ninja, and a Dwarf, forgot his class but he was like... the Avatar of Dwarven stereotypes, and was a real bro.

Our(female)Catfolk bard Seduced the Spirit of Halloween(modeled after the one from the Ghost Busters cartoon), and successfully evaded a Boss fight with the same...

Next(in game) Halloween(we Lost a few months due to Time Travel storyline...), she started to bloat, and had the Spirits mortal offspring...

The DM had planned for it to mostly be a gag, and Samhain would take custody... But the Catbard was like "No fuck you, my baby!".

And thus we ended up fighting a Boss we were supposed to fight Two-three levels ago!

We, of course, Won Handily.

Story doesn't end here!

Several storylines later, we rolled new characters to continue in this world... and what does the Bard's player play?

A Half-Spirit Catfolk Wizard(Conjurer) Specializing in Halloween themed summons.


yeah my groups weird. >,,>
Pen Brush 24th Sep 2014, 2:55 AM Sweet edit delete reply
That's adorable.
Joe the Rat 24th Sep 2014, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
Indeed. I love a good legacy character.
Taco Belle 24th Sep 2014, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Her hair was orange and she styled it in a way vaugely resembling her dads Pumpkin Head, with a little green tophat "Stem"... think the one Pinkie wore at the end of Equestria Girls.

Random note i remembered. :D
Bacchante 23rd Sep 2014, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Oh, Spud, don't make promises you can't keep. Unscheduled sanity breaks are just kind of a thing that happens. S'all good.
Toric 24th Sep 2014, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Not much of a story, but Halloween-themed.

We fought a bunch of pumpkin-monsters at midnight, and the only effective weapons against them were a bunch of baseball bats.
Solario the Visored 18th Jan 2015, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Sorry, I know this is a little late for story time, but I'm only just now coming back to look at all the updates of the last few months.

So, I used to game with a DM who loved to make our Halloween sessions special. One year, he arranged it so our Oct. 31st adventure took us conveniently into a huge castle that was once the home of a vampire who later became an undead god. This castle was the DM's favorite tool to just play around with us. After resting in a safe spot, the group was suddenly attacked by a zombie. Just one zombie. Now, our DM had pretty much revised and/or homebrewed the entire rules layout of the game, including statting his own monsters. This single zombie of his could, upon smelling flesh, dash across a room and pound my mage into the stone floor, leaving an elf-shaped imprint to fill with my own blood. The entire party was killed. Then we woke up, shaken but alive back in our little safe zone of the castle, having dreamt the whole thing. I'll probably never forget that adventure.

Also, as flavor, the DM would have us all hold the session in his garage by candlelight.