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15th Jan 2015, 5:00 AM in Luna Eclipsed
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More Like a Grinch
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Newbiespud 15th Jan 2015, 5:00 AM edit delete
There's nothing like not getting a reference or joke until hours later when you finally get information some of the others already knew and suddenly you're that guy who's the last guy to get the joke...

On second thought, that might a bit too specific for Story Time today.

I finally managed to get Session 33 out. Getting back into the routine after a week or so in bed is harder than I thought, but it's here.
Session 33: Libsyn YouTube

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



Ted the saiyanwolf 15th Jan 2015, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
This is rare to only see the my comment as first
Newbiespud 15th Jan 2015, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Hmm. Been a while since we had one of these.
Evilbob 15th Jan 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
A while? But it's a classic!
Newbiespud 15th Jan 2015, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
I've... never been a fan.
Mykin 15th Jan 2015, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Neither have I, to be honest. I thought we burned this with holy fire a while back?
Disloyal Subject 15th Jan 2015, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Divine, infernal, same difference. It all burns.
Mitsuki 15th Jan 2015, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Divine tastes of elderberries.
Siccarus 16th Jan 2015, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Crikey a First commenter! These blokes are endangered due to their lack of survivability and adaptability. Lets poke it and see what it does.
kiapet 15th Jan 2015, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
I dunno, a last-to-the-joke story time seems appropriate to me.
Digo 15th Jan 2015, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
The only ones I could think of involve a whole lot of innuendo. Someones there's one player was just wasn't paying attention and doesn't see it until an hour later.
William 17th Jan 2015, 8:10 AM Lord Foul edit delete reply
Like the classic "I have wood for sheep"
Evilbob 15th Jan 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Eh. Last-to-the-joke stories usually tend to be more about the joke than the last-to-the-joke. I mean, what are you going to focus on? The player that just didn't get it until later?
Specter 15th Jan 2015, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
... Sure, I'll take a whack at this story time setup.

Our group in a rather long one-off session were suppose to figure out what curse was behind this manor, and why many of its occupants were being killed. Throughout the our escapade, the other players were starting to act a little less and less like their own characters, and started doing things and acted very differently, then what their characters would normally, let alone ever, do.

There was no check, there was no save, this was quite literally them acting of their own accord, and I was actually getting quite fed up with it.

When we finally found our only suspect, a butler, guilty of the crimes (he admitted it, we had clear physical evidence, and we even had a detailed journal of the crimes), I thought this would be over. Then the other players let him go.

... They left me no choice but to kill him myself. After I had (and my team tried to stop me), they finally told me that this whole thing was just a reference to some kind of anime or something I never even heard of, and that if we had let him go, we could have followed him to where we could get the dead's most valuable stuff).

I didn't really care what they had to say, the session lasted nearly 8 hours, and I was tired. So I told them the one thing I could think of, "We were hired to find out what happened here, and erect justice if it is needed. We did that job, and we have no need for grave robbing. I'm going home."

Sort of a dumb story, but fit the quota... I think? I don't know, all I know is that this game makes more sense then that session.
Rentok 15th Jan 2015, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
It wasn't me that was last to the joke, but I do have one. Sort of. Does it count as a last-to-the-joke story if it was 90% of the table that didn't get it?

I made a dwarf knight named K'balt.

As in Cobalt.

Metal puns!

The campaign lasted over a year and a half, closer to two years, from the point I created him. I was a player, not the GM, so he wasn't just a now-and-then character.

Most of the others, or at least one of them, didn't realize I'd basically just named him Cobalt until a year after the campaign ENDED- when we were talking about another character in a different campaign (an NPC named Copper) maybe getting a personal seal of the Alchemical symbol for Copper, and I asked what the symbol for Cobalt was, if there was one. There was a bit of a pause and a confused "Cobalt? Why would you-" and then the largest facepalm I've ever witnessed.
Digo 15th Jan 2015, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Heh, I like the name. Reminded me of one time I played a Moogle chemist in a Final Fantasy RP named Kuboom.
Malroth 15th Jan 2015, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
Don't let my players see that, i've got one who would steal that idea in a heartbeat
Evilbob 16th Jan 2015, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
I'd like to point out that according to Wikipedia (because it's ALWAYS correct) the metal name "Cobalt" was originally called "kobold ore" and the element eventually received this name "Cobalt" in reference to that.

They probably just thought the dwarf's parents owed the kobolds a favor or really liked 'em or something.
Kinrah 15th Jan 2015, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
This is an apt time for the second part of the Call of Cthulu story I told a ways back on page 486.

So Dante's player has just been kicked, after the whole shooting-a-cop-and-trying-to-get-away-with-it incident. The session proceeds, with the rest of the present characters meeting up and finding out that something isn't quite right. Then, an hour and a half later, the incident is forgotten, the last player finally showed up, and his character happened to be a lawyer.

Cue the lawyer being summoned to the hospital. Cue Dante's parents. Cue much, much laughter from myself and the other players, and utter bewilderment from the lawyer's player.

Unfortunately my record doesn't show whether we ever actually told him the reason, as I cut a lot of OOC, and as mentioned before the game only lasted the one session, but the guy's reaction when we were all laughing our heads off was priceless.
Classic Steve 15th Jan 2015, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Wait, how is this a joke? Where's the previous setup? I'm even laster than Twilight!
Siarles 15th Jan 2015, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm right there with you, Steve. I'm not really sure what just happened.
ZReporter 15th Jan 2015, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Start of the arc talked about the ghosts of Christmas past as her character wasn't a Halloween(ish) fan.

They joked about her being scrooge and being haunted by the 3 ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

Now she just caught onto the ghost of Christmas past joke being Luna when Luna just decided to go with the MAD solution.
(Mutually Assured Destruction. The method used by many players!)
Vegetalss4 15th Jan 2015, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
I think it's a reference to comic 500, where in response to being called a scrooge Twilight makes an allusion to getting haunted by the ghost of past, present, yadayada.
The gm/rarity's player goes well kinda, but doesn't elaborate.
So given the half-backed nature of the joke, and the stealthiness of the punch-line i believe that the GM is being quite unfair here with his sarcastic implication that Twilight's payer is being slow here for not "getting it" before now.
Classic Steve 17th Jan 2015, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, guys. That was much too long ago, too seemingly incidental at the time, for me to retain.
ToaofTwilightZ 15th Jan 2015, 7:49 AM C'mon, it's a yugioh reference! edit delete reply
Well, it's not entirely the same, but there was one game where I created a chromatic white dragonborn with blue eyes and a lightning breath weapon named "Abiak". It took 2 encounter before I finally just flatout said "my white dragonborn with blue eyes uses his lightning attack, which may or may not also be white", at which point someone finally said "I see what you did there!"
j-eagle12212012 15th Jan 2015, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Oh I have one that's related to this... kinda

In Assassins Creed Rouge you are required to go to a lot of places and one of these places happens to be 1750's Sleepy Hollow New York... one of the first things you encounter on the docks is a Pumpkin... it took me a minute before it clicked lol
Mykin 15th Jan 2015, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
This comic makes one wonder if it actually is Luna behind all of this. Hire someone to give her a legitimate reason to cancel a holiday she dislikes because it reminds her of a time she'd rather all of us forget? It's an interesting though, even if it's obviously not the way this story will play out.

Well, as for a story, I don't have a "last to the joke" since everyone I'm with is pretty good at picking up on jokes and we usually explain ourselves to those that don't get it since it's not fun to leave people out of the loop. I do have a "last to realize something" story, though, that's pretty good so I'll share that.

Our Rogue Trader game got converted over to a Star Wars game for the time being, set in the era conveniently called "Rise of the Empire". Our first session eerily mirrored our few sessions with Rogue Trader (though to an obviously lesser degree) and it ended with our ship being pulled out of hyperspace because our computer detected the gravity well of a small moon in our path...except there was no small moon. Just an odd looking Imperial Star Destroyer that quickly told us that we were going to be boarded and I had to play diplomat between an officer who obviously enjoyed rubbing his authority in the faces of those that hate that kind of thing and a crew that wouldn't think twice of killing people who did that kind of thing. Surprisingly, we didn't die and were free to continue to Alderaan. The session ended there and we all agreed to continue things next week.

So there I was, late at night, thinking about the session and what we were going to do once we got to the planet (I somehow got landed with the leader position again. Though, this time, I felt more confident in my ability to actually do the role) when I started connecting dots. Gravity of small moon but no moon, Imperial presence right near Alderaan, and the rebellion exists right now....Wait, isn't the Death Star the size of a small moon?

Cue realization that the planet we were on was about to get blown up and our ship having spent all of it's fuel getting there and you get a recipe of me panicking that we were all going to die...again. Come the next day, when I went to go play DnD, I tell our GM this and he laughs. I was a little confused by this until someone told me that we were playing in the beginning of said time period: The Death Star isn't going to be made until two decades later. Cue face palm for not having realized this sooner followed by laughs and then we went back to playing DnD.
Specter 15th Jan 2015, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
... Wait... (processing...)



If Luna is the ghost of Nightmare Night past, then that would mean Nightmare Moon is the ghost of Nightmare Night present... but if that is true, then who (or what) is the ghost of Nightmare Night future?
Grrys 15th Jan 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Also Luna.
Mykin 15th Jan 2015, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. She pulls double duty as both past and future ghost of Nightmare Night. It's why the whole Christmas Carol thing doesn't quite fit right with Nightmare Night, but whatever.
Icipall 15th Jan 2015, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject 15th Jan 2015, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I don't believe she exists outside her own timeline... Which might make her even more appropriate for a time-ghost.
Specter 15th Jan 2015, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
In truth, I just posted just to see what random and weird answers people would come up with, maybe get some laughs out of it.

I should remember that people do have logical minds, and that I should stop trying to have fun (or at least not to post anything the second I wake up).
Mykin 15th Jan 2015, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Don't worry, not every post is going to be an instant winner. Don't give up just because of one of them turned out to be a dud.

Also, who the heck is Nyx?
DaZebraffe 15th Jan 2015, 7:46 PM Not enough fanfics... edit delete reply
You need to read more fanfics, or something...XD Nyx is a character from the fic "Past Sins." Basically, Nightmare Moon reincarnated in a body all her own...but the spell was partially botched, so she didn't retain any memories as the Nightmare, and ended up just being a magic-spawned alicorn filly.
Mykin 15th Jan 2015, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Considering that Fallout: Equestria is the only one that I've read, yea, I could stand to read some more. Though the titles I keep bumping into keep me from really wanting to dive in. I know someone asked for some good titles a while back, so maybe it's time I overcame my particular phobia of reading the archives and start looking for it.

*Grabs shovel* Oh, before I start digging, Past Sins any good?
Guest 15th Jan 2015, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
reynard61 15th Jan 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Yes! So good, in fact, that it's fandom -- myself included -- helped to crowdsource the money to turn it into an actual, physical, dead-tree-type book. (I own #413.) Go read it ASAP!
daftdeafdave 16th Jan 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
[Url=]A time traveller in a silly costume maybe?[/ url]
daftdeafdave 16th Jan 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
[Url=]A time traveller in a silly costume maybe?[/ url]
daftdeafdave 16th Jan 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Goddammit I really need to make an account so I can edit shite like this
Mykin 16th Jan 2015, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
You should. That's why I got one. That and the delete function is awesome.
daftdeafdave 16th Jan 2015, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Nightmare Night Future 16th Jan 2015, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Raxon 15th Jan 2015, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
But the nuclear option always makes things better!

Can anyone honestly say they don't love glow in the dark kitties?
Starphoenix 15th Jan 2015, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
If the kittens explode, then no.
Jphyper 15th Jan 2015, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Neon kitten grenades! Whoooooo!
Disloyal Subject 15th Jan 2015, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
My players must never hear of this. They'd turn it into an interstellar industry.
Guest 15th Jan 2015, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
Cave Johnson almost did it with lemons
Blueblade 16th Jan 2015, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
Crazy Tom 17th Jan 2015, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
I lol'd. Kudos.
Jennifer 16th Jan 2015, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Apropos to the author notes, I... don't get it?

Is Luna's alter ego doing the insulting?
Bramble 17th Jan 2015, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
Check page 500
Blueblade 16th Jan 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Also while this is more related to the Fallout is Dragons series than the Friendship is Dragons comic. When Famine spoke Draconic did anyone one else think Dragonborn?
Newbiespud 16th Jan 2015, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Okay, I think that's enough memes.
MisterTeatime 20th Dec 2015, 8:05 AM A Nightmare Night Carol edit delete reply
I would say Pipsqueak is the spirit of Nightmare Night present (this is his very first one!). The future is, as always, still up in the air- but our mysterious interloper is TRYING to get it locked down...