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Christmas Before Nightmares
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Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2015, 5:00 AM edit delete
Actually, I should watch that movie again. It's been a long time...

Asking for Story Time about all the references is probably a bad idea, but how about this: Do you have any stories about a tabletop reference leading you to discovering new stuff to enjoy?

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



MuffinMark 22nd Jan 2015, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
Sadly, I have no such stories
Digo 23rd Jan 2015, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
I have one. When I started college I joined up with a gaming club. We were playing D&D and two of the other players were making these hilarious comments about identifying kings, becoming king when a sword is thrown at you, and various other things like Knights Who Say Ni.

At the time I didn't know who Monty Python was and when the other players found that out, we paused the game to run over to the campus library and check out Monty Python and the holy Grail. I watched it and totally got the references.

Saw lots of Python movies and shows after that. Good times!
Rokas 23rd Jan 2015, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Didn't know what Monty Python was? Doesn't everybody learn who they are growing up? I remember watching Holy grail when I was like, ten or twelve. 'Course it got funnier when I matured more but even as a kid I still liked it. My father always rented stuff like that. Is that not normal?
Zeeth 23rd Jan 2015, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Monty Python's Flying Circus hasn't been on the air in around twenty years now, and the cast members are dead or doing other things. While the show and movies have proven to be immortal classics ("My hovercraft is full of eels!"), the generations who remember actually watching any of it are gradually getting old and dying off.

So Monty Python is a generational thing, and I'm not sure what great media thing is going to catch on in the next twenty years, but it had better be extra-super good to become a lasting worldwide meme.
Senshuken 22nd Jan 2015, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
The Muppet's Christmas Carol is best Christmas movie.

Here's a topic: Name a time in which one member of the party was talked into doing something they would otherwise disagree with and found themselves enjoying? Both OOC and IC are fine.
Venellian 22nd Jan 2015, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
That would be Kumiko.
I only played her in one session, but she was constantly nearly in danger of something that she wouldn't have wanted, like:
Sneaking around in a baddie's lair (just a simple house), I roll a Nat 1 on Move Silent, so she's found, then I use her awesome (+6) bluff: "I'm the entertainment"... 25.
Earlier, sneaking in the downstairs pawn shop to try to get upstairs, she's caught via a Nat 1 on MS, and a bluff 21+ convinces the owner that she's "just looking around".
A bit later? She was behind the counter and in hiding before it fell and she wound up, via a third natural 1 in move silently, in front of a cult, and all of them found her. "Hey... I'm the new recruit." Bluff? Another around 26. They actually tried to get the pacifist (vows of nonviolence and peace) to join them while they were 'examining' some monster.

Then a battle broke out, and a simple fog spell made most of them kill each other, but Kumiko only did that in order to get free! Honest!

Or how nearly everyone in her new party (she was the only girl of the 7, and half were NPCs), wanted to sleep with her (the party wound up being named the "Hautboys", but that was through random word selection with Shakespeare). That girl couldn't hit, but she had a hypnotism spell and she really got use out of it.
Disloyal Subject 22nd Jan 2015, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
...a Muppet movie I haven't seen? I am shamed!
you know that guy 22nd Jan 2015, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Eh, the first one is the best.
Raxon 22nd Jan 2015, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
It's very good.
Mykin 22nd Jan 2015, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
I am a timid introvert with the idea of taking charge or leading in any situation being enough to give me a panic attack. Then I was talked into becoming a Rogue Trader back when my Tuesday group ran it.

You can see the rest of that near the bottom of the page here (I wrote it while under the affects of some Mountain Dew Livewire so forgive me if it doesn't make too much sense. I've yet to go back and edit the thing).

Strangely, playing as the incompetent leader and the face of the group was so much fun that, when we swapped over to Star Wars, I immediately went and made a character as close to that role as I could manage. And the universe was never the same after that.
Kaze Koichi 22nd Jan 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
The best Christmas Carol is Dr. Who's Christmas Carol. No one is going to convince me otherwise.
Toric 23rd Jan 2015, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
Maybe not the best, but Mr. Magoo is my childhood.
AJBulldis 22nd Jan 2015, 5:51 AM edit delete reply
On the contrary, I think tabletop gaming has only ever made me grow to hate things I used to enjoy or was ambivalent about.
Digo 23rd Jan 2015, 5:30 AM edit delete reply
Ouch! D:

Maybe it was the company you were with?
GreyDuck 22nd Jan 2015, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
"You seem a little absentminded, spirit."

"No, I'm a LARGE absentminded spirit! Oh ho ho ho!"

Best Christmas Carol adaptation is best.
Disloyal Subject 22nd Jan 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
Well, aside from Grand Line 3.5 motivating me to make a Crunchyroll account so I can start working my way through One Piece...
Every time someone in my first Dark Heresy game used a Talent to make multiple melee attacks in one round, they'd tag the roll in chat with a repeating battlecry from JoJo's Bizzare Adventure; typically "ORAORAORAORAORA!!" or "MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA!!" In either case, it's stuff I was peripherally aware of, but had yet to see for myself.
And then there's the time we started talking about retro video games. Being by far the youngest player left, I suspect I may have made some of them feel old.
Masterweaver 22nd Jan 2015, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
It's not exactly "Role Play", but when I wrote Steel Soul somebody made a comment along the lines of "Sparkle Twilight, does this unit have a soul?" I didn't get the reference, so I asked after it, and now I know a lot of Mass Effect lore.
Crazy Tom 22nd Jan 2015, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
I was the same way. I didn't understand why all my friends kept talking about this 'mass effect' game, and then the two sequels came out and it got really big and I always felt left behind when they talked about it. Then one day, a friend of mine said he was going to do a mass effect game and wanted me to play in it (we're besties, it would be a crime to not play in his game) so I borrowed his copy of mass effect 1, not expecting anything too great... Four days later, I went out and bought a copy of mass effect trilogy. :p
Jennifer 22nd Jan 2015, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
I discovered the All Guardsmen Party through the comments here... I've found a lot of stuff following links on TVTropes... Oh, and I discovered MLP by reading this webcomic. Does that count?

While directly playing, Warhammer 40K, perhaps, as it was referenced by other players in the first tabletop rpg I ever played, which happened to be Cyberpunk.
Disloyal Subject 24th Jan 2015, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Glad someone else got a kick out of the AGP!
Yeah, Warhammer's surprisingly omnipresent in game stores... Seems to form a holy trinity with D&D and Magic. As a fan of all, I'm okay with that.
Mykin 22nd Jan 2015, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
We both need to watch that again, Spud.

Anyway, I get a lot of references at the game store every Wednesday night. I've learned a lot more about Warhammer 40k and Star Wars lore than I ever thought existed and that lead me to at least start looking up the warhammer 40k stuff for when I was Rogue Trader. And let's not mention Monty Python and the Holy Grail since that seems to be a given with any DnD group.

Of course, I would be negligent if I didn't mention that one time when we all burst into song during our DnD session. Nor should I forget that Spud's own Fallout is Dragons thing got me to read Fallout: Equestria, which may or may not eventually get me into reading fanfics. I still haven't gotten around to doing anything on my bucket list yet.
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2015, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
Diggy diggy Hole!
*Proceeds to dig ALL the holes*
Disloyal Subject 24th Jan 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
And of course The Princess Bride is right up there with Holy Grail for "it's going to be referenced, just roll with it" in most every group.
(Brothers of the mine rejoice! Raise your pick and raise tour voice!)
redwings1340 22nd Jan 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
I've discovered Madoka Magica and Homestuck through conversation in D+D groups. Those are both pretty fantastic.
Disloyal Subject 24th Jan 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Recently finished Madoka myself, though like Jennifer I have TVTropes to blame/thank for that. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it; ANYONE.
Solitary Performance 22nd Jan 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
As I understand it from my dad, who has probably almost every single Christmas Carol that has been released on video, the Muppet one is in the top ones for closest to Dickens' own work... plus, it is funny and good to watch alone, or with others.
Malik 22nd Jan 2015, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Well, not myself specifically, but there have been a fair few occasions where the unspoken universal law of making at least one Monty Python reference per session revealed to us the existence of players who had NOT SEEN any Monty Python. XD

Same goes equally for consistent references to "The Gamers".

These are shortly remedied.
Digo 23rd Jan 2015, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Exactly what happened to me! :D I am glad to have been exposed to Monty Python. Hilarious stuff.
Desparil 22nd Jan 2015, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
I know Story Time isn't technically a competition, but I'm pretty sure I win. Y'see, one night I forgot to bring my minis and tokens, but luckily one of my players had something that'd work in his car. He went out, and came back with these small, colorful horses...
Toric 23rd Jan 2015, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
Please, you ain't seen nothin' until you're battling huge water elementals and your DM has no minis, so he pulls out great big water bottles.

Later this same session, he used soda drinks for fire elementals. Strangely, the bottles all fit the required space perfectly.
steeeve 22nd Jan 2015, 10:01 AM edit delete reply

Light the Lamp, Not the Rat!
Specter 22nd Jan 2015, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
Tabletop, references...

*shrugs* I got nothing, all I do for those is a constant low rolling of skill checks (I'm rather incompetent both in-game and out).

But even then, some of the things I mess up are fun (sometimes), kind of like falling flat on my face from running, then getting back up and running in a quick liquid like motion to make it seem like I intended to do that (to the amusement of anyone watching).

But then again, if that's not would be seen from another, then "meh", they have their own perspective, I have mine.

... I know I have seen this animation from a movie somewhere, but I don't know where! (Cue a nat. 1 in knowledge history)
Siccarus 22nd Jan 2015, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
It all started when the DM mentioned that the Terrasque has appeared in the world and the guy who hired us was going out of retirement to fight it. this Prompted me to search the Beast on googl and the first result I got was this page:
Cue my decent into the dark recesses of /tg/
Disloyal Subject 24th Jan 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
I believe it was Oinkbane that led me to /tg/. Him or Grendel. Either way, if you think /tg/ has dark recesses... Then for the love of sanity, stay off of /mlp/. /tg/'s diverse interests make it a gateway for whatever other board catches your fancy, and it's a slippery slope into a timesink.
Raxon 22nd Jan 2015, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
There was this one time I got talked into playing some tabletop about celebrities. We all played rock stars. I had fun, but I really wouldn't be interested in another game of it.
Blueblade 22nd Jan 2015, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
I for once have a Story that slightly fits the description of Story Time Hooray! So basically Earlier on in our current campaign we were in came across this gauge hall with giant statues in it that shoot magic laser arrows but whenever the DM rolled for them shooting at anything he would get a bad roll and they would miss until eventually they missed ANOTHER shot and the DM says that the statues turn out to be wearing storm trooper helmets.
Eyepoppee 23rd Jan 2015, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
For a split second I thought it was the GM who wanted to watch the Muppet Christmas Carol afterwards. Then my brain registered the pinkness of the speech bubble. I'll just assume it's meant to be yellow until the president of the United States corrects my assumption in person to the tune of Amazing Grace.
Abel DuStable 23rd Jan 2015, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
While not the greatest Christmas movie of all time, Muppet Christmas Carol has some of the best renditions of the three ghosts ever.

As for the tabletop gaming thing, my GM is a playtester for one of the companies out there so we get to see some of the new stuff in advance, (although Non-disclosure agreements keep me from telling you details) It's cool to know that some of my observations may have helped tweak a few sourcebooks.

Anonymous 24th Jan 2015, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
Guest 20th Sep 2016, 11:27 PM Comment edit delete reply
Aww, you've made me very, very sad-nostalgic for my Days of Halloween Past with this whole arc and this comic page in particular. When I was little, my whole family got together and built an awesome Haunted House for Halloween. We had a long entryway between the garage and storage room leading up to the front door. We'd install tarps over the top, build in an entrance point, hook up speakers and play scary music, and set up all sorts of scary things – ghosts that chased trick-or-treaters down the entryway, skeletons that dropped rubber axes or leapt out of coffins, bats and spiders that dropped onto people's heads; all hooked up by wires through the storage room and garage doorways. We would reach through windows with skeleton-hand gloves and grab shoulders, I once dressed up as Darth Vader and everyone would assume I was a manakin hooked up to make the breathing-sounds -- that is, until after they got their candy and I started walking towards them! Oh, they'd scream so loud! It wasn't unusual to have more than a hundred a night, and I think we hit two hundred once.

But the amount of physical effort involved eventually became to much for my grandfather, who was getting up there, and my uncle, who was developing health issues, and the rest of us couldn't handle it without them. We had to shut it down, eventually sold like 90% of our stuff. Now, we maybe get 10 trick-or-treaters a year, just kids on the street. -sigh-

But yes, people love to be scared. We had plenty of teenagers who would otherwise be to "old" for trick-or-treating. We had people who came as children bring THEIR children.
BOOM! Fanfic-a-latta! 7th Mar 2019, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
I LOVE the Muppets Christmas Carol!
"I am here to tell the story."
"And I am here for the food."