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Beyond Rainbowdome
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Newbiespud 28th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Story Time today flows pretty naturally from this page: A contest between players that doesn't involve violence. Well, maybe not ALL violence, anyway...

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



ANW 28th Apr 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
I started reading the Star Wars version.
I just couldn't get myself into it.
One thing I found interesting, was on the first few pages.
So why not bring it here.

In a world without MLP....
ANW 28th Apr 2015, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Also, first again? 2 times in a row?
You guys are getting slow.
Digo 28th Apr 2015, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I'm helping the accounting office find missing tax files for the IRS. So either help me sift through 10 years of paperwork or back off. :3
FanOfMostEverything 28th Apr 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Factory is a serious documentary about light refraction.
• M. A. Larson is known (barely) for writing episodes of subpar cartoons, but gains widespread fame after his appearance in the first Littlest Pet Shop movie.
• Tara Strong is known primarily for Teen Titans and The Fairly OddParents.
• Nerdy guys make YouTube videos using footage from Dan Vs. instead of PMVs.
• Without the success of Friendship is Magic to spark interest in old toy franchises in the early 2010s, Care Bears was never revived with a new TV series and remains a relic of the 80s.
• "The Incredibly Sweet Alpacas" was never made. Fiscal inequality fans never has it so good.
• The major toy franchise that pervades Western subculture is still Transformers, despite later iterations rarely being much good. It was remade recently as a new, updated television series with a bigger budget, high-tech computerised special effects, and edgy writing. And it sucked.
• Over the past several years, all the greatest Hollywood blockbusters were largely unchanged.
• Newbiespud exists and is making a screencap comic based on Steven Universe.
RandomRex6 28th Apr 2015, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
I would still read that comic.

Actually, Steven Universe would make a good campaign comic. Experienced players welcome the new guy, teach him how to play...

Someone write this. I'd do it myself, but I'm doing a Naruto.campaign comic.
ANW 28th Apr 2015, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
A Naruto DnD.
Do you have a link, or you haven't done enough let?
RandomRex6 28th Apr 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply

Tell your friends.
Disloyal Subject 28th Apr 2015, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Tara's also pretty well known for Powderpuff Girls. That's what I knew her from; I just about exploded in nerd-child glee when I discovered that she'd voiced Raven as well.
Guest 28th Apr 2015, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
Of course now in fifty strips you'll have to do one in a world without Steven Universe.
Specter 28th Apr 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
(In a world without MLP? This isn't going to end well.)

-My depression would have lasted a LOT longer.
-Gotten through high school by the skin of my teeth (if at all).
-Decided to not go to college.
-Would have had about 4 fewer friends.
-Would not be a pacifist.
Digo 28th Apr 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
Definitely few friends, less muse to take on commission and therefore less income to pay bills, and probably wouldn't be gaming at all.
Mykin 28th Apr 2015, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
Well, if there was no MLP, I wouldn't be attempting a trip up to Washington to go to a convention for MLP (still waiting on your reply to my PM, EvilBob). It also reignited my interest in drawing again, so there's that as well.

Plus, no MLP means no FiD which would means I would have never met all of you guys, never got back into DnD, and never would have gotten the motivation to overcome some of the barriers that have held me back personally.
Digo 28th Apr 2015, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
It's amazing how one well-written and entertaining show can really make one's life better.
Evilbob 29th Apr 2015, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
You PM'd me?
*checks PM*
Whattttt? What is all these messages???

In a world without MLP? I'd probably be much, much wealthier :P
j-eagle12212012 28th Apr 2015, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
In a world without MLP...

Tumblr would have become irrelevent by 2011
Lauren Faust would be know as that chick who made the power puff girls
No epic fanfics
No fan projects
the internet would be a lot worse (no love and tollerance)
No OC's (although that might not be a bad thing ^_^ jkjk )

Man I'm glad we live in a world with MLP
Ponikon 29th Apr 2015, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
No OCs is definitely a good thing - especially since I've seen the less mentionable parts of the fandom, and they can be disgusting.

And this love-and-tolerance crud is just another hugbox symptom, we can do with less of those.

Also, it means no quality deterioration post-S2!
The MunchKING 29th Apr 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
There would be plenty of OCs, they would just all be *shudders* Sonic the Hedgehog based.
Zuche 28th Apr 2015, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Good one, ANW.

Props to FanOfMostEverything for answering in the Darths and Droids April Fool's style.

No further comment.
Faen the monk 28th Apr 2015, 6:10 AM Chess distraction edit delete reply
During a campaign, the party, who was primarily chaotic and/or evil, were planning on using a bomb to anger/kill one of the many kings of the setting. The only problem is the party Monk (LG) and the party Knight (LG) would not be ok with this plan. To settle this, the Bard gave them a simple competition: "Which one of you is the smartest Party member? There is only one way to decide: competitive chess" With the Bard's help, the Monk and Knight set up five chess tables and had to play each game at once.
This kept them distracted long enough for the rest of the party to Trigger the fight with the king. After the bomb went off, the King went more than a little crazy and started blowing up is kingdom, almost taking the rest of the party with him. When the King destroyed the tavern the Monk and Knight were in, they decided that their chess game had simply turned 3D: they still had to take the King.
Raxon 28th Apr 2015, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Nonviolent competition? I got yer nonviolent competition right here! So this wizard was getting too big for his britches. I, as a gnome illusionist, decidied to take him down a peg.

We had a competition of spells. I made the illusions, and matched him, spell for spell. Finally, I did the finisher. I "summoned Thor." He was unable to summon a god, so I won the competition.

Illusionists are awesome. Try one sometime.
Toric 28th Apr 2015, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Arm-wrestling happens surprisingly often. It's funny though when a scrawny half-elf rogue rolls high and slams a four-armed dwarf barbarian into a crater in the earth, however.
Digo 28th Apr 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
I once made the mistake of sending a small army of kobolds against the party while they were unarmed. They had a friendly competition--

Who can beat down the most kobolds using a kobold as an improvised club.

Everyone was in the double digits by the time that encounter finished. The cleric won, after figuring out how to dual-wield kobolds.
ANW 28th Apr 2015, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Wow, I know kobolds can be dumb, but not that dumb.
I also can't get the image of the cleric spinning like a top.
Cshoes 28th Apr 2015, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Digo 28th Apr 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
I was definitely off my game that night. :D I can't stop thinking of the spinning top cleric either. D'ooh! Well, it is kind of amusing.
Sheepking 28th Apr 2015, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
I don't think spinning top cleric would work without Whirlwind Attack.
Digo 28th Apr 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Normally not, but when things got silly on the level of using kobolds as improvised weapons, I think it doesn't matter. XD
Truthkeeper 28th Apr 2015, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
I am suddenly somehow reminded of the debate over how many level 1 commoner children it would take to kill a kitted-out well built level 20 fighter. That debate led to the creation of the plane of infinite violent children, and bizarre math equations to figure out how many dead kids it would take to suffocate the fighter.
Toric 28th Apr 2015, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
The maximum answer of how many the fighter could kill is 32+(Dex modifier+1)X2.

This assumes a)that the fighter is using a reach weapon
b)that they are using Great Cleave or Whirlwind attack every round
c)the fighter has combat reflexes
d)the fighter never misses and kills with one shot
e)the fighter is surrounded on all sides by infinite children
f)the fighter wins in initiative

Round one: The fighter either great cleaves or whirlwinds every kid 2 squares away with his reach weapon. His weapon can't be used against adjacent enemies, so all the adjacent children are fine. The children pile on, and the fighter kills as many as he as AOs for. The children collectively grapple the fighter, aiding another until the CMB/Grapple is high enough. Fighter is grappled.

Round 2:Fighter repeats attack at penalty for using one-hand and being grappled. Again, kills more that aren't adjacent. Otherwise, breaks grapple only to be grappled again until cycle breaks. Kids advance, dying to AOs, and advance grapple to Pin, rendering helpless.

Round 3: Fighter struggles, but collective grapple/pin too strong. Initiate coup de graces from kids until Fighter loses all hp or critically fails Fort save.
Evil Paladin 2nd May 2015, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
Your comment will likely remain one of the best comments of this website until the day Newbiespud stops paying for it when he feels the need to move on or dies from violence, accident, disease, critical fail, or age.

Sorry for being a bummer guys.

*farting noise*
Evil Paladin 2nd May 2015, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
I am reminded of those "How many five year olds can you take on" quizes. Lots of fun.

According to this one:
I can take on 52.
Evil Paladin 2nd May 2015, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
I am reminded of those "How many five year olds can you take on" quizes. Lots of fun.

According to this one:
I can take on 52.
Evil Paladin 2nd May 2015, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
My posts are directed towards Truthkeeper btw.
Kinda expected them to have a connector to his.
ANW 28th Apr 2015, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
I didn't think about this at first, but to dual wield kobolds.
Are you sure it was a cleric, or a barberian.
Digo 28th Apr 2015, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Positive cause it was my wife playing the cleric and she had designed her character to be a crazy melee goddess. Her secret was a few good spell buffs like Divine Power and Righteous Might. and she did have at least the basic Two-weapon feat that I can remember.
Disloyal Subject 28th Apr 2015, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
In 3.x, a cleric built for it can out-Barbarian even the most munchkin'd Barbarian at their own game in combat.
Arcict Gray 28th Apr 2015, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
Bit off the story-time but that last line reminds me of how much Darths and Droids inverts Starwars' "I have a bad feeling about this" into (usually) "I have a good feeling about this" which IIRC, is usually about when the crap hits the fan.
Specter 28th Apr 2015, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
I remember a while ago I posted a story about something like this, where it was two PC groups trying to earn the most renown (and to a degree, wealth), but for the life of me, I can't remember where I posted it (I spent an hour trying, all I found was nostalgia).

I remember we did a kingmaker campaign once (or a variant of it), and most of the party wanted to be the king. Those of us who wanted different jobs, were of course, no less involved. We, the union of not wanting to be a lord, were tasked with making a competition for our party members to complete, and the one who accomplishes all of them was to be crowned (we had a plan for ties).

We also went ahead and worked with the GM and came up with the list of accomplishments they had to complete:

-To be of noble blood, you need to accomplish feats that aid the kingdom. Go forth and bring this kingdom prosperity, you have one week.

-A good ruler is a humble ruler, and humble rulers bring the greatest of heroes. Bring this kingdom a person of renown.

-In a time of war, a ruler must decide if they want to win in efficiency, or fight on the field of honor. Bring forth proof you can accomplish one of these two stratagems.

-(my favorite) To be a big kingdom, we need a big mascot. Bring us a giant animal, and it must be alive.

The druid's challenge, was by far, the hardest for the competing players to accomplish, and the fact the GM allowed it because it made some sense (and was hilarious) was great. It's just sad that they wanted that position so bad, that they were willing to go to even the most extreme lengths of sabotage to do it
Disloyal Subject 28th Apr 2015, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
The party rolled into town just in time for the local harvest festival, and there were games galore. Most of us tried a rigged beanbag toss, but only the dwarf won anything - of his 5 tosses, he rolled 2 20s and a 19, scoring enough points to win a pimp-hat. The rest of us were bummed, particularly when my high rolls couldn't cut it without a second Nat20.
Before we tried the others, though, the dwarf (our dubiously competent wizard) and my half-orc (our cheerfully mercenary ranger) were challenged to a drinking contest by a bunch of townies.
Those poor fools. I had 16 in every physical stat, and the dwarf had 19 Constitution on top of his 18 Dexterity - he was more of a meatshield than a wizard. We started drinking, easily passing our Con checks as the first few townies dropped off their stools or slumped onto the table. Eventually there was just one left, plainly drunk while we were barely past tipsy. He lasted a few rounds more, before getting a Nat1 made him pass out and suddenly slam his face through his tankard and into the bar, sending splinters of the tankard everywhere. The elf druid started tending his wounds while we kept drinking... My half-orc was determined to prove his mettle by performing that most legendary of feats: outdrinking a dwarf. Devils? Dragons? Chumps all; dwarves are a worthy challenge.
Some lucky (for me) rolls let me easily keep up as our wizard's seat on his stool got a little wobbly, but just as my confidence surged, my ranger hiccuped oddly and slid gracefully out of his stool, curling around it like a cat without spilling a drop from his tankard as he clutched it in a death grip. (Low roll, I believe a 4, to not pass out, followed by a Nat20 when I asked for a chance to not fall over.)
Regrettably, Dwarven physiology had won, though at least he stumbled quite a bit for the next hour or two. At least Half-Orc endurance was displayed further in the total lack of damage when they dragged me around town by my ankles, head bouncing on every rock and bump, after something like half a dozen attempts to wake me (nudging, talking, dumping water on, kicking...) failed. Eventually we were hired, and they found something they hadn't tried yet: the undead fish they keep as a pet. That time I made my save, but if you ever drop a rank fish on someone's face to wake them up, you probably deserve a few points of damage as they flail in panic.
Xelmon 28th Apr 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
During one of our adventures the Dwarf Cleric and Human Bard got into a sub-dual bar-fight. The Dwarf mopped the floor with the Bard.

Ofc I threw a good few coins towards the bartender, apologizing for the minor damage the guys have done. Ya know, swinging chairs, etc.
Guest 29th Apr 2015, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
Oooh, one time, after our group leveled up, our Pony Handler suggested we go to a field to test out our new abilities. My character, focused on conjuring and illusions who had a cutie mark in stealth, decided to play a little game with the other members of the party present. She conjured one bunny, and then created a whole illusory bunnies that acted just like real bunnies, and challenged them to find the real one without touching. The catch was, she also had an ability that allowed her to hide small items on her person, and rolled high enough on her stealth checks to hide away the real bunny while creating the illusions. Eventually, one of the other players figured it out, but it was fun.
Blueblade 29th Apr 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Players in a contest without violence? IMPOSSIBLE!