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The Caboose
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Newbiespud 2nd Jul 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
I think I can write off June as the worst month I've had in a while at this point. Let's hope July's at least a little better, heat notwithstanding.

Story Time! Tell a story about a time when trying to intervene backfired and had the opposite effect. Yes, I know how broad that is.

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ANW 2nd Jul 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Betting time
How far up co you Twilight will be at the end of this race?
Me:fifth place. 4 bits worth
ANW 2nd Jul 2015, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Wow this late and still first.
Nope still don't feel it.
Digo 2nd Jul 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
Eh, I never feel it for those that call 'first', so it's not just you. The only prize to be had is disdain.

So, what place Twi ends up at the end of the race? I'm still going with 1st place and grabbing the ticket. It's like those moments where the party is trying to break down a door and the strongest PCs can't seem to roll high enough, and then the wizard with a Strength 8 rolls a 20.

I've seen it happen a few times and it never stops being funny. :D
Toric 2nd Jul 2015, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Likewise. I'm betting she uses her stamina points at an opportune moment.
Sheepking 2nd Jul 2015, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
"Lift with the legs, Rogar, not the back."
Anoraks 2nd Jul 2015, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
Yes! All of the wins!
DeltaPangaea 2nd Jul 2015, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
And then you learn that Pathfinder added a thing that lets wizards use their Intelligence in place of Strength for breaking down doors and he breaks down doors better than anyone else.
The MunchKING 2nd Jul 2015, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
First place. So he can use the screenshot of Twilight with her shiny metal.

I'll match your 4 bits with 4 GP.
Boris Carlot 2nd Jul 2015, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
I'm betting she stays last; things happening the way we expect things to happen is tricky to make funny.
Specter 2nd Jul 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
Pretty sure Twilight will get either first (and win the ticket), or not first and the group will try to "recruite" the winner to help them for... whatever they were going to do.

... Or by sheer luck, Applejack and Rainbow will tie for first (I really doubt it though).
Raxon 2nd Jul 2015, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
"Of course the princess is still a virgin, your majesty! Our bard was with her all night!"
Disloyal Subject 2nd Jul 2015, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
A good bard should be creative anyway.
Digo 2nd Jul 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
I was once in a group that actually had that kind of bard.
Disloyal Subject 2nd Jul 2015, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
16 bits on first place.
Dragonflight 3rd Jul 2015, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
The bit about the virgin princess bride reminds me of a game we were in ages ago, with something like that. The merchant families represented roughly two thirds of the wealth in the kingdom between them. A failed marriage would be financially disastrous to everyone.

Then the PC's discover the girl has a boyfriend, and they were a little... indiscreet... the night before. And she was doing it intentionally to show her disdain for everyone involved. (She was a bit stuck up...)

The PC's thought hard about it for a bit, and had the bard suggest the boyfriend give the girl a token ring to cement their event, and look! They even had a ring for him to use.

The ring of regeneration had its usual effect, and the bride was (much to her own surprise,) indeed a virgin on her wedding night.

It sort of ended well. We got well paid, had a wedding feast... and got these thugs chasing us halfway out of the valley, paid for by the outraged bride. :)
Digo 2nd Jul 2015, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
My worst month ever was March, 2011. The era in my life were I was the closest to ever becoming homeless.

So, Interventions that Backfire:

The corrupt sheriff of the town had a hobby of torturing folks before killing them. She found that there was a significant amount of money missing from the town ledger and asked her secretary to figure it out. Two of the PCs tried to help but could only surmise that either 10,000 bits simply vanished or that only half the amount of food was purchased for the same amount because of winter.

The sheriff decided to torture her secretary to know where the money went to, and use her mind-control power to make the two PCs leave. One PC failed their save and ran back to the inn crying at the rest of the party. The other PC succeeded their save and tried to fight the sheriff.

When the mind-controlled PC came to us crying and blabbering how "she was not worthy of the sheriff's presence", we all got a bit worried and decided to go rush to the sheriff's office (armed of course). We all interrupt the sheriff's torture session and the sheriff responds by throwing a mass mind-control on the party.

Everyone by my character failed their save. (o.O);
Mykin 2nd Jul 2015, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
I've nearly been homeless twice (both times were situations completely out of my control, though I gained a strong respect for money because of it...along with the understanding that some people are idiots), so I know the feeling. Still not the worst event I've ever lived through, though. But that moment is a bit too personal for me to bring up in a place like this.

So, did your character manage to get out of that situation alive?
Digo 2nd Jul 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
My situation was basically getting laid off the day I was closing on a house. So not only did I not get the house, but I had already signed my intent to vacate the apartment I was in and you need a job to rent...

But! The situation? Yeah, my character managed to get a lucky shot on the sheriff's shoulder. This broke her concentration on the spell and then everyone was able to injure themselves in order to break out of the mind control. I managed to tackle one of the party members that still couldn't break control and keep her pinned until the sheriff was taken down and the mind effect ended. Phew!
Mykin 3rd Jul 2015, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
First time Dad was let go and the company that was going under didn't have the money to pay him his last paycheck until 5 months afterwards. Crippling debt and overdue bills made it all a little nightmarish but we barely dodged the bullet that time. Second time, we had closed our new house in Washington, got our stuff placed in a storage bin, and had just sold our old home when the couple we were buying from decided to hold off on transferring the title to us. Because they happen to have decided to pick that time to go through a divorce and neither wanted the other to get the money for our purchase. We ended up camping in our old home because the people we had sold it to were coming from the East Coast and weren't going to actually move for a couple of months. Eventually we had to stay at my grandparent's house before the matter was settled.

Anyway, enough of that. Time to talk about rpgs. And owww, you guys had to inflict pain on yourselves? That bites. Reminds me a little of the Ur-Uqans from Star Control 2. Those guys had to invent a device that put them in a constant state of pain in order to defeat their mind-controlling slavers. I'm glad you guys managed to get out of that situation in one piece. Would have been a shame if your character ended up dying by the hands of your party members.
Jennifer 2nd Jul 2015, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Finally, I have my own stories from the table! 'Cos my XD20 DnD campaign at work got off to a great start yesterday -- one mentor, five teens, one in-over-her-head librarian.

So basically I have an ironic sense of humor, and when they rolled ones I was doing all sorts of things -- like when the warrior (by rolling a one) injured himself trying to climb out of a creek into which he had fallen. The priestess tried to heal his arm, also rolled a one -- and broke his wrist by mistake. In the meantime the elemental mage was trying to dig a hole, and accidentally buried herself and a companion up to their necks.
Toric 2nd Jul 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
I kinda think Rainbow is wrong here and that AJ DOES get to take the high ground. Turnabout is fair play, and you should never take actions you aren't prepared to face from others.
Akri 2nd Jul 2015, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
In a Dark Heresy campaign our tech-priest once tried to stop a fight between our party and a big group of bandits. He used his mimic ability to perfectly replicate the battlecry of a Khorne Bloodletter (aka a war demon). The idea was that the bandits would hear it, be terrified, and flee in terror.

What WASN'T expected was that several real Bloodletters would hear the cry and come to investigate. So instead of fighting bandits, we had to fight bandits AND demons.

Several bandits did pass out from fear, though, so that part of the plan technically succeeded.
ThatGuest 2nd Jul 2015, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Two from the same session of our Hunter game. I'll spare the backstory and keep it simple.

1. Never try to talk down an insane cult leader who has a high powered rifle from 300 yards away. Unless you have some really good body armor.
2. Don't try to tackle a mad doctor holding a syringe full of cyanide.

I was slamming my head on the table really hard during that session.
ThatGuest 2nd Jul 2015, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
To clarify, those were both intended to lessen the fatalities of the mission. Both resulted in their respective players getting added to the body count, dead hostages, and both bad guys ended up getting gunned down shortly after each anyways.
Someone 2nd Jul 2015, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
But she still has all the stamina points, amirite? And since getting to first place from last for AJ and RD used up all but one of their remaining stamina points, which they probably used quite a lot, that means she can still win.
DallyDaydream 2nd Jul 2015, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Not to mention we don't know who the non-participants are giving their support rolls to. ^_^
Albedoequals1 2nd Jul 2015, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
I think we do know; players love to mess with expectations.

(Flotsam is best pony)
Specter 2nd Jul 2015, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Intervene = opposite effect... there was a time a group I was with tried to get Discord to give them limitless power.

It pretty much started with an attempt to get into the Discord ruled world and make everyone's will saves so that we would be sane enough to help Discord fight off Twilight and co. when it got to that.

It got relativily interesting actually, because the battle actually was, a battle. No over-powered artifacts, no high powered magic, not even a single skirmish that had more then 1v1. Discord didn't get involved either, cause he thought it was absolutely histaricle that there were ponies fighting eachother into submission.

We did eventually win (sadely) after about two hours of dice rolling. Our group leader thought it was the right time to walk right up to (the still laughing) Discord and demand that the group be given a gift of great power for saving his hide.

Discord then asked for all members of the group to indicate who our leader was talking about, which was everyone except myself and one other who was too busy draging Twilight and co. off to, I think the library(?). The rest of the group was given their "wish" when Discord had turned all of them into... himself. Also, on top of them being turned into Disord, they acted like him as well, so the effectively lost control of their characters, and had to roll up some new ones for the new Discord world, where the next campaign was going to start.
daftdeafdave 2nd Jul 2015, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Specter 2nd Jul 2015, 5:56 PM edit delete reply

... thank you.
Winged Cat 2nd Jul 2015, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
So now we can talk about Party Pooped? Three things:

They wove Pinkie's travel speed into the plot, not just incidental.

According to the "official" map, Dodge Junction is southeast of Ponyville, the opposite direction rail-network-wise from the Crystal Empire. Pinkie is Pinkie, but why would the yaks go that way when going back home?

Was the final party in Ponyville, in Dodge Junction, or did Pinkie set up a party spanning both towns?
j-eagle12212012 2nd Jul 2015, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Hey that was just for episode 100... I wrote my review on Tuesday -_- (oh well no hard feelings)

for spoiler free go to the last page

I loved the callbacks in this episode: Twilight freaking out and using her breathing exercise from season 3 "games ponies play" , Cherry Jubilee returns, and The wonderbolts saving ponies in danger

I like that the princesses are getting lots of love over the last few episodes

The Yaks as charecters overall were ok I just wish they had a little more personality
Digo 2nd Jul 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
This review of yaks not perfect! YAKS SMASH!
Clonchrooper 2nd Jul 2015, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Anyone else notice that Twilight has the number "42"? Clearly she wins, what else can she do as the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?
DallyDaydream 2nd Jul 2015, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
Yes, I suspect there was no small amount of geeking out from Douglas Adams fans when that episode first aired. I was certainly pleased with that little touch. :D
Disloyal Subject 2nd Jul 2015, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Her cutie mark also has a total of 42 points across all its stars (at least until she Ascends and gets an extra orbital, which I assume represents her friendship with Sunset), and the first episode she appeared in - the show's pilot episode -
motofrodo922 2nd Jul 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
So, this is a story about an Orc Binder named Naugrim. Naugrim was new to 3.5 and this was his first character and campaign. The rest of us were seasoned players consisting of a warlock (me), a Wu Jen, and a Paladin. Binder is a base class from Tome of Magic.
So of course, Naugrim was a pretty silly character, as most first characters are, but he did have a serious side as the game was intended to be an exercise in serious RP.

We had done a couple quests at this point and were pretty comfortable with our characters and the rest of the party. And this new session involved a small dungeon crawl. Recently, Naugrim had cross-classed into Binder and was trying to keep his binding attempts secret from the rest of the party, as hard as that was.

We were in the dungeon for the night when Naugrim decided to come clean about his binding. When he summoned the vestige, the paladin questioned his morality, I was just scared out my wits and the Wu Jen turned purple. You see, the Wu Jen was playing a Japanese-esque Kitsune who had been trapped in a mortal body as a result of some mishap and was really pissed that Naugrim could bind a spirit to his soul because it looked like slavery to him. So he starts trying to kill Naugrim. Naugrim flees and the Paladin chases him while I wrestle the Wu Jen to the floor. Naugrim and the Paladin run into local orcs and are trying to talk their way out of a fight. I rolled to have an insight moment and decided to go help them (my attempt at intervention of what seemed a really bad situation). The Wu Jen accompanied me. When we came into view of Naugrim and the Paladin talking with the orcs, the Wu Jen fired at Naugrim. I, of course, immediately turned and pushed the Wu Jen back into the hallway we had just come from.

This began what we all affectionately named the “Wizard Wrestling Entertainment" as the two of us wrestled for control of the grapple. I had control of the grapple and meanwhile the Paladin was fighting the orcs who taken the Wu Jen's attempt on Naugrim's life as a slight.
The Paladin and I had known each other beforehand in game and I really wanted to help him. So I scolded the Wu Jen and let him go to help the Paladin. Of course, the Wu Jen's holy mission was to release the spirit from Naugrim's soul though his death and continued his attack, finally killing Naugrim. The party had to band together to fight the rest of the orcs who were enraged over Naugrim's death.
In the aftermath, the Paladin retired, considering himself fallen for letting a party member die and Naugrim rerolled not-an-orc-this-time and I learned that just because you want to help a friend, doesn't mean anyone is going to meta-game for you.
Sidolbert 3rd Jul 2015, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
The game was Vampire : Dark Ages. We were two young vampires going to the mansion of the local ruler of the night, a french lord, to introduce ourselves.
We entered the hall and found ourselves face to face with ten soldiers escorting a templar, and a lot more inside judging by the noise.

My character (a Malkavian, ruined prussian graf styled after baron Frankenstein) tried to defuse the situation with an outrageous lie :
Me: Do not fear, friends ! We were sent to help you purge this house of the dark creatures ! (amazing social roll)
Templar(GM): That's excellent news ! Who are you noble sirs ?
Me, emboldened : I am graf von (fakename), the great and famous vampire hunter ! and my friend here (note : Brujah, arabic swordsman, never asked what he was doing in France) is a powerful inquisitor, from the mystical Far East...
Templar, immediately : Muslims ! Attack ! Kill them both !
Freelance 3rd Jul 2015, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
No kidding on broadness; you didn't even say if it was us or an NPC bungling it.

This goes way back. As in even before I was player at the table for my DM's games. Two of the characters had an ongoing feud. We're talking "drop to 0 hp" type of feud when they weren't just flat out insulting each other.

Another character tried to break up the fight (whose player has something like a 16 int, but a 4 wis). One of the character shouted at him flippantly to "go cook the horse" and resumed their verbal shouting match.
About 5 minutes later, he's tugging on the DM's sleeve, repeatedly calling out his name in order to get his attention. When he finally gets it, he announces the to DM that he's cooking the horse.

Welp, the fight stopped at least. Cause one of the characters to leave and never come back again, lost some of their mode of transportation and beast of burden, and it wouldn't have surprised me that they never trusted the guy's cooking again, even though he was the party's chef.
Ishidan 3rd Jul 2015, 10:19 AM More like technically still alive edit delete reply
More like technically still alive...last.

I'm making a note here, huge success.
Guest 3rd Jul 2015, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
don't forget to assume the party escort submission pose. XD