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Newbiespud 15th Aug 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Lyntermas

Newbiespud's Note: No Fallout is Dragons or Mawlers Take Manehattan this week, which is nice because I won't have spent all last night editing before my birthday! Yay!

...No idea what I'm gonna do today, though. These past couple of years, since most of my friends don't live near me and I tend not to have much money after bills, I just assume my birthday will be a day like any other.

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ANW 15th Aug 2015, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Well, that doesn't sound foreshadowing at all.
Ever had that happen to you?
Digo 15th Aug 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
A lot of my humor is sarcasm, so there are many times I'll just spell out the forshadowing when I'm GM. I think among my favorite was an adventure in Shadowrun where the players were needing to download some data off an internal network and the team mage just yanks the harddrive out of the server. I think I said something along the lines of

"You have the drive with all the data. Now you just have to sneak out of the building. It'll be easy as long as no one watching the network saw a drive suddenly go offline and trigger several alarms."
Quin 16th Aug 2015, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
Foreshadowing. The trick that is always hardest to land AFTER playing certain rpgs.

My botch/save was an incident with guards. We were sent to "retrieve" a valuable item only for the guards to stop us.
With one dead and another tied up our group tank opened the doors only for the building to explode. The tank saw the enemy just left. The mage prepared spells for our next encounter or escape. Our team's healer checked for suvivors and I slit the gaurd's neck.

Reason for killing the hostage? Because he was the only witness and we were supposed to have robbed the place.

Turns out said guard was supposed to lead the city watch to throwing us in jail so good on me!

Sadly though he was supposed to be the guy who helped us convince the city watch to catch said criminals.

So yah... saved us from jail and cut off some allies for us to use. Still grenades tend to solve most problems with liberal thinking, fast feet, and LOTS of property damage.
Freelance 16th Aug 2015, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
*Facepalm.* Twilight, have you forgotten already? Never give your DM plot ideas to use against you! NEVER!
Digo 15th Aug 2015, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday Spud!

If I lived close, I'd offer to run a "Birthday Adventure" like I used to do with my old group. Generally it involves a silly campaign using a system like Toon to just have fun and eat cake. :3

Well, I suppose tech nowadays makes it easy to run games online. Can't find a good cake download app though...
Boris Carlot 15th Aug 2015, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death. Congrats :D
Lyntermas 15th Aug 2015, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Obligatory depressing birthday song.

But seriously, congratulations, Newbiespud. Treat yourself to something nice, and know that we all wish you to have many happy years to come.
daftdeafdave 15th Aug 2015, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
Nice song. I like this one a little better but it's close
sidhe3141 16th Aug 2015, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
And where would we be without the <a">Volga Birthday Song?</a>
XandZero2 15th Aug 2015, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Happy B-Day Spud!

I hope you have a chance to do something fun for your birthday. B-days only come around once a year after all - so you should try to enjoy 'em when you can (:
HonorableInsanity 15th Aug 2015, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday Grand-Potato-Overlord!
Raxon 15th Aug 2015, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday, Fuzzy!

I picked out a wonderful bithday song for you!
Bombom13 15th Aug 2015, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Congrats on that birthday. Hope you have at the very least a pleasant day, and can enjoy yourself.

Have fun!
Mykin 15th Aug 2015, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Well, third times the charm. Happy Birthday, Spud. Like Digo, if I lived closer then we could probably do something fun for your birthday. But I guess wishing you a happy birthday a few times over the internet will have to do. :P
j-eagle12212012 15th Aug 2015, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
Happy birthday Newbiespud. may your wit be sharp and your sword sharper
Greenhornet 15th Aug 2015, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Twilight must have been drinking Red Bull during the game, she has WINGS!
Which brings up a question: "What's your favorite game-time drink"?
For me, it's Coca-Cola, on the rocks.
Specter 15th Aug 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Mykin 16th Aug 2015, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Anonymous User 1337 15th Aug 2015, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
During my second campaign ever, the DM always brought some cans of Mt. Dew and a bag of cheese puffs. But I've found that just about any drink in a can, bottle, or glass is approved. Bonus points if its on the rocks.
Digo 15th Aug 2015, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
I've not been too picky with drinks. Whatever is available that isn't alcoholic (cause DMing while buzzed leads to weird encounters).
Someone 15th Aug 2015, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
Digo 15th Aug 2015, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
Why Digo should not drink and Dungeon Master:

The party was going through an old cathedral in search of an old relic to recover. The place happened to be a nest for some rogues and a few trained dogs. The party attempted to avoid encounters with them, but eventually the team failed enough stealth checks that a dog was alerted to their presence.

The party fought off the two rogues with only a little difficulty, but the attack dog nearly TPK'd them in three rounds, making saves versus all their spells and shrugging off damage like a boss. Was it a boss? The party had to retreat quickly, grabbing the relic on the way out and nearly leaving the team Ranger behind. I was fudging dice rolls left and right to make this dog miss, because I couldn't believe how well it was rolling. A single dog shouldn't be able to take out a party of six Level 14 adventurers.

After I sobered up, I had realized that I was using the wrong encounter notes. The party had just survived death by a the world's smallest Tarrasque.
Xelmon 15th Aug 2015, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
I have picked up many-o-12 packs as we don't drink soda. Then again, something other than water is nice too!
Disloyal Subject 15th Aug 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
For me, beer is a sacred thing to be shared with close friends. I don't like any of the people I game with in person enough to compare notes on brewing, so I favor water. Apple juice or non-spiced cider is great too, and hard lemonade or cider is good fun.
If we're playing MAID, then the spirits come out.
Masterweaver 15th Aug 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
She has wings in the last panel. It could just be a mistake by a guest artist... but that's no fun.

Digo 15th Aug 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
Theory: Twilight the character is a unicorn and her player is actually a part-time alicorn working the night shift.
Someone 15th Aug 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
It's actually a changeling with robotic wing implants, which cannot shapeshift as he/she does. This is the very same changeling who was impersonating Twilight in one of the previous guest strips, which happens in the future of this strip, and the last panel serves as a foreshadowing, regarding Twi's question.
Lyntermas 15th Aug 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Perhaps it is the point of view of the DM, contemplating what Twilight may become. Once again, he has drafted up long-reaching plans, wondering if Twilight will destroy them and send the world careening off to an unknown path...or if she will fulfill her destiny and become greater than she ever could have imagined.

...Or I just didn't notice the wings and thought the expression was perfect.
Specter 15th Aug 2015, 8:36 AM edit delete reply


Very early experimentation from Javolt-Tec?
Winged Cat 15th Aug 2015, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Or she's secretly been an alicorn all along, using magic to hide her wings.

Or perhaps Celestia's magic hides Twilight's wings even from Twilight, until Twilight is ready. ("Why do you think I took you as my personal student?")
Captain Snark 15th Aug 2015, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
The last panel is the only one of her that's in darkness. Obviously she's the legendary Alicorn of Shadow who loses her Alicorn powers (and wings) when exposed to light.
Mykin 16th Aug 2015, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
She's secretly a were-alicorn. She only transforms at a specific time at night when almost everyone else is gone. Of course, she has to keep this a secret or the government/mad scientist/crazy fan will find her. The DM is in on it too and it results in some whacky hi-jinxs that always resolves themselves at the end of the episode day.
CrowMagnon 16th Aug 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Reasonable Theory: Twilight's player thinks so far ahead that she's already got character sheets prepared for every level, and is tinkering with one of her ideas for epic-level extreme multiclassing.

Crazy Theory: Twilight's actual race is "equine succubus", and she sustains her insane magical power levels by going out every night to feast on the lusts and desires of mortals. Equestrians see the princesses as the apex of pony beauty, so she takes the form of one in order to feed.

Pinkie Theory: The wings are fake, and she just put them on because she's on her way to a costume party. She intends to go as the famous "mad" scientist pegasus/unicorn hybrid Tesla Bolt, and will win second place just behind Derpy Hooves's "Paper Bag Wizard".
zimmerwald1915 15th Aug 2015, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
Oh, Birchers, never change. Or, rather, please do.
LoganAura 15th Aug 2015, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Tatsurou 15th Aug 2015, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday, Newbiespud!
Evilbob 15th Aug 2015, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Happy Bday, Newbiespud!

Notice you used the word "most"? Maybe you can find the few friends who do live near you and celebrate with them!? Or celebrate over internetz! That works too!
LegendofMoriad 15th Aug 2015, 6:18 PM Happy B-day edit delete reply
Anniversary of Birth enjoyment be upon you.
Throw aside the cares of the world, and go do something you enjoy.
Disloyal Subject 15th Aug 2015, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Let's see... Arrogant Worms, Weird Al, and even Voltaire. Yup, we got all the birthday music.
Happy birthday, Spud. If it's a day like any other (and I've forgotten why birthdays wouldn't be) then that means you've got our good wishes with you every day.
I mean, you did already, but now it's explicit, after some technicality-wrangling. Hopefully this will still seem logical to people who aren't half-asleep.
McBehrer 16th Aug 2015, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Not quite! We forgot one!
Mykin 16th Aug 2015, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
It might be better than my family's tradition: loud off-key singing by everyone in the room. The more loud and off-key you are... well, the more loud and off-key you are. No one really cares and it's all in good fun.
Ted the saiyanwolf 15th Aug 2015, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
obvious foreshadowing is obvious
Someone 16th Aug 2015, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
Not if it turns out to not be a foreshadowing.
HappyGlass 16th Aug 2015, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
Happy birthday Spud.
Moueska 16th Aug 2015, 7:48 AM All caught up! edit delete reply
Okay, I spent last month and this month binge-listening "Fallout is Dragons", figuring out the intermittent lore (The bits of MLP/Fallout that I failed to catch on my knowledge check), and am finally caught up on "Friendship is Dragons". Maybe I'll go watch a few MLP episodes. With my niece. (Or my son. He's more of an Marvel guy, really.)

My headcannon has the Executive as some sort of boogeypony. Like a mix of Cthulhu and a pony in a Desmond Merrion suit. Black suit, white pony? I don't know. It's kind of like Dr. Claw from Inspector Gaget. You know he's evil. You know he's got a plan. You just don't have a clue what he looks like.

Anywho, Happy Birthday! I heard someone advocate recently for celebrating one's birthday all month long. You should totally do that.
Someone 16th Aug 2015, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
Well, Powder Keg knows what he looks like, so there goes that theory.
Moueska 17th Aug 2015, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
Well yeah, but now I'll have to go through all the episodes to see if I missed his Description. It's a podcast, so if there's no description... well, imagination goes to town.

But you're totes correct. He does have a memory of the Executive, and Mr. E was seen amongst the raiders at Famine's camp, so not Cthulhuesque.
Reb 16th Aug 2015, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Happy birthday! I feel like I should say something else but that's all I got. Still!
Magical_Trevor 16th Aug 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Welcome back to the Unbirthday Party! We're super duper excited to be able to invite you again! Sorry you couldn't come yesterday, but you know how it is. We promised that no Unbirthday-party persons would be allowed on the premises, and sadly, we have to enforce that, regardless of who you are... But you're back, so who cares?! A very merry Unbirthday to everypony!
Cliff Robotnik 18th Aug 2015, 3:31 AM 5AM Half-asleep Rambling incoming! edit delete reply
And so we have our first Foreshadowing(That I've caught) of the D-man.(Puns!)

Giving the D&D nature of this comic, and Discords own Nature as a supreme Trickster, and basically being a Chaos God, i can only look forward to when the DM Finally plans to play the Delancy Card.

I just hope it is not spun into some, Non-ingame Friendship stuff like the episode with Pinkie deflating was, that would be helluva disappointing...

On that note tho, i stopped and considered: Just HOW long, could you put off involving discord? This became rather interesting to me, as most episodes do not involve him at all, save the particular few, and you've already taken some awesome liberties with both Continuity and Context... so you could conceivably leave him unused untill after even King Sombrero and Queen Cheeseles!

Speaking as a DM, three villains of Escelating threat, Nightmare Moon was powerful, but was defeated Prematurely...

A Deceitful, Shape shifting Fey-creature with a straight-up army, all of which are master deceivers...

A Shadow-Elemental Lord without a Physical form one can reasonable fight, and a truly massive Sphere of influence(surrounded the entire Empire if i remember right), and blights anything it touches...

Then you got a straight up God, with a Portfolio of Chaos, Madness, and CHOCOLATE MILK.

at least, that's how I'd do it if i was running this comic as a actual campaign.

The only villain afterwords, pretty much has to be Tirek, as he's the only other villain who Canonically interacts with Discord(So far!), and effectively Steals all Magic in Equestria(which is apparently enough to allow him to competently solo THREE ALICORNS without discords help), not to mention Discord's power itself...

Unless you go the Theory Route, wherein the entire chain of Events following his Second Release, was all part of his OWN Plan to Open the box, a theory i personally subscribed to untill he behavior in the second Gala episode...

Heck now that i think on it, Sunset Shimmer and her freaky village could also pop up anywhere in the timeline, post Twilicorn, even immediately afterwards, making her eventual return in W/E future episode it is we saw previewed, set WAAAY after the remaining twilicorn stuff....

This has been a: 5AM Half-asleep Rambling.
Guest 24th Aug 2015, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
And in the last panel, twilight magically becomes an alicorn.
Cliff Robotnik 26th Aug 2015, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Clearly, she was peeking at the rest of the Notes while he was monologing.
Joshua Robinson 6th Dec 2020, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
And now I can welcome anyone who saw my retroactivity to say:

You now know who the Jack Pine boys are. And seriously, Totalitarian Equestria is horrible to think of.