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Unexpected Favorites, Part 4
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Newbiespud 25th Aug 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Mykin

Guest Author's Note: One person's failure is another person's success. Actually, this happened to me during one of my attempts to DM a game for a day. Though I shouldn't be surprised considering how things usually go off the deep end for me in any game. Still, everyone had fun and that's what's important in the end, right?

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Toric 25th Aug 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
The impressive part is that Applebloom soloed some pretty intense encounters.
Digo 25th Aug 2015, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
"And that's how Fallout Equestria was made!"

Well, Bloom had help from Luna on the encounters, but I guess it still didn't end well. Maybe picking the creatures randomly isn't the best idea for a solo adventure. ^^;
ANW 25th Aug 2015, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
Personalized punishments.
How many ponies can we think of.
Pinkie Pie: have to put 43 pebbles into a jar while counting out each one out loud.
No surprises or fun, just boring counting.
Digo 25th Aug 2015, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
For Applejack it's easy-- just have Derpy appear in her episode. >.>
Mordenheim 25th Aug 2015, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Poor AJ:

Also, as far as punishments go:
Rainbow Dash has to walk from one end of Ponyville to the other. No running, no flying, no jogging, not so much as a canter. A slow, steady, plodding walk.
ANW 25th Aug 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Painful. Me likie.
ANW 25th Aug 2015, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Confused Brony here.
ANW 25th Aug 2015, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Digo 25th Aug 2015, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Hmm? Oh, did you mean you were confused at my response? It's a jab at AJ's episode 'The Last Roundup' where Derpy got her first speaking line ever.

Despite it being an AJ-focused episode everyone was talking about Derpy. It turned into a meme at some point, and there's even fanart of AJ tying up Derpy (and again with Pinkie) to ensure her next episode isn't disrupted. XD
Toric 25th Aug 2015, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Rarity must attend a Ponyville social event without grooming her mane for two days.
ANW 25th Aug 2015, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
I couldn't help but laugh at this one.
j-eagle12212012 25th Aug 2015, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Twilight- a week without magic
No teleporting (she can use her wings )
No reading books on magic
No telekinisis to grab objects with she must use her hooves or wings
Raxon 25th Aug 2015, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy must spend a week watching her closest friends poke her sweet animal friends with sticks.
Tatsurou 25th Aug 2015, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy has to give a speech.
HonorableInsanity 25th Aug 2015, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Applejack has to go a week without apples or anything containing apples
ANW 25th Aug 2015, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Not bad guys, but let send some over to someone else, like the princesses, young ones.
Random Person 25th Aug 2015, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
How about Celestia and Luna switch roles, including hours, every week for a month. Having gone from dayshift to nights and back, I know it sucks.
Raxon 25th Aug 2015, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
The CMC can have their cutie marks, but they have to continuously feed on the cutie marks of others.

Luna has to watch as her older sister is gobbled up by the same hatefulness she was when she became nightmare moon.

Button Mash has to endure a two week blackout.
steeeve 25th Aug 2015, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
2 weeks?
he'd be insane.
he's be beyond insane.
hell he may even be dead.
(5 days without my computer -still had tv and everything else- and I was sick as a dog from net 'withdrawal'
Toric 25th Aug 2015, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Cheerilee must with a straight face tell Filthy Rich that his daughter is the nicest, smartest, most well-behaved filly in school.

Cadence must go 1 month without writing fanfiction that makes strangers she saw in the streets fall in love.
ZhonLord 25th Aug 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Shining Armor has to spend a month as a courier. With no decision-making authority of any kind.

Discord has to go 24 hours without using his powers. not even a size change or teleport.
Winged Cat 26th Aug 2015, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Discord once went over a thousand years without using his powers - or doing anything but be a statue.

Qheen Chrysalis has to apologize, sincerely, to the princesses, or watch her hive defect to Equestria one by one with no way to replace them.

Spike gives in to his greed for a week - and then has to live with what he's done. (Assuming it's still possible for him to pull himself back by then. Otherwise it's a death sentence in every way that matters, except for his body not actually dying.)

Trixie must become Twilight's student for a while, without grudge or failing to learn. During that time she must also be Spike's assistant.
ANW 26th Aug 2015, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Spike's is not a punishment, that's just plain mean.
Albedoequals1 27th Aug 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Apparently Shining Armor gets punished a lot
Specter 25th Aug 2015, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Apple Bloom helped Luna reach a paragon level, how could she be mad?
CorporAitheral 25th Aug 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
Twi's last line...that is a coincidence. Did you get that from the Quiplash stream?
Digo 25th Aug 2015, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
I only caught 5 minutes of that stream. Is it made by the same folks who did You Don't Know Jack?
Mykin 25th Aug 2015, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
@Corpor: Considering that I made this a month ago? No.

@Digo: I think so.
Evilbob 25th Aug 2015, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Man. I don't know what you're talking about. It's always going off the deep-end that makes things more exciting, Mykin!


I think I know why all my players hate me now.
Masterweaver 25th Aug 2015, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
I don't have a story about things going in ways the GM didn't expect... BUT MY FRIEND DOES! Quoted verbatim from Hopeology's tumblr:

Last night’s D&D game was fascinating to me as the DM (Dungeon Mistress for anyone who is curious) and I’m still pondering it’s implications today.

At the beginning of this game, the character’s races, genders, sexual orientations, and a few other things were randomly determined. Just by pure luck, this resulted in half of the party being homosexual males. Most of them (Being heterosexual in real life) avoid playing to any sort of romantic or sexual interest, because honestly I don’t think they’ve ever been made to question or think about their sexuality or what it would be like to not be straight. But one of them (Not naming names) Is a writer and bi, so understands this explicitly.

The big crazy fight at the end of the session took us two hours to play out, it involved a woman mage, a bunch of backup and a half blue dragon that appeared previously in a duel with the knight of the party, and didn’t finish off the night when he had the chance. At the end of this long and arduous battle (Everyone in the party was knocked unconscious or down to 1 health several times during the fight, but they had finally killed everyone but the half blue dragon and one of the helper people who was a lady with a big axe, basically.

To be honorable, the half blue sends away the axe lady, saying that he will not be dishonored if this is to be his last fight.

The knight and Cyanwraith (The half blue) are dueling, so the rest of the party sort of stands back, haggard and barely conscious, leaning against walls and readying themselves for it Cyanwraith manages to finish off the knight, because it is really just a matter of who gets in a lucky shot first. But the knight manages to smack him one last time and Cyanwraith drops his weapon, as he is almost dead. The knight asks if he yeilds, and he does.

So the knight and Cyanwraith go somewhere else to talk, but during this time the bard (Darvin) is searching the area and trying to document the whole place for a ballad he had been working on for quite a while, but he makes the mistake of spending a lot of time examining a massive statue to Tiamat, which is the evil dragon queen. During this examination, he gains an unwilling fascination with her, that he is conscious of and can fight against, but that is persistent even when he leaves the temple.

From this point on, Cyanwraith has joined the group, since he lost the duel and unless he wishes to again face the knight and defeat him, is honorbound to obey him within his code (He won’t fight for them, be interrogated or tortured, and will not appear with them in places his religious order controls)

But as they travel back to the nearby town to resupply, Darvin finds himself drawn to Cyanwraith, and starts talking with him often, complimenting him and even openly flirting. The only other character that has a chance to notice is the knight, and he sees nothing wrong with a honorable creature having relations with Darvin, despite his evil nature. Is a sense, as long as the code of honor is restricting Cyanwraith, the knight will treat his as an equal.

But this means that when they leave the town to head north on a 6 day trek, Cyanwraith’s naturally possessive and greedy nature takes hold, and he effectively claims Darvin as his own. He commands Darvin to “Set up our tent over there.” or “You will not leave in the morning until I have woken.” and this is completely normal for a half blue dragon, but when it reaches the point that Cyanwraith tries to bodily carry off Darvin to the woods to have his way with him, Darvin actually puts his foot down and sets rules.

Rules which Cyanwraith actually respects.

So this leads to a very interesting situation that I can’t wait to continue playing, but it will be a month before we get the chance to sit down and play again.

Anyway, it was a good night!
Boris Carlot 25th Aug 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Heh, you were a bit shy about posting this last thread. Still, interesting situation.
redwings1340 26th Aug 2015, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes it's really easy to be your own worst critic. The one campaign I've run so far was a complete mess. Plot holes were rampant, the villains and setting changed from week to week, and I was completely making up the story as I went. I think only one person in the group actually understood what was going on in the plot, and that person, sad to say, was not me. There was so much about it that could have been done better, and as I look back at it, I just want to change things and tell myself how stupid some of my plot points were. Heck, the entire plot up until the halfway point was a really long and elaborate setup to get Professor Oak to say, in a villainous manner, "Now is not the time to use that."

Yet, everyone had a ton of fun in this campaign, because I made sure every moment was fun. I made sure everyone had something to do, and everyone could be productive, even if they didn't know what was going on. I let everyone solve problems and gave everyone a chance to roleplay in character. While the structure of the campaign was a learning experience and something I sincerely hope to do better on in the future, I'd still call it a success because people had fun and were engaged in it. Sometimes these little details we stress over just don't matter quite as much as the fun we have during the session.
Akouma 26th Aug 2015, 5:26 AM edit delete reply
Ah, the "throw random monsters until the players have had fun" strategy. Truly a classic in the DM's arsenal. Also results in some truly great horror stories.

"I feel like having you fight... this thing I guess."

"Mike, that's a level 12 solo monster."

"Yeah, and?"

"We're level 4, Mike."

And then they won anyway. The moral of the story is that PCs are a ridiculously tenacious bunch capable of murdering anything.
Thud 26th Aug 2015, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
Heck PCs can murder things that don't exist.
The MunchKING 26th Aug 2015, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Well if they didn't exist before, they certainly won't after the PCs get done with them. :P
MWS 26th Aug 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
I just realized I've started unconsciously reading the character in their voices from Ultra Fast Pony.
Cliff Robotnik 26th Aug 2015, 11:08 PM edit delete reply
whatever happoned to that one hand-drawn Guest Arc with Twilight failing at a heavily-scripted campaign as the DM?