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Storm Brewery
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Newbiespud 1st Oct 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
The Real Man player type may not be the best at recaps, but they can be fantastic at mission briefings. Count on them, after hours of planning and debating, to summarize the important details in one fell swoop.

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ANW 1st Oct 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Congrats Fluttershy, here's your ticket.
That's what's going to happen, isn't it.
You going have to get it a different way Rainbow Dash.
Specter 1st Oct 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
I can't help but think that Rainbow is going to be a little more then miffed by the end of the whole Gala Ticket gathering arcs (she'll probably go through another two plans by the end just to accidently help the rest of the group get their tickets).
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
So why can't Dash earn her ticket by displaying her element of loyalty in helping Fluttershy overcome her fears and self doubt which allows her to participate in this event?
Jennifer 1st Oct 2015, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Because she did that in private. And for some reason, the Sun Goddess of all freakin' Equestria can't just hand them out -- she has to convince a committee that DIDN'T see Rainbow Dash being noble.
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Maybe this time around it'll be in public? Oh, better thought-- Fluttershy gives Dash the ticket in gratitude for being a team player and supporting her character.
1 << 9 1st Oct 2015, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Well we haven't yet seen the sonic rainboom epidsode...
Raxon 1st Oct 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
DM: "Fluttershy, you need to kill fifteen of the bear warriors threatening Ponyville. Then you must cut off their-"

AJ: "Hi, y'all! Sorry ah'm late."

DM: "That's fine. Fluttershy, you must kill them and bring back their fores-"

AB: "Howdy, y'all?"

DM: Who... Who is this?"

AJ: "Sorry, DM, that's mah little sister."

DM: "That's alright. Now, Fluttershy, you must bring back their fore *glances at applebloom* heads. You must bring back their foreheads are proof."

FS: "Are you sure? It sounded like you were going to say something else."

DM: "No, defeat the bears and bring back their foreheads. Now get to it."
you know that guy 2nd Oct 2015, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
Fifteen bear foreheads is a lot easier than an entire forest. I wonder how the questgiver even thought that was possible!

Actually, I bet he was going to say foreslope. If the bears live on the shoulder of a road on the side of a hill, cutting off their foreslope and bringing it back is a somewhat reasonable proof of their demise.
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Ah yes the little issue of "details". Speaking of details, my old gaming group had 2.5 military vets so that meant if I was running any kind of modern campaign involving military hardware, I better damn well do a little research or they're going to interrupt me with why the encounter doesn't work that way. ^^;

Well, they weren't bad about it. And I did a lot of pretty good research to where they actually praised parts I do get right. Sometimes I even surprise them, like the time they were sifting through an aviation crash for the "black boxes" and I actually researched which type of boxes that plane had, their recording lengths, and where in the plane they're found.
Desparil 1st Oct 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
2.5 military vets? Someone have his legs blown off, or are you just pro-rating his group membership based on spotty attendance?
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
One player did not survive boot camp, so the military players referred to him as "half a vet" and it sort of stuck for a while. Thus the 2.5 figure.
Kira 1st Oct 2015, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Dawww :3

half a vet that's adorable
Random Person 1st Oct 2015, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
Could be he is halfway through his time. But anywho, please give your 2.5 vets a thank you from my. It is because of there sacrifices that we are free.

<insert rant about how we waste that freedom here>
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
*Nods in agreement*
Paradox 1st Oct 2015, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
At first I read your comment as "2.5 million vets" and I had to do a double take

Now I'm wondering what the record for biggest campaign is
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
My personal record for most players present in a single adventure is 11. I do not recommend this. It was a chaotic session and it broke down badly.

but at least I learned my limits as a GM.

In my first shadowrun 4e campaign, I had about 11ish PCs over the campaign's course, But never all at once. Because many of the players had conflicting schedules, I ran them in various teams with different missions.

In a way, think of the Dragon Mawlers with their main team and "B Team". Players did mix between groups and some players showed up to almost every session while others were more like "guest appearances". Worked out okay despite a lot of book-keeping on my part.
Winged Cat 1st Oct 2015, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
You are a braver GM than I. My record is 8 players running 9 PCs. (One of the PCs was kind of a plotmule - plotduck, specifically.) And that mainly worked because the system and campaign were well structured, meaning a lot less on-the-fly calls (and almost no rules lookups) so I could focus almost entirely on plot, coupled with a high degree of PC-to-PC interaction (as opposed to PC-to-world that needed to wait on the lone GM, though there was quite a bit of that too).
The Old One 1st Oct 2015, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
My record is 14, although i wasn't the gm. Mutants and Masterminds campaign that got out of control. The party wasn't particularly bad, but it took forever to get through a single combat round.

We later broke the party up into a hero team and a villian team, and that went horribly awry when the villian gm got lazy and decided to let his guys get involved in a scenario the heros were trying to deal with.
rem 1st Oct 2015, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
one of the guys I used to game with was a sniper in the first gulf conflict. he was good at it. real good.
too good as it turned out because he would have flash backs if things got too stressful. last I heard he checked him self into the local mental hospital because he knew he wasn't safe to be around civilians.
the straw that broke the camel's back was when he was talking to his adviser, my friend was getting ready to go work with Stephen Hawking on the symbolic language Hawking uses in place of a visual keyboard, when a car backfired. he knocked his adviser to the ground and started calling for an evac.
Raxon 1st Oct 2015, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Mwahahaha! 22 players, divided up into four groups. Each group encountered something that made the original, agreed upon plan obsolete, so there were now four separate plans in motion.

When you hear the words "chaos on the battlefield", you have no idea how amusing it was to me, personally. Each group learned something different than what they originally thought, but no two groups got the same clues.

I was coDMing, but still doing most of the player interaction. The best part was all the different groups meeting at the big event.

One group was being body doubles for the lord regent and his crew, while another had killed the servants and taken their places. Another planned to drop from the rafters right on top of the lord regent, and the fourth just broke through the main doors.

It was a freaking hilarious train wreck.
Toric 2nd Oct 2015, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
This sounds beautiful. To quote Chess:

"Everybody's playin' a game, but nobody's rules are the same.

Nobody's on Nobody's side."
Toric 1st Oct 2015, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Seems like everyone is chatting up the DM out of game. Also, that "Now for the weather" line is suddenly much funnier
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Heh, yeah the comment is funnier.

"Today is partly cloudy plans with a 40% chance of hax."
Charles 1st Oct 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy is getting this particular Gala ticket, isn't she?
Charles 1st Oct 2015, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
Nevermind, ANW already called it.
Digo 1st Oct 2015, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
I personally think Dash will get the ticket.
MissingMinds 1st Oct 2015, 12:39 PM The power of Meta edit delete reply
I don't think she will. I think Flutteryshy will.

How do I think Dash could get her ticket? Emm....
Every pony will get their ticket for one reason or another, but Dash will be the last Pony standing.
Then we have the Royal Wedding of Cadence and Shining Armor. Dash ends up getting recognized as a main player with the group crashing the wedding crashers. She gets the ticket, and then we backtrack in cannon for the Gala episode.

No one says Spud has to follow series time line after all.
Zaerosz 2nd Oct 2015, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
...didn't we already finish that arc?
Disloyal Subject 2nd Oct 2015, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
What, Royal Wedding? Nope, just the comic's Changeling issue. I think the wedding's not coming for a while though.
Ref 1st Oct 2015, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
So, when Applejack and the DM said she was getting her ticket off-screen...
j-eagle12212012 1st Oct 2015, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
*Spoiler Free* (mostly)

Made in Manehatten

3 episodes in a row with Rarity? What is this madness

So another good episode and a map episode at that (season five has been excelent so far)

Things that I liked

1) two good pop culture refrences that I'm sure some veiwers got
2) Coco Pommel
3) Manehatten ponies and their accents (disappointed no Babs seed)
4) Board twilight is the most Adorkable thing ever ^_^
5) minor spoiler (although @Raxon already did this on the day the episode came out)

Applejack damages her hat and Rarity throws it away and buys her a new nearly identical (not pink Raxon -_- ) hat.... why is this such a big deal? AJ shows no concern about ruining her hat and getting a new one...for a hat that many fans (myself included) believed to belong to AJ's deceased father the revelation that it is just a hat kinda was a big deal...

Anyway on to the next episode which should be Brotherhooves social but may be Scare Master as well we will see

Thus ends my longest review so far
Ref 1st Oct 2015, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
So you avoid spoilers of an already aired episode, but are happy to spew up titles of episodes yet to come without any care...
j-eagle12212012 2nd Oct 2015, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
The name of the two episods I listed are already public knowledge.
Scare Master was leaked by Hasbro and is available everywhere, I only review episodes that have aired on tv so sorry if I spoiled a title but its not like I spoiled the episode.
The only reason I do these reviews on the Thursday after they air is because Spud asked me not to do them on the day of the episode, my reviews where fine but the comments on them would useually spoil the episode, so I give people time to see the episode.
Ref 2nd Oct 2015, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
The fact that the list of episodes has been released doesn't mean that everypony has perused it. Some people WANTS to be surprised. You reduce that by spewing up titles like this.
Digo 2nd Oct 2015, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
Avoid spoilers? The review lists things that happened, like with AJ's hat, Coco appearing, etc. I hardly call that "spoiler-free". ;)

Spoiler-lite maybe.
j-eagle12212012 3rd Oct 2015, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Digo you may not have noticed the (Mostly) next to the spoiler free this time around... and yes I am aware that some people may not have been aware of the episode names but I had to make sure I avoid the leaked episode till it airs so I was specifying the title
Toric 2nd Oct 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
"Canonically" (he said crossing his fingers) the hat wasn't important. Hasbro did a "Hot Minute" thing with AJ, where she said she won it an apple-bobbing contest.
Digo 2nd Oct 2015, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah, I forgot about those video clips. Good catch!
Raxon 2nd Oct 2015, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
... I hadn't actually seen the episode at the time.

Sometimes I throw out fake spoilers for comic effect.
Specter 1st Oct 2015, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
I smell an underdog story, and Rainbow isn't going to be the one listening to "Eye of the Tiger" in a montage.
Rokas 1st Oct 2015, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
I love that still in the last panel. Dash looks so damn military right there it's awesome. "Shut up and color!"
EEK 2nd Oct 2015, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
There Aren't enough Sailor moon and Captain planet jokes in the world to describe the last 20 min of Friendship games.

and as much as I hate to make a liar out of myself, I now ship H!twilight and sunset shimmer.

speaking of which where the hell is H!shimmer anyway
Disloyal Subject 2nd Oct 2015, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
The main theory I've seen is that P!Shimmer murdered her to take her place. Bit dark for the setting, but plausible.
Albedoequals1 2nd Oct 2015, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Human world Sunset probably got hit by a bus, considering how fast they drive and how often they show up. (count the time between the bus Human Twi arrives on and the one she leaves on if you don't know what I mean.)
EEK 2nd Oct 2015, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
There Aren't enough Sailor moon and Captain planet jokes in the world to describe the last 20 min of Friendship games.

and as much as I hate to make a liar out of myself, I now ship H!twilight and sunset shimmer.

speaking of which where the hell is H!shimmer anyway