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Variations on a Scheme
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Newbiespud 7th Nov 2015, 5:00 AM edit delete
Got some new Fallout is Dragons coming your way! (Assuming the upload doesn't blow up while I'm asleep!)
Session 48 - Prison in the Sky: Libsyn YouTube

Speaking of Fallout is Dragons, I'll be doing a special livestream over at my channel sometime between 9PM and midnight Pacific time on Monday night/Tuesday morning. See, Fallout 4 will be launching at that time, and thanks to the generosity of a fan, I already have it as a gift! I've previously done a Fallout is Dragons-themed run of Fallout: New Vegas... So I plan on reprising that theme when Fallout 4 launches. I have no idea who'll be awake to see it live, but it should be fun!

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



ANW 7th Nov 2015, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Element check.
How honest are you?
0:I never once told the truth
11:I never once told a lie.
venseyness 7th Nov 2015, 6:20 AM A honesty quiz edit delete reply
Honestly, when I lie they're mostly white lies, but...
I'll say 7.
Greenhornet 7th Nov 2015, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
OK, all those NOT being truthful with this question, raise your hand...
Yeah, that's what I thought.
Aerion Snow 7th Nov 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Eh, probably hovering in the 4-6 zone, depending on how you value quality versus quantity.
Really, I'm more living evidence that honesty's good; Lied about a lot of stuff, life started falling apart, and the moment the truth got forced out I got a lot of help to fix it. If I'd never lied, I could have gotten that help much earlier, and wouldn't have such a hard job ahead of me to fix my life.
Specter 7th Nov 2015, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

I'm generally honest, but I do lie because of either necessity, or spite.
Crazy Tom 7th Nov 2015, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Crazy Tom
I'm a 0.

Yep, totally. It's the truth, I swear!

...don't look at me like that!
Summoned Singer 7th Nov 2015, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
Summoned Singer
Crazy Tom, you're an Applejack with a scouter, you should be able to spot the truth a mile away.
Winged Cat 7th Nov 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
9.5, since it's out of 11. I can lie to save my life, and some stories I've told could technically be considered lies (even when it's disclaimed or otherwise contexted that "this didn't actually happen" - e.g. there are no pegasi IRL), but for the most part I seek truth, and allow the truth to save me when unpleasant realities must be confronted.
Seanpony Renaud 7th Nov 2015, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
2, maybe a 3. Keep in mind that I'm blessed with a super power. Whatever passes through my lips into your ears becomes truth. Did you hear that you aardvark? Yes you, go look in the mirror. You're a cute aardvark.
Malroth 7th Nov 2015, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
I'm about an 8 but mostly because the first rule of the con man is to tell the truth whenever possible.
ccc 7th Nov 2015, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Ha! I avoided your superpower by reading the words with my eyes, not listening with my ears!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have an anthill to snack on...
Raxon 7th Nov 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
I'm devious and tricky, but I shoot straight. I'd say about a 6
evileeyore 8th Nov 2015, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
I'm as crooked as a politician, but I don't lie. Just because I can leave people with a completely false or mistaken impression of what I said, doesn't mean I lied.

Truth-O-Meter: 0
recentteen14 7th Nov 2015, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
5 for me, natural born liar/jackass at times, but I tend to be a nicer person. Still doesn't stop me from bluffing the living hell out of everyone for shits and giggles.
Joe the Rat 7th Nov 2015, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
The answer is always 11, lest you be a poor liar.

i, being quite orthogonal, is what I say.
EEK 7th Nov 2015, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
3, this is what you get when you raise a kid on Survivor
aylatrigger 7th Nov 2015, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
I tell lies all the time, but they are white lies or in-game. Personality-wise, I am very honest and usually open about things. Just if my parents ask about homework (back when I was at school), I would pretend I wasn't a huge procrastinator. So strictly-lies-wise, 5 or 4. Honest as personality trait, 9? In general, probably 7.

Why I am saying I think my personality is honest: I never try to act like someone else (though I may act more professional/less, I also feel more professional/less). I generally will tell my life story to any who want to listen. I am upfront with perceived faults, both of myself and others (though I am also very good at mediation and making people accept that I perceive these faults). I am bad at backstabbing. I almost can't even keep surprises. I think the main way I can keep surprises and the secrets of acquaintances is that I am EXTREMELY forgetful. Two can keep a secret if the honest one has a memory that will forget it in a day or less. And lastly, another reason I consider myself honest: I feel sick when I think about all the things politicians have done, and never think I could do any of that for myself.

...I tend to rant about myself, too.
aylatrigger 7th Nov 2015, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
I do like the word 'ben travata' (characteristic and likely, abut untrue), which is the most believable kind of lie...

On a side note, my dad is about a 2 or 1. And my mom is an 9. ...Even with jokes, unfortunately.
reynard61 7th Nov 2015, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
I've learned -- mostly the hard way -- that lying is a pretty risky business. Some questions that I would ask someone who's considering telling a lie would be these: Who's your lie going to hurt more? You or them? Will your lie damage trust built between you and the person being lied to? Is your lie provable? (i.e. Will there be physical or documentary evidence of the lie that can [and most likely will] be used against you later?)
Captain Snark 7th Nov 2015, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Everything I say is a lie. Even this.
Ponikon 9th Nov 2015, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
As truthful as is practical.
JSchunx 9th Nov 2015, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
I'm incapable of lying when put on the spot. My first instinct is to speak the truth. I'm capable of lies, but it requires time for me to actually put a reasonable one together. Also, I prefer deception, misrepresenting the truth, to outright lies. Morally, they're the same, but it feels classier to deceive. I'd put myself down as a 8-9 on your scale.
kgy121 9th Nov 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Exactly the opposite here. I can make up a story on the fly without even thinking about it, and have it logically work with the current situation. It takes a few minutes to figure out what the truth is though.
Super_Big_Mac 7th Jun 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
I've been getting better at not lying, so I'd say I'm a 5 or 6.
Digo 7th Nov 2015, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
See, this is a problem GMs like us face when we have to RP a character because their player is absent from the session. We're not perfect so the way we portray the character is a bit different. Juuuuust different enough that the other players use that to their advantage to squeeze out some information the character is holding secret.
Mykin 7th Nov 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
And I honestly don't envy you guys when you have to do it. That is why I'm always in favor of just conveniently forgetting/ignoring that the character is there and then pretend that said character was there the whole time when the player gets back. It makes it easier on everyone that way and no one has to deal with the fallout that tends to happen when the GM has to take over.
Digo 7th Nov 2015, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Doesn't work well in the middle of a dungeon though. I've learned to time the session end better. ^_~
Mykin 8th Nov 2015, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
It's basically the only solution for groups playing in a game store. It's unrealistic to keep playing a character of a guy that only showed up once. Especially since group size fluctuates on a weekly basis and that DM controlled character ends up making the group too big for that day's module. We've had people disappear on us in the middle of dungeons several times and my DM was usually creative enough to come up with a reason why they weren't continuing onward with the rest of us. It also helps that most modules already have changes written down for most encounters based on party size so it was easier to handle missing a person.

That said, you always want your cleric to be the person that is always going to be there. The horror stories I heard from the days that I couldn't make it are... actually, they were pretty hilarious in a "sadly shake your head while chuckling" kind of way.
Evilbob 8th Nov 2015, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
Naaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh. We're all tough enough to not need a healer. Riiiiigggghhhhhtttttt?
Malroth 9th Nov 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
My usual option is to have everybody provide a "default combat stratagey" for when they're not present, their character is there standing around looking bored waiting for the rest of the party to come up with ideas and fall back on the pre determined combat provided by the player once they're actually in a fight.
aerion111 7th Nov 2015, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
Yeah... In a lot of ways, I dislike the players here the same way I dislike the ponies in the Bats! song: Some of them have an excuse to behave like this, but there should have been more inter-party conflict over what to do!
This is rather poor sport, even if I can understand them being reluctant to give up their curiosity.
Digo 7th Nov 2015, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, sometimes in the interest of not dragging the story into awkward places you just gotta meta a tiny bit and have characters turn the other way.
Winged Cat 7th Nov 2015, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
My default solution is, "don't have to deal with it in the first place".

The DM here could easily have allowed Pinky's counter-derail on the train, or stopped short of actually having AJ appear even on a nat 20 (Cherry Jubilee would have been good enough, given the circumstances). Or, before that, laid out that while they want to seek AJ they did have responsibility to get that rainwater hurricane going, so in-character they'd be motivated to get that done so they could then seek AJ. Any one of those could have bought time - a whole session, if necessary - for AJ's player to return.

It's like, "What do you do after you have totally and completely lost without having attempted any contingency plans?" "Not get into that situation. You presume something I don't do."
Captain Snark 7th Nov 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Of course this could have all been avoid if the GM had just said that the rodeo was just ending and AJ would be back in a day or two. (And then not have her show up.)
aerion111 7th Nov 2015, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Spud, assuming you read this, perhaps add info to the FAQ on getting an avatar (namely, going to ComicFury and making an account/logging in)?
It's unintuitive enough I had forgotten how it worked (since other comic systems just relies on you using the right name) and while I'm dense sometimes, other people can be dense too.
More avatars would make it easier to notice the 'regulars', and makes the comment-section generally more colorful.
j-eagle12212012 7th Nov 2015, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
As one of the Regular commentors I have to agree with aerion 111 . Letting people who are regulars know how to add an avatar would make them easier to recognize when they comment and would make the comment section brighter.
It's easy to create an account and doesn't cost anything to do so.
Albedoequals1 7th Nov 2015, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Yes, I have a great picture, but I don't know how to use it.
albedoequals1 7th Nov 2015, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
Maybe I gave up too easily.
Digo 7th Nov 2015, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
I never tried because I don't know.
Znex 7th Nov 2015, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, it's nice to have an account and pic.
Raxon 8th Nov 2015, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Isn't it, though?
Digo Dragon 9th Nov 2015, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Feels like the site is a bit slower when I'm logged in... but it is nice to see my Doc OC by my posts. It evens out. :3
j-eagle12212012 9th Nov 2015, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Very nice Digo your art should be on display
Mykin 9th Nov 2015, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
First, from first hand experience, I know that Spud reads every comment. Or at least he tries to.

Second, I mostly made an account so I could have access to the edit/delete comment function for those times I make a post that I later deem to be too stupid to live. It doesn't happen that often but the knowledge that I can rectify any mistake I make is a small mercy on my anxiety prone soul.

Having said that, it is nice to have your own OC displaying next to your comment. Though seeing your picture up there makes me want to draw my own pic for Astral. At the moment I'm using a drawing one of the other players in my FO:E game made because he did one for everyone else and, since I'm now part of the group, I needed one too.

Of course, having said that, drawing will have to wait until after I've spend an ungodly amount of time on Fallout 4.
j-eagle12212012 7th Nov 2015, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
9pm-12am pacific time Monday night into Tuesday morning.... well I guess I'm sleeping during the day Monday cause I'm eastern time so between 12am and 3am tuesday is when this will be. I look forward to watching Spud play Fallout 4
Digo 7th Nov 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
I'll be asleep cause I got work in the morning, and have to take my daughter to school. I'm not really sad that I will miss all the live streams of FO4, because right now my game computer monitor is dead so I can't play FO3/NV at all. That's the real sad.
Anon 7th Nov 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Playing meta is a great way for a GM to party-kill.
S-Clark 7th Nov 2015, 2:38 PM OhboyOhboyOhboy! edit delete reply
Will you still be doing a Aurelia run, or will it be a different NPC?

Golden Crown
Cuppa Sunshine (with Dinn's permission, naturally)
Nononono! Two Words!: Rawhide BILL!!!
Digo 7th Nov 2015, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Blinkie. ;D
albedoequals1 7th Nov 2015, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Yes Blinkie. Out of all the NPCs intended to be a one-line joke that instead became a person with hopes and dreams, she is still the best.
Someone 8th Nov 2015, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Chica. Or Torque. Or someone from B-Team.
mew4ever23 7th Nov 2015, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
Wow, rarity. Hope you didn't hurt your hand too much dealing out that one.
Specter 8th Nov 2015, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Applejack is still acting suspicious, and that trail of sweat trail isn't helping her case.

We're going to need a professional for this one.
Evilbob 8th Nov 2015, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
Definitely, Specter!

We definitely need a professional! Hyperhidrosis is a very serious condition and could be a symptom for something much much worse!