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Newbiespud 10th Nov 2015, 5:00 AM edit delete
With any luck, the Fallout 4 stream last night went okay. (Remind myself to edit this later.)

Yep, it did. The 4-hour-or-so livestream should be going up on the YouTube channel in parts over the next few days. In retrospect, I don't think I'm cut out to do the Twitch gaming thing, streaming how I fumble around in the latest popular thing for hours on end. But in this one instance, it was kinda fun.

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Toric 10th Nov 2015, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
Jobs are fun, and give the player a lot of room to develop their character. They also create potential for hijinks or unusual knowledges. Tell a story about when a profession skill suddenly became important or interesting for the party.

One of my characters was an aspiring chess master, and put ranks into Profession: Strategy Games in order to be good at it. He was also looking for answers about his lineage, and ended up gambling a favor against an answer for a suspected family member. My d20 declared mutiny, which was a shame because he was actually really good at chess. When the group found out I owed a favor to a not-quite mafia, they were a little cross.
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2015, 5:22 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, Doc Wagon's doctoring skills have ALWAYS been important and useful for the party. Heck, even 'Interesting' applied during the early sessions when the dice kept rolling critical failures for him. Sometimes on demand!

Doc: "Okay, Medicine check on the bad guy. This is where the dice demand I murder him."
Dice roll: *Critical failure*
Doc: "Holy heck, dice, I was only kidding!"

Stuff like that. Hilarious in hindsight though. Thankfully that stopped, now that injuries are a bit more serious. Doc's medicine skill is getting quite good too. He's also getting decent at other things like Speech. Only a 25-30% chance of success, but he critically succeeded in calming down someone who was driven to murder-suicide. That was a well-timed roll. :D

Doc isn't the strongest character in the game, but he's probably the most interesting.
Mykin 10th Nov 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Astral Blaze's backstory is that, despite having no interest or skill in the medical field, he was called to be a medical researcher in the grand stable that is P5. That went from an annoying joke that he seemed to be the only one in on to completely vital when the labs got infected with a mutation virus and Astral was the only one lucky enough not to be there when they quarantined the area off. Unfortunately, this lead to him being blamed for the whole mess and started a ten year obsession for him in his vain attempt to cure everypony by himself.

That's been the main motivator for my character to decide to join the group on their incursion through the connecting north catacombs to the labs in order to get some fresh samples for his work. So yeah, there's been a lot of science rolls done in the name of... well, science, in order to puzzle out just how this virus worked and create a cure for it. Turns out that it can turn ponies into the stuff of nightmares and yet doesn't always turn them into blood-thirsty monsters, as in the case of our ever lovable giant mutant death machine named Tucker. Also, we found out, through sheer dumb luck, that the party is immune to the virus for reasons we never could figure out on our own. Though the idea that we might be carriers popped up when we went back into the main stable and nearly all of the stable got infected and rapidly mutated (something that was deemed impossible by your's truly, I might add) despite not bringing any trace of the virus with us.

Dice roll after dice roll after dice roll and things just continued to make less and less sense. Eventually Astral just threw his hooves up into the air, grabbed Brainfreeze (a scientist pony from the labs that became a genius thanks to the virus... yes, that makes about as much sense as everything else we've learned about the virus) and Dr. Bellfruit, and immediately went back to his lab at the medical center for a nice long session of SCIENCE!... and a few necessary First Aid rolls, courteously of Dr. Bellfruit.

So did we ever find out what the heck the stupid virus was and did we ever come up with a cure? Well, despite the discordian nature of the virus, we did eventually find out the source of the virus. But, sadly, we figured that one out a couple of Sundays ago and I'm still holding on to that story until I get the right storytime to tell it.

But yeah, this is the only time I can think of when a character's job actually lead to both unusual knowledge and vast amounts of hi-jinks. I also like to think that this was interesting for the rest of the party as well, since the virus confused us all equally and we all wanted to figure out what was going on.
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2015, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I hope you find out why the party is immune. That sounds like an interesting plot point.
Super_Big_Mac 7th Jun 2016, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Overwatch (my Pegasus Rogue) was part of the entertainment at a local bar'n concert hall. Cool Evening (Earth Pony Elementalist) DJ'd while Watch danced, or they'd Sing in duets.

And ever since I got Grig Jig, it's been even better.

Cool Evening's Favored Terrain is "Dance Floor," because why wouldn't it be. xP
j-eagle12212012 10th Nov 2015, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
Two things

First off as it pertains to the comic, I wonder if the characters will point out the obvious I Love Lucy reference that comes from the next scene?

Secondly... I'm so disappointed with Hitbox, I was able to see part of the stream but about an hour in the stream was lagging so bad that entire scenes and dialog where missed...I hope the youtube videos come out ok cause I really want to see spuds run
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2015, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It might be a while before I look at Spud's run. I don't want to spoil too much before I get to play. ;)

My wife was watching some internet celebrity's early run of FO4. I could only hear it as I was trying to work on an art project (fallout related too) but all I could hear was the 5 or so people shouting and squealing Constantly over the game. I think the only part I could hear was the level-up sound effect.
HonorableInsanity 10th Nov 2015, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
I'm in the same position as you there with not wanting to be spoiled Digo, although I'm going to need to get a computer that can actually run it properly first, plus getting the game itself, so can't be sure when exactly I'll be getting to it, even if it is the one game that's actually got me hyped for it's release...
Digo Dragon 11th Nov 2015, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, I'm trying to save up for a new computer myself that can run it. My PC barely has the specs for FO3!
Znex 10th Nov 2015, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if they'll even know what I Love Lucy is?

I mean, even though I knew what it was (and I'm not from the US), I've never watched it, and so I didn't know it was an allusion until people on the internet started saying it was.
ANW 10th Nov 2015, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
I've been saving this poll for awhile, and I don't think I'll get a better time to use it.
What is your occupation?
Me: searching for one.
Desparil 10th Nov 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
What's this, a poll that hasn't been done to death already? A Christmas miracle!

Statistician, by the way.
Random Person 10th Nov 2015, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Ishidan 10th Nov 2015, 9:28 PM Shipping edit delete reply
So if you write a romantic fiction involving a pugilist, would you have shipped a boxer?
Random Person 11th Nov 2015, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Knew someone would go there. No, but if you have a romantic fanfic you want in a box halfway across the country, I know how to get it done.
albedoequals1 10th Nov 2015, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Professional student. I'm finishing my third degree, but after that I'm going to quit cold turkey.
Jannard 11th Nov 2015, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
I'm kind of in the same boat, but with more procrastination in-between. Only 90% of a degree and 30% of another.
Borg 10th Nov 2015, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Software developer. Or perhaps programmer.

It's the same job, of course, but with different people doing it, and I'm not sure which type of person I am.
Mykin 10th Nov 2015, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Computer Operator for a credit union, where one mistake could cost us millions if not fixed right away. I guess I can also consider myself a part-time fanfic writer with how much time I've put into my silly little story. Nevermind the fact that I was originally coerced into writing it back at EFNW.

Outside of that, I try to take over the world at times, but I can never figure out what to do with it once I have it so I end up just giving it back without any fanfare.
aylatrigger 10th Nov 2015, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
I am trying to become a math teacher, and in the meantime (got my Master's Degree a bit late in the year for this school year...) I am a computer programmer/tech support for an alumni website business.
JohnBobMead 10th Nov 2015, 9:34 AM Formerly working edit delete reply
Used to be a Librarian, now I'm on disability retirement.
Ishidan 10th Nov 2015, 9:37 AM Bronies! What is your profession? edit delete reply
Oh man I've been all around. Grew up on a small farm that was notably lacking in siblings to make things more interesting. Went to college and took my studies too seriously, pity I didn't have a Celestia around to tell me not to do that. Worked in too many fields since then. Right now, I work for a party supply company, of all things. I'm half the mane six. Better than one guy I know, who I call the One Man CMC--as he has studied in turn electronics (Sweetie Bot, anybody), psychiatry (look at the letter Ψ - capital PSI - and look at a happy baby pegasus) and agricultural chemistry (nuff said).
Winged Cat 10th Nov 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
CEO of a rocket startup. No, seriously.

I've got a team of rocket engineers, but we needed someone who knows the business end (regulatory negotiations, contract writing, and so on), so I stepped up to the task. (Though the company was mostly my idea in the first place, too.)

I've been doing software startups for about 20 years, so I'm also a fair hand at programming (and all the tasks around programming, collectively termed "software engineering").
Specter 10th Nov 2015, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Student with no job experience.
Newbiespud 10th Nov 2015, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Freelance video editor, technically. Though it's been ages since the last time I managed to land a paid project.
Winged Cat 10th Nov 2015, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
I hear there are a growing number of Kickstarter preparation firms (that is, companies one pays to put together a Kickstarter with a decent chance of getting funded because one sucks at it and knows it), and high among their needs is video editing.
Znex 10th Nov 2015, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Still college student, but looking at second language teaching and tutoring.
Zeeth 10th Nov 2015, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
Non-tribal shaman, oddly enough.
j-eagle12212012 11th Nov 2015, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
Professional web surfer, Amature artist, part time comedian, and hardcore Gamer
Boris Carlot 11th Nov 2015, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Technically I'm a Communications Systems Engineer, but I've mostly just been living off my medical discharge pension the last couple of years.
Evil Paladin 15th Nov 2015, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
I was a service desk technician that did work over the phone and remote access software to fix PC problems. Sometimes servers (there was a dedicated team for servers). Most of the time, I would change passwords and unlock domain accounts.
Currently unemployed and taking classes.
Toric 10th Nov 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Narcissism and Starvation. Professionally
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2015, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Do you work at the same Starvation office my wife does?

I'm an administrative gopher. You know, gopher this, go get that... I make myself pretty useful around the office, so they keep me around.
Toric 10th Nov 2015, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Naw, I'm at the one that co-ops with Selfish intellect and poor life choices. I have a desk job where I sit and contemplate a bleak future and the home cooking I gave up to pursue it.
Desparil 10th Nov 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
You don't have to give up home cooking... just start doing your own home cooking! You won't get good overnight, but it'll be worth it.
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2015, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, don't be like my wife who gave up on cooking 12 years ago just because of one overcooked bratwurst.

I've been doing some pretty advanced meals for a long time, but even I screw up the job once in a while. Just gotta look past the burnt parts. :3
Toric 10th Nov 2015, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
It's not that I've given up on it, but I'm now living away from the father who did it awesome and I'm not yet proficient myself. Hence, a sacrifice for the moment.
Ishidan 10th Nov 2015, 9:07 AM Farm work edit delete reply
Yeaaaaah and in the real world it's always great fun when a bunch of city slickers try to join two experienced laborers in field work. Just saying.
Winged Cat 10th Nov 2015, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Fortunately they're setting up for factory work, and each of them has ways to cope with prolonged labor.

MLP Rarity has canonically done factory-like labor (though it emotionally drains her if kept up for too long); FiD Rarity is presumably similarly capable. Dash is an athlete. Pinkie Pie has energy and determination. Fluttershy should be fine given how much work she puts into her caretaking, though she might want to stick to detail-oriented tasks. I suspect Twilight Sparkle has spells to boost her endurance when needed - but if they're similar to energy drinks (which seems like the type she'd come up with), she may have problems if this drags on for days.
Ishidan 10th Nov 2015, 7:27 PM Mane five manual laborers yay edit delete reply
Pinkie gets a pass-for all her goofiness, she grew up a farmer and now she's a baker. She knows manual labor, MMMC notwithstanding.
Winged Cat 10th Nov 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Good point. She'd do just fine in the fields, let alone the factory alongside her friends.
Raxon 10th Nov 2015, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
I had a testicle farmer once. See, he had this hoard of trolls, and twice a week, he would go out hqrvest their testicles.

The DM allowed it, because it was hilarious. "No, no, these are domesticated trolls, bred for centuries to maximize testicle size, quality, and quantity."


"Oh, absolutely! You see, my great great grandfather found a mutation that caused them to continuously grow additional testicles. Now, if I didn't harvest them, they would be crushed under the weight and pressure. A sac can only stretch so far, after all."

I had a similar story, but with trolls crossed with skinks, to have detachable tails I harvested twice a week. In retrospect, I really should have done both.
Specter 10th Nov 2015, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
Normally, I would think to burn those trolls with fire (and end their rather bleak existence to be honest), but I'd rather them take a bath.

... *Grabs lighter*
Raxon 10th Nov 2015, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
I should do something similar with domesticated beholders, breed them with trolls and slice in some skink so they don't just grow the eyeballs back, the eyeballs drop off. Also, they have upwards of 300 eyes each, mostly on limp stalks hanging underneath them. Put a basket underneath, clap your hands, and they get startled and drop all their eyes except the big one.

The concept of harvesting meat from living animals that regrow it isn't really new. Consider, if you will, phoenix pâtè.

The troll thing isn't really evil. It's not a pleasant concept, but neither is clearing a blocked sewage line with hand tools.
Winged Cat 10th Nov 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Thanks to the mention of baskets, I am unable to unsee Applejack bucking a domesticated beholder to harvest its eyes, and Pinkie Pie making "eye scream" flavored ice cream from them.
dzonewolf 10th Nov 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Just when I thought Raxon couldn't get any crazier...
Super Kami Guru 11th Nov 2015, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Hate to tell you there mate, but the depth of crazy of which Raxon is capable is unimaginable to the regular human mind. You would literally have to be deadpool to understand even a fraction of his psyche.
Evil Paladin 15th Nov 2015, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
I love working at Didney world. It's my faaaaaavorite!
Guest 5th Jul 2021, 11:42 AM edit delete reply