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Newbiespud 19th Dec 2015, 5:00 AM edit delete
It's a busy time of the year, but not as busy for me as four weeks from now, apparently, because that's when Page 700 drops. Not to mention that date itself is three days away from the podcast's second anniversary. Hmm...

Session 51 of Fallout is Dragons is coming, which puts to rest the evil, evil cliffhanger I utterly enjoyed putting up at the end of Session 50. The end of an era...
Session 51 - Enclave Remnants: Libsyn YouTube (uploading)

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



Demonu 19th Dec 2015, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
Oh wow, this is still going?

Guess I'll better stick around then ^^

I also began a game or two of D&D recently so here's hoping to share a few stories some time.
XandZero2 19th Dec 2015, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Hey Demonu! You're still here!

Haven't noticed you posting on these comic threads in a while, but maybe you've just been lurking like I have?

Whatever the case, I do hope to read some new stories from you sometime soon. You had some of the best stories.
Demonu 19th Dec 2015, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
First off, thanks. I can't even imagine someone would remember me or comments I made more than two and a half years ago but it's nice to be remembered :)

Second, not so much lurking as one day forgetting to check in on this comic and just plain forgot about it.

Which means I have about 400 comics to binge-read. Perhaps I'll even start back from the beginning for I have no idea where I left off or what was happening.

And yes, I am looking forward to share some new stories. I'm currently enrolled in three different groups (one of which I'm DMing) so there will definitely be things to be told.
Disloyal Subject 19th Dec 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Good to have you back; I'd wondered what happened to you.

Yay, more stories!
Lyntermas 19th Dec 2015, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Good to have you back, Demonu.
Raxon 20th Dec 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Hooray! My lil buddy is back!

I shall prepare the tea ceremony of my people to honor the occasion.
j-eagle12212012 19th Dec 2015, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
The 2 year aniversary of the podcast is January 22nd correct? Is the plan a marathon stream of Fallout 4 ?
Digo Dragon 19th Dec 2015, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I would of liked to see a special Q&A stream with the players. :D
Mykin 19th Dec 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Like what happened with the 4 year retrospective? Only if I get to share some screen time with you again, Digo. :P
Digo Dragon 19th Dec 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, like that! I would totally share screen time with you. You're like My Kin. ;)
Mykin 19th Dec 2015, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
You know, in the seven years that I've had this moniker, that is only the third time someone has done that with my username. You'd think that I would be seeing this more often than not.

Anyway, we'll see what happens. But since I'm still far behind and I'd like to be able to contribute more to a Q&A beyond asking the obvious "what do you plan on doing after this is over" question.... Anyone have a good jumping in point that I can skip to that let's me listen in on all the next stuff while still giving me enough to go on so I'm not hopelessly confused by what's going on?
DallyDaydream 20th Dec 2015, 2:37 AM edit delete reply
Well there's the most recent mini-arc which just wrapped up. It's three episodes long, starting with episode 49.

Not to mention that since that arc just finished, our next episode will probably be a good jumping on point as well. (We're off to war. It's gonna be awesome. And doomful.)
Digo Dragon 20th Dec 2015, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I just want to say that you are really good at the tearful acting of Flotsam. Nice RP work.
j-eagle12212012 20th Dec 2015, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Everything that Digo said X10 . You are amazing ^_^ keep up the great work

As for my original comment, I think I did the Math wrong I added 30 days plus 3 for a month and three days, when I should have done 4 weeks or 28 days plus 3 days

The 2 year anniversary is 4 weeks and 2days away meaning it will be Tuesday January 19th
Digo Dragon 21st Dec 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
On a whim, I went back to the FiD comments page where Spud first mentioned starting up recruitment for his fun little game. I noticed a bunch of us who were interested but couldn't get onboard were due to being in the Eastern Time zone.

I wonder if we're still around, cause maybe I'd like to experiment on a podcast game in the near future.
SupremeEntity11 21st Dec 2015, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
I might be interested in a podcast game for those of us on the east coast.
Mykin 21st Dec 2015, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Thanks Dally, I'll check those out when I get the chance.

I find it funny that you guys are going off to war. With the current FOE game I'm in, we decided to instigate a war in order to make things better for Craterside as a whole. Though now that we're in the thick of it, Rusty (my character) is looking around at all the death and destruction and is starting to wonder if this was such a good idea in the first place. But we're sure things will work out in the end for everyone. They usually do.

... I hope.
ANW 19th Dec 2015, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
I think we can agree that Raxon won last time. Your prize is a Pinkie Pie Talking Box.
Just put a word in, and it will talk just like the real deal.
Comes with voice changer knobs, and speed modulators.
Digo Dragon 19th Dec 2015, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, the holidays are here. Games slow down significantly and everyone is caught up with family visitations and parties, and stuff. I don't seem to find hype in the holidays. They're still nice though. Just not as I remember them when I was a kid. :3
aerion111 19th Dec 2015, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
I tend to find, and of course this is VERY subjective, that as I get older a lot of holidays and the like are getting more 'tiresome'
So, I can kinda agree with you there.
They're still fun, but mostly in hindsight, once I've had time to de-stress.
Digo Dragon 19th Dec 2015, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I think... I think a lot of what causes me to not "Feel" the holidays so much is that I notice how much everyone around me frets and stresses out to get dinner plans and presents wrapped and get everyone together and make sure this and that is ready. And all the while I just want to relax and play some games, and just hang out without worrying about stuff rather than get dragged into the mess.
Mykin 19th Dec 2015, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
I think you would feel at home with my family then, Digo. That's pretty much what we do for the holidays. Granted, we still stress about gifts but that's really because none of us really have anything we want to receive any more. So it just turns into getting something nice or useful for the other person just to show that we still care before we go back to playing Dominion and watching whatever odd movie we eventually decide on watching.
Digo Dragon 19th Dec 2015, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, that's more my kind of speed. Don't worry about making dinner perfect or that we all arrive exactly on time together. Just chill and take it all in stride.

And games are fun. One of my sisters has Telestrations and that game is a riot.
Mykin 19th Dec 2015, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie, the master of ad-lib story telling. Kinda surprised that Raindow Dash here is writing something, though. But then again I never saw myself getting into writing either so I guess we're in good company.

Now then.... Three more days until the party finally figures out that absolutely nothing vaguely sinister or interesting is happening with the AJ NPC whatsoever. I am, of course, open to being wrong with this as long as AJ's reason for being secretive is a good one.
Digo Dragon 19th Dec 2015, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Let's see, in the actual episode AJ didn't want to come back because she failed to win at least one 1st place ribbon. How can we subvert or twist this for FiD?

Perhaps AJ stole some of the ribbons/prize money to buy a ticket from the guild?
redwings1340 19th Dec 2015, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
I love it though, because it kind of relates to the rainbow dash in the show. Legitimately loves action, but also shows off a persona of herself that doesn't show everything she is. She didn't actually just join a roleplay for the action, there are plenty of other things that could give her just action.

She enjoys the story, just doesn't always show it.
aerion111 19th Dec 2015, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
It is theoretically possible to enjoy a table-top RP without liking roleplaying or stories (though TOLERATING them is useful) - in particular, it's the best way to do tactical games with RPG-style progress, if you get tired of arbitrary limits in PC games ('we didn't program east of here, so there's an invisible wall. We need you to stay out of this building until later in the plot, so it's locked and no you can't pick the lock/break the door/teleport through') and/or want the social aspect too.

But, yeah, so far it generally feels like it's 'humanoid characters playing their pony forms in a DnD-esque game'
Some personality changes, but entirely within the usual 'AU' range (after accounting for this being a DnD-esque game)
SeabornNewt 19th Dec 2015, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Welp, just had my first game of DnD last night.
My character was a Mon Calamari Engineer (it was a Star Wars campaign).
The basic story was that we had to take a listening outpost "in the name of the rebellion!" and do so without word getting out.
First thing I tried to do was (with help from the wookie) set up a pile of crates in front of a door so that when the door opens they fall on the security. (Wookie wound up getting shot)
After the short battle I tried to loot the bodies... And critically failed... And ate some random mushrooms on the way to the listening outpost, because reasons...
Then when we tried to stop one of the officers from leaving via shuttle. We manage to stop them... But the wookie was exhausted, so me and the Durros spy tried to heal him... And failed.
Honestly, no sarcasm, can't wait to play again! (Though I may go with a fighter or a healer next time.)
Specter 19th Dec 2015, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
Well it's official, Rainbow and Pinkie have not only broken the DM, but have made their way onto a bounty list (probably made by Ms. Jubilee). Either way, Rainbow has, yet again, shown her loyalty belongs to her friends and allies, then herself or DM, no matter the danger (assuming she perceives it).
Truly Mad Moves 20th Dec 2015, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
What an amazing coincidence - like SeabornNewt, I just had my first experience with a real gaming group last night. Star Wars campaign. I was Mon Calamari diplomat. Our commander was a retired clone trooper, and the other two party members were a sharpshooter and a pilot with a melee focus... I don't remember what species they were. It's great to finally have a full-fledged roleplaying story, check this out:

We started in a city that was being bombed by the Empire, and we had to escape the city to meet with our Rebel leader. For a while, I was the only person the dice liked, so despite having nothing but social interaction and knowledge skills I managed to sneak past the Stormtroopers and then get off a few good shots when they started shooting at the rest of the party. We had to take off before the AT-ST reached us, and we escaped the city and met with our leader at a hidden Rebel camp.

Our mission: the Rebellion had intercepted a Mon Calamari diplomat who was meeting with the Empire to sell out his planet and the Rebellion. I was to impersonate him so our party could kidnap the Grand Moff he was meeting with.

As we left the planet in an Imperial cruiser, we ran into a blockade of Star Destroyers. We failed our computer check and soon enough some guy was on our speakers telling us our codes were outdated and to prepare to be boarded. Now, I'd originally intended my character to be a Spock kind of guy, hoping to bring peace to the galaxy with logic and reason, but I ended up doing completely audacious things like telling the guy on the Star Destroyer that we were actually smugglers and it would be within his best interests to let us go and distribute affordable salt throughout the Empire. And when he asked for a bribe and the whole crew pooled in their credits, I only threw in 5. It worked.

So, about six hours later we meet the Grand Moff aboard her own Star Destroyer. I'm playing the role of the traitorous diplomat who's agreed to give the location of the Rebel fleet in exchange for a position of authority in the Empire, my own palace on the Mon Cal planet, and a Big Mouth Billy Bass wall ornament. This had been going on for way too long, and soon I was making puppy-dog eyes at my commander, asking her what the heck we do now (well, him, because he's a clone, but, you know, female player, had some pronoun trouble...). She takes the hint and attempts to slip the sedative into the Grand Moff's drink. She fails and accidentally injects herself with it. After that, she tries to directly inject the Moff with the other doses of sedative... she succeeds, but everyone in the room sees her doing it.

As combat begins, I stand up and slip my hand inside my robe and say, "Everybody freeze! I've got a thermal detonator!" I didn't, but it worked well enough for the rest of the party to take out the Stormtroopers. We put the Grand Moff in Stormtrooper armor and had her "escort" us back to our own ship.

She tried to bribe us, so the sharpshooter slapped her with a shock glove. As soon as we ran into some of her colleagues - an officer and some Stormtroopers - she kicked and headbutted me into submission and took off, shouting orders.

I tried to grab at her with my own shock glove, but when that didn't go well... I reached into my robe and said, "Stand back, I've got a thermal detonator!" I didn't expect the Moff to fall for it again, but it kept the officer and the Stormtroopers off our backs so that our sharpshooter, who had been dying to use frag grenades all day, could take them out.

It took us a long time to finally take her down... 'cause, you know, we had put her in Stormtrooper armor. Way to go, us. Anyway, we made it back to our ship as our fellow Rebels provided us with some cover fire.

The whole thing was meant to be a one-shot, but most of us want it to be a monthly thing. So, I think "I've got a thermal detonator" will be my signature move in combat. Do you think I should actually *get* a thermal detonator? I kind of think that would ruin the whole thing.
Virenius 20th Dec 2015, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Given the situation for your character, you may need to take a Thermal Detonator just in case someone decides to call you on that bluff. Besides the best bluffs are those that are boosted by a little truth....
Truly Mad Moves 20th Dec 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
It's not as cool when it's true. XD Still, practicality dictates I really should get my hands on one as soon as possible. Ah, the dilemmas of being the social one.
Anonymous 21st Dec 2015, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
"I use Bluff on your Bluff of 'I have a thermal detonator!'" was never done? wow, n00b enemies. nice double-troll.
Truly Mad Moves 21st Dec 2015, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
I roll a mean Deception check.
Jay 21st Dec 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Any gamer who doesn't know about the Mr. Welsh list is
a) not deserving of their second set of dice, and
b) missing out on some great ideas.
TheFreshDM 21st Dec 2015, 12:52 PM edit delete reply
I kind of had to make a Mr Welsh List of my own with my players the one I find funniest is: "You are no longer allowed to start out as a WarForged at first level" I found out letting one of my friends do this my they really really abused the whole "I don't have to breath eat sleep" mechanic of a Warforged funny enough 5 of the things on the 10 things I have were one person.
Mystic Boulder 21st Dec 2015, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
So I found something in the latest version of Ponytales, that I think you should know.
The ability "The Rainbow Dash" lets you get to speeds of 30 miles per second (miles/s), or Magic point it to go 60 miles/s.
Now doing the math I calculated the miles per hour, the Kilometers per hour, and the Mach speeds of both.
For 30 miles/s, this translates to 180,000miles/hour, 289682km/hour, and roughly about Mach 235.
For 60 miles/s this translates to 360,000miles/hour 579,364km/hour, and roughly Mach 469.
To put in perspective, reentry speeds are about Mach 25, and the average bullet travels 1,704 miles/hour, 2,742km/hour, or a little over Mach 1.
Here is a link to how to calculate the Mach number
I also found a way so that I could use this power 8 times in a row, so that I could go 480 miles in 16 seconds. Basically I take the Element Tenacity and use the Destiny Self-Discovery, which at level 7 grants me the Ability Skill Mastery. The two allow me to recharge either 1 or 2 of my X/Daily skills.
So enjoy your Sonic Rainbooms. (._.)
Mystic Boulder 21st Dec 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
And I made the character already, so yeah. I would love to play him though, i just need to find a group to use him in. *sigh*
Blueblade 21st Dec 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Much math, many numbers.
Demonu 22nd Dec 2015, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
I think you shouldn't take "The Rainbow Dash" at face value like that.

Sure, you could do so but that would make "The Rainbow Dash" either completely unusable or the most dangerous ability in the game.

After all, nowhere is it mention that you already have to be in motion to activate it. Which means you can go from stationary to mach 469, or in layman terms, the speed of sound.

You'd pretty much demolish anything in the vicinity when you do this on the ground in any environment.
Mystic Boulder 22nd Dec 2015, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
No I wouldn't take it at face value in the game. I just looked at it and thought "30 miles/s is really fast I wonder what that is in miles/hour." and got this result.
It was just a lot of fun to see how ridiculously fast you could go and put it in a way most could understand.
I like to share. :)
Mystic Boulder 22nd Dec 2015, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
No I wouldn't take it at face value in the game. I just looked at it and thought "30 miles/s is really fast I wonder what that is in miles/hour." and got this result.
It was just a lot of fun to see how ridiculously fast you could go and put it in a way most could understand.
I like to share. :)
Blueblade 23rd Dec 2015, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
Sure we know that (from either before or after you shared you're information) but does the GM know that? That is the important part of the question. :3
Blueblade 21st Dec 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
GM Has a fear of Bad fanfic a apparently.