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By a Hare's Breadth
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Newbiespud 7th Jan 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete

Nope, got nothin' but the pun in the title today.

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ANW 7th Jan 2016, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
Has your DM ever made you said "What?" in a very confusing way?
Completely new on either side dose not count.
Digo Dragon 7th Jan 2016, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Things that make you go... what?

-->In a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' style campaign, the party was on a beach fighting some nasty pirates that were after the bounty on our heads. We defeated them with just a little difficulty, and then looted their pockets for info on who sent them after us. All the while, a zebra on a surfboard passed us over the the waves.

-->The rogue had split off from the party and encountered a young dragon while the rest of the party was having a discussion. The rogue and dragon watched Pink Floyd's The Wall for a couple hours and then came back to meet us. Only 15 minutes passed on our side.

-->While uncovering cult activities in an old mansion, we found a billiard room. As soon as I walked in, the balls all rose into the air and started playing Ska music as they rotated around each other like a miniature solar system. The door out looped back onto itself like the game Portal so I got trapped, but only for a minute because I shot the 8-ball and the music stopped, allowing me to leave the room.
Ponikon 7th Jan 2016, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Just send me some of whatever your GMs are having.
Digo Dragon 7th Jan 2016, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Soon as I figure out what it is, I'll share it! XD

Now for the one where *I* was the GM-- It was a spaghetti western campaign and the party was at the plantation house of a well-off inventor because they rescued him from being robbed by bandits. One of the PCs was in the kitchen and messed with the dinner that was cooking by sneaking peyote into the soup.

The party sat down to supper, telling the inventor about their adventures when this little light-blue mouse floated over their heads. And it spoke English. And even after the effects of the soup wore off this spirit mouse continued to show up randomly like the Great Gazoo to offer advice, which was half the time pretty accurate.

The PCs liked it and made the mouse their team mascot (even though only they could see it). The PC who had the peyote never got along with it and really he only had himself to blame. XD
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
Confusing yet helpful. Me like
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Zebra, yeah that would do it.
Don't know what the wall is, but I can see the head scratcher there.
The billard room, dealing with cultists will lead you to some pretty weird things.
Guest 7th Jan 2016, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
It's a movie by the rock band Pink Floyd. It has some rather trippy and sometimes downright disturbing imagery.

Case in point:
Digo Dragon 7th Jan 2016, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The custists had apparently torn a hole into some parallel world, so we saw a few odd things. Though there was a good bit of influence from the Silent Hill series as the GM was a big fan of those games. I didn't complain. :3
MWS 7th Jan 2016, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
I made my GM say what when I said "I cast Detect Evil on the bunny."
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
How ap
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
How appropriate.
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud, mind deleting this and the uncompleted one above.
Went to press a word on mine tablet and press the post button by accident.
Mykin 7th Jan 2016, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
After a couple of battles in the virus infected north catacombs of Stable P-5, our main FOE group decided to take a rest to patch up our radiation suits and heal up. Since we were in unsafe territory, our GM made a roll to see if something bumped into us and we hit the jackpot.

Erupting from the ground near us, a giant nightmarish death-dealing mutant roared to life. Razor sharp claws on every one of its four limbs, teeth that could pierce tanks, and hide that looked like it could shrug off an artillery shell with ease. So yeah, we all took cover.

Thankfully, we all managed to win initiative so we poured as much firepower on the thing as we could. It didn't look like we made a dent on the thing and it turned to face me as I somehow managed to do the most damage to it in that one round. I, literally having no armor, closed my eyes and got ready for a rather quick and messy death.

It leaned in close, stared at me right in the face, and said "Why are you hitting me?!"

"Dude, you're going to eat me," was my/Astral's immediate response.

"What? No!" It immediately replies back.

"Like what? You're going to hug me with those razor sharp talons of yours?!" Astral sarcastically replies back.

It's at this point that the GM informs us that the rest of the party can hear this conversation in-game. This really confused everyone like none other (though it took me a few seconds before it finally sunk in for me) and our characters acted appropriately. It probably didn't help that it kept calling Astral Bellfire and that apparently the two would go bowling every other Tuesday, but that's besides the point.

So yeah, that's how we met Tucker. The most lovable monstrous friend a pony could ever have.
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
One of the strongest and deadliest creature in the world.
The newest member of the team.
Remind me not to have a team fight against you.
Digo Dragon 7th Jan 2016, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Ditto. Anything with razor sharp claws not on my team is not to be trifled with.
Mykin 8th Jan 2016, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Heh, yeah. He didn't travel with us (he was a bit too big to fit through the doors so he had to tunnel everywhere) but he definitely came in handy a couple of times during the sessions. I still laugh when I listen to our recording of the time we used him to tunnel into the Overmare's Office to convince her to let Bellfruit out of jail and help Astral with curing the virus.

But all things have to end and we got another "what??" moment when we "left" Stable P-5 and discovered that Tucker was actually an Earth Pony named Fortune and that Astral was his older brother. So we lost giant monstrous death being and Astral gained a family member along with knowledge that he's an amnesiac. Fun times.
aylatrigger 7th Jan 2016, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
My friends don't trust me to be sane anymore...

One of my friends upon my asking to help make his pantheon: "I would like to anticipate and veto anna's first suggestion of a kitten deity"

I am usually GM, and all my groups tend to be on the sillier side. I do not remember the last time we didn't expect silliness.

As I cannot share a 'what.' moment, instead I will give this: My first DMing start. It was when pigs flew. Literally. My brothers had said they would let me DM when pigs flew, so right before they let me DM, one of my bros let pigs fly in his game.
aylatrigger 7th Jan 2016, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Probably my silliest game idea: I took this and planned out a campaign based off 100. It was hard work getting it to be smooth, and as usual my party didn't get far before getting ADD tendencies and switching campaigns... But anyway. I did map out how to make #100 work.
Freelance 8th Jan 2016, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
My DM likes to do various puzzles using referential content. This one time he Used a Weird Al Yankovich titale as an answer. A pity that I barely know ANY of his work. I looked at him with glazed confusion and high annoyance when he told me it was W.A.Y. ending with, "You say that as if I know his songs!"
Guest 10th Jan 2016, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
In the final session of our campaign, our DM had us making our way through the Heart of Creation. It looked run-down, with modrons frozen in place everywhere. We're looking around at all the modrons that seem like they were just going about their business, doing maintenance to keep the universe running. Suddenly, one of the party members turns around to find a modron frozen with an axe an inch from their head. The very next thing we said after "what" was "don't blink".
Digo Dragon 7th Jan 2016, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Phew! The GM almost got the... jump on the druid.
Winged Cat 7th Jan 2016, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
Yes, but now they really have to hop to it.
you know that guy 7th Jan 2016, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
Ear, wot's all this?

These puns are making my nose wrinkle.
j-eagle12212012 8th Jan 2016, 4:30 AM edit delete reply
Lucky for the rabbit they missed it buy a foot
Digo Dragon 8th Jan 2016, 4:48 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
More like a hare's width.

(y'all are awesome, BTW)
Kaze Koichi 7th Jan 2016, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Low blow, DM. Low blow.
Winged Cat 7th Jan 2016, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
It could have been lower. The rabbit could have been crouching, or at least ears-down. Or maybe a line of ants, enough to be visible.
aylatrigger 7th Jan 2016, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
One of my players had lower in a different way...

We had Grog, a half troll barbarian who had sword to kill all paladins...because he saw one paladin kill one squirrel (would Fluttershy approve?) at one time. Also, apparently you can tell who a paladin is by if they wear blue or not. Grog's intelligence was 3.

So our wizard mind controlled Grog's best friend, a rogue named Sigmund Freud, into killing a squirrel. Grog killed Sigmund. After Grog found out the wizard had mind controlled Sigmund, he went to hunt down the wizard...who had already escaped.
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Last panel
Inner brony here.
TheFreshDM 7th Jan 2016, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
I actually have a time where my players went what but than at the same time a player made us all what a few moments later

In my current campaign my group is being assigned the task of bringing this daughter of the gods back to & needed rescued someone from slavers in the adventure (they didn't know the slave was girl they were looking for than) & just decided hey lets keep her she'll come with us. I didn't expect this so I slightly went what they said we keep her not as a slave but a companion to be with them after hearing she was the daughter of the gods they were like oh we got lucky I than asked them than to buy her gear they did & our party bard say's jokingly I want to buy her the most death-metal style BDSM gear I can! Everyone at the table just gave this look of what at the bard shaking our heads in disbelief. (I have some very odd players at times)
ANW 7th Jan 2016, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Um, we need to know the website address so we can get to it.
belmontzar 7th Jan 2016, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
-insert random encounter joke here-
A wild rabbit appears!
-fight- -act- -item- -mercy-
Winged Cat 7th Jan 2016, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy's pointer is stuck on the Mercy option.
Specter 7th Jan 2016, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
*Act- Nice, Mean, Talk.

*Talk. "The rabbit stares at you with it's giant bulbous eyes."


*Fight- ... "The rabbit has been slain."

"You are run down a yellow Pegasus pony seconds after hitting the rabbit with your stick."

... ... ...

*New Game.
CocoaNut 7th Jan 2016, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
So if Fluttershy stopped first, shouldn't the cart have gone the other way? Or is my physics weak?
Greenhornet 7th Jan 2016, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
Pony physics; you get used to it after a while.
Winged Cat 7th Jan 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Not necessarily, if she was swerving to her left as she stopped while RD kept going straight.
Digo Dragon 8th Jan 2016, 4:49 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yeah, it's possible to swing in that direction if Flutters turned left when she braked.
Ishidan 7th Jan 2016, 3:33 PM Spin me right around edit delete reply
Yeah, if Fluttershy locks while RD is still pulling, the skid should have gone the other way-forward and towards RD. Good catch.
Winged Cat 7th Jan 2016, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
A big undertaking. Let us know when you get to 10 so we can see what kind of update schedule you settle in to. (Regular, pre-scheduled updates without misses or day-plus delays are practically required to generate much of an audience.) Though if you're going off an existing campaign, that can help a lot: many good comics (and manga and anime) have been generated from good RPs, and you don't have to wrack your brain too much to come up with material for each update.
Raxon 7th Jan 2016, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
You never let hares near babies. They'll suck the breath out of them.
Arcbound writer 8th Jan 2016, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Here's a brief excerpt from an Eberron game I DM'd:
"You're standing on the top of the train riding a velociraptor. A pteranodon, ridden by a halfling, swoops by, with the intent to kill. It attacks you as it flies by, and ends it's turn about 20' away from the train car. What do you do?"
"I attempt to pounce on it, and force the rider off."
Ted the saiyanwolf 8th Jan 2016, 5:53 PM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
and suddenly . . . Bunny out of nowhere!
recentteen14 8th Jan 2016, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
I recently started a Fallout PNP game with a few friends. My "What" moment comes in the form of one of the party members meeting me- as an intelligent Deathclaw stuck in the door to the local hospital wanting to read the books.
Guest 10th Jan 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
We've had several story times about players acting in-character to everyone's detriment and everyone hating them for it. But how about times when everyone just went with it, because it was clearly the right thing to do?