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2nd Feb 2016, 5:00 AM in The Last Roundup
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Lifeline or Deathline
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Newbiespud 2nd Feb 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete
And thus, the karmic injustice of a missed opportunity for a really good joke was amended.

Between this and getting that The Bureau video out, I am slowly, so slowly, knocking down the long list of things that keep me up at night.

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Digo Dragon 2nd Feb 2016, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Hmm, not sure I feel the squiggly dialog balloon for AJ's player being on the phone. I'm too used to jagged word balloons though.

Though if you find a way to make the words a little squiggly too, that would be excellent for conveying 'drunkenness' in a character. ^^;

But I do like that AJ's player has been amused by that response of Pinkie. I know I was expecting a pretty confused/angry response, but so far she might actually find this funny. :D
Newbiespud 2nd Feb 2016, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Alas, Comic Life has a limited number of word-balloon border styles. A few of them are downright useless, and of the options I had to convey "voice through a tiny speaker," this was an example of best-fit-but-still-not-great.
Digo Dragon 2nd Feb 2016, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Making the most of limited resources is part of the artistic experience. Does Comic Life have different fonts? Sometimes going that route works, assuming it is a route you can take instead of being closed for construction.
ANW 2nd Feb 2016, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
Newbie: under 6 months
Beginner: 6 months to a year
Adept: 1 to 2 years
Expert: 2 to 4 years
Veteran: more then 4 years
What rank would you put your D&D experience?
Me: not even newbie
Satyrwyld 2nd Feb 2016, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Got anything for over 25 years?
Boris Carlot 2nd Feb 2016, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
TTRPG in general, I guess I'm "adept". I feel like that implies a degree of mastery and confidence I really don't have, though c:
Moonlight Shadow 2nd Feb 2016, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
Moueska 3rd Feb 2016, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
DM of 25 years:
(Benevolent or Malevolent as you see fit)

Player of 25 years:
Master of Dragons
Digo Dragon 2nd Feb 2016, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
At least 20+ years here, but not just in D&D. I've run and played in many systems.

Next opening in RP time I get I'd like to start up a Fallout Equestria campaign.
Mykin 2nd Feb 2016, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
D&D time? 15 years, give or take. Though I really only talk about recent games, as the past is a quagmire of random silliness and pointless cruelty that middle schoolers tend to get up to when given a game like D&D to play with.

Which is to say that I have experience in being a human battering ram.

As for RP time... yeah, my work has effectively wiped the board for me as far as RP time is concerned. Just my FO:E game that is in the middle of trying to restart itself and my Only War PbP which is still moving along despite itself. So if you're recruiting people from the internets for your game, Digo, let me know. :P
Digo Dragon 2nd Feb 2016, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Like, what mediums are on the table? Pbp? Skype? Now that I have a computer that is actually "modern" spec-wise I find myself able to do things that have been common for a while.
Evilbob 2nd Feb 2016, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
Medium-wise, I've been hearing really good things about but with Skype being our what we've been using for the past 4(?) years, there's this thing called inertia that's almost impossible to overcome, lol
Mykin 2nd Feb 2016, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
To be honest, I wasn't actually expecting you to ask me this at all. Hmm, if you're asking me personally and given my rotating schedule, PbP would probably be the easiest for me to hold on to. At least, it's the one medium where time isn't an issue as not everyone needs to be on at the same time in order to play. That said, it can easily die if the game gets hold up with waiting on one person to post something.

Skype's also good, especially when you pair it up with Roll20, but then we run into time issues and my schedule threatening to kick me out of the game every four months. *Shrug* We do have each other's Skype info so we could seriously talk about it there if you want to try and make this work.

Also Evilbob, no one is jumping on the band wagon yet for that Discord thing because A. you've only brought it up at least 2 times by now and B. this is Discord we're talking about!! Why in the wide world of Equestria would we ever trust him with something like an rpg??
Digo Dragon 3rd Feb 2016, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I do some pbp over on the GitP forums, which tends to be a pretty decent place to play. I currently run one D&D 5e pony game there which is fun and so far is holding together. Though the die roller loves my players, making combats silly.

I wouldn't mind skype, but pesky things like time-zones can get in the way. I suppose we could talk about it in the future. :)

didn't know about the discord thing. sounds interesting.
Malroth 2nd Feb 2016, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
about 20, I'd put anyone with less than 5 years in the "Newbie" rank myself.
evileeyore 2nd Feb 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
30+ years... so...
Venseyness 2nd Feb 2016, 9:12 AM How long edit delete reply
I've been interested in the game for 7 years now, but I'm just leading into a year and a half of actually playing regularly.
So yeah, if you balance it out, I'd put myself as an "Expert," by your ruleset, but like Boris Carlot I don't neccecerially know rules by heart and stuff.
I do DM though, so that doesn't matter. If I don't know a rule I just improv something up.
"Um... you crit with that weapon using those bonuses... here, have this pile of dice, that'll work."
(I say it with a bit more conviction then that, but that's the basic concept.)
danime91 2nd Feb 2016, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Not even newbie, sadly. None of my friends growing up were into DnD, and nowadays with a full-time job it's hard to find time to get together and play.
Clutched by an Angel 2nd Feb 2016, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
I just read a webcomic....
Raxon 2nd Feb 2016, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
As strange as this may sound, I'd be a newbie when it comes to vanilla D&D. I might have three sessions of it. Almost all my other D&D experience is with heavily house ruled stuff.
Winged Cat 2nd Feb 2016, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Actual D&D, probably Beginner. TTRPGs in general, Veteran several times over. There are a very few systems I have played in more than one game, across decades of games.
albedoequals1 2nd Feb 2016, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
By your scale, I'm an expert GM, but a newbie player. Funny how that worked out.
Digo Dragon 2nd Feb 2016, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Oh I know how that goes. In my last local group, no one really liked being the GM for very long, so it often fell to me. I'd be a PC in only one out of every four campaigns we'd have.
MWS 2nd Feb 2016, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
D&D specifically: newbie (probably a half dozen sessions, spread out over ten years)
RPGs in general: veteran five times over
Specter 2nd Feb 2016, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
By that logic, I would be a veteran from knowing what D&D was/reading it/owning a book, but expert in terms of my first real game(I think, time doesn't really make much of an imprint on my mind when it is made in a years category).
Tatsurou 2nd Feb 2016, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
If you mean just the idea behind D&D, I'm a veteran.
If you mean actually D&D sets and the like, with dice and character sheets...I'm a beginner.
Chrysalis. 2nd Feb 2016, 7:53 PM edit delete reply
Wizard status.
Azureink 2nd Feb 2016, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
I have at least 15-20 years. About 10 of those years were also GMing as well as playing. Also including a bunch of other game systems.
Zilfallion 3rd Feb 2016, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
Hmm, I've only been into D&D[type stuff] for about 7-8 years[Around when I started high school]. So on that scale Veteran. But it's been a pretty large amount of actual play, and a bit of GM/DMing. I play a ton via a Skype group, in person play has been very limited because of certain factors.
JohnBobMead 3rd Feb 2016, 7:10 AM Ancient one edit delete reply
I started playing D&D Memorial Day weekend 1977 (several years before Advanced D&D came out.) But it's been 15 years since I've played a TTRPG, and it shows no signs of starting up in my life again.
ShadyCanopy 3rd Feb 2016, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Newbie. Literally finished my third-ever session yesterday.
aerion111 2nd Feb 2016, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
I'm both excited and worried when it comes to how this'll continue.
Still plenty of chances for 'cringe' - not like the show itself doesn't have plenty - but this might also go in a more amusing direction.
Mykin 2nd Feb 2016, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
I'm being cautiously optimistic that this will all turn out well. So I guess I'm in the same boat here.

Alright gang, let's see how you get out of this one.
j-eagle12212012 2nd Feb 2016, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
I think AJ's player will be cool with what happened
Winged Cat 2nd Feb 2016, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Being drunk can make you cool with a lot of stuff, until it's later enough that you've passed on the opportunity to object.
Specter 2nd Feb 2016, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
I had to find a player's character once when they were drunk (because he was more susceptible to being persuaded), turns out some local villagers found him out and about their corn field wearing his birthday suit singing. Turns out another party member dared him to do it.
TheFreshDM 2nd Feb 2016, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm well I'll delight you with two category's As a player I'd say I'm: a hardened Veteran I've been playing as a player for about 10-12 years(?) (Wow has it been that long? And as DM I'd say: somewhat a Expert (still learning a little though) I've been a DM for my current group recently for about I'd say 3 years (Though I occasionally would run home campaigns solo to test out ideas)
Ladyofthelibrary 3rd Feb 2016, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
I'm so under newbie it's not funny. I've had a handful of sessions and they were around 2 years ago. The DM recently told me he's been working on the world...apparently a broken beer bottle can let you see numbers over people's heads.
Kaze Koichi 3rd Feb 2016, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
If ponies don't have pinky fingers, what does pinky swear mean?
I personally think it means swearing like a sailor at Pinky Pie.
aerion111 4th Feb 2016, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure anyone's ever used 'Pinky Swear' in the show - 'Pinky Promise' is about the closest, and that specifically refers to a promise made using the oath created by Pinkamena 'Pinkie' Diane Pie.
Pinky-fingers have no relation.
Though, theoretically, a 'Pinkie Oath' (which you 'Pinkie Swear' :P) would be a more accurate name; It's complicated and ritualistic enough I feel the so-called 'promise' is really more of a formal oath, and Pinkie certainly REACTS as though they'd broken a formal oath.
Cliff Robotnik 3rd Feb 2016, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
"You Promised pinkie, Yis!"-Mentally Advanced Series Pinkie Pie.