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To Bee Or Not
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Newbiespud 7th Jul 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
I'll have you know I had a heck of a time trying over and over again to get this page to upload.

Something something rules lawyers with an active internet connection can probably argue for anything imaginable.

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ANW 7th Jul 2016, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Push the Button time

Positive: You will get your current character's abilities


Negative: You will have to deal with annoying goblins everyday

Would you press the button?
ANW 7th Jul 2016, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
P.S they won't try to kill you, just try to do bad/annoying things to you.
Even when you're sick.
Digo Dragon 7th Jul 2016, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
What kind of goblins are we talking about? Smelly D&D goblins? Or the cute "BLART!" kind of goblins from a certain unicorn comic strip?

What about Labyrinth goblins? Oh, do they come with David Bowie?
Zaranthan 7th Jul 2016, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
Labyrinth goblins, but Bowie doesn't join them for mischief missions. You've got to do the whole journey through nightmare thing like Sarah did.
Digo Dragon 7th Jul 2016, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I suppose that's fair enough. Can I pick my own team of kooky tag-alongs?
Classic Steve 7th Jul 2016, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Digo, that's "BLAART." Always with a double A.
Halinn 7th Jul 2016, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
I've multiple characters. Do I get to choose?
setokayba 7th Jul 2016, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
I don't understand... Where is the negative?

Pro: You gain ability

Pro: Goblins appear everyday so it give exp and help make you strong...

Where is the negative?
Winged Cat 7th Jul 2016, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Depends on the goblins, and what specifically they would try to do. Some kinds of annoyances are very positive.

"Current character's abilities" would be a side benefit.

Although...literally, every day? Meaning there will be no day - ever - where I would not be dealing with goblins, thus ruling out long term incapacitation and death (which would prevent me from dealing with goblins)? Sure I'll take immortality via loophole! XD
terrycloth 7th Jul 2016, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
It doesn't rule out death, it just means you get sent to the goblin afterlife.

Which if I remember correctly was a bunch of polyhedrons smashing into each other with warring armies on each face.
JSchunx 7th Jul 2016, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Unrelated to the question, but... I'm reminded of my brother's character, who, when spotting a goblin pickpocketing someone, he opted to follow that goblin around, harassing him. Up to and including delivering a flying kick by way of zipline for about 30 nonlethal damage, to a level 2-ish goblin. Poor little guy didn't wake up for days.

As for the question, having the unlimited arcane powers of a high-level cleric/wizard would be ample compensation for any harassment by goblins. Especially since goblins are flammable.
Specter 7th Jul 2016, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
Push it. Several times, until either the button broke, or the goblins turned into kobolds.

Or until I got tired.
albedoequals1 7th Jul 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Hah, that's a no-brainer; I already deal with annoying goblins every day.
Blueblade 7th Jul 2016, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
I had already pushed by the Time you said there was a button. :3
T 7th Jul 2016, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Can I get only half of my powers but get this breed of goblin instead?
Guest 8th Jul 2016, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
Well, I mean, my character has so far magically compelled two goblins to be his friend (for strategic purposes, obviously :P)
So, I'd probably just keep doing that to the annoying goblins, even swap out some more 1st-level spells for more Charms.
And then spend the rest of the time being a cool Warlock (well, 'Witch') who can presumably get rich JUST off his 'cast Cure Light once per person per day' ability - a genuine 'Faith Healer' ability, essentially, and it's not even the core part of his powers (just some 'side perk')
Ponikon 8th Jul 2016, 3:25 AM edit delete reply
BRB, switching to Exalted...
Raxon 8th Jul 2016, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
The power to reach out and pluck angry wasps out of the air with no harm, or be unhurt by spilling boiling cooking oil all over my arm(yes it sucks and the painkillers make me itchy), and walk through the rain without getting cold or wet?

Also, astral projection and the ability to conjure attack beavers.

Boris Carlot 8th Jul 2016, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
The only characters I have are Shadowrun ones, so apart from deeply intrusive cyberware I'd mostly be SOL; no mana to tap into, no matrix to access. Definitely a bad deal.
lakiel 8th Jul 2016, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
well since my current character is a goblin with an slight evil overlord/ goblin supremacist bent... so massive psionic power and free minions? I'ma hit that button like I'm playing diablo.
Freelance 8th Jul 2016, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
Ssssoooo, it's like the scamp staff effect from ES4: Oblivion, huh?
Digo Dragon 7th Jul 2016, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
One time in a modern "Spy-vs-Spy" campaign, an issue with item pricing came up. The year we were gaming in was 2003, but the prices in the book we used were more like 1993. In addition, it lacked more modern computer equipment.

I came up with a simple concept that if you can find it for sale online, then we'll agree you can purchase it for that price. So if a player wanted their character to buy a new laptop computer, they would go to Dell or Gateway and price something they wanted their character to purchase. For a few sessions it was fine. Even helped with expenses like buying plane tickets or renting hotel rooms.

And then one day a player stumbled upon a real auction for a British built aircraft carrier. At a bargain-bin starting price of four million US dollars. The players bought the carrier.
Someone 7th Jul 2016, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
The question is: What kind of idiot GM makes it possible for the PC's to have a 4 million dollar budget?
Winged Cat 7th Jul 2016, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
One that has the PCs working for a spy agency, which presumably fronted the money and became the true owner of the carrier, for use on more than just the PCs' missions.
Someone 7th Jul 2016, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
I don't see many uses that a *SPY* agency would hae for an aricraft carrier, maybe as a mobile base or something along these lines...
Digo Dragon 7th Jul 2016, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
As mentioned below, they did use it temporarily as a mobile headquarters, so there was a little justification. Budget-wise, they had a multi-million dollar account because they were a secretive government agency and their work involved locating a group of rogue CIA agents that walked off with State secrets.

So it really isn't an idiot mistake. This was warranted funds to stop people from undermining a nation. :3
Rastaba 8th Jul 2016, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Worked for Nick Fury.
LegendofMoriad 7th Jul 2016, 6:36 PM Amazing choice edit delete reply
That is beautiful. If I ever run a "modern" game, I'll have to incorporate that. To Ebay with balance!
Grant 8th Jul 2016, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
Could always limit it by pointing out the staff needed to keep an aircraft carrier in operation, even assuming there's no air capacity.
Jennifer 7th Jul 2016, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
That is AWESOME.

What did they do with it? It would have cost more than they paid for it to upgrade the equipment and buy an air wing....

Back when I bought my first car, I tried to talk my dad into buying me a Daimler Ferret armored car I found on Ebay for a Buy-it-now price of $21,000. It was road legal, I wasn't expecting to drive more than a few miles a day so wouldn't waste TOO much gas, and it came with TWO gun turrets. He still didn't go for it. :(
Digo Dragon 7th Jul 2016, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I don't remember much of what they did with it. It was a mobile HQ for a little while (They used a small sailboat to reach land) and at one point they considered a way to use the catapult cable for launching gliders.

I believe they eventually sold it. Kind of impressed they didn't try to break the game with it, but then again you are right that maintenance was just too expensive to keep using it.
Grant 8th Jul 2016, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
Probably for the best since that sort of thing usually gets you on the 'let's keep an eye on them' police list and any accidents with it might get tricky.
Winged Cat 7th Jul 2016, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
...Twilight missed an opportunity. "One must know these things when one is a wizard. But I just looked it up on my phone."

Also, "non-translucent" could mean "completely opaque" or "completely transparent". She probably meant the former. (And the gel...well, there are many kinds of gel, some a lot less favorable to pollen than others.)
j-eagle12212012 7th Jul 2016, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Twilight is the Google lol
twilightfan765 7th Jul 2016, 2:11 PM pages until 1000 edit delete reply
less than 250 pages until this webcomic reaches the 1000 page and so far around 80 pages been uploaded this year
Tatsurou 7th Jul 2016, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
Did...Did Twilight just suggest using pollen filled cupcakes as a delivery method?
Corundrom 8th Jul 2016, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
Nah, she was just getting a snack
Grant 8th Jul 2016, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Normally I rule out solutions looked up online unless the player can successfully argue why the character would have any idea this was feasible.

Though in Twilight's case the tech and magic is all over the place, and she is a character who's spent most of her life learning and being taught how to research, so I'd probably let it slide.