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Newbiespud 7th Mar 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
When Rainbow Dash makes a mistake, she at least always does it with gusto. A+ for effort, and all that.

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Archeo Lumiere 7th Mar 2017, 5:18 AM Story Time! edit delete reply
For this week, tell us about a time where you didn't regret a mistake in the slightest in character, but totally regretted it out of character, or vise versa
Guest 7th Mar 2017, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
Currently playing a GURPS campaign as a character who has to goes into a berserker rage when severely injured. This last session, he got shot by a ballista while looking through a dimensional door and did a full flying leap through it before knowing what was on the other side. Landed in a group of 15 armed and ready soldiers and 2 ballistas completely alone. It was a totally epic entrance, but I had no other choice and will almost certainly die because of it. Had to stop the session partway through the battle

Digo Dragon 7th Mar 2017, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
My T'skrang swordsman one time insulted a noble. A mini-plague mystery affected one specific town (and only that town), by mutating the people slightly. The Noble was going to just round up the infected and burn them under the assumption it was caused by a horror (technically burning these afflicted would have fixed the problem), but my group found out that the source was a magical artifact that was horror-tainted. We broke it's 'curse' effect, thus curing the afflicted.

The noble, spurned because we made him look callus in front of the common folk, warned the party not to get in his way again. My comment to him, right in front of the town crowd--

"Don't worry, you can catch the next mutant."

And then he challenged me to a dual to the death for his honor over at the T'skrang capital city (which my character never wanted to goto because of background plot reasons). In character the party cheered my ballsy move and I won respect from the town. Out of character... well, it was nice knowing my PC. XD

For good or bad, the campaign ended before we got to that town. Aww.
Jennifer 7th Mar 2017, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
I once played a wild orc bard (he basically hollered and ululated warcries rather than singing). He ran headlong into a door lintel once; the GM offered to let me take it back, but it seemed in character for him so I let it ride. The GM rolled for damage and my character was killed. I enjoyed that character, but even though I would have liked to keep him (and the GM offered again) I wrote up a new one instead. It just seemed like a very fitting death.
albedoequals1 7th Mar 2017, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Just recently, my pony character stepped in a bear trap with a hind leg because I forgot to check the room before entering. I compounded the mistake by trying to force the trap open with strength instead of waiting for a more technically-inclined party member to rescue me. I rolled badly, and the trap snapped shut a second time, breaking the bone.

My character will be crippled for weeks and has already had to fight several battles while hobbling on three legs. She greatly regrets her mistake.

Out of character, it's one of the most entertaining things I've done. It has led to good development, both for my character and for her friends, and the new challenges are interesting.
Digo Dragon 8th Mar 2017, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I had a pony character get his leg broken when part of a ship's mast broke off and landed on it. Amusing as the system didn't really have a specific mechanic for long-term injuries like that. At first I was kind of annoyed because of the penalties to accomplish even simply physical actions, but after a while I owned it and managed to work around the handicap decently well. Looking back, it wasn't so bad. No regrets.
Specter 7th Mar 2017, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Out of character, I have no regrets with my character being as blind as a bat (metaphorically) and falling in love with a ... Fell dragon? Chaos dragon? I don't remember the exact name for it, but the point still stands. In character however, well, he still has no idea, all he knows is that he is in love with a dark elf.

Fun fact: there has been about ten skill checks of intelligence or wisdom to find out whether or not the dark elf was a dragon, and I failed them all. :)
Digo Dragon 8th Mar 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Pffft, those dice really have it out for you. XD

I'd probably go along with it and have fun.
Freezeflare 8th Mar 2017, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
In one part of our campaign, we were infiltrating a military base, attempting to access their central computers to find the location of the enemy emperor. We got to the central computer room; there was a wall of computers, with four guards in front of them. Our party's dwarf shaman, who was perpetually drunk (both in and out of character) decided to take them out the best way he knew how--summoning a wall of fire that pushed towards the guards...threatening the computers that we had come for in the first place.

The DM had this look of "...fucking, really?" on his face. And I sensed a bit of frustration/derailing incoming. My decision--regret in-character, but not out-of-character--was to put this thing back on the rails, the only way I knew how. My character charged through the wall of fire, and yanked a computer out of the wall, to save it from being totally incinerated. He was surrounded on all four sides (a wall of fire, a wall of computers, and two guards), and nearly died.

The shaman dismissed his wall of fire, and we killed the guards. Then I borrowed the shaman's fire abilities, using his finger as a soldering iron to reconnect the computer to the (scorched) wall, and hack into the database. At some point in this, the DM said "I'm not gonna make you pass skill checks on this or anything, this is way cooler than what I had in mind".
Rokas 7th Mar 2017, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash always goes for broke, and even when she screws up, she messes with style.

I have no regrets.
aerion111 7th Mar 2017, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
I've started listening to the Fallout is Dragons series again, to give finishing it another shot.
I find it amusing that there are both elements of your GM-ing style in the comic, especially in the GM character itself, and yet it overall sounds like a seperate GM with an ultimately different style. I couldn't imagine you saying the two first panels, for example.
I could easily see the last two panels being done by SOMEONE, though I'm not sure who - I'm pretty sure Javolt would be at least one of the people involved, though I'm not sure which side.
Digo Dragon 7th Mar 2017, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Oh I would definitely say the second to last GM line. I am really snarky like that.
aerion111 7th Mar 2017, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
I'd lean more towards the angle of 'it's a lot to ask for, I know, but let's give it a try anyway' or some other snarky pseudo-encouragement :P
It'd still be snarky, though.
Though, thinking about it, Javolt might not actually fit either role in the last panel.
Maybe it'd work with Aurelia starting it by commenting on someone ELSE needing to just not be both incompetent and lazy, then Xencarn finishing it by saying they (Powder Keg or some NPC, likely) are only one at a time.
Dusk Raven 8th Mar 2017, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
I kinda want to listen to the Fallout is Dragons podcast, but each entry is so long that I feel it would take literal days of listening to finish - and not the kind of ambient listening you can do with music, I'd have to actually pay attention to all of it.

The other factor, of course, is that I don't like Fallout: Equestria... probably because I don't like Fallout.
Belmontzar 7th Mar 2017, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
Oh thats the kinda back talk we have here at home. Its so refreshing to see a personal home worthy burn. WELL DONE.
Silka 8th Mar 2017, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Is it wrong that I'm surprised her chiptune of choice isn't one of the boss themes from Undertale? Imagine Dashie doing her routine to Megalovania!
Luminous Lead 8th Mar 2017, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Friendship is Dragons far predates Undertale. It makes sense the player would pick something awesome from her formative years.
Akouma 8th Mar 2017, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
So here's something I hadn't thought about until now:

In this episode (the canon version, that is), Rainbow is stated to like rock and roll. But way later, we see Pinkie becoming a member of the pony!Beatles. If we assume the history of music in Equestria is at all similar to earth, the rock and roll that's established and has a fanbase would sound closer to the radio in Fallout than anything we think of today.
Dusk Raven 8th Mar 2017, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Given the "Schizo Tech" nature of Equestria, it wouldn't surprise me if the music progression of Equestria is indeed different, even if the background music that accompanies Dash at times isn't what she really likes.

Maybe Equestria just has a surge of interest in "retro rock" in its future? Also, what episode is that from?