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11th Mar 2017, 5:00 AM in Sonic Rainboom
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Newbiespud 11th Mar 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
Never have I wanted to be able to art more than when I wanted to properly show Pinkie's head poking down from the cloud and challenging the boy bullies. (I need to get serious about enlisting someone who can do a few pages of show-style-enough vector art for some later comic stuff...)

Here's a Story Time idea: A tabletop fight that was secondary to or in support of something else, like as a distraction or something.

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Venseyness 11th Mar 2017, 6:17 AM Secondary edit delete reply
So, in the second campaign I ran (the first ended after like, 7 meetings), I didn't govern whether you could be good or evil aligned. This led to the unsurprising consequence that some members in the party got on each others nerves sometimes, which manifested in conflicted decisions and the occasional brawl until someone broke it up. Much later on, once they were already fairly highly leveled, some of them started noticing I was putting them in situations where they'd go into conflict more and more, until I managed to throw the final battle into a 3v4, with the three good people on one side, and the two bad, one neutral, and the main villain on the other. So a secondary fight became the main fight of the game by the end.
Jennifer 11th Mar 2017, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
In my first campaign I was throwing combats at my newbie players to keep them engaged; when they seemed bored or uncertain, the nearest building exploded and whatever monster they were hunting for appeared, ready for a fight. This worked, sort of.
MonkeyMoa 11th Mar 2017, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
There's the guy from Star Mares, maybe he could help you with the art either by doing some art or just helping to create assets of easy use for you.

Btw, ths is the first time I comment in your comic, I love yor work, thank you for doing it, beijos and bye =)
Evilbob 11th Mar 2017, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
Whuuuu? Enlist help??? That's CRAZYTALK. You're famous for your screencap comics! Can't go upsetting the purists now!
Digo Dragon 13th Mar 2017, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It could be the Coke Classic scheme. Change the formula, upsetting the base, and then switching back with a new label to win the hearts all over again.

Might also fall under "There's no such thing as bad publicity".
Anvildude 11th Mar 2017, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
The beauty of the flat-shaded vector art is that you don't actually need to use new assets- just pop open GIMP and cut-and-paste the bits that you want.
Kale 11th Mar 2017, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
It's what Rainbow's little barbarian heart would want.
Specter 11th Mar 2017, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
Hopefully they're as discreet with their stadium fight like Hermione was when she lit professor Snape's cloak.
Digo Dragon 13th Mar 2017, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
These are PCs. They're about as discreet as an oncoming train. ^^;
Stadium brawl 11th Mar 2017, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
The best way to begin the fight? Throw the popcorn or the drink to them
Greenhornet 11th Mar 2017, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Dash's NEW theme song:
ThatGuest 11th Mar 2017, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Can't say I'm against the girls on this one. Theres no quicker way to give the players something to do then immediately yank it away somehow. "Here's a way to help Rainbow Dash during her character scene. Oh and I made something to completely negate you help so now you're not getting to do anything! Ha! Take that players! No one is allowed to have fun but MEEEEE!" Thats how Player v. DM wars start.
Digo Dragon 13th Mar 2017, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I got a similar issue in my current D&D local group. The GM wanted us to invest points in knowledge skills so we can make good checks to figure things out. But then he keeps letting the bard roll 'Bardic Knowledge' on everything she hasn't invested ranks in, granting the same knowledge results for successful checks. It's been leaving me (the ranger) and the team cleric not much to do on knowledge gathering because we keep getting trumped despite investing ranks and rolls into the same skills.
Space Jawa 11th Mar 2017, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
If I wasn't away from home this week, I'd be tempted to take on the challenge of doing a photoshop that shows Pinky's head poking down from the cloud and challenging the boy bullies...
Guest 11th Mar 2017, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
I think Pinkie actually sticks her head though a cloud in show at least once. cant remember which episode but odds are its an old one. (s1-3)
Nobody 12th Mar 2017, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
Griffon the brush off. It's when Gilda and Dash are trying to be together on clouds and told Pinkie "later". So she's like "It's later."
Draco S 11th Mar 2017, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
I once started a fight with a bartender as an excuse to tackle him behind the bar and slip him a note. Once I did, I let him give me a black eye so I had a reason to back down.
Azureink 12th Mar 2017, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
In a campaign of 3.5e D&D that I ran, my brother played a pixie bard, who, when another player character was doing a wizarding competition, charmed the crowd with his music and stupidly high charisma bonuses so as to distract them from any failings of the party wizard.
RuneKnight3 12th Mar 2017, 7:25 AM Bad Things I've Done edit delete reply
In a game of World of Darkness where the rest of the team needed to engage a large monster while remaining unseen I had the task of creating the distraction. We had a side job of trying to fix the mayoral candidacy so I picked one of those in the running and with a judicious use of powers weaponized one of their wronged former lovers. Instead of responding to the giant monster fight and reveal our presence, the powers that be were instead drawn down town where an aggrieved person drove an SUV into the front of a college get together where the candidate was speaking.

For this the other players castigated me intensely for not being nice. Yet, it was efficient and got the job done. We saved the city and got away clean, all it cost was an unknown number of injuries, put the media onto digging into a mayoral candidate - who turned out to be involved in a child trafficking scam - and one sad person going to jail.
CrowMagnon 12th Mar 2017, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
No fights like that, but I do have a story about a distraction we pulled recently.

So we're playing Hell's Rebels, which means our city's been put under martial law, our group forms the backbone of the rebellion, and there are a bunch of brownshirt morons called the Chelish Citizens Brigade swaggering around.

So after finishing one of our missions, we find out that some CCB goons had kidnapped a young tiefling girl who had had helped us out earlier, and had put her in a slow, painful, and public unlicensed execution.

Now, we're just a group of lvl 2s who are barely two weeks in with the whole rebellion thing, so we're trying to keep our notoriety down with the authorities. So, instead of starting a brawl to rescue the girl, my Constable (cavalier AT) and our Street Oracle with Disguise Self approached them disguised as corrupt cops sympathetic to their cause. So while we two are bantering, sharing drinks, talking about how great it is to be under the thumb of a LE dictator, etc... our Brawler (who has the best stealth among us) along with a faerie dragon that we'd bribed to help us, cast a sleep spell on the guard dogs. Then she snuck in, got the girl out, and the dragon cast an illusion that she was still in there that didn't vanish until we were long gone.
Limey Lassen 12th Mar 2017, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
I've been a fan of the comic for a while so I wouldn't mind helping draw stuff. I'm pretty good at whipping out simple vectors fast. I use them in video editing sometimes.
Freelance 12th Mar 2017, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Ah, a story about Bruus, my Halfling Swashbuckler. So one of my teammates, the elven druid/thief got his hands on a wish spell, and he wished for directions to a Belt of Wonders (this particular one would give +6 to all stats).

So while the majority of the party went off to raid the dwarven catacombs to retrieve it, Bruus and this minotaur team member went up to the front "door" of the cave to act as mercenaries. "Hi. We heard you had a drow invasion problem, and we're here to help you." They looked at us guardedly and asked us how much we were charging. I responded back with, "No-no-no, you misunderstand. We're willing to pay YOU for the honor of killing them. (Cue the N.E. Warrior who's currently the head of the local thieves' guild facepalming.)

It worked, and we acted as a vanguard fighting the drow that were coming up through the tunnels and took out a great number of their forces. Shame the freakin' elf got cold feet when he was just shy of getting the belt! I guess he decided fighting and likely killing the final guardian of the belt (some sort of water spirit)wasn't worth it in the end.