Page 887 - Counterintui-ttack

28th Mar 2017, 6:00 AM in Sonic Rainboom
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Newbiespud 28th Mar 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
We're now fully into "plan that makes absolutely no sense except in this context and even then" territory.

The lifeblood of RPGs.

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Composer99 28th Mar 2017, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Rescuing Rarity and three Wonderbolts? Dash'll be a shoo-in for a Gala ticket now.

Also, you know your idea is sketchy when the GM asks you "are you really sure", but when the GM says "ARE YOU KIDDING ME"... well.
Tria 10th Apr 2017, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
It's fine as long as the GM isn't smiling....
Composer99 28th Mar 2017, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Rescuing Rarity and three Wonderbolts? Dash'll be a shoo-in for a Gala ticket now.

Also, you know your idea is sketchy when the GM asks you "are you really sure", but when the GM says "ARE YOU KIDDING ME"... well.
Composer99 28th Mar 2017, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Huh, not sure how that double posted. Guess I clicked on "Post" too many times.
Digo Dragon 28th Mar 2017, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
When I was DM, crazy sketchy plans that succeed would elicit some variation of "You just made my X cry."
Winged Cat 28th Mar 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Yeah, I figured. But I thought Rarity would've been attacking them to underline how dedicated she was to dying as an apology, and only then would RD step up and save her. This is saner than I thought.
Digo Dragon 28th Mar 2017, 11:22 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Relatively speaking. ;)
Greenhornet 28th Mar 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
I can't help but think of the joke:
"This isn't exactly how I planned it, but..."
"You PLANNED this?"
ANW 28th Mar 2017, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Tv tropes time
Gaint Space Flea from Nowhere.
The boss comes out of nowhere
You fight
It leaves
That's it.
There is no lore, hints, or info about it.
Before and afterwards.
Not even a minor plot thing.
you know that guy 28th Mar 2017, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
If you don't have something to say about today's comic, don't post on today's comic comments.
Winged Cat 28th Mar 2017, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Yeah, that's...kind of what's going on here: no context, before or after.
Zagreus 28th Mar 2017, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Except for Lavos, he's the giant space tick out of nowhere.
And the more lore you get the more confusing he is.
Greenhornet 28th Mar 2017, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
I had that experience in the rap-up to a game long ago. We players were getting ready to finish up the session when some guys walked by, did a double take and one yelled "GET THEM!" before the mob attacked. After we wiped them out, one of the players asked "what was THAT all about?".
The GM never clued us in, he just smiled when we asked. We must have pissed off somebody's friends.
aerion111 28th Mar 2017, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I'd probably be one of the people demanding to know if Rarity's player has gone insane, even knowing what her plan is.
So far, there really doesn't seem like there's a reason to think RD even knows she's falling.
Digo Dragon 28th Mar 2017, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I think the commotion of the audience shouting and yelling in a bad way will finally tip her off.
Masterweaver 28th Mar 2017, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
I am a big fan of this plan. It speaks to me on a personal level.
Digo Dragon 28th Mar 2017, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I wonder if Dash has some kind of sixth sense to know there's a fight going on somewhere...

Dash: "Wait, I sense combat actions. I'm missing a fight! Save some targets for me!!"

*Dives off stage*
Classic Steve 28th Mar 2017, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Much as I loved the resolution of that episode, I have to admit that this detail felt forced.
remial 28th Mar 2017, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
as they said in Farscape, "This plan is so bad it has to be one of ours."

of course one of my friends used to say "if the stupid plan works, it isn't stupid." My reaction was usually, "yes it is, it just means that the other side was dumber then we were"
Theo 28th Mar 2017, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
“Nitwit ideas are for emergencies. You use them when you've got nothing else to try. If they work, they go in the Book. Otherwise you follow the Book, which is largely a collection of nitwit ideas that worked.”
Luna 28th Mar 2017, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Story time ! Ever had a player that kept sabotaging themselves into a potentially deadly situation ? Bonus point if it was intentionnal and somehow managed to survive that.
Akouma 28th Mar 2017, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
I'm currently in a Werewolf: the Forsaken game. In the current edition of the system, a player can take a roll that they failed and downgrade it into a botch for experience. I enjoy drama, Werewolves are nearly indestructible, and I enjoy having XP, so I do this basically every time I fail a roll and haven't already claimed the bonus for that scene. This includes such fun times as:
-Trying to run away from the danger zone of a collapsing overpass.
-Trying to use a power that if you critically fail means you can't read for several hours. (Which IMMEDIATELY bit me in the ass because we were fighting a monster in a hospital who would be easily destroyed by some rubbing alcohol but I couldn't figure out which of the clearly labelled bottles contained it.)
-Trying to prevent a child from getting hurt in a fall out a window by cushioning his body with mine. (This isn't as noble as it sounds, I promise.)
-Trying to avoid offending a group of mobsters wondering what the hell I'm doing wandering into their bar.

The list goes on, those are just the really notable failures I've inflicted on myself.
Specter 28th Mar 2017, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Well, with any luck the DM will roll minimum fall damage... right?
Winged Cat 28th Mar 2017, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Nah, given the screencaps, RD saves her (and maybe the Wonderbolts). So long as they don't actually hit the ground at falling speeds, what fall damage?
Digo Dragon 28th Mar 2017, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
If this were D&D 2e, she'd just have to be a high-level fighter, which were capapble of shrugging off fall damage from any height. XD
Ailan Sempar 30th Mar 2017, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
Speaking of fall damage and comic. Reminds me of one of the first campaigns I was in. We were on an Airship, and we got attacked by a blue dragon. Defeated it, but a few npcs sailors were knocked off. My character, the wizard, jumped off, dimensioned door closer to them and cast feather fall on them, and myself(We were HIGH up). The fighter jumped after another npc...With no fly/feather fall/buffs. He caught the NPC, a gnome...And shelteredd him from the fall with his own body. This is when we found out about maximum fall damage...And he survived, by luck of DM rolling low on the 20d6 falling damage. Hey, at least he saved the nameless gnome!
emmerlaus 28th Mar 2017, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
Im really hoping she will explain her actions in next page. As crazy as this plan is, I wanna hear why she thought it would be a good idea.
Winged Cat 28th Mar 2017, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Because RD successfully rescuing her is bound to get her a ticket. Also, "Sorry, but THOSE WINGS YOU GAVE ME BURNED OFF" is, at least, a good excuse to weasel out of not winning.
emmerlaus 28th Mar 2017, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
I know that much but now potentially killing Wonderbolts will help her achieve that?

How Rarity will prevent being arrested from attacking them?

The only thing I can think off is the same panic as someone who is drowning and panicking because of it but still...

Did she expected Rainbow Dash to actually be able to save 4 ponies in same time ?! Did she roll 4 critical success in a row to make them uncouncious?!

Their is lots of questions that could be raised from this.
redwings1340 28th Mar 2017, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Well, Rarity has a good cover in that her hooves were just flailing and she panicked. Nobody would suspect that she intentionally attacked the wonderbolts here. She didn't want the wonderbolts to save her because that wouldn't necessarily guarantee RD's win.

That said, expecting RD to successfully save all of them was not her best move, and is a very high risk play. If a wonderbolt dies the competition would likely be cancelled altogether, and also Rarity still has a pretty high chance of dying here.
Evilbob 28th Mar 2017, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Mannnnn. These Wonderbolts are clearly no-good-celebrity judges. I briefly remember thinking this when watching that episode, and now I feel obliged to comment on it now, lol.
I think the closest analogy would be if Olympic swimmers (who've never done lifeguarding before) to take on lifeguarding duty.

I mean, one of the first things you learn when you take a job in rescuing (eg lifeguard or EMT) is to NOT PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER. You know, using a pole and reaching from the side, etc. A corollary to that is that if you HAVE to jump into the water and put yourself at risk, assume the rescuee is going to act in irrational and hostile manner. (eg don't reach out to drownee; don't let them grab a hold or get in punching/grabbing distance of you from the front. Swim behind them where they can't reach or hit you and grab them there.
(It's not unheard of for drownees to panick, grab the would-be rescuer, and basically push them under the water in an attempt to buoy themselves up; which, you know, could end up drowning the would-be rescuer.)
Any other ppl here who've done lifeguarding before who can back me up on this? Maybe our instructor was just particularly paranoid about the water rescue. I swear he thought it was funny to try to punch us during those practice swimming rescues.
redwings1340 28th Mar 2017, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
That's probably true, but I imagine lifeguarding a flying competition is substantially more difficult than lifeguarding a swimming competition.

That said, its quite possible the wonderbolts didn't follow adequate safety protocols here.
Digo Dragon 28th Mar 2017, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
This might be the first time anyone ever lost their wings in mid-competition. A little panic would be normal.
Evilbob 30th Mar 2017, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
This competition must either be really new or surprisingly and blessedly accident free then, lol. Other than magical mishaps with disappearing wings, I'd imagine wing-cramping to be a thing. Especially with Young Fliers who didn't do their stretches and decided to overexert themselves for the competition.
Referee 28th Mar 2017, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Holy flailing limbs, Rarity!
Sidnoea 28th Mar 2017, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Can't wait until you cover that episode where Spike gets big, so Rarity can continue falling to her death.
silvadel 29th Mar 2017, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Well, if you are going to die you might as well take the wonderbolts with you. It would make for a better headline in the newspapers.
Digo Dragon 29th Mar 2017, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
"Equestrian Air Force destroyed by carnival marshmallow."
reynard61 29th Mar 2017, 10:23 PM edit delete reply