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14th Nov 2017, 5:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 1
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Newbiespud 14th Nov 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
If you have the opportunity to watch that cake splatter frame by frame, I highly suggest you try it out. It's an impressive shot. Rarity's face makes for one heck of a deflective shield.

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ANW 14th Nov 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Human shield stories.
Both good and bad
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2017, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Most hilarious human shield fail for my group was in d20 Modern--

Party battling a sorcerer and he has several humanoid were-bat creatures as meat shields. I go for a double tap, but declare I'm aiming below the belt on the werebat. Sensing danger to the "family jewels" the bat dodges.

And the fight was over. XD
Robin Bobcat 14th Nov 2017, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
I play NERO, a boffer-style LARP.

My character is normally the group healer, but has a special ability that basically lets him transform (once a day) into a wall of meat. A truly massive amount of hit points and armor.

we were fighting a difficult position, with a bad guy throwing huge amounts of damage at us. I basically interposed myself between him and the rest of the party, soaking up the damage as needed.

Later: "Dude, how the HELL were you taking that much damage? You weren't reducing that I could tell, and you took over three hundred points of damage!"
"Closer to five hundred. And I am just that tough when transformed."
"Buh.. what?"
"Yep. each time I ducked to the side it was to replenish it."
"... I think I need to lie down."
Malroth 14th Nov 2017, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
My Undead Oracle regularly uses shield Other on all the other party members to soak up pretty much all the damage that the party takes, which he then recovers due to lifesteal+ fast healing + negative energy AOE's
Anon 14th Nov 2017, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
We just had one last week. Going through Tomb of Annihilation, and ran into a scouting party of what were, frankly, goblin ninjas. Their chieftain was a nibble little so-and-so, and every time we managed to connect he grabbed one of his minions and used him for a shield.

We got the last laugh. He finally ran out of meat shields and took a double swing at our storm cleric. Which prompted divine retaliation, which was further maximized by burning a Channel Divinity use. There wasn't much left except some of his mask.
ionotter 14th Nov 2017, 11:32 PM Shadowrun 2020 edit delete reply
I was in a Shadowrun 2020 tournament, playing "Million Nuyen Bounty", and I was playing a Detective. The plot was simple: Mr. Johnson is the sole witness that can clear our name and keep us alive.

The wrinkle: Megacorp put a 1,000,000 Nuyen bounty on his head. Not the rest of him, just his head.

At one point, we got tangled up with some random runners, and their troll pulls out a Streetsweeper Shotgun. He aims it right at Mr. Johnson, who has absolutely ZERO survival skills, whatsoever.

Me: "I throw myself between the troll and Mr. Johnson!"

GM: *blink-blink* "I'm sorry, what?"

Me: "I yank Mr. Johnson out of the way and take the shots for him. I've got an armored duster."

GM: *peers at me over his glasses* "I'm sorry, this is a Heckler & Koch Streetsweeper, so I really want to make sure this is what you want to do."

Me: *explains how Mr. Johnson is dead if he gets hit, and the party will also be dead too*

GM: *stares for a long moment* Okay? Roll your soak.

The troll got six successes on his hit roll. I got six on my soak. So I wasn't reduced to hamburger, but my sorry butt got tenderized reeeal good. Mr. Johnson was unscathed (and IMMENSELY grateful) and survived to testify on our behalf.

I got Third Place in the tournament and Best Roleplayer.
Digo Dragon 15th Nov 2017, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Nice save! Probably not the easiest way to 'use your head', but the fact you lived through it and got the Johnson to court to clear your name, that's worth street cred in my book.
Sir wilros the bard 15th Nov 2017, 10:36 PM Flight of the NecroDancer edit delete reply
I have a dirge bard in pathfinder that I just love
He's got the ensemble, charnel soldiers and loyal to the death feats

Charnel soldiers allows him to give the zombies he animates both of those other feats letting them act as backup dancers that jump in front of him to take attacks meant for him

He dresses in red leather and always dances his way into whatever room he enters

Such a fun character
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Rarity is a picture of calmness and serenity right now.

That begs the question what level is Blueblood if he has reaction higher than Rarity (24) quite possibly with a good modifier since she knew about distraction
Hariman 14th Nov 2017, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
They're not in combat, so events are a little more flexible.

And thus, the goal of the DAM begins to be become apparent to the players. Soon they'll realize that this was a massive arc long scheme to repair the damage to Rarity's playability AND give the party a major victory by taking down the head of the Thieves' Guild.

So... Taking bets on who replaces Blueblood as Elusive. The options I can see are:

Luna (Up late, available.)
Rarity (Obvious)
Sappire Shores: (Already a member, and in a position to have both deniability and mobility)
Celestia: (She's bored, and needs variety)
Sweetie Belle: (She's secretly devious and following in Rarity's footsteps!)
Flim and Flam, (Obvious mediocre con men is their cover)
Ditzy Doo: (Nobody. Suspects. The. Derp-Messenger.)
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
My places:
1) Ditzy Doo!!!
2) Celestia
3) Sweetie Belle/CMC (under supervision of course)
4) Rarity
5) Luna (she would be higher but to much responsibility for now... maybe in a few decades)
BigNorseWolf 14th Nov 2017, 6:43 AM Evasion! edit delete reply
Evasion. That is all.
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Please explain
Joe the Rat 14th Nov 2017, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Roughly: Save for Half becomes Save for None.

I'm not 100% sure cake counts as damage.

Note however, in various editions there are "redirect attack to adjacent ally" abilities.
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Shouldn't his reflex still be higher than Rarities to pull that off?
The Old One 14th Nov 2017, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Named NPC indicates sufficient character levels to be a threat to the party. I'd say he's got at least 5 levels on Rarity
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2017, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Even novices can still crit succeed 5% of the time. ;)
Dragonflight 14th Nov 2017, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
There's also the Star Wars SAGA mastermind class. You can actively use henchmen to take damage for you, as long as you still have them. And although Rarity is on the outs right now, she *was* still a henchpony of Elusive.

That might change now, however...
Skorzah 14th Nov 2017, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Oh no. Here we go. Here is where sh’t hits the fan.
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
More like a cake a pony
Hariman 14th Nov 2017, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
"And that was what I learned to not make Rarity's player angry ever again! She's almost as scary as Fluttershy's player when angry." ;D
CocoaNut 14th Nov 2017, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Dat black text box, tho
Classic Steve 14th Nov 2017, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
With red lettering. It matches the drop-down menu.
Digo Dragon 14th Nov 2017, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Yep. That font right there is called "Murder". O_O
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Like I said: Rarity is a picture of calmness and serenity right now. Because nothing says calmness and serenity like unabridged desire to murder somepony.
Fire Flyer 14th Nov 2017, 10:21 AM Alas, Poor Blueblood edit delete reply
Alas, poor Blueblood. I knew him, Spike; a douchebag of infinite arrogance. To get popcorn or not to get popcorn, that is the question...
Desperado99 14th Nov 2017, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
In the internet vernacular: Did gon b gud.
Hariman 14th Nov 2017, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Blueblood, thy doom approaches, and she was made by thine own hand.

Thou hast created a great thief, cunning in both social graces and in the more subtle thieving arts.

You've brought her ire upon you, and now you reap what you have sown.

We'll wait, with popcorn, snacks, drinks, and cameras. Your fall shall be glorious and epic, told of in circles noble, common, and underground. You shall not have fame, but infamy, as the example of hubris, pride, and selfishness that all should aspire to never be.

Bravo, Blueblood. Bravo.
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
Typical. 'Hero' created by bad guys own actions.
Philadelphus 14th Nov 2017, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
I like how that pony in the background is peeking in the penultimate panel, only to have once again covered her eyes when she hears Rarity speak so as to try avoid drawing attention.
offroader 14th Nov 2017, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Rokas 15th Nov 2017, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Rarity SMASH!
Dakkath 16th Nov 2017, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
Plot Twist: We take a detour into the Nightmare Rarity IDW arc