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Episode 1830: Culpa Diction


The vengeance speech is one of the classic speeches of fiction. Have one pre-prepared for that special circumstance in which you have to swear revenge against anyone for some sort of gross injustice or slight against you.

Just be sure to save it up for an appropriately (melo)dramatic game moment, and don't bring it out whenever someone cuts your character off in traffic.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

In the heat of battle, you can't really tell where shots come from. You might catch a shot as it comes in, but after it has gone, it's really hard. All you can do is look around, and yell something like, "They killed Fritz!".

Meanwhile, we now clearly see that Annie's character is different. All the various troopers in nearly identical armor, indistinguishable - and Annie's Finn has these red streaks that clearly mark it as a different, non-identical character. This is how we can tell that it is a serious, important character, and not just another cookie cutter.

So let's look at the panels here. Panel 2 has a trooper punching someone. Panel 3 has what looks like shooting people when they are down, or otherwise causing mayhem and death. And 4 and 5 look like some major, well-known speech that I am just not knowledgeable about. Dang, I rolled a 4.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Huh, I guess Finn didn't see where Poe was when Gil got shot. Good choice of clips by The Irregulars here I have to say; this looks like it might have been two different scenes based on the troopers in the background, but at the same time, it really gives me the feel of how crazy the battle is. Facing right, then left, then right, then left again. All sorts of chaos and danger everywhere challenging Finn's vengeance.

Poe, I think you might want to reconsider being cautious at this moment. Your makeshift cannon is starting to glow red, and you can't count on the enemies to neatly line themselves up when it finally explodes. Especially the really dangerous one that you seem to be hiding from.

I've played online games of the Play-by-Post variety for the most part in the last few years. One plus that I've noticed for those style of games is that I can take a little extra time to craft sentences like Annie's here. I would usually find myself stumbling over or grossly simplifying when playing in person, so being able to more clearly communicate is a boon. More time to think does have the downside of making games take longer, so it's not a trade-off I always like.


Finn: I scan the battlefield for where the shot came from.
[SFX]: Pow! Pow!
GM: Shots are flying everywhere in the chaos of battle. You can’t tell.
[SFX]: Pow!
Finn: Show yourself!
Poe: I.... don’t think I will.
[SFX]: Pow! Pow!
Lor: You’re playing circumspect? I didn’t think you knew the meaning of the word.
Finn: And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers!
Finn: And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee!
Lor: On the other hand, that’s a great dictionary.

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Published: Thursday, 23 April, 2020; 03:11:13 PDT.
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