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Episode 1901: Petty Woman

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Taunting people is something you actually don't get to do a lot in real life (unless you're the sort of nasty person who does do it in real life, in which case: grow up). So the chance to do it in a virtual fashion within a game setting can be too good to pass up.

If you're a GM, try setting up some low level fall-guy villains who act tough and gloat over the PCs, but who can get their comeuppance at the hands of the heroes, this providing an opportunity for some in-character taunting. And if you're a player, keep an eye out for any opportunity to verbally spar with an antagonistic NPC, so you can work those antisocial conversation muscles!

Rejected title: Unkar Plutt’s Ploys are Tragic

Reason for rejection: See previous strip.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

So it seems that BB-8 is worth 60 days worth of food, while scavenged junk is barely substanance.

And we see how much you can trust other players. Note that Rey did not actually accept the offer. Just tossed a taunt at the shopkeeper and left. No negotiations with this shopkeeper? The first time, it was a bad roll. This time? No roll. Nothing.

Meanwhile, Rey was carefully covering her face when we first saw her, to keep her features clean. But now she's running around, exposed to the sand, wind, sun, etc. Where are all the sand lines, exposure marks, etc?

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Hahaha! Just going back to rub it in Unkar's face, I like it. Pete's really getting into the roleplaying; there's no in-game benefit to doing this that I can think of. Even if there's a reputation stat involved, this outpost is poor and practically in the middle of nowhere. That wouldn't mean much, even if there are communications to anywhere else.

I do have to wonder if there was an amount Pete would have actually sold BB-8 for. Portions seem to just be dehydrated food things, so that wouldn't exactly be a huge benefit to just increasing the number. Possibly if there was a laser sword or super armor of some kind, but I don't think that a small outpost like this would have anything worth trading for on that scale. And then Corey would probably start looking for a way to get back at Pete in the game, which probably isn't a good idea when some of the players are already against them.

I don't think anybody would enjoy the blue cornbread puffball. I suppose there's not much else in the way of food, let alone an appetizing kind of food, in poor outposts like Niima though.

Transcript

Unkar Plutt: This is worth... one quarter portion.
Rey: What about this droid?
BB-8: What?!
Rey: Shhh.
Unkar Plutt: Hmm.
[SFX]: Slam! {Plutt slams a pile of food portions onto the counter}
Unkar Plutt: Sixty and one quarter portions.
Rey: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn’t give me more than a quarter.
Unkar Plutt: Oh.
Rey: You work on commission, right?
Unkar Plutt: Yeah.
Rey: Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go now.
Rey: C’mon BB-8. {they leave}
Unkar Plutt: I guess she don’t like the cornbread either.


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Published: Tuesday, 06 October, 2020; 02:11:18 PDT.
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