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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby bar1scorpio » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:49 am

Back to mid 1980s. What if instead of a college town, they all lived in since report town? What kind of resort would it be, and how would Sarah's condition affect tourism?
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Kris@WLP » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:47 pm

bar1scorpio wrote:Back to mid 1980s. What if instead of a college town, they all lived in since report town? What kind of resort would it be, and how would Sarah's condition affect tourism?


It'd be a ski resort (werewolves, with all that fur, at a beach resort? Not so much), and the only major change would be that Carla's family would have parlayed generations as hunting guides into a ski resort.

As for Parkie? She'd boost tourism, of course, even more so than she's doing in the regular story.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby ThomasNewton12 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:13 pm

Kris, what if you could go back in time and start Peter is the Wolf again from the beginning? Now that you've seen how the fans have reacted to the comic so far, what would you do differently? How would the story change?
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Kris@WLP » Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:27 pm

ThomasNewton12 wrote:Kris, what if you could go back in time and start Peter is the Wolf again from the beginning? Now that you've seen how the fans have reacted to the comic so far, what would you do differently? How would the story change?


I've not given it much thought, and I don't expect I ever will. You see, if I address that question, the obvious follow-up becomes, "Then why don't you make those changes NOW?" Life is far too short, and has too many distractions, to waste time re-creating the same thing over and over.

(I only wish George Lucas would learn that lesson...)
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby ThomasNewton12 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:00 pm

Kris@WLP wrote:I've not given it much thought, and I don't expect I ever will. You see, if I address that question, the obvious follow-up becomes, "Then why don't you make those changes NOW?" Life is far too short, and has too many distractions, to waste time re-creating the same thing over and over.


That's respectable Kris. Actually, on a similar topic: one of the reasons I started this thread was so we'd have something to do on the forums between updates, even if Kris was busy with other stuff. So if it's okay, here's a question for everyone except Kris: what if you were writing Peter is the Wolf? What would change? How would the story be different?

Kris@WLP wrote:(I only wish George Lucas would learn that lesson...)


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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Blackjoker » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:00 pm

What if there was actually a cult that worshipped werewolves? Made up of people that were only distantly aware or understanding of the secret and worshipped the werewolves as a kind of avatar of natural power, claiming that if they were true in their faith they could perhaps one day transcend mortal weakness and gain the power of the lycanthrope.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby heykat » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:07 pm

What if Rebecca's dad had disappeared or killed but her mom was still alive and with her, what would the difference be?
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Kris@WLP » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:28 pm

Blackjoker wrote:What if there was actually a cult that worshipped werewolves? Made up of people that were only distantly aware or understanding of the secret and worshipped the werewolves as a kind of avatar of natural power, claiming that if they were true in their faith they could perhaps one day transcend mortal weakness and gain the power of the lycanthrope.


In Peter's world, who's to say there isn't? It'd be small, though, and very secretive, as such things tend to be. Cosmic power isn't for the hoi polloi, after all.

heykat wrote:What if Rebecca's dad had disappeared or killed but her mom was still alive and with her, what would the difference be?


VAST. Butch would still be strong and athletic, and she might be good with crafting things and working with her hands, but almost everything else about her personality would be SO completely different. So different, in fact, that it's very difficult to say for certain what Lynn Vulthar (Butch's original name) would be like without waving authorial fiat around.

I've been toying with a PitW-20 short story, showing Con, Walt, Sally, Jack, Carla, Nancy and Gus back in the day, because I'd like to show what kind of person Nancy was- fairly strong, a risk-taker, and confident... as it turned out in the end, badly overconfident.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby bar1scorpio » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:55 pm

heykat wrote:What if Rebecca's dad had disappeared or killed but her mom was still alive and with her, what would the difference be?


From a design stand point, she's have longer hair.
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Re: Character Reactions Thread

Postby Happygun » Tue May 13, 2014 3:27 pm

Fine, if we're still going that route...

If the characters were fighters in a tournament fighting game, what would their Supers/Blockbusters/Specials be?
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Re: Character Reactions Thread

Postby blackjackel » Wed May 14, 2014 12:02 am

It's been awhile since I've been here or posted so I'll take a crack at it. Okay Peter grows up with a twin brother who's has a complete opposite personality. NOT an evil peter but a more confident assertive peter. I had this idea bouncing around in my head for while and I always imaged his twin as badass. Anyway let's say this hypothetical brother grew up with peter and the rest of the cast. Or better just appeared from some world where peter was more confident. What would be everyone reaction if a peter different from the one they knew appeared out of nowhere. And how would life be different if one grew up with peter and jean.
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Re: Character Reactions Thread

Postby Kris@WLP » Wed May 14, 2014 11:14 pm

Moved these to the thread where they belong.

Happygun wrote:Fine, if we're still going that route...

If the characters were fighters in a tournament fighting game, what would their Supers/Blockbusters/Specials be?


Peter: Home Run Derby (swings two bats)
Sarah (human): Spaz Attack (runs around screen, arms flailing wildly)
Sarah (wolf): Wham Wham (grabs opponent and uses them for a hammer/club)
Jean: Uppergut (gut punch that lifts opponent up and sends them flying vertically)
Butch: Backbreaker (judo throw followed by a knee-drop to the back)

Of course, none of them really work as fighters, except maybe Butch.

blackjackel wrote:It's been awhile since I've been here or posted so I'll take a crack at it. Okay Peter grows up with a twin brother who's has a complete opposite personality. NOT an evil peter but a more confident assertive peter. I had this idea bouncing around in my head for while and I always imaged his twin as badass. Anyway let's say this hypothetical brother grew up with peter and the rest of the cast. Or better just appeared from some world where peter was more confident. What would be everyone reaction if a peter different from the one they knew appeared out of nowhere. And how would life be different if one grew up with peter and jean.


That's neither a reaction nor a what-if. That's a request to write an entirely new story.

Short-short version: if Peter had had a confident twin brother, he'd be even less confident than he already is. He probably would never have even tried out for the baseball team. Walt would have quickly forgotten the fact that Peter even exists. Can't tell anything more without defining the twin's character in more detail, which I don't feel like doing.
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Re: Character Reactions Thread

Postby Happygun » Wed May 14, 2014 11:53 pm

Kris@WLP wrote:Moved these to the thread where they belong.

Happygun wrote:Fine, if we're still going that route...

If the characters were fighters in a tournament fighting game, what would their Supers/Blockbusters/Specials be?


Peter: Home Run Derby (swings two bats)
Sarah (human): Spaz Attack (runs around screen, arms flailing wildly)
Sarah (wolf): Wham Wham (grabs opponent and uses them for a hammer/club)
Jean: Uppergut (gut punch that lifts opponent up and sends them flying vertically)
Butch: Backbreaker (judo throw followed by a knee-drop to the back)

Of course, none of them really work as fighters, except maybe Butch.


Doesn't matter. In tournament fighting games, everyone is a brawler of the same approximate skill level. In Bleach fighting games, Orihime can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Ichigo and Yoruichi.

And honestly, I could see all those characters (apart from human Sarah) putting up a pretty decent fight if sufficiently pushed. Even Peter.

Also, Wham Wham is already sort of an attack ('cept for the last bit). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NloKmh3MqI
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby bar1scorpio » Wed May 14, 2014 11:57 pm

Okay, maybe addend BlackJackal's Idea...

what if instead of Childhood Friend, Jean had been Peter's twin sister? (Also a bit taller, making them similar height.)
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby heykat » Sat May 24, 2014 12:51 am

Butch gets one of two choices, she can leave the town with enough money to survive in New York for 2 years, or her mom comes back unharmed; which one would she choose? Any conflicts she would have and why? What would her reaction be after her wish is granted?
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Kris@WLP » Sat May 24, 2014 9:44 am

bar1scorpio wrote:Okay, maybe addend BlackJackal's Idea...

what if instead of Childhood Friend, Jean had been Peter's twin sister? (Also a bit taller, making them similar height.)


The main difference would be the lack of sex between the two, for obvious reasons. Sally would have been a bit closer to Jean, who in turn would probably be a lot less edgy and trollish than the one we know. Walt would ignore both children equally- daughters aren't in his plan.

heykat wrote:Butch gets one of two choices, she can leave the town with enough money to survive in New York for 2 years, or her mom comes back unharmed; which one would she choose? Any conflicts she would have and why? What would her reaction be after her wish is granted?


She'd walk away from the deal entirely, regarding it as impossible bullshit. She might even haul off and slug the person who proposed it on grounds of mental cruelty.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Ganthan » Sat May 24, 2014 11:45 am

This one is more or less directed at Happygun because of his knowledge of 3rd edition D & D.

So... yeah. If the main characters were level 20 adventurers in Faerûn, what would their character sheets look like?

I ask this because I'm going to take yet another stab (no pun intended) at Neverwinter Nights 2.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Happygun » Sat May 24, 2014 6:04 pm

Depends. If he/she were, say, a fighter or rogue, his sheet would be completely filled out and he'd have around two addendum sheets listing his possessions/assists, followers, and henchmen. If he/she were a spellcaster, add another sheet or two to the list for spells. The sheets would probably be in pretty rough shape unless the stats had been regularly transcribed to fresh ones. I'd be hesitant to assign classes to any of the characters, though it should be noted there is a difference between "natural' lycanthropes and "infected" lycanthropes and that most varieties are inherently evil (including werewolves). Yes, I know this isn't exactly what you asked for, but I'm not going to list out approximations of every character's statistics for reasons hinted at above.

Running high level campaigns in D&D - particularly 3rd edition especially - is a major hassle. Almost by necessity the game must shift to an emphasis on roleplaying and problem solving rather than combat; at that level, any worthy battle will last the entire session. It's even worse in Faerûn given the power creep inherent in the setting. Furthermore, running a campaign true to the lore is nearly impossible given its level of detail (not even counting the novels). That's part of the reason why its popularity has dwindled.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby bar1scorpio » Sat May 24, 2014 10:26 pm

Okay, this one is actually for you guys, Kris, if he wants to-

The Muzzle Group are all playing Cards Against Humanity.

Jean laughed so hard she almost piddled herself.

WHO played WHAT to win her card reading: "For my Next Trick, I will pull _______ out of ________"
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Ganthan » Sun May 25, 2014 11:33 pm

Cards Against Humanity? Can't say I've heard of that before, so I looked up the rules on Wikipedia and found several question and answer examples on the main website. I don't think any black cards have two blank spaces, otherwise you'd need two white cards instead of one.

But to go along with it I'll just make a couple of answers up. 'A guy with blue balls', and 'The Tardis'.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby bar1scorpio » Mon May 26, 2014 12:41 am

Really Ganth? Okay, here's the site, Cardsagainsthumanity.com
There's a .pdf you can download to see all the cards in the basic box.

And several black cards have two blank spaces. There's even one for three white cards: "Make a Haiku".
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Ganthan » Mon May 26, 2014 8:29 am

Back in my teenage years I was into plain old Five Card Draw Poker, which was probably inspired by the movie "Maverick". Then the rest of my family got into some other lame looking game called Phase 10. I never bothered playing that and lost interest in card games for a while.

I do own a Munchkin starter set but haven't had the chance to actually play it with anyone yet. I'll be sure to bring it to the meetup, if there are any concrete plans made for that yet. I have vacation time now.
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Happygun » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:28 pm

Here's one for ya,

A lycanthrope moves into town and said lycanthrope is essentially a doppelganger of one of the main characters, only he or she is of the opposite sex/gender (with minor tweaks so they don't seem creepy/unrealistic in the context of their gender). e.g. a nice, mildly-ditzy, skinny white geek who was recently enthralled and transforms into a dimwitted werewolf Adonis, a short, shy, weak, slightly weird werewolf girl who also VERY buxom, etc. How do the main characters react upon meeting their double?
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby howlbigbadwolf » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:58 pm

I got one...what if Peter was "A black guy" lol big penis jokes lose all meaning and would just be accepted as "meh" lolXD
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Re: "What If?" Thread

Postby Kris@WLP » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:34 pm

Happygun wrote:Here's one for ya,

A lycanthrope moves into town and said lycanthrope is essentially a doppelganger of one of the main characters, only he or she is of the opposite sex/gender (with minor tweaks so they don't seem creepy/unrealistic in the context of their gender). e.g. a nice, mildly-ditzy, skinny white geek who was recently enthralled and transforms into a dimwitted werewolf Adonis, a short, shy, weak, slightly weird werewolf girl who also VERY buxom, etc. How do the main characters react upon meeting their double?


Well, for the most part it'd just be, "Hi." "Hi." "Hello." "Hi." etc. Jean might go after the male, but otherwise any detailed "what if" would require actually creating the new characters and the circumstances of their arrival, which I'm not going to do.

howlbigbadwolf wrote:I got one...what if Peter was "A black guy" lol big penis jokes lose all meaning and would just be accepted as "meh" lolXD


His life would probably be worse. He'd be pushed out of baseball and into basketball or track because "blacks are good at that." He hasn't got the height for basketball, and track bores him, which probably means no scholarships and no college for him. Also, it's extremely unlikely that his high school relationship with Sarah would have proceeded as far or as fast as it did, due to her own sheltered upbringing. Racial prejudice is NOT dead, Chief Justice Roberts' fatuous rulings aside.
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