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16th Oct 2016, 8:00 AM in Chunin Exam Arc
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RandomRex6 16th Oct 2016, 8:00 AM edit delete
I don't know whether I'm proud of all of you for figuring it out, or disappointed in myself that the puzzle was that easy.

Oh well.

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Jerry 16th Oct 2016, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
The reason so many of us figured it out is probably because the anime makes a big point of the empty test sheet. People who came here from the show/manga were probably trying to figure out how that would fit in, and the only real answer was the one you chose.
Anonymous 16th Oct 2016, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
To be fair, this was the solution in the show too. The only difference is Mal doing it intentionally and Naruto kind of stumbling into the solution on accident.
Kefkaesque 16th Oct 2016, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
It wasn't the solution in the anime/manga so much as an unintended loophole.

The first 9 questions of the test really were supposed to test stealth information gathering skills, and the head proctor had a good laugh afterwards at the audacity of Naruto passing with a blank sheet.
Brax 16th Oct 2016, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
I don't know if this is timed right exactly, but it seems like the session might end soon, so who do you guys think Shawn will be?
Rastaba 18th Oct 2016, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Considering Jarrod's reaction to him when he was first mentioned, I have four ideas.

First is Gaara, the most immediate character who will be put into direct and 'fair' conflict with Sasuke. Quite simply he takes Gaara's character sheet and twists him somewhat into the guy we know, to some extent.

Second is that necromancer ninja, Orochimaru. Another soon to come into direct conflict with Sasuke, and of course schools him soundly finishing with that magical hickey.

Thirdly, Itachi. Bit of a stretch considering how much further out he is, but it just seems a possibility to me for some reason. Consider him my least likely bet though.

Finally, Neji. Lee's team still hasn't been detailed leaving them up in the air. The only member of their team who's actually come up is Tenten during the 'cheating'. No real Jarrod based logic behind him unlike the other three. Just a possibility to me.
Cassus 16th Oct 2016, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
The other reason so many people figured it out is that spotting small irregularities in rules text and building elaborate arguments based on them-- cough*monks and unarmed strike proficiency*cough -- is sort of the national pastime of gamers. There are a lot of those in your audience.
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Otaku 17th Oct 2016, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Don't forget that while a three-times-a-week update is reasonably robust for a web comic, it still gives us way more time to analyze things than say the manga. Usually more time than the animé as well (though it tends to make it obvious by having flashbacks of flashbacks to basically spoonfeed you important plot points XD).

So yeah, I did not get it immediately. I don't remember if I had figured it out or if I read it in the comments, but since we had a few days to ponder anyone familiar with the source material knows Naruto is supposed to pass with a blank exam, and the "Answering can only hurt you" trick isn't exactly obscure either.

In fact...
Otaku 17th Oct 2016, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Story Time: Unusual Test Procedures

Share an account of when you or a character passed a test by doing something other than the obvious manner, namely by exploiting a loophole (whether accidental or intentional) a la Mal here or Naruto in the actual series.

This doesn't even have to be about role-playing or gaming; I am curious if anyone here had a teacher that had some fun playing with students by giving them this kind of test. ;)
Jarimor 17th Oct 2016, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
In a mythic game my group had once, the GM had made some quiz doors (prize at the end was more mythic levels, we didn't know that) that had actual riddles attached to them.

The catch was a wrong answer would awaken the two skeletons near the doors (they were the mythic variant) and combat would begin. We got the first door wrong once. Combat lasted a round and a half or so, we reset and began plowing through the doors.

Cue door five. we got stuck for about an hour real time trying to guess it's answer. The skeletons from all the other rooms and that one attacked near continuously. after ONE mass skellie murder fest, we set the bones up in the last room away from the door. we got the answer wrong twice more and a shotgun spell each time ended the problem (we only had a summoner, no real blaster-casters). after abusing my ring of sustenance to get my spells back (GM allowed it as we still didn't QUITE get the rules for it) we failed twice more.

We finally managed to get a will save off to get an idea for the door, trying to feel out what the door wanted and all that. I gave the answer as fast as i could and was told that had we gotten it wrong again, the skellie menace would have CHANGED CR and gained REGEN. We got through the puzzle after that door.

Riddle for posterity-

I never was, am always to be,
No one ever saw me, nor ever will
And yet I am the confidence of all
To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.

The answer is Tomorrow.
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