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25th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM
Lots and Lots of Trains
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Newbiespud 25th Apr 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Magic and technology mixing in odd ways is always fun, even if it results in what looks like a spiraling plot hole at first glance.
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ANW 25th Apr 2015, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I agree on dash for this one.
I gave this before, but I think it's been long enough to post again.
What brought you to the webcomic? MLP, D&D, recommended, other.
Me:looking for a good mlp comic.
ANW 25th Apr 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Also, first. Me? Well, that's unexpected.
MuffinMark 25th Apr 2015, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
MLP, and it was this comic that finally got me to seek out a game to join.
Boris Carlot 25th Apr 2015, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Like I said last week; Randomly stumbled on it via tvtropes. I'm not even a big pony fan apart from this strip, to be honest. I've seen most of S1 and 2 (I skipped any CMC or song-heavy episodes) but that's about it.
Rubahhitam 25th Apr 2015, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
I was actually into D&D before getting into MLP. A good friend recommended I check out Friendship is Dragons. And now I get to read a comic that does a terrific job of combining elements from two of my favorite things! Hey, Newbiespud! If you're reading this, TTTTTTTHHHHHHHAAAAAAANNNNNNNKKKKKKK YYYYYYYOOOOOOOUUUUUUU!!!!!!!

Keep up the good work and have fun at EFNW for those of us unable to make it!

Disloyal Subject 25th Apr 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
As mentioned, TVTropes. I've been fond of FiM and D&D since before that, but this comic and Will Save World for Gold are what finally helped me make sense of 4th edition - I tried to learn it first, gave up in confusion, and later took up 3.5. Now I'm pretty sure the only edition I haven't tried & liked is Basic.
Dragonflight 25th Apr 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
All you really need to know about D&D 4.0 is that it was an attempt by WotC to create an MMO on paper. Those are the rules it follows. It's an MMO. But while tabletop RPG's could in some ways be considered the prototype for MMO's, the reverse doesn't work so well. Which is why so many people switched to Pathfinder (not to mention why it came out in the first place.)
minalkra 25th Apr 2015, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
EQD spotlight a LONG time ago. I've always loved D&D (computer) games and have many, many unused books on the PnP side of things so this hit up two of my likes. Usually don't go to EQD so I was lucky.
Tatsurou 25th Apr 2015, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
It was recommended to me as a fun comic. And it's what got me into MLP.

Thanks, Spud! I met some of the best friends in my life through the MLP fan community, and I never would have gotten into it if not for you!
realbrickwall 25th Apr 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Is the Iron Pony motorcycle competition not a thing in this universe? Because it's very popular where I live. I'm pretty sure the show-writers named it with that joke in mind.
The Old One 25th Apr 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure the "Iron Pony" competition was based off the "Iron Man" <insert variation of choice here> competitions (usually triathlons or decathlons).
The MunchKING 25th Apr 2015, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
The Best jokes work on multiple levels.
Wyvern 25th Apr 2015, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
I've always wondered about that scene. Everyone knows that the steam thingy at the front pulls the rest of the train, right? So...what the buck is going on there?
The MunchKING 25th Apr 2015, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Supposedly it was a real thing to get horses to pull trains under certain circumstances, but IIRC they didn't have the locomotive bit then.

However from what I heard they were worried kids wouldn't get that it was a train without the locomotive so they had to put that in anyway.
Boris Carlot 25th Apr 2015, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Eh, I guess I can see it. You're just short of the yard and you don't want to waste a lot of coal to go 100m, you just strap on the horsies. Or you know there's a freight train coming and you have an idle one blocking the line, it might be faster to just drag the train off onto the side-path rather than wait for the boiler to heat up and the engine to get up to speed.]

idk, not a train guy.
pmavers 25th Apr 2015, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Maybe some sort of hybrid system? They get out and pull on the easy flat straightaways, and the engine fires up for stuff they can't pull or it isn't safe to like going uphill into mountains or on bridges or in bad weather?
Printer_Ink 25th Apr 2015, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
James Watt defined "horsepower" as 550 ft-lbs/second.
But he either measured really scrawny horses or deliberately low-balled the number.
Horses can do more work than that.
By fudging the unit he made his engines sound more powerful to prospective buyers.
you know that guy 25th Apr 2015, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
James Wyatt is a good DM, and I have no problems with him fudging the numbers.
Archeo Lumiere 25th Apr 2015, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
It does make sense actually; hay costs much less than coal, and a train still carries much more passengers than a normal carriage.
Ted the saiyanwolf 25th Apr 2015, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
MLP and D&D