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Newbiespud 13th Feb 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Looking back from our future of epic boss battle season finales and openers, it's almost kind of bold to see the first season end on what amounts to just a grand subversion of the whole "the girls go to the castle and their dreams come true" trope, all to play into a lesson about treasuring the company of friends more than your great expectations. It kinda stands alone against the rest of the show.

Still, it was fun to put... to put an epic... boss fight... in it...

Hmm.

31 Comments:

ANW 13th Feb 2018, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Uh oh, I don't like what he is thinking.
Twilight and rest of the girls better watch out.
Princess Cadance 13th Feb 2018, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
From all of us in Equestria to you, Happy Hearts and Hooves Day.
Guest 13th Feb 2018, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Oh right, tomorrow is Valentines- err, I mean Hearts and Hooves Day. Damn it, I forgot to get a girlfriend again!
Needling Haystacks 13th Feb 2018, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Only had 1 such day with a girlfriend... though this one I get with my new wife. And our date is going to see Black Panther. I love that woman. :)
Joe the Rat 13th Feb 2018, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Oh, she's definitely a keeper.
Congrats, cheers, and welcome to the club!
Guest 13th Feb 2018, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
And for everyone else, Happy Lonely People Day!
loyalChaos 13th Feb 2018, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
loyalChaos
Its okay, its just as bad with no boyfreind. D:
BackSet 14th Feb 2018, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
BackSet
Happy late Valentine's Day everyone. Even though I couldn't care less. What is it with people's obsession with romance. Can't you just live alone? That seems like the most economically safe option.
McRandom 15th Feb 2018, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
Happy Late Hearts and Hooves day!!
Jennifer 13th Feb 2018, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Hey, Fluttershy didn't get to announce her favorite part of the session.
Needling Haystacks 13th Feb 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Getting to cause an animal stampede maybe?
Scintilla 13th Feb 2018, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
I just realized. What happened to the suit Spike came in?
Classic Steve 13th Feb 2018, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Either he had more reason than the girls going separate ways to feel miserable -- some kind of mishap that wrecked his suit -- or he got so drunk on donuts that he ate it himself.
Greenhornet 13th Feb 2018, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
He gave it to some human girl named "Megan".

It's a long story and if you value your sanity, you won't ask about it.
FanOfMostEverything 13th Feb 2018, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Well, there is the Season 3 finale, where treasuring friendships led to fulfilling something Twilight never expected, but that's something of an odd duck in and of itself.
Classic Steve 13th Feb 2018, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
FTR, I wish someone would parody a Fire Emblem upgrade scene with Twilight becoming an alicorn.
Achtungnight 13th Feb 2018, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
You set the bar pretty high with this boss fight. Looking forward to what you do in the future. Hoping for Discord, Tirek, and Tempest.
Dusk Raven 13th Feb 2018, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Nothing quite like realizing there was a valuable lesson in your work, only to realize you've subverted it, eh Spud?
Digo Dragon 13th Feb 2018, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Wish they could say the same? Guess the GM didn't have fun this session. Was the GM expecting to make a reoccurring boss character?
The MunchKING 13th Feb 2018, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
SPIKE didn't, because he just sat at a donut bar all night.

It’s a directed speech bubble, not the boxes the GM uses for OOC conversation.
Digo Dragon 13th Feb 2018, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Maybe it's just me then cause I can't think of a downside to hanging out at a donut bar.
Smarty 13th Feb 2018, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
Running out of donuts
Digo Dragon 13th Feb 2018, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
You joke about that, but I remember years ago with a friend of mine having a late-night visit to a friend in the hospital. It was past midnight and we got hungry so we walked across the street to a 24-hour Dunkin Donuts shop for a snack.

They were out of everything except orange juice.

And it wasn't that they were out of supplies. Oh no, that would be too easy. No company policy was that they were only allowed to make food and brew drinks at certain hours. So that kind of defeats the purpose of being a 24-hour donut shop. Because we went back the next night after visiting our friend and Deja Vu all they had was orange juice.

Wasn't even good orange juice.
Winged Cat 13th Feb 2018, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I think they parodied that on Steven Universe.

You're not secretly one of their script writers, are you, Digo?
Digo Dragon 14th Feb 2018, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I wish. Probably make more paycheck then I do. :3
zimmerwald1915 14th Feb 2018, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Benefits of being in WGA.
Anvildude 13th Feb 2018, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
There was actually a major tonal shift after season 1, due to Faust no longer being head of the team. Interestingly enough, had she gotten her way, the first season would have had a lot more long-form, involved plotlines, and more monster-fighting adventure, similar to what some of the later seasons had.
Akouma 13th Feb 2018, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Akouma
Did the DM really hate this plot that much? It didn't seem like the DM wasn't getting to have fun too.
Hariman 13th Feb 2018, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
The DM is speaking in character as Spike for that line.

I'm betting the DM is actually really happy, because his secret plan to keep Rarity as a playable character just succeeded.

Also a happy party typically needs a happy DM.

Unless you're in a very hostile game where the players are just trying to wreck shop. Which the DM has rolled with in this case.
Guest 14th Feb 2018, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
That's a pretty satisfying conclusion.

Can't wait to see what's next!
Xaran Alamas 15th Feb 2018, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
It's great to see Friendship is Dragons reach the end of Season One. Thanks for all the fun Spud!

Also fun point about the boss fight thing.. so does this mean Canterlot Wedding will be an entirely social affair in the comic? ;)

The other day it also occurred to me that the Friendship Games mini arc in some ways felt like a callback to the first season where you had this over-arching event they built up to but wasn't some super-villain to be fought, much like the Gala itself.