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Newbiespud 23rd Jun 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Remember a long, long time ago, when I said Pinkie Pie was best pony?

Well, times have changed. Now Applejack is best pony.

Not to say that any of them are not great ponies, just... Applejack is best now.

156 Comments:

darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
I like Fluttershy the best myself, followed by Twilight
Dragonfodder 24th Jun 2012, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
Excellent choice of best pony there. Can't help but agree.
Guest 24th Jun 2012, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Seconded.
Or, thirded, I think. Let's pretend that's a word for now.
Vapor 25th Jun 2012, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
While reasonable, I must respectfully disagree. Twilight is best pony.
Rodavure 23rd Jun 2012, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Trixie is tied with Luna for best pony.
Digo 24th Jun 2012, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
I got to RP as Trixie in a one night super heroic adventure last night.

Trixie got transported to the outback of Australia where a group of Biologists found her. Despite their fancy tranq guns and smarts, Trixie nearly took them all down with nothing but flash and pizazz.
And then Trixie was taken down by a rock. XD
Vapor 25th Jun 2012, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Apparently there are exploding trees in australia.
Umiyuri Papaeyra 23rd Jun 2012, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Umiyuri Papaeyra
You're best pony!
Heat Wave 23rd Jun 2012, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
We will be posting last night's First Session later today!
Zuche 23rd Jun 2012, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
Applejack is certainly best Applejack. Good thing, too.
SelfMadeHero 23rd Jun 2012, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
She became best pony due to "Drink Cider, Learn Nothing!"
the1andonly joe 23rd Jun 2012, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
luna is best pony, followed by pinkie.
trixie is sexiest pony... um, according to a friend of mine that totaly isnt me.
Keairan 23rd Jun 2012, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
You know Sethisto?
Rokas 23rd Jun 2012, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Applejack was Best Pony for me, but then Rainbow Dash surpassed her, and now Rainbow Dash is Best Pony Ever Don't Even Try to Say Somepony Else.
Derpmind 23rd Jun 2012, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
All Ponies are Best Ponies.

...but Ditzy Doo is Bestest Best Pony. And Rainbow Dash is Most Awesome Pony, Twilight is Best Adorkable Pony, Trixie is Greatest and Most Powerful Pony, Pinkie Pie is Randomest Pony, Luna is Most Fun Pony, Applejack is Most Impossible to Describe Pony...uh, technical difficulties here...
Aegis Steadfast 23rd Jun 2012, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Aegis Steadfast
How about while you lot talk about who you think is the best pony (you're all wrong, by the way) and I shall take them all home with me.
darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
Here's an impossible challenge for a show about a group of adorable ponies where everybody latches on to even the background ponies that only exist because of pallet swap. Which one is the worst pony?
Kobrakin 23rd Jun 2012, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm, that IS a challenge. However, I am going to go on record as saying Prince Blueblood is worst pony, followed very closely by Hayseed Turnip Truck from "Sweet and Elite". Blueblood takes the top spot for being a shallow, narcissistic jackass (no offense, Cranky Doodle!), and for using Rarity as an equine shield. Hayseed makes my list since he exists for the sole purpose of being a stereotypical caricature of an irritating, clueless, backwards bumpkin; still, he was a nice guy (even if he was annoying as all get out), so I can't rightly put him higher than Blueblood on the worst pony list!
Zarhon 23rd Jun 2012, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Diamond Tiara. Dear LORD, Diamond Tiara.
(By worst, I mean "Hated universally". Her character execution is perfect and that's why everyone hates her.)
Anon 23rd Jun 2012, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
I wonder why bring eternal night ends in friendship but the same doesn't happens when they are just spoiled ponies... Maybe if she were princess Diamond Tiara it could have ended in friendship!
YeGuilty 24th Jun 2012, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
I like DT.
Digo 24th Jun 2012, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
I love to hate Tiara, she she's better than Blueblood for that mentioned execution of character. I just hate Blueblood. :)
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Twist
Raxon 23rd Jun 2012, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
But Twist makes the yummy treats! How can she possibly be the worst pony? I vote for the irritating valley mares in putting your hoof down.
Anon 23rd Jun 2012, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Twist is best young friend! Too bad that Apple Bloom dumped her when she got her cutie mark...
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Twist is gross, and we have Bon Bon and Pinkie Pie for delicious treats.
Raxon 24th Jun 2012, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
What, because she has a lisp? That's just a low impact flaw she took so she could sacrifice a few charisma points, and put more points into candymaking!

I did the same thing with sanity!
CharginChuck 23rd Jun 2012, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
Worst pony is Rainbow Dash, bar none. She's such a self obsessed, narcissistic asshole. I will never understand why she is so popular.
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
She saves lives and stands up for ponies. What an asshole.
darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
OK, forget the hate. Let's all go back to the love here
Vapor 25th Jun 2012, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
Because she's confident, loyal, diehard, and while she does brag about being the fastest in the world, she's RIGHT.
Guest 23rd Jun 2012, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Used to think Flutter was best when I started watching MLP, but for a while its Twilight by a large margin.
CharginChuck 23rd Jun 2012, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
So it's another endless best pony debate? I'm game.

You were right the first time. It is most definitely Pinkie Pie, followed very very closely by Fluttershy.

Going on to the subcategories, Sweetie Belle is best CMC, Luna is best princess, Doctor Whooves is best background pony, and Zecora is best non-pony.

I dare anypony to try and refute any of this.
darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
Ok, I'm game.

Fluttershy then Twilight Sparkle
Applebloom
Candice
Derpy
Spike
Izandai 23rd Jun 2012, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Zecora is best non-pony? Spike is best non-pony? You people can't be serious.

Discord is best non-pony.
Azureink 23rd Jun 2012, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Azureink
Discord is a pony though.
darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
Please, he's more of a genetic abomination than the platypus.
Psudopod 23rd Jun 2012, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
Phahahahahaha
Suburbanbanshee 26th Jun 2012, 4:37 AM edit delete reply
He's not a dragon horse (longma); he's a traditional Chinese chi-lin, except that he's an off-balance chaos one. Hence the single antler instead of two.
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
He WAS a pony. Its not his fault Celestia misused the EoH to change him into a Draconequus.
darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
Is that canon or you just arguing? And if you are just arguing then "ahem" Of course it is his fault, there is no place in a world of harmony for anything to disrupt the status quo.
darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
And wiki the platypus if you have time. I'm serious, that is one freaky little eldrich mammal thing.
Bronymous 24th Jun 2012, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
It is a type of canon... a cranial type... anyway, yes, his genocidal campaign was his fault, but Celestia is the one who sanctioned it when she took the throne, at least until the humans were wiped out. But then he couldn't stop, went a little nuts, claimed every non-pony was worthless and deserved to die, and that was terrible. So instead of reining him in like a good monarch should be able to do to her top general, she went all uber-order, misinterpreted the power and intent of the Elements, used them incorrectly, and tada, now we have Discord, hell bent on destroying his traitorous sister's precious Order.

All in all, it was a sequence of events wherein all of the wrong choices were made by Celestia, and he was just swept along in the consequences. History is written by the victor and all that.

Similar problem with NMM, though that was more the fault of a third party.
darkwulf23 24th Jun 2012, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
That's propaganda lies.

Though I have to admit, creative.
Bronymous 24th Jun 2012, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I thought so. Much more interesting than "childhood love interest". Wait til we get to the part where Celestia died and she was replaced by benevolent (mostly) being who took her form, united with her in spirit, and ended up giving her a really good name.
darkwulf23 25th Jun 2012, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
OK, lets get to the part then, what happened?
Bronymous 25th Jun 2012, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Oh man, let me see if I have it straight.

So about 200 years after Luna's banishment, Celestia has settled into a peaceful, albeit strict rule; one could go so far as to say "Iron-hoofed". Anyway, about this time, a group of spiritual beings known as the Daughters of Kyreth (Kyreth is a goddess. I won't go into the mythological backstory, so just roll with it) mysteriously disappears, leaving one behind, essentially lost and confused. As she roams the universe looking for her lost sisters, she "hears a call" from this planet, and goes there, whereupon she finds Equestria, and more importantly, Celestia, who has fallen deathly ill. The Daughter sees this peaceful place, and sees the outbreak of conflict and turmoil on the event of Celestia's death. So, the Daughter takes Celestia's spirit and joins it with her own, and then possesses her dying body. this in turn strengthens it, and to the knowledge of any pony present, Celestia miraculously recovers and returns to the throne. Once in power, and using her newfound transcnedant wisdom, "Celestia" makes changes and reforms across Equestria, easing tensions and ultimately makes it into the peaceful, beautiful place we know it as today. This Celestia remains in power until roughly a year after NMM returns, when she is murdered.

This then leads into my desperately non-canon story, involving my OC, the Seventh Element of Harmony, a human invasion, the hidden source of power hidden within Equestria, and finally the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It should be noted that after fake Celestia is killed, original Celestia then returns to Equestria a while later, and conflict ensues.
Guest 25th Jun 2012, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Ok I gotta ask, where are you getting this stuff? and if you are making it up as you go write it down somewhere. Please?
JacenCaedus 25th Jun 2012, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
dammit I forgot to login
Bronymous 25th Jun 2012, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Like I've said before, during faction talk, this is all part of a massive crossover series of interconnected headcanons I have been developing over more than a decade. I've tried writing it down, but my strength is in essays, not narratives; I can think and create, but I can't put it on paper in any way I find satisfactory.. Honestly by this point, with all the background info and continuity, I would need a whole wiki to cover everything.

I could sit an talk for days about it on here, but Im pretty sure I would get in trouble.
Crimson Doom 24th Jun 2012, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Crimson Doom
No, Fluttershy is best non-pony. Tree, remember?
Kobrakin 23rd Jun 2012, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
I was sorely tempted to make the argument that Scootaloo or Sweetie Belle should take the best non-pony slot (being a chicken and a dictionary, respectively), but on further consideration, it seemed overdone. >_>
redwings1340 23rd Jun 2012, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
redwings1340
Wow, I kind of completely agree with you. In everything. Well, I'm not sure who is best CMC, but for everything else... Yeah, you are right.
Keairan 23rd Jun 2012, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Twilight followed by Rainbow Dash
Scootaloo
Luna
Lyra (followed incredibly closely by Derpy/Ditzy)
Gummy
terrycloth 23rd Jun 2012, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
best pony: pinkie pie
best CMC: applebloom
best princess: Nightmare Moon
best background pony: Cheerilee
best non-pony: Iron Will
Raxon 24th Jun 2012, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Peewee is best pony.
mlp_redmoon 23rd Jun 2012, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
in my "favorite pony" list, trixie is still below spike.
Medieval Man 23rd Jun 2012, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
I personally like them all almost equally. But Pinkie, Fluttershy and Applejack own the top 3 slots in that order.
Thousand Year Sunrise 23rd Jun 2012, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Gonna have to call it for Star Swirl the Bearded.
Guest 23rd Jun 2012, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Candice is best pony?

http://toongrowner.deviantart.com/art/My-little-Candace-pg1-198593324

http://toongrowner.deviantart.com/art/My-little-Candace-pg2-198593662
darkwulf23 23rd Jun 2012, 9:40 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
You fillies are so busted this time. PRINCESSS, look at what the girls are doing
Goblin Scribe 23rd Jun 2012, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
I agree, Rarity is best pony. I mean Twilight. I mean Pinkie Pie. I mean Fluttershy. I mean...oh, forget it.
Innisa 23rd Jun 2012, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Personally, I love rainbowdash and pinkie pie best. My favorite background ponies gotta be doctor whooves, derpy, and snowflake (muscle Pegasus for all the win)
deeman45 23rd Jun 2012, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
Twilight, Twilight, Twilight.
XandZero2 23rd Jun 2012, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
For the record, Rarity's my favorite pony. I used to hate her for being such a girly-girl's pony - up until she whined her way out of trouble in the Diamond Dog Episode.

That was hilarious.

And Rainbow Douche would be worst pony in my book. She's such a jerk - though she does have her moments, every now and again.
XandZero2 23rd Jun 2012, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
By the way guys -

Thanks again for all the ideas on how to liven up Bar-Room Brawls. I had my DA session the other day, and went really well.

I (and the players) didn't get to use nearly half of the ideas you guys posted, but there were a lot of characters getting hurled, a lot of tables getting flipped over, a lot of glass getting shattered, and a ton of head-shots getting decked out.
XandZero2 23rd Jun 2012, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
So, I hope you know I'm going to have to share this session with you guys. You were too helpful for me to keep this to myself.

But the encounter started out with all the players in a roadside tavern minding their own business. I described the scene (with a large fireplace - thanks to your advice)and explained how their were about 6 distinct factions in the bar room - a group of Mercenaries, a group of thugs, a group of dwarves, city elves, Qunari (think Goliath+Tiefling - horn headed half-giants), and a group of Orlesians (Frenchmen basically).

I gave the party some time to mingle, and while one Rogue, Rene, started looking for a hooker, another, Xavia, went to a card table for some gambling. One of the Mages, Gadrik, and one of the warriors, Ben, started talking with the Orlesians and the Mercenaries, trying to find some work. The other warrior, a city elf called Elvia, went to hang out withe the city elves, while the other Mage, another elf named Amada, entered a drinking contest with some Dwarves - and WON!

-Just a personal note here, but I never thought an elf could drink 4 dwarves under a table. They had a +5 bonus to their drinking checks, Amada had a +3, yet he still whooped the lot of them.
XandZero2 23rd Jun 2012, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
Rene struck out with the hookers, and while the party's warriors were making friends, Xavia won a round of cards, then lost her winnings - and then some - against a couple of Mercenaries. That's why, when she was getting ready to leave the table, she tried to pick-pocket everyone there - and she got caught.

Now, I had everyone check their weapons at the door, but I did allow players (and NPCs) to keep their daggers (since they could probably hide those pretty well, I'd imagine). So when Xavia gets caught trying to pick-pocket, daggers are drawn and threats are made.

Around this time, a group of Templars had entered the bar room (think witch-hunter/knight/law enforcement types). These guys were wearing full-plate mail (thus the reason I wanted inventive ways to deal damage). They see the daggers drawn and start to get up from their table...

Of course, the inevitable bar-fight breaks out around this point. I had everyone but the elves begin beating each other's brains out - and like I said, fists were flying, tables were flipping, and characters were getting hurled through the air left and right.

Then one of the Mages, Gadrik, decided to cast a heal spell on himself.

The Templars (witch-hunters, remember) sense the use of magic and go to - at the least - restrain Gadrik until he can explain himself. Two Templar gang up on him, wrestling him to his knees.

At this point, Xavia, the rogue who started everything by trying to pick-pocket the Mercenary, decides she's going to sneak up behind one of the Templars struggling with Gadrik. She succeeds on her Stealth check, then proceeds to slit the Templars throat with her dagger!

I was a little blown away by this. Murder in a bar fight was not something I was expecting - especially when the victim was an unarmed keeper of the peace who had his back turned from his murderer. I warned Xavia's player about the repercussions, but she went through with it anyway because that was the type of character she played - and I was okay with that.

Well, at that point, things got pretty interesting. The Knight-Captain of the group of Templars saw the whole thing and had to be silenced - so the party killed him too - then they all rushed from the tavern when they caught a break in the brawling, not only getting away in the chaos, but also stealing as many weapons from the weapon wracks as they could carry!
XandZero2 23rd Jun 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
On a final note, the session went well, but I never got to use the fireplace or the 2nd story balcony in the fight.

I want to do another bar brawl again sometime in the future and try to incorporate more of the tips and tricks you guys mentioned, but for the moment I'm considering how I'm going to have the murder of two Templars come back to bite the party in the butt.

I've already got a plan that should work too...
Zarhon 23rd Jun 2012, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
- A wrath/rage/greed demon getting summoned as a result of the fight? The Templars, the wizard's spell, murder and other chaos could have contributed to an accidental summoning... (attracted by the wizards spell, manifested by the rogue's actions)

- Alternately, have the rogue have a major disadvantage (or even be mind controlled) in a future fight with a wrath or greed demon.

- Having the rogue branded as a mage (instead of the actual wizard) and being forced to prove her "innocence" (If she can't/doesn't, the templars will torture her, inquisition style). The rogue could even have the opportunity to betray the wizard and shift the blame onto him.

- The templar murder causes the whole town to be locked down by the templars, causing everyone grief until the murderer is found. The PCs can either turn themselves in, escape and leave the town to suffer for their deeds, or find a secret cult/plot of evil blood wizards within the town and shift the blame onto them.
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Next time have the whole thing interrupted by a Darkspawn horde attacking the city, and everyone involved has to then work together to fight them off- using the improvised weapons, etc from the bar fight.
XandZero2 23rd Jun 2012, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
All sound like fun possibilities, and I'm a really big fan of Zarhon's 3rd idea especially.

Still, I think I'm going to hold off a bit on having the Templars bring the Maker's wrath down on the party. I think it'll be better if I let the players sweat it out a while... never knowing when I might strike...

MWAAAHHHHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHHAAAAHHAHAHHAAAA!!

I love role-play games...
Zarhon 23rd Jun 2012, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Yes, let the killer GM flow through you...

Here's another idea utterly evil idea: Have the players require the help of an earl or other big-shot leader in their quest. Give them ample time to prepare, and hint that their biggest problem might be an evil advisor / vizier, or other such character making them look bad in front of the Earl.

When they confront him, have him completely support them, and even sway the earl in their favor.

Once they think they're in the clear... Have the Earl recieve an unexpected visitor - a messenger from the templar order, for an unrelated task. If the party doesn't recognize him immediately (he has his helmet on), have him take it off and politely ask the Earl who his visitors are.

For even more evil, have the Earl request/order the templar to escort them on their mission and report back to his order when they finish the quest. The templar would only vaguely remember the party from somewhere in this situation (clobbered in the head too hard to remember), but he'd get find the rogue familiar, especially as he sees her fighting.

For extreme evil points, have the templar fall in love with the rogue, and have him obsess about finding out more about her.
Destrustor 24th Jun 2012, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
Have the local murder investigation procedures involve the "speak with dead" spell.
"who killed you and your subordinate?"
Uh oh.
kriss1989 25th Jun 2012, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Wrong setting. VERY wrong setting. Hoh boy is that NOT an option, especially with Templar forces being involved.
Lawzl 23rd Jun 2012, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
I hope I'm not too late, but Generic Background Pony #487 is best pony.
Zarhon 23rd Jun 2012, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Iron Will is best minotaur.
Gustave is best Griffon.
Matilda is best donkey.

Best mane six: Pinkie Pie (because of my preference for Deadpool-like characters), followed by Fluttershy (HRNNG + badflank side), Twilight (Adorkable + neurotic), Rainbow Dash (Awesome), Rarity (Drama), Applejack (Skills to pay the bills).

Best background: Derpy Hooves, followed by a tie with Doctor Whooves and Lyra.
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Rarity is Best Pony, and I have proof.

She is the most mature of the group- she runs her own business (quite successfully) out of her own home, meaning she is very responsible and dependable. She has goals and dreams, but they do not interfere with her obligations here and now. Her generous nature is kept in good balance with her desire for nice things, and she is always willing to share these nice things with her friends. She loves and takes care of her younger sister as if she were her own daughter, and while her patience is not unlimited, there is nothing she wouldn't do to ultimately show that care and affection, and to make her happy (btw I don't believe in their parents. That episode didn't happen as far as I'm concerned). Finally, she is quite a bit more capable than she lets on. Nearly as athletic as Applejack, she is in fine physical condition, though her most dangerous feature is her perceived mastery of psychological manipulation. Generous she may be, but she knows how to get what she wants, and to get others to do what she wants. While not something she regularly uses on her friends, it does happen sometimes, and she is quick to make up for it if she takes it too far. She is obviously meant to be physically beautiful, as is her personality, and though she thinks very highly of herself, she won't hold herself above others. She only wants to help, even if she can be pushy when it comes to fashion. It is these traits and characteristics that make Rarity all around Best Pony.
Din 23rd Jun 2012, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
On the other hand, Rarity is the fastest to dismiss others based on minor things, such as clothes, hair, or so forth. For all her generosity, the easiest point of controlling her is through the use of greed. She is far from humble, and she wants the world to know about it.

Applejack fulfills a majority, if not all, of the criterion listed as positives to Rarity, with none of the above weaknesses. Note the levels of complexity Discord was required to use to break Applejack/Rarity. One was through the use of fear of the unknown related to the loss of one's allies over a sustained period, the other was throwing a shiny rock nearby. No words, just a rock.

Applejack is best pony.

Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Applejack does not meet even half of those positives.
-Her own business/home? Granny Smith is the Family Matriarch, and therefore essentially owns the farm.
-Goals and Dreams? None past the success of SAA. She has no motivation towards the future.
-I'll give you that she cares for her sister, but again more family is involved, so it isn't to the same level as Rarity and Sweetie Belle.
-As athletic as herself? Redundant.
-Psychological profile? She is honest, hardworking and straightforward. She has little use for manipulation, and shows no proficiency at that intellectual level (not to say she's stupid, just operating on a different frequency). With the lack of future plans comes the lack of want, and therefore the lack of drive to attain reward.
-Self-Image? She believes herself to be the most athletic pony in Ponyville (and Equestria) and won't hesitate to prove it to anyone and everyone. If she fails, she breaks- she can't deal with something as simple as second place. She never reuses a challenge or an opportunity to show she is better than anyone else. She is stubborn and stuck in her ways when it comes to labor, cider-making, etc., to the point that any different methods (magic, for example, or breaking tradition) is frowned upon, and refused outright.
-She does only want to help her friends, but she will refuse help herself unless its absolutely necessary (as in, when it would make her look bad if she were to fail).

Applejack has her own positive traits, separate from those of the others, and she has her negatives as well. Don't misunderstand me, I do think AJ is second best for many of those reasons. But Rarity is Best Pony.
Zuche 23rd Jun 2012, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
It is worth noting that Rarity tried to resist even after receiving mind-control eyes.

It's also worth noting that AJ may have learned more about herself than anypony else over the course of the series. Requesting help was a pretty big step for her.

The reason I'm not choosing is because they're all growing. Without the flaws, none of them could be best pony.
Bronymous 24th Jun 2012, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
That's a unique way to say "I can't pick I wuv all of them!!!"
Zuche 25th Jun 2012, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
I have it on the finest authority that all of them are best pony. My youngest niece will have it not other way.

I don't pick either. It tends to interfere with appreciation.

When I need best for a particular skill or trait, that's readily identified. When I want best overall, why would I shortchange myself any more than they do?

Go ask Twilight who best pony is. She could probably tell you she'd find most reliable at any time -- there's a reason she went after AJ first after Discord struck, but there's also a reason she needed loyalty at the end, when everyone else could help her rein in RD.

While six ponies may equal four oxen, "best" is a measure for commodities.
Bronymous 25th Jun 2012, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
So, what you're saying is...

Rarity is Best Pony. I agree.
Zuche 26th Jun 2012, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous, while I may not understand you (the problem is on this end, not yours), you never cease to be entertaining. Thank you.

And yes, Rarity has never failed to make me happy. ...Great, now I sound like King Haggard.
Jason Shadow 23rd Jun 2012, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to take the controversial stance and say that Fancy Pants is Best Mustached Pony, and that Steven Magnet is best Mustached Non-Pony.
Karilyn 23rd Jun 2012, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
Warning: I write too much. Someone else will probably come along with a shorter description of stuff (Namely Ranubis). Nobody's obligated to read all of this. I just did it for fun because I like writing, and I thought it might be useful to check back on in a latter session.

So Stairc and the rest of us had had our first session of his new homebrew pony game over Skype (and my first ever roleplaying group), and if my opinion might not be excessively biased from my lack of experience, it was so totally awesome.

We got off to a bit of a rocky start, but after a couple of hours, everybody was starting to bounce off of pony tropes really hard, and both players and ponies started to develop a lot of really nice teamwork and cooperation.

The theme of the day was problem solving, with a side order of diplomancery. One opportunity for a fight came up during the course of our story (because we weren't seeking it out), and the entire group instantly leapt for trying to explain our way out of it rather than take the bait for the fight that had been picked with us. In the words of Rainbow Dash, "So awesome!" (It's a shame too; the combat system Stairc came up with was incredibly slick. Though it looks like pretty soon we're going to come up upon a situation we can't talk our way out of.)

Everybody was caring about what happened to even random NPCs, and listening to details in the backstory and stuff, and everybody actually caring about stuff just made it feel so pony. Caring about other player ponies and non-player ponies, and not just for what the player could get out of them.

One thing I enjoyed a lot about the session was the cartoon comic antics which showed up every so often and kept things light.

I'm going to post a quick description of the players and their ponies, then go on to summarize the session. I'm afraid a bit of the awesomeness problem solving will probably be lost in the description of the session, since I cut out the stuff which didn't have too much relevance, which means what is left is obviously pretty important, and I'm guessing any reader will figure out the mystery long before we did. Just trust me that when we were in it, it was incredibly hard, and incredibly rewarding when we solved it. It was super-hype when we were all sitting around noodling over the puzzle, and I managed to piece together the answer from bits and pieces of things that the other three players had said. It really felt like all four of us were absolutely crucial, and that if any of us weren't a part of the team, we wouldn't have been able to overcome the challenge.

It's hard to emphasize how awesome the feeling of cooperation and teamwork there was by the end of the session. It really left me with a feeling of "Wow, we really did that!" not so much of the PCs, but the players too. I couldn't have figured it out without them. They were every bit, if not more important, to solving the mystery than I was.
Karilyn 23rd Jun 2012, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
So the party! I decided to describe both the player and their pony (To the extent that they moved the story forward). The order of this list was randomly generated with the assistance of a d20 (Alas, I rolled a natural one for myself, so I'm last)

Ranubis: A very matter of fact fellow. He was doing a lot to help push the story forward by usually asking the correct questions while the rest of us were getting hung up on goofing around or debating. A regular Applejack.
Alcazar: He is very serious no-fun Earth Pony, who used to be a member of Celestia's Royal Guard before being demoted over his obsession with Nightmare Moon and his distrust of Princess Luna. He's developing a bit of an amateur archeologist streak. A paladin with all the protective nature that comes with it.
Element: Honesty (Special Ability: Force a pony to answer questions truthfully)

Oblivious: He was kind of quiet for most of the session, because he was intimated by all the crosstalk. As time went on, we attempted to give him more space to talk, and he looks like he'll be able to pull through in a pinch. Tentatively our little Fluttershy.
Soaring Song: A clumsy Pegasus singer who seems to lack self-confidence. Thus far he's very much been a follower, reflecting his player. Despite his quietness he singlehandedly got us out of our biggest jam, and seems to be oddly reliable.
Element: Kindness (Special Ability: Make a hostile temporarily non-hostile)

Dragryphon: A very silly and hyperactive girl prone to making jokes about very bad ideas that her character could do. Folks were having a hard time getting along with her at first, but she's grown on us. Definitely Pinkie Pie special.
Heat Wave: A unicorn who's special talent is fire magic. She's very accident prone, and tends to set things on fire accidentally on low rolls. She thinks Alcazar needed to loosen up. The rest of the party considered her a liability early on, but like a certain pink pony, the party is starting to accept her eccentric ways.
Element: Magic (Special Ability: +7 to a party skill check for every team member who used their Element that day.)

Karilyn: Myself, who is a first time roleplayer, and a little too obsessed with in-character and out-of-character knoweldge. I was definitely nervous speaking up at first. Over time, I took a leadership role and started giving people turns to talk so there was less crosstalking arguments, which helped Oblivious shine. I guess I was the Twilight Sparkle of the day.
Inky Quills: A unicorn novelist with an unfortunate streak of not caring enough. At first, she argued with Heat Wave constantly, and didn't trust Alcazar's judgement. A natural diplomancer, she started to pull things together.
Element: Generosity (Special Ability: +15 to an ally's skill check)
Karilyn 23rd Jun 2012, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
Here is the plot summary for our first session on GoogleDocs. The comments don't have a character limit, but it still feels uncomfortably long to post directly into the comments.

Pony Tales: Aspirations of Harmony 01 - The Mystery at Winter's End

And for giggles, I'll also include an Important NPC cheat sheet for this session:

Pinkie Blossom: A crazy noble in Manehatten who we are helping with her problems.
Scroll: The lead researcher at the archeology digsite in Winter's End.
Stylus: Scroll's frazzled assistant.
Professor Scroungy: The gruff foreman of the digsite.
Shawna: A sweet gryphon laborer at the digsite.
Stairc 23rd Jun 2012, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Absolutely phenomenal Karilyn, I'm glad you guys had as much fun as I did! This really was a blast, we'll definitely be doing it again.
kriss1989 25th Jun 2012, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Any place I can pick up a copy of this system?
Stairc 25th Jun 2012, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Not yet Kriss, it's still being playtested, but soon I'll be publishing it online and I'll definitely link it in a Friendship is Dragons comment.

If you want to see what we have for version 1.0 though, just send me an email at minimallyexceptional@gmail.com - I'll be happy to send you what we're using for playtesting. =)
kriss1989 25th Jun 2012, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
E-mail sent. You know, I'm also working on a homebrew system. Not pony based, but still I get it can be a lot of work. Of course, from what I can tell you used the open D20 system while I'm building mine from scratch.
Stairc 25th Jun 2012, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
I used the d20 system for skill checks, it just works so damn well. For combat, things are completely different. =)

And the non-combat elements, experience system and elemental alignments are unique too.
Oblivious 23rd Jun 2012, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
Oblivious
*squee*
Raxon 23rd Jun 2012, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Oblivious, you have perhaps the best pony avatar I've ever seen. Tom Baker is best doctor.
Oblivious 24th Jun 2012, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
Yep, haven't met a Doctor Who fan yet who didn't at least like Tom Baker, if not label him Best Doctor.
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Wow, my guy Flashpoint would have fit in to that group like a champ, between Alcazar's Royal Guard history, and Heat Wave's penchant for fire.

Also, that fight would have happened if I had been there.
Karilyn 23rd Jun 2012, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
You're probably projecting Bronymous. Alcazar doesn't even have a combat ability to my knowledge; he just has a bunch of abilities to protect the rest of the party. He's more a secret service type bodyguard than anything else. Throw himself in front of the bullet.

And Heat Wave has never fought before in her life, and has historically used her fire for healing magic purposes when she wasn't setting stuff on fire accidentally.

This group is hilariously unsuited for combat, as we all built our characters in a very passive protective way for the most part. Heat Wave has the best combat abilities, but they are extremely unrefined, and just as likely to hurt her allies as they are enemies, so she would be inclined to avoid using them. Even my roguish Inky Quills specializes in sacrificing her own damage to increase the number of actions my allies have.
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Actually, I meant that Flashpoint has Royal Guard (Air Force? Pegasus Corps? something like that) experience like Alcazar, and his special talent is working with fire (setting, maintaining, putting out. He works as a firefighter now) like Heat Wave.

The only reason I said the fight would have happened is because I would have instigated it myself, regardless of combat experience of the rest of teh Party.
Karilyn 23rd Jun 2012, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Karilyn
I don't think anybody in this party wants to get into a fight though if we can avoid it, especially with law enforcement. We had just been caught in the middle of a crime scene by police. Why would we want to become violent, permanently sealing in the town's mind that we were the ones who had ransacked the library (and as we later found out; murdered Scroll and almost killed Stylus)?

Being accused of murder is a bad thing. Responding to a conflict in the exact same way the criminals you're trying to stop would if they were in your shoes... is usually a bad thing too.

Everybody in the group, with the exception of my character, would be of the Good alignment if we had alignments under this system. And while my character would be of the Evil alignment probably, she's not evil stupid, she's just selfish, self-centered, and uncaring. You don't frame yourself for a crime. That's just plain evil stupid. And evil stupid is just as bad as lawful stupid or chaotic stupid.

We were mostly lucky that we tried to talk before instantly fighting, so we were able to discover that they were the policeponies, which let us know that we desperately needed to defuse the situation fast. I wouldn't have wanted the party to be in the situation where we had attacked first, and found out they were the police afterwards.
Bronymous 23rd Jun 2012, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Oh. I confess I didn't read the sitrep beofre posting. I'm pretty sure I would have talked my way out of that scenario as well. Just saying in general I am predisposed to fight.
Karilyn 24th Jun 2012, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
Karilyn
The neat part was that our first impression was that they four ponies attacking us were the ponies who ransacked the library, but we decided rather than try to take them out, we'd figure out what they were trying to do first. And it was only then that we discovered they were policeponies.

If the fight had been after we had known about Scroll and Stylus, Inky Quills probably would've been too angry to ask questions first, and I'm guessing Alcazar and Heat Wave too.
Oblivious 24th Jun 2012, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Oblivious
...Wait. Does that make me Flutterguy?
Heat Wave 23rd Jun 2012, 3:32 PM edit delete reply
Whoo! Session summary is up! I should also mention to everypony that Erebus (The mentioning of them so far) is loosely based on the Erebus I wrote about in my stories. If anypony wishes to check them out, follow these links: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/06/story-solar-flare.html and http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Dragryphon

I should mention that you maaay want tissues for Solar Flare itself.
Stairc 23rd Jun 2012, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
Absolutely. I haven't read Heatwave's story yet, but all my players did and they seemed to love it. I decided it'd be nice to include a reference to the story in the session, so I based some of the world's mythology a bit on what I'd heard them talking about. If you like fan fiction, you might want to check out Heat Wave's story - the rest of the players sure seemed to enjoy it.
Ranubis 23rd Jun 2012, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Awesome recap, Karilyn. And once more, props to Stairc for creating an awesome campaign! Can't wait for the next session.

Yeah, combat should be interesting when we start fighting. I'm the only Earth Pony in the group, and I've basically assigned myself the role of pony shield. Literally, my strategy is based on a power to lessen damage to my teammates and focusing the enemy on attacking me.

And yeah, who knew a Lunaphobe demoted Royal Guard would have such freakish knowledge of Ancient Equestrian writing? (Even though at one point I was holding the scroll upside down).
Cain 23rd Jun 2012, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Cain
You would be the sensible one, that what he is among our group of misfits. We have several players who took every advantage of the fact that I was not quite anal with railroading and did such things as throw the dwarf into the slime to knock the almost dead fighter out, use the Minotaurs weight to crush some twig minions, and try to woo the unicorns we needed to capture.
... Oh wait, that was all Gorgon... Okay, most of the group is somewhat sane, he is not. Also I think I might try joining you guys at some point, I am a bit busy. What do you think Ra? Should I ponify Zanoth?
Zarhon 23rd Jun 2012, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Sounds like a great adventure you had. Shame I can't reliably join.

Would be hilarious playing my pony idea in that particular campaign: A insomniac/narcoleptic that can either ignore sleep to do a certain task (at the cost of instantly falling asleep when he finishes a task, and nothing short of Pinkie Pie / emergencies can wake him), or go to sleep normally, but continuing acting through sleepwalking (unable to talk during this time).
Oblivious 23rd Jun 2012, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Oblivious
There are plenty of moments in this session that beg for fan art interpretation. Any takers?
Medieval Man 23rd Jun 2012, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
If I could I totally would. But my talents sadly lie within the sphere of the written word.
Oblivious 23rd Jun 2012, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Oblivious
I'll be honest though, I wanna see an artist's interpretation of the moment where my character face-plants into the ground, with the rest of the party pulling out score cards. Sounds like something that could feasibly happen as a comedic moment, with Inky's insight on generosity somewhere in there.
Medieval Man 23rd Jun 2012, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
That was a good read by the way to whoever posted the link. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The score card bit had me laughing.
Oblivious 24th Jun 2012, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
That'd be Karilyn (Inky Quills in the game), thanks go to her for being our stenographer for the session.
Karilyn 24th Jun 2012, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Karilyn
>play a novelist character
>write 4879 word summary of the session

I believe there's a joke in here somewhere.
Oblivious 24th Jun 2012, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
As long as you don't write a novel about our sessions, it won't be that ironic.
Stairc 24th Jun 2012, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Personally, I'd be fully okay with you ponies turning the events of the campaign into a fictionalized story once all is said and done. So far, it's looking like it might make a great read.
Ranubis 24th Jun 2012, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Yeah, I'm actually taking this as a writing exercise, hoping that I can form it as a story. Thinking the first four chapters would be background for each character, leading up to them meeting eachother.
Stairc 24th Jun 2012, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
I'm looking forward to it Ranubis. :)
Cain 30th Jun 2012, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Cain
weren't we going to try that for our D&D group?
kriss1989 25th Jun 2012, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
kriss1989
Not really, it just shows you're playing a character like yourself.
T 23rd Jun 2012, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie can be best anything you want as long as it is funny
Indalecio 23rd Jun 2012, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
"Would be hilarious playing my pony idea in that particular campaign: A insomniac/narcoleptic that can either ignore sleep to do a certain task (at the cost of instantly falling asleep when he finishes a task, and nothing short of Pinkie Pie / emergencies can wake him), or go to sleep normally, but continuing acting through sleepwalking (unable to talk during this time).


I had a similar ideas for a sleep-related pony. Coffee Mug's family worked in a Coffee Shop, so he was regularly drinking coffee, and had a hard time falling asleep. To couter this he developed sleeping spells to put him to knock himself out and which could be used otherwise. He would've alternated between hyper and extremely tired.
Oblivious 23rd Jun 2012, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Oblivious
So kinda like Tweak from South Park?
Zarhon 24th Jun 2012, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Heh, as far as coffee goes, I'd base him a bit on myself: He'd outright refuse drinking coffee for health reasons. If he ever does drink it, he instantly falls asleep instead.

He'd also have a fondness for eating sleepweed candies - Extremely potent knock-out herbs in candy form. To him however, it's like eating mint-flavored chocolates. He carries enough of them to feed (and knock out) a small army, offering them to anyone who asks (The herb isn't commonly known, and the candies both taste great and look exotic). He assumes they fall asleep from boredom/allergies/contagious narcolepsy.

"Oh these? Just a little thing I have a sweet tooth for. Here, have one. Oh, and allow me to introduce myself. My name is.. Oh cmon, I'm not that boring!"
Indalecio 23rd Jun 2012, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
I wasn't basing him off Tweak, but yeah.
Raxon 23rd Jun 2012, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
My favorite is Pinkie Pie, because we both have a nutty sense of humor, love sugary goodness, and possess motor mouths capable of causing actual physical pain. Oh, and we love to break the fourth wall.

But objectively speaking, Peewee is best adopted pony. See, Twilight is basically like Spike's mom, meaning that he's been adopted as a pony. After the events of Dragon Quest, he has apparently chosen to live as a pony. This means he is a naturalized pony. Spike adopted Peewee, and has stated that he'll teach him all there is to being a pony. This would make Peewee a second generation naturalized pony, which is just as good as being born an an actual pony.

It's so much fun to assume that species work like national borders. (Please don't yell at me if I got something horribly wrong, it is very late.)
Dragonfodder 24th Jun 2012, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
This is probably too far down for anyone to see, but this seems like the perfect place for this bit of non-sequitur topic,which I just had to ask to any D&D-Playing bronies.

At what point, during the season finale, did you expect "Cadence" to be a changeling? I say this because I personally love the Changeling race in D&D, and I did attempt the "take over the kingdom by replacing someone important" gambit before, so I called it at the first appearance. Anyone else have a similar reaction?
Stairc 24th Jun 2012, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
I thought it was a strong possibility right at the beginning but it seemed like it would be too easy as time went on... Then it turned out it was right. *laughs*
Raxon 24th Jun 2012, 4:42 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Consider for a moment that her goal wasn't to trick everyone into believing she was a nice pony, it was to trick everyone into believing that she was a pony at all. I believe she totally aced that. If she had just let Twilight think she'd been mistaken she would have succeeded, game over. Striking after you've already essentially won is poor sportsmanship, and is just begging for karma to plant its hoof up your plot.

I suspected that she was either under the influence of some evil... thing... or an imposter immediately upon brushing Twilight off. A changeling, however, was completely unexpected.
Stairc 24th Jun 2012, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
Yes, the first meeting with her made me think it was an impostor or something mind-controlly was wrong. But as the episode went on, it just seemed like it was way too obvious and I started wondering if the writers were going to surprise us. But, nope, changeling. At least they went for broke and made a cool new race of wicked creatures.
Bronymous 24th Jun 2012, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Same. I knew something was up as soon as I learned the one getting married was the one responsible for keeping the shields up. "the wedding is a distraction!". Then I ran through all the usual explanations: She's a traitor and a spy, she's an impostor, at the end of part one I even went to demonic entity ( what with the green fire). But specifically a changeling never crossed my mind.
Digo 24th Jun 2012, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
My fav ponies in order are AppleJack, Rarity, and Twilight
Colin 24th Jun 2012, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
Twilight is best pony. Full stop.
Dr. Klaus 24th Jun 2012, 4:42 PM edit delete reply
I'd say all mane 6 are the epitomes of their archetypes. Thusly, no one is better than the others. They all excel in their respective areas.
Rarity has the best color scheme
RBD is somewhat iconic for bronies
Fluttershy is probably everyone's waifu
Applejack has the best element
Pinkie Pie is omnipotent
and Twilight Sparkle is the most knowledgeable, and is a natural-born leader.

Background characters are another story, but I think we can somewhat agree that Derpy is the best, or at least the most beloved and recognized.
Medieval Man 24th Jun 2012, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
After thinking about it a lot my list became all jumbled up and I realized the reasons I like certain characters are based solely on fan created material and not the actual show. So trying to figure which is "best pony" is sort of silly since everyone brings different experiences to the table. So I am with Klaus on this. Every pony is best pony for their own reasons that can't be compared. Fluttershy is queen of cute though. Can't argue that.
Greywander 24th Jun 2012, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Greywander
Yay, finally caught up with the comic. It only took several months. To be fair, though, usually some 80%-95% of each given update is comments, a few of which are even more entertaining than the comic itself (although it really isn't fair to compare a single page of a comic to an entire, if abbreviated, story).

I'm fairly new to the RPG scene. My first exposure was probably Order of the Stick, which I've been following for a few years. The only actual experience I have is from GMing two sessions of Warhammer (2nd ed.), but between various comics such as this one, OotS, DMotR, as well as lots of video game experience, I understand the theory behind pen and paper RPGs fairly well. I chose Warhammer because (A) I liked that it was lethal enough to encourage noncombat solutions to problems, and made combat both risky and interesting, and (B) it's very open ended as far as character development goes, and doesn't use a restrictive class-based system. I wouldn't mind trying D&D, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
Greywander 24th Jun 2012, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
Greywander
Now that introductions are over, time for some comments actually related to the subject matter.

Applejack is indeed a great pony, and often seems underrated. However, my personal list goes:
Pinkie Pie
Fluttershy
Twilight Sparkle
Rarity
Applejack
Rainbow Dash

It's weird because while I fell in love (figuratively) with Fluttershy immediately, I thought Pinkie was loud and obnoxious at first. And she still kind of is, but you get used to it. Now, I'm a fairly shy person myself, but I also have ADHD and a quirky sense of humor, so Pinkie grew on me pretty quickly. I think it was the Smile song that finally put her in Best Pony position for me: she's just so positive!

That said, they're all great characters, and some, like Applejack, tend to be underrated. Frankly, I didn't care too much for Rarity until it hit me that she's actually a great character, and that we do, in fact, have something in common. I'm definitely an intellectual, and curious to boot, but I find that I'm more of an artist than a scientist, sort of an artistic scientist. I guess they call those, "engineers".

Also, Applebloom is best CMC, Screwball best bg pony, Luna best princess, and I'm going to have to say Discord is best non-pony.
Arcana 24th Jun 2012, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
I am not really looking forward to admitting this, but I'm a D&D newbie and I've got half a game of MLP D&D stuff planned out -_-. Anyone interested in having a Newbie DM for a fun game that's really just that. A game for both of us.
Oblivious 24th Jun 2012, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Oblivious
You might have some takers on that. There's a few eager players who missed out on the current round of MLP RPG.
Greywander 24th Jun 2012, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
Greywander
Sure, why not? Scheduling might be a problem, as my work schedule tends to change from week to week. Also, I'm curious what programs are used. IRC? Skype? Something to simulate dice rolls and possibly a playing area with miniatures?
Arcana 24th Jun 2012, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
Scheduling will be on a 'week to week' basis. I only have Tuesday nights off
Skype, for the most part, will be the tool for the actual games. I'll make a Rolz.org room too so nobody can fudge their dice rolls (I use it on my PBP game and it works well there.) The map will probably be a bit harder.
Arc 24th Jun 2012, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
*off for sure.
Greywander 24th Jun 2012, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
Greywander
Since I'm new to pen and paper roleplaying, maps and miniatures aren't really necessary on my account.

Actually, I suppose that's not entirely true. When we were kids, my siblings and I used to play "paper games". Imagine Final Fantasy Mystic Quest featuring poorly drawn stick figures as characters. Of course, part of the fun was drawing out the maps, then tracing a line representing your path traveled over the map. I don't even think we used dice. Fun times. This was back when our parents thought D&D was satanic, so it's funny how similar our "paper games" were to actual pen and paper RPGs. Nowadays, my whole family has watched the D&D movie and laughed about how poor and overdramatic the acting is.

But if we can't do maps, that's no big loss to me.
Oblivious 25th Jun 2012, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
Oblivious
RPTools is also a great resource, as they have multiple programs for pen and paper rpgs played over the 'net.
Azureink 25th Jun 2012, 1:30 AM edit delete reply
Azureink
Me! Me! Me! *Waves hands frantically.* Pick me!

I am quite an experienced player and GM/DM, but have no experience with the pony game yet.
LoganAura 25th Jun 2012, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
LoganAura
Game is closed now.
Stairc 25th Jun 2012, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Stairc
I want to recommend Azureink too, his application to my game kicked ass. If I'd had a party of 5, he'd definitely have been the 5th. Keeping track of 4 players and a DM with just voice-chat is hard enough as it is though.
LoganAura 25th Jun 2012, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
LoganAura
I should probably have put this before, but try to make characters for Pathfinder, since that's the only thing I have experience in.
And I hate to say it but I might be biting off more than I can chew :/ If somepony else wants to take the DM reins and nopony minds my prior knowledge, I'd probably be better off on the player side of the table :(
That, or the Players help me out a lot.
Stairc 25th Jun 2012, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
Stairc
How about I do one better? If you want support building the campaign or just support in general, I'll be happy to help you out. =)

If you want to bounce ideas off someone, just shoot me an email at minimallyexceptional@gmail.com
Greywander 25th Jun 2012, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Greywander
I was wondering what system we'd be using. Do you want us to submit multiple characters? I have a unicorn OC that I can use, but should I come up with a pegasus and earth pony character as well, so that we can assure some diversity?

Also, I haven't looked at the Pathfinder rulebook yet, but is there anything we'll need to know in order to adapt it to the MLP universe? Case in point: unicorn magic. I think there are different kinds of magic users in D&D, but based on OotS I've gleaned that wizard spells are one-shot and then require the wizard to rest to "prepare" them again, which is quite different from how magic seems to work in MLP. How the pony races fit in is also a question.
LoganAura 25th Jun 2012, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
LoganAura
Spellcasters have a certian amount of spells each day they can cast, HOWEVER as a Unicorn, they'll automatically get levitation (Ponykinesis :D) and a spell connected to their cutie marks castable multiple times per day. For example, if they have say a Flower cutie mark, they can grow plants.
As for the races, go by the following things from Equestria Daily.
http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/traditional-game-ponyfinder.html
Here's the thing: You can be a Unicorn without being a spell caster, and I'd reccomend that. Spellcasters tend to be hard for newbies for the reason you gave.
Grey, you can make other OCs too, and I'll choose which one of them you'll play if you send multiple characters.
Medieval Man 26th Jun 2012, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
I wrote up all three of the pony types for the Basic Fantasy RPG. If you ever wanted to give another game a look I would recommend it. Its like 3E or Pathfinder only simplified. Also if you need any sort of help feel free to ask.
Azureink 26th Jun 2012, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
Azureink
Oops, I haven't a lot of experience with Pathfinder. But I sent the basic idea off.
Artsy 2nd Jul 2012, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
I, myself, love Twilight and Pinkie first, then AJ and Flutters, followed by Rarity and lastly Rainbow Dash. She just... bugs me, y'know?
Aurabolt 11th Jul 2012, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy is best pony. And the DM should be able to run his story where he can...and playing fairly is part of it, but also it is interacting with the different characters.