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20th Mar 2012, 6:00 AM
The Inevitable
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Newbiespud 20th Mar 2012, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
For those of you who are itching for a one-shot pony RPG session, Erin Palette is hosting another game of Unknown Ponies: Failure is Awesome. It'll happen this coming Sunday the 25th at 8 PM Eastern time.

If you want to join up, send her an email at erin.palette@gmail.com to reserve a spot and discuss character creation.

85 Comments:

Ransom 20th Mar 2012, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Still tear up a bit...I remember being a bit surprised that they defeated a 'big bad' character in the first episode, it seemed like NM could have held up as a season arc villain. Not unlike the DM here I suppose.
Cygnia 20th Mar 2012, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
IIRC, Faust wanted Nightmare Moon to be a season arc villain, but Hasbro put the kibosh on that idea, wanting episodes that could be rerunned in any order.
Goblin Scribe 20th Mar 2012, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
Actually, I don't think that's so. Faust never implied it. She always said that the show was meant to be split fairly closely between adventure episodes and drama episodes, which didn't happen because adventure episodes were too difficult to make, but she never said anything about pursuing any sort of ongoing series.
Torg 20th Mar 2012, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
She's specifically denied the rumors that she wanted the show to be arc-based. She'd just hoped for a few more Dragonshys and a few less Green Isn't Your Colors.
Jomoru 21st Mar 2012, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
Oooh can I make a dipsomancer named Berryshine?
Kaleopolitus 20th Mar 2012, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
Meeeeeeeehhhh~!!! I want to join the pony campaign but I'm still such a rookie ;_;

Damn, I wanna finish my current campaign first, or at least feel like I know what the (*) I'm doing before I jump into the serious stuff.

Anyway, Pinkie Pie's yelling is reverbrating through my monitor. Thought you'd want to know she's breaking the fourth wall. Again.
Crazy stuff.
Erin Palette 20th Mar 2012, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
It's not a campaign!

Given the level of interest in an Unknown Ponies game, what I plan do to is create a "tournament module" which I will run for different people until everyone has had a chance to play.

This Sunday is the playtest of that module, to see what needs to be fixed/polished.
Masterweaver 20th Mar 2012, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
A sunday? DANG IT! I have no internet access on the weekends. Also shameless plug:

http://z13.invisionfree.com/Wars_of_Equestria/index.php?act=idx
Erin Palette 20th Mar 2012, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Sundays are best because people aren't going to dinner or on dates like on Friday or Saturday, or watching TV like the rest of week (because really, nothing happens on Sunday night except for late-running sports games, and if you're into RPGs then odds are you don't care about sports.)
Bronymous 20th Mar 2012, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I would jump into one of those games, but I can barely keep regular 3.5 rules straight. i cannot even fathom picking up a whole new set, especially for just a one shot.
Newbiespud 20th Mar 2012, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Unknown Ponies is designed to be a very loose, roleplay-your-character game. I can attest to how simple it is: The eight-page PDF she provides is pretty much all you need.

Once I finish the character sheet template for Erin, it should be even clearer. That's the goal, anyway.
Erin Palette 20th Mar 2012, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this.

Also, how do I get a nice avatar for this site like all the cool kids?
Ranubis 20th Mar 2012, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Well, if you have an account on comicfury (using subscribe link at top), should be able to just put it in your profile. Hope this helps.
Bronymous 20th Mar 2012, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Good luck. The dimensions are horrendously tiny, otherwise I would have one by now.
Masterofgames 21st Mar 2012, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Hey Spud, any chance you could link to the character sheet, or if it's not finished, any guess as to when it will be?
Newbiespud 21st Mar 2012, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous 21st Mar 2012, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Ballin. Now if only I knew what most of that stuff was, so I could fill mine out.
Kaleopolitus 22nd Mar 2012, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
... I am NEVER going to get used to your avatar, Bronymous. I always imagined you as more of a top hat kind of person.
Bronymous 22nd Mar 2012, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Yeah, but that's literally the greatest pony-related picture I've ever seen.
Ranubis 20th Mar 2012, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Ranubis
Faces... so...

The animation in this show is top notch. As if that hadn't already been said over and over.

Twi's face in panel 4... priceless! And the words just drive it home.
Akouma 20th Mar 2012, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Akouma
Pinkie's reaction kind of reminds me of the time I was playing my sister's nautical campaign, and she had literally nothing planned for that session except for where we were going (a flotilla). So I joked off-hand that the flotilla should be celebrating the Festival of Silly Hats. So next thing I know she's going with it, and I launch into full TF2 mode and sew a bunch of random hats together (in character) to make a Towering Pile of Hat. My character in that game actually still wears the hat. In his head item slot, he has it equipped at all times. +4 to hat, -2 to serious business!
Dfield 20th Mar 2012, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
-2 ti serious business?, But hats are always serious business
Digo 20th Mar 2012, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
I'm thinking of the Dead Alewives D&D skit.
"Roll to see if I'm drunk!"
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Yes, a nice bit of PR to make everyone forget that Luna tried to, you know, CONQUER EQUESTRIA. I guess it's Pinkie's way to make up for her semi-threat earlier.

And now for another multi-part alt-script. Today's episode: Rarity's CMCF.

Rarity: Come in, girls! I have your dresses for the Gala all done. I must say, I had a fairly remarkable string of successful Craft: Disguise rolls, and I know that these will be the talk of the party.
DM: You pull back the curtains to reveal the dresses. They are exquisitely made and sure to impress at the Gala. As for specific descriptions, well, why don’t I let Rarity show you?
Rarity: Well, I didn’t want Pinkie Pie to have all the original content. I drew up these designs myself. *passes out sketches* I customized each of them to your specific personalities to bring out the best in you. It was a good use of my creative muscles, since I’m not used to drawing ponies in dresses, and I’m sure you see how well they fit your characters. And all at the low, low price of 10 bits each.
AJ: Aren’t you the Element of Generosity? Can’t you give us these dresses for free?
Rarity: I run a business, dear, not a charity. Believe me, giving you a discount because you’ll be showcasing my work at the Gala IS my version of generous.
RD: Cool, cool. So what buffs do these have?
Rarity: Pardon?
TS: Oh, yes. I hope my dress has an Arcana buff so that I can impress any wizards I meet at the Gala.
FS: And a Nature buff so I can better get along with all the cutesy-wutesy animals.
Rarity: Um…well…the thing is, I was thinking that the Gala was more of a “role-playing” event rather than a “skill challenge” thing, so, uh, I didn’t really put on any buffs.
Girls: WHAT!?
PP: But Rarity, we have to be at our best at the Gala. It’s like a boss battle, and you’re our armor-smith who gives us the best equipment.
Rarity: If I seem to recall, we ROLEPLAYED our way out of a few “boss battles”.
AJ: Well, we appreciate the work you put into them and stuff, but we were hoping for something more than “just” dresses. But I suppose they’ll just have to do.
Rarity: Oh, don’t worry, girls, I can do it, for an additional price. I may not have the highest Arcana in the world, but I’m sure that-
DM: Adding magic to clothes, while not impossible, usually has to be integrated into the design at inception. Trying to add a buff now would be like, uh, *grabs a sketch* putting a big pink bow on the back of Twilight’s dress.
Rarity: Ugh, that’s horrible. So in order to put buffs on, it’s best to start from scratch? Does my character know how to put buffs on clothes?
DM: …Tell you what. Why don’t the other girls tell you what they think should be part of your dress in order to get the bonuses they want? If you successfully implement their requests, the dresses will have the specified bonuses.
Rarity: …I suppose I’m up for it, assuming you can foot the bill.
TS: Really? Thanks, Rarity. Let’s see, I want an Arcana buff, so my dress should have… a fully-accurate star chart! Yes, that’s perfect.
Rarity: Um, darling…
AJ: For an Endurance buff, my suit should be prepared to withstand difficult environments. What if it rains? Galoshes!
Rarity: …Oh dear.
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
DM: Hey there, the other girls will be here in a minute. Do you have the sketches for their new dresses?
Rarity: Here.
DM: You don’t sound very enthused…oh. Oh my.
Rarity: I fulfilled all their requests, ALL of them. These things better freaking have buffs on them.
DM: Um, yes, you did, and yes, they do, but…
PP: Hey, sorry we’re late. Let’s get right into the action. Is Rarity done with the dresses yet?
DM: You all walk into Rarity’s boutique and see the…dresses she made.
Rarity: A bit experimental I’m afraid. Why don’t you don’t you take a look at the sketches-
RD: Yeah, yeah, do they have the buffs we wanted?
DM: …Due to Rarity’s … faithfulness to your requirements, the magical effects are better than anticipated. Twilight’s dress has +5 to Arcana, Fluttershy’s has +5 to Nature, Dash’s +5 to Intimidate, and Applejack’s and Pinkie Pie’s +5 to Endurance and Performing respectively.
TS: +5? There’s no way I can fail an Arcana skill roll now! Oh, thank you Rarity.
Rarity: But, the sketches…
AJ: I’m sure the clothes look fine, Rarity. These bonuses are a steal at 10 bits.
Rarity:… Oh, but, uh, the problem is that adding in magical effects is much more costly than I had anticipated. I’m afraid that I can’t let these go for less than…30 bits each.
FS: 30 bits? Oh, I don’t know if I can spare that much.
AJ:…Price-gouging parasprite. Fine, I’ll pay the extra 20 bits for everyone’s dresses, that’ll satisfy Rarity’s greedy heart.
Rarity: Uh, that’s very generous of you, Applejack, but-
DM: Spike rushes in out of breath.
Spike: Hey, guys. Guess who I got to come to the fashion show. Hoity Toity himself.
Rarity: Hoity who?
DM: Hoity Toity is a major fashion critic in Canterlot. They say his ratings can make or break a designer.
FS: Oh, wow. I bet if he saw your dresses, you’ll be able to make a lot of money for the boutique.
Rarity: You plan on showing THESE dresses to a fashion critic? Uh, you don’t want, er, need to do that girls.
PP: I’m always happy to help a pony out. Come on, let’s put on these buffed-up dresses and give these ponies a show they’ll never forget.
Rarity: …But…sketches… I hate you so much, DM.
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
DM: You see a crowd start to gather around the runway. The ponies are waiting in eager anticipation.
Rarity: Is the crowd big enough for a negative crowd multiplier?
DM: It’s mainly just ponies from around town. They have some fashion sense, but if you called it “experimental” you might be able to get away with it.
Rarity: Well, that’s a relief. We’ll just get it over with and forget this ever-
DM: Up until Hoity Toity shows up. Dressed up to the nines with a white mane and sunglasses, he sits on a cushion at the end of the runway. His clout will guarantee that your reputation WILL be affected.
Rarity: Of course it will.
TS: Don’t worry, Rarity. We’ll do our best to make you look good. Come on, girls. Let’s do this.
DM: As the sun starts to set, spotlights turn on and music starts to play. Spike addresses the audience.
Spike: Since the beginning of time the elite of Equestria have longed for pony fashions that that truly expressed the essence of their very souls. Patiently waiting decades... no, centuries! ...for the perfect pony gown. Today at long last, Equestria, your wait is over! Let's hear it for the breathtaking designs of Ponyville's own Rarity!
TS: We start walking out on the runway.
DM: As you strut out onto the runway with your “buffed-up” dresses, you notice some cries of shock and fervid stares from the crowd.
RD: Ah, yeah. They’re struck in awe at our super sweet get-ups.
Rarity: They…they like them?
DM: You detect it isn’t quite “awestruck”. Some ponies look confused, some start to grimace, while others just cover their eyes.
AJ: …Uh, Rarity, what DO these dresses look like?
Rarity: …Fine, take them. The damage has already been done.
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
TS: Oh, Rarity, I’m sure they’re not as bad as all OH MY GOODNESS I LOOK LIKE AN ALIEN.
Rarity: A fully accurate star-chart will do that to you.
AJ: This ain’t even “Cowgirl Barbie” style. It’s like “Baby’s First Farmer”, with a big red hat, plaid shirt, and galoshes…oh, I guess they don’t look good in a dress.
Rarity: You think?
FS: I thought I specified French Houte Couture.
Rarity: You handed me a sketch and said, “like this, but more nature-y.” After Pinkie Pie wanted, and I quote, “cupcakes and balloons and bowties on it”, I somewhat lost any real frame of reference for how far to go with it.
RD: I look like some kind of gaudy gladiator. Yeah, it looks intimidating, but even I wouldn’t wear it to a fancy party like the Gala.
Rarity: You didn’t specify anything! You just said it needed to be “20% cooler” like that really meant something! It’s like none of you realized that your suggestions had to be implemented in a DRESS! That would be seen in PUBLIC! The DM actually wanted me to draw out your suggestions instead of just relegating it to flavor text! I did the best I could, but..but…
TS: …I’m sorry, Rarity. We were only thinking about the bonuses, and ignoring your hard work to make us look good. Can we just go back and…
Hoity Toity: Oh, those amateurish designs look like a piled-on mishmash of everything but a kitchen sink! It's a travesty, it's what it is. Those outfits are the ugliest things I've ever seen, oh for shame. Who is responsible for subjecting our eyes to these horrors? Not to mention wasting my valuable time.
Spike: Come on out and take a bow, Rarity. You worked really hard for this.
Rarity: …I walk out onto the runway with my head down in shame.
DM: Nothing greets you but the silence of the crowd.
Rarity: …I guess I’m a failure as a fashionista.
DM: Roll a CMCF save.
RD: Hasn’t she suffered enough?
Rarity: It’s alright, Rainbow Dash. I…I deserve it. *roll* …4. Funny, we all seem to fail on these rolls.
DM: You suffer the penalty “Fading Star”. You believe that your career is at an end. You’re over the hill, a has been, yesterday’s news. Despair fills your every waking moment. Any social interactions with potential customers face a penalty, and you would do anything to keep out of the public eye and avoid shame.
TS: Oh,no.
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
TS: Alright, girls, it’s been a few days and we haven’t seen heads or tails of Rarity since the fashion show. Let’s see what’s wrong.
DM: You enter the Carousel Boutique and find it abandoned. You here some rustling and muttering coming from inside the bedroom.
TS: We try opening the door the bedroom.
DM: The door is locked.
PP: Oh man, I miss Rarity already. If she was here, she could pick the lock for us.
TS: …Ignoring that. I peek through the keyhole.
DM: You see Rarity looking disheveled. Her mane is a mess, and she has on a pink gown and slippers. She looks like she’s packing a bag, but is constantly pulling clothes out and putting new ones in.
TS: Rarity, please come out. We want to talk to you.
Rarity: I’m not coming out! I’m a laughing stock in all of Ponyville, I couldn’t bear to show my face again. That’s why I’m retiring my character.
Girls: WHAT!?!
AJ: Isn’t that a little drastic?
Rarity: My character’s primary motivation is no longer achievable while I’m in Ponyville. She’ practically unplayable at this point. I’ll have Rarity move out into some other town, and a new, better, more liked character will come in. Even though I’ve invested all this time with Rarity… and balanced out running the Boutique… and wrote a long overarching backstory OOH I CAN’T STAND IT.
DM: Your despair paralyzes you, making you unable to continue packing. You must wallow for a few rounds before continuing.
RD: You’re making her do what now?
TS: I think the DM’s buying us some time.
Rarity: Leave me alone! I vant to be alone! I want to wallow in... whatever it is that ponies are supposed to wallow in! Do ponies wallow in pity? Oh, listen to me, I don't even know what I'm supposed to wallow in! I'M SO PATHETIC!
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
AJ: Alright, we need to find a way to get Rarity out of her funk before she decides to leave for good. As her friends, we need to show her that we think she’s still a great dressmaker.
PP: But she won’t come out and talk to us, and we apparently don’t have any fashion sense. Not to mention that
FS: What do I see in the shop?
DM: The five dresses that Rarity originally made are positioned on mannequins. You see a sixth mannequin with a half-finished dress on it. Posted on the wall behind the dress is a sketch of a regal dress with some notes and instructions on it.
FS: Rarity probably never got the chance to finish making her own dress while she was working on ours. I have a few ranks in Craft: Disguise. Let me see if I can follow the instructions. *roll* 15.
DM: The instructions are clear to you, and you would be able to finish the dress, with the help of some other ponies.
AJ: Wait, why does Fluttershy have…never mind.
TS: …Wait, has Rarity lost any experience yet?
DM: Hoity Toity has yet to publish a review of the fashion show. He may just leave it be for a grass-roots bumpkin, but if Rarity ever tries to sell to the upper classes, he will stop her in her tracks.
TS: Do you think Spike could get a hold of him again?
DM: …He can try.
TS: Alright. I’ll see if Spike can convince Hoity Toity to come back for a second fashion show. FS, you work with AJ and PP to finish Rarity’s dress. RD, you find a way to get Rarity out of her room when ready.
RD: What? But how am I supposed to get Miss Diva out when the only thing she cares about right now is her mangy…where is her cat anyway?
DM: You see Opalescence eating food at her bowl. Apparently Rarity comes out at least to feed her every night.
RD: …Done and done.
I think the rest of the episode speaks for itself, so…
Fin.
Ranubis 20th Mar 2012, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
Ranubis
And once again, Lyntermas has created another fantastic alt-script.

Let's see, we've had CMCF's for Applejack, Rainbow Dash(that script was a thing of beauty), and now Rarity if I'm remembering them right. Who's next?

As for Hoity Toity, all I can think of is this:

Celestia: "Well, now that the ordeal of Nightmare Moon is behind us, I feel that rewards are in order. Rarity, I understand that you are a talented fashion designer. How about I put in a good word for you with some of the Canterlot elite? Say, Hoity Toity?"
Kaleopolitus 20th Mar 2012, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
I'm actually at a loss for words here. I just don't know how I can compliment you anymore without refering to 'man babies'.

Didn't we also have Pinkie Pie already?
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
I think I've done all the Mane 6 except for Fluttershy. Twilight had a short one at the beginning, which would have the penalty "Nervous Wreck", which messes with her appearance and makes her single-minded toward her goal.

Pinkie Pie's comment in the last post should read, "Not to mention her reputation is shot." I really need to make an account so I can edit these things.
modulusshift 20th Mar 2012, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
"PP: But she won’t come out and talk to us, and we apparently don’t have any fashion sense. Not to mention that"

Not to mention that what? I must know! It is so close!
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
PP: But she won’t come out and talk to us, and we apparently don’t have any fashion sense. Not to mention that her reputation is shot.
Raxon 16th Jun 2012, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
I am in awe. I thought my writing was good, but I see I have a ways to go. My pimp hat is off to you, good sir.
legomaster00156 20th Mar 2012, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Lyntermas, I grovel at the feet of the master.
reynard61 20th Mar 2012, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
That. Was. *AWESOME!!!* (Dammit! I'm running out of superlatives to use to describe you and your writing!)
technopony 20th Mar 2012, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
Soo...much...comment...
Stairc 20th Mar 2012, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
If the one-shot was on Monday, Tuesday or ANY other Sunday I could do it but noooooooo... It has to be the one day I'm out of town in months.

Erin Palette is my Princess Trollestia.

...

... Daww, I can't even pretend that. We all know Erin is wonderful.
Erin Palette 20th Mar 2012, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
There will be other games. Seriously, I have so much interest in this one that I'm having to make a waiting list.

I'll run again, don't you worry. :)
Erin Palette 20th Mar 2012, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Also: I'm much more Luna than Celestia. :D
Strill 21st Mar 2012, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
I've never played any role-playing game, so I doubt I'd make a good candidate for a game, but I'd still like to watch. Is it possible to lurk in on the game?
Zeeth 21st Mar 2012, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
Instead of a Lurker Above, we can all be Lurkers Around!
Erin Palette 22nd Mar 2012, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Erin Palette
But can you lurk rhythmically? That's what is important.
Kontaro 20th Mar 2012, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
I would join the pony game on Sunday, except that I more or less stink at roleplay and background creation. And in a pony game, those would be required I believe.
Erin Palette 20th Mar 2012, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Yes. RP and characterization is essential!
Zeeth 21st Mar 2012, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
It's a pony game. Characterization and background can easily come from the elements you've already put into your character. What's their cutie mark, and what does it mean? What are their stats and abilities? Do they come from Ponyville or elsewhere?

With just that much, you can make a reasonably good character. It's just a matter of connecting the bits you have with each other in a way that makes sense, sort of like writing a story problem in math class. You have a strong pony with a cutie mark of a hammer. Are they a carpenter, a demolitions expert, or something else? Where did they learn their skills, and from whom? What does their family think of this? Do the other ponies know about it?

I've seen what looked like "generic fighter version III.5: Grumpy Town Guardsmare" turn out to be a "Storm-smashing, monster-trashing would-be Royal Guard who worships Celestia, but was born into the wrong circles for that kind of special assignment." She became disillusioned, spent a few years beating up monsters in the Everfree, and eventually ended up leading a distant town guard instead -- and in our game, becoming one of the key elements to saving the world, as well as experiencing a lot of character development.

Mostly, you just want one or two good ideas to start from, and everything else tends to develop from it as you write or play this character. Want a plot twist? Instead of having bandits attack, why not introduce a new background element, like an old friend in need, or a family gathering/emergency, or something business related that needs your attention? You don't want to throw it at everyone just out of nowhere, necessarily, but if your characters' lives aren't complicated enough it's pretty easy to complicate them further without breaking immersion.
Bronymous 20th Mar 2012, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Ok, no one is going to like what I'm about to say, but I feel like I haven't had a significant comment in weeks, so I'm rolling with it.

Remember how our faction talk got banned, because it was essentially 5-7 people dominating the comments about it? Now, does everyone notice how Lyntermas is throwing out these epic length alt-scripts on every page, essentially dominating each page by himself?

I'm not saying I don't like them or they're not good or he should stop. I'm not even suggesting Newbie let us resume factionspeak if he doesn't want us to. I don't rightly know the purpose of this post at all, really. Just some food for thought. I just feel like I haven't been able to contribute as well as I have in the past.

Please don't hate me.
Newbiespud 20th Mar 2012, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Aww, sorry if I was a little harsh back then. I didn't mean to "yell at you," nor were my responses driven by any personal hatred or rage. I was just mildly annoyed at what was going on at the time. Once it passed, everything between us was chill again.

You've got your feelings a little too heavily wrapped up in these comments. My goal for this section is for it to be relaxed, fun, and open. Don't feel pressured to satisfy a demand for content, or that anyone's attaching judgments to your username. That shouldn't be happening.
Lyntermas 20th Mar 2012, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
First things first: Nobody here hates you, Bronymous. Nobody.

Secondly, I'm sorry if you feel that my alt-scripts have made you feel unable to significantly contribute to discussion. It's true that I enjoy writing them, and I enjoy the feedback I get from them, but ultimately this is a comment board for everyone, not just a place to showcase what is essentially my fanfiction.

The problem in this case may have been exasperated by posting them all at once shortly after the new comic was up. It might have been better to wait for some other discussion first before posting "huge wall of text".

I have at least one more semi-long alt script planned, but I can hold off on it for a couple comics. I've got some real-world stuff I need to catch up on anyway.

Your opinion is important to us, Bronymous. It's good to let your feelings be heard, and we hope to hear more from you.
magewolf 24th Mar 2012, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
hey yall ah aint been postin lately cause of work but ah had 2 speak-up on this.

first bronymous: noone hear hates you,aint happenin and ah got dibs on all haters.

second:lyntermas, dont apologise, you did nothin rong.


Jason Shadow 20th Mar 2012, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
Character 1 and Character 2 have a conflict. Character 1 feels bad after noticing similar actions from Character 3 results in no conflict. Character 1 voices concern. Characters 2 and 3 respond, showing understanding and compassion. Heartfelt apologies from all involved.
Now all we need is for Character 1 to write a letter to Princess Celestia. Have any ideas, Bronymous? ;)
Kaleopolitus 20th Mar 2012, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
"Please don't hate me."

Why the hell did I get the mental image of a begging cat when I read that?

I do agree that it's best if the walls of text start lower on the page so it isn't as intimidating. I remember 2-3 pages back when the very first comment thread contained half the page or something. It was insane.

And yes. Bronymous: You are now required to write a letter to Celestia. Better get to it >:D
Gden 20th Mar 2012, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
Dear Princess Celestia,

Today, I learned that just because you have a vastly different opinion on something, does not mean that people are not going to like you. As strange as this sounds, this can even be true on the internet. People will often give you a support in spite of this, so you should, of course, return the favor.

Your faithful student,
Bronymous



.... or something like that? (at first I put will give you a second chance, and then I realized that doesn't really fit what happened.)
Bronymous 20th Mar 2012, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I think I can handle my own letter, thanks.

Dear Princess Celestia,

Bronies are Bronies. Go figure.

Signed,
FltComm. Bronymous

p.s. Luna's agents are mobilizing. Watch your back.
Kaleopolitus 21st Mar 2012, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
Oh gods, here we go again xD
Qin the Kirin 20th Mar 2012, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
PARTY!!!!!!!! the Pinkie Pie solution for everything and everyone XD.
Not a Crooks Head 20th Mar 2012, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
I saw the Dead Alewives comment and just wanted to share something, then it turned into this whole thing and having to register a log-in, so I blame you. Enjoy.

Excerpt from "The Gamers"

Regular sentences are out of character, -these are like character commands-, "Things literally said by characters," *and these are actions in/out of the game unless the character commands imply it.*

Begin Scene.

Barb: -I order the strongest drink at the bar.-

DM: The barmaid warns you, "Dwarven ale is not for the weak of stomach."

Barb: Relax Rogar's stamina is 18 there's only a 10% chance he'll be affected.

DM: Then you're really gonna risk it? B: *disbelief* Yeah?!

*rolls* DM: You...fail. *B hits the table face first with a thud*

Mage: "Barmaid warned him."

Archer: "It seems our barbarian friend cannot hold his ale."

Thief: "It is too early for ale, but the time is always right for some wine! I'll be back with four...*looks at B*...make that three glasses."

A: "But you haven't any money, how ever shall you pay?"

T: "Leave that up to me." *grins*

DM: There is only one patron at the bar, he doesn't notice you.

T: -I pick his pocket.- DM: Roll it.

*rolls*

T: Hah haa, got it! *shakes coinpurse, patron doesn't notice* Does he have any uh, weapons or anything?

DM: Yeah he's got a knife.

Thief: -I take that too.- DM: Okay, roll it.

*rolls*

T: Haha cool! I'm kickin' ass! -...I wanna steal his pants.-

DM: You're...not serious.

T: I am serious. DM: ...Why do you want his pants?

T: I don't want them, I just wanna see if I can steal 'em.

DM: Fine go ahead, but you suffer a -8 penalty for difficulty.

*rolls* DM: *shakes head*...I don't believe it. Are you quite finished?

T: Yeah. Oh, and -I order some wine from the innkeeper.-

A: Dude I can't believe you took his pants!

*hi-fives, laughs* B: Am I still unconcious? DM: ...yeah.

M: Alright alright. -I look around the common room, do I recognize anyone?-

DM: Let's find out. *rolls* Yeah you do, he's seven feet tall and he's built like a lighthouse.

All: uhh, ooo, aw shi-

DM: He's got a nasty scar on his cheek and an ugly club in his hand.

*Everyone looks scared*

DM: It's Hunk, the mercenary you guys left for dead in the castle of almost certain doom. *Hunk tosses barmaid away* He recognizes you instantly. He snarls and lumbers over to your table.

*Hunk slams club onto table, lifts off helmet*

Hunk: *fake Norwegian accent* "You bastards! Thought I was dead did not you? Well I'm not but soon you are going to be! Because I'm going to kill you dead, do ya hear me? D.E.D. dead!"

M: Shit what do we do!?

B: Am I still unconcious?

DM: Oh yes. *B mouths the F word*

T: *has epiphany* Did Hunk see Nimble at the bar? DM: What?

T: Nimble was at the bar while Hunk showed up, did he see him at the bar?

DM: Yeah let's check. *rolls*

*Nimble looks at Hunk from the bar but Hunk doesn't notice*

T: Boo ya -I sneak into backstab position!-

(Everyone else but the thief is frozen in place during this part)

M: You're gonna ATTACK him?! What good is that gonna do?

T: Duh I do triple damage when I attack from behind!

T: -I sneak into place behind Hunk and unsheathe my dagger.-

M: Just your dagger? T: Hmm good point, -I'll use my sword.-

A: Even with triple damage, that's not gonna kill a guy Hunk size.

T: Wait...-I have a better idea.-

*T brings over a chair, flips it over, grabs an over-sized crossbow and places it on top of the turned-over chair and places a large bolt into it.*

DM: You're gonna back stab him with a ballista?

T: Uhuh. *laughter* DM: With a f---ing siege weapon? T: Uhuh!

DM: Okay there's gotta be rule against this... *looks through books*

*laughter* B: I can totally see you wheeling it and crankin' it up, duude! Its too much! *semi-facepalms*

DM: Okay well there's nothing against it in the rules.

All: ooo, ohh, YEAH DM: I can't believe I'm... *rolls dice* doing this.

DM: Well, thats 264 points of damage.

*laughter* B: Ohhhhh...

DM: You splatter Hunk all over the common room. The patrons shriek in horror and run out of the inn. Occasionally slipping in the blood and entrails. You are now alone in a room that looks like a vat of beef stroganoff exploded.
*laughter*

M: *Wipes gore off of eyes* "Cool"

End Scene.
InvisibleDale 20th Mar 2012, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Anyone for fresh haggis? *rolfs on floor after suggesting*
Azureink 20th Mar 2012, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
I own The Gamers and The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising. They are both great.
Kaleopolitus 21st Mar 2012, 2:37 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
Oh man I laughed so hard at this xD
technopony 21st Mar 2012, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
I am so going to try this at this saturday's game session :D
Vulpis 23rd Jul 2012, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
Bah. A *True* thief would have snuck up, planted the pants on him in an obviously visible place using a reverse pickpocket, then stepped back and loudly declared Hunk to be a thief to the tavern at large and the original owner of the pants in particular.
Bronymous 20th Mar 2012, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Ballista Sneak attack: For when Overkill just isn't enough kill.
Azureink 20th Mar 2012, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
Three more comics and then we've hit 100!
Heliomance 21st Mar 2012, 3:41 AM edit delete reply
Long time lurker first time commenter etc etc.

Just to say that the fun banter that goes on here - faction speak, alt-scripts, etc, are the only reason I read the comments. They're hilarious - keep it up!
Kaleopolitus 21st Mar 2012, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
We're all glad to be of service :)
Bronymous 21st Mar 2012, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Did you know? If you scroll up to the top of the page, there's actually a comic you can read while the comments are loading.
Urthdigger 21st Mar 2012, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
Urthdigger
So, I finally managed to think of a topic relevant to the topic: What's everyone's weirdest post-arc (Or post-campaign, whatever) resolution?

In my most recent campaign I had, towards the end I had them going through a dungeon that threw their biggest regrets at them in personal dungeons right at the end.

Our cultist of Hextor had one where he found himself rescued from the dungeons by a bunch of dwarves we'd met earlier in the campaign, and where he'd set up a church of Hextor as a cover for our activities. The regret was that he hadn't watched over the church he'd helped create, and these dwarves had NOT taken Hextor's teachings to heart (as they'd barely been able to teach the gang of thieves we had as "acolytes", nor the dwarves, before they had to go), and instead of harsh order and oppression and strength, they were... throwing a massive frivolous party, with balloons and streamers. He winds up disbelieving the illusion, because he cannot possibly be true, it's so undeniably bizarre. He manages to make his save, and sets about trying to wake up the others (He can't quite just smack them awake, but his presence causes him to appear as a guide in their personal hells). Of the other characters, one had a sister who was tagging along with the party, and her hell had her emerging from the dungeon into a warzone between the two main factions, and her sister being killed, then she is offered a chance to alter fate, and have never gone on the journey in the first place. Another character, a spy (on the party's side) managed to "escape" the dungeon, and was offered a chance by his employer to go on an important mission and salvage his career, but doing so would ruin everything. Naturally, the correct choice was to not decide to screw over the party for their own gain, and they all passed with flying colors.

So, after escaping from the dungeon, they emerge to find... a war between the two factions. This time, group's all together, so no bad end of the sister getting killed. They proceed to the boss of the campaign, have a difficult boss fight, and win. The spy goes back to his boss, who congratulates him on a mission well done, and trusts him with an important mission, one that'll save his career. Same mission from earlier, but with the big bad dead, he can't gain from it so it doesn't hurt the party. And finally, the cultist goes back to the dwarves, and finds that in his absence they've only being paying lip service to Hextor, and have been throwing non-stop parties in the god's name. So, his "unbelievable" personal hell came true after all, and unlike the others it was still hell for him. Well... I like to think he had at least some fun showing them how a priest of Hextor should go about enforcing order and fear.
Masterofgames 21st Mar 2012, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
I have an idea. For the one shot campaign, a pony creator is being used.

http://generalzoi.deviantart.com/art/Pony-Creator-Full-Version-254295904

Why don't hopefuls for the session post their creation codes for their characters so we can all see them?

Mine is as follows.

Pony
0K4V005000F1F0FEFEECC40400000BFFEUN1837404000001W14F4F4F0000000S107F3FCC004CB2
Accessories
066CC66E5386D3066CC66066CC66066CC6604E8FBAFFFF8C52E90D1066CC66066CC66066CC66
Bronymous 21st Mar 2012, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Bronymous
I have used that thing waaaaaaay to much, like 12 OCs or insired-bys, My own OC, and Ponified versions of my friends. The only downside to that is the Cutie Marks. It can be a bitch for anyone without the tools or know how.

Pony:
3L411E40309B56143A322B03A00AD1D00FK1B3E20400000251FECC00DB25001C01DB2500FECC00

Pose (important):
000000000000236000066000000000000000000000000332
Kaleopolitus 21st Mar 2012, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
TOO. MUCH. OPTIONS. ;_;
Bronymous 21st Mar 2012, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
Bronymous
Want a hint? Stay away from the mane styles towards the back of the list, they're all famous character hairstyles, and they have matching tails. Also, ignore the majority of wing options, as they are ridiculous. So are all of the horns under accessories. Probably best to just avoid accessories entirely, unless you're going for something like Masterofgames. Following these tips will keep you from making both your OC and yourself look like a complete tool.
Derpmind 21st Mar 2012, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Pressing the random button even once gives me enough reason to never ever attempt to seriously use it. That thing is a Mary-Sue generator on steroids. Even the basic style the program's ponies all have makes even the most normal looking ones creep me out. :(
Azureink 21st Mar 2012, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
Pony:
3C002S40307F4141FEE0B323A40261566PF1837538111021U0FEF6CC808EFE0L107F3FCC004CB2
Accessories:
0685C4A066CC660CCBAA317F7B6677F7B6604E8FBAFFFF8C066CC66066CC66066CC66066CC66
Pose:
000256319069293012084005000027019346029329334024
Kaleopolitus 22nd Mar 2012, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
This random button is just evil o.o

http://puu.sh/lQZ3
QIN THE KIRIN 21st Mar 2012, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Im on the process of make my own pony character
dbanksischillin 21st Mar 2012, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
mother of god. Well best ending is when i popped up in the campaign by kicking down a 12 foot door as a cleric and killed 2 guys with the splinters and such anyone elses best moment?
Azureink 21st Mar 2012, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
Now I want to join Erin's group. I had the idea for a Norse-like weather pony pegasus from a storm-tossed region.
JR Klein 22nd Mar 2012, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
I'm interested in Unknown Ponies, but there will probably be too many players for my liking. I never was good at gaming in large groups.
Digo 22nd Mar 2012, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
While I'd love to join in on the Unknown Ponies game, I already run a D&D game on weekends and until cloning technology is covered by my insurance... you get the idea. :)

However, after my D&D game is completed a couple months down the road, I was thinking of building a space adventure campaign in the spirit of the Mass Effect universe. One idea for a species of alien are Ponies.

Thus far none of my players have a problem with this. :D
Kaleopolitus 22nd Mar 2012, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Kaleopolitus
... That is very awesome.

And I can totally see a Mass Effect campaign working. (It probably comes natural to you guys, but I'm new to this and have definetly never dm'd :P)
Digo 22nd Mar 2012, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Well, I wouldn't say natural. I'm generally the only one who runs the games as a DM. Occasionally one of the other players will run something, but they're usually short-lived adventures.

I do say its not easy being a DM. Even after years experience I do make mistakes.
kriss1989 22nd Mar 2012, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
I'd love to play the game with you guys, but I have no way to interact with you in real time. No chat programs. And absolutely no skype.
Drflash55 3rd Jul 2013, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Drflash55
I think the neighbors didn't hear her because her pitch was so high only dogs could hear her. But there is no dogs in Equestria, so no one could hear her! XD