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Newbiespud 12th Jan 2012, 5:00 AM edit delete
I'm looking for stories today!

On the last comic, I linked to Erin Palette and her recent pony campaign. But I know for a fact that she's not the only one to work ponies into a table RPG.

Whether you've played with a full-blown pony system/setting or just a few pony references worked into your otherwise normal session - tell a story about how that went.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Ranubis 12th Jan 2012, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
Well, besides a minor reference to a frost dragon we were fighting as 'poor Spike' (cue groans from half the table and a call for me to turn in my man card), I got nothing. However, I will be playing an online tabletop game tomorrow set in Equestria, so we'll see how that goes.
Cain 19th Jan 2012, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
I'm still waiting for you to turn it in ya know
sjosten 21st Feb 2012, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
Clearly they were bronies or they wouldn't have thought that Spike was a reference. Only after watching the show do I see everything related to it as a shout-out.
Jugo the vampire 26th Nov 2012, 3:02 PM My pony reference edit delete reply
My group did a fae game off old wod rules I was a sluagh thing and took the flaw/merit for a fae lover she (the gm) wanted me to kill my fellow party members after getting to know more about them. The first time she pushed the issue she asked me why I didn't want to kill them I told her it was because I still believed in the magic of friendship...We all died that campaign shortly there after.
Climax 12th Jan 2012, 5:38 AM Palaces and Ponies edit delete reply
I'm running an Equestria campaign now, it meets today as a matter of fact, and it's very interesting. Some of my players beg for combat, so I've made the main villain an evil scientist just so they can actually kill his hoards of robots.
Other Guest 12th Jan 2012, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Beware of Sweetie Belle!
Luxin_Nocte 12th Jan 2012, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Sweetie Bot is best sentient lifeform!
Climax 12th Jan 2012, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Much agreed, since we just spent half an hour fighting a whole hoard of 100 robots.
OnTheMoon 12th Jan 2012, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
One of my friends insisted throughout the campaign that her horse had an arcane mark on its side, a cloud with a rainbow lightning bolt, and that it was on a quest to learn the meaning of friendship. No one but me got it, but the DM kept throwing in little references to her horse anyway.
Xolvomir 12th Jan 2012, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I don't have any examples of games I've played, but there is a MLP:FiM role-playing game in the making by a friend of mine. It's called Ponies & Parasprites. You can do a Google search on it, or look it up on Facebook. I haven't had a chance to help playtest it yet, but it's certainly worth a look. Any support would be appreciated.

PS. Sorry for the shameless plugging, but given Newbiespud's question, I figured it was as good a time/place as any.
Goblin Scribe 13th Jan 2012, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
I've heard of that! I'll have to look it up. I'm working on a Pathfinder-based game (currently calling it Prisons and Ponies). No expert on game design, but it's working out alright. Just gotta fine-tune it, and stat up some of the non-pony creatures of Equestria.
*Huge and completely unnecessary race ensues*
Colin Smith 14th Oct 2013, 10:06 PM umm... Cake? edit delete reply
*cough cough* Anyone ever heard of Pitfalls & Penguins? :D
blarg 11th May 2018, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
Does it count as "shameless" if you apologize for it?
Sora 12th Jan 2012, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
I'm DMing for a 3.5e campaign, and after listening to my players argue for a bit, I decided to shut tem up with combat. I sent out a Cockatrice, which immediately got an unexpected response.

Me- "From the bushes emerges a creature that resembles a cross between a chicken and a lizard. It hisses at being disturbed and advances with-"

Druid- "Is that a cockatrice? IT ISSS! Scootalooo? Scootalooooooooo!"

*All non-brony players either facedesk or look mildly confused*

The encounter ended when 'Scootaloo' was incinerated wih a fireball, leaving behind a roast chicken. The druid searched the bushes, and with a 22 on his search check, I gave him Scootaloo's helmet. He wanted the scooter, but I insisted it was incinerated with it's owner. He's planning on questing for one by the end of the campaign. XD
Kaleopolitus 12th Jan 2012, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
I think I startled my neighbours laughing at this. XD
Snowy 12th Jan 2012, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
This druid is my hero
Sora 12th Jan 2012, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
And on a side note, I'm letting him use the helmet as armor, and occasionally a bludgeoning weapon doing 1d6 damage. He'll be glad to hear he's ade someone's day~
OtherWhiteDruid 13th Jan 2012, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Hey...... THATS MEEEE!!!! HIIII DM! Also the helemt is EPIC!
Nezumi 23rd Feb 2012, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
You killed Scootaloo?
Rad 12th Jan 2012, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Last time we played a D&D 4e, my paladin found an ancient tome from a old house we were assigned to check out. I declared immediately that it held forgotten information about an extinct race of sentient, bright-colored ponies (this was Forgotten Realms campaign, btw). After throwing in a few other MLP references (like talking in-character about a certain light green unicorn with lyre cutie mark) DM declared my paladin insane, which I retconned to be partially a reason why he was banished from Vaasa.

In short, I played an exiled, cloudcuckoolander, openly brony paladin. It was glorious, tho I calmed down on MLP trolling later on.
Masterweaver 12th Jan 2012, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
Equestria Chronicles, a free-form RP forum that I am HEAVILY invested in. Totally pony, and totally grimdark.

That is all.
DukeGod 12th Jan 2012, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
Playing in an Exalted Pony game right now =D (as in Exalted system)
DB 12th Jan 2012, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
So far I’ve run four sessions of my Pony Tales game, which have gone pretty well. One of the players has been writing up the sessions.
Urthdigger 12th Jan 2012, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
I wonder, how well does the Pony Tales system work for new players? I looked over that when looking for rule systems, and while I did like that it was a lot more specific than other rule systems I'd found, on the other hand it seemed a bit too complicated in other areas, and I was worried the players or DM may need to look up things quite a lot, detracting from the gameplay.
DB 12th Jan 2012, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
I wonder, how well does the Pony Tales system work for new players? I looked over that when looking for rule systems, and while I did like that it was a lot more specific than other rule systems I’d found, on the other hand it seemed a bit too complicated in other areas, and I was worried the players or DM may need to look up things quite a lot, detracting from the gameplay.

I did my best to pare down the Open D6 rules as much as possible, since I wanted Pony Tales to be accessible to ages twelve and older—even readers who might not have encountered role-playing games before. The whole rules booklet consists of twenty pages, either US letter or A4 size; I figure that’s a manageable size for most play groups. My goal was to provide a solid enough framework to satisfy groups who wanted fairly rigorous rules, but make it simple and modular enough to allow fast-and-loose play. Most of all I wanted to avoid charts and tables, and to encourage creative thinking. There are no skill or spell lists, for instance; one has to think up a pony’s Talents from whole cloth under fairly loose guidelines.

To be honest, even I don’t use most of the rules most of the time, aside from task resolution—but then I’m aiming at a light comedic tone similar to the series. For another group that wanted high adventure with combat and derring-do, the more specific rules would be more useful. I needed to be able to cover a wide range of possibilities.
Urthdigger 12th Jan 2012, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
I haven't played a pony campaign yet, but I'm looking to DM one. I'm taking a system I found online (One with fairly simple and lax rules, as well as rules for different age groups of ponies) and planning to run a campaign based over the course of the character's lives, from the playful antics and self-discovery of foals (low level) to the court intrigue and such once they become mares and stallions (High level). Player progression would be based on accomplishments, such as requiring a cutie mark to graduate from the foal stage, with the additional requirement that all the players have to agree to go to the next stage (As the levels reflect stages of their lives, we can't really have some proceed and others not)

My biggest obstacle has been incentives. Giving the players enchanted weapons and armor like in D&D didn't seem to fit with the setting, nor did having xp which primarily boosted combat ability. My resulting choice was surprisingly basic: The show is about friendship, so friendship is your incentive... or, to put it in more enticing terms, developing a network of contacts that you can use for favors on your adventures. So, rather than earning 1000 gold and spending it on a +1 broadsword, you wind up helping out Ponyville's library in a few of your adventures and develop a friendship with the librarian, who would be willing to lend their research assistance to help you on your quests. I'm also hopeful that it might avoid some of the issues that come with just getting bigger and better gear, such as power creep, and encourage the PCs to branch out in regards to who they help out.

Finally, I've been pondering making rules to allow for a rotating DM system, where everyone at the table gets a character, and the DM changes with each "episode", in a similar way to how the show changes which character it focuses on. One such rule I'm considering for this is that the DM is responsible for introducing the problem for the episode, but their character cannot be the solution to it, in order to avoid having DMs just making episodes that make their character look good.
Anarion 12th Jan 2012, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
I'm playing in a completely serious Pathfinder game right now. However, my character is a bard and every PC either has magical flight or a flying mount. So, I went for a pegasus and I convinced the DM that a mishap with a rod of wonder led to a unique Rainbow mane, blue coloration, and flank mark. We're all level 14 now and Rainbow has become my cohort and taken some levels in barbarian (we agreed she wasn't lawful like most pegasi), as inspired by this very comic
Enchanter Tim 12th Jan 2012, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
I believe I posted this link in an earlier set of comments:

a Ponies in D&D fic by John Biles. It's all up now except the epiloges, and they should be up this friday.
Kaleopolitus 12th Jan 2012, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
I'd like to very very strongly advice anyone who reads this, to read the story in the link IMO it beats even proffesional writers. You'll be reading the story for a week and not be ANYWHERE near finishing it.
Sunspark 12th Jan 2012, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
I'd like to second this. Quote from the viewpoint character:

"Always think outside the box, because the box is full of scorpions."
Goblin Scribe 13th Jan 2012, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
I'll third the recommendation. Aside from a few overused phrases, it's a VERY good read. I'm no Mystara fan, and I don't normally like crossovers, but this is excellent.
Angelwuff 12th Jan 2012, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
working on simplifying savage worlds subtly for ponies, but yet to test it
Friendly_Uncle 12th Jan 2012, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
I very briefly considered including a winged unicorn NPC named Celestia in one of my campaigns. Then I remembered a story I'd once heard about a group of players who raped a unicorn NPC to death out of spite. I figured I was better safe than sorry and made the NPC an elf instead.

And for the record, she managed to survive the campaign with her chastity intact. Whether this mean I severely underestimated my players or that I simply made the right choice may never be known.
Guest 15th Feb 2012, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
Yea, most players don't go around raping creatures in tabletop games. And I have a house rule that says that no one is pulling that garbage.
NekoLLX 12th Jan 2012, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
I run a pony rpg via email currently. None ofthe playgroups havent gotten past the party yet
terrycloth 12th Jan 2012, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
I played a pegasus pony in a Toon game. It worked pretty well; it was fun being cheerful and trusting and naive when one of the other players had his personal goal be 'make sure terrycloth's character fails'. Especially when he was playing wile-e-coyote, basically. A portable thundercloud also makes a good Toon inventory item.

I also had the CMC be the hallucination a few of my players ran into when they were fighting dream monsters. Surprisingly, they played along with it long enough to lead the dream monster 'home' and get a bunch of NPCs killed. I kind of expected them to go on a murder rampage as soon as they saw they were ponies.
-NA- 12th Jan 2012, 12:37 PM Confound my love of campaign comics! They cause me to post. edit delete reply
I've been playing a Shadowrun campaign with some friends since September. Around mid-October, our DM decided to give our fairy hacker a rival in the form of technomancer Pinkie Pie from Cupcakes. After that, all of the mane 6 and a cyber-zombie Spike have been either directly or indirectly involved in our missions. It's been... interesting to say the least.
-NA- 12th Jan 2012, 12:38 PM I'm not signing up just to edit. Screw that noise. edit delete reply
In a good way, I mean.
Lunari 12th Jan 2012, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
My DM included a group of 6 awakened Alpacas, 2 of which were winged, 2 of which were casters. All the names were references to MLP characters.
kriss1989 13th Jan 2012, 10:20 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Alpacas? That in and of itself is win.
Cantdrawatall 12th Jan 2012, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
My one friend is modifying the Kingmaker campaign module in Pathfinder into Princess-maker. I think the plan is if you do well enough in the end you turn into an Alicorn.

I did try to run a PbP pathfinder as well which had the plot of the first two episodes, but it collapsed before they had gotten past applejack.
Trivial 12th Jan 2012, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
None yet, but my brother and I are working on fitting Equestria into the Suzaraine setting of Savage Worlds so we could play it. Think of it... Scootaloo, defender of the multiverse...
Kaleopolitus 12th Jan 2012, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
I will refrain from obscene jokes and simply say that that would be the best thing ever! (After Rainbow Dash) (And Mystara Little Pony) (And Jaffa Cakes)
Vulpis 22nd Jul 2012, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
If i was dealing with something like Jaffa cakes, I'd be worried about a worm inside...and keeping watch for Tokra and G'oauld cakes. ;-)
McBehrer 12th Jan 2012, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
It's not D&D, but I've started playing Risk: Legacy, wherein you can name continents and found cities. The first thing I did when I won was name Australia "Equestria." Then I put down the cities of Stalliongrad and Canterlot.

One of my friends put down a city, and he was trying to think of a non-pony name, so I suggested exactly that. He now owns the city of "Non-pony."
Matticus 12th Jan 2012, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Not exactly a tabletop experience (as none of my friends would likely go along with it), but there does appear to be an Applejack and a Pinkamena Republic-side on my Star Wars: The Old Republic server.
Curb 12th Jan 2012, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
Pinkamina on the Republic side? I would have thought Sith for sure.

While I'm still trying to get a gaming group together, I have run up a few MLP characters via the Paladium system for Rifts. Right now, on Twilight the Mystic and Applejack the Wilderness Scout are on the drawing board. Gotta love a game that lets you make humanoid ponies via After the Bomb. Still debating on the others...I want to avoid Juicers at all cost, Fluttershy is probably gonna end up a druid or something similar...Pinkie could go a number of ways, especially as for Rarity and Rainbow Dash, have to work on it. Once I finish them, I'll have the basics for other Pony characters.
Archeopteryx 12th Jan 2012, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
This sounds fantastic.

However, you're actually debating what class to give Pinkie? I'd have thought she'd be a shoe-in for a Crazy.
Curb 12th Jan 2012, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
I thought about that...but she's soo random, she could fit any class. I'm thinking of doing Rarity as a Mercenary or some kind of bot or power armor pilot, something that could make her money.
Anon 13th Jan 2012, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
Earth Elementalist or Stone Master, maybe? Something that allows gem-finding?
EmperorSkiratta 5th Feb 2015, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of when me and a friend had started playing not long after launch. We were playing Empire, and had made it to Dromund Kaas. We ended up starting an argument about which pony was best Darth.
Debesh 12th Jan 2012, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
Hardly a D&D game, but a group of my friends and I are playing an Adeptus Evangelion game with ponies. We're not terribly far into it; Sunday is when our third Angel fight is going to be, but it's a blast. There are actually very few modifications made to the source; besides the different races, it's an AE game through and through.
The Wulf 12th Jan 2012, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
Well, I was running a Pathfinder game last spring semester and towards the end one of the players was playing a Pegasus Monk who had run away and was being chased by an Earth pony psion. They beat the final boss of the first campaign (a Mother Tarrasque, something I made myself), by using the psion's reality warping power to make it possible to be killed and then using the monk's quivering palm on it's regenerating form (a large, hard ball) to shatter it (everybody else was a standard race and helped to beat it by forcing it into regeneration in the first place). We would have traveled to Equestria to do something with the ponies' backstory had the semester not ended.
Dungeonmaster 12th Jan 2012, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
One of the most beloved characters in my current campaign is a Red Dragon named Scarlet who has Fluttershy's exact personality. Fear of heights and adorable lack of confidence are even more fun on a giant red dragon.
Kiana 12th Jan 2012, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Kiana 12th Jan 2012, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
Now I have the mental image of a red dragon trying to hide behind a tree. It won't go away.
kriss1989 13th Jan 2012, 10:23 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Scarlet: I'm scared of dragons.

Work that in somehow.
Guest 14th Jan 2012, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
I will DEFINITElY work that in some how. She already was too scared to fly the players to an island of tieflings because "tieflings are scary"
Cliff Snowpeak 12th Jan 2012, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
In the campaign I'm currently DMing, I sent the party up against a draconequus named Cacophony. He was having his chaotic energy siphoned off by a cabal of slaad, all the while acting as a guard under their control. Once he was freed, he helped the party clear out the slaad and now they've have an ally of god-like power who loves pulling pranks on mortals. I'm going to have so much fun with that!
kriss1989 13th Jan 2012, 10:26 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Especially if he 'misunderstands' what they meant, what the goal was, or took a phrase as literal. The party should dread phrases that start with "Oh you meant" or "But I thought you wanted".
Rindis 12th Jan 2012, 6:41 PM Pony Tales edit delete reply
I know it's been mentioned before, but here's the write ups for our campaign:
Bronymous 12th Jan 2012, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
I may have shared this already a while back, but I don't remember and neither do any of you so here I go.

Our arty had somehow adopted a role of International peacekeepers (through questionable means) while on the track of some special artifacts to help us save the world, yada yada. Short version, we end up in a Fey Forest, with a large village of small, colorful, talking equines. The DM and I were the only Bronies in the group, and had been planning this for a while. Ultimately there was a huge pitched battle involving my Flying Airship on a bombing run, Squirrel Suicide Squads, and a Lobster Mech and Tyrannosaur decimating enemy ranks. But, I digress. We all ended up with our own choice Ponies as companions. I got Rarity, Cleric got Fluttershy... And our Half-Orc got Scootaloo, whom he promptly murdered and dissected for science.

So yeah, we did the Pony thing.
Kaleopolitus 13th Jan 2012, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
I have to know, how did Fluttershy react to that? I mean, it's murdering a filly. A sentient child.

Wouldn't pretty much the entire party turn on the half-orc for pulling that?
kriss1989 13th Jan 2012, 10:27 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
Me: "...yeah OK, my Paladin is going to have to smite the half-orc now."
Bronymous 16th Jan 2012, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
We got back at him. No violence, per se, but the DM told him that when he was doing the dissection, he cut into an unidentifiable organ that, when pierced, exploded in a shower of glitter. He spent the rest of the game sparkling, absolutely ruining his self-imposed image of a generally scary looking person.

As for the rest of the Ponies, they had little to say on the matter. It was kind of a single session joke that didn't come up again.
Guest 12th Jan 2012, 7:56 PM edit delete reply

How did the other ponies react to Scootaloo's murder?
Kiana 12th Jan 2012, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
I DM a 4e pony campaign, using custom races and a few house rules. Works pretty well, actually. Runs on Fridays and is basically an excuse for everyone to get together and be a huge nerd while adventuring.

I'm not very good at running bright and colorful and happy campaigns, but it's been okay so far. The party is lead by a unicorn who's a Knight of Luna. The entire party got deputized as Equestrian national police officers, basically.

They're currently hunting down a cult, lead by a trio of ponies, one of whom -Flame Scar the earth pony- kidnapped a pony to use as, he claims, the new host of Nightmare Moon in the hopes of crafting her into a reasonable ruler. (He's racist against Unicorns after being bullied constantly in his youth and is pretty nihilistic.) The party stopped his plan, though he escaped.

Cold Snap, the unicorn, wants to become an alicorn and definitely has the megalomaniac streak to support that goal. He lead an attack on Canterlot palace and was fought off, but remained smug and suggested he already accomplished what he wanted. Not much is known about his past just yet.

As Snap's attack was the first time a pony has died in the campaign... Well, you can imagine the party loves to hate him.

The third is Cloudy Watcher, a blind pegasus who cares for the orphans the cult has taken in. She wants to be a benevolent, though not devoted to royalty, organization. She was imprisoned by Cold Snap for trying to leak his plans to the party, in an attempt to thwart his attack on the palace.

The trio don't get along well at all.

I've tried to encourage the players to use diplomacy and non-lethal force when possible, which they've done admirably. They're currently on a dungeon crawl to save Cloudy and let her know that they've negotiated a deal for an orphanage for the kids she takes care of.

...Also, due to rather hilariously timed high rolls, one of the party members (a hard drinking pony who the party has had a few issues with, but who has sworn off drinking after making an ass of herself in front of Luna) has convinced one of Cold Snap's minions to become her crossdressing boyfriend. Yes, really. We laughed for five minutes straight when she rolled that...
Kiana 12th Jan 2012, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
Ahem. Shameless plus:

Contains rules on the races and class selection, if anyone else cares to run a 4e pony game.
Sharp Note 12th Jan 2012, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
In the middle of the above 4e campaign, princess Luna invited one of her best lunar knights and said knight's friends(us) to a sleepover. There was much fun, except when they gave everyone makeovers and my (male) bard got dressed up like a glam rock chick.
Then the drunken sorcerer started blushing and kept asking Luna to turn Sharp into a girl. o.O
Sharp was rather grateful when she recruited her boyfriend from the enemy(He helped her make her diplo roll).

The next morning we woke up to a cold floor, a hangover, and Cold Snap's attack. First thing he did was monolouge, then gore the bard with his surprise round. And gore him again in the first round. We beat him off but Sharp brings it up every time the villain is mentioned. Horns are SHARP.

Everypony has a important role. The sorcerer is affectionately nicknamed 'lightning rod', the barbarian is there to make the bard use all his majestic words, the ranger is there to.. have at wills that don't add her +5 strength to damage at all.. and be a griffon. The Invoker is there to be the peppy blank-flank sidekick! We are led by the swordmage, a loyal Knight of Luna.
And Sharp Note mostly chats up ponies and does whatever anyone else doesn't do with his many skills.
This comic has really helped me find ways to roleplay a bard pony effectively. Though when he does things 'pinkie inspired' it tends to make the other character's jaws drop. Or facehoof.
Kiana 12th Jan 2012, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
We know what we like, and what we like is embarrassed boys dressed like girls! =P (It's a very estrogen heavy party, okay?)

And Pinkie inspired isn't the half of it. Remember that natural 20 you got on Perception? I waved. Sharp waved back.
Black Lightning 12th Jan 2012, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
Im currently in a pony campaign that takes place after episode one. Twi failed to make friends in ours so she wasnt able to defeat NMM
Godna 12th Jan 2012, 9:44 PM There is a MLP FIM system someone made. edit delete reply
You mention ponies as a system and well I've been playing in a couple games using the wonderful system made by giftkrieg (inlcuding a campaign he himself is running) It's really well made and if you can get a DM to run it give it a shot.
bobmortar 13th Jan 2012, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
We're doing a d&d pathfinder campaign, and I (as the only brony in the group) play as a pegasus sorcerer. And it's real fun, trolling the DM with horse and pony stuff.
Akouma 13th Jan 2012, 2:32 AM edit delete reply
In the newest season of D&D Encounters, there's a part where there's two unicorns you need to convince to come with you. My sister almost immediately decided that since they didn't give the things names or what color they were, that these unicorns were now named Twilight Sparkle and Rarity with coloring to match.

I zapped her with Arc Lightning for that one.
ReynOfWords 13th Jan 2012, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
I ran a short campaign of Ponies & Parasprites a while back. It's a good system, especially if you like rolling lots of dice.

I basically stole the hook from "One Last Quest" (good story, if you haven't read it). Celestia hoodwinks two random ponies, a unicorn explorer and a hyperactive pegasus with a giant wrench, who are shopping at a convenience store(the PCs)to deliver a secret package to Luna. I figured they would hop on the road to Canterlot, trick their way past the guards, deliver Celestia's gag gift to Luna (socks, of course), and we'd all have had a fun night of RP.

The game went five sessions, and included a long detour through the Everfree, a Diamond Dog warren, and the underground lab of an exiled university mage (with convenient portal to Canterlot).

In the end we had a great time, my players strained my GMing skills well past the breaking point, and I will never look at a crescent wrench the same way again.

Two words: Dowsing. Wrench.
DjGangrena 13th Jan 2012, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I'm running a campaign where the PCs were the Elements of Discord, hellbent on destroying the Royal Sisters. They screwed up. Badly.
The Doctor took them to the future where the Mane six turned into evil versions of themselves and the Royal Sisters are trapped in celestial bodies. Equestria writhes under the iron hoof of Nightmare Dusk, and it's up to them to stop her before she unleashes ultimate doom upon... everything.
SANDS 13th Jan 2012, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
My campaign's not about the ponies, but the references are starting to pile on. The one brony (a recent convert, at that, by my hands) PC immediately recognized the villain of the last story arc as Discord, but they were playing the prequel - the arc ended with them in possession of a statue for the first time and having to decide where to conceal it to minimize the chance a force of raw chaos would awaken it.

Furthermore, of the three major antagonist groups on the march to battle the party (the special forces unit of a Lawful-Neutral-at-best invading army), one of them is pretty blatantly a faction led by humanified Princess Celestia and Luna, with the humanified Mane 6 as their support unit. The brony is wondering if I'm really going to make him battle Fluttershy (his Best Pony), or if I'm going to give the party an out....

I am, by the way. Given the other two factions are pretty blatantly Code Geass and the entire cast of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, respectively, they'll be busy enough come the final arc that I'll let them opt out of battling the ponies if they so choose.
Digo 13th Jan 2012, 6:07 PM Unique & Thorn edit delete reply
I had given a Pony cameo in a recent D&D campaign. The adventuring party learned of a string of jewel robberies near an elven city so they offered to track down the thieves.

After a few hours they found the hideout of the thieves and assaulted it. The thieves were a gang of magically enhanced animals under the leadership of a vain white unicorn and her faithful baby dragon cohort.
The players never figured out what they were fighting until it was too late. XD
magewolf 15th Jan 2012, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
fer me it is besm and 2 help me out the dm gave me a necklace of summonings.
(the other charictures are devided good/evil and so high level that the bad guys are rideing in MEGATRON)
i am the only brony in the game so the dm got confused when ah told him ah could now defeat ANY villan.
ah explained that ah could soummon the mane six and cover them till they could use the elements of harmony, and he was flabergasted.
Chono 17th Jan 2012, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to foreword this story with 2 words "Discordic Bard"

Ok so we're currently running a modified 4e pony game set during a war between the Solar Empire and the new Lunar Republic. However shortly into our first session I managed to convince my party members that we should form our own army and conquer the 2 of them. So after we get done clearing out a Solar Empire camp we stumble upon a magically locked box. After we open it and loot it we begin to walk away when a group of Lunar republic forces barge in. Now its a group that's clearly to big for us to take in a fight so I rudely interrupt the DM announce that I'm first closing the magic box and then telekineticly hurling at the large group and then I purposely fail to extract the magic built into the box causing it to catastrophically fail. Resulting in a huge explosion which dealt 3 d10 and then collapsed the other half of the base on top killing the rest who survived, and to think 20 minutes earlier everyone was angry that I licked a summoning circle causing us to fight a miniboss.

On a sidenote after licking the summoning circle I managed to convince the DM to change my basic melee to: Lick: 1d1+cha fear dmg.
smischmal 3rd Feb 2012, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
I played a Pony Pathfinder (Ponyfinder, if you will) adventure once. We were the mane six (I played Fluttershy) and investigating a string of peculiar incidences. Anyway, it turned out that there was this dark cult that was running ponyville, and the Mayor and Granny Smith were in on it.
The guy playing RD (charisma 8) tried to use diplomacy every couple of minutes and continually made the situation worse. There were almost no animals to interact with and basically the whole adventure took place in town, so Fluttershy's nature skills were somewhat wasted. The guy playing Rarity was spot on with the role-playing though.
We ended up having to kill a number of corrupted ponies in order to save the day, but I don't remember the details on how exactly it did that. It was definitely some kind of apocalyptic scenario though, so their deaths were justified. I also seem to remember that they were going to use the cutie mark crusaders as blood sacrifice.

Needless to say, the tone was quite a bit different from the show.
Bard 18th Feb 2012, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
I used the Synthesist Summoner build in Pathfinder to make a character who was, whenever awake, an Alicorn. His name was Justice Slash and he used the Dimensional Assault feat chain to teleport-charge and hit things with a hoof-hoof-horn attack combo.
Lady Chaomii 30th Jun 2012, 11:45 PM edit delete reply
As you should see by some of my earlier comments, both D&D games I'm in are set in Equestria.

We made our own stats for each race. (And we made each of them equally overpowered so we wouldn't have to worry about incurring Level Adjustment for being a pegasus and stuff like that)

We just outright forgoed the combat restrictions a lot of MLP RPGs have; non of this "You have to solve encounters peacefully" rubbish. The only real restriction that was made is that necromancy is considered a forbidden art. And the players knew why once they saw their friend have the life sucked out of them by a high level necromancer early on in the game.

While it is Noble Bright (And I only use that term because my friend does) it isn't all happy rainbows and friendship that a lot of MLP RPGs try to enforce. It has it's dark moments, but also it's light hearted.

I find the setting means you can have fun with it without breaking the mood, for example a recurring villainess who goes by the name of Lady Xdeath Ultraclaw; later on in the game the party discovered her real name is Lilly. We had a good laugh and the mood remained in tact because it was never a serious setting to begin with.
needsomemiracle 14th Jul 2012, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
I DM'ed a FIM campaign via Jabber. Used a homebrew system based on 3.5e but dried out to contain as little rules as reasonably possible.

We started 11 May 2011 and finished 11 May 2012 (yes, when I saw we really could wrap it up in a year, I put extra effort into posting an epilogue exactly one year from the first session).

The game was a success, with some people having zero prior experience in tabletop RPGs (who are now avid roleplayers). It started as a playtest for the rules but very soon grew into a full-fledged campaign. By the end inter-character relations in my group became almost as important as the plot I initially came up with.

Right now I'm slowly patching up the system to make it even better, because the players are asking for a sequel campaign.

You can find all the logs online, but they're kind of in Russian:
Brightside 30th Aug 2012, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
I've been running a Legends campaign set in the outskirts of Equin, it's got some ponies on the inside areas, but all other fantasy races are present on the outskirts. I sent the adventurers to a steampunk-esque cloudsdale called Airace that had a sidestory faction war between The Rainbow Factory and the group keeping the place flying called The Floaters. The players joined with the Rainbow factory to clean up Rainbow wastes, which turned a peaceful forest of hippies into a bunch of cultist halflings that were being mutated into semi alicorn abominations. The floaters were imprisoning Unicorns to use telekinesis to keep the city floating. My re-occuring GMnpc's also had a unicorn with a flail on his horn named Bullhorn with them.

I'm gonna try another version of this, but with less pony abuse, since no one else got the refrences made.
Maklak 25th Jun 2013, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
My group plays 2nd edition Roleplaying is Magic in a setting similar to Fallout Equestria. The funny thing about it is that our GM is rather incompetent, doesn't think in advance and lets players do too much of what they want and even retcon things.

My character was supposed to start as a Steel Ranger scribe, but started out as an independent scrap collector and repairpony. We looted a house in a bandit territory, but placated them with gifts, so they decided to trade with us instead of being pissed.

After some time I rationalised to the GM that it would make sense for three of our characters (my scrapper, a chemist and a mage) to live inside some settlement, rather than in isolated holes in the ground. After some further rationalisation, my character is practically running a lot of affairs in that town, including having influence in the council and Junktown is one of the nicer places in the area.

Some time afterwards and I have a business, employees and enough wealth not to worry about spending them too much (in a post-apocalyptic world, where we should be scavenging for supplies). It feels even more funny given that my Character's guiding element is Generosity. (Made even funnier by the sweatshop conditions in Fat Rarity's workshop in

We have our problems, of course. For example Junktown was besieged by bandits. My char helped form a plan to drop a poison joke bomb on them and stayed behind when Sheriff, any mercenaries available and most residents capable of using weapons raided the confused bandits. Well, somepony had to defend the town and watch over our stuff, right?

One of the few things that can threaten my characters grip on Junktown are Steel Ranger patrols who might recruit him at some point.

Another funny thing about our sessions is that there were about 10 of them, we lost most players and the remaining ones can't quite team up and instead play solo sessions together. Man, that is weird, but fun in a way.

As a side note, I got frustrated with lack of rules for combat in RiM 2e, so I came up with my own and posted them on the RiM forum.
Notbob 2nd Nov 2013, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
I managed to gain an undead horse thing for my Rogue. As it should be we now represent my zombhorse ("Mittens") with a bling bag My Little Pony.
Kale 8th Jul 2015, 2:35 PM Bardmageddon edit delete reply
So, I was running a Shadowrun Campaign. My players were hired to test out a new VR game called Bardmageddon. I had them make like level five Pathfinder bards, I think it was. And so their characters were playing a videogame that used the Pathfinder system. They were exploring the area around the starting town when the ground beneath their feet gave way and went to deposit them in a ravine, this was when a major graphical glitch hit the game and suddenly they all became ponies. They realized what I was doing, but only one of them had actually watched MLP at the time and so they didn't fully appreciate everything that followed. As they were fighting the manticore one of their characters died and they realized then that their Shadowrun characters would suffer damage whenever they suffered character death in the VR game. I took them through the entirety of this adventure, more or less, then they ran into Nightmare Moon. Which turned out to be a cardboard cutout, because someone had jokingly said something about that earlier, and the true villain made himself known. A Technomancer who dubbed himself Discord. They fought him for a couple rounds, he wrecked their days using the Sonic Rainboom and they saw his character model glitch for an instant and his health came back, that's when they realized they could hack the game while they were in the game. One of them made a Torgue Rocket Launcher for one of the others and they shot Discord with it. Not only did they roll a Natural 20, but they followed it with a second Natural 20 to confirm it, just for fun I had him roll again. Somehow he conjured a third natural 20 and decidedly smote Discord. Using a Torgue Rocket Launcher, fired by a pony, using Pathfinder rules, to kill a Technomancer in a Shadowrun game. It was beautiful.
Adderbane 25th Nov 2019, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Considering the later episode "It isn't the Mane Thing About You", that second panel is particularly hilarious in hindsight.