Page 1566 - A Friend Indeed

29th Jul 2021, 6:00 AM in Magical Mystery Cure
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Newbiespud 29th Jul 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
So that's it. This webcomic is now more than 10 years old. I'm officially the author of a very long-running screencap webcomic where people play D&D with My Little Pony characters like they've never heard of the setting before.

I'm more humbled by the support than proud of any reflection on me, really.

Anyway, I wrote a melancholy blog post for the occasion yesterday, as I am wont to do.
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21 Comments:

FanOfMostEverything 29th Jul 2021, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Thank you for ten years of enjoyable nerdery. I'm glad to hear you've had this keystone for such rough times in your life. Here's hoping life treats you a little more gently going forward.
Guest 29th Jul 2021, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Just because it's your lifeline doesn't mean you can't be proud of it
Winged Cat 29th Jul 2021, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Hear, hear!
Manga Shoggoth 29th Jul 2021, 7:27 AM edit delete reply

While you shouldn't necessarly be proud of a lifeline per se, perhaps you should be proud of one that held you for 10 years.
Winged Cat 29th Jul 2021, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Indeed. I note that, as of today, Friendship Is Dragons is now listed on TVTropes' Long Runners page. You don't get there without enough dedication to take pride in.
the end 29th Jul 2021, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
hahahaha
Telltale 29th Jul 2021, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
I have loved reading this since I first found it, maybe a year or so in. Thank you for bringing and sharing this joy and creativity, Newbiespud!
ThatGuest 29th Jul 2021, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
You should be proud Spud that you've made something that people enjoy so much that they're willing to get into virtual soccer riots over it. There's no greater compliment than having fans start smashing chairs over each other's heads in civilized discussions about the story. Always look forward to every new page.
Newbiespud 29th Jul 2021, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Detecting a hint of sarcasm here.
CharginChuck 29th Jul 2021, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
Yay!
Hankroyd 29th Jul 2021, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
See you in 2031 for the 20th aniversary. :D
Keta 29th Jul 2021, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
I am one of the people who read this webcomic silently, without commenting, but I think that now might be a good opportunity to actually say just how grateful I am to you for continuing it all this time. There were times when this comic pulled me out of depression or cured a headache I was having. So I cannot express it in any other way: your comic is incomparable to anything else out there and I love it immensely. Your writing is so briliant and I admire you so much for it - your blog post does not mention how far ahead you had it planned when you started, but I am simply amazed at the grace with which you handle the overarching plot, constantly developing it, never losing sight of it... As far as I can tell, you are a genius. (By the way, I MEAN it when I say your comic is incomparable, because DM of the Rings barely has an overarching plot and I always found the writing in Darths and Droids to be boring compared to your writing's elegance and wit!)
Also, as a person with some social anxiety myself, I am suprised to learn about your condition, because all this time, I had been using your comic as a sort of mental picture of what interpersonal relationships should be, the pony-player-characters all strike me as perfectly comfortable extroverts and I had simply been assuming that some of the interactions described in the comic are based on experience, so I had been imagining you as an extroverted person, who is witty and relaxed around others... Perhaps you and I could both overcome our social anxiety by being a little bit more like the ponies?
Anyway, thank you so much for doing what you are doing! I will always admire you for it - even if you one day decided to stop, I would still admire you for all you've given us and for your brilliant writing and I simply know that I would return to this comic for years to come (as I do even now) to re-read my favourite passages or to just randomly read a few pages to make myself happy. :) Thank you.
Digo 29th Jul 2021, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Twi is a very humble player. I would take the compliment and run with it, but there is a good reason to temper expectations. If I get known for having plans, people are gonna expect that from me and then at some point I fail to deliver. ^^;
Jannard 29th Jul 2021, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
I am grateful for both Friendship is Dragons and for your anniversary post. As someone who crashed and burned in the first year of university (and to be honest never really put up the effort to work out the underlying issues), I think at the very least you can be proud that you built yourself a lifeline that can actually be shared with others.

Also, you ARE doing an amazing work of translating the spirit of FiM to the screencap D&D comic format, what with the whole prioritizing relationships and table harmony over table shenanigans and character focus. Plus, I still find it refreshing after all these years, which is more than I can say about FiM, which kinda fizzled out in my mind after season four I think. Keep going for as long as you please dude.
Guest 29th Jul 2021, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on 10 years! I've been reading since 2013, 2014? This is one comic I always look forward to checking in and reading multiple times every week. Friendship is Dragons played a large role in pushing me to try my first game of D&D in 2015, and the hobby has become such a huge part of my life since then. I've made tons of friends and have been DMing for the last 4 years. I always enjoy returning to this comic and re-reading arcs. Thank you for 10 years of hard work and laughs and D&D!
aylatrigger 29th Jul 2021, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
Wow; congrats on 10 years!
Ace 29th Jul 2021, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Thank you. and happy anniversary

it all started out as a mild curiousity in a treebrary and now it's turned out to be quite the..quite the grand spirit of adventure, don't you think? (to paraphrase a quote)
Thorfinn 30th Jul 2021, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
I think the best compliment I can give you on the occasion of the anniversary is that I have been enjoying it immensely since picking it up a couple of years ago, in spite of being neither a D&D player nor a bronie (hell, I didn't even know which pony was which before I started reading FiD).
Obscurereader 30th Jul 2021, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations on 10 years of great and enjoyable work! (It's been a really fun ride all the way through, and I'm glad to have been here all this time for it. This comic was one of the many reasons I got into DnD, for what that's worth, and it's really nice to see it still going to this day. Here's hoping the next few years are equally as enjoyable!)
Obscurereader 30th Jul 2021, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
And because I somehow didn't say this clearly in my previous comment - my apologies - Thank you, newbiespud, for making this comic for those ten years and that I hope things go well for you in the future in all aspects of life!
Scott M. 30th Jul 2021, 2:22 PM Thank you edit delete reply
x posted from my comment on his 10 year retro page

And why can’t you be proud of a lifeline. How many webcomics, screencap or otherwise, survive past a week? past a month? past a year? Art is about consistency, and to keep a comic, any comic, going for 10 whole years is something to proud of. You did it. Yes you, the burnout, the crazy living situation, the jobs, the down right trial you’re life has been, and yet, you kept going. You say it was easy, But I’m sure there were nights you just didn’t want to. But you did it anyway. Do you know what we call that? Determination. Discipline. Those are the things a good artist are made of. And you are a good one. Don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you any different. Remember, in the words of Jack London “Life isn’t always about being dealt a good hand, but sometimes it’s about playing a poor hand well.” And friend, you got dealt trash hand. But you played it as well as any one could hope for.