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Newbiespud 16th Mar 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
So there's definitely a couple of semi-official one-to-one maps of the Student 6 to the Mane 6, but... nah.

Anyway, I finished that Fate superheroes mini-campaign this week! It was pretty awesome! (We won't be playing this Sunday due to conflicts and the holiday, but we've got more exciting Spudventures lined up!)
The Cinematic Universe, Session 3 - Podcast | Video

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Gamemaster80 16th Mar 2019, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
You have my attention...
Mykin 16th Mar 2019, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Same.
ChaosStar0 16th Mar 2019, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Oh, this is later season stuff. I'm in early season 5 myself. Can't bring myself to watch the 'Princess Spike' episode.
ZamuelNow 16th Mar 2019, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Even Spike fans don't like that episode. While it isn't my style, I'd say just skip it.
Mystic Seer 16th Mar 2019, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, there aren't many Spike episodes Spike fans like.
Jennifer 16th Mar 2019, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Totally understood. Haven't watched it myself.
Classic Steve 16th Mar 2019, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
I actually liked it. Partly because I didn't care much for the S5 episodes before it.
CharginChuck 16th Mar 2019, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
Nothing particularly important happens in that episode, and honestly, it's a pretty forgettable one anyway. If that's the only thing keeping you from moving forward with the series, you're more than safe to just skip over it.
ChaoticBrain 16th Mar 2019, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
This is further down the line, but I would also suggest you skip "Yakety Sax". I think it might be THE worst episode of the entire show (at the very least, it's highly frustrating to fans of Pinkie Pie).
Big Fat Sack 17th Mar 2019, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
You’re not really missing much, honestly.

The phrase ‘running out of steam’ comes to mind when I think of the series at this point. I guess they’re just waiting for Gen 5
Mr_Some1 17th Mar 2019, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Mr_Some1
I actually sort of liked that episode. Much better than spike at your service and that one episode where they introduced the teenage dragons. It's a good spike episode, considering most spike episodes are pretty bad.
ANW 16th Mar 2019, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Yona
Big strong and just enough head muscle to make decisions.
Kind gentle and willing to help others in her own unique ways.

Basically, a big strong Fluttershy.
Archone 16th Mar 2019, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
I'm with RD. This, I have to see...
Digo 16th Mar 2019, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
I like this idea where a content creator doesn't let themselves get pushed into the common internet head-canons and instead try mixing up their own ideas and see where it goes. I applaud Spud for going out on a limb and trying this. :3

I myself mixed things up when I started writing Shadowtrot (pony Shadowrun). The team mage is an Earth pony and the team unicorn is a hacker instead of a caster.
Solitary Performance 16th Mar 2019, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Considering most of my experience with Shadowrun are the three pretty awesome "new" PC Games (Returns, Dragonfall, Hong Kong), I don't see much of anything wrong with those two; it takes a lot of brains to hack anyway, so I can totally see a 'normal' unicorn taking to hacking instead of their average natural magic skill, and if the whole "cast from HP if it isn't off cooldown" isn't just a PC Game mechanic, an earth pony mage might squeeze out a spell or two at that cost that a unicorn wouldn't have the stamina to squeak out... or take a blow or two and not crumple like a wet paper bag.
Digo 16th Mar 2019, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Thank you! When I first made my decision, I had a few detractors that thought I was making Earth ponies too powerful because they could cast spells and my argument was "Well what makes unicorns any less powerful?" The show unfortunately does not make a distinction between Earth ponies and unicorns in regards to stamina. Sometimes strength, but in Shadowrun strength isn't a factor in being a good mage.
Solitary Performance 16th Mar 2019, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
The usual counters I've seen regarding Earth and Pegasus ponies casting magic is that they naturally do it, it just isn't in the same fashion as unicorns do; because, being able to manipulate clouds up to being able to treat them as solid ground, is a pretty specific application of magic, as is the ability to properly rile them up for storms and stuff as part of being weathersmiths... who says Fluttershy's natural animal empathy isn't just a different application of that magical skill. And earth ponies magical skills are likely why they're so much more durable and physically inclined than the others, and tend to take to physically demanding work... the Cakes are no farm workers, sure, but I'm pretty certain they're like, half at least of the work for running their own bakery, and while not as much strength needed for foodstuffs as farmwork typically calls for, there's a lot of repetitive work, which calls for stamina.
Godzfirefly 16th Mar 2019, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
That last sentence of yours, Solitary, tells me you've never tried kneeding large amounts of dough before.
albedoequals1 16th Mar 2019, 10:52 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
While balance is important for a game, it is not reasonable to assume that the the pony types are perfectly balanced in show lore. There have been numerous examples of unicorns and earth ponies showing as much strength or more as an earth pony with a similar background. AJ, Mac, and Maud are much stronger than the average earth pony, and even AJ lost at hoof-wrestling to RD. If it was really balanced, earth ponies would have to be ten times as strong as the other two to make up for their reality-warping magic, but the actual difference is so slight that it's debatable whether it exists at all.

And all the things Pinkie does do not count as magic. She only has superpowers when it's funny for her to do so. Just like Bugs Bunny, who is not at all magical. On the rare occasions when Pinkie is part of a serious scene, she is mortal and powerless.
Classic Steve 16th Mar 2019, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
Her Pinkie Sense is canonical at least.
Hariman 16th Mar 2019, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Hmm. Rainbow is literally a self made career athlete, who does a physical job all day AND flies everywhere.

RD is probably in the top percentile of Pegasus Athletes, and one of the few who can compare to an Earth Pony.
albedoequals1 17th Mar 2019, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
There's also Fluttershy flinging a bear around, and Bulk Biceps...existing. I'm not disputing that the strongest pony is likely an earth pony, I'm just saying the difference is not nearly enough to consider the races equal.

It's actually one of the things I like about the show. Real people are not equal. They have equal *rights* but they definitely do not have equal ability. Equestria presents a near-utopia where unequal people are (usually) treated like equals. They split up the work in logical ways.

It's likely that a unicorn would be better at farming than an earth pony (as Twilight demonstrates), but the unicorns don't want to, and the earth ponies do, so everyone is happy with the current arrangement.
GrayGriffin 18th Mar 2019, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
GrayGriffin
Better at farming? Twilight's one attempt at using magic to do farming-related work literally creates a giant disaster snowball that destroys everyone else's hard work.
albedoequals1 18th Mar 2019, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
I'm referring to Applebuck Season, where she harvests half of the entire orchard in 10 seconds without dropping a single apple. And considering that Twilight is a klutz and hopelessly inept at things she is untrained in, I would expect a career farmer unicorn to be much better than her.
Boris Carlot 16th Mar 2019, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
Is there a public link for this? I'm intrigued.
Digo Dragon 17th Mar 2019, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
To... Shadowtrot?
Boris Carlot 19th Mar 2019, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
Merci.
albedoequals1 16th Mar 2019, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
At this rate, whoever speaks up last is getting stuck with Sandbar. Either that or one of them picks Starlight/Spike/etc and Sandbar is an NPC
Hariman 16th Mar 2019, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
I think Twilight is going for Sandbar or Ocellus, since she had the big leader mc important core pony last time.

Pinkie is either Sandbar or Ocellus too, to play against type.

And AJ will go for Silver Stream, because she wants to cut loose.

Probably Pinkie for Ocellus and Twilight for Sandbar... and Twilight will still end up a bit of the leader/brains of the group, because Sandbar is the grounding character in the middle of the wilder characters around him.
Toric 16th Mar 2019, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
I see AJ picking Sandbar. Of the remaining students, I don't know that she'd be excited about any of them conceptually, and I'm sure she has a mechanical reason for preferring them. Maybe they get an extra feat in Spud's system like Humans in most iterations of D&D? Also, I'm the kind of person who doesn't shy away from other races, but like to play a human pretty often for flavor reasons rather than mechanical.
Cyborg7221 16th Mar 2019, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
@Toric Yeah, in Spud's system Earth Ponies work mechanically like humans. Established during the Gilda/Cheese Sandwich arc.
Departure Dave 16th Mar 2019, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Flutteryak seems like either a good lead-in to Flutterhulk or a way to come down off her cursed AngryShy high.
Dakkath 16th Mar 2019, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Smolder, played by Rarity, secretly likes dresses
Yona, played by Fluttershy, eventually is revealed to be able to talk to spiders(/other arachnids/arthropods/invertebrates?)
Gallus, played by RD, is envious of others that get to spend time with Gilda

So that just leaves us matching up Ocellus, Sandbar, and Silverstream. Sandbar bought cupcakes for the student 6's first getaway, he might be Pinkie's character. AJ can go from country girl to Manehattan socialite, so she could be matched up to Silverstream's duality. That just leaves Twilight with her fear of ladybugs playing a changeling who looks like one.
Mr_Some1 17th Mar 2019, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
Mr_Some1
School raze seemed to establish it with colors who each of them match up with in that one scene, but it doesn't make too much sense to me and I think pinkie playing Yona will be interesting.
Guest 18th Mar 2019, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy's the one who will play Yona, though.
Mr_Some1 18th Mar 2019, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
Mr_Some1
Did I put pinkie? Sorry, I was tired when I wrote that lol, I meant Fluttershy. It was a long day.