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Newbiespud 2nd Jan 2020, 5:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Author: GreatDinn

Guest Author's Note:
"It’s easy to forget, because it revitalized a multimedia juggernaut, but My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was a bit of a gamble. It was much more in line with the first generation of MLP, but pretty different from the more recent gens, and seemed pretty far from the accepted wisdom of what a show marketed at girls is supposed to be. The peripheral fanbase was a bonus, but it really did succeed at its intended goal of making little girls interested in the MLP brand again.
Basically, I’m saying I personally think it’s understandable why someone might take a pony game and give it a more 'marketable' make-over for a group of newcomers. Especially someone more risk averse than our DM proper.”

21 Comments:

Specter 2nd Jan 2020, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Specter
"That's a bold strategy, let's see if it pays off."

... I'm not even sure where the line of bold and insanity is anymore. Anyone have a bold story?

Mine is playing a kobold in the rise of Tiamat campaign. (Or any campaign really, people don't like kobolds in most settings)
Pablo360 2nd Jan 2020, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Drinking a random potion I found on my person when I got isekai'd into a Pokémon world. Spoiler: It actually saved my life, so there's that.
ArcadaVetrator 3rd Jan 2020, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Curious to hear more on that now :)
Guest 4th Jan 2020, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
The gimmick was we were playing ourselves. We got isekai'd in a Meijer's parking lot and teleported to medieval Kanto (though we weren't supposed to know that at first), and we had random fantasy equipment on our person. One of us ended up with a sword that later turned out to be fucking VORPAL, but I just had a weird yellow potion. Which I immediately drank.

Later, we ran into an “electric mouse” (which for those of you playing along at home was the one thing that's impossible to describe without instantly giving away that it's Pokémon), and it hit me with a thunderbolt. Which I weathered only because that weird yellow potion had given me resistance to electricity.
Pablo360 4th Jan 2020, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Pablo360
(“guest” was me btw, I'd just forgotten to log in)
Classic Steve 2nd Jan 2020, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Good episode title.
Anvildude 2nd Jan 2020, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
From what I've read, FiM was even more of a departure than normal for the MLP brand- since in this instance, the animated series was the focus of the story and character developments, and the toys were therefore merchandise for the show, rather than the show being an advertisement for the toys.

None of the other MLP gens had that- apparently the actual, collector-defined Gen 2 didn't even HAVE a show, and what Bronies think of as Gen2 was actually just an extension of Gen1.
dziadek1990 2nd Jan 2020, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
> bold words from a person who made the pastel pony paradise

Now I'm wondering: does anybody here know any custom-made D&D-based settings made by singular people (amateurs, not professionals), which are not based on any other existing worlds (just like FID's DM invented a pony setting in a world where MLP does not exist)?
Digo 2nd Jan 2020, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Settings where MLP doesn't exist? Nope, I generally avoid the really depressing settings. XD
Winged Cat 2nd Jan 2020, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Tons of them. Heck, I've even helped make a few myself. (I say "helped make" because, even when I ran campaigns in them, part of the fun was getting the players to help worldbuild.)
Dakkath 2nd Jan 2020, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
I'm currently playing in the custom setting of Eotheria made by one of my online friends.
https://eotheria.tumblr.com/
Truthkeeper 3rd Jan 2020, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
> custom-made D&D-based settings made by singular people (amateurs, not professionals)

This is where most professional D&D settings come from anyway. Ed Greenwood wasn't a professional campaign setting designer until TSR decided they loved the setting he'd created (a little thing nobody's ever heard of called the Forgotten Realms) to Dragon so much they bought the rights from him and hired him.
Greenhornet 2nd Jan 2020, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Wait, didn't Rainbow Dash see this place as an alternate reality during the Discord adventure? Shouldn't that take some of the "edge" off the culture shock?
GD 3rd Jan 2020, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
It's one thing for a one off "Chaos" joke, but a whole other thing for that to be the whole kit and kaboodle.

That said, the earlier joke is why she isn't shutting the idea down immediately.

That, and it would be very rude.
CrowMagnon 2nd Jan 2020, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
I'll admit, I'm just a little disappointed that the page wasn't about her freaking out, but I suppose that would have been redundant after it happened in the main comic.
GD 3rd Jan 2020, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
I would argue that sending a bunch of snarky texts is a legitimate form of freaking out.

But yes, decided not to go the whole same freak out route because of the earlier comic.
Story Time 3rd Jan 2020, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Sending a character from one game to a different genre... Any story like that?

Muffin Extra points if it's like Twilight coming from a middle era of magic to a modern or cyber-punk or far future scenario
Alivda 3rd Jan 2020, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Well, while I don't have such a tale, the Palladium Megaverse is designed for those type of tales, seeing as the centerpiece of the 'verse, RIFTS, is based around the idea of rifts connecting to everything.
Loonard 3rd Jan 2020, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
I'm constantly playing RPG's with small or no predefined settings (GURPS had some, but they're really just Earth) so I'm constantly forced to make my own settings
CrowMagnon 3rd Jan 2020, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
Ugh, can we do something about the spambot?
Newbiespud 3rd Jan 2020, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Broadly speaking, the solution would be turning off guest comments. Forcing everyone to log into ComicFury to comment.

I don't want to do that, so it's just a matter of deleting them when I see them.