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25th Jun 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1
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Newbiespud 25th Jun 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Man, remember when there wasn't a massive global community whose primary function was to make liking a TV show about ponies feel okay?

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ANW 25th Jun 2020, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
It was dark times for some of us.
Luckily, it wasn't for me. But to some, I imagine it was.

Thank you brony community.
aylatrigger 25th Jun 2020, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, for me it was:
Friend: "You should watch this, you will like it."
Me: "Okay."
Done. Not much of a leap...

Helps that I trust some people to know what I would like.
Professor Haystacks 2nd Jul 2020, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
More a friendly acquaintance than friend but same general idea for me.
FanOfMostEverything 25th Jun 2020, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
I mean, my first brush with pony was in the Homestuck forums. I'm used to spending time in barely tolerated Internet subcultures.
BackSet 25th Jun 2020, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
I started watching before I even started using internet forums so I don't even know when the community sprang up.

I think I started watching around the beginning of season 2. I remember because they were doing a marathon of all the episodes up to the return of harmony.
Digo 25th Jun 2020, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
I started in around S1 Bridle gossip, but it wasn't until near the end of the season that I found the community.
Guest 25th Jun 2020, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
I found out about the show between seasons 1 and 2, and I found out about if from members of the community.

Original artifacts from the /mlp/ era are sporadic nearly a decade later, but off the top of my head I can point to both Cupcakes and Equestria Daily as dating back to January 2011 (although I doubt one would have much luck tracking down the original posting of Cupcakes). I do know of one older fanfic, Severance (also grimdark), though I don't know how much older it is.
Guest 25th Jun 2020, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud, no offense meant as I know you didn't mean it negatively and more as a "the fans managed to make others see men liking colorful ponies as more acceptable" way, but the way you phrased that makes it sounds like "the brony fandom is about making men feel ok about the fact they're enjoying a girl's show about colorful ponies."
Guest 25th Jun 2020, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
Especially when coupled with the joke is based on Cutie Marks not being seen as manly.
Newbiespud 25th Jun 2020, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
The choice of words "primary function" was intended as a bit of comedic hyperbole, unclear as it is. Sorry. Just meant to point out that that was arguably the fandom's biggest hurdle back in the day.
Guest 25th Jun 2020, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Don't worry, and I apologize for bringing it up. Thank you for taking the time to respond to me.
Starfall 25th Jun 2020, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Can't get it... in the world the show FiM does not exist. So no fandom, and no ponies with cutie marks. Or do earlier generations exist here? That explains, if so,
BackSet 25th Jun 2020, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Shining's GM was using parts of our GM's homebrew setting, including the Cutie Marks.
Newbiespud 25th Jun 2020, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
"The callback can't have been that long ago- Nope, two entire years, I did it again!"
albedoequals1 25th Jun 2020, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
Eh, I feel like Bronies only got so much pushback because they were a larger group than normal. Nobody cared who watched G1, or even Rainbow Brite.
Robin Bobcat 25th Jun 2020, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
I blame Derpy.
Someone was exclaiming about how they brought her back (dropping things on Twilight).
I figured I'd check out the clip... okay, that's actually funny. Let's go ahead and.. no, wait, I'll want context, first episode... Hey, this is pretty good. Okay, now can watch that one... annnd I'm hooked, aren't I?
RuBoo 25th Jun 2020, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
...Am I the only one here who was lured into watching the show by the, um... Archetypal side of the furry fandom? Fluttershy-chan wa sou kawaii desu... As for when, pre-S2, not sure exactly how early, but...
Smithers 29th Jun 2020, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
There are lots of ways into this fandom. My first sight of it was Cupcakes. Followed by Cheerilee's Garden.
Jehan Criec 26th Jun 2020, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
It was my Spanish Reenactment buddy got me into it. He goes "I promise you'll like it." And I goes "Really???" And he goes "I give you my word as a Spaniard!" to which I retort "It's no good. I've known too many Spaniards." then he got all serious and was like "I swear on the life of my father, Domingo Montoya, You will enjoy this show." And well, there was only one thing to say. "Send me the link."

(I exaggerate. Slightly.)
Story Time 26th Jun 2020, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Any story about Over-powered one time use characters like Shining?
Jehan Criec 30th Jun 2020, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
There was a Pathfinder Campaign a buddy was running that I was supposed to be offshore for most of, so he basically gave me carte blanche for Character Design. I made a Young White Dragon with class levels in Slayer. The party wound up calling him Toby.

He was... mildly broken. Like, 300' charge radius, five natural attacks with his lowest attack bonus being a +20 (We were level 14 at the time) and his BAD saves being +10 or so.

Mind you, it worked out because that particular GM had decided our games hadn't been challenging enough lately, and Toby is the only reason he didn't TPK us on multiple occasions.
Auren Dawnstar 26th Jun 2020, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
I remember first noticing the newly forming fandom around the time Bridle Gossip aired. A lot of screencaps from Pinkie Pie's little song started cropping up all over DeviantArt at the time.

Funny thing is I didn't actually connect it to My Little Pony at the time. Since the design style was so different than what I knew of the franchise. So my first thought was "whatever that is, it's apparently popular."

Then season 1 appeared on Netflix and I went "wait what?" Finally got curious enough because of the show's apparent popularity to start watching it a week later, and caught up around the time MMMystery on the Friendship Express first aired.

Don't quite remember when I started becoming active in the fandom though. I know it was related to discovering Legends of Equestria and EQD, but I can't put a date to it.