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Newbiespud 26th Nov 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
An utterly ginormous update has been made to the Cast page. Extra gold has been spent on better equipment, some attribute points have shifted around, some feat choices have been changed, and the companions have been fully fleshed out. Most of it will probably never make it into the comic's foreground, but now you get to see even more of it!

65 Comments:

Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Oh, I'm going to have fun looking some of these items and powers up. Already looking forward to seeing where visions of avarice will be used.
Digo 26th Nov 2013, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Check out Angel Bunny. I nearly lost it reading his stat block. That is *EXACTLY* how I imagined he'd look in D&D terms.
Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
...What, you mean you thought he'd look like Angel Bunny? I'm confused. Maybe I need to figure out what those statistics mean.
Digo 26th Nov 2013, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
I was referring to the whole "Assassin bunny" thing with a +13 stealth modifier. :)
Newbiespud 26th Nov 2013, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
For all the insane amount of hours I've put into this - Photoshopping image after image, going back and tweaking the characters over and over in the Character Builder - building Angel was easily the highlight.
Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
And thank you for that. Just the character building alone can be a monumental task.

Also, thanks for the clarification, Digo. I think I've got the picture now.
Digo 27th Nov 2013, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
You're welcome Z :)
CalCal 26th Nov 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
But in all seriousness, who's betting on Twilight ruining de PM's plans?
Assuming, of course, that the PM has got a plan.
Digo 26th Nov 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Haha! Are we finally going to roll for initiative?
Laurence 26th Nov 2013, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
I had almost forgotten about Fluttershy until the final frame speech balloon and its humorously long voice arrow heading up towards the stratosphere. Well done, gave me a nice chuckle.
ANW 26th Nov 2013, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Poll Time:
Today is going to be a reverse of last time. What episode do you think he can't do. Reasons could be not fun enough, can't translate to D&D, or what ever you think. 2 guess each.
Me: Ticket Master, and Sisterhooves Social.
Digo 26th Nov 2013, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
You mean like, what episode Spud likely won't translate into FiD?

"Just for Sidekicks"
ANW 27th Nov 2013, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
He might do it's sister one though.
Curb 26th Nov 2013, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
I'm gonna go with "One Bad Apple"

The MunchKING 26th Nov 2013, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Look Before you Sleep. He may grab images from it, but the episode itself is just three ladies having a slumber party. Not exactly a gripping D&D story.
Tatsurou 26th Nov 2013, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
I always thought "Look Before You Sleep" would be Twilight's attempt at DMing, running a session for Twilight and Rarity to become closer friends in, except AJ is there too, and AJ and Rarity are both constantly kibitzing on how Twilight should be running the campaign...until Twilight, in frustration, shouts out, "Tree falls, everypony dies!"
Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Hearts and Hooves Day. The only one of these characters to make an appearance is Twilight in a role normally filled for Zecora -- with about as much screen time.
ANW 26th Nov 2013, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
Agreed, he won't be doing anything about the CMC. Now guest comics might, but seeing as that's not him...
Thar 26th Nov 2013, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Spike at your service. Too centered around Spike, who we established is a GM character. Would be hard to make a story that wasn't made up of him talking to himself.
ANW 26th Nov 2013, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
Don't know, he might make that a double just like he did with the phoenix and the diamond dogs.
CharginChuck 26th Nov 2013, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
CharginChuck
Off the top of my head, I'd probably go with Suited for Success and Green Isn't Your Color.
Letrune 27th Nov 2013, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
Sadly, anything older ones. Even when they involve MORE dragons.
Walabio 27th Nov 2013, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
S03E03 “Too Many Pnkies”

Our heroes are too heroic for committing genocide.
Scootalol 27th Nov 2013, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
1) May The Best Pet Win. Maybe as a one-session where Rernberdersh dips into druid or wizard and gets a familiar.

2) Read it And Weep. Daring Do's adventures are classic D&D material, but her parts of the episode are solo. The rest of the story is Rernberdersh in bed.

3) The Last Roundup. Aside from Pinkie going Pazuzu, this entire episode is a waste of flash animation, and wouldn't make any sense with the setup for the comic.

4) Fall weather Friends. I'm noticing a trend where Rernberdersh isn't really good for group games...
Guest 26th Nov 2013, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
I think there may be a typo in Fluttershy's stat block. Her Diplomacy and Intimidate skills used to be at the same number (15), but now Diplomacy is 18 and Intimidate is still 15. Her charisma didn't go up and the feats list shows she took Skill Focus for both of these skills, so shouldn't Intimidate be at 18 as well?
GrayGriffin 26th Nov 2013, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
For that matter, doesn't Pinkie Pie have "Glib Limerick" from the first session?
Newbiespud 26th Nov 2013, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
All six PCs are based off actual 4th edition characters using the official Character Builder. And this time around, on top of spending gold on better items, I changed quite a bit under the hood to make them more fleshed out and distinct while trying to change as little as possible from last time. Some things got shifted around in transition, but usually for the better, I think.

In Fluttershy's case, the extra 3 points in Diplomacy come from 1) her being based on the half-elf race (+2 Diplomacy) and 2) an item, an implement I think, that gives her a +1 item bonus.

I'm not listing items in these condensed character sheets. Items include rituals, which is what Glib Limerick is. Don't worry, Pinkie Pie still has it.
GrayGriffin 26th Nov 2013, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Also, what exactly do the different colors of powers mean?
Newbiespud 26th Nov 2013, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Green: At-will.
Red: Encounter.
Gray: Daily.
you know that guy 28th Nov 2013, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
I have always wondered what sort of item qualifies as a "masterwork tool" for Diplomacy.
The MunchKING 28th Nov 2013, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Martinis shaken, not stirred.

Knock out drugs are optional.
tuxgeo 28th Nov 2013, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
tuxgeo
It's more likely to be an "enchanted" item than a "masterwork" item.

There's one I know about that gives a +1 to Diplomacy at low levels, and that would fit Fluttershy well: Oalian's Balance Totem from the 4E _Eberron Player's Guide_. In its simplest form, this item gives a +1 enhancement bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls, boosts critical hits by 1d6, gives a constant +1 to Diplomacy & Nature checks, and grants a daily healing power as a free action. Sentinel Druids (such as FS) can use Totems as magical implements, so it works for her.
darkwulf23 26th Nov 2013, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
OK, according to your rules Spud, no spoilers for the episode until Tuesday. Well it is now Tuesday so what does everyone think of the episode? OK and I love Angel's stats, gave me a laugh.
Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
I liked it.
Vegetalss4 26th Nov 2013, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
I really enjoyed it, part 1 a bit more than part 2, but both where good.
The Slice-of-lifey bits at the start was especially entertaining.

And God, did it make me realize how much I missed watching pony.
Tatsurou 26th Nov 2013, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
I think it needed more Luna.

The bit where Twilight is fretting about whether she could handle her first Royal Duty? Luna could have easily been the one to reassure her, bonding with her over the 'fish out of water' feeling (Luna's from the time jump), and reassured her of Celestia not expecting perfection with a story from when they were younger showing that Celestia herself is far from perfect.
GrayGriffin 26th Nov 2013, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
I like how the new opening sequence shows Luna sitting by Celestia when she receives the scroll. :3 It's adorable.
Digo 26th Nov 2013, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
Alicorn lasers!! :D
Easily was the best part. I also adore Celestia's reaction when Discord had her tail.
darkwulf23 26th Nov 2013, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
darkwulf23
I liked how they did Discord. Reformed but still kind of a dick. Everyone of his screen time made me laugh. And giving up the elements of harmony is an interesting plot twist. It will be interesting how the series works out.
Lyntermas 27th Nov 2013, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Lyntermas
Alt-script time!

TS: In order to save Equestria, we have to return the Elements to the Tree.
RD: ...This is basically just trying to have us give up the nuke, isn't it?
RY: Probably. But let's be realistic, it's a bit hard for the DM to come up with viable threats when we essentially have one big "we win automatically" button at our disposal.
RD: Don't worry, I get it. Besides, when the next big bad shows up, it'll give us an excuse to actually beat their sorry behinds.
Zuche 27th Nov 2013, 1:19 AM edit delete reply
Alt-script for the most recent episodes of the show as well? You're too good to us, Lyntermas.
Walabio 27th Nov 2013, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
I wrote this for elsewhere, but I repost it hither:

I watched Princess Twilight Sparkle. ¡I love it! I did spot 1 missed opportunity:

Rather than the other 5 rescuing Princess Twilight Sparkle from the Rockodile, Stephen Magnate should have done it. Stephen Magnate rescuing Princess Twilight Sparkle would have been

¡Fabulous!
Zuche 27th Nov 2013, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
...I'm so very much of two minds about that option, Walabio. Very no and yes.
guest 27th Nov 2013, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!
Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
I never realized that Rarity and Fluttershy were playing Essentials characters, though I should have known for the latter. I see how it makes sense for Rarity as well. Angel is an interesting home brew. I take it that some of his abilities are borrowed from the imp?

Applejack's a ranger without Twin Strike? Always good to see. Was Driving the Quarry house-ruled, because I'm not sure Applejack was designed to use powers with the Beast keyword.

Pinkie... ah, what an appropriate power list. While it may irritate the other characters, I appreciate how she's trying to bring some feel of her more prescient powers into play, rather than just leave them as purely tactical mechanics. I wish I had more time to review those abilitie (and the other characters) today. :(
Newbiespud 26th Nov 2013, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
By all means, review at your leisure. Optimization isn't the goal, but I definitely want to correct the things that simply don't work.

You were right about Driving the Quarry. I guess I must have been thinking about Winona, but AJ's not that kind of ranger (yet). I thought about giving her Split the Tree instead 'cause of the name, but she's not really a Dex-based ranger either. So now she has Skirmishing Stance. (Make sure to refresh the page.)
Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
I was very, very happy to see you weren't going for optimisation. I think it's overemphasized for what's designed to be a cooperative game.
Dave 26th Nov 2013, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Woo-hoo! Twilight's player reads Discworld?
Zuche 26th Nov 2013, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
Nah. She's just a Bobby Kennedy fan.
Descartes 26th Nov 2013, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Wait... *looks at character sheet* ... I see. I see what's going on now. At least I think I do.

I think Pinkie Pie's using Psion source abilities that Applejack and Twilight's players aren't familiar with.
tuxgeo 26th Nov 2013, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
tuxgeo
Re: Rarity -- is her "Unicorn Thievery" based on "Fey Thievery?" If she's based on the Eladrin race, shouldn't "Fey Step" be listed as one of her powers?
Newbiespud 26th Nov 2013, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Yes. No. Yes and no. Er...

Pre-Level-7, all the ponies were based on Humans. I thought that was a little strange. So now, Twilight and Rarity are based on Eladrin. But they're not Eladrin, they're Unicorns - a race that I haven't really nailed down mechanics-wise and didn't want to hard-define just yet. So I took the most telling racial powers out (except Heroic Effort for the Earth Ponies), and just let the rest be defined via inference in the comic.

But then I saw Fey Thievery, which was just too darn good to pass up. Because if you assume that the house-ruled Unicorns might have something similar - using their TK to perform Thievery checks up to 25 feet away - then a grasping thief like Rarity wouldn't dare pass it up either. So it became the other big exception to the aforementioned rule.
Norakos 27th Nov 2013, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
Wait, why are these stats from 4th ed?
LoganAura 27th Nov 2013, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
LoganAura
Cause it's always been 4e since the beginning of the comic and that is what Newbie chose.
crazyredemu 27th Nov 2013, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
I think I know where this is going...but I could be wrong
Digo 27th Nov 2013, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
Question for Newbiespud~ Will there be an update tomorrow (as it's Thanksgiving in the US, I thought to ask)?
Newbiespud 27th Nov 2013, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Of course. I don't think I've ever let any other holiday except Father's Day affect the comic.

I'm not really doing anything for Thanksgiving anyway. Except working...
randonimity 27th Nov 2013, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
I'm loving the Terry Pratchett reference.
Jennifer 27th Nov 2013, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
What Terry Pratchett reference? Unless you're referring to "Interesting times," which isn't unique to his work. That's an old joke. (A good one, though.)
Altessia 27th Nov 2013, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Ooh, these cast pages! I do what Fluttershy does, I love reading the example text to showcase how mechanics work! Thank you Mister Spud ^^
Zarhon 27th Nov 2013, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Zarhon
Why is Angel Bunny classified as a "Small Natural Beast (Devil)"? A devil wouldn't exactly count as "Natural", I think. I mean, it certainly fits the character, but...

Also, just what did the Mane Six get themselves with their money? I'm failing to see / notice any mention of their wealth/equipment in the cast page. Or is that going to be revealed in due time?
you know that guy 28th Nov 2013, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
Ah, the money. When I GM for players creating characters, I encourage them to write money sinks into their backstory. Then whenever they gain some money, I give them more with the understanding the extra will go into the sink.
Newbiespud 28th Nov 2013, 4:12 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
For Angel Bunny, the type keyword was kind of a holdover from the Assassin Imp he's based off. I changed it initially, but (beast) didn't really suit him, and try as I might, I couldn't give him the (rabbit) keyword in good conscience.

And as I said above, I've left money and equipment out. I had enough to list as it was, and I don't foresee them having a huge impact on the main comic story save for damage rolls and defenses.
TARDIS Shine 5th Jun 2015, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Wait, wait, wait. "May you live in interesting times"? Is that a Discworld reference?
A person that exists 13th May 2017, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
...geez Twilight is gettin' harsh here..."May you live in interesting times"...why ya gotta be like that Twi?