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Newbiespud 10th Mar 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Daylight Savings Time has started, which means the site's back in the PDT timezone and the comic updates an hour later for everyone else.

So. The mini-arc. Nine double-length pages coming at you using the first arc of the official comic series instead of official show screencaps as the source material.

I have a lot of anxieties about this temporary changeup, not the least of which being that this feels more like plagiarism than ever. With the show, there are many dozens of people involved with the writing and animation. But with the comics, putting aside bureaucratic oversight, there's like five. I'm overwriting Katie Cook's script. I'm covering up Andy Price's art and Heather Breckel's colors with extra text boxes. When it's that personal, and I like their content so much, I can't help but feel a little guilty.

Ultimately, what pushes me through that is my lengthy experience with remix culture, of which this is merely another part. All I can hope is to live up to the source as best I can, by doing a decent job putting a spin on things that you guys enjoy.

So. This mini-arc. Hope you like it.

One last thing: If you missed the late-uploaded Fallout is Dragons over the weekend, here it is.
Session 39 - Fire Gecko Cave: Libsyn YouTube

73 Comments:

Raxon 10th Mar 2015, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Doppelgangers, mimics, clones, evil twins, and all the others! Tell a story about people being replaced!
Digo 10th Mar 2015, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
In a pony game, one of our teammates was replaced by a skilled changeling. The changeling's plan was to disrupt peace talks between Equestria and a group of changelings seeking armistice. Princess Luna was expected to show up to this event, so it was high-profile.

We managed to figure out the plot, but the hilarious part was how we uncovered the changelings. One of the PCs has a habit of running head-first into traps and was about to spring the trap that was intended for Luna. The changeling raced in to stop him from ruining the plans and thus we wondered how our faux-friend knew the trap was there to begin with. Oops! XD
Specter 10th Mar 2015, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
Specter
I had been replaced once. My humble changeling bard was replaced by another changeling from another hive. Their attempt at infiltrating the group was pretty much a success... minus everything they did contradicted what my bard would have done.

As it turned out, the class the other changeling had was barbarian, and they didn't have diplomacy or magic or a very timid personality. There "Pony form" wasn't even close to what my changeling had... but the group thought they got an "upgraded model", since they knew I was a changeling, and they decided to take my place while I was away on... a retraining exercise period with the rest of my hive.

They finally figured out that the other changeling wasn't on their side, five sessions later. It didn't happen when he argued with the group's leader, not when he nearly killed a whole allied fort with a poisoned brew, nor when he TRIED TO ASSASSINATE PRINCESS CADANCE... but when he tried to hit on a bar pony for some free love.

They knew that my hive never did this (they had my journal full of all of my hives ways and rules and stuff... it sounded like a good idea at the time), and they finally arrested him. Our GM was baffled, that's what I'm going to say for their reaction.
Digo 11th Mar 2015, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
The fact it took FIVE sessions and what tipped them off was the minor little event... wow. That's pretty bad. XD
Specter 11th Mar 2015, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Specter
It's only ever the minor details that players see through and GM's are oblivious to (I am of no exception, it happens to me all the time).

It's so weird.
Freelance 10th Mar 2015, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Man, this goes WAY back to my first character the ranger. This one time, we faced against githyanki, and the one I faced rolled a nat 20 on its first attack. With its silver sword. That decaps on such a roll.

Thankfully, we had a ring of regen available so I was able to regrow a new head soon enough, but the one left behind was taken and grown a new body of its own.

This was going to end up being a plot point at some time because in 2nd ed. at least, when a clone and original character meet, they usually end up duking it out to the death with one or both going crazy. Provided that they both stay essentially the same.

My character did not. Before we could meet up again, he was aged 20 decades by a spell, de-aged four decades by a ghost dragon's inverted breath, then aged again by the divine will of his goddess because as amusing as it is to have an 8-year old battle evil in your name, that only flies in anime.

Because of all that, that plot I mentioned before derailed, and the clone went off to do his other things and live his own life.
Alice 10th Mar 2015, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
I have two such stories, both with characters I've brought up before.

First off is my Paladin/Detective, Maxené. So, she had always been really good natured, always helping people, uncovering the truth, even helping evil people see the error of their ways. She was a bit prudish though, especially after being molested by a certain Ninja that will remain nameless. ...Anyway, the party had changed a lot since the adventure started, and she had managed to become the leader of the group at the time. Well, it turns out she also had an older half sister, one very interested in getting to the land Max was headed to. (A fey kingdom that their great grandmother was said to be living in) So, she got the drop on Max, stripped her naked, and locked her in a hotel closet. The party didn't actually notice the difference in the two, as the only physical difference was covered up by a hat of disguise. This new Max was fairly obnoxious in a "hey guys, I'm totally not evil, yo" sort of way. But no one seemed to notice. The only thing anyone did seem to notice was that she immediately started seducing the person with the highest charisma. Even then, no one brought it up till my character suddenly returned and the two got into a brief slap fight and hair pulling contest. (...until their mom scolded them)


And the other story is about my current character, Buttons, the half mimic monk. No, she wasn't replaced by an evil twin. But during our first mercenary job, we had tracked down a bandit base. Our Arcanist gave Buttons an invisibility spell to scout, cause she was the best at stealth. So she easily got in and spied on the leader. ...then knocked him out and took on his appearance.The bandits were on alert because two of their men had gone out to scout and haven't returned. (also there were explosions) So... thinking quickly, Buttons went out and bluffed her ass off.

"Alright maggots! It's trainin' day! The first two have already failed! If you don't want to end up like them, here's what you do! strip down to your skivvies and run out to wrestle the mighty bear!"

...My bluff was so high that every single one of them dropped their armor and weapons, then ran out to the rest of the party excitedly chanting "The mighty Bear!" over and over.
alphysicist 11th Mar 2015, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
I was a half-orc ranger at that time. Generally not very trusty guy, especially since one of the other party members got possesed by a ghost of a defeated enemy and turned on us. One time, in a dungeon full of magical traps, after carelessy touching a golden statuette, I found myself facing my clone.

I was, of course confused, by there were other things to do at the time, so I left this little problem for later. And when I saw that my copy isn't hostile, on the contrary, acts just like me and helps the party, I figured out it's the opossite of the problem. If there's anyone I can trust, it's myself.

The other party members weren't able to tell which one is the real me, so they agreed to go along for now. And just like that, we got to the boss' room, when we found another me, tied to the wall and guarded by the boss' pet monster.

I just couldn't stand seeing myself treated like that, and ignoring the boss (he was trying to give a speech, and I was like 'Yeah, yeah, continue, I just have something little to do.') I attempted to free the third me from the binds. The boss got annoyed from being ignored and ordered his pet to fight us, while he escaped.

Because the other party members tried to catch the boss, I ended up fighting by myself, but with 3 of me it was enough.

Later that night we still didn't trust Other Me and Another Me (and I opposed killing them), so they decided to tie us all for the night as a precaution. Which ws a terrible idea, since they turned up to be shapeshifters and freed themselves with ease, while I stayed tied up. We ended up fighting them, one died, one escaped.
Kynrasian 11th Mar 2015, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Kynrasian
I got replaced by a doppelganger once in our D&D campaign. When I finally caught up with the party the doppelganger kept fleeing into the other party members' tents until she made the mistake of posing as the dwarf fighter. Someone waved a bar of soap at the two identical dwarves and the real one ran. To this day we don't know if he ran because he actually disliked soap or because he knew that we expected him to.
j-eagle12212012 10th Mar 2015, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I like the IDW comics and I like your storytelling spud so this should be interesting. Also I beat Raxon to a post again (fanfare) *sonofa he beat me to it while I was typing, damn you raxon and your dark magic*
ANW 10th Mar 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
*wonk wonk wooooonk*
So close.
Digo 10th Mar 2015, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Karma is apparently a real force.
Toric 10th Mar 2015, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Blind Fools! Can you not see that he's possessed with clairvoyant powers? He types his comments in advance and copy-pastes, already knowing what will be relevant for the comic! he only fails when he is not interested enough to try!
Digo 10th Mar 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
My crack conspiracy theory is that Raxon is actually Newbiespud in disguise to drum up more visitors to stay and read the comments section. It would explain the uncanny timing Raxon has. XD
j-eagle12212012 10th Mar 2015, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
@Digo you might be on to something there, it might just be crazy enough to be true... if @Raxon is really @Newbiespud than that would would make @Newbiespud the most powerful being in the know multiverse...omg he's C'hutlu quick we must apease him (bows to Raxonspud)
Toric 10th Mar 2015, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Although, that does make some of their exchanges and conversations very unnerving.
Digo 10th Mar 2015, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
I used to have a roommate that liked talking to himself. Occasionally lost arguments with himself too, which boggled the mind how one could do that.
Mykin 10th Mar 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
...For the last time, He's Spud's pet rock! How many times must I say this?! Also, it's not that hard to beat Raxon to a post. I mean, I've done it several times without trying! /silly

Anyway, like j-eagle, I also like the IDW comics and Spud's storytelling, so this should be interesting.
j-eagle12212012 10th Mar 2015, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
@Mykin
When have you mentioned this pet roxen theory before? I couldn't find it in your comments, maybe I didn't go back far enough...
Raxon 10th Mar 2015, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Aww, come on, guys! I would never con you like that. Besides, if I were Newbie in disguise, would I really comment on Grand Line 3.5 and Legendary Pixel Crew?
Winged Cat 10th Mar 2015, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Why wouldn't you?
Raxon 10th Mar 2015, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Nawww, we're totally different people. I mean, look at how different our post structures are! Besides, if I was Newbiwspud, do you really think I would five star all his comics?

Also, he's so stiff and polite, but I am free spirited and wacky! What possible reason could I have for creating a completely different persona?
Mykin 10th Mar 2015, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
@j-eagle: Back on page 498. I was jokingly referring to a theory back on page 490 and changed a few details around for the fun of it.

@Raxon: What possible reason could I have for creating a completely different persona?

The fact that you've done so repeatedly throughout the course of your existence here? Grandpa Raxon and Raxoff for example...
Raxon 10th Mar 2015, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
Don't be silly. Raxoff isn't one of mine.
j-eagle12212012 10th Mar 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
@Mykin

Dear god I was the one who started this back on page 490... what have I done...

Oh great and powerful Raxonspud/C'thulu forgive me for opening this can of worms, we are not worthy
Raxon 11th Mar 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
As penance, you must bring to me a beautiful virgin olive, that I may spread my corrupting oil far and wide.
j-eagle12212012 12th Mar 2015, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
*places the most beautiful virgin olive at Raxonspudthulu's feet*
you know that guy 12th Mar 2015, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
I've met Spud and he claimed to not be Raxon. It's not proof, but I don't think he would pretend to be someone who gets under DoubleCross's skin like Raxon can.
Stryke 10th Mar 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
If MGK can do it (and so well) with Marvel's Civil War I really can't see anyone having a problem.
ANW 10th Mar 2015, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
2 questions for Newbiespud.
1.Will this mini-arc be canon(for this website not the show of course)?
2.How do you feel about having a Q&A session in the comments?
Newbiespud 10th Mar 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
I consider this mini-arc to be in the same continuity as the rest of the guest comics: Questionably canon, but definitely not chronological. This is basically my own guest comic for my own comic, as weird as that sounds.

I had that happen once before, fielding questions in the comments, many many arcs ago. It'd probably be easier just to start an ask.fm account, honestly.
Digo 10th Mar 2015, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
All your Fallout sessions are still up on your Youtube account, correct? I've seriously begun to consider running my own Fallout Equestria campaign and I need inspiration. :3

(Can't check it myself from this pc).
Newbiespud 10th Mar 2015, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Yep. Pretty much since the beginning. Playlist and everything.
Xander 11th Mar 2015, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
I'm actually half considering wanting to join.
Mykin 11th Mar 2015, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I would love to join, but it would have to be over the internet for me to be able to do so. If it is, consider me interested, Digo. If not, good luck with that!
Disloyal Subject 11th Mar 2015, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
...y'know, I could go for some Fallout: Equestria myself. Notice of interest, Digo!
Xander 11th Mar 2015, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
Got a place to plan it out and set stuff up?
daftdeafdave 12th Mar 2015, 5:10 AM edit delete reply
daftdeafdave
I'd be tempted to join Digo, if you're looking for players.
Digo 10th Mar 2015, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
I hate Daylight Savings. Disrupts my sleep for a week and causes me to have to wait another hour each morning for Best Comic.
Mykin 10th Mar 2015, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I actually hadn't realized Spud changed the hour he update his comic with DST until now. This explains how I was able to post so early.

Sorry, I know I'm on MST and I can just get up an hour early, but that means getting up an hour early. I value my sleep much more than getting an early post in.
Digo 10th Mar 2015, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
I have to get up early to drive my daughter to school and then get to work, so unfortunately my choice is limited when it isn't Saturday (and even then my daughter is something of a morning person). :)

Maybe there will be a day America drops DST. By my perspective people find it less and less useful so...
Winged Cat 10th Mar 2015, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Hear, hear. It's a convenient reminder to reset any clocks that don't set themselves, but otherwise it's a pain.
Disloyal Subject 10th Mar 2015, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I advocate splitting the difference. Sure, we'd be a half hour off from everyone else, but it's easier to correct for that than to suffer through changing the clocks every six months. I was nearly late to work this morning, thanks to forgetting my alarm clock when fixing the times. Daylight savings time is a joke, and not a particularly funny one.
Digo 11th Mar 2015, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
I've heard of the half-hour split the difference idea once. Can't remember where, but it was around 2004 when I heard it.
Mykin 10th Mar 2015, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
Mykin
@Digo: I wouldn't mind that. Arizona already banished DST from their lands and it hasn't hurt them in the slightest. The rest of the country should follow, in my opinion.

@Disloyal: This is why I specifically bought a clock that would automatically adjust to DST the second it happened. Best purchase I ever made. :D
Disloyal Subject 11th Mar 2015, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Yes, but... it was free...
Digo 11th Mar 2015, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
Can't complain about Free. That's usually a good price!
Specter 10th Mar 2015, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
Specter
Meh, no opinion.
dracostarcloud 10th Mar 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
dracostarcloud
Sorry, Pinkie, but Mike and the Bots got replaced by throw pillows...er...pods.
Winged Cat 10th Mar 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
They're at home, watching and riffing on movies. Yes, still.
Jennifer 12th Mar 2015, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
They've got a business riffing movies and shorts for money; the bots are in human disguise and call themselves Bill and Kevin. Just shut your eyes while listening; it's like having MST3K back again.
Name 10th Mar 2015, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Isn't it way harder to "remix" the comics, given that you have to work around speech bubbles that are already there?
Newbiespud 10th Mar 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
It is, yes.
FanOfMostEverything 10th Mar 2015, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
I'm entirely okay with this shift. It certainly gives you some more flexibility in terms of storylines, though less in the scripting itself.
Dusk Raven 10th Mar 2015, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Haha, Fluttershy's player has heard of The Thing!

Anyway, this is really making me appreciate the comics' art. The first panel is as packed as a Where's Waldo book.
Disloyal Subject 10th Mar 2015, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Well, Grand Line 3.5 motivated me to start watching One Piece. I guess this is my final push to start reading the comics.
On which note: holy cow they cram a lot into those pages. 'Tis beautiful. (Though I nearly said "Oh no!" out loud when I saw Vinyl in the horde.)
Katarani 11th Mar 2015, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
Oh, Vinyl isn't part of the horde of sunken-eyed, shambling impostors.

That's just how she always is any time before 6PM.
Exgallion 10th Mar 2015, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
*gasp!* I got it, I know the cause of the infected/possessed! It's the Breezies! They flew into those poor ponies brains and are controlling them from the inside.
Boris Carlot 11th Mar 2015, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
There's something about the art in the comics I find rather creepy and unpleasant. I respect the detail they put into it but I'll never love it.

Still gonna read this, though.
Truly Mad Moves 11th Mar 2015, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
THANK YOU! I completely agree! ...You'll have to excuse me, this is a rather significant moment in my life; I have never heard anyone say a cross word about the comics before. The fandom, with its constant nitpicking on the writing and characterization in the show, seem to have absolutely no problem with the comics, which makes no sense to me, because... well, see below.
Truly Mad Moves 11th Mar 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
Eeenh... the comics are a sore spot for me. I do not care for them. I see them as a direct insult aimed at the show and the fandom. Last time I said that, it cost me someone who I thought was a close friend, so I guess I'm saying it now to... try to get some support? No one has to agree or even understand, but if someone could *respect* that that's the way I feel... I'm not trying to stir anything up, I'm not a malicious person, I would love to say I love the comics as much as the rest of the fandom seems to, but I just can't do that.
Mykin 11th Mar 2015, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I doubt anyone will come after you for this as long as your tolerant and courteous about it all. I know it's the internet and all that, but I like to think that this place is an oasis from the typical drama that normally happens in places like this.

I guess what I'm saying is that I respect your opinion and I think you have every right to share it without being hung for it.

Now to the comic, I don't see how they are a direct insult aimed at the show. I can agree that they poke fun at it from time to time, but I don't see any malicious intent from it all. As for the fandom...*Shrug* I tend to view myself as on the edges of it as is. So I'll refrain from having saying anything on that point. The comics themselves range from "I like it" to "Meh" with me anyway and the things I don't like about it usually boil down to personal preference more than anything else. This goes for both artwork and story for me. The current storyline, for example, isn't one that I like that much, though I am curious to see where they plan on taking it.

So yeah, they're not perfect by any means, but they're not horrible in my opinion.
Mykin 12th Mar 2015, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I do have to make one addendum to my opinion here. I absolutely love the changeling and the alternate/parallel universe storylines. If only because they take some characters that weren't likely to be seen again in the show and do something awesome with them. I especially love what they did with good Sombra and his solution towards fixing things. I normally hate bitter sweet stuff, but I'll make an exception for that one.
Super Kami Guru 11th Mar 2015, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
SHUN! SHUN THE NON-BELIEVER!

I kid in all honesty,but Mykin is right. Everyone is titled to their opinion, and if someone can't handle your perfectly valid opinion then that doesn't make them a very good friend in my eyes.
Minalkra 11th Mar 2015, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
While I can't say I see the comics as an 'insult' I do NOT care for them. The art is decent I suppose - though a bit on the 'toony' side for me - and a few of the plots are okay but it's all those 'Where's Waldo' references stuck throughout that I just can't bloody stand! If that's what the show would be without the original demographic to help hold it all on track, I'm awful glad those 8 year old girls are there to keep things from getting too in-jokey.

I fell in love with a show meant for little girls not some huge pop culture reference.
Truly Mad Moves 11th Mar 2015, 11:10 PM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
Ah, yes. That, I think, is my problem. FIM represents... beauty, and inspiration, and the warm and fuzzy feeling deep inside. The comic lacks those completely. Based on fan backlash against things such as the Canterlot wedding, Princess Twilight, and Equestria Girls, all things true to the show's spirit, my guess is that people enjoy the comics because they're what they wish the show was, but that just raises the question of what those people are doing in the MLP fandom in the first place if they wish it was something completely different. :/
Newbiespud 11th Mar 2015, 11:47 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Well, I respectfully disagree with all of you, obviously. I freaking love the comics. Losing friends over a disagreement like this sucks like nothing else, though, and I'm in no mood to be pushy towards others about what I like.

But sorry to say, if you don't like the MLP comics, it's gonna be a rooouuugh three weeks for you guys.
Mace Direwolf 12th Mar 2015, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
No worries, Spud. I freaking love the comics too! I wish I knew the best way to learn to draw in that style, so I could add it to my personal artist's toolbox! That'd be swell!
Guest 14th Sep 2015, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
What are they insulting?

Also, the previous commenters make me sick.

You aren't entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to what you can successfully defend.
Lovenought 11th Mar 2015, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Oh wow. This is great. I'm reading the comics right now, coincidentally. I am up to Volume #5 (the pirate one).

I have loved them all, although the Nightmarity arc felt the weakest, mostly due to cliche and hammy dialogue in some scenes. But even that one was still great.

I love Chrysalis in this first volume, I don't know if you will be able to top her real lines!
xenoPsychologist 12th Mar 2015, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
thats a very nice expression of abject terror you have there... would be a shame if something were to... happen to it. ssssssssss.........
IonOtter 12th Mar 2015, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
I cannot believe that nobody recognizes Donald Sutherland in there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEStsLJZhzo
Mace Direwolf 13th Mar 2015, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
Wow! I didn't even consider a reference to that movie. Personally, I'm surprised no one mentioned the appearance of the Blues Brothers on the balcony in the first page. I really enjoy that movie. I laugh while watching the big chase scene in the finale every time! Screwball and Lebowski appearing again is great too!