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28th Jul 2018, 6:00 AM in The Return of Harmony, Part 1
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Newbiespud 28th Jul 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
Welp, this update lands on the 28th of July, so you may or may not know what that means.

Seven years.

It was a silly little thing from the very start, mashing up ponies and D&D, flagrantly aping the gimmicks of older, wiser webcomics. It should've burnt out ages ago, and yet... here we are. This has been surprisingly fulfilling work, exploring roleplaying this way. I've now accomplished a lot of the ambitious things I wanted to do with Friendship is Dragons, but I'm surprised to find I'm not quite ready to throw in the towel. I feel like there's further I can go. I don't know how far yet, but half the fun of writing organically is not really knowing for sure. We're sticking around for a while yet.

Anyway, got some campaign podcast to drop today, as well.
Tales of New Dunhaven Session 18 - The Leverage Job, Part 2: Podcast | Video

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Rastaba 28th Jul 2018, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Pretty Pretty Shiny was either that or Precious, and I don’t have near what it takes to pull that look off.
Needling Haystacks 30th Jul 2018, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
You cannot resist the power of the shiny!

...Why on earth do I remember something from "My Gym Partner's a Monkey"? I really hope that's what you were referencing there. :P
Starphoenix25 28th Jul 2018, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Introducing Tom!! (... First)
Starphoenix25 28th Jul 2018, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Curse you Rastaba!
Digo Dragon 28th Jul 2018, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
In glorious 7-year screen cap comic, Rastaba curses you!
reynard61 29th Jul 2018, 2:57 AM edit delete reply
DM's Choice 30th Jul 2018, 1:11 AM edit delete reply
Maud will want the prop back after the session, though.
Needling Haystacks 30th Jul 2018, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
I was also thinking it might be Boulder. Although given the sort of rock he is (I can't recall the name but I did a bit on Youtube analyzing it once), he isn't a rock you'd expect to find away from a volcanic or once-volcanic region.

Though who knows, maybe this group lives near Mt. St. Helens.

...Oh wait, Discord found him outside. Probably not that, then. Unless it ties in later... would be a good origin story for Boulder.
Cygnia 28th Jul 2018, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
One of my favorite bits of fanart dealing with the aftermath of this storyline... :-D
BackSet 28th Jul 2018, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
*eargerly awaits discord's comment to continue my rivalry with him despite the fact that he just ignores me*
Digo Dragon 28th Jul 2018, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I actually have a soft ban on props in my games. This is due to an incident one time where players brought Nerf guns for a Shadowrun and two players poked their eyes out with the foam darts.
Jennifer 28th Jul 2018, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Happened to me in high school, actually - we were doing a "model United Nations" sort of thing, and some of the kids brought in Supersoakers to "assassinate" a few annoying players, one of whom was me - I was not good at separating player and character in those days.
NexAngelus405 28th Jul 2018, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Personally I would have required them to bring protective eyewear instead, like they do during airsoft matches.
Digo 28th Jul 2018, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
It's a prudent idea, but I didn't know they were bringing props until they brought props.
DeS_Tructive 29th Jul 2018, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
Wait... what?

Not just poke them, but poke them OUT?!?

This is either wrongly worded, or BS.
Departure_Dave 29th Jul 2018, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Poking or "putting" an eye out is an expression that means damaging or destroying an eye. The globe doesn't actually have to leave the socket for this to be the case.
DeS_Tructive 30th Jul 2018, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
I know. That doesn't change anything: How are the odds of this happening TWICE at the same occasion?

The only situations where this could occur involve Darwin Award levels of stupidity or criminal levels of ill-wishing:
"Oh, Paul just went to the hospital and might be permanently blind..."
*shoots the next person in the face*

I find it hard to imagine Digo playing with these kinds of people.
Digo Dragon 30th Jul 2018, 4:59 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
With my old group, the odds of them doing crazy/dumb things was pretty high. They were an entertaining fun bunch of gamers, but not the brightest bag of hammers.

One player flunked out of US Army boot camp for selling his gear for booze money. Another player was once riding his motorcycle when a police officer pulled him over. He gets off his bike and walks up to the officer (still in his squad car) and asks the officer what's the problem today?

Now, they didn't permanently hurt themselves thankfully, but when you say "Darwin Award levels of stupidity", you'll notice I'm not going to argue against that point.

I do miss them at times. XD
DeS_Tructive 1st Aug 2018, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
Ah, yeah. I used to have an acquaitance like that too. Oddly enough, she grew up to become a very responsible parent.

Thanks for explaining.
Makyura 28th Jul 2018, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
7 years
7 years ago, i watched ponies for the first time
7 years ago, i play roleplaying games for the first time

I'm glad to have you on my side for so long, ponies, rpg and comic in a single place is just the dream.

Keep going magnificent bastard
Greenhornet 28th Jul 2018, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Looks like Rarity's gone "film noir".
I hate that genre, it's pretentious and easily mocked.
Guest 29th Jul 2018, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Wait, you hate something because people mock it easily?

As for being pretentious, some instances can be (like anything that tries to be "gritty", suspensful, or melancholic can be), it's not part of the genre itself.
Colin 28th Jul 2018, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
"Hey, this will also be playing."

"I hate you."
Kereminde 29th Jul 2018, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
. . . I knew what it was before I went there. +1 for a Flood reference.
Guest 28th Jul 2018, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
There's a really good reason this comic keeps going while hundreds of other webcomics fail: You stick to your schedule. You put something here Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday every single week, and even arrange guest comics when you have to miss a few days.

As far as I know, this is the only webcomic that can say that, and also the only webcomic I still follow. There has to be a connection. :P
albedoequals1 28th Jul 2018, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
That was me, by the way. I'm not sure why it decided to log me out this time.
Borg 28th Jul 2018, 10:02 AM edit delete reply
As some random examples, I can't think of any time Dumbing of Age or Questionable Content has missed an update, and Darths and Droids has only missed updates if you count scheduled breaks between movies as missed comics.

Keeping a regular update schedule is demanding, but a lot of people do manage it.
Boris Carlot 28th Jul 2018, 10:39 AM edit delete reply
Schlock Mercenary has to be the record holder for that one. 18 years of daily comics and not a single one missed.
TrueZero2 28th Jul 2018, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Try Kevin and Kell. An update every day since 1995. If the release isn't a comic, it's still a piece of art related to the series.
█████ 29th Jul 2018, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
I recall they almost came close to missing an update one time when a transformer in the electrical room powering some nine thousand webservers (including their own) exploded.
Vlaman 28th Jul 2018, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
Irregular Webcomic hasn't missed a scheduled update since I think it was mid 2002. Of course there's also comics like Megatokyo and Order of the Stick who regularly go weeks between updates and still have massive followings.
Kheldarson 30th Jul 2018, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Keeping to a steady schedule is a big reason why webcomics succeed. But I should note that this is definitely not the only one that keeps to a schedule. Kevin & Kell, Schlock Mercenary, GPF, Penny Arcade, El Goonish Shive, and Girl Genius (Just to name a few) all have been running at least a decade or more on a consistent schedule of their choice (of these Kevin & Kell and Schlock Mercenary update daily).
Anaja 28th Jul 2018, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Way to go. Congratulations on making it seven years with this.
DragonTrainer 28th Jul 2018, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations on seven years, Newbiespud! ^_^
LoganAura 28th Jul 2018, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
WOO! Seven years, wow.
Freelance 28th Jul 2018, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
"Hey, I heard those air quotes, you son of a b****." --Kirito, SAO Abridged
Guest 28th Jul 2018, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Gratz Spud! Not sure you should be a newbie still after seven years, though!
Space Jawa 28th Jul 2018, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
Here's to the next however many more years you keep this show a rollin'!
HappyEevee 28th Jul 2018, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Congrats!! ^_^
Hariman 28th Jul 2018, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
Congratulations on seven years!

Also, congrats on the hilarious and sometimes creepy takes on the Discord DM.
redwings1340 29th Jul 2018, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
Congrats on 7 years! I'm not sure I've ever worked on anything consistently for this long before. That's super impressive.
spudwalt 29th Jul 2018, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Happy webcomicking anniversary! Here’s to more years(?) spent making quality internet nerdery!
TokraZeno 29th Jul 2018, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
I'm half expecting the prop to be a mirror.
darkgloomie 30th Jul 2018, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
Nah, it's very clearly implied to be a garden rock
Joe the Rat 29th Jul 2018, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
Happy 7th!