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Newbiespud 12th Mar 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
When you list them all* out like that, it's certainly... something.

* I'm well aware that's not even "all" of them.

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__brony__ 12th Mar 2019, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
That's a good point... In-universe, MLP:FiM isn't a thing, so all this crazy amount of setting and lore just came from the GM's unbelievably creative head. Not like pony campaigns IRL, which are inspired by Faust and Meghan and Larson and AKR and who knows how many others.

Dang, that's some GM.
Digo Dragon 12th Mar 2019, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
One of the players in my local Saturday group does this as a hobby. He creates races, templates, characters, and entire settings just because he has free time laying about.
DeS_Tructive 12th Mar 2019, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Doesn't every experienced GM do this?
My group has two fleshed out core rule systems, multiple custom settings, off the top of my head:
- superhero (two settings with individual rules)
- covert ops (same rules for three settings)
- fantasy
- steampunk/magipunk
- pirate fantasy
- Urban Fantasy
- Neil Gaiman's World Of Darkness

Sure, this is all spread out over the last ten years, but I would think that these kind of things simply accumulate over time if a group is moderately interested and keeps notes.
Digo Dragon 12th Mar 2019, 1:50 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I do this, but not often outside the weeks preceding starting up a new campaign. I think the availability of "spare time" is a big factor in how much each GM creates outside of gaming hours.

I do recycle a little bit of my stat-block work too. Usually things that are very popular with my group stick around a while in later campaigns.
Iron.Hare 12th Mar 2019, 10:02 PM Nope edit delete reply
Honestly, I don't. Has a game master I recycle real world things. The phrase I would put into it is "Make the regular weird, and the weird regular." I constantly borrow bits from others stories and worlds. I have a player who does what the GM of this comic does but I have relatively little interest in creating endless amounts of stat blocks without knowing for certain that I'll be using them next session. It's really easy to come up with things on the spot or use something that's similar because I know where to look.
Bojangles 12th Mar 2019, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
The GM really seems too brilliant to believe. Makes me wonder if she didn't make some sort of Faustian bargain.
Warlock 13th Mar 2019, 4:17 PM edit delete reply
I doubt it.

One of our players also GMs. I was working with him on a project one days and I found a 600 page word document detailing stats for fleets, commanders, biographies, and everything just for Star Trek. Ironically, he's an author by trade, but uses Tabletop as a way to unwind by crunching numbers. Lots of numbers. It should be no surprise then he enjoys Eve Online as well.
Dragonflight 12th Mar 2019, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
A Siren as a PC. Okay, the GM in me is saying this is potentially seriously unbalancing. The player in me just perked up and asked, "Wait... That's an option?"
Khyrin 12th Mar 2019, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
From a balance perspective, most of what I recall the Dazzlings doing on screen was some sort of Ritual Casting, and they had Artifact equipment.
Toric 12th Mar 2019, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Also, they might be a higher level/advancement. Would they be considered a coven? Anyway, I feel that they aren't necessarily typical of their species.
Guest 12th Mar 2019, 10:55 AM LoganAura edit delete reply
Ritual casting, artifact equipment, and heck even by virtue of needing to sing it seemed like they likely were in need of a channel which if it's disrupted fucks them over.
albedoequals1 12th Mar 2019, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
I'm playing a siren in a pathfinder campaign. The racial bonus is just +2 charisma. If you want to mind-control people with your voice, you have to take class levels and feats to earn it. They make excellent oracles though.
ANW 12th Mar 2019, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Someone who lives in the Abyss.
Like pony of shadows?
Guest 12th Mar 2019, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it's supposed to be whatever Sombra is.
Borg 12th Mar 2019, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Sombra is an Umbrum.

Like Sirens, I'm not sure that should be a playable race.
THE OTHER GUEST 12th Mar 2019, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
Abyssinian as in Abyssinian Cats, like [spoiler]Capper[/spoiler] from the Movie.
Siarles 12th Mar 2019, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
Also I think I remember Discord mentioning Abyssinia during his song in "Three's A Crowd".
rychu supadude 6th Jun 2020, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Wow... I do remember the subtitles saying that, but I always assumed that it was a mistake because I always thought that the line was another mention of zinnias. Just looked up the lyrics and apparently the Abyssinia reference is legit! The things you learn...
ConsiderThis 12th Mar 2019, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
It depends how it's implemented... a 1/day Charm Person isn't too different from a tiefling's Hellish Rebuke, or a drow's Darkness, though full agency to cast command at will would be a little ridiculous.
ANW 12th Mar 2019, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
Favorite non-pony race.
That means earth pegasus unicorns and alicorns are not counted.
Two races at the same time.
Just add a magic crystal.
Digo Dragon 12th Mar 2019, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
changeling, cause they would make a great MI-6 spy for the crown. I've always wanted to play one in a D&D setting to be the party face.
Gamemaster80 12th Mar 2019, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
What's to stop someone from saying "I turn into the boss. I go into the meeting room and call a meeting. 'Okay guys, change of plans. We're pushing the missle launch 2 more days and we are also moving to another location. Pack up, lets go'."?

Because I've had players like that before lol
Crisis 12th Mar 2019, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
What's to stop them? Well, off the top of my head:

1) Security phrases (or lack thereof on the player's part) that were put in place to prevent exactly this kind of thing.

2) Someone in the meeting talked with the boss recently and knows what the boss is actually doing right then.

3) The boss is a member of a council or board and doesn't actually have independent authority to make these kinds of changes on a whim.

4) Magical traps around the meeting room that dispel illusions and/or force shapeshifters back into their original form.

5) The boss (for whatever reason) walks in on this.

6) The person they're impersonating isn't actually the boss.
Anvildude 12th Mar 2019, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
Guest 12th Mar 2019, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
7) The boss walks with a limp and they just strolled in like it was nothing.

8) They're can't replicate the boss's accent or demeanor and it sets off red flags. ( Where have we heard this one before? )

9) For all intents and purposes they're just a shitty actor in a really good costume.
Digo Dragon 12th Mar 2019, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
To add to the last two points--

10) The impersonator gets names/details wrong when speaking to people he should know perfectly well.
Classic Steve 12th Mar 2019, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
11. It's just really not in character for the boss. After all, the FIM changelings aroused suspicion manely by being less friendly than the ponies.
ANW 12th Mar 2019, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
This race went from favorite race, to reasons why disguising yourself as the boss would never work.
Digo Dragon 13th Mar 2019, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Because disguising yourself as a high-profile NPC is very difficult and poor idea for a skilled spy to operate. ;)

Real spies invent new identities rather than steal someone else's. They network themselves into meetings and parties, introducing themselves as so-n-so to get business relationships formed and exchange info that way. This is where a changeling's disguise power comes in handy; becoming new identities that are flexible and easy to create/discard.
Crisis 13th Mar 2019, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Impersonating someone is always problematic, especially when doing so around those who know the person well. This is why impersonation gambits work best during (or immediately after) stressful events where lapses in character can be blamed on said stress.

Also, any world that has a race like changelings who can take on the appearance of anyone with ease (and is also well-known enough that it can be selected as a player race) would likely have countermeasures targeted at such a race to prevent them from abusing their abilities.
Robin Bobcat 13th Mar 2019, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Exactly. FAR easier to be a cog in the wheel, reporting back, and there to make a bit of sabotage happen as needed. Yes boss, the focus crystal IS perfectly aligned, I've got the numbers right here...
albedoequals1 12th Mar 2019, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
G1 seapony for me. You can keep that fake-seaponies-that-are-actually-hippogriffs nonsense.
ZamuelNow 12th Mar 2019, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
I (still) haven't seen the movie yet but feel I definitely feel I prefer G1 seaponies. Actually have a couple interesting things about them and used one as an NPC long before the movie came out.
Dakkath 13th Mar 2019, 12:43 AM edit delete reply
Dragons. Dragons are always the best answer.
CJT 13th Mar 2019, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Favourite race: "MLP Time Loops" seaponies.

Relevant quote:
"Do you know why King Leo isn't a seapony? It's because someone rational has to be able to keep them all from blowing everything up or setting everything on fire. And yes, I know that they live underwater. But trust me on this. Setting themselves and everything else on fire is a very real danger with unmonitored seaponies."
Kinrah 12th Mar 2019, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Given that this is a 'flash forward', I wouldn't be surprised if Dash's player tries to exploit that by using an item or weapon she didn't have before and then claim that she picked it up in the past, in one of the sessions they haven't had yet.
Graygriffin 12th Mar 2019, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Wait, so was the IDW Chrysalis comic canon or not? I'd expect a few questions about them being a playable race if so.
albedoequals1 12th Mar 2019, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
I agree that making stat blocks is a game all by itself. There has been more than one occasion when someone needed a PC or NPC, and I had one just like that already statted out. I think my Hero Lab folder has about 60-80 characters I made for fun.
Tel 12th Mar 2019, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, this is a DM thing. One time my usual message board was down for a week, and my daughter was on a Phineas and Ferb kick ... yeah, statted out almost the full cast (including Perry) as 3.5 D&D characters from levels 1-20.
Khyrin 12th Mar 2019, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
While I have GM'd, I've never GM'd a d20 system. I still had a folder of DnD 3.5 characters that I made for fun waiting for my first college class of the day to start, as I arrived at the campus HOURS early.
GrayGriffin 12th Mar 2019, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
Ethical implications of using a young version of a PC race as your familiar, go!
Nameless 12th Mar 2019, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Kirin/Nirik are my favorite new race, I'm hoping we get to see more of them sometime.