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15th Nov 2012, 5:00 AM in Bridle Gossip
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Newbiespud 15th Nov 2012, 5:00 AM edit delete
Recently, the Brony Bookclub podcast mentioned the comic (for the second time, in fact), and even brought up a few D&D stories of their own! I try not to revel in this stuff too much, but I think the storytelling makes it worth it this time around.

You can watch the whole episode here (it's kinda interesting, covering a lot of alternative media in the fandom), or just watch the Friendship is Dragons and D&D storytelling part here.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Digo 15th Nov 2012, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
By a "couple of kids" I assume that's including Spike. Of course, a badass adventuring group only gets scarier when they have a bunch of kids with them. :D

True fact.
darkwulf23 15th Nov 2012, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Damn straight, check out the stories of the 5 fathers on here. All you need to do is give your players a kid to protect and watch them cut through armies.
Valron 15th Nov 2012, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
I can confirm this as well, at least for my character. In my L5R game I keep mentioning, we recently took in a 12-year-old Crab girl named Inishi who is a blacksmithing genius, after another player and I ended up getting her grandfather tortured and killed in front of her. No, we didn't send a hit on him so we could get a free blacksmith, he was killed so the ninjas following us could tamper with the new armor they were making for us and to set up a trap for when we came to get it. So yeah, it took some convincing to get her to stay with us and not just jump off our boat.

This all happened around a week ago in game, so she's still getting used to us, but she's already making plans to build a small forge in the hull of our ship, so she's probably here to stay. My character, Moto Ganbaatar, would like to adopt her and raise her as his own, as he feels responsible for her situation and has a kind, nurturing nature when it comes to children (he bred and raised warhorses for the Utaku before the game began). Unfortunately, she associates what happened to her with Gan, and rightly so, so I may have to just find her someplace else to live, possibly under a new teacher.

Wow, that really got away from me... Anyway, since she joined us, Gan has become much more concerned with the safety and well being of the other members of the crew, especially Inishi, and has become more willing to take on the biggest, toughest enemies himself, so the others are in less danger.

tl,dr: We pick up a little girl we accidentally orphaned, my character wants to adopter her, and her presence has changed the way my character acts.
Digo 15th Nov 2012, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
I once ran an X-Files game where the PCs found a near-literal "Cabbage Patch Kid" in a mad scientist's lab. Basically the kid was grown in a genetically modified watermelon and was raised by the mad scientist's robot servants.

Then come along the PCs who smash the 'bots and get the scientist killed by accidently BSODing his teleporter.
They took the kid in and named her Rufus (They're worse than I am with names). She about 8-years old and was of average intelligence, but sorely lacked social skills.

Poor girl. Her social role models for the game were a tom-boy firefighter, a perpetually drunk physicist, a PTSD soldier, and an alien archeologist who had a thing for cats (delicious).
Raxon 15th Nov 2012, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Never underestimate the danger presented by the kind of perverts that always have a cabin boy or two around.

You are now thinking about Rarity and Twilight's relationship with Spike. I'm a horrible, horrible person, and I'm okay with that.
shineyorkboy 15th Nov 2012, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
@Valron I'm just going to point out what a bad idea it is to have a forge, which requires fire, on a boat, which is made of wood.

@Raxon We're all horrible people. Some of us are just willing to admit it.
Ramsus 16th Nov 2012, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
I'm always willing to admit that Raxon is a horrible person. =)
MWS 16th Nov 2012, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
Soldier: There's nothing you could say that would convince me you'd ever use that gun.

Madge: I'm looking for my children.

Soldier: (afeared)
Darkening 15th Feb 2016, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
I had a character that felt fairly responsible towards a party member that was a kid. After the kid died later in the campaign he ended up joining a terrorist organization, became a blackguard, and returned as a villain to nearly kill one of the new party members, before getting captured by the fantasy cia. Kids cause crazy situations lol.
Zuche 15th Nov 2012, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
Why does AJ mention a couple of kids? Interesting.

Ah, Digo has a good answer. Well done.
Bootleg 15th Nov 2012, 5:05 AM edit delete reply
Good to see your comic is becoming more well known. I've been a long time reader, and it has certainly brightened up my day on more than one occasion. Like say right now, when I have to be at work in half an hour.
Zuche 15th Nov 2012, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Oops! Thanks for the reminder!
Roy Hankins 15th Nov 2012, 3:36 PM What the what the what edit delete reply
I'm that guy who runs that podcast he linked to. Today was less, "Oh, I'm glad more people will read his comic." and more, "What the what the what, people mentioned our crappy little show?" And yes, FiD has brightened many a brony's day. Celestia's speed Newbiespud!
Vegetalss4 15th Nov 2012, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
hmm. Interesting.
ANW 15th Nov 2012, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
Poll time:
this is my first 4 parter in 2 groups.
I think a sort of table will work best.


This applys to the mane 6 only. 4 choices, and you got to tell if it cannon or this comic version. ends at usaul time.

P.S. This will be the most complcated poll ever. No poll will be this much in the future
ANW 15th Nov 2012, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
That table work didn't work out I planned.
darkwulf23 15th Nov 2012, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
First episode of season three. Pinkie Pie. Disguised as Fluttershy. 'Nuff said.
Tatsurou 15th Nov 2012, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Can Sneak:
Pinkie Pie - what darkwulf23 said.
Fluttershy - (show) does it count as sneaking when no one notices you even if you aren't trying to sneak? I think so. (comic) no one even noticed she'd rolled for nature till she shouted.

Can't Sneak:
Rainbow Dash - (show) She's loud, likes to strut, and is eager to mix it up. No rogue for you. (comic) Name one situation where that coloration would give you a stealth bonus.
Rarity - (show) How could I POSSIBLY hide this beautiful dress? I worked SO hard on it! (Obviously can sneak in the comic, as she's the rogue.)
Digo 15th Nov 2012, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Though in Rarity's case it is possible to "Hide in Plain Sight" by disguising yourself under all that beauty. I managed to pull that off once with a social rogue.
Raxon 15th Nov 2012, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
I can name a situation where all that color gives a bonus to stealth.

Living in Ponyville.
The Hittite 15th Nov 2012, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
Situation where RD blends in? Flying high in the air after a rainfall.
Dusk Raven 15th Nov 2012, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
I dunno, Rainbow Dash tried stealth in Over a Barrel, as I recall.

Pinkie Pie completely ruined the effort.
Digo 16th Nov 2012, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
And Yet Pinkie didn't do half bad by herself in "Party of One". It's just Dash had a really good Spot check.
shineyorkboy 15th Nov 2012, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
Does this have to be 2 and 2?

If yes:

Can: Pinkie and Twilight (show) for not getting caught in the Canterlot Archives until Twilight rolled a nat 1.

Cann't: Rainbow Dash (show) for constantly getting found by Pinkie in Griffon the Brush Off and Party of One.
Applejack (show) for getting found within seconds of the other ponies arriving in Dodge Junction.

If no:

Can: Twilight and Pinkie for above.
Fluttershy (show) for constantly being overlooked in Dragonshy and for somehow getting inside the library without anyone noticing in Episode 1.

Cann't: Rainbow Dash for above.
DragonPrime 17th Nov 2012, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
One thing before I offer my options - Rainbow Dash was running from Pinkie in both those episodes (so serious negatives to Stealth checks on that!!) as opposed to being sneaky.

For "Yes" I'll say Rainbow Dash in both "Over a Barrel" (until Pinkie messed that one up) and "Read it and Weep" (up until a bad roll got her spotted in the hospital room)

For "No" I'll just say Twilight in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" (although honestly any Stealth checks against Pinkie tend to go badly!!) for now!!
Ranubis 15th Nov 2012, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
Heh, nice title.

Z:"These ponies pursue me, what is their goal?
Do they think I am a threat on my stroll?
Humph.For years, they refuse to meet my gaze.
Perhaps even now they should not know my ways.
But how to dissuade them, but cause no harm to these folk?
Ah, of course, the answer is simple: Poison Joke!"
Digo 15th Nov 2012, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
And the way Poison joke works mechanically its obviously a DM's invention of evil just to mess with his/her players' abilities for one's own amusement. :D

Pinkie Pie PC: "A magic poison flower? I have a song for this!"
DM: "Your tongue swells to the size of a lute."
Pinkie Pie PC: "What?!"
Twilight PC: "Wait, I think I got a spell to fix this."
DM: *Magic Horn Nerf*
Twilight PC: "Okay, now it's personal."
ANW 15th Nov 2012, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
AJ:I'll buck tha-
DM:How, when you are smaller than an apple
RD:No problem I'll fly right ov-
DM:You discoverd that that your wing is on backwards
Rarity:I'll just suduce-
DM:with your body hair growing all over in curls.
R:How dare mess my mane like that.
DM:Just try to speak.
deeman45 15th Nov 2012, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
"Just try to speak." Best imagined line from the DM ever...
Raxon 15th Nov 2012, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
How can Flutterguy speak when she accidentally seduces every mare and filly in the vicinity anytime she opens her mouth?
ANW 15th Nov 2012, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Thank you. I had tough time with Rarity, all 3 parts of it, and Fluttershy reaction. I think I did very well. My favorite one Dash's reaction. Crash is right.
Isher 15th Nov 2012, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
I think Discord made poison joke, personally. Which makes sense, since DISCORD IS THE DUNGEON MASTER


Of the show, not of this comic.
DoubleCross 15th Nov 2012, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
...Alright, how far deep have we dug ourselves by turning that into the page's punchline?
Zuche 15th Nov 2012, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Somewhere in the neighbourhood of Blazing Saddles?
Ranubis 15th Nov 2012, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Jim: [consoling Bart] What did you expect? "Welcome, sonny"? "Make yourself at home"? "Marry my daughter"? You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons.
Greywander 16th Nov 2012, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Clearly Rainbow Dash thinks that Zecora thinks they're all playing a game of Mafia. Zecora is obviously the Doctor, and so is interested in prolonging her survival because her skills will aid the town more than a simple Townie. Twilight is the Cop, and has identified Zecora as innocent, but can't be too obvious lest she look suspicious, or get offed by the mafia during the night. And, of course, the Mafia members are none other than... Applejack and Rarity. Applejack aggressively accuses Zecora, while Rarity passively denies, thus disassociating herself both with Applejack, and with the accusation against Zecora, all the while keeping her argument low key so that it doesn't garner much support. Once Zecora turns up as innocent, suspicion will turn toward both Applejack and Apple Bloom, who were both heavily involved in her lynching, albeit on opposite sides of the argument. Knowing this, the mafia will opt to off someone during the night that will deflect suspicion from Applejack and towards one of the other townsponies.

Seriously, this game is stacked against the townsponies, but that only makes it more epic when they win.

...So who's up for starting a Mafia section on the Pony Tales forum?
Arcel 15th Nov 2012, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Couple of Kids? There is more then just Applebloom?

First time poster btw, this is a great Comic I have been following since near the beginning. I feel really outmatched by most the other posters though as I have minimum RPG experience...
ANW 15th Nov 2012, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
I barly have none, gameplay wise.
Valron 15th Nov 2012, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
I've only been in one game worth mentioning, and I'm still in it now. All my stories are in L5R, because the few games I've done in Pathfinder have all been pretty lame and boring, for me at least. I recommend making lots of nerdy friends and asking them about playing table top.
Arcel 15th Nov 2012, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
My experience so far is 1 D&D 4.0 game that died before the start of the 2nd encounter, and now a Pathfinder game that is struggling to keep going, a Shadowrun game that lost 2 of its players(one for good, one temporarily), and... that is it for actual RP's I am involved with, though I may soon join a Deathwatch game.

... all of these are online I should mention.
MWS 16th Nov 2012, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Well, I have virtually no D&D experience, and honestly zero experience with D&D 4e, so I'm sure I'm missing a bit here and there.
Xuncu 15th Nov 2012, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
She's a zebra, and there's two Southerners in the group: Zecora's not taking any chances with a lynch mob.
Raxon 15th Nov 2012, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Hey! I'm from the south, and we haven't had a lynch mob in almost ten years!

Seriously, it's actually illegal to lynch anyone, regardless of race, even if they're a mass murdering terrorist with a necklace of skulls harvested from infants stolen from the arms of their mothers while still in the maternity ward, and plays Bieber and Jessica Black at 120 decibels from their car stereo at 2AM.

Even if lynching is bad in general, and everything other than the Justin Bieber and Jessica Black thing is made up, there are times when it should totally be okay. Like playing terrible music really loud and not letting me sleep at all.

No, I'm not bitter. Why would you ask that?
Malroth 15th Nov 2012, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Unless you live in Texas and they're on your lawn. Once they're touching your side of the fence all bets are off.
HP 15th Nov 2012, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Who's the bustiest member of the MLP cast?

Zecora, she's a Z-Bra.
Kiana 15th Nov 2012, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
That was terrible.
But amusing.
Zuche 15th Nov 2012, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I nearly bust a gut on that one.
ANW 15th Nov 2012, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
HP gets a hammer to the head for that joke.
tuxgeo 15th Nov 2012, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Title: "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (US TV in the 1970's)

Jo Anne Worley: "Tea cup."
Arte Johnson: "Now that's a big girl!"

. . . (several minutes pass . . .)

Jo Anne Worley: "Zebra." (She pronounced it Zee Bra.)
Arte Johnson: "Now that's a *REALLY* big girl!"

All the worst jokes are recycled.

Edit: On second thought: it wasn't only Jo Anne; instead, Laugh-In had the format of splicing together two different people saying the first and second halves of words, so one would say "Tea" followed by another saying "Cup."
It works out the same thing, though.
Kynrasian 15th Nov 2012, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
No. No Y's to any Z's, we don't need that crap flying here.
Newbiespud 15th Nov 2012, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
HP, I am disappoint.
Raxon 15th Nov 2012, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
Come to the dark side. The puns are sharp, and the screams of the innoc- Err, the screams of the other internet denizens sustains us!
Tatsurou 15th Nov 2012, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
HP, Z-bra sounds like a brand name, not a cup size. I find your lack of humorous effectiveness disturbing.
Zuche 15th Nov 2012, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
It looks like the readers will tear a stripe off anyone attempting zebra wordplay.
Digo 16th Nov 2012, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Apparently! I find nothing wrong with a little bad punning. The jokes don't have to be so black and white...
Sparkles 15th Nov 2012, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
Everyone takes 1d6 for that pun...
Zuche 16th Nov 2012, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Oh, I get it now, Sparkles. You're issuing a "cease and d6" order!
Digo 16th Nov 2012, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
Oooh, the jokes are getting Dicey.
Zuche 16th Nov 2012, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
Now if we could only get the rest of the cast to participate.
shineyorkboy 15th Nov 2012, 11:45 PM edit delete reply
Luckily my babarian has DR pun/-.
shineyorkboy 17th Nov 2012, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to slightly alter a quote of CR's.

"While following a mysterious zebra deep into the Everfree Forest is probably the stupidest thing anypony could do it's still something I could see any D&D player doing."
shineyorkboy 17th Nov 2012, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to slightly alter a quote of CR's.

"While following a mysterious zebra deep into the Everfree Forest is probably the stupidest thing anypony could do it's still something I could see any D&D player doing."