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22nd Jan 2013, 5:00 AM in Bridle Gossip
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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2013, 5:00 AM edit delete
Yeah, I got nothing in the way of an Author's Note today.

Anything you want to ask me on this page?

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Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Good lord. The metaphorical innuendo! There's just so much from which to choose!

I don't even know where to begin. I feel like a stereotype in a stereotypical place! You know the one. This makes me so happy!

Twilight: *sigh* Please, Zecora. Please fix my horn.
Zecora: I'll fix your horn, and earn your respect.
It will stand tall, proud and erect.
Yes, Twilight dear, I'll fix your horn,
so you can cruies the net for-
Twilight: CORN!
Everyone stares.
Twilight: Yes, she was going to say corn. And nothing else.
Zecora: If shouting words is just your way,
Then corn is what I meant to say.
Now help me out, I'm not your maid.
Mama needs to get herself-
Rarity: Thank you, we don't need to elaborate any further.
Zecora: Flying straight is hard for ones
With backward wings, and rock hard-
Rainbow Dash: Okay! We get it!
Zecora: A manly voice, when all is said,
Is good for fillies in your-
Fluttershy: Stop!
Zecora: A spotted tongue, it's like a slap.
It looks just like you've got the-
Pinkie Pie: THLAP!
Zecora: Bigger, Applejack must grow,
So she can be her brother's-
Applejack: SHUT UP!
Applebloom: What was she gonna rhyme all those words with?
Applejack: Ah'll tell ya when yer older.

And as for questions, Spike is in love with Rarity in this, right?

Twilight: I'm glad Spike wasn't here. Zecora is the last person he needs to take dating tips from.
Digo 22nd Jan 2013, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
...the heck? Dude, you just channeled our currend GM. O_o`
Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
For that I certainly have a knack.
Man, these hose ride up my-

Wait! I have another one!

Zecora: When I moved to Ponyville,
I wanted one thing, I want it still.
An exotic beauty, I am for sure,
So many colts, they're just the cure.
A colt a day, and two at night,
Would make me grin without a fight.
My door I never wished to lock,
I just needed some pony-
Twilight shoves her hoof over Zecora's mouth.
Twilight: Well, Applebloom, looks like you need to go home now. Zecora and I need to have a little grown up talk. Now.
Digo 22nd Jan 2013, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
With Zecora doing none of the talking. XD
Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
If that's how Zecora talks while affected by the poison joke, I'm sure as heck not gonna let her have the cure.

At least not around Applebloom.

Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon should be okay, though. They're natural born gold diggers, so they probably know all about that already.
Guest 22nd Jan 2013, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
I don't get the RD one. ._.;
Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
The rhyme was buns. RD does not particularly like people talking about her plot.
Pinkie 22nd Jan 2013, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Zecora: And you, Miss Rarity
All covered in muck
We must get you cleaned
Before you can-

Rarity: How DARE you!
FanOfMostEverything 22nd Jan 2013, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
Zecora: Though you ponies may all jeer,
I bore in mind the filly here.
Uninterrupted by you jerks
My couplets would be safe for work.
So think me not so crude and crass
Or else I'll have to kick your—
Twilight: Thank you for disproving your point.
Zecora: Mass.
Grey Pen 22nd Jan 2013, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Y'know, this might (just MIGHT) explain why everyone avoids Zecora...

I know I would.
Zarhon 22nd Jan 2013, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Zecora: The payment received, is barely enough,
To gleam this diamond in the-
Rarity: How vulgar!
Offer up a few more coins,
So you may truly work your-
Applebloom: Buy some apples!
Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2013, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
To answer your question, Raxon: Yes, the NPC Spike still has a crush on the PC Rarity.
Raxon 23rd Jan 2013, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
They might have to punish Zecora themselves. They can't risk sending her to a penal colony.
Digo 22nd Jan 2013, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
I got one question- When you create these comics, who's voice do you have in your mind when reading the GM's line?
Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2013, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
This is a tricky one. If I make a statement here, will everyone (who cares) treat it as canon, meaning I'll have ruined everyone's wonderful individual interpretation?

Well, I generally don't have any voice in mind when I write that character's lines... which means MY voice usually has the greatest influence. But at the same time, I don't consider the DM to be me, either.
Aegis Steadfast 22nd Jan 2013, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Aegis Steadfast
Well, technically you are because you're more or less doing the same thing a DM would do, aren't you?
Newbiespud 23rd Jan 2013, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, in that sense... and I'm also the players. The players (which are the ponies) are in my head, as well as the DM, all of them acting and voicing their desires and thoughts and...

Not in a crazy way. Just in that writer crazy way.
Digo 23rd Jan 2013, 4:27 AM edit delete reply
There's crazy, and then there's Writer crazy. Okay well then I'll keep reading the DM's lines in Patrick Stewart's voice.
Raxon 23rd Jan 2013, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
With time and meditation, you can transcend crazy, and reach levels of writer-crazy.

I am one with the zen of writing. Orange bucket fishsticks. Giggletastic!
DoubleCross 23rd Jan 2013, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
Oh silly. You're always my DM.

...Which means you're always Apple Bloom.
*Sigh* 24th Jan 2013, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
I just assume it's Teen!Faust.
Zuche 22nd Jan 2013, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Will this lead to something rarely seen in D&D games: the recurring villain?
Siccarus 22nd Jan 2013, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
But Zeccora only shows up maybe Twice(?) more in the show.
Digo 22nd Jan 2013, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Suddenly I have an idea for a screen-cap webcomic where the main villain's super power is Photoshop.
blast-dragon 22nd Jan 2013, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
If there would be a vilain in the series who is like that it would be Trixie. She used it on Magic Duel on Pinkie, I'm certain the story-line could be changed that her powers are always like that.
Using Warp and Drag to turn AJ's rope against her. A Distort filter against RD's her rainbow and just use Bucket against Rarity.
Digo 22nd Jan 2013, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Sounds like a good fit to me.
Zuche 22nd Jan 2013, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
That's still more often than the average villain comes back in a standard D&D game.
Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2013, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
I'm afraid not, Zuche.
Tatsurou 23rd Jan 2013, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
I think the reason D&D has so few recurring villains is because most player's solution to a villain is "kill it till it's dead, then keep killing it for good measure."
Digo 23rd Jan 2013, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
I guess that's why undead things like liches make for popular bosses. Takes a few tries to get it right.

Or for a slightly funnier variety, weird creatures like Mind Flayers when you play up the alien aspect of "They all look alike to the party".
Jellybean 22nd Jan 2013, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
I have to admit that to me this is an instance of bad GMing, specifically because Applebloom basically handed them the solution on a platter. I mean, this is them being fully railroaded here.
Giggle Tail 22nd Jan 2013, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Giggle Tail
Meh, sometimes it's necessary if anything is going to get done. It beats everyone arguing forever and nothing ever getting accomplished.
Dragonflight 22nd Jan 2013, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Railroading can be abused, however. I was in a game a long time back where everyone had at least one psionic power, in a future Earth which simply "wasn't ready yet," for the truth to come out. So we were trying to keep things running while working for a psionic research institute until the world could officially "find out."

But the game had a serious flaw. The GM only allowed the plot to advance when an NPC did something. Nothing we did had any material effect on the game. Every advance, every situation we needed a "get out of jail" card, everything that essentially required the NPC environment be altered in any way, only happened when the GM said it did, and only when the NPC's did something.

We got so fed up with it that during a city riot, we openly used our powers, in a gratuitous and blatantly obvious way to essentially b***h-slap the entire rioting force down and force them to play nice, and *still* the various sides not only did not stop rioting, but there was no official recognition of the impossible things we were doing, by governments OR the media, until the GM decided he was ready to let that plot continue.

The game fell apart shortly after, when it became patently obvious we really weren't PC's, we were just the audience, participating in a scripted novel he was letting us observe.

Moral of the story: If you can't change the game unless an NPC does it for you, take the GM aside and have a long talk with them. You'll save yourself a lot of hassle in the long run.
Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Patience is a virtue, but the ability to nuke everything with a wave of your hand also counts as a virtue.
Zuche 23rd Jan 2013, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Thank you, Vaarsuvius.
Digo 22nd Jan 2013, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, there has to be a balance between the players and GM on how to move the plot along. Definitely talk it out if a problem arises like that.
Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 6:04 PM edit delete reply
Diplomacy is more effective if you're casting nukes while you talk them into surrender.

Diplomacy through superior firepower.
Giggle Tail 23rd Jan 2013, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
Giggle Tail
Yeah, it definitely can be abused. Our DM only railroads us when it's needed to keep the plot moving. He essentially uses it like cutscenes in video games.

Once he even let us get away with completely ruining an epic boss fight he had planned :P
Derpmind 22nd Jan 2013, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
"Your fictional story about storytelling has an example of bad storytelling. Right here."

Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Thank you, good sir. I try.
DracoS 22nd Jan 2013, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
"Anything you want to ask me on this page?"

No, I'm going to wait until the next page to ask.


Just kidding. Do you say soda or pop?
Raxon 22nd Jan 2013, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
I asked my question first thing this morning. no word back.
Grey Pen 22nd Jan 2013, 6:06 PM edit delete reply
I say "soda pop".

Dunno 'bout the Spud though.
Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2013, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
I'm not a big fan of carbonated drinks in general, so I don't use either term very often. Whenever it does come up, I tend to use either one interchangeably. I guess I lean more towards "soda" though.
Digo 23rd Jan 2013, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Funny story about "Soda"--

Years back in my college days, the RP group I was with often had this rule that if you got up to go to the fridge for a soda, you were obligated to get others a soda only if they ask you before you close the fridge door.

"Can you get me a soda?" was often long enough that a sneaky player could run to the fridge and grab a soda for themselves and then close the door before some one else could finish the line.

Somehow in this game of being sneaky, "Can you get me a soda?" got shortened to "Stoda". Yeah, a single word, and one not found in the common dictionary either. So the legacy I carry from group to group is teaching them the power word 'Stoda' and that when I'm DM... you better get be a drink if I ask for it. :D

Lyntermas 22nd Jan 2013, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Newbiespud interview time? Oh boy!

1. When did you start playing D&D?
2. Any stories about a time when you were particularly impressed with players as a DM, or your DM as a player?
3. When did YOU realize that Stairc is evil?
4. Why DID the DM of FiD create a roleplaying game about ponies? (Although I'm guessing "it's a secret").
Newbiespud 22nd Jan 2013, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
Well, aren't you eager?

1. A few months before the comic got started, actually. That same summer.

2. This story ought to do it for the former, and there are too many with Stairc for the latter. Though my answer to the next question might be a good example.

3. Around the time someone uttered the phrase, "We didn't get sold into slavery - we bought ourselves into slavery!!" We'd spent the entire session buying goodwill and safe passage from the organization we'd ticked off (there was a blacklist involved - there were few other options), only to find that the ship they'd put us on was headed for what was basically "Dark Sun island," and a welcoming party of slavers was already there to pick us up.

And that's how the Silverferns became the overarching villains of the Evertide campaign. That's also how we got our party's ship.

4. It's mostly undefined, but I will throw this in: The DM probably didn't come up with it in a vacuum. The DM probably had conversations with other people about this - including but not limited to several of the current players - and somehow, the DM was inspired to try something like this out.
Mr.0 23rd Jan 2013, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
Here's one: if you were, let's say by deus ex machina, allowed to go back in time to any point, where would you go?
Newbiespud 23rd Jan 2013, 3:10 AM edit delete reply
I'm tempted to ask if it's a one-way trip and other nitpicking questions, but I get the idea.

Tell you what: I'd go back to around 1970 just for the chance to talk to Ralph Baer, the inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey, the world's first video game console. I'd love nothing more than to get inside that man's head at the time when he was iterating and pitching that brand new idea. The console itself by our standards is pretty lame, but the history behind it is very interesting to me.
Destrustor 23rd Jan 2013, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Of all the commenters' anecdotes and stories, which is your favorite(s)?
Newbiespud 23rd Jan 2013, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
Arrrgh... There are so many good ones, but the origin story of the Five Fathers' adventuring party takes the cake. You can find the comment thread by Demonu on Page 88, within the first quarter of the page (holy crap that comment section got big).
Mr.0 23rd Jan 2013, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
now, let's assume that the trip is one way, and you don't have the means to preserve your youth.
Raxon 23rd Jan 2013, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
That's simple. I go back in time a hundred years, deposit one hundred thousand dollars in a bank that will remain stable, lock in a good compound interest rate, and get a safe deposit box with instructions to send a note and the key to the safe deposit box to myself ten years ago to tell me that I have the account. When I open the safe deposit box, I will find a document in the safe deposit box giving me dates and stock prices. I will withdraw my money, and invest it all in the stocks chosen.

Also, there will be a note to tell me that I don't need to travel back in time anymore, because I'm already fabulously wealthy.

Continuity can kiss my plot, I'm crazy awesome.
Newbiespud 23rd Jan 2013, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
Well, now it's no fun. I'll stay right where I am, thank you.
Tatsurou 23rd Jan 2013, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
You are suddenly stranded in Equestria. You were only able to bring three things from Earth. WHat do you bring and who do you try to convince to let you stay with them, and do you attempt to get back home? (Note: items with internet capability will access both the equestrian equivalent AND earth internet.) know, now that I think about it, this would make a damn good survey for a future page. In your case, Newbiespud, one exception: you are able to continue updating this comic (shown on Earth) from Equestria.
Newbiespud 23rd Jan 2013, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
In that case, I'll need my laptop so I can keep updating the comic... I would be taking it anyway. STORY by Robert McKee would be my second item. A lot of items might be replaceable, but books written by people in our world would not. Then I'd probably take my dice set, just because.

I'd probably just get in contact with Pinkie Pie, because she'd introduce me to the townsfolk and speed up the process of finding a potential roommate/job/etc...

I wouldn't try too hard to get back home, though I wouldn't object if the opportunity presented itself.
*Sigh* 24th Jan 2013, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
Keeping with Tatsurou's question, if you had the opportunity to date any non-mane 6 and non-royal character in the show, who would it be? Fanmade characters do apply. And yes you can be a pony in this exercise if it makes you feel any better.
Tatsurou 24th Jan 2013, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Non Mane 6 and Non royalty, huh?
As a Pony, I'd choose a grown up Applebloom, if that's an option.
Newbiespud 25th Jan 2013, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
I have a girlfriend.

Also, non-Mane 6 and non-royal? What does that leave me, exactly? Zecora? Trixie? A background pony? Somebody's OC?


Let's go with Zecora.
Aerion Snowpaw 26th Jan 2013, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'd call 'royal' perfectly acceptable as picks.
I'd go more with 'non-mane and non-god-made-manifest' (so, leave the god-empress Celestia and her sister alone. I find it amusing to think of her as the good-universe version of The Emperor)
AuroraMoon 25th Jan 2013, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
if the concept of FiD had been applied to an anime instead, which would you have chosen? personally i'd wanna see Fate/Stay Night done like that. also, although i'm curious what Newbiespud'll say, curious what everyone else thinks on this.