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Newbiespud 20th Jul 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
It occurs to me that July 28th is coming up soon - Friendship is Dragons' second birthday. I'm not sure if I want to make any special celebration piece or not. As fun (and excruciating) as the 300th page video was, I'm kind of in a "I have enough on my plate" mood as of this writing.

I do have one idea, though. Some kind of meetup thing. I live in Redmond, which is near Seattle, and there's a gameshop in town. And July 28th is a Sunday. It would work if there were people interested in celebrating a pony RPG comic's birthday.

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



BadHorse 20th Jul 2013, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Tell a story where you left an important detail in your plan to be filled by the DM
Zakaz 20th Jul 2013, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
One time during a raid on a bandit camp, we forgot to assign anybody the job of lookout. So the DM volunteered to take up the role with an NPC. What he neglected to tell us was this NPC was completely blind.
Digo 20th Jul 2013, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
That's quite a significant detail to leave out XD
█████ 20th Jul 2013, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
What are you doing up there?
Guessing. I..guess no one's coming.
Zakaz 20th Jul 2013, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Somehow we managed to survive. We only learnt that he was blind when I tossed some food to him and it knocked him over into a mineshaft.
Anno1066 21st Jul 2013, 11:46 AM Meteors fall edit delete reply
Bit backwards, but what the hey. Going by the list of gamer archetypes, I'm a storyteller. As such, when I GM, I like to reward players who give me a proper backstory. It doesn't have to be much, I usually get a half page of point-form notes, but just something that I can use to expand on the game.

Once, while running a short lived Exalted campaign, I had a friend decide that he wanted to join. The problem here is that the guy was one of the stereotypical casual gamers. It was bad enough that he needed to ask how to roll his attack literally every time his turn came up. Still, he's a friend, so I said okay; provided he put in an effort to get into and learn the game.

Cue a few days before the next session. I was helping him finish up the character and I asked him what he'd decided to have as his backstory and how he wanted to meet the group (both things I'd asked him to think about.) 'He didn't care' was the answer I got across the board. Height, weight, style of dress, place of origin, everything other than his having a sword and a chain shirt. I shouldn't have, but I took it a little personally.

When the day of the next session came, I told him I'd introduce his character to the party about twenty minutes into the session. Had the party going between towns when they saw a flaming meteor fly overhead and crash in the nearby woods.

When the party arrived, they found a crater with a 'very nondescript man inside. So nondescript, in fact, that trying to describe him would be pointless because you'd just forget.'

He had no hair and no clothes, both having been burned off during re-entry. He only had his sword and his chainmail, and a clearing peppered with coins because his moneybag had burned up too, so they had to collect them. The character had amnesia, remembering only his name, and a brief flash of using the last of his Essence (magical power, effectively) to not-die when he ricocheted off of the Adamant Ceiling (the top of the sky in Exalted.)
Zakaz 21st Jul 2013, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
You'd love my characters. I'm a writer, so I try to give my characters as best a backstory as possible.

My current character, Zakaz Faron, is the son of a blacksmith and a city guard. One day, whilst staying with his aunt and uncle, his parents where attacked and slain by assassins. Trumatized and defencless, Zakaz screamed into a rage and killed both assassins. He was found covered in blood and was charged with the murder of his parents.

He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour, working down in mines looking for minerals. After his only friend was brutally executed by his captors, he broke free and murdered the captain of the guard with a pickaxe.

Terrified of his actions, he fled deep into the mountains where he couldn't hurt anybody, only venturing down for food.

Over time, the world forgot about him, and he was able to return. However, he knew that at some point, somebody would work out who he was, and so he set out to make a name for himself in good deeds.
Digo 21st Jul 2013, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
One happened last night!

The party has enough skills and resources that we can keep our HP up in a dungeon crawl, but at the end of our 15-hour adventuring day, we're pretty hurt and have to spend a couple days off to heal up and replenish our resources.

So! The party decided to hire a part-time healer to boost our HP at the end of each day. This way we don't need as much downtime between dungeons. The only issue was that we left the vetting process to the GM.
We had an NPC royal prince traveling with us, so the prince went to fetch a new hireling that had healing skills.

He hired a druid cannibal on the sole qualifications that she had a nice body. No, we're not even sure what healing abilities she does have because the prince sent her off ahead to our ship at the other side of the island we're traversing...

Froborr 21st Jul 2013, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
Way back in high school, there was The Game. The Game was known as that because there was no other; every weekend for two and a half years we played it.

One of the players way back at the beginning couldn't think of an interesting backstory, so he told me (I was co-GMing) to just come up with something and tell him about it as it impacted the game.

27 months later I revealed to him that the entire multiversal apocalypse the players had just spent 11 months failing to prevent was his fault.

His OOC pleading with the other players to not kill him was *hysterical.*
Zakaz 22nd Jul 2013, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
My DM springs things on us like that all the time. She relates something that happened at the very beginning to a huge detail. That waitress we ignored turned out to be the villain, that carrot we picked up was slowly sapping our strength. Weird things like that.
Tatsurou 22nd Jul 2013, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
One time, I was DMing for a group that was all huge Monty Python fans. Seriously, they actually brought their own coconut halves with them for when they had to flee from an encounter.

At one point, I gave them the task to lay siege to a heavy fortification full of orcs. They ACTUALLY built a full fledged 'Trojan bunny' to try and sneak into the fortification. As the Trojan Bunny was wheeled into the fortification, they eagerly discussed how the ones inside would leap out late at night, make their way to the gates, and open them letting in the rest of the group.

Me: So...who's inside, anyway?
All: ...uh...

They completely forgot to decide who was, for kicks and giggles, I decided that the druid's animal companion - a rabbit, of course - was the only one inside. I rolled for the orcs, and they apparently decided the giant wooden construct was a piñata, and smashed it open. One perfectly ordinary rabbit verses 75 orcs, at a level disadvantage. The druid started rolling.

This is where the druid's player earned the nickname 'magic fingers', as I'll be damned if that rabbit didn't get nothing but nat'20s the entire encounter. The rabbit killed all 75 orcs...and then went to sleep rather than open the gates, leaving the party stuck outside with no way in.
Zakaz 23rd Jul 2013, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
That last part must've been annoying.
BadHorse 23rd Jul 2013, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
It's a vicious beastie. Lookit the bones!
Queensarrow 3rd Sep 2015, 11:19 PM Make sure to check your equipment before use edit delete reply
We were at top of a 100 foot wall, when a dragon attacks. The whole party decides to jump over the side away from the dragon. The DM asks us how we plan to survive the jump. The wizard says featherfall, the monk says slow fall, the rogue says he drops his grapple hook(we had gotten atop the wall by the stairs which were too far to run to easily), I say I use my ring of flight. The DM says OK everyone but the rogue makes it safely, the rogue falls 100 feet. The rouge indigently asks why, he was sure the hook would have caught and he has a firm grip on the rope. At this point I remember a bit of trivia from when we first got outfitted and start laughing. Apparently the wizard also figured out what happened as he starts laughing as well. The rogue is irked at this and demands what is so funny. So I asked him if he remembered to tie the rope to the hook. He seems a bit confused at this and asks why should he need to, a grapple hook is pretty much useless without rope. I remind him that we had to buy the hook and rope separately.
Laurence 20th Jul 2013, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Panel 2 cracks me up. I can hear the DM doing his/her best Ben Stein impression there (Anyone? Beuller? Beuller?)
FanOfMostEverything 20th Jul 2013, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
As much as I'd love to go game with you, Spud, I live on the opposite end of the country. Sorry. :(
mlp_redmoon 20th Jul 2013, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
same here, but I'm in friggin' holland
Digo 20th Jul 2013, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
That's more like opposite end of the planet. o_o

I wonder if it would be easier to do a Skype video chat thing for the RPGing?
aylatrigger 20th Jul 2013, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
Skype video chat is good for RPGing. I prefer Skype IM group chatting as you can all talk at once and have records for everything. Genereally Skype is better for rping and games where you don't need maps.
If you want to use maps, I suggest use
aylatrigger 20th Jul 2013, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
If anyone is interested in a skype chat RPGs, I tend to do a lot. My skype is celestedrake, so if you want to join any or ask about any, just say you came from here.

I am currently doing a Ponyfinder gestalt planeswalker game over skype.
Walabio 20th Jul 2013, 8:35 AM I sent you a contact request. edit delete reply
I sent a contactrequest.
Walabio 20th Jul 2013, 8:41 AM My skype is: Walabio edit delete reply
My Skype is:

Bombom 20th Jul 2013, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
I find that Skype is great for chatting during the d and d sessions. An interesting idea would be to use Minecraft as a board.
Newbiespud 20th Jul 2013, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

Pony Tales.

A system initially designed to be played over Skype. I'm currently in two weekly games, both of them over Skype.
DoubleCross 20th Jul 2013, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
how enjoyable are these weekly games and what hours are they at, boy
Zarhon 20th Jul 2013, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Aye. We're currently playing as a group of "No More Heroes"-esque, over-the-top pony assassins. :) It's the "War of the Assassins" game on the forum Spud linked.

What's the other weekly Skype game you're playing, Spud?
Stairc 21st Jul 2013, 8:46 PM Ponytales Rulebook Links edit delete reply
It's kind of hard to find the rulebooks if you don't know where to look on the forums, so here's the thread in question.


Enjoy. And there's a non-pony, classic version too that works for *any* setting. It's been used for everything from Star Wars to, well, My Little Pony.
Bombom 21st Jul 2013, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
I can't wait to try this out. Now only to find some Bronies who also like dungeons and dragons. I wonder where I can find people like THAT.....
Anvildude 20th Jul 2013, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Now there's an idea...
mlp_redmoon 21st Jul 2013, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
if anyone's doing any pony RPG's over skype at reasonable times in GMT and don't mind helping someone new to RPG's going, my skype is mlpredmoon
Flynn 20th Jul 2013, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
I read that final line as "Now accepting *quest* comics"

The Captain 21st Jul 2013, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
The Captain
Fantasy on the BRAIN. D&D on the MIND.
Rokas 20th Jul 2013, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
Sorry, Spud, but I live in Florida; even Kentucky is a 12-hour drive for me, and I just made that trip last week so I ain't in the mood for no more travellin'. ;p
SorteKanin 20th Jul 2013, 8:38 AM edit delete reply
A skype RPG thing would be fun - actually, I'm in the process of designing a dnd game for a group of friends on a Teamspeak Server. I'm interested if internet DnDing works well, does anyone have any experience with it?
Zanerith 20th Jul 2013, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
I actually do most of my DnD over Skype. It works fairly well, though there's a certain... something that's missing from face to face games. Still, it's a decent option. If you're going to do it though, you're gonna want maptool and tokentool.
Stairc 21st Jul 2013, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
Look a comment or two above. Newbiespud in his wisdom mentioned the Pony Tales system - custom designed for Skype. It also has a non-pony equivalent called Living Legends. Works great.
Huntersan9 21st Jul 2013, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
I have done some of my normal tabletop gaming over Skype during the winter months. I use maptool for rolls and chars, but most everything else is over Skype. I find that it is distracting, especially since one of my players has a crappy mic and it picks up the softest sound of his apartment fan as this deafening 'starcraft warp-in sound' ...

Overall, interesting, but the DM/group needs to be focused to keep everything on topic.
Bombom 21st Jul 2013, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
I have only ever played dungeons and dragons over Skype. It has worked fine for me.
Bombom 21st Jul 2013, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
I have only ever played dungeons and dragons over Skype. It has worked fine for me.
SAFR 20th Jul 2013, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Alticron 20th Jul 2013, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
Huh, I didn't know the comic shares a birthday with my sister.
Demonu 20th Jul 2013, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Well, so much for living in Belgium, Europe and getting to go to cool meetings...
Raxon 20th Jul 2013, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
HEY! We don't cotton to that kind of foul language in these parts.
kriss1989 21st Jul 2013, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, does this look like a serious sitcom to you?
Guest 20th Jul 2013, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
I live in Renton, so Redmond is very doable (I'm assuming you're talking abound Uncles in the Town Center?)
Newbiespud 20th Jul 2013, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
I figure it'd be appropriate if this thing got off the ground. Though I'm not entirely sure what we'd decide to do there on a Sunday evening.
Syth 20th Jul 2013, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
I'm down in Tacoma, but I work til 5.
Balmas 20th Jul 2013, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
Man, if it were any day other than Sunday, I'd leap at this chance. I live in Redmond too.
Newbiespud 20th Jul 2013, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
If anyone here is interested, I've officially launched my Let's Play of Borderlands 2's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC. YouTube video here and Pony Tales forum thread here.
The Captain 21st Jul 2013, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
The Captain
Woo! Borderlands 2!
falcophoenix 20th Jul 2013, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
Hello, Bev here! I'm the one that previously made the one-shot recording of Friendship Is Dragons. Well I finally figured out how to lift the youtube time limit, so now you can enjoy the (still unedited and uncut) video here on my account!
Akouma 21st Jul 2013, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
Next strip totally has all five of the others succeeding (or failing, you could really go either way on this) on their aid-another checks and the dog just got a stupid-high Athletics check that they couldn't beat.
dragonshardz 21st Jul 2013, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Wait, you live in Seattle?

Crazy. Game shop wouldn't happen to be Games and Gizmos, would it?
rusandmag 21st Jul 2013, 5:04 PM my birthday edit delete reply
Its my birthday on the 25th so I hope the next part comes before or on my birthday that would be awesome, ooh, sorry I'm acting like a pinkie pie here. But that would be awesome!
Vupixel 21st Jul 2013, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
If you ever end up hosting something in Portland, I'll be there.
NeoSilver 21st Jul 2013, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Gee. Figures I'd come back to these comics the week I gave a speech in my public speaking class on D&D.

Actually, this particular comic brings back memories of an incident involving a player who refused to capitulate to the DM's rule of "no psionics", and the ensuing attempt to remove the character from play. It involved an alligator with a fully-furnished living room in its stomach, and our (admittedly reluctant) attempts to get the PC out.
Xuncu 22nd Jul 2013, 12:59 AM Spike's Ass edit delete reply
Think about how sore it must be after this scene, dragging 5 ponies, including 2 Earth-types, with it.
Xuncu 22nd Jul 2013, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Huh, thought the comments'd show the title for my previous comment:

"Spike's Ass"
Drflash55 22nd Jul 2013, 5:03 AM I know what you mean. edit delete reply
I know what you mean... That happened before to me as well.
Also, the first time I saw FiM was a gif of a Dragon and 6 ponys being dragged down... Never knew what show was that or who they were, but that was the first time I saw My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Pastshelfdate 23rd Jul 2013, 7:20 AM Just been introduced to the strip edit delete reply
Hi, Newbiespud,

Thanks for doing this. Someone from Gen Whitmore's LiveStream community referred me, first to your 300th episode video, and then the strip site.

Humor is extremely important to me. I wouldn't be functioning today without it. I know you're mostly collecting stories, but you're sharing them, with a fun spin on them, and that's what's important. Hang in there, and as I'll probably have an ADD/senior moment on 28 July, happy birthday, Friendship Is Dragons!