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Newbiespud 4th Nov 2014, 5:00 AM edit delete
Pretty much since I first started making a name for myself on the internet, I've been immersed in the world of fanfiction. (I count the comic and the podcast as part of that.) So I've been exposed to a few "special snowflake" OCs. (And quite a few actually-quite-interesting OCs, but that's a less haughty thing to say.)

I think this might partially explain why, when at the character creation stage of a tabletop game, I tend to reach for the mundane or under-represented races and classes instead of going for the cool ones. In a pony-based system, that usually means playing an earth pony.

...I might be a bit of a hipster in that regard.


Eyepoppee 4th Nov 2014, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
Nananananananana Batmare~
Nananananananana Batmare~
Crazy Tom 4th Nov 2014, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
You and me both, Spid.

Earth Ponies unite!
Digo 4th Nov 2014, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
Right on! Earth ponies!! :D

In half of my online pbp games I have played an earth pony. My favorites are Sabina the bard (known for coming up with really bad plans and going through with them until they explode in her face with the most hilarious results possible), and Doc Wagon, the doctor (Fallout Equestria, and he's still currently got the most kills in the game despite not being a combat-oriented character! It's not like he's trying. He's just a black cat of bad luck).
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 9:04 AM ReeEaLL mAAAgIikcCk (I don't like that song, in case you couldn't tell) edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Personally, I prefer Unicorns by default, because MAGIC ("I can kill you with my brain."), but I definitely get favoring underrepresented races. I do it too, to some extent, though my penchant for semi-monstrous humanoids (half-orcs, hobgoblins, kobolds...) might not count.
Specter 4th Nov 2014, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Your penchant for semi-monstrous humanoids... I have no idea what penchant means, but I assume it means a fondness or something to that extent, and if it is that, then I am in the same boat.

But on another page, I prefer changelings (bet you could/n't guess that), but that's because I can't pick favorites (except food, that is tied with milk and ketchup). If I had to choose which of the main three types, I would go with my OC and pick Earth Pony. Sure, my favorite pony is a Pegasus, and magic is essentially the main thing for most of Equestria (and probably most OCs), but I prefer something that has no real advantage, but can still make a mark in the world.

I think resilience and determination to hold back what you truly think and feel is a good thing to for my OC. Yay.
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 9:46 AM penchant defined edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Penchant = fondness + knack
you know that guy 4th Nov 2014, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Milk and ketchup? Is that some sort of rhyming slang, or do you actually eat it?
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 2:28 PM ...ketchup? edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Er, what?
NeutralDemon 4th Nov 2014, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
I hope it's rhyming slang
Specter 4th Nov 2014, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
... I should probably explain. No, it's not slang, but I do eat it (but not together). I love milk, it's a good source of dairy, and I love dairy in general (but dairy through the consumption of drink is easier on my body). Ketchup, on any food I have eaten (pretty much all) always seems to add some kind of extra kick of taste to the dish. The only things I won't put ketchup on is liquids and Ice-cream, they simply don't mix.

I also apologize for actually leaving that bit in there, I thought I removed it and continued on (guess I didn't). Sorry.
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Right on, changelings! I love playing changelings more than I do Earth Ponies, but so few GMs allow them in their game that I've only had one of my three OCs put into play. By far he was one of my favorite characters to RP.

I think more games benefit from changelings, because they can assume any role the party needs. ;)
Super_Big_Mac 4th Nov 2014, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
For a fic a couple friends and I are writing, we're using our ponysonas as the main characters, and we're doing something kinda... different than the usual HtPiE.

For one thing, we're turning into ponies while on Earth due to the plane/universe Magus Gaia (the planet Equestria's a part of) is in is converging on our plane/universe, and each time the Mane 6 use the Elements during the show where they actually work, it's going to cause a harmonic resonance across the entire planet, and since humans aren't 'harmonious' by how the Elements define it, it turns those most in harmony with themselves into ponies. Less and less transform over the years, but those already transformed become stronger and stronger because more magic is readily available.

Backstory aside, my character, Spell Check, is an editor-mage. Simply put, he's not very powerful on his own, but he can edit spell matrices to amplify or dilute their power. Very silly special talent, perhaps, but it works well for helping another character create a wormhole, I think. And heck, I might talk the others into doing this as a half RPG, half story-telling sort of thing.
Curb 5th Nov 2014, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
Personally, I play a Unicorn inventor.

His name is Silvered Gears and what stands out is the fact that his left arm,from shoulder to fingertip, is artifical. Not a prosthetic, but a functional Augmetic Arm! Moreso, he's modified his as a back up weapon.

I know alot of people chose unicorns because of magic and power, but I built Silvered around a story, a long story that is tied to the Tales of Equestria Universe.

Silvered Gears was born in Canterlot to a well to do family, but showed no interest in their wealth or position as a youth. He attended the School for Gifted Unicorns and graduated high in his class, but sought out something more challenging. He moved to the Garden of Shadows, Luna's city and the heart of technological advancement in Equestria and attended the Mage Tech Academy. There he found his calling and gained his cutie mark (Two interlocked silver gears on a pale gold shield).

Some time after he returned to Canterlot to set up his lab, he was attacked and severally injured. He built himself his augmentic arm after leaving the hospital, having learned the attack was from a small group who were trying to convince the populous that moving forward, advancing as a society, was a dangerous thing and that keeping the ancient status quo was the only way to live.

He moved his lap to the Garden of Shadows for a while before locating a site near Ponyville that had everything he needs, including privacy.

Some Tales of Equestria Facts...

The Equestria of this universe is much older than the one in the show. Certain show events never occured. No Nightmare Moon, no Elements of Harmony. Twilight has been an Alicorn Princess for over 500 years, Cadance over 1000 years and Celestia and Luna are well over 2000 years old. Discord is more a watcher in this universe, enjoying the various chaotic events and occasionally getting involved for the fun of it. Also, Equestria had a Monster Problem, from small to Monster Hunter Sized! Monster problem. And it has it's own version of Gypsies (Trixie is one)
Moodyman 4th Nov 2014, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
I tend to play Earth Ponies in the few RPs I've been in. Depending on the GM and the system using it's not easy to do that at times, but it's rewarding to have moments when unicorn players or those allowed to use races with hands/claws go "How is he able to do that with hooves while I can't with my magic/hands?" Usually that's due to back luck with dice rolls but I tend to reply with "Earth Pony Magic."
Digo 4th Nov 2014, 5:30 AM edit delete reply
There's a running gag in one of my games where we labeled them as "Earth Pwny" because they do weird things like that. XD
Zuche 4th Nov 2014, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
It's nice to be able to see the strip before work. Good to see someone split the party for the sake of vulnerable NPCs.
Starbane 4th Nov 2014, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
What I'm wondering is 'Where's Raxon?'. Usually he should be creeping around here by now... *moment of revelation*... Oh merciful Cthulhu, he's right behind me, isn't he?
kriss1989 5th Nov 2014, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
I'm not merciful! I mean, no he's not!
Bombom13 5th Nov 2014, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
Nah, haven't seen him. Just us right now.
Digo 4th Nov 2014, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
When I make an OC, I try to build into them a really fun and interesting flaw. I love a good flaw in a character, that struggle to overcome the hurdle in their being. The imperfection adds to what makes them interesting.
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
I think that's the basis of any good character really. I think we're all familiar with Mary Sues but having a flaw that's crippling can be just as condemning, like having the captain of your seafaring campaign be a aquaphobiac to name an example.

But now I'm curious, do you have any good examples of good flaws in characters? The only one I can think of at the moment is my spellthief's legendary stinginess with giving out any kind of information about himself, to the point where he even wore a mask to make sure no one could recognize him when he decided to retire. It didn't mean he never gave away any details, just barely enough to keep the conversation going while he milked you for any kind of potential info he might find useful later on. Sadly, his part in the campaign ended before he finally got over that particular flaw of his but it was fun (if rather annoying to play) while it lasted.
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Flaws... lets see:

Reuben Rye, an earth pony who works at a sandwich shop in ponyville. His main flaw is gluttony and when food is involved he can get very distracted. One time he fought off three skeleton warriors just to save a sandwich. Hilarious. On the other hoof, other PCs can get him to do really well with bribes of food.

Ace Gambit, a changeling that works at a bookstore. Because of his upbringing in the hive, Ace has no concept of personal space and his main flaw is gullibility. He goes with the group consensus and if you tell him that the mission requires wearing a pink dress, he'll probably show up in one. He struggles to figure out when someone is lying to him, but it's adorable when he has such faith and loyalty in his friends.
Disloyal Subject 6th Nov 2014, 8:45 AM Muh OCs (a few anyway) edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Gleaming Blade is a unicorn jeweler from a military family, a long line of officers. His artistry and disciplined focus let him make some breathtaking pieces, but his perfectionism means he's prone to spending far longer than remotely necessary on each piece. His cutie mark is even in taking the time to do a job perfectly - in essence, his cutie mark is in taking 20.

Shadow Rumble is a unicorn geology professor. He's brilliant at his subject, and a passable jogger and combat geokineticist for surviving monster encounters on the spelunking expeditions he lives for, but his absolute lack of social graces, not to mention his lack of faith in or patience for his fellow ponies, makes him a less than stellar instructor. He doesn't even try to play the game of politics at his university, and only teaches the bare minimum of classes needed to keep funding for his excursions.

And I think I've mentioned Burning Sword's semi-justified irrational hatred of nobles in general and Celestia in particular.

I'm not very good at giving ponies subtle names. I've got dozens more like this, but they're the most deeply flawed in character. Minmaxing ahoy!
carcinoGeneticist 4th Nov 2014, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud, you've prompted me to leave a comment here for the first time ever with that first line, as a huge fan of fanfiction myself.

What sort of pony fanfiction do you immerse yourself with? Any particular preferred genres? Have you written any yourself?

I'd love to get a pony fanfic discussion going all up in this comment section.
Colin 4th Nov 2014, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Good stories. That's my main criteria. If it captures the voice of the characters, melds two canons till you cannot see the seams, makes me see them in a new light or is a butterfly flapping its wings *just so*, I will read it.

I mostly go for comedy. Stories like "The Demesne of the Reluctant Twilight Sparkle", "Hail to the King" or "Princess Celestia Gets Mugged" are bloody hilarious. "This Platinum Crown" takes a turn to the epic and is all the better for it.

Science Fiction and ponies is an under-appreciated flavour, especially as SF has oft been melded with fantasy in the past: "Arrow 18 Mission Logs: Lone Ranger", "Our First Steps", "Stardust", "The Sacrifice of the Knight Bolo" - all worth your time.

I'll even read grimdark on occasion. "Murky Number Seven" is devastating, but ultimately hopeful. "Friendship is Optimal" is "The Cold Equations" for pony.

I have written fanfic, though the two pony ones haven't gone past a single chapter.
McBehrer 4th Nov 2014, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
The Chase. That is all.

It's incredibly long (315 chapters at present, and averages 2 a day) so it can be kind of intimidating, but...

Well, with a name like carcinoGeneticist, you should be used to that, no?

It has some of the best characterization and development I've ever read (even with its massive cast of fantastic characters, including several likeable OCs, Derpy, Lyra and Bon-Bon, Berry Punch, Dinky, and Pina Colada (Berry's younger sister) one of my favorite characters later on is DIAMOND TIARA)

Granted, there can be some mature discussion, but no outright explicit content (in the actual story, at least. There are lost chapters, on a separate story page...) and it gets kind of dark at times, but overall it's MOSTLY a comedy/slice of life thing. I guess. Again, pointing out the similarities to Hamsteaks.
FanOfMostEverything 4th Nov 2014, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
As my handle implies, there isn't much fanfiction I don't like, pony or no. As long as the cast is in character and the story is compelling, I'm there.

As for writing it, well, leaving a link feels rather tacky, but I will say that I use the same name on Fimfiction. There, my stories range from headcanon-laden worldbuilding to bizarre little comedies to Magic: the Gathering crossovers in which Derpy Hooves is a planeswalker.
Raxon 4th Nov 2014, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
The Immortal Game. My personal favorite clopfic.

Especially those intimate moments when Fluttershy has Celestia's mom locked up in a cage. Rawr.
Fury of the Tempest 6th Nov 2014, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
Oooooh! I loved that one! I especially loved it when Twilight used her scientific knowledge to create a fricking LASER, and how Celestia went out her way to comfort Twilight, despite Twi hating her cuz manipulation.
HonorableInsanity 4th Nov 2014, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
I often go for more dark/tragic stories, the kinds of things that aren't explored in the show itself.

Some of my personal favourites and recommendations would be:
Background Pony - My number one story, and part of the reason why Lyra is my favourite pony, but very emotionally draining and with long chapters (one almost 44 thousand words), so that should be taken into consideration if your thinking about reading it.
RUN - Short and feelsy, and well worth reading if that interests you.
Harmony Theory - Long, ongoing adventure story with a well built world in a distant-future Equestria, and an interesting take on the Elements of Harmony.
The Warm Diary of Twilight Sparkle (and linked stories) - Stories that make you question what you thought you knew about what was going on the further you read into the series. The stories can be read in any order, but the whole story will not become clear without reading all of them (although while there does appear to be answers hidden away, it's still incomplete, so how well it will all come together in the end is still yet to be seen).

I know I haven't done that good a job of describing them here, but if any of those sound interesting I would definitely recommend checking them out.
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 2:34 PM FimFics edit delete reply
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My Roommate is a Vampire was interesting.
My Little Castlevania hits all the right notes for mixing grimdark with ponies.
On a Cross and an Arrow is practically required reading. On a Whisper of Wind hadn't updated when last I checked, but it's been months since I really paid attention to fanfics. I go through seasonal phases of what entertainment I favor.
There's a few 40K crossovers I liked, but I never gotbfar enough to confirm that opinion... I enjoyed Past Sins, but I know many didn't.

I've been meaning to check out The Many Secret Origins of Scootaloo, mainly because I hear Twilight gets taken to court for abusing a series of desks in frustration. Much like the opening chapters to Duel Nature... Man, there's a lot of stuff out there that I only make it halfway through before something shiny and/or important distracts me... On which note, sayonar!
OreoGolem 5th Nov 2014, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to second Background Pony here. One thing about it, if a few chapters in you don't think you're going to like it I do recommend backing out. I tend to be of the camp Background Pony is a good fic that could be edited into a great fic... by someone more skilled than I.

The Monster Below is a nice darker-obsession fic.

Mendacity tickled my love of mythology and sarcastic drag-alongs.

A Dream of Dawn is a good Twilight centric save the world fic.

Dangerous Business Going Out Your Door is a great AJ-RD-Rares go on an adventure.

Currently I'm enjoying LoyalLiar's Honour Guard story.
Super Kami Guru 4th Nov 2014, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Is yours the one where the mane 6 all end up having some form of elemental of their element of harmony show up? If so I was reading that awhile back and found it quite good, but couldn't find it again.
Super Kami Guru 5th Nov 2014, 4:03 PM edit delete reply

Found it! Now I must continue my reading!
SilentBelle 4th Nov 2014, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments, is what coaxed me into writing again. I highly recommend it, especially The Best Night Ever chapters, those were astounding.

And another personal favourite is Wayfarer by: The Plebeian. It's a story composed of fifty, one-thousand word chapters. Each chapter paints a picture, and together they form a bittersweet love story. It has thick and flowery prose, that might be too much for many, but I loved reading it.


Also there's Scion of Chaos... I hear that one's decent... Sort of... Maybe?
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
I lean toward stories that have a 1800s steam/cattle punk flavor to them (no surprise as I've written 3 stories in that genre). Trouble is there are so few stories in that category that I haven't found much to read.
Newbiespud 5th Nov 2014, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
I am a massive sucker for crossovers. (Gee, can you tell?!?!)
Raxon 4th Nov 2014, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
And thus appears a monster. Tell a story about special snowflakes! For story time, well, I think you can guess who gets featured here.

Raxon was terribly cursed in his youth. However, nobody knew it. Later, the nature of his curse revealed itself. He was mucked up with destiny. Yep. Ever since he found an amulet on his dresser the day before he went to the academy. He could not remove it, because it was a badge of office. The insignia of avatars appeared to them on their sixteenth birthday.

All in all, destiny can be a very bad thing.
Pandora's Homeobox 4th Nov 2014, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
We were playing a homebrew that we'd played before, so most of us were using previously established characters. However, the GM had invited another friend of his to join up this time so her character was new. She decided to play as Badass!Steampunk!Dorothy from Wizard of Oz on a quest to kill all the Oz characters. We were all re-cast as essentially her sidekicks (none of the rest of us were Oz themed or based). Which was fine, until she had to leave halfway through the game, leaving us with a half-done murder spree and zero motivation to continue.
Crazy Tom 4th Nov 2014, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
I once played with a guy online who couldn't stop talking about his amazing character he'd rolled up for our group (he joined mid-campaign after another player rage quit). So we get into town and come across none other than Mysterio the Gunslinger, a man wearing a fedora pulled down over his eyes and a scar across his chin, and of course devilishly handsome. He was a lone wolf, and had trouble forming relationships with people because of his tragic backstory where his parents were betrayed by his fiancé, all due to them being former royalty from a foreign nation and some such.

He was the only one who liked Mysterio. None of us shed a tear when he died two sessions later trying to pull a ridiculous stunt on a bridge 10,000 feet in the air and got pushed off by the bad guys.
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
When I was living in Washington, I had a friend who, whenever I tried to play DnD, would always insist on playing a Kobold Mechanic (Some homebrew class he found on the internet that I'm still having trouble finding.) So he and his mechanical dragonfly, Buzz-buzz, would wander around with us in his quest to prove that kobolds were equal to tinker gnomes as far as ingenuity was concerned. Two burnt down inns, the 'accidental' deaths of many important npcs, a bounty on his head, and several charred wrecks from previous mechanical dragonflies was pretty much all that character ever managed to accomplish throughout the short campaign we ran with that character.

Suffice to say, that group banned homebrew material after that.
Aust 4th Nov 2014, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
I think my favorite "special snowflake" character was from a Pathfinder game, a Unicorn Sorcerer/Oracle/Mystic Theurge named Tome Sparklestorm. He had a purple coat, rainbow mane and tail, dual-colored eyes, and his cutie mark was a chaos star (owing that his class features on both sides were touched in some way by the forces of chaos). Tome was rolled up for a monster game, where the common races were trying to enslave or destroy everything that was different. The GM, my best friend, was having some trouble really driving that home. As he was writing up the scenario while we were hanging out, he couldn't find anything that was a suitable puppy for the bad guys to kick. He'd disallowed ponies previously, but his words were, "I need something undeniably cute and cuddly, something so innocent and pure that the sheer act of hurting one ought to really scream "I'M EVIL!"." I then grinned and said, "So, basically, a race of small, doe-eyed, rainbow-colored herbivores? Who are largely pacifists?" "Yes, yes! That's perfect!" "Cool. Can I be a member of said race, out for justice for his people? You know, really get the others fired up?" "Sure! Sounds like a good plot hook." "Epic. I'mma be a unicorn pony." "Wait, I said... DAMMIT, FINE. But only this once, and only because it works for the campaign."

And thus Tome was born. All of the others had huge level adjustments because they were "Cool shit". My companions were a hellhound rogue, an inevitable (an extraplanar robot born of Law. Thankfully, he was a good player, so party friction was kept to a minimum), and a homebrewed mind flayer. Which, owing to the level-adjustment free Unicorn race I'd found from Ponyfinder, meant I had more than enough levels to become a Mystic Theurge, which had some interesting side effects thanks to the chaotic base classes combining with the GM's crit and fumble decks, both of which account for magic. If you've ever played with a Wild Mage, you have an idea of what happened.
Specter 4th Nov 2014, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
No idea what "Snowflake" stands for, but I'll try.

I DMed for a few new players of Pathfinders because they wanted to play and try to figure it out that way. I (out of a normal group of DM choices) was considered a better choice because I allow a great deal of imagination and "allowance" to the game, but still realistically portray npc's and events without too much hindrance. Of course, it turned into a "training simulation" (if you will) when one of the regular players wanted to play as well, but as a trainer and example for the others.

Everyone played a basic race and class for the simplicity and rather rock solid foundation of their group (a fighter, druid, cleric, rogue, and barbarian), they even worked together to make their characters IRL (or over the internet, I don't know) so they can best play their characters to their best. The "trainer", on the other hand decided to play a few levels higher then then the others, and went for a goblin cavalier as well... Normally, I liked players trying to strive for new things, but his smug look said too much.

At first, all was well, and everyone was getting along pretty well. But, if things hadn't changed, I probably wouldn't be writing this. Their first dungeon, a small settlement of thieves and murderers with small underground lair, went off without a hitch, but the trainer wanted 10% of everyone's loot to compensate for his guiding. The others were actually ok with that surprisingly.

A few sessions (and dungeons) went on like that for a while, until I suggested to everyone about buying a HQ since they seem to love hanging around the settlement they seem so fond of. It was agreed that everyone should contribute for it, but the trainer said no because he was hoping to buy something for a while, and just had enough money for it (and actually said that it was time to pay up their 12% anyway).

Now, they were still new to role playing games, but they have heard of and seen their friends play before, so their next action was actually pretty funny. They sued their trainer for not teaching them for the money they have paid for his lessons.

Before the trial day, the trainer, under the cover of darkness, assaulted the HQ the new group purchased (a manor in the woods, supposedly haunted by the spirits of former slaves) and tried to kill them. Now, if their was anything the group (and some regular players of mine) knew, it was I love lore, and am fast to make sure such things don't just disappear into ash. The trainer had threatened to kill the others for "disobeying his commands and trying to rise up as if they were his equal"... yeah, he was that player the whole time. Well, that pretty much awoke the spirits of the manor, and their agro on him was, oddly enough, pure and untamed. Now, the manor quest was meant for a group of 4-5 adventurers around 4th or 5th level, not one guy around 9th. Let it be said, on their own the ghosts or the adventurers wouldn't have won, but because he was the enemy of both teams, and he plus his mount could only attack two at a time (a little more for his mount for a battle), he fell. The adventurers, as their own rules went by now, split his stuff between useful, junk, and personal claims. The ghosts, oddly enough, were allowed to a share of the spoils as well. This caught me off guard, and the action (or a variation of that action) was needed for the spirits to be freed from the world (a good deed to those who ad taken their revenge, but took more then they should have).

Goblin cavalier guy, he went back to his group of murder hobos. group of rookies, they joined a another group for a 12 group party. I, went home to go to bed (staying up till 4 am with an ending of pvp is not good for my health).
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 9:45 AM Project Oak edit delete reply
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[edit: Specter, a 'special snowflake' is a character who particularly stands out, especially for breaking rules of the setting. Drizzt, for instance, was unique as a Good-aligned drow, but HE was actually well-written to some extent. I dunno if your tale qualified, since Goblin cavalry's been a thing ever since Tolkien, but it's certainly a That Guy story.]
The hobgoblin sorcerer from the story I started writing in middle school turned into one of these a bit, I suppose. A prophecy said that a new empire of hobgoblins and an age of dragons would rise, and a young, impulsive cadre of Celestials concluded that he was the lynchpin for the prophecy and took measures to stop him. When adventurers they guided and empowered failed to kill him and instead made him realize how lucrative killing adventurers was, one celestial decided to possess him instead.
Big mistake. His Will save was a little absurd, so a voice in his head trying to nudge him away from evil only convinced him that that must be the appropriate path, and he started sinking south of Neutral to typical Hobgoblin behavior.
However, his nephew being possessed by a demon shifted his priorities. He built up his mage's tower a bit and started researching Outsiders and possession, and learned how to consume or bind souls for power. Shortly thereafter, no more Celestial (shredded into motes of power to be used as necessary), no more demon (he stripped it of its mind and bound it permanently back into his nephew's sword from whence it came), and he started making use of his new research to craft powerful magical items, even infusing part of a Balor's soul into a custom species he designed to guard the forest around his tower.
He also discovered a Fountain of Youth, recruiting its guardian's hotheaded youngest daughter to his party as muscle; slept with at least 6 dragons and fathered a child by a black one; and guided and advised his younger clanmates and relatives in forging that prophesized empire, keeping am eye on them so they wouldn't be too evil. He was the de facto leader of his party, all somewhat snowflake-y, and cheesed to the max once I discovered gestalt rules:
Colin, Hobgoblin Sorcerer/ Fighter/ Druid/ Eldritch Knight/ Archmage/ Mystic Theurge
Isha, Colin's niece/cohort: Hobgoblin Sorcerer/ Wizard/ Ultimate Magus/ Fighter
Xar'maq, Drow Rogue/ Ranger
<name forgotten>, Xar'maq's Blade Spider mount/companion
Gruk, Arctic Orc eunuch Paladin of Assorted Things (bounced from CE to LE to LN over the story)/ Monk/ Fighter
Kroz, Gruk's fiendish raptor mount
Rain, Razorclaw Shifter Barbarian/ Ranger/ Wildrunner (the aforementioned guardian's daughter)
<name forgotten>, Dragonborn Cleric/ Paladin of Bahamut
<name forgotten>, the Dragonborn's Giant Owl mount
Big Lurker 4th Nov 2014, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
As a GM, I'm a big fan of letting creative players use skins to describe their characters. One player put together a warforged who went through the dragonborn process. The character was actually a ship's figurehead brought to life by divine blessing when a ship of Bahamut's humanoid followers was attacked by pirates...
CrowMagnon 4th Nov 2014, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Heh, I have a player in my Pony Tales campaign who's <i>afraid</i> of being this, given that he's playing a timid griffon with ice powers, and a fruit bat companion.

Sometimes I have to remind him that his friends are an earth pony con artist who makes a living by pretending to be a rugged gentleman adventurer and writing tales of his 'expeditions', an orphaned unicorn filly with extremely powerful lightning magic, and... oh yeah, let's not forget the pegasus bard whose grandmother was a secret agent for Princess Celestia, and who has an extremely rare magical mutation that lets her cast spells with her voice.
StoneCliff 5th Nov 2014, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
I once played a character who's whole point was that he wanted to be a special 'snowflake' (Not literally, of course).

He was my goblin alchemist, and he wanted to be special. He bought expensive clothing and acted like gold was the most important thing the world, all because the other goblins thought it was worthless. Where all the other goblin alchemists used fire, he used acid, just to be special (and because acid resistance is much less common, but that's out of character knowledge).

In short, i was a Goblin Hipster, which is now a band I need to start.
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
I guess the best example of a Special Snowflake I've seen was one player's warforged warlock named 'Sycorax'. His alignment was "anything but Good" and he would use his Fell flight ability 24/7. The rest of the party joked that Sycorax never touched the ground because he thought he was too good to simply walk like commoners.

A defining moment of his character: In one castle he was the first to notice an invisible flying lobster that attached itself to the party Monk and was 'feeding' off the monk's ki energy. Did he alert the party of this? Nope. just watched and studied the lobster. When the Monk started taking CON damage and felt weak, Sycorax tried to shoot the lobster, without telling the monk. Rolled a 1 and shot the monk for nearly max damage.

Cue a long "what the hell, dude?" argument after that. :)
Toby'c 4th Nov 2014, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
Ember, the lead OC in my FIMFiction story, is an Earth pony, but the rest of the story's cast (canon characters and OCs from other people, kinda) are pretty evenly divided between the three.
recalcitrantBohemian 4th Nov 2014, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
See, I tend to enjoy playing as the odd/uncommon/unusual races but not always because they're "cool" or powerful. For example, one character concept that I keep bouncing around because I haven't found a DM who would let me run him is that of a Goblin Bard.

The poor little guy came from a tribe where he was pretty much just the jester and beating target for his tribe's leader, who finally got bored of the bard's limited selection of stories and told him to go find new material or lose his head. Thus, with the adventure hook firmly set, the little guy eventually would have attached himself to a group of adventurers in order to learn their tales.

One big part of him was that he enjoyed telling Goblin "epics" to people he met. The running gag, of course, was that these "epics" weren't terribly epic. One story which I came up with for him to tell was of a goblin trying to climb a tree in order to get some eggs out of a bird's nest while the bird kept pecking at him. His other defining trait was going to be that he never saw himself as an adventurer himself, was a complete coward, and would often say things like "I'm not an adventurer! I'm just here to learn your story."

Alas, the closest I ever came to having a DM allow him was when my Fiance ran a game. She considered him, but in the end decided that she wanted to keep it to the basic races since she was a relatively new DM at that point.

Of course, that meant that two sessions into the game my Paladin got bit by a Werewolf and failed her Fortitude save, thus becoming a Werewolf herself. My fiance then spent the next three or four sessions trying to figure out how to rebalance her encounters so that the "Fluffadin" couldn't just shred them while still having them be manageable for the rest of the party. xD
you know that guy 4th Nov 2014, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Hey, stories don't have to be epic to be great. The Old Man and the Sea, similar struggle against nature.
recalcitrantBohemian 4th Nov 2014, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
That is true, but when you're a Bard who bills yourself as "A Teller of Epics!" then when you start telling stories you had better actually have some epic sagas and/or tales. No one (His home tribe included) wants to hear about how Squik got pecked a whole bunch by a Sparrow while trying to steal its eggs after such a buildup...>.>
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 12:59 PM edit delete reply
Sounds a lot like a Gnome Bard I tried to get into a campaign at one point. He was just a traveling story teller and was on a grand quest to find 'The Great Library,' though he had no clue where it was or what it looked like. He also never sang because, as he puts it, his singing voice would make the whole world deaf. The closest he came to music was a lute he struggled with playing but eventually got good enough to play simple tunes and such.

Sadly, he was deemed a little too outside of what a bard should typically be and I was told to make a new character, which ended up being my spellthief. Still, I like the idea and I hope to get him or someone like him into a campaign at one point.
recalcitrantBohemian 4th Nov 2014, 1:13 PM edit delete reply

The closest thing to a "Grand Quest" that my Goblin Bard could have been considered on would be the grand quest to save his skin. xD

Of course, I suppose his shenanigans pale in comparison to those of my gestalt character from the gestalt game my fiance ran once. She was a female Kobold who was a gestalt Dragonfire Adept/Warlock. Somehow I tricked the entire party into thinking that she was the envoy of an Ancient Gold Dragon (She wasn't) whom needed them to assist her envoy (The Kobold) in her endeavors. I'm not going to lie; watching the party's Lawful Good Knight swear her services to my Kobold made me giggle like a madman...xD
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
I tried doing that with a beguiler once, masquerading as the avatar of a god of luck and fortune. It failed horribly because I was new to the region and decided to ask around to see who said deity would be. When my DM revealed that my information I had gotten was from another foreigner that thought I was asking about his deities and that the avatar I had chosen to represent myself as was actually a harbinger of death and destruction in that region I was in...Well, jerk DM was a jerk but it was entertaining to watch the whole town freak out as they tried to get aid from their group of heroes, wailing that the end had come, as I quietly fled the scene and successfully bluffed my way out of town.
recalcitrantBohemian 4th Nov 2014, 2:12 PM edit delete reply

Sounds kind of like how the campaign with my Gestalt Kobold began. We started in a town inhabited predominantly with Gnomes and Dwarves and everyone else was in and/or near the main town square when they brought out my character (The Kobold) bound, gagged and ready for execution under false charges. Thankfully the Lawful-Good Knight spoke up in my defense and urged them to give me a fair trial...

...since I took advantage of the distraction to use a class feature to destroy my bindings and run like hell as the town center broke into a riot...>.>

Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 2:27 PM Small Charisma Dudes edit delete reply
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Mykin: That reminds me of an elven Bard a friend of mine rolled for a game I was running once. He was a terrible singer, and his songs either depressed people (he took the Dirgesinger PrC) or Inspired Courage by motivating his allies to end the fight, and the song, as quickly as possible. He also had a guilt complex that led him to raise the dead, and a few devastating hydrokinetic spells... I wish everyone had come together for me to run that; I'd have liked to see the party's interactions.
Bohemian: Warlock AND Dragonfire Adept? Goodness, that's a lot of invocations... Were you able to use your Breath Weapon and Eldritch Blasts in the same round, or did you just want lots of passive buff invocations? Or were there flavor reasons? For kobolds' draconic obsession, I'd have expected DFA/Sorcerer.
recalcitrantBohemian 4th Nov 2014, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Honestly DS, I don't recall. The campaign puttered out a few sessions in and I tended to just breath weapon everything to death, but I do recall liking the combined bonuses and passives and such. The Warlock side might have been tied with backstory fluff since what started her on the life of a trader was glimpsing some Mind Flayer-esk horror thing while working in her warren's mine which left her with lingering nightmares and such. Realizing that the warren didn't have the power to defend against such a threat she collapsed the tunnel and became a trader to try and make enough gold to buy the protection of a dragon.

Either that or the whole Warlock/DFA idea just sounded fun at the time. She was my first foray into gestalt characters...>.>
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject: That just sounds awesome, I'm sad that it didn't work out. It makes me want all the more to get us all in the same room just to do a session together. But then someone will want me to DM and my attempts at DMing have ranged from haphazard to disastrous, so I'll just be content to post witty comments and dream about what could of been.

recalcitrantBohemian: Never had the chance to actually make a gestalt character. Then again, I've never really been in a position to warrant ever needed to make one so yea. Sorry, that had nothing to do with what I wanted to say. Anyway, I'm curious as to what happened to the knight after that encounter. I'd imagine he was a little ticked off at her for running like that and causing unnecessary chaos throughout the town.
recalcitrantBohemian 4th Nov 2014, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Oh, she was ticked off up until the point when an "Ancient Gold Dragon" (Actually my Kobold using her breath weapon and illusions cast by an NPC kobold to masquerade as said dragon) told her that there was "more going on in the town than meets the eye" and that "She needed their assistance". That was apparently enough for the well-meaning but rather gullible Knight to let my Kobold off the hook xD
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I do like playing unusual races too. Never for optimization reasons. I'll weak weaker species if they have a neat flavor or can be just a cute and fun to play.

My favorite Shadowrun character was a "dog girl" mage. Had the ears and tail of a dog, a big sense of loyalty, and little regard for keeping tidy (very much a tom boy, and I even got tips from my wife on how to play it well). It was interesting that she cleans up well when the party needed a pretty face. :)
AJBulldis 4th Nov 2014, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Were I to play in such a game, I'd go Earth Pony too. Both out of hipsterness and a preference for strong fighter type characters.
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 9:15 AM So Many Characters edit delete reply
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I have a fondness for gishes and a mild distaste for Pegasi, so I can go either way. Once made a Vader-inspired Earth Pony gravity mage as an exercise in the Aspirations of Harmony system, with a few cues from Fullmetal Alchemist's alchemy system - he could only exert magic on what he could touch, but that touch could channel through solid material. Run from him, and he can punch you through the ground, or a wall, or just drag you into it with gravity manipulation; that was fun.
kiapet 4th Nov 2014, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
Well, when I decided to run a game of Pony Tales with my sister, she naturally decided that she would be a changeling. Keep in mind that this was my first time GMing, my other sister's first game period and all of our first time on this system. I went kind of insane trying to make rules for her that wouldn't make her crazy OP until I found the races expansion. Even then, I had to houserule a couple of things (like that she could only use pegasus traits as a pegasus, unicorn traits as a unicorn, ect, and no, she could NOT turn into a manticore and retain her abilities.) It was definitely an interesting first GM for me.
Heart 4th Nov 2014, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
I always play earth ponies, because i appreciate charchters with humble origins.
Plus i always imagine that there would be some form of disdain towards them as there could be with half-orcs in most of settings.
But one funny thing is that in my group, the only unicron we had at the start was the DMPC (a good one) and he quickly died. So our party is "racist" against unicorn scum and their mannerism.

It's a lot of fun because we lightly make fun of whatever is build by them. Like some sewers that weren't practical because "unicorns".
Grant 4th Nov 2014, 7:13 AM edit delete reply
I can only think of a handful of decent OCs I've seen in my entire time spent online.

In gaming at least, by now the people I play with are mature enough to not create yet another Drizzt.
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 10:04 AM lol Drizzt much? edit delete reply
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I was so upset when I found out that Drizzt existed. It actually motivated the creation of the party I mentioned above; I'd been writing about Xar'maq's path to exile from the drow, and then I found out that dual-wielding nonevil drow were generally frowned on as Drizzt ripoffs. Never mind that he fights with different weapons (ripping off Kratos more than anyone else in that regard), never mind that he's a commoner & not a noble, and never mind that he's still a fickle drowish asshole, just not outright evil. Chaotic Neutral can be vindictive as Hell itself when crossed, and he'd cheerfully stroll right past a village being razed by orcs unless a villager asked him to help. He wouldn't charge them a single copper piece for helping, but he wouldn't come heroically to their rescue without being specifically asked to.
Having actually read some Drizzt books by now, I'm pretty fond of them, but even more annoyed that his unimaginative fanboys spoiled an entire race for play by the rest of us.
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
I tend to make characters that are needed by the group, which tends to have me going for the under-represented classes more often than not. So your in good company, Spud.

I guess a good example of this is when Codeman took his leave from Fallout is Dragons a while back. It was at that point I decided to do three things: Start actually listening to the podcast (I just started session 8 if you were wondering,) read up on this Fallout: Equestria thing, and try to make a character using the rp system you guys play with. Making characters is a hobby of mine (since I rarely find that many groups to play with, I just have a folder marked "In case of spontaneous roleplay" where I put all my creations in) and it helps me understand the system better than just reading through the rules. So I pretended I was going to replace him and, lo and behold, I ended up making a support character...sort of. He originally just started out as a debuffer with a heal to DPS and I eventually settled on a sorta support/DPS hybrid build in the end. I've ripped that character down to the ground so many times I've lost track. Heck, he even went from being a pegasus in the beginning to a unicorn now.

In the end, I ended up getting attached to the little guy. He's my only pony OC and, to this date, the only character I keep going back to to just tweak him and just admire the work I put into him. Eventually I'll find some Fallout: Equestria RP to use him in or something. Provided that I can find one and it doesn't take me another 6 months of lurking before I finally work up the nerve to post.

...Huh, well that went from an example of how I fill a need to a story about creating an OC rather quickly didn't it?

EDIT: Sorry, he started out as a griffin, not a pegasus, though he became one at some point. Not that anyone cares but whatever.
j-eagle12212012 4th Nov 2014, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
I allways thought that Luna's royal guards where just regular pegisi in special armour that made them look like bats for nightmare night. We haven't seen them since that episode right?
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 10:07 AM Batmare: Origins edit delete reply
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I figured they underwent some kind of magical transformation ritual on induction to the Night Guard, given the fangs and slit pupils.
Odious Call 4th Nov 2014, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
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I think they were shown at one point, buy yeah whether they actually look like that just depends on your favoured fan-theory. You can go the 'Night Shift' route and have them undergo an induction ritual, the 'Background Pony' route and have them be a new race (Sarosians) or you can go the 'Fanfiction Whose Name I Can't Think Of Right Now' route and have them just be dressing up/enchanted temporarily.
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 2:17 PM They're Swedish edit delete reply
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Huh. That hadn't occurred to me; it'd be like Luna to dress up her guards in a little illusory finery for special occasions like a festival in her name.
j-eagle12212012 5th Nov 2014, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
That's what I was thinking, they aren't a new race of pony they are just pegisi guards dressed up (magicly or with costumes) for the holiday.
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
As much as I like the concept of a "bat pony" race, they were probably just in costume.
waffle911 7th Nov 2014, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
I can't remember where it was specifically or who said it (it probably got posted to EqD at some point) but someone who worked on the show said the bat ponies were their own unique race, just that we never got to see any official background or exposition to that fact, and might not ever unless it gets covered in the comics at some point.
Guest 4th Nov 2014, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
"as the chariot swoops down"

and you know, swooping is bad
Boris Carlot 4th Nov 2014, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
I wanted to make a Elven barbarian (his dad wanted him to be a wizard but he had magical dyslexia) but the rest of the party complained until I made him a half-elf instead. His full name was Ollorandal, but you called him Olly unless you wanted to pick a fight :)
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 10:12 AM Grugach Gish edit delete reply
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I love elven barbarians, but if one's group is opposed to their unoptimized nature, grugach (wild elves) don't have a CON penalty, and are naturally inclined to barbarism and sorcery.
Dragonflight 4th Nov 2014, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
<Sees a random comment and...>

Ponyfinder? Is this a Pathfinder-based MLP campaign setting? Money's tight here, so I don't want to spend on something which is just designed to rip off the careless consumer. How close to the MLP ideal is it (without getting itself sued, of course.)
FanOfMostEverything 4th Nov 2014, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
Try Googling it. You'll find reviews, a forum, and several places where you can buy it online.

I haven't tried it myself, but I have heard good things.
terrycloth 4th Nov 2014, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
It's interesting. It gives some thought to how ponies would attempt to do stuff without hands, comes up with three or four different possibilities, and lets you use all of them, with the right feats. So, a default pony has one 'hand' but a tricked out unicorn can have up to six. (although then you're using multiple stats for melee and you can't actually hex-wield without ridiculous penalties)

I've been replaying one of my old pathfinder campaigns solitaire with pony characters and writing it up as a fanfic.
Big Lurker 4th Nov 2014, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Stat-wise, it follows FIM pretty well. The problem is trying to fit MLP morality into a D&D world. I picked it up and felt it was at least worth the money for reading material. While a lot of stuff is based off of MLP, they have some original ideas as well (so want to play a purrsian in Pathfinder!).
LegendofMoriad 4th Nov 2014, 4:33 PM Ponyfinder edit delete reply
I really like the non-equestrian races presented.
I'm actually using a Phoenix Wolf in my current (very non-MLP) campaign as an NPC, and he fits the setting quite well.
HappyGlass 4th Nov 2014, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
There is also Age of Harmony which is ponified Pathfinder. You can get it free at I'm currently in a campaign using this set of rules, and me and the DM are expending on it to add more races and to finish the Harmonist class...
Solitary Performance 5th Nov 2014, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
Oh, I have to get in on this reply chain.

Ponyfinder is pathfinder with ponies; it's quasi-MLP and it shows enough that you can go, "Ok, that's this character from the show," but not so heavy-handed with the references to invoke Hasbro's wrath... and it plays well.
spudwalt 4th Nov 2014, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Hey, nothing wrong with being a kinda boring character. It's nice to offset the drama of the rest of the group with a straightforward dwarven fighter or something.
Jannard 4th Nov 2014, 12:19 PM edit delete reply
I love dwarven warriors. I'd roll more of 'em if the group didn't always land short on magic and forced me to roll casters. Except of course when I'm DMing. Then they all want to roll casters. Damn them.
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
I've played the boring character before. Always rolled a Human Fighter in my earlier years of DnD. None of them had any names because they all had a life expectancy of about 2 or 3 sessions but it's nice to be needed as the emotional grounding of the party when everyone else was too busy trying to outdo each other and getting mad when they kept screwing each other up. So the human fighter will always have a special place in my heart, if only because it was the one class I actually understood how to play at the time.

Now days I just play a Half-Elf Cleric. I think I've put in enough time with being the mundane character of the group to allow me to try something a bit more interesting.
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 2:14 PM Alec Saunderd edit delete reply
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I just joined a caster-heavy AD&D group that needed a frontline warrior. Those that didn't know me expected a bland Dwarf Fighter. (To be fair, that is my first backup sheet in case of death.)
What they got was a half-Orc Ranger with a happy & relatively uneventful backstory who talks his way out of 75% of fights, actively solicits mercenary contracts, and absolutely slaughters the few things he can't talk out of fighting. (Imps and oozes. I probably could've avoided the imp fight, but half the diplomacy was to avoid tough fights, like two tiefling guards backing up a fire elemental, and I was itching to kill something Evil.)
Granted, that wouldn't have worked if they hadn't had a CHA Druid to persuade the NPCs that my ideas were sound; we made a good team.
Kayeka 4th Nov 2014, 1:44 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I played that sort of guy as well. Especially this one time I was going to play in a Pokemon Tabletop Adventures game online.

The other people in the party all seemed to have some sort Dark and Troubled Past, traumas, physical disabilities and other stuff that really doesn't help the adventuring life. So I just rolled a Breeder who wanted to be the very best, and added a touch of Big Brother Instinct to explain why he felt like taking care of a bunch of orphanage drop-outs.

Shame that game never really got off the ground, but I somewhat suspect that if it had gone on without my character, the other characters would be constantly tripping over each other while acting out their Lifetime movies.

I will soon be running a game of D&D 5e. I am very much tempted to ban any and all "uncommon" races. Besides gnomes, that is.
waffle911 7th Nov 2014, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like you were trying to play as the anime's Brock, which despite being similar to a canon character it sounds like that party needed it.
Jannard 4th Nov 2014, 12:16 PM Still better than having a hivemind of a party. edit delete reply
I wish my party was willing to play underrepresented races and/or classes, but first they need to diversify at least a little on both aspects. Well, except the guy who always plays gnomes and halflings for the lolz, but that hardly counts.

I mean, seriously, the next campaign I'll be DMing already features 3 divine characters: two clerics and one paladin, all human females. A fourth one hasn't told me yet what he wants to play, but when I told him to please not choose another basic divine he seemed a little taken aback, which only means it could've been worse.
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
I think at that point I'd play a dwarven bard. If only because, with your party, I'd feel safe trying something new out for the first time. That, a duskblade, or a beguiler though I wouldn't know what race I'd pick for the last two. Probably half-elf or halfling in the case of the beguiler.

I don't know, there's just so many options that I find it interesting that they'd all want to play human really. But then again, that extra feat is useful, assuming your group is running 3.5.
Disloyal Subject 4th Nov 2014, 2:05 PM Versatility edit delete reply
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You can't really go wrong with human or hobgoblin (assuming hobs' +1 LA gets waived for being stupid in light of how many goodies elves & dwarves get at LA 0) - a bonus feat and extra skill points for one; darkvision, a bonus to move silently, and +2 CON & DEX for the other. As I see it, they're the most versatile races.
If I were to join 3 human female divines, I might try out a Goblin or Halfling Marshal and PrC into Ur-Priest just to mess with everyone, or make a White Raven-focused female human Warblade and try to turn the party into Adepta Sororitas. Party themes can be interesting, even if they don't always encourage diversity.
Rokas 4th Nov 2014, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
I know what you mean, spud, and I almost made my own OC an Earth Pony for the same reason.

But then I remembered I think the ability to fly is really frickken awesome, and I'm a fan of military stuff, so I went pegasus. =P
PoisonClaw 4th Nov 2014, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
I'm with you there. While I have yet to get the chance to join into a pony campaign, if i did I would choose an Earth Pony in a heartbeat.

Not just because I like Earth ponies either, but you just know most people are going to pick either Unicorn/Pegasus (or a griffon but that's besides the point) and somewhere down the line both magic and flying will be somehow negated and I would think to say would be "Who's laughing now?!"
HenshinFanatic 4th Nov 2014, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
Same here, besides I prefer warrior types. Though it would be hilarious to play an Earth Pony Investigator.

On the other hoof, in a 4E based campaign, an Earth Pony Avenger would be awesome.

I wonder how people would stat up a character like Maud Pie. Personally I'd go with Earth Pony Barbarian.
Mykin 4th Nov 2014, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
"somewhere down the line both magic and flying will be somehow negated and I would think to say would be "Who's laughing now?!""

And when that day comes, all the hornless unicorns and wingless pegasus will look up and shout "Save us!" and you shall look down upon them all and whisper "Neeeigh."

Sorry, I've just always wanted to say some variation of that line and you gave me an opportunity. And I'm with you there Henshin, an Earth Pony Avenger would be awesome.
Philadelphus 4th Nov 2014, 8:45 PM edit delete reply
Ah, yes, the "special snowflake" OC. As a bit of a pun on that phrase, I made a character named Snowflake for one Pony Tales campaign I was in. He was a weather-crafter pegasus with a specialization in winter weather and a cutie mark of a snowflake though, so it actually fit.
Jannard 4th Nov 2014, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
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OreoGolem 5th Nov 2014, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
I usually gravitate to the Earth Ponies (Generally using the idea that magic and wings don't make a being special anymore than their physical Strength).

Then again. My longest lasting RPG-pony is now a Pegasus... And she is my baby... My alcoholic, sarcastic, jumping-the-gun baby. (blastermaster if you're reading this, HI!)

I don't have much consistency across other systems.
kriss1989 5th Nov 2014, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
My OC is an earth pony, I know that fel of "Enough with the unicorns already! You are not Twilight, you do not get a massive library of spells!" Trixie was a great enough Mage that she could earn a living putting on a magic show for a wizard species and be impressive, so seeing tons of unicorn OCs that are just casually more powerful is just...dumb.
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I know the feeling. When I wrote my Trixie fanfics, I gave her a limited selection of illusion and trick spells. What makes her powerful in my stories is how smartly she uses them, along with disguises and a sly tongue to fast-talk her way through situations. But against raw spell-flinging she never wins a fight.

Her only real "offensive" spell is creating fireworks, which really just catches things on fire when shot at things. And ponies.
Mykin 5th Nov 2014, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
I agree with you, Kriss. I don't get really why people that want to make an OC that's basically "like X but 100% better!" Its boring and your just admitting at that point that your OC is really just alternate colored X.

Not to say I'm against the idea of using an existing character as a sort of measuring stick though. Ironically enough, I used Trixie as my measuring stick when I made my OC when I was trying to figure out if I was making a God-like being or not. Instead of illusions and tricks, Intrepid Scholar (because I'm horribly unoriginal when it comes to names) had a knack for manipulating enchantments on items along with a handful of spells that helps him out when adventuring. He's not particularly strong in telekinesis (the heaviest thing he's ever lifted is an encyclopedia that needed to go to the top shelf of the library he practically lives in) and, like Trixie, he would never win in a straight magic fight. But he does have a penchant for using flash teleportation in fights so he's more reliant on quick-wits and out-maneuvering than on blasting stuff into oblivion. So in a fight between the two, I'd say both are evenly matched...until Intrepid gets lit on fire by Trixie's firework spell, then she would have the distinct advantage.

See? Much more interesting than saying "Intrepid is like Trixie but 100% better!"...Though, now that I think about it, he's more a mix of Twilight and Daring Do than anything...Crap! What have I done?! I'm a hack!! *hangs his head in shame*
kriss1989 6th Nov 2014, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
Hardly, still sounds very interesting.
Mykin 6th Nov 2014, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Thanks. If that sounds interesting then I guess I should try my hand at writing a story. *Thunderclap*

...Or I'll just go back to the storytime on the next page and see if I can contribute there...
Shanaar 5th Nov 2014, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
Here is something that I learned that works well with this case.
Do that and you will be only playing half of the classes and races and also in only a certain way. All because that is the best way to play them according to the guides.
Ruined certain classes for me, because of all the min-maxing to get the most OP character.

Playing lesser used classes is fun, because hardly no one knows what the heck they can do. Makes for some fun moments when you do something where the rest of the party haven't even thought off.
Also playing as a Cleric. Who ever says that the Cleric is only usefull as a Band-aid, will get hit by a freaking mace.
Digo 5th Nov 2014, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
The best cleric I had was an archer-type who specialized in crossbows
Kayeka 5th Nov 2014, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
3.5 Clerics are quite possibly the single most overpowered class in that game, rivalled only by the druid. This is actually a very well-known fact, and most people no longer play cleric out of fear of becoming "that guy".
Shanaar 5th Nov 2014, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
I play pathfinder at the moment and magic is pretty OP there.
I am looking at you spell that cause people to die from fright..... Fail will, Fail fort, DIE........
That is also how we lost our min-maxed Magus. He died from fear.

Also the reason why I stopped reading guides. There are pretty much made to being 'that guy'
HenshinFanatic 5th Nov 2014, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
What guides have you been reading? As most of the ones I've seen have been focused on being able to pull your weight as a member of the party. The only exceptions are theory-op stuff like Pun-Pun and his contemporaries.

Admittedly some classes are pretty hard to get up to snuff (or downright impossible, Vampire I'm looking at you).
terrycloth 5th Nov 2014, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
I haven't seen a 3.5 cleric be more than vaguely useful except as a Band-Aid, despite what people keep telling me about how overpowered they are.

Oracles are even worse. Despite people telling me that they're even more broken.

Druids, yes. Druids kick ass.
Mykin 5th Nov 2014, 8:07 AM edit delete reply
My 5E Cleric is basically a fire mage with the way he rolls. Especially when I use his "Radiance of the Dawn" ability. To explain, basically 30 feet from my character is lit up with magical light that dispels all darkness (including magical) and does 2d10 + cleric level of radiant damage to all foes caught inside it. You can roll a con save to take half damage but whenever I press that button, half of the enemies pretty much disintegrate while I wait to see if the other half does that as well. That button also gives me a giant bull's eye on my chest and everyone who isn't dead immediately charges to my position. When I say my character flirts with death more often than is healthy, its usually because of that ability. Heaven forbid what will happen to me once I get fireball at level 9.

But yea, I never got the impression that Clerics were only useful as band-aids. I have healing spells but I rarely use them (since we seem so effective at clearing rooms) and I actually spend more of my time playing as tank because of my previously mentioned ability, so I'm more of an armored mage than anything. We are going into a boss battle today, though, so we'll see if he finally bites the dust this time or not.
curb 5th Nov 2014, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah, forgot something about Tales

I'm breaking it into regions to make it easier to right. Some regions just add new locations and gear, some new classes or Castes (Races). At the start, players can chose Unicorn, Earth Pony and Pegasus, Alicorns are non-player characters only! For now.

The Endless Forest Region introduces the Wandering Sword Class, the Red Mesa Region entroduces the Bounty Hunter and Relic Hunter Classes as well as the Rogue Diamond Dog Male/Female Caste. The Garden of Shadows introduces the Batpony, called Night Pegasi, Caste as well as the expanded Monster Hunter storyline. By breaking it up, it makes it easier for me to work out details as I go.

And as for future Alicorn PCs, there is something called the Ascension. Pretty much like Magical Mystery Cure, when an Equestrian truly masters their special skill, they can, when high enough level, ascend to the Alicorn State. The rules and restrictions for this are in the works.
Azureink 5th Nov 2014, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
I agree with Rainbow Dash. Everyone should be batponies.
Greyman 5th Nov 2014, 10:49 PM Chiropterippi edit delete reply
How did I miss noticing the night guard were bat ponies?
Friday the 13th 3rd Jul 2015, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
I have a bat-ponysona, actually. I wish they appeared more often in the show. Their design is so cool!