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Newbiespud 23rd Jun 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
I like that Pinkie's defining trait of randomness doesn't exclude her being, out of nowhere, incredibly perceptive and on-point. Maybe I'm starting to make a habit of writing her that way, but darn it it's just so much fun.

The first episode of our rotating-DMs slice-of-life alternate-universe campaign went up over the weekend. If you missed it, here are the links:
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Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
In the show Pinkie has had moments of really good perception and insight. Then there's the first Equestria Girls movie where pony Pinkie apparently had a hunch on what happened to Twilight across the dimensional barrier.

Sometimes I wonder if a lot of that zaniness is just a mask. :3
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Jun 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
It may be. It may not. That's the fun thing about Pinkie, and why I have so much fun writing her as a benign Lovecraftian entity. All glory to the Queen in Pink.
Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
I tend to write Pinkie as an ordinary pony who just lives outside the box. She sees the world differently... but not in the same way that someone like The Pyro sees the world differently. :3
Toric 23rd Jun 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
This is a fairly mundane example of Pinkie's Pinkieness. Really, she's just asking a question about the logical need for the event. It's one of those moments where you stop and think about why something trivial and everyday ever came about in the first place, like why handshakes were invented or some weirdo suddenly decided that certain shapes corresponded to sound.
Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
But they are questions in a world that has simply accepted these instances as norm. :3

Sort of like 'Why do you bake cookies but cook bacon?'
The MunchKING 24th Jun 2015, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
From what I've heard handshakes were developed as a self defense thing. When you're meeting someone you were supposed to be shaking their arm to see if any weapons fell out of their sleeves.

If they had a knife up their sleeves or something, it was probable they were about to stab you in the back, so you wouldn't trust them any more.
Jennifer 24th Jun 2015, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Handshakes don't have anything to do with sleeves -- it's more to do with showing clearly that your right hand doesn't contain anything that could kill someone. I wouldn't be surprised if left-handed families traditionally shook with the other hand.
Erin Palette 23rd Jun 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
All hail the Cantering Chaos!
Specter 23rd Jun 2015, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Let the pink pony chant for her life of mirth, for there is little else we will need to do.
Dragonflight 23rd Jun 2015, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
Pinkie arbitrarily breaks the fourth wall when the mood takes her. Like in an earlier episode this year, when the griffon says that just because she's going to help Rainbow Dash doesn't mean they're still friends... And Pinkie grabs the camera, pulls it over to her, and says, "Yes it dooooesss!!"
Winged Cat 23rd Jun 2015, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
As I summarize it, she is far and away the smartest one of the Mane 6 - in terms of peak brilliance, as contrasted to Twilight's steady high output.

In this example, the leaves would eventually fall off if left to their own - see what happens in the Everfree Forest - but that's just not the pony way. Maybe they don't absolutely need to do the Running of the Leaves, but they want to. Besides, it makes the leaves all fall off at once so cleaning them up (getting them off the paths, etc.) can be done just once.

(Yes, manipulating nature to make life more convenient is the pony way. The same could be said of us; in many ways less extreme, but in some more so.)
Ryhonn 24th Jun 2015, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Actually, the seasons in Equestria normally don't change by themselves. That's allways done by ponies. Everfree Forest is the only (known) exception to that.
ANW 23rd Jun 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Contest time
Have you done something so embarrassing that even the minions to laugh at you?
It could be on purpose, or by accident.
Specter 23rd Jun 2015, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Your own minions, or the other guy's minions?
ANW 23rd Jun 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
The other guy's.
Someone 23rd Jun 2015, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Our team tank once got beat up by the villain's cat... Does this count?
ANW 23rd Jun 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Depends, what type of cat was it?
Someone 24th Jun 2015, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
Fat white persian cat, why?
Someone 24th Jun 2015, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
Fat white persian cat, why?
Someone 24th Jun 2015, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
Fat white persian cat, why?
ANW 24th Jun 2015, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
For all I know, it could of been one of the big wild cats
Specter 23rd Jun 2015, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
ah, ok.

I once got knocked unconscious by my allies and stuffed into a giant animal suit, and sent delivered to a manor as a piñata for the bad guy's child.

The minions who were there when I woke up to getting beat up by a bunch of children with sticks thought it was hysterical.
ANW 23rd Jun 2015, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
On, now that's good.
Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
I witnessed an adventuring party fall into a three inch hole. The DC to avoid was like... a 4, but everyone rolled a 1. It took me ten minutes to recover from the laughter.
ANW 23rd Jun 2015, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
How do you fall into a three inch hole?
Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
The party walked over a platform in a dungeon that was supposed to drop away and dump the party into a pit 40 feet deep. The mechanism broke so it only dropped 3 inches. This was still enough of a jolt that the party needed to make a quick reflex save not to trip over.

And as I said earlier, they all rolled a 1 and fell over. XD
Arania 23rd Jun 2015, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
Our faceman's eyes fell out as he was attempting to talk his way past customs, after the team had been caught with grenades.
Winged Cat 23rd Jun 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
How about fighting through a horde to fetch a seemingly unimportant trinket in a box, causing the minions to pursue more out of principle than out of strategic objective, only for the heroine to present the trinket to another PC as a birthday present? To her, that other PC was just that important. To the minions, that much effort for something that worthless was laugh-worthy.

When the present was finally unwrapped...well, to that other PC, more dakka and some minions (incapacitated by laughter) to test it on was a great birthday present.
Anon 23rd Jun 2015, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
I... really don't get Pinkie's dialouge in panel 3. "Imagine if we didn't do this, it would be horrible! Why are we doing this?"
Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
Maybe she's asking why they don't let nature do the evolution thing? Let all the trees that don't shed leaves die, thereby only the trees that do shed their leaves prosper and the forest overall becomes one that doesn't need the Running of the Leaves event.
daftdeafdave 23rd Jun 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
It's "If we didn't do this the leaves would die of their own accord - why do we do this?" She's not saying it would kill the whole tree.
Newbiespud 23rd Jun 2015, 8:55 AM edit delete reply
Why do we have a system where the leaves turning brown and falling off is a pony choice? Why is there a system that might allow for mistakes?
Toric 23rd Jun 2015, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Strictly speaking, I'm pretty sure "The Running of the Leaves" was a Ponyville tradition, just like performing Winter Wrap-up without magic (although pegasi moving the clouds are still okay?). But this leads to questions like "Why do ponies get to control the sun and the moon?" "Why do ponies get to manufacture all the weather instead of it developing naturally?"

It's possible that Equestria really does function on a different natural level that requires magic for all these things we take for granted. Physics are hit-and-miss because MAGIC exists and operates under a different set of principles than anything we think of as natural. It might have some properties of energy, but it can clearly break or ignore certain boundaries.

The other answer might be just the opposite. Ponies have manipulated and manufactured natural occurrences and meddled with magic to the point where Equestria can't naturally perform these actions and it must all be done manually. Winter is literally billions of hoof-crafted snowflakes combined into a seasonal deluge of cold and wet, and requires water collected for weather-making purposes to be specially treated and preserved. At this point it may be as much necessity as convenience.
Evilbob 23rd Jun 2015, 10:08 PM edit delete reply
So ponies are like 'roids?
Where literally nature has had such a chronic overdose that it can no longer produce the much-needed naturally occurring analogues for normal function???


That's kind of depressing. Makes you wonder what caused nature to take up, and get addicted to, ponies in the first place...
The MunchKING 24th Jun 2015, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
She was coming off a bad case of the Discord, and needed the Ponies to boost her back off after the toil all the discord had done to her.

Unfortunately now she's hooked on Ponies and can't thrive without them.
Evilbob 23rd Jun 2015, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Why is there a system that might allow for mistakes? Why? WHY?

This I can tell you in one word!
Toric 24th Jun 2015, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
It's also possible that the planet Equestria is on is physically closer to the sun than one might expect. Or the sun is much, much smaller. Either of those might explain why Celestia is evidently able to manually control its position in the sky. That or her magic actually rotates the planet because there isn't a natural rotation for some reason. Either way, the result is a massive Celestial body under the apparent control of one being.
Winged Cat 23rd Jun 2015, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Good thing Twilight's in the race so she can't get in on the debate. Although I suspect Fluttershy's answer might be something like, "Because nature on its own would make more mistakes than ponies."
Other Guest 23rd Jun 2015, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
In Winter they stick on the icicles, so maybe so Pinkie.
Horticulturalist 23rd Jun 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Well technically, the leaves have already turned brown, so they're not still trying to photosynthesize. Those leaves are dead. Being on the ground means that they can spend the winter decaying so that the trees can re-use their nutrients in the spring.

Maybe these trees have a symbiotic relationship with the ponies who signal the proper time to drop their dead leaves. Maybe this IS nature taking its course.
Newbiespud 23rd Jun 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
The answer that might've been if the DM hadn't been caught off guard. AKA the answer the DM might come up with several hours after the session is over.
Winged Cat 23rd Jun 2015, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
Would Fluttershy's player come up with it faster? If she were asked, that is.
aerion111 23rd Jun 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
My answer'd probably been more along the lines of 'If the ponies didn't have a running-of-the-leaves, they'd drop off gradually over the course of weeks or even a couple of months. This way, they fall off more-or-less at a given day, we get a fun event, and you just need to sweep up once'
j-eagle12212012 23rd Jun 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
*Spoiler free review*

Episode 101 "princess spike"

I kind of feel bad for spike, his episode has the unfortunate fate of being the episode after the 100th episode and being underwhelming ... meh

Things I liked about this episode

1) by far my favorite part of this episode involved two ponies with unique accents and a meme that I created from it (will post it soon)

2) best princess makes an appearance third time this season (I think )

3) pony conventions are a thing lol

Like I said episode 100 was so crazy that this episode seems boring despite doing some good world building and charecter development... oh well onto "party pooped" this Saturday
JEqual12212012 23rd Jun 2015, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
my other account couldn't post it but I have it here ^_^ behold The Meme by me

seriously I saw the episode and it was set up perfectly (I'm quite proud of it)
EEK 23rd Jun 2015, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Does her clothing Remind anyone else of Fargo? I woulndt buy it but after a MGS and big lebowsky reference id believe anything
j-eagle12212012 23rd Jun 2015, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
I saw someone on EQD refer to her as Fargo pony, but in the episode she said she was the deleget from Whinneysota so not exactly Fargo SD but close enough doncha nuw ^_^
Digo 24th Jun 2015, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
Isn't one of the characters in Fargo from Minneapolis? It's not the character the pony is depicting (which would be the officer, Marge Gunderson), but there is that connection to Whinneysota. :D
EEK 24th Jun 2015, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
The guy who starts the plot comes from Minnesota, Fargo itself is in North Dakota which is what I assumed the name was referring to, the mid north States have a lot of -otas
EEK 24th Jun 2015, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
And I just realized I misheard Whinneysota as Whinneyota for the whole episode (facepalm)
ANW 23rd Jun 2015, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Last panal.
Spud, you caught another mistake from the developers.
An infinity symbol instead of an eight.
Ace Jackson 23rd Jun 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Ace Jackson
Could be one hundred... And just like that I can see the dice of the table being used for minis, depicting the entire race... Would be difficult for AJ and RD's players to miss that they're lagging so far behind, but tunnel vision happens.
Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
Or just a double zero.
Zeeth 23rd Jun 2015, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
Or she might have her leg extended, causing the number sticker to rotate.
Euric 23rd Jun 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
This is a completely random thought, but I kinda wish that the Animators would include more guys in the background. I mean, you can't exactly have a world with a vast majority of mares, unless their mating habits are vastly different from ours (which they probably aren't, given the amount of married couples we have seen).

But then again, it us a show for little girls, and it tries to empower them by showing girls doing all these things. Still, I think more gender diversity would be cool, even if the guys never did anything major
Digo 23rd Jun 2015, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
There are more males in this series than the original.
Wyvern 23rd Jun 2015, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
It's already happening; back in the first season there were very few stallions due to the animators not having many models for them. The world is only slowly getting more balanced.

I think AnYPony covered this in a video but the closest I can find at the moment is a speculation on "Pony Mating Habits."
Zeeth 23rd Jun 2015, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
Horses in the real world have about a 20:1 ratio of females to males, I believe. So this isn't too far-fetched.
Toric 24th Jun 2015, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Horses in the real world also don't have any expectations of monogamy which can be assumed in what we've seen of society.
Rokas 23rd Jun 2015, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure Pinkie Pie is an eldritch horror whose body was hewn from the living bones of the First Reality as it was torn asunder in the creation of our current, extant universe. As such she exists outside of space-time as we know it, and thus is capable of things that she should not be. She is madness, insanity, joy, optimism, and of course, laughter. Her names are numerous and varied: The Opener of Ways and Means, Laughter Incarnate, the Pink Demon, the Wallbreaker, the Muse of Muses, She Who Laughs Last. For so long she wandered the void between stars, looking for companionship, until finally she found a world filled with colorful equines and then settled in.

In Equestria she has found a place that cheers her metaphysical heart, and more than enough friends to push away the crushing loneliness of eternity. This is why she reacts so badly—and so physically—to the mere idea of losing her friends, as her form is tied to her mental state. Woe be unto the being who pushes her to a breaking point, for beyond that they will find only their undoing. That she experiences any defeats is all part of the Game, the grand roleplaying she uses to blend in with other sapient beings, in the hope that they won't notice her differences too much if she remains something akin to mortal.

Such is the fate of the Great Pink One. But where others of the Old Gods would revel in their power, succumb to despair, or simply revert to a consuming fiend, she finds the challenge of her pseudo-mortal existence and the friendships she makes to be far more valuable. Her gifts to the mortal races are many; she whispers in the ears of artists and writers, fills the heart of dancers and musicians with verve and courage, and gives strength to those who would push back the boundaries of the Darkness, to venture forth and remake the world. She stokes the fires of divinity that exists in the souls of mortals, and uses their light to blind the Things That Should Not Be.

She also makes the best dang confections you'll ever taste. This may be due to the fact that she can literally pack more sugar and fat into such food products than can normally exist in such a small portion of normal space-time.

Thus is the tale of She Who Laughs Last.
The_Hittite 23rd Jun 2015, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
I think my favorite theory on Pinkie's Pinkie-ness is that she's the granddaughter of Binky. As in, the Pale Horse. The Death of Diskworld's favorite mount. That Binky.
Wyvern 23rd Jun 2015, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Binky wasn't really a party pony.

Other people have suggested she's the granddaughter of Loki - yes, the trickster god. He's known in actual mythology to have parented a horse, Sleipnir (long story). And since Pinkie in the show will say "Okie-Dokie-Lokie..."
The_Hittite 23rd Jun 2015, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
It has less to do with being a party pony and more with just seeing reality from a slightly different angle. And offscreen teleportation.
The MunchKING 23rd Jun 2015, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
Binky the CLOWN on the other hand (from Garfield and friends)
Mykin 23rd Jun 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
This...oddly sounds like something I do from time to time. Though it's usually along the lines of "Why are you accusing us of stabbing the guard with a sword when none of us are carrying swords??" or "Why are you wearing your expensive outfit in a place you knew gets horribly muddy after it rained hard the night before??" than questioning why certain traditions keep happening. You know, the normal logical hiccups that pop up from time to time as you play an rpg with someone that usually makes it up as you go along.

Though there are times when we stumbled upon a town that has the odd tradition or habit and I find myself questioning why. Normally I don't get a logical answer for them, but it would be out of character for me to stop asking despite knowing this.
Evilbob 23rd Jun 2015, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Many things don't make sense logically if you really think about it. It all comes down to precedent and tradition.

It's rare that someone will take the effort to sit down and make a system makes logical sense. And even when someone does, other people come along and mess it up with something because it's "more convenient".

Raxon 23rd Jun 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Pointing out inconsistencies in the plot? DefinitelyPinkie's territory.