Page 626 - Experimental Success

28th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM in Fall Weather Friends
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Newbiespud 28th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
July 28th, 2011. That's when Friendship is Dragons launched. It's been four straight years, everybody!

Later today, around 4pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7), I'll be livestreaming a special behind-the-scenes/retrospective/creator's-commentary kind of show, where I talk about whatever comes to mind as we browse through the archives and take callers via Skype. Nothing too fancy, but it should definitely be interesting. We'll be streaming for a couple of hours at least, but if you can't make it, the recording will probably go up on YouTube within the next two days, if it all works out. Hope to see you there, though!

The url to visit at showtime is

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



Toric 28th Jul 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
I like this smug "I won" Twilight smile so much more than what happened in the episode. This is a beautiful moment right here.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
It really is. The wizard beating out the two athletic martial characters. Second best moment of the day!
Atarlost 28th Jul 2015, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
A wizard should excel at running. It's basic self preservation for the squishy.
Alice 28th Jul 2015, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Twilight should took some important lessons for the great and powerful Maggus Rincewind, didn't she?
Someone 28th Jul 2015, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
RD and AJ were focusing on running TO THE FINISH. Twilight however, focused on running AS FAR FROM THE START as she could.
Unicorn Expert 28th Jul 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
See, here's the thing. Twilight can teleport.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Wouldn't that be noticeably cheating by the NPCs?
The Old One 28th Jul 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Pffft. Expeditious retreat for the win, plus you don't have to move your full speed, just go fast enough to stay a square ahead of the competition
Thor 28th Jul 2015, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
The other thing to remember is that they are mid level characters. The wizard may be crap at physical stuff compared to the fighterish types but compared to the NPC classes? It's one of the greatest downfalls of D&D style games.

"I have leveled up my wizard by casting spells and hiding behind the not squishy members of the party. I now know another language, know more about history, and am better at climbing because that's where I put my skill points!"
Ishidan 29th Jul 2015, 6:21 PM Cheater edit delete reply

This ability has been noted before.
Guest 15th Sep 2015, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
It's not. There's a reason the writers avoided this outcome in the original episode.

That reason is that this is fucking abysmal writing.
ANW 28th Jul 2015, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Before I do the poll, I've got something to say.
4 years, great comic, never missing a day,(as far as I know), yet this isn't a have to do thing.
Most don't get this far, and those that do ends up missing a couple of updates.
You didn't.
And so I think everyone here can agree with me on this.
You are one of the best.
Good job, and let's power through another year of great MLP D&D.
XandZero2 28th Jul 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
^I don't have much to add besides the fact that I agree with ANW's sentiment. I don't post much in the comments for this comic, but it's been fun following it for however many years it's been now (I got started a little late).

Keep the comics coming though Spud, and I'll keep coming back to enjoy them every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (:
Specter 28th Jul 2015, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
The winner is Twilight, the racer with #42 as her identifier. Who could have seen this coming?

... Oh.
The Hittite 28th Jul 2015, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
Weeeell, that's actually the wrong answer.

The Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe and Everything is "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?"
Platonix 28th Jul 2015, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
"I always knew there was something wrong with the universe."
Toric 28th Jul 2015, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Actually, 42 is the correct answer. A super-computer that was built for the task determined that to be the answer.

The question is not "What do you get if you multiply six by nine?" That was an echo of the ultimate question dwelling within Arthur's brain because the second machine never finished its calculation. 6 times 9 is the closest he can get to the actually real question.
Malik 28th Jul 2015, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Well, actually, I'd say you're rather missing the point. Six times nine is fifty-four, but 42 is the correct answer to the question "What do you get when you multiply six by nine?"
That's the correct answer, for the correct question.

The ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything isn't a math question, it's a philosophical one. So, the answer isn't arrived at by multiplication. XD
Great thinker, Douglas Adams.
Talyn 29th Jul 2015, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
The answer I had heard was that since the answer to 6 times 9 was 42, it reveals the universe operates in base 13.
Specter 29th Jul 2015, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
I only wanted to reference Twilight's racing number with something culturally popular, not start a debate, again.

If I wanted to give a real answer to life and everything, I'd say life is Pandora's box, or Schrodinger's cat, or a box of chocolates. It simply depends on what you make of it, how you view it, and what you get. That theory alone is speculation beyond what I really know, and can be tossed to the side with little regard whether it's right or not.
Blueblade 29th Jul 2015, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
I never noticed that her number was 42 before! XD
Good old Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy references!
CCC 28th Jul 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
It makes a lot of sense. Fluttershy, Pinkie and Rarity were probably all applying their "small bonuses" for cheering to her - in order to remain neutral in the AJ/Rainbow rivalry - and of course nopony was sabotaging her, that counts for a lot.

And while the other two were arguing, she was quietly using her stamina points in a nice, neat, optimised way...
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
Or maybe the GM just gave it to her because it'll sting like irony for Dash and AJ.
RinaldoLuke 28th Jul 2015, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
She probably noticed that she was always just "in last place" (the GM using a simplified system of "order and location" rather than an actual racetrack where she could fall too far behind) noted that she had just enough Fatigue points to where she could get to the front from the back once, and did that at the very end. It'd fit her M.O., and somewhat mirror the show.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Sort of like saving all your skip cards for the end in a two-player game of Uno.
ANW 28th Jul 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Now for daily poll.
Search for Harmony
Dragon Mountain
The Everfree Shaman
Adventure of the PM
Ambush of the Diamond Dogs
The Rouge's Downfall
The Return of the Princess
Race for the Ticket
Which one was your favorite?
Me: Search for Harmony
Specter 28th Jul 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Hm... I hate choices, but for the need for simplicity, I choose The return of the Princess.
Disloyal Subject 28th Jul 2015, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I don't recall anyone dropping any rouge. Were you perhaps referring to the Rogue's Downfall?
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
I don't think I could choose just one. Even a lot of the guest comics are a lot of fun. What I love about Friendship is Dragons is the consistency of goodness.
j-eagle12212012 28th Jul 2015, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Dragon mountain is good but the Guest DM arc was going when I found the comic... I like all of the story arcs so far but if I have to pick one it's Downfall of the ROGUE...

@Disloyal subject
It is an easy word to misspell, I did it on the last update
Disloyal Subject 28th Jul 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I'll still point it out every time I notice it. It amuses me.
silvadel 28th Jul 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Hot dice, a sympathetic DM, and copious modifiers.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
Or an aggravated DM. Player vs. player can get on some nerves and I suspect Spud's experience might be in the background here. :D
kiapet 28th Jul 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
So now we wait to see if this is because of clever choices and lucky rolls, or if the DM was feeling particularly ironic
Toric 28th Jul 2015, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
JEEZ! JUST GOT THE TITLE JOKE! It seems painfully obvious in retrospect, but I applaud you for getting it right past me. Another series I kinda miss from Disney.
Thud 28th Jul 2015, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Huh? Care to enlightened this unwashed mass?
Toric 28th Jul 2015, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Experiment 626: Illegal experiment capable of lifting 3000 times its own weight...
FanOfMostEverything 28th Jul 2015, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Alternately, it could be a metareferential joke: Four years of comics sure seem like an experimental success to me.

Or it could just refer to the academic winning the race. :P
Desparil 28th Jul 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
There was a joke about "When nobody's looking I use Dimension Door" at the beginning of the race... Twilight does know that spell. She's nothing if not pragmatic, so there's always the possibility that she bent the rules a little bit to ensure that at least SOMEONE in the party won - thus staving off the shitstorm that would result if an NPC won and expected a Gala ticket as the prize, only to find out that the party couldn't pony up (since they weren't actually competing for a physical ticket, but rather for who gets to take credit for the whole Commander Hurricane's Tomb thing).
Thud 28th Jul 2015, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations on reaching the 4 year mark, and thank you for putting in the effort.
Bronymous 28th Jul 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
Haven't posted here in a while, glad I decided to get caught up today. And I'm glad to see my veeeery early fears of this dying out prematurely were completely wrong.
Zarhon 28th Jul 2015, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
The same could have been said of the pony fandom itself too, couple of years back.

I too kinda 'moved away' from these comments for a while. Time feels like it's slipping through the buttery fingers.

Happy Birthday, of sorts, FiD! And may Spud get some more good fun out of it for a bunch of time.
Joe the Rat 28th Jul 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Expeditious Retreat for the win?
Raxon 28th Jul 2015, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Haste is also available at her level, I think.
Jennifer 28th Jul 2015, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
"Hell no, we ain't retreating. We're advancing to the rear."

She'd have to use that justification in order to "retreat" TOWARDS the finish line...
Raxon 28th Jul 2015, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
"I am being chased by a lynch mob. I need to escape to the safety of the finish line!"
A ninnie mouse 28th Jul 2015, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
If you beat this with her explanation, I'll give you a cookie:
DallyDaydream 28th Jul 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Go Twilight go! ^_^ ('Four years on a webcomic, *and* I just placed first in a race. Oh yeah. I rock.')

Congratulations on four years, Spud. That's certainly no mean feat.
Jphyper 28th Jul 2015, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Dangit, I'm gonna miss that livestream because I'll be at work then.
you know that guy 28th Jul 2015, 1:28 PM Haste edit delete reply
I was playing a Bard in an Xcrawl game, and we got into a chariot race. I cast Haste on our group, including the horses. The GM was all like "Wow, with the movement bonus from your blatant cheating, you might actually be able to make the jumps through the hoops!"
Turns out, this was more Rollerball than Ben-Hur, and jumping the chariot through flaming hoops would get us more points than lapping the other racers. Good thing the Ranger decided to handle the reins rather than shooting, as her Handle Animal skill was the only thing which kept us from literally crashing and burning.
The crowd loved us of course. Performing stunts with a superhigh Grandstanding skill outweighs any concern for fair play.
Azureink 28th Jul 2015, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Four Years and a Gold Medal.

You know what this calls for?


Anon 28th Jul 2015, 5:14 PM S edit delete reply
Sorry to burst your bubble, but according to the cast page, unless it is outdated, Twilight could not have won using haste or expeditious retreat. This is 4E and not 3.5E,sorry.Dimension Door theory stands,however.
daftdeafdave 28th Jul 2015, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
Haste is in 4e I think. It's an encounter utility that boosts speed (I think).
Anon 29th Jul 2015, 10:51 AM s edit delete reply
Ah, I meant that I could not find either on the cast page for Twilight.
Someone 30th Jul 2015, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, but they weren't yet updated to level 8.
Flamming Bunny 30th Jul 2015, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
Haste is in the game, as a 16th level Bard utility that grants a standard action.
Midnight Blaze 28th Jul 2015, 10:04 PM edit delete reply
Ha, I knew it!
Disloyal Subject 28th Jul 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Aw shoot, the stream. Knew I was forgetting something today.
Newbiespud 29th Jul 2015, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
You can watch it now!
Mettaur2 29th Jul 2015, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Happy Anniversary Spud, I'v really enjoyed this comic since i'v dicovered it, and while I miss being able to listen in on the Dragon Mawlers adventures, It's still a joy to keep up with you guys.

Heres to two more years and more~
Zatch P 29th Jul 2015, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
Makes sense. The other two were both able to get from last to first easily without even using all their stamina points. If Twilight had been saving them, even if she started with fewer she likely had enough to do the same right at the end.

It's a system that rewards doing nothing until the end, then using everything. As a result, absolutely nothing matters until the last decision. I foresee the two losers complaining about that. In fairness, it's perhaps a somewhat flawed system. I'd be annoyed in their position too.
Kurolothgarian 29th Jul 2015, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
42, eh?