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Newbiespud 22nd Aug 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Mykin

Guest Author's Note: Wow, that hour went by fast. Got to love those players that come in early and want to get started right away.

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Newbiespud's Note: The next episode of Mawlers Take Manehattan is up!
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Raxon 22nd Aug 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
"Okay, don't panic. Oh! I know!"

And that's how Applebloom ended up playing Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way.
DungeonMiner 22nd Aug 2015, 10:45 AM Lurker edit delete reply
ANW 22nd Aug 2015, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
TV Tropes time
Today: attack, attack. Retreat, Retreat!
Charge in, get "On Crap" moment(Website words, not mine) run away.
That's the main thing about this one.
Digo 22nd Aug 2015, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Didn't you do this one not long ago?
ANW 22nd Aug 2015, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
More reasons to look at past post more clearly.
Someone 22nd Aug 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Wasn't it Punch Punch Punch Uh-Oh he did last time?
Digo 22nd Aug 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
I used to derive great joy when members of my local group showed up early. I'd dispense XP early and do a quick recap of the previous session with them, and if we ended on down-time, they can pick up where they left off and get engaged while we wait for the others to arrive. Sometimes we'd even have a quick "feedback interview" where they can give me their critique of the adventure so far and what they'd like to see coming up in the next session.

I miss those days. Good memories.

Tangentially related:
I finished a write-up of MLP races for D&D 5e. Google Docs link here.
Specter 22nd Aug 2015, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Wow, and I thought it weird I looked for "uncommon" races for that edition last night. Now to have a lot of fun in getting my room mates to let me play one.
Digo 22nd Aug 2015, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
Let me know if you actually manage to play the strange!
Ace Jackson 22nd Aug 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Ace Jackson
I like this, I think I'd even prefer it to the ponyfinder 5e conversion wherever there's overlap. Pegasi cold resistance might be questionable, but Dragonborn get a resistance tied to subspecies anyway, Zebra cunning with magic save advantage though, that I'd have to playtest...

Time to pull up a blank sheet for a backup character!

In regards to racial lore, most of it looks really good, though the zebras seem to have a little bit of a one note reputation. Every other race's given thoughts on them expressing a confusion or disdain of the passivity in a very slightly different way, save earthponies who are on the whole skeptics of the soft mysticism as compared to the unicorn's magical sciences. Not a big issue, just an observation. Also, that was a really fine touch mixing classical changeling lore in, lots of character inspiration potential there, including dynamic duos and rivals. Could make for interesting two player games.

As one other thought, I personally like crystal armor, it doesn't feel overpowered, and allows for a little more flexibility, it's not as powerful as the strongest light armor, but in principal it raises the unarmored defense ceiling for classes without it as a feature, I might question how it interacts with monk and barbarian class features, but that's a relatively minor nitpick.

Overall I'd both play it and allow it as an option when thematically appropriate as a gm.
Digo 22nd Aug 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for the feedback!

The Cunning ability is lifted from the Gnomes. I'll go back and review the fluff on the Zebra. Perhaps I can widen the reputation to be known for other things.
Mykin 22nd Aug 2015, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
Coming in early usually meant talking about other people's games and the non-sense that happen in them. I guess that's why I enjoy story time as much as I do; it's something I kinda already do at my game store. Sometimes we go over what happened last time as well. Though, that usually ends up just being a talk about the how and why different characters acted the way they did at that moment. I still remember the talk we had about a particularly traitorous sorcerer in our party that everyone (even the player who played him) wanted to see dead. It was slightly disappointing to find out later that he was eaten by a giant crocodile, but that's the way of things.

As for the homebrew, I took a glance at it and it looks good. I have no chance of ever playing with it in any sense of the imagination, but it will be going into my collection all the same.
daftdeafdave 23rd Aug 2015, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
Good flavour and abilities. I don't know much about 5e, but lot of these races seem a little more powerful on average than those in 3.5e or 4e. It's only pegasi, griffons and changelings that I'd be worried about being in any way broken, though. Flight is a very powerful ability for a race on its own and their other abilities are pretty decent.

If you wanted to keep the flavour of these two and nerf them a little - maybe drop the ability scores a tad?
Digo 23rd Aug 2015, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Maybe. I kept the flight speed slow so that they couldn't kite opponents.
j-eagle12212012 23rd Aug 2015, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
I've never played a D&D tabletop game before but with all the pony systems out there I might actually give it a try.
Specter 23rd Aug 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
"I was in the neighborhood and I figured I'd come by early for the game!"

Well, I've shown up early for a game before (several times, and by two plus hours), so I guess Apple Bloom and I show one common trait, we're not wizards.
Hopeology 23rd Aug 2015, 1:28 PM A D&D story edit delete reply
A friend of mine saw a story about one of my D&D games that he thought the people on this site would appreciate. IT's 5.0 and involves adult themes but here's the link:
Guest 25th Aug 2015, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
Is there any end to problems that can be solved with a blunt, honest, and refreshing "GET OUT"? I think not.