Page 67 - Fabulous Crimes

10th Jan 2012, 5:00 AM in Friendship is Magic, Part 2
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Fabulous Crimes
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Newbiespud 10th Jan 2012, 5:00 AM edit delete
Speaking of pony D&D, Erin Palette - the primary inspiration for this comic - recently ran a pony campaign using the Unknown Armies system. Her write-up on the adventure is very interesting for those wondering how one goes about running and playing a tabletop pony RPG amongst fans. And the anecdotes are amusing as always. ("Ponykinesis" is a word I should use more often.)

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Anon 10th Jan 2012, 5:05 AM Best pony edit delete reply
This comic keep confirming the fact that Rarity is best pony. I like it!
Gyvon 10th Jan 2012, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
Silly Anon, that's not how you spell Rainbow Dash.
witec83 10th Jan 2012, 10:32 AM Strange edit delete reply
That's a really strange way to spell "Rainbow Dash" Gyvon.
witec83 10th Jan 2012, 10:35 AM Wow edit delete reply
Wow, now even I'm having trouble spelling "Pinkie Pie".
Guest 10th Jan 2012, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Whoops, you misspelt "Fluttershy" twice witec. Don't worry, everyone makes mistakes
Annie Moose 10th Jan 2012, 5:08 PM edit delete reply
I am appalled at your horrible spelling skills. Doesn't any of you know how to spell "Derpy"?
Guest 10th Jan 2012, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Waaaa 11th Jan 2012, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Joseph Stalin ridin' a pony at a labor camp
Guest 10th Jan 2012, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
Anonon 11th Jan 2012, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Silly Anon, that's the perfectly correct way to spell Rairty, who is indeed the best pony.
Kaleopolitus 11th Jan 2012, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Anonon, the irony of what you said is simply dazzling...
guest 15th Sep 2012, 11:58 AM guest edit delete reply
Does nopony have the correct spelling?! Its Fluttershy F-l-u-t-t-e-r-s-h-y!!!
gallowsCalibrator 1st Sep 2013, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
That's not how you spell Twilight Sparkle.
Guest 1st Nov 2013, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
People please, learn to spell Trixie will you?
j-eagle12212012 5th Sep 2014, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Y'all need to learn how to spell it's A-P-P-L-E-J-A-C-K
MirrorImage 10th Jan 2012, 5:47 AM edit delete reply
I'm laughing harder than I probably should be at the last panel.
GreyDuck 10th Jan 2012, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Seconding this... I almost startled the roomies.
Ranubis 10th Jan 2012, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
SM: "But I-"
R: "Do you want me to fetch OPAL, mister? No? Then be quiet."
SBM 10th Jan 2012, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
following on from the discussion of who's hair is immune to water, i'd say rarity's tail in panel two
legomaster00156 10th Jan 2012, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
And then, suddenly, everypony's hair is dry in panel 3.
SBM 10th Jan 2012, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
evidently, NM botched her evil wind role
Vegetalss4 11th Jan 2012, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
Remember the comic depicts a roleplaying game.
The reason their manes are dry is that everypony has forgotten that they got wet by now and thus their minds eye readjust to the default.
kriss1989 13th Jan 2012, 4:39 AM kriss1989 edit delete reply
"Yes, my familiar, who's been here the whole time."
terrycloth 10th Jan 2012, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
The picture at the bottom of Erin's write up gets the ponies' colors totally wrong.

Rainbow Dash is red, Twilight is blue, Applejack is white, Fluttershy is green, Pinkie Pie is black, and Rarity is artifact.
Erin Palette 10th Jan 2012, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
I don't think the artist was trying to tie the Mane 6 to the various elements (do't know for certain because it's not my work). Instead, I think they were using re-skinned preproduction sketches for the various elements as ponies.
Kyronea 10th Jan 2012, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
I love how Steven is just reiterating his actual show dialog and no one is paying any real attention to him.

Although I must express some annoyance towards Rainbow Dash's player for breaking out the stereotype.
Guest 10th Jan 2012, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
That's the joke.
Akouma 11th Jan 2012, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
I smell the start of a potential running gag where RD stereotypes every NPC that comes along based on RPG or real-world preconceptions, and is wrong every time.
Kaleopolitus 11th Jan 2012, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Well shit... And here I was, just barely starting a 3.5e campaign... Oh well >.>
terrycloth 11th Jan 2012, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
I'm hopeful that it'll get my gaming group to finally move on from 3.5, for real this time.

I'm *so sick* of 3.5 but they hate 4e.
Colin 14th Oct 2013, 9:58 PM 3.5 VS 4e edit delete reply
Personally, I love 3.5 - albeit with no few tweaks - but 4e just feels better for some settings/campaigns, MLP foremost among them.
Ranatosk 11th Jan 2012, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Erin Palette 11th Jan 2012, 1:23 PM edit delete reply

I could give a [CENSORED] about D&D. Wizards of the Coast and/or Hasbro decided it would be more profitable to alienate their old fanbase in an attempt to attract the attention of the MMO crowd with 4e. That 5e is coming out four years later -- whereas the average lifespan of previous editions has been a decade, give or take a few -- is a pretty solid indication that their strategy failed spectacularly.

Meanwhile, I and the rest of the 3.5e expatriates are quite happy over here with Paizo playing Pathfinder, thank you very much.
Anon 11th Jan 2012, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
High Five (or hoof) for Pathfinder Bronies!
L 11th Jan 2012, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
Indeed; there never WAS a D&D 4th edition. Wizards made a '4th', but I wouldn't call it D&D.

Pathfinder RPG is the 4th edition of D&D. 'nuff said.
Shikome Kido Mi 11th Jan 2012, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
The funny thing being that 4th Edition wouldn't have been a bad game if they hadn't tried to insist it was D&D while simultaneously making it incompatible with their previously existing settings, characters, and cosmology. The fact it focuses a lot more on effects that move people a set number of squares on a board just after the company was bought by Hasbro is amusing, but unrelated.

I'll browse 5th Ed to see if it fixes that or not, but for now it is, indeed, Pathfinder all the way.
Kyletra 11th Jan 2012, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
Ok, please tell me someone else gets a little chuckle out of Rainbow Dash of all ponies being the one to make the gay joke.

Otherwise I'd feel so immature...
Guest 11th Jan 2012, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
No, you're not the only one. :x
Karidon 11th Jan 2012, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
Tried 4th Edition, loathed it, am still quite content (and loaded) with 3.0 and 3.5. Truth be told, didn't even know there was going to be a 5th!
Curb 11th Jan 2012, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Love this, I love how Rarity handles the situation so far...also, am I the only one considering running Pony adventures in the Rifts Universe? I guess so...Got burned out on D&D after the last group I played with began to bicker, players acted outside alignment and some players had to have their characters audited.
Shikome Kido Mi 11th Jan 2012, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
People bickering can really suck the fun out of things. Acting out of alignment is something I reward with alignment change ("Congratulations, you are now evil!") but not everyone can accept that idea easily.
xuincherguixe 11th Jan 2012, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
I'm in an interesting position here because while I have experience with D&D? It's not particularly my favorite system.

D&D has always had a strong emphasis on "kill things and take their stuff". Try to move it into different directions like, "Existential dilemas" or "16th century Spanish Politics" or "Misadventures at Goldman Sachs" and things don't work quite so well. "roll a d20 and add a skill and see what happens!" isn't always a particularly good mechanic.

But, it's nice to be able to have your guttersnipe start free running after you've stolen the crown jewels of the king and the city guard has something to say about that... yeah. Some of those books went a long way to making the game more interesting. (Scoundrels are fun!)

I had no particular interest in 4th edition. This is not to say tactical decisions hold no value to me... but if I want that kind of thing I'll just play a video game. The situation is likely to resolve itself much quicker anyways. While some (myself included) might point out D&Ds origins as a tactical wargame? Part of the point in these games is the ability to do the unexpected. Things people didn't see coming. Like shooting the bad guy in the middle of his monologue, or crashing the cave on top of the dragon and renting mining equipment to get the treasure out anyway (Scoundrels are fun!)

A good gaming session should end with people breaking out the calculators, determining the implications of what the players have done in terms of therapy bills, inflation, and property damage. A really good gaming session should end with a significant change to the gross national product.
Akouma 12th Jan 2012, 2:44 AM edit delete reply
I was a little worried (read: extremely worried) that it'll suck because I heard they were going to be taking community feedback during development, and as a veteran League of Legends player, I've seen far too many instances of community feedback going absolutely awful.

Then, last night I, for the millionth time, wound up insisting there wasn't a valid line of sight from a monster to a player when it turns out that there was, then vocally expressing my extreme hatred of the line of sight rules. My sister reminded me that I could give feedback about how awful their LoS system is and might actually get something changed. If only so I can make the next generation not have to deal with the intense stupid that is the LoS rules of 4e, I am on board with the community feedback angle for 5e.
Artsy 15th Oct 2012, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
She said "Mommy" in third person/pony. Oh god...
bluemonke1 16th Apr 2013, 10:10 AM OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG edit delete reply
OMG THERE WAS A 'Mommy' refrence!!!! OMG!!!! LIL MISS RARITY!
IritattedSushi 26th Aug 2022, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
damn rainbow dash homophobia