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Newbiespud 9th Feb 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete
To clarify Saturday's note, I have no intention of actually disappearing without updates for a month. I just wanted to gauge general reactions for a question I haven't had to ask regarding this comic before. The actual plan is to continue providing content as usual, and find my break somewhere in the buffer.

Might as well make it official: I'll be accepting guest comics until early March. I'm a bit stricter about quality than I used to be, but I'll still take whatever I can reasonably get. Also, I'm very busy and slow to respond these days, so please be patient with me when you send things my way.

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



Digo Dragon 9th Feb 2016, 5:10 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I have a 1 page idea for a guest comic that came to me the other day. I'll scribble something down to show you hopefully by the end of the week. ^^;

So... farm well, get tickets? Well that does seem weird to me.
aerion111 9th Feb 2016, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
I forget exactly what the 'triple-G' was in this universe, but in the original show it was basically a nobleman's party.
As in, the kind of thing where people with power show off their wealth/power and build connections with other people with power.
I think it makes perfect sense that the top food-producers would get an invite; You want to make sure they both know who has the true power (namely the nobles) and who they should side with (which would be explained to them in implications and barely-polite conversation during the 'gala')
It's why I never had trouble with Celestia giving Twilight only two tickets; Her friends really had no place OR purpose there, but Celestia had a personal interest in getting Twilight to come.
The +1 was either for Spike specifically, or just normal procedure - I'm sure a lot of the ponies are pairs where only one of the ponies really have any purpose to be there, while the other's the spouse or wife coming along on a +1 ticket.
Digo Dragon 9th Feb 2016, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I guess that makes some sense. Though Celestia ends up giving Twi six tickets because she was hoping Twi and her friends could liven up an otherwise boring gala... so is Celestia going to sabotage this gala like in the show? Hmm!

Someone 9th Feb 2016, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Thieves Guild! Thieves Guild everywhere!
Toric 9th Feb 2016, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
Or maybe it's even further in that direction. Though there were relatively few witnesses, the kind of power they wield or the kind of figures they WOULD be makes them to much of a target. It could actually be an attempt to keep any significant powers or political groups from sinking their claws into a group that would best serve Equestria if not affiliated with anyone. Twilight is a recognizable Canterlot face known to be attached to Celestia as you said, so it would almost be suspicious for her not to show up. Otherwise, the others appearing without introduction or purpose would draw attention to them.
Dragonflight 9th Feb 2016, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Actually, considering they were able to somehow redeem Princess Celestia's long-lost sister, who was (much to the modern pony's surprise) the actual truth behind the ancient legend of Nightmare Moon, and also harnessed the full power of the ultimate Equestrian defense weapon, I'm continually surprised they aren't *more* recognized. I'd think they hang out in Ponyville precisely because they don't *want* the elite snobs to try dragging the Mane Six into their world.
Digo Dragon 9th Feb 2016, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
They're like those celebrities that purposely live out in unknown parts to avoid the limelight. Cause dang those tabloids can just really mess your image up, you know?

Like, take Brent Spiner-- those that watch TNG Trek know him as Data. Really popular character. also did little bit parts in other films and has his own web series, Fresh Hell. But he is soooo never in the news or anything when he's not working on a show or film. just lives a quiet life somewhere out there. Thus, we don't see him in those dirty tabloids.

Cause the CMC showed just how bad it gets when they did that gossip column in Cutie Mark Confidential. D:
Winged Cat 9th Feb 2016, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Am I the only one who immediately thought she was "farming tickets" before remembering this wasn't a MMO, or a setting where MMOs would have been heard of (and thus, tactics specific to those adapted to other fields)?
Digo Dragon 9th Feb 2016, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
If this were an MMO comic, that would be a brilliant joke. :D
Desparil 9th Feb 2016, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
I didn't see the Saturday update until today, so I'll just post here - the most important thing to me is communication. If you're going to, for example, do guest comics on Saturdays and only post the regular series on Tuesdays and Thursdays, just let us know. Taking a month-long vacation? Let us know when you're leaving and when you'll be back. Disastrous injury? Provide an occasional update on your recovery.

Basically, don't be a Fred Gallagher who just flakes without warning every other week.
Winged Cat 9th Feb 2016, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
As one of the people trying to put together a guest comic - phew, I was worried today would be the cutoff. I sent one idea on Saturday and another yesterday; if slow response is to be expected, and we're not right up against the cutoff, I can wait a bit.
Digo Dragon 9th Feb 2016, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The extended deadline is nice. Gives me more time to think of a good punchline. ^^
Winged Cat 9th Feb 2016, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
@Digo, I almost want to ask if you want to team up, but judging by our respective prior guest comics, I suspect your source material and mine are far different.

Unless, based on that same evidence, you suspect differently.
Digo Dragon 10th Feb 2016, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, my "source" material is pretty fluid. The Doc Wagon in my comics and writings is an AU from the Doc Wagon in the Fallout campaign I'm a part of. And then there is another fanfic a friend is writing that is more "modern-day" Equestria and Doc Wagon cameo'd in there. So... AU Doc Wagons are everywhere. XD
Winged Cat 10th Feb 2016, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, while I try to emulate NS's style and draw from any episodes (or parts of episodes) he isn't using. So far I've just used the Mane 6, though I might go for others with the right inspiration, reflecting spinoff campaigns with background characters.

Although..."AU Doc Wagons are everywhere" - what happens when he encounters a town full of himself?
ANW 9th Feb 2016, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Well, Miss Cherry was telling the truth in the first place.
Ever stop a plan, only to found out said plan was good for you or your team?
Digo Dragon 9th Feb 2016, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
No, because good plans are uncommon enough that I know them when I see them. :3
Winged Cat 9th Feb 2016, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
What Digo said. I tend to be the sole large-scale planner in my group, whether GMing or playing.
aerion111 9th Feb 2016, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Closest I've gotten is occasionally disrupting the 'train tracks' in order to do a more complicated plan to reach the same end.
For example, I've managed to trap and Charm enemies, only for the info they give to be so vital we'd probably have found it just by killing them (which would have been easy) since it's doubtful the GM expected (or at least relied on) the charming.
Specter 9th Feb 2016, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
Relatively often actually, but's that's usually because those plans just "sound too good to be true" (such as one of our team members being able to speak to/become a god).

Plus most of the time when the DM does get us in an actual set up (usually with us being framed for a horrendous crime), it's only half baked as half the team usually has concrete alibies.

Those alibies usually have us either in a public place too far away from the scene, in the presence of some highly influential people (who like us), or already in jail when the crime actually happened.
Seanpony Renaud 9th Feb 2016, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
In this context it's supremely lucky Pinky got back home. Real Rarity may not be able to murder Pinky (Though I'd bet on her) but thief>bard generally in singles combat.
Winged Cat 9th Feb 2016, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Even supremely annoyed Rarity knows that an allied and living, if annoying, bard is more useful than a corpse.
j-eagle12212012 9th Feb 2016, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Unless you can find a decent necromancer than you can have a useful corpse
aerion111 9th Feb 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply
Look at it like this; If she kills Pinkie, she'll have to use the train-thing by herself.
And I'm fairly confident that Pinkie's the stronger of the two, even outside of being an Earth Pony (really, I count Party Ponies as separate from the rest) so it'd be more than double the work.
If she did want to kill her, it'd be best to do it in cold blood after they're safely home.
GrayGriffin 9th Feb 2016, 9:20 AM edit delete reply
One of my weekly PTU campaigns finally ended yesterday! It was such a good ending too.
Winged Cat 9th Feb 2016, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Tell us, please!
GrayGriffin 9th Feb 2016, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Well, the basic premise was that Pokemon had started appearing in the "real world," where our characters lived, and Professor Oak contacted us from across dimensions, choosing us to help seal the rifts, and also granting us some extra powers in the process. Our team consisted of four teens and one very secretive adult. So there was already some friction there.

Later on, Cori, my character, ended up jumping between a defeated enemy and a tank driven by Peter, said adult. He ended up making a deal with what he thought was Arceus to trade his life for hers.

It wasn't Arceus. It was Missingno, aka the one behind all the rifts. We didn't figure this out until near the climax, when Peter's brother, who was also part of our rival team, ended up opening a rift between worlds in an attempt to summon Arceus to bring his brother back. He ended up allowing Missingno to achieve his full form instead. The leader of our rivals had a Master Ball that he was going to use to capture him, which Everett, one of our party members, ended up grabbing, but Missingno ended up swapping the ball with a stone and crushing the ball.

(I'm gonna add here that the player of the guy who sacrificed himself made a new character, Luke, who was actually from the Pokemon world himself. The first time they met, he called my character "mom" as a joke, which she ended up taking seriously even after he tried to laugh it off. Learning that his "real" parents were kind of neglectful of him didn't do anything to deter her.)

So, at the end, we were fighting against Missingno and a bunch of summoned Mega Pokemon that had to be defeated to knock down the barrier around Missingno himself. In our last session, we finally beat the second wave of Megas, and took out Missingno. In desperation, he tried to summon Peter's starter to take us all out, but that was when the rock he'd swapped to Everett started glowing.

Turns out that when Peter was first messing around with the powers he'd gotten, he'd made a dimensional anchor, which was that rock. And Everett was able to use it to free Peter and his starter from Missingno's influence. Many hugs were had. And that was when Arceus showed up.

He told us that we had two choices-either we could kill Missingno's form here, which would allow him to stick around and eventually reform many generations later, or we could allow him to seal the rifts between worlds, imprisoning Missingno within them. But sealing the rifts would also mean sealing the boundaries between the Pokemon world and our world, and thus our characters would have to be separated from their Pokemon, who they had all bonded deeply with.

There was a lot of discussion about it, and in the end, we decided to reseal the rifts. Peter also decided that, due to being "dead" in this world, he'd go over to the Pokemon world. Arceus summoned his brother for one last farewell, we had pie (using the now bound-and-gagged Missingno as a table), and everyone sent out their Pokemon to bid goodbye.

Cori and Luke also had a last hug, just the two of them, and she gave him one slice of pie to take home with him. And...he finally called her "mom" again.

So that was how it ended-with two groups waving a last farewell to each other as they were transported back to the worlds they had chosen, looking up at the night sky and knowing that somewhere, the others were looking at the same sky.
Specter 9th Feb 2016, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
*Reads in the middle of class, tears a bit*

Why can't I have a GM who can run a campaign like that.

Well, here's to hoping your next game is anything as good as your last.
Raxon 9th Feb 2016, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Thieves need to eat too, Rarity.
Digo Dragon 9th Feb 2016, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Are they not good enough to reverse-pickpocket hunger?
aerion111 9th Feb 2016, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
You need special gloves to pickpocket, in either direction, 'concepts' like that.
I don't think Rarity has any of those.
Specter 9th Feb 2016, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
She can just eat the cactus in her hair. Those are healthy, right?
Digo Dragon 10th Feb 2016, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well there is a market for edible cacti. Just got to know which species you have caught in your hair before eating it. ^^;
Toric 9th Feb 2016, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
It's not like she's gonna starve. She has a bard with her...
Digo Dragon 10th Feb 2016, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
We're gonna eat Robin's minstrels again?
Guest 10th Feb 2016, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
Don't robbers fit into the thieves guild somewhere...?
ANW 10th Feb 2016, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
"No, robbers are we steal from. Sometimes even their lives."
Honer among theives, none with the robbers.