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Newbiespud 23rd Feb 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete
Picking this arc was a bit of a challenge. As it turns out, Return of Chrysalis, Nightmare Rarity, and the Micro Series are the only IDW comics that are pre-Princess Twilight w/ wings and Equestria Girls. And while I'm not one of those guys who flipped out during that period, those are also not cans of worms I want to re-open out of the blue.

So imagine my delight when I discovered the 2014 Annual comic. An alternate semi-canon universe, potential for an "evil" campaign... Fertile ground when it comes to tabletop roleplaying.

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



ANW 23rd Feb 2016, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Whose super power you wouldn't mind having?
Me Fili-Second's high speed.
Digo Dragon 23rd Feb 2016, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Radiance's power, no question. I'd so abuse the heck out of those bracelets!
ANW 23rd Feb 2016, 7:45 AM edit delete reply
Quick recap of the powers,
Zapp controls weather and sends lighting
Fili-Second very fast
Masked Matter-horn can shoot different types of beams(mostly ice)
Saddle Ranger gets big when angry
Radiance can make objects out of solid light from her bracelet
Mistress Mare-velous has, strength, lasso, and those horseshoe-rangs
ANW 23rd Feb 2016, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
And before anyone ask about Humdrum, he's just a regular pony.
He just helps the girls out.
j-eagle12212012 23rd Feb 2016, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
So Zap is Captain Marvel
Fili-second is the Flash
Masked Matterhorn is ?
Saddle Rager is The Hulk
Raidence is Green Lantern
Mistress Marevalous is Wonder Woman

I'd go for Raidence's power

Can someone tell me who the masked materhorn is ?
ANW 23rd Feb 2016, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Ever heard of Iron Man?
That horn is fake, something that she designed, along with being smart.
Digo Dragon 23rd Feb 2016, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The Masked Matterhorn doesn't seem to have an exact equivalent, but in a way she sort of functions like Mr. Freeze in that she shoots ice rays that freeze things.
SpoonyViking 23rd Feb 2016, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
I'd say Zapp's closest analogue would be Storm, from the X-Men.
As for Matter-Horn, her powers seem to be some form of matter manipulation combined with standard energy blasts, so I'd propose either Firestorm (without the fire elemental powers) or Doctor Alchemy (the Flash rogue) as her analogue.
Frostfire 24th Feb 2016, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
I thought Zap more resembled Thor to me. (Both have weather control [minor] and throwing lightning bolts around [major] in common.)
SpoonyViking 24th Feb 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
But weather control is only a part of Thor's power set, he's also strong, invulnerable, great at hand-to-hand fighting, etc. I consider Storm to be a closer analogue because weather control is her main - actually, almost her only schtick, much like Zapp.
Blueblade 24th Feb 2016, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Read horseshoe-ranges and immediately thought Pony Batman...
The Old One 23rd Feb 2016, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
Radiance, hooves down.

Rarity is best Green Lantern
albedoequals1 23rd Feb 2016, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
Yes, Rarity is better Green Lantern than any of the actual Green Lanterns. Creativity is her superpower, after all.
Specter 23rd Feb 2016, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Saddle Rager because... yeah.
Blueblade 24th Feb 2016, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Went to linked video
Looked at comments Section
And saw this...
Derpy is Batman.
Yes...Just... yes
Blueblade 24th Feb 2016, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
Out of the power ponies... I'd have to say Zap.
Out of any super hero ever? Either Superman or Deadpool... Oh or a combination of the two! that would be cool! It could be called something like Superpool! Or Deadman! Or how about Overpowered! Get on it Marvel and DC.
Guest 26th Feb 2016, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Depends on the universe I'm in. If I have to face supervillains, probably Radiance's ability. In *this* universe, Fili-second's power seems by far the most useful.
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Feb 2016, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
Evil campaigns sound fun, but I can't trust my playgroup with them. They cause enough trouble without putting them in the deep end of the alignment pool.

Actually, I'm pretty sure members of the group have said something to that effect.
The Old One 23rd Feb 2016, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Dust off a copy of Paranoia and see how fast the party destroys itself. If it's within one session, evil campaigns are probably not for them.

One the other hand, if they actually finish a given module, either they're all terribly lucky or you're doing it wrong
Digo Dragon 23rd Feb 2016, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Having played Paranoia, yeah you kind of are playing it wrong if the party succeeds a task. At least, by the spirit of the campaign's fluff. It encourages everyone to stab each other.
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Feb 2016, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
I've checked; they'd already knew about the game, which rather hamstrings the fun that can be had.
Techogre 23rd Feb 2016, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
So, what system are they using? Mutants & Masterminds? Venture City (Fate)? Marvel Superheroes? Villains & Vigilantes? I need to know!
Digo Dragon 23rd Feb 2016, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I used to use GURPS for my super hero campaigns. Was quite easy to model nearly any super power the PCs wanted.
Techogre 23rd Feb 2016, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Very cool! 3rd or 4th edition?

Currently using Venture City (Fate) - my players know Fate so it was a no brainer.
Digo Dragon 23rd Feb 2016, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I started on 3rd edition, back in the early 2000s, but we transitioned to 4e when it came out. I like 4e a bit more for ease of creating powers.
Dragonflight 23rd Feb 2016, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
I tend to use Marvel Advanced for superhero games. It's got one table, a robust power generation system, and it allows the players to spend Karma to adjust die rolls, for when it's cinematically appropriate to pull impossible stuff off.

We also use a house rule, where every power is at the "standard" rank. So everyone isn't hosed with low-end powers in a rank level. If they have an Amazing rank power, it does 50 points, or resists 50 points, etc, etc.

We also tend to import character from all over. Wild Cards, DC, Gamma World, Street Fighter, V&V... The list goes on. Which makes for a very wild world, indeed.
The Old One 23rd Feb 2016, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
M&M for my group. It's pretty flexible and the pacing is good. The abstract damage system helps a good bit too
aylatrigger 23rd Feb 2016, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
Let's see... The superhero ones I know how to do and/or have played:
Big Eyes Small Mouth
Pathfinder: Heroes Wear Masks
Maids RPG
...Everyone is John
Digo Dragon 23rd Feb 2016, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I played Big Eyes Small Mouth once. One of the older versions. Built a sorcerer, similar to Doctor Strange. Wasn't bad.
Winged Cat 23rd Feb 2016, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
BESM is indeed worthy. Just...avoid Autofire, especially at higher point totals.
Kaze Koichi 23rd Feb 2016, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Add pointless repetition of phrases and it's going to be a fine example of Frank Miller's naration.
CrowMagnon 24th Feb 2016, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
And whores!
Borg 23rd Feb 2016, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
That's not entirely true. There's also "Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair" and "Neigh Anything." It's just that both of those have little presence of the Mane Six.
Digo Dragon 23rd Feb 2016, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I loved Zen! That was a fun story and it's great to see big Mac in a main role.
CmndrHurricane 23rd Feb 2016, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
making the PC's into the villains?

now that's interesting
Clutched by an Angel 23rd Feb 2016, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
I still love that last panel. Everypony's like, "Yes, Justice."

But then Humdrum's like "Hm, Justice?" and Marevelousis just "NGAHH! FUCKING JUSTICE, FUCK YEAH!"
j-eagle12212012 23rd Feb 2016, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
I am unfamiliar with this arc

It's not part of the main IDW comics right?
Ladyofthelibrary 23rd Feb 2016, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
It's a special arc that shows what a "normal" Power Pony story looks like. Where the Mane 6 aren't taking the roles.
aerion111 23rd Feb 2016, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
And it looks like Humdrum is indeed a pony as I suspected.
I guess substituting the species of ANY of them wouldn't change much, though; Give, say, Saddle Rager's power to a Gryphon and Radiance's power to a Dragon, and they still function much the same.
Point is, I did feel it a bit weird that there just happened to be room for a dragon in the initial story - heck, maybe that's part of why Spike's more useful than Humdrum; He's got opposable thumbs :P
The MunchKING 24th Feb 2016, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
The MunchKING
And Fire-breath. If he remembered to use that more often, he might be dangerous. :D
aerion111 24th Feb 2016, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
We've seen what happens if he tries to use it in a stressful situation, though.
It's the same problem Twilight has with using her magic when stressed - I'm thinking a certain scene in particular, but even just generally in the show she's rather bad at using magic while freaking out.
So I guess like sister/master/owner, like brother/servant/pet? :P (I'm pretty sure the actual relationship between the two is essentially one step short of siblings; Twilight treats him noticeably different from her actual family, but otherwise the two treat each other like almost-siblings. A ward and his young guardian, might be the best way to define it)
steeevee 23rd Feb 2016, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
and meg.
DeS_Tructive 24th Feb 2016, 9:59 AM City of Villains edit delete reply
That title brought a sad smile to my face. How I miss City of Heroes/Villains/Going Rogue.
Akouma 25th Feb 2016, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Oh man, the PCs are the villains in this game? Oh now I'm going to be having flashbacks to the time I was in a supervillain game. I played an ice mage who was a straight rip off of Libra from the fic Powers of Harmony except, you know, evil. God that was fun. Wish that game had lasted longer. Murdering civilians at random was surprisingly amusing.

...At this moment I genuinely hope I never get super powers.