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Evading the Issue
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Newbiespud 26th Mar 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Digo

Guest Author's Note: "Eventually I came to the realization that refrigerators, with their metal exterior and dense insulation, are a decent defense against the elements, gunfire, and explosives."

Newbiespud's Note: Starting with this, we've got a grand total of eight pages of guest comics! I was a bit more stringent about quality and theme this time around, so it's not as many as I would have liked for a sabbatical. Still, three weeks will do.

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: February 20th.



Venellian 26th Mar 2016, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Then you come across a fridge in the wasteland with a fedora...
Digo Dragon 26th Mar 2016, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I skipped the trait for that in my first play through. ^^;
XxXxX 26th Mar 2016, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
What? How could you not choos the best perk in the whole New Vegas?
Scribejay 26th Mar 2016, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Fallout: New Vegas goes down great by itself; there's no need to make that into a cocktail. I didn't even use mods other than an unofficial patch.
Digo 26th Mar 2016, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
I can always take the trait in my second run through when I do hardcore. My current character uses energy weapons and wild wasteland takes away one of the better vanilla energy guns.
Freelance 26th Mar 2016, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
But it does give you several holy hand grenades. Just remember to count to three. Not four, nor two, except preceding directly to three. Five is right out.
Digo Dragon 27th Mar 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
*Snerk* Best reference all week.
Nohponi 28th Mar 2016, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
I just want to say, Digo, your guest comics are both quite lovely to look at art-wise and very entertaining to read. Please, keep up the weirdness in the wastelands!
Winged Cat 26th Mar 2016, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Did you mean the fridge has a fedora or the wasteland has a fedora?
Someone 26th Mar 2016, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
The Wasteland IS a fedora.
ANW 26th Mar 2016, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Who here has read My Little Dashie?
Nice concept. Now who here wants to raise their own little pony?
It doesn't have to be the main 6.
Me, Applebloom.
Winged Cat 26th Mar 2016, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
I've seen it listed, but I tend to avoid humans-in-Equestria or ponies-on-Earth stories. Though from its number of views, there are certainly many who don't.
aerion111 26th Mar 2016, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
I've seen the video version a few times <.<
Nice story, but the ending kind of spoils it for me.
I can enjoy both happy and sad stories, but I don't like stories that, for example, show us a thief re-make his life after leaving prison, get a proper job, get to know his family again... And then end after he's gotten addicted to drugs, killed his family in a drunk-driving accident, and returned to crime.

I can see how some people would consider MLD to have a fairly normal, possibly even 'happy', ending.
But for me, the story would have been easier to enjoy if either they just cut off the story while it's still happy, leaving it a light pony-on-earth story, or the suffering had been there in greater amounts from the start so I could stick to enjoying her suffering rather than growing attached (I do read 'Prequel', also known as 'Making a cat cry: The adventure', so I'm not unused to 'misery porn' as they call it)
Specter 26th Mar 2016, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
I'm going to guess the nat. 20 couldn't have been used for disarming the nuke.

I'm also going to guess that [Insert name of pony wearing hat here] doesn't realize that the fridge (if it's not completely destroyed) might not fly away, and you'd be stuck in there without food until you either open it, or starve.

Still, I give a 'Bravo!' for evading the AoE of a nuke, not an easy feat to pull.
Balrighty 26th Mar 2016, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
What do you mean "no food"? There's a whole 'nother pony in there.

Donner party.
Greenhornet 26th Mar 2016, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Don't look at ME when you say that!
Digo Dragon 26th Mar 2016, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
The pegasus with the hat is named Jackie, if you were curious to know. :3
Specter 26th Mar 2016, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
I was, thank you Digo. :)

... that must be one of the most normal names I've ever heard.
Digo 26th Mar 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Which in of itself is unusual for a pony ;)
Winged Cat 26th Mar 2016, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
I know parties who'd make speculations about (more precisely, who'd make suggestive but not quite rule 34 fanart of) a mare PC and a stallion PC cramming themselves into a tight space together for a few minutes. But surviving a nuke takes precedence over propriety.
aerion111 26th Mar 2016, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
The last panel already qualifies as 'suggestive but not quite rule 34'
Toric 27th Mar 2016, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
I was gonna ask if she always works this hard to stuff stallions in the fridge, but I realized that could be taken several ways...
Digo Dragon 27th Mar 2016, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Hahaha, so that's how fanfic ideas get started. ^^; Well now I want to write about this.
Greenhornet 26th Mar 2016, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
Crystal Skull. That could have done it better.
In many of those tests, they had built shelters to test various designs and materials. The scene should have ended with Indie running through a door before cutting to the countdown and blast. In the next scene, when some inspectors were looking over the wreckage, they find Indie in the shelter, eating a can of beans and demanding to know what took them so long to find him.
Winged Cat 26th Mar 2016, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Yes, but then they would not have had to decontaminate him. (Fan service, that.)
Someone 26th Mar 2016, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Disservice, rather.
j-eagle12212012 26th Mar 2016, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
Oh Digo you make such good comics, why don't you have your own webcomic series going?
I would read it for sure
Digo 26th Mar 2016, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
Sadly I do not have the time currently to invest in a comic series. Perhaps in the future.
aerion111 26th Mar 2016, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
If only there was some other way to enjoy these characters.
Like an audio play, or some such.
Alas, I suppose we shall never get to see ponies tinker with bombs outside of Digo's guest comics.
Perhaps someone will, eventually (*dramatic sigh*), create way to hack ponies into roleplaying games.
I am sure Newbie would even be an acceptable GM.
Such a shame he's far too busy with the comic and will never, say, start a youtube channel.
Digo Dragon 27th Mar 2016, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Well, if he starts a new fallout campaign after Dragon Mawlers and calls out for characters, I can always try for it. Would be a bit tough on the sleep schedule because of time zone differences, but I mean, I could maybe take naps in the day to get around it maybe... I dunno.
Super Kami Guru 29th Mar 2016, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
Oooooh count me in for that idea! I've always wanted to do a pony based campaign. And a campaign based in the fallout equestria universe is just icing on the cake! ^.^
jdb1984 26th Mar 2016, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Only eight? I guess that means no Scarmory gamg this time
Someone 26th Mar 2016, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Wasn't their arc closed though? You know, the Tomb of Horrors?
On the other hand, with the Smarmony Gang's creativity, they'd probably only come out lightly bruised out of this.
Malroth 26th Mar 2016, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
i read this asSkarmory
Mace Direwolf 30th Mar 2016, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
*chuckles* Same here, Malroth.
albedoequals1 26th Mar 2016, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
Doc's expression in the 5th panel could make a great meme.
Digo 26th Mar 2016, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
I am totally in favor of this idea. :3
SRP 27th Mar 2016, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
I count panel 6, assuming Doc is male.
albedoequals1 27th Mar 2016, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
Yes, 6, Haha.
Jennifer 26th Mar 2016, 1:52 PM edit delete reply
Apparently Alessio Cavatore, one of the designers of Warhammer, is working on an *OFFICIAL* MLP tabletop RPG.
you know that guy 27th Mar 2016, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Why the buck is WotC not doing it?
Winged Cat 27th Mar 2016, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
My guess: it's related to why it's taken so long for an officially licensed one to be announced. And/or they don't do simpler systems, like this one appears to be.
Mykin 26th Mar 2016, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
"Where did you find this fridge anyway?!"

"Dang it, Doc! I told you not to question it!"

Dang it, Digo, now you've got me wanting to get better at drawing so I too can start making Fallout-DnD-Pony-ish guest comics to throw at Spud!

But anyway, I like Jackie. She sounds like the kind of out-of-box thinker that I could work with. I mean, these are the kind of Hail Mary type plans that I would come up with... with mixed results, obviously. Too bad she's probably not going to survive this. Even with a +10, the DM will have to be really forgiving for this to even have a chance of being remotely successful here.
Digo 26th Mar 2016, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Yay, I'm inspiring! Well I hope you do try out some art. Maybe next time I'll be seeing your comics here.
Winged Cat 27th Mar 2016, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
...there was any question that you're inspiring?

But I concur: more guest artists! (Within NS's quality standards, of course.)
Mykin 27th Mar 2016, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
Maybe. I know I can make a good guest comic (or several, as the case ended up being. I still feel bad that Spud got pestered to pick up on something that I had made. But that's neither here nor there) and I do have an idea that I want to eventually toss at Spud the next time he does his rounds for guest comics. So we'll see what happens between now and then.

And I am trying out some art. I have been for a long time and I do occasionally try to do a one panel comic when the mood strikes me (Like showing off Astral's reaction when Pyra attempts to apologies to someone on the other side of a video camera). It's just doing something like this feels a bit... intimidating. But then I felt the same way with my previous guest comics so it's nothing I can't get over.
Captain Snark 26th Mar 2016, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
"Eventually I came to the realization that refrigerators, with their metal exterior and dense insulation, are a decent defense against the elements, gunfire, and explosives."

Mythbusters would beg to differ.
Digo Dragon 27th Mar 2016, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Mythbusters tested the durability of a fridge? I gotta find that episode! ^^
Specter 28th Mar 2016, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
:( I tried to find it, and couldn't.

... I think I got the next best thing though. ... though maybe not...
GrayGriffin 26th Mar 2016, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
New episode out. And see? THIS is what I meant when I said I didn't want a Sunburst/Starlight reunion in last season's finale. Because they had a whole pile of issues to work through that couldn't get resolved in a pretty little ending montage. This is the kind of thing that needs an episode or two to get through.
aerion111 26th Mar 2016, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Well, they could have 'hugged and made up' in a montage, they just wouldn't be proper friends again until after this episode.
Really, the Our Townians (Ourians? Townians? Towns-People? I think I like 'Towns People' as a name for them)
Anyway, the Towns People also need an episode if they're to truly have forgiven her (and in general, really, especially as one of my favorite reactors, and the one I feel most needs the encouragement, seemed quite taken with a certain Pegasus)
Dusk Raven 27th Mar 2016, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
Also, @aerion - I liked the quartet of heroic Townsponies that saved the day in the S5 premiere. I've been wanting to see them again - or to see other heroes like them sprout up as Twilight and company traveled Equestria.
Dusk Raven 27th Mar 2016, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
They have that in the new eps? Haven't seen them yet (isn't there a grace period in effect before you're supposed to talk about new eps on here?), but I'm glad to hear they do show the reunion in the show. Of course, it means I can't write a fic about it anymore. XP
GrayGriffin 28th Mar 2016, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
It's literally in the introduction of the episode that a Sunburst/Starlight reunion gets mentioned. Not that much of a spoiler. And I'm pretty sure everyone's repeatedly posted about new episodes the day they came out.
aerion111 28th Mar 2016, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but the issues don't really show up until later - or at least you don't know they're serious issues until they've failed to dissapear after the start of the episode.
You're still essentially 'spoiling' that it's going to be more than just momentary nervousness.
you know that guy 27th Mar 2016, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Her tail is braided like her hair is, but don't ponies have bones in their tails? At least, I assume that's braiding.

Props for having only 1 snake on the doctor's staff.
Dusk Raven 27th Mar 2016, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
I think there's a short section at the base with bone, but I'm pretty sure most of it is just hair.
Dusk Raven 27th Mar 2016, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
Woo, these guys again! And it looks like we have a new face! I always wanted to ask where this gang was from.

Also, figures the day I come back is the day guest comics show up... Sorry 'Spud, I would have worked on a guest comic if I could. :/
Digo Dragon 27th Mar 2016, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Doc is my character in an online Fallout Equestria campaign. Jackie was an OC I created from a few years back when I was RPing in a Buck Legacy card game with some friends. I randomly rolled up a pegasus pirate and the idea built up from there.
Dusk Raven 28th Mar 2016, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Interesting. What about Manco and Switch from the Hacking Skills 3-parter you drew?
Mace Direwolf 30th Mar 2016, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Mace Direwolf
I must admit, I'm very curious about Manco and Switchblade as well. You seem t' consistently create very interesting characters, Digo. :3
Digo Dragon 31st Mar 2016, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Manco started as a character for a different FoE campaign that didn't get far off the ground. His occupation is listed as wasteland mail-pony (despite being a zebra, he never liked calling himself a zebra), but he never actually worked for any kind of pony express. Mostly did deliveries as an independent courier, and hired himself out as a sniper for gangs. He was very open-minded and liked to slack off from time to time.

Switchblade came about as a foil for Doc when I started drawing the comics and writing a fanfic. I wanted to make her a raider, but from a sane tribe like the Great Khans in New Vegas. Her personality inspired by Wanda Sykes. Maybe someday I'll play her as a PC. She'd be a fun character to RP.