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23rd Jun 2016, 6:00 AM in Hurricane Fluttershy
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Newbiespud 23rd Jun 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Every fantasy setting comes with its share of "Don't think about it too hard," but in a pony campaign that's half the fun of it. There's an inherent humor to ponies doing mundane things that should actually be impossible if you think about it.

Speaking of pony campaign settings, I rushed out the epilogue of Fallout is Dragons so no one would be kept waiting too long. It's over. This is how a 2.5-year campaign ends.
Session 63 - Epilogue: Libsyn YouTube

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Digo Dragon 23rd Jun 2016, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I'm working on my conversion of setting Shadowrun 4e in Equestria. Something that dawned on me is that while pony hooves usually have some magical dexterity in the show that is a bit weird to some, Shadowrun would completely take out the argument because a pony could easily get a cyberhoof with fingers built into it. Could even make them retractable fingers if you want. :D

Course there's also the amusing thing that cybernetics allows anypony to be an alicorn poser. Heh.

Edit-- you know, I can buy Equestrian pony hooves being magical, but why would Fluttershy have a thimble?
PoisonClaw 23rd Jun 2016, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Funny you should mention "alicorn posers", cause I remember reading a Deus Ex crossover that had to actually introduce an in-universe legislation just to stop every unicorn from augmenting themselves with wings. It got worse when they actually developed a functioning horn Aug.
Sean Mirrsen 23rd Jun 2016, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Why would *anyone in Ponyville* have a thimble? The only permanent resident with fingers, that are also small enough, is "I once volunteered my butt as a pincushion" Spike.
Digo Dragon 23rd Jun 2016, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
So unless Fluttershy borrowed the thimble from Spike, this becomes a strange mystery!
Masterweaver 24th Jun 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
It could be a feather thimble. For pegasus wings.
Crystalite 25th Jun 2016, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Mykin 23rd Jun 2016, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
You know, the thimble might have been a gift from a griffon or someone else with fingers and, Fluttershy being who she is, just accepted it instead of pointing out that she doesn't have any fingers/claws and thus the gesture is pointless. Just a thought.
The Old One 23rd Jun 2016, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
Ponyfinder addresses the hoof issue with a spell called "sticky hooves" that allows a certain manipulation with thr hoof. I would presume you could justify a universal vtactile telekinesis " to justify most fine manipulation
Digo Dragon 23rd Jun 2016, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I have a theory that earth ponies magic is their hooves, which is how they can handle objects despite a lack of fingers. So, yeah, I can buy the tactile tk.
reynard61 23rd Jun 2016, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
But how does that explain Apple Bloom in "Call of the Cutie" wherein she uses her mouth to hold her pencil in order to write her schoolwork? (Just as actual horses and ponies will use their lips to manipulate small objects.)
Xaran Alamas 24th Jun 2016, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
Well from a meta perspective it's a case of early on the crew tried to avoid having the ponies use their legs as arms as much as possible but as time's gone on they've pulled back on that somewhat.

My in universe theory is that it takes time and practice to build up the dexterity to do fine manipulation with your sticky hooves and so young ponies (and even some older ponies probably) use their mouths to write.
Wyvern 23rd Jun 2016, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
That's silly - everypony knows only Lyra has cyberhooves with retractable fingers. And she won't tell us where she got them.
aylatrigger 23rd Jun 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
I guess in this world, thimbles are not for protecting fingers, but for being tiny cups for critters.

Also, in my Ponyfinder games, you could be an alicorn poser if you were a 20th level Celestial Sorcerer. Of course, at that point you are 'close enough' anyway.
CyrosGold 23rd Jun 2016, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
Well the thimble could be for unicorns when they sew with magic...according to the logic of pinkie here. She probably got it from Rarity.
Dragonflight 25th Jun 2016, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
Considering in Ponyfinder, if you're playing a Unicorn Sorcerer with the Unification bloodline, you can get wings at level 3, I'd say you aren't a poser at all. Especially since by 20th level, you have infinite use of the wings' inherent fly power.
ANW 23rd Jun 2016, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Story Time
You guys experienced it before more than likely.
"Come on, come on, What? One number short"
For example: you needed a fifteen, you got a fourteen.
Digo Dragon 23rd Jun 2016, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I remember witnessing a player finding himself just three exp points short of 15th level. We started joking about what actions would net a player just 3 points.

As the DM I commented "Just show up on time to the next session". Which he did, and for a little while we had a running gag of everyone who showed up to a session on time would get 3 exp.
aylatrigger 23rd Jun 2016, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
As a gm I would love to instate a show up on time/at all = gain exp rule... But I would have it instated against me as due to time zones, I am out of work last...
Guest 23rd Jun 2016, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Session 63 - The End of a Legend.
Ok, so maybe I was a little over-dramatic. But Fallout is Dragons will be missed.
Digo Dragon 23rd Jun 2016, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Don't think of it as the end, think of it as the conclusion of the first book in a multi-set series of awesome tales. :D
j-eagle12212012 23rd Jun 2016, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
Yes Digo, so much yes
Someone 23rd Jun 2016, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
We still have Dynamic Duo though.
Or not beacause Dally left. Oh well. C'est la vie, mental health issues are the thing of XXI century.
j-eagle12212012 23rd Jun 2016, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Dally didn't leave. She took a break. Spud just needs to get back to Dynamic Duo. Cuteless and Dally are available
albedoequals1 23rd Jun 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
The world needs more Dynamic Duo. Trio, if you count Night Stalker, which I do, because she's awesome.
Actually Xencarn 23rd Jun 2016, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
Dynamic Duo is.. I have no idea. It's going to depend on times, availability and above all (If Myself, Dally, Spud) can take time of work. Cause, Idk about the rest of you. But I like money, and Spud and Dally both have jobs that have weirder work scheduled.

So no promises, but we'll see.
j-eagle12212012 24th Jun 2016, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
I would hope y'all could come up with a schedule that works cause Dynamic Duo/Trio (NIGHTSTALKER) Still needs to be told.
Also if this is really Xencarn what is your real name?
Does it start with an X or H or C ? I know the correct answer do you? :P
Actually Xencarn 24th Jun 2016, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Depends on who you ask

Some people call me Cupcake, Some Cuteless, Some Xencarn, Some His Royal Higness Zebracorn, Lord of Bombies.

So you know, up to you.
Newbiespud 24th Jun 2016, 5:44 PM edit delete reply
Jurii, we don't have an impostor problem. That's Cuteless, Xencarn's player, and he's correct - Dally's chosen to drift away from the group and focus on other things, so the state of Dynamic Duo is a bit questionable for that reason among others.
albedoequals1 24th Jun 2016, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Aw, that's too bad. After so long, I'll bet it's like children leaving home when someone quits.
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Jun 2016, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
Took me a moment to process that first panel. I kept seeing salamanders in pink robes, and I was like "When did FiD become Homestuck?"
Destrustor 23rd Jun 2016, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Oh yeah I had a hard time figuring out the pink mass too at first.
I guess the show makes them move a little, and that part of the pattern is missing here due to still screenshots. Pattern-recognition confusion ensues.
Guest 23rd Jun 2016, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
For that matter, what do ponies need thimbles for? They don't have fingertips to protect.
PR3x 23rd Jun 2016, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Hooves aren't magic, they're just advanced technology!
Digo Dragon 23rd Jun 2016, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology?
Evilbob 23rd Jun 2016, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
... Are you sure you're not switching the order of some words there?
Someone 23rd Jun 2016, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
No, it's Klark's third law, as written, by the Soviet Scholar Artur Klark.
Digo Dragon 23rd Jun 2016, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I was just quoting it from Order of the Stick, but I'm sure it's not the first instance. ^^;
Someone 23rd Jun 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
It does have a TvTropes page, so...
Draxynnic 23rd Jun 2016, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
One of the Girl Genius one-shots has the line 'Any sufficiently analysed magic is indistinguishable from SCIENCE!!!'
Classic Steve 23rd Jun 2016, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
It's an alternate subtitle for the show: "Hooves Are Magic."
Sensei Le Roof 23rd Jun 2016, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
So then, does FS feel it behooves her to accede to their wishes?
terrycloth 23rd Jun 2016, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
Anything that'll make them more likely to pony up.
Sensei Le Roof 24th Jun 2016, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
But overall, she's winging it?
Destrustor 23rd Jun 2016, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
I do have to wonder how the breezies could possibly put on sweaters, (or any clothes for that matter) without completely tearing their wings to shreds.
CCC 24th Jun 2016, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
Same way that changelings do.
Brax 24th Jun 2016, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Why does it say this is comic 1?
Specter 24th Jun 2016, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
Aww. Tiny sweaters, so adorable.

I'll take ten dozen.