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8th Nov 2016, 5:00 AM in Pinkie Pride
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Newbiespud 8th Nov 2016, 5:00 AM edit delete
You have no idea how happy I was to discover that screencap at the end. This page wouldn't have worked nearly as well without it.

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ANW 8th Nov 2016, 5:17 AM edit delete reply
We all know what today is, so let's get it out of the way.
Time to vote for the new princess.
So which one of the Main 5 should be next, and what title should she get?

What, you thought I was typing about politics here, yuck.
Digo Dragon 8th Nov 2016, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
None. There's more than plenty of princesses as is, and they all seem to be only useful in getting captured these days. :p

I'd rather have an autonomous collective of power mandated by the ponies. Oh, and more adventures of Trixie and Starlight. They seem to work well together. :D
albedoequals1 8th Nov 2016, 6:25 AM edit delete reply
Yes, no more princesses. Alicorns in the show are doomed to gradually become more boring and irrelevant, as Twilight demonstrates.

I'd prefer they dump the main cast and focus on new characters that still have room to develop.
Winged Cat 8th Nov 2016, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Agreed on more Trixie and Starlight. Perhaps Trixie vs. Iron Will, with Starlight and Fluttershy trying to mediate?

Now, who does Starlight rescue and mentor? Or is Trixie her personal "next generation", and if so, who does Trixie wind up mentoring?
aylatrigger 8th Nov 2016, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Assuming we have to have a new princess...

(though normally I am with the no more princesses)

Fluttershy would basically make animals rule, or at least have more power. Help out more of them, etc.
Rarity would love all the fame, and it would boost her sales...but she wouldn't actually be into ruling and whatnot.
Pinkie Pie would make everything sillier and happier.
Rainbow Dash would make everything cooler and have more races. (And other athletic events)
Applejack would...try to do her best.After making it so her family farm was more successful so her family could be taken care of.

I think I vote Applejack.
Greenhornet 8th Nov 2016, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, no more princesses.
However, they should discover a missing element: MAGIC. This should go to TGaP Trixie.
Because if "friendship is magic", there SHOULD be such an element!
ChaosStar0 8th Nov 2016, 11:03 AM edit delete reply
MAGIC IS TWILIGHT'S ELEMENT! Also I say they should all become princesses, course that could just be the influence of the MLP Infinite Loops.
Greenhornet 9th Nov 2016, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
I thought Twi's element was "friendship".
Dusk Raven 11th Nov 2016, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
Nope, Magic is Twilight's Element. All the Elements are parts of a whole, and Magic does not stand alone.

Leaving aside, of course, that Friendship is Magic, and therefore Magic is Friendship...
Randonimity 8th Nov 2016, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
I don't want a princess. I want a Queen.
Kaze Koichi 8th Nov 2016, 9:49 PM Need a Queen edit delete reply
How can you be a princess if you are current ruler of Equestria? Queen it up, bitch!
Digo Dragon 9th Nov 2016, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
+1 for the reference. :D
Tatsurou 8th Nov 2016, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
I think Sunset Shimmer should get to become an alicorn. She's earned it.
Dragonflight 8th Nov 2016, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
Trixie and Starlight form a hero group. They're joined by the Cutie Mark Crusaders as mascots and occasional damsels in distress, Sunburst, who acts as their technical advisor and in-stronghold mentor figure. Over time, they add more ponies, forming Equestria's first ever super team. Sunset Shimmer guest stars periodically as a fledgling alicorn who acts as the Sixth Ranger when necessary.
Greenhornet 9th Nov 2016, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Throw in Daring Do for "awesomeness".
Xanderman1201 8th Nov 2016, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Pinkie Pie, of course.
T 8th Nov 2016, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
Don't be silly, Pinkie Pie already is a Princess
FanOfMostEverything 8th Nov 2016, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
This will end in humiliation. I'm just not sure for whom.

Still, it definitely feels like Gilda/Cheese is playing right into Pinkie's hand.
Digo Dragon 8th Nov 2016, 6:11 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Pinkie's player seems like the kind of person that does not easily get humiliated. They're hammy, confident, and just play along with the silliness.

But it does seem like Gilda will play into Pinkie's trap... which... I dunno, maybe the whole plan is to get Gilda to see how much fun the RP side of the game is and that stats alone don't create the fun of the game.
CCC 8th Nov 2016, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
I don't think there *is* a plan. I think Pinkie just, genuinely, wants Gilda to have fun.

...and if Gilda does somehow create a character which Pinkie agrees would be *more fun*, then yes, Pinkie will take her character build advice.
Archeo Lumiere 8th Nov 2016, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Digo... Pinkie doesn't <i>have</i> a plan.
Digo Dragon 8th Nov 2016, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Doesn't have a plan? Pinkie's player had stated confidently to Fluttershy's player that she exactly does have a plan for Gilda. :3
Winged Cat 8th Nov 2016, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I believe Digo and FoME have it exactly right. Getting Gilda to RP and indulge in the silliness, and thereby honestly assess whether it is fun for her, seems to be Pinkie's plan. (Even if Gilda finds it's not for her, at least she tried - and therefore can probably better understand the sillies in the future. Even just that much, Pinkie would count as a win.)

Not all plans have to be fiendishly complex. The simplest ones can be the most effective.

Meanwhile, Pinkie may already have gone over Gilda's suggestions and cherry-picked a few that she agrees are improvements - likely offering bonuses that can be used for parties as well as for combat - and thus ones that will make her character better from her point of view, regardless of the source of the suggestion. (Some things really are objectively true, even if not quite as many as Gilda thought.)
Atarlost 9th Nov 2016, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
Probably more than you'd think. Paradoxically, the more your GM encourages roleplaying the less important RP numbers become. Ad-hoc roleplaying adjustments dominate the numbers or the mechanics are ignored entirely in favor of acting out the scene.

You see, Pinkie doesn't have a Throw Awesome Party on her character sheet either. I have no clue what most of the stuff she has does because I don't play 4e, but they're listed on the cast page and not a one of them contains any of the words "throw," "awesome," or "party."
Kaze Koichi 8th Nov 2016, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Someone is clearly not having any fun here.
Sciz 8th Nov 2016, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
I can *hear* the polka starting up in that last panel.
The Old One 8th Nov 2016, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Which is crazy since Gilda's probably all about the death metal.
Anvildude 8th Nov 2016, 10:46 AM edit delete reply

You were saying?
Brax 8th Nov 2016, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
I don't know if this is going to be polka or death metal so I'm going to play it at full sound. Wish me Luck!
Robin Bobcat 8th Nov 2016, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Answer: YES.
LadySandry 9th Nov 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
THIS SONG IS NOW ON MY FAVS LIST. And I will think of it every time I think of Cheese Sandwich. XD
setokayba 9th Nov 2016, 5:03 AM edit delete reply
Some people don't like to lose or are too stupid to see that it's not a battle.
Digo Dragon 9th Nov 2016, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That is something that bothers me a lot when I'm in an RP group-- where certain players have the mindset that "Thee with the biggest stat bonuses wins", instead of playing up teamwork and cooperation.

It's not necessarily a wrong PoV, just not one I do well playing in. I prefer cooperation.
Colin 9th Nov 2016, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
I have an interesting wrinkle on that - yes, the biggest stat bonuses win, but if I have the biggest, I believe it's my duty to make sure the others succeed as well. That's why I prefer skillmonkey builds; it might make me a bad roleplayer, but we're winning.
Digo Dragon 10th Nov 2016, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
See, that's a kind of teamwork I can get behind! :D