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Come one and all to the meta-writefag and help raise the quality of MLP fanfiction! Featuring: The blackhole of our emptiness!

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>/fimfic/ Book Club is now open!
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First for best duo!
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>less than one minute after thread goes up
At this point it's either a notification bot or some truly pathetic autism.
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I waited until the next thread was created to say this.
For everyone who writes boring dramady, melodrama, detective stories, stories that are 90% dramatic exposition dialogue and 10% garbage action and meh ideas you should honestly go join /tv/ writers and sign yourselves up to the psychiatric ward because you suffer from numerous mental conditions if you think and believe what you see in soap operas is not only real, not only interesting but an ideal to be achieved and admired. You are fucking insane and need to take your meds. Writing is all about ideas and execution and what do you do? the equivalent of something lesser than masturbation because at least when you schlick or jack it off it's satisfying, but with your melodrama stories it's the complete opposite, it leaves you hanging, stressed, pissed off, makes you wanna kill yourself
Writing about your life as a cubicle worker without actually being funny and sarcastic about it like Dilbert is fucking disgusting. I don't give a shit about your tedious life, I don't give a shit that you are a bullied loser, that's on you, honestly 90% of horror and melodrama stories could be written better if an intelligent person with GUTS handled them, but you don't have any.

How fucked in the head are you to write fiction where you're the cuck of your own story, the beta of your own story. You are in a dream, the fiction world, all possibilities open up, you can let out your wildest dreams come true in your head through your imagination and what do you decide to do with that freedom? You write a soap opera story where your waifu is a total fucking autistic unaccomplished loser getting stomped on by even a mouse just like you because "muh realism" no in fact realistically I would stomp your fucking balls and live your life better than you ever did if you put me in your life conditions because unlike you I don't suck dick neither in real life neither in my dreams. Unlike you my brain isn't NPC tier, at this point an AI can do a better job at living your life for you to tell a better story.
/tv/-tier soap opera writers like you are honestly the most pitiful fucking mammalian beings I have ever seen in my life. Imagine telling your shitty life story as a beta at the campfire or for kindergarten stories or through puppets. People make all sorts of interesting legends, myths, folktales, gossips, stories and you decide to talk how much your life sucks and project it onto your waifu ... are you dense? are you real? are you even a real person? are you a literal fucking NPC? your own pet bunny, dog or cat or parrot has more BALLS than you and all your pets are female. What the actual fuck is wrong with you? Honestly take this handbook about this suicide religion where you revive as a better person if you kill yourself as quickly as possible without dragging someone into your blackhole of emptiness and GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY FACE. YOUR LIFE IS NOT SET ON HARDMODE, YOU JUST SUCK DICK AT THE GAME, NPC.
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>>38756910
It's the former, but if someone gives me a 4chan pass I'll automate it the rest of the way.
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>>38756910
>either or
both and*
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Futaloo GET!
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Are there any fics describing life after death? Aside from "Forever Faithful"
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>>38757028
https://www.fimfiction.net/story/368986
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Not reading fanfiction is actually a benefit, it means your mind will not be tainted by autism.
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>>38757487
if you're a fan of my little pony your mind is already tainted by autism
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>>38757487
My little pony fanfiction is unironically one of major contributors for my will to live
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Live, /fimfic/!
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>>38757995
No!
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>>38757995
Why is it so dead all of a sudden?
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>>38758266
Nighttime in 'murrica.
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>>38758282
Then it seems it's time for us ESL bad guys to cause some trouble!
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>>38758307
Quickly, make tpyos and mixed tenses while they're none the wiser!
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What are some good stories where the author really knows their stuff? I finished Trust Once Lost, and the medical jargon & insight into nursing was fascinating.
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>>38758354
COPE
>good
Ah, nevermind then.
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>>38758354
>What are some good stories
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>>38758354
(six captchas later)
I don't remember either of these very well, but maybe
https://www.fimfiction.net/story/458572/my-farrier-lady-sunspot (horseshoes)
https://www.fimfiction.net/story/244611/an-academic-visit (math)

Oh, and https://www.fimfiction.net/story/479238/equestria-legio (Roman warfare) is great, but unfinished.
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So now that canon ponies are canonically racist to the point they'll destroy all of society just to be racist how will this change the story you're writting?
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>>38759315
It won't because that shit is retarded.
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>>38759315
Anon, the consumerist retards who physically cannot comprehend the concept of "not using the latest anything" are all on twitter and fimfiction, not here.
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>>38759315
It won't.
There are already in-universe feuds and grudges between races from old wars and histories with one another.
In one story I'm writing, blood is literally magical and blood transfusions can be dangerous, thus racemixing is highly discouraged.
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>>38759351
Why is blood play normalized in your AU? Most of the time it's considered very extreme.
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>>38759337
oh no, they're here as well. some of them get very angry if you don't autistically reference every event that happened in the entire show's run.
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>>38759355
Where did you get blood play being normalized from?
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>>38759365
I don't see where else literal blood would become involved with you racemixing. Pretty much everyone wants their blood to stay in their own body if they're having some afternoon delight. I would expect that natural motivation to be even stronger if your blood is magical.
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>>38759372
>avatarfag continues to be retarded and illiterate
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>>38759372
Tunafag, I...
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>>38759379
>>38759376
>hey babe, wanna bloodswap?
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>>38759389
>give waifu non-magical blood
>get waifu's magical blood
>she dies of magic scurvy
>you die of magicaids
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>>38759315
What is that hamfisted noise even from?
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>>38759351
Do tell us more Anon, what does mixing result in? Debilitating illnesses or shorter lifespan? Or simply the pony in question can't really be treated?

>>38759397
I believe it's the newest IDW G5 comic.
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>>38759397
The IDW comics. Most canon transition from G4 to G5 so far:

>Five minutes after epilogue (mane 5 are still alive and look like in the epilogue)
>Mystery alicon shouts race war. Everypony turns racist again like in the Season 9 finale.
>No unicorn signs, etc. Earth pony is racist against Fluttershy for not being able to levitate things.
>Twilight creates the three stones to threaten everypony into not being racist. If they keep being racist, all magic will stop working.
>Ponies are so racist they just choose to give up magic despite Twilight's threat.
>Twilight BTFO
>10,000 years ethnostate
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>>38759397
G5 IDW comic. The one in which Giraffelight turns tyrannical (as expected) and makes the magic go away if ponies don't behave, thus removing the ability for them to stop misbehaving (spoiled narcissistic baby 101: destroy social lifts).
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>>38759412
>>38759415
So...they're saying that even in a socially-enlightened paradise like Equestria, tribalism (which is what that technically is, despite the obvious implications and soapboxing) is completely natural and organic?
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>>38759425
Yes. Moreso, they say that it results in immense technological progress - G4 is late Rennaissance/early industrial at best, G5's pegasi have fully modern tech.
...yeah, they really had not thought it through.
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>>38759415
>you can choose magic or you can choose racism
>"Racism, please."
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>>38759415
This is fucking awful, but damn, Appuls still manages to be top cute. How does she do it?

>>38759425
I mean, if we want to play that game, S9 completely perverted the idea that though ponies have been tribalist / racist in the past they become a completely unified group by the time of the show. After all it only took Chrysalis and now this mystery asshole a tiny push to completely destabilize a kingdom whose inhabitants somehow managed to coexist without major issues for at least a thousand years.
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>>38759415
>harmony opposite of chaos
But that's order. The balance of chaos and order is harmony. They couldn't even get that basic fucking concept right and they're trying to pull this shit?
>>38759431
Fucking kek on a stick. I hope they double down on this shit so it sinks G% even faster. Maybe they'll let PA slip in some actual subtle bits that can be spotlighted later on.
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>>38759372
Are you literally stupid?
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>>38759448
No, only hypothetically.
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>>38759442
>we got chaos god villain
>no order villain
And no, Starlight doesn't fucking count.
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>>38759442
>The balance of chaos and order is harmony
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>>38759467
Yes.
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>>38759467
Yes, that's right.
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>>38759462
Pic related?
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>>38759412
Essentially, 'pureblood' comes from Unicorns with Unicorns, Pegasi with Pegasi, and Earthpone with Earthpone. It keeps everyone able to utilise their innate magics without issues.
Unicorns being all super-magic and shit are actually universal donors of blood for transfusions because their blood adapts to recipients body without triggering an autoimmune response.
Pegasi and Earthpone can't donate blood to one another or to Unicorns because it will send them into shock and possibly death as with the worst cases of blood transfusions involving mismatching blood types.
A racemixed pony born of any combination, U+P, P+E, E+U results in a child born with a blood that cannot be given normally, and they cannot receive any blood but from others of their ilk. Because their blood is less magical it *can* be cleansed and made into a universal donor blood similar to Unicorn blood, but it's not a liked thing, and Unicorn blood can be cleansed of its potent magic and given to them once its downgraded so it doesn't literally kill them with its power.
There's a whole stigma and history I'm writing up, I still haven't decided whether or not to make it so that if a pureblood has a kid with a non-pure if it should essentially reset, pureblood power wipes the slate clean and such. I like the idea of a noble family having a scandal and trying to cover it up and claiming there's never been a break in their pure line.
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>>38759486
Forgot to mention the mixed bloods have a lesser control over innate magics.
Pegasi-mix can't fly as well, Unicorn-mix can't magic as well, Earthpone-mix cannot nature well.
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>>38759486
Sounds stupid.
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>>38759486
Sounds whimsical.
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>>38759486
Sounds realistic (and that's a bad thing).
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>>38759486
Sounds unlikely.
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Why are you all like this.
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>>38759486
sounds like a bloody mess
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>>38759440
Filly. What happened BEFORE said tiny push was done?
Hint hint, it's called "Twilight forcing ponies to bend over to literal violent, unrepentant, irredeemable retard mongoloids" (yaks in the show, bulls in that one comic, plus all other retardation of haberverse).
That "tiny push" was merely to ignite the giant powderbarrel the retard giraffe has created with her inability to understand Harmony.
>>38759462
Alicorn Twilight is the order villain.
Imagine if Discord went all Jyggalag and had Twilight turn into herself as he went on to enforce order on things.

Also, I like Stardustverse's take on that - with Celestia having formerly been the Order villain because of a mental compulsion from her creators.
>>38759486
Sounds like a good base for a relationship conflict. "These two ponies love each other but the society and their relatives disapprove", without having to bring in faggotry.
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>>38759486
Ah, so basically in terms of healthcare it could be a literal non-issue because technology is advanced enough to completely mitigate all of the negative effects, but due to the stigma it's not trusted?
Could make for a nice plot thing, someone selling/supplying "pure" blood which is really just cleansed mixed blood and the scandal it causes once it's uncovered.
As for the magic stuff, I don't want to say something extremely dumb, but wouldn't this mean that basically aside from a few paranoid families whom never touched the other species almost everyone is mixed? Or is unification in your story a far less drastic thing and ponies are generally still sticking to their own kind?
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Why are you all like this?
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>>38759486
>>38759491
>magic is just biology
How are alicorns supposed to work when they're the epitome of magic racemixing?
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>>38759513
>"These two ponies love each other but the society and their relatives disapprove"
And literal biology in a way that could seriously impact the health of their children.
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>Lovecraft but without the stuff that made Lovecraft good
No thanks.
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Remember when Alan Moore invented Gangsta Rap?
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>>38759537
Sounds silly.
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>>38759522
That has never stopped anyone.
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>>38759553
Because people are selfish retards.
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>>38759513
>Filly. What happened BEFORE said tiny push was done?
Don't get me wrong Anon, I really like that interpretation, but sadly nothing in the show implies this.It really is just Chrysalis and Cozy Glow ambling around and randomly convincing ponies that "whoops, actually racism is back and it's good."
If it actually dared to show that Twilight's hasty ascension is a flawed thing and that her well-intentioned, but completely unrealistic attempts at reforming the kingdom and diplomacy ultimately hurt a lot more than they helped, then it could have been a good final lesson to the story. "Sometimes it's far better for everyone involved to take responsibility for our mistakes and allow someone more experienced to handle the situation" or something like that, I'm not exactly good at this and I'm sure you've already seen it phrased in a thousand better ways by Anons far smarter than me.
God, I wish I could sometimes forget the last two seasons or at the very least S9.
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>>38759515
Pretty much. The old stigma follows on occasion, but in the modern day they're literally just ponies with a slight lesser magic.
Ponies pretty much keep to their own tribes, yeah. There's not an outright hatred for the lesser magic pones beyond nobles probably.

>>38759521
Alicorns are ancient and literally immortal, while their blood is extremely magical with some serious juju going on, whereas the mixed pones have nothing of the sort.
There's story behind it I aint getting into, but there's reasons.
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>>38759575
>good final lessons
>from people who shit all over sacred hospitality
Yeah not happening.
>nothing in the show implies this
Friendship school. The very presence of hostile foreign species.
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>>38759608
>Friendship school. The very presence of hostile foreign species
Which is portrayed as a net positive thing aside from a few hiccups, doubling down with making Neighsay such an obviously villainous character.
Anon, we're in complete agreement about how retarded this whole thing is. All I'm arguing for is that the whole tribalism thing came out of blue, because the show had many chances to imply fundamental problems with Twilight's pace and yet chose to either not use them or settle things moments after they were brought up.
>>from people who shit all over sacred hospitality
Please elaborate on this one, I'm not sure if I understand what you mean. (I am aware of what "sacred hospitality" is, just not exactly which part you mean. The yaks?)
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>>38759575
>God, I wish I could sometimes forget the last two seasons or at the very least S9.
Me too, friend. Me too.
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>mfw I never watched the last three seasons
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>>38759632
The show never explicitly states that ponies became racist because of the shcool / immigration, but society does collapse awfully quick after it's introduced. More of an unfortunately implication. Though I do suspect someone at Hasbro is a secret nazi at this point.

>Please elaborate on this one
Take 'She's all Yak'. Imagine it with real world races.
An American goes to Japan to study. He hears about some Japanese festival. The japanese people all welcome him to join, teaching him traditional dances, making him a kimono, etc.
He gets there and is like "WTF?! Where are the hot dogs and rock music?! This ain't American!" Procedes to smash everything to peices, puts one some American music and turns the festival into something that suits him personally. The japanese people are all forced to appologize to this man for trying to force their culture on him and promise that it will never happen again. The japanese people, you see, were the assholes here.
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>>38759645
>Take 'She's all Yak'. Imagine it with real world races.
>real world races
Let me stop you right there, anon.
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>>38759649
I'm just saying. We only excuse it because they're yaks and we assume the yaks have to be right.
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>>38759649
If only you'd done that to the staff beforehand.
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>>38759645
>Take 'She's all Yak'.
Oh, I actually never saw that episode. The moment I realized it's focusing on the character I like the least in the show and a character so bland I simply can't care about them, I just skipped it.
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>>38759412
You see, if a E type mare is combined with a U type stallion's fuse without the appropriate PPE, she becomes legally reclassified as unexploded ordnance. Due to the danger, the Whole Ass Protection Squad is sent out immediately.
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>>38759649
You're right, the yaks are a stand-in for trans, not a race.
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>>38759674
Such an enlightened approach. I haven't watched that episode either, and I really appreciate how much it helps avoid getting mad about things in the show that didn't even happen.
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>>38759685
Oh you dirty bitch, work the shaft!
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>>38759685
Will this drive more people to reject Canon and embrace ponies?
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>>38759315
You should ask this question to Mandark Anon, he'd have a hysterical laughter and call you a NPC. Considering the guy doesn't even follow S1's canon and will happily create as many AUs/remakes/reboots as possible including S0.

Only mentally retarded millennial-zers who took the zoomer pill cannot comprehend reboots, remakes, and changing canon from episode to episode.
It should be hilarious if they had to live in the 80s and 90s when the cartoons change canon every episode. Anyone heard of Bloody Bunny? that shit has like 5 different iterations of itself.
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>>38759756
I blame the cinematic universe becoming the dominant form of entertainment
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>>38759756
>he'd have a hysterical laughter
>It should be hilarious
Opinion noted ESLanon.
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>>38759766
>dominant form of entertainment
Dominant form of paid, non-interactive entertainment. Online videos outclass it, and beyond that videogames are the dominant market of the modern age. Movies are breadcrumbs compared to the billions interactive media creates.
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>>38759674
We'll have to watch it together then.
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>>38759814
Are you the AI D&D anon from a ways back? Interactive entertainment is peanuts compared to passive entertainment. The more participation, input and effort it requires, the more niche it becomes.
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>>38759822
They're called "walking simulators" you retard.
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>>38759822
>Interactive entertainment is peanuts compared to passive entertainment
And yet videogames make massively more money than movies, tv shows, or anything else of the sort. Start living in the real world.
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>>38759828
No, you. Breaking down "people sitting in a chair watching videos" into three separate categories doesn't make it smaller than video gaming. 390 > 321. The need to break down that form into categories just underscores how absurdly dominant it is.
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>>38759878
>statistics
You are lost
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>>38759632
Yes, the yaks. Don't even need "She's All Yak", their INTRODUCTORY episode is already like that.
>>38759645
>Though I do suspect someone at Hasbro is a secret nazi at this point.
No, it's just living proof of horseshoe theory. The more radical you get in pushing your shit, the more your creations and methods start to resemble your supposed opponents'.
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>>38759912
I'm a proponent of horseshoe crab theory; it says the true purpose of evolution is involution.
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>>38759415
Fuck anon. That's the first time I've seen S9 Twilight and Spike. I better not scroll down and see the CMC's cutie marks. I have to look away whenever I watch the Happy Birthday video.
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>>38759932
reject monke
return to crab
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>>38759939
>I have to look away whenever I watch the Happy Birthday video.
Actually for some reason AB is missing hers in that.
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>>38759950
Why doesn't Rarity just grab its eyes with her magic and pull?
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>>38759967
Because her magic is weak and pathetic.
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>>38759939
>first time seen S9 shpoik
He looks pretty much exactly like his early-seasons fantasies (also known as: nuwriters and nuartists aren't creative).
>>38759932
reject equinity
carcinize
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Unhorses is an English word. Just lost a mean game of Hangman to it.
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Any ideas what happened to this? I can't find anything about it. I really want to see the game document to see if there's anything worth inspiring myself from.
https://app.roll20.net/forum/post/1990789/lfp-mlp-hollow-shades-story-driven-deep-game-thursdays
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How do you avoid arguing with people over your own stories? Especially over themes, messages, meanings, interpretations, etc.?
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>>38760067
arguing with/correcting*
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>>38760067
Unironically just ignore them. It allows readers to take home their favourite interpretation, encourages debate which makes your story seem more "literary", and doesn't establish a sense of entitlement to your replies.
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>>38760067
"Handle" them.
>"I was intending it to sound more like an adventure story."
>"But I see why you would think it's a romance."
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>>38760067
Never argue with your readers, you're not gonna change their minds and you won't look any better for it.
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>>38760067
If you're ever in a position where you need to explain your story to your readers, you probably fucked up how the information was being presented in the story. Ideally you shouldn't need to clarify anything, the story should speak for itself.
Remember, something might make sense to you, but not necessarily to your readers. This is what editors are for.
You're always going to get the sub-50 IQ imbeciles that don't understand anything unless you exclusively use words under 1 syllable, but the well-formed responses that ask for clarification will be a sign that something went wrong somewhere.
In short: It's your fault because you're bad. Except when it's not.
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>>38760067
What >>38760147 said.
Your best course of action, if the story is still ongoing, just go "keep reading and find out more! :^)"
If it's over, just ignore them.
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>>38760171
>"yes, that will be explained"
>never explain it
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>>38760216
>drop hints in story setting up a big arc/plot twist
>commenter won't stop sperging and demanding an explanation chapters before you planned to actually roll it out
>"haha don't worry, you'll see!"
>cut planned arc just to spite them
>they never see
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>>38760233
>drop hints about an upcoming twist
>forget about it
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>>38760233
>doing anything to spite the readers
Turns your story shit, guaranteed.
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>>38760409
Why would anyone seriously do that?
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>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRvlC5qKXNU
Fics for this feel?
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LIVE I SAID
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>>38760522
Any non-lesbian EqG fic.
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>when a new reader starts going through your fic and leaving comments on old chapters
This is nice.
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>>38759986
Is that what Celestia do to her political enemies?
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>>38761252
Only after she's had her fun with them.
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>>38760067
A story is no more than the reader’s interpretation of it. Your intentions don’t apply to how they understand or connect with your story, and ultimately, if they enjoyed it for the wrong reasons, they still enjoyed it.
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>>38761222
>then suddenly stop at one chapter and disappears
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>>38759315
Catching up on the thread, and this is how I find out they did this.
What an awful, awful idea. Ponies would never turn racist during the M6's lifetimes, and yet here we have Donut Joe refusing service to a unicorn, despite a lifetime of serving unicorn customers in Canterlot.
At least Thomas the g% schizo might finally fulfill his promise after this.

>>38759415
>>Twilight creates the three stones to threaten everypony into not being racist. If they keep being racist, all magic will stop working.
Not even School of Friendship's version of Twilight would be dumb enough to think this would work. In what universe would a Princess of Friendship try to force friendship? This character assassination has gone too far. Being a Twifag is suffering.

>>38759431
>G4 is late Rennaissance/early industrial at best, G5's pegasi have fully modern tech.
Sure, but also consider the fact that so much time has passed between G4 and G5 that what would have been recorded history is now just an obscure legend.

>>38759756
Why do you keep randomly bringing "him" up, Anon?
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>>38761518
>In what universe would a Princess of Friendship try to force friendship?
The same one where a Princess of Friendship would open a school, force her own friends to teach their regardless of their preexisting careers and lives, ignore everything her friends tell her while cracking the whip, and need saving by Poochie because she was too stupid to remember her own friendship lessons.

I'm not saying either is a good thing. I'm saying the writers have been dogshit retarded for a long while now. This is disappointing, contrived, and hilariously short-sighted as >>38759425 and >>38759431 have pointed out, but it's par for the course with these writers.
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>>38761589
>The same one where a Princess of Friendship would open a school, force her own friends to teach their regardless of their preexisting careers and lives, ignore everything her friends tell her while cracking the whip, and need saving by Poochie because she was too stupid to remember her own friendship lessons.
This is just the fault of new writers being ignorant of established canon and character traits.
Thinking that someone whose job is spreading the magic of friendship would try to make ponies be friends by force... that's just utter retardation, or at the very least a fundemental misunderstanding of what friendship means.
tl;dr they DEWTS
>I'm saying the writers have been dogshit retarded for a long while now
This is IDW, not show staff, plus G5 writers are not the nu-G4 writers.

Slightly off-topic, time and time again I see utter trash-tier writing in cartoons and even adult shows and books. There's no way these "writers" or their supervisors don't realise they're trash, right? I've unironically seen better writing in some fanfiction than most shows.
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>>38761611
>There's no way these "writers" or their supervisors don't realise they're trash, right? I've unironically seen better writing in some fanfiction than most shows.
That's somewhat intentional by the supervisors. Did you get your hopes up for [show] that was coming out? It's a reboot of the original, with new stuff to buy and the chance not to waste all the potential the original had! We're going home to kino town!

But oh man, it actually sucked when it came out. You had your hopes up and supported the developers and stuck it out through several seasons and everything, but it never delivered. Now you're disappointed, but hey, did you hear? They're making [another show], with some of the original microphone holders coming back in senior roles! Your favorite streamer [influencer #32832] says it's going to be amazing!

It doesn't matter how much any of it sucks, because the intention is that you're never satisfied with what you're given so you'll keep trying something else. It's a vicious and abusive cycle that's only really possible with cooperation and coordination by the small number of real owners of larger companies, but it's there all the same. Why waste money competing on quality when you nearly have a monopoly? Only the smaller studios and production houses have to do that.
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>>38760409
Yeah well if they wanted a good story maybe they should be better readers.
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>>38761669
I very much doubt it, I'm pretty sure most people are very reactionary and if something sucks, they will not go to see the next thing. It's autistic nerds that keep giving soulless media corpos Xth chances, and only a small portion of those at that. After all, there's plenty of autistic nerds who feel personally slighted and go on vendettas too.
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>>38761689
And yet people continued buying Mass Effect games after 3, Diablo stuff after Blizzard shit on their fans, and capeshit in all its multitudes. The first seasons of FiM were surprisingly good, shockingly so even, enough to spawn the long-term and widespread interest that still exists after the show itself stopped. FiM is an exception that helps prove the rule.
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>>38759315
>IDW comics
>canon
Pick one and only one. I can't believe /mlp/ still sperges out over them when it's been confirmed for literally years Hasbro doesn't give a fuck about them and neither do show writers.

Or fanfic writers for that matter. I can't remember the last time the comics were referenced in a story or their plot incorporated. Has Accord or Cosmos or the griffon nobles from that treaty one ever even been in a fanfic?
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>>38761719
>And yet people continued buying Mass Effect games after 3
All of 1? The one that undersold and was such a flop they dropped their plans for a sequel?
>Diablo stuff after Blizzard shit on their fans
The company's treatment of fans is unrelated to the quality of their product, and clearly there is a market for it.
>and capeshit in all its multitudes.
Capeshit keeps getting mogged in sales by manga in the comics department (worldwide, not just Japan) and comic shops have started pushing those more.
Capeshit movies were relatively solid for a while, regardless of how you personally feel about them they were still better than most of the shit out there. In the past couple of years everything Marvel released has taken a drastic dive in quality, but at that point they've established a fervent fanbase that won't part with the product after just a few stinkers.
>FiM is an exception
Let's not pretend every writer of the original staff kept cranking out hits. Early seasons have mediocre episodes too, just fewer.
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>>38761758
>I can't believe /mlp/ still sperges out over them when it's been confirmed for literally years Hasbro doesn't give a fuck about them and neither do show writers.
It's just kind of unclear where the line stands right now. The fucking YouTube shorts are canon to MYM, against all reason.
Also, doomers love to shit their pants about stuff like that. Remember when the entire board was getting spammed by retards thinking TYT was the actual main G5 show?
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Honestly the only comic lore that people regularly use is Sunset's backstory and anon-a-miss
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>>38761894
I like Sunset's backstory. That's canon.
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>This is IDW, not show staff
Remember Reflections? Or picrelated. Or S10.
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>>38761611
>There's no way these "writers" or their supervisors don't realise they're trash, right?
Dunning-Kruger syndrome, anon. They unironically believe they're the greatest, surrounded by sycophants who reinforce that delusion.
>time and time again I see utter trash-tier writing in cartoons
Remember, retarded people think that children will gobble any shit up, rather that children need to be smartened up and thus warrant the best writing possible.
>>38761689
You're far too hopeful. Just look at how many people went back to derpi and rescinded their DNPs despite derpi not changing one iota.
People absolutely will forget shit and go to see the next thing, it takes hilarious amount of sustained abuse for something to lose the reputation.
>>38761807
>All of 1? The one that undersold and was such a flop they dropped their plans for a sequel?
Yes, but the point is despite being sold, it STILL SOLD. And I personally know at least one retard who is a massive fan of it.
Yes, of Andromeda.
Yes, he's a woketard.
>The company's treatment of fans is unrelated to the quality of their product
that's where you're wrong bucko
Refunded is shit, Immortal is shit, and they're shit because they were made by greedy idiots who are willing to shit on the long-time fans.
>Capeshit keeps getting mogged in sales by manga in the comics department (worldwide, not just Japan) and comic shops have started pushing those more.
It helps that capeshitters have sabotaged themselves with sending wokeshit to the shops and saying that they won't give the comics people actually want until that sells out.
It did not sell out.
>relatively solid
For brainless popcorn entertainment, sure.
>Let's not pretend every writer of the original staff kept cranking out hits. Early seasons have mediocre episodes too, just fewer.
Retarded subversive arguments 101.
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>>38761611
>plus G5 writers are not the nu-G4 writers
There are 2 people in the entire G5 staff who actually watched G4. They might be different individuals, but they are still exactly the same.
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WHY ARE THERE SO MANY AUTHORS AND STORIES TO DO WITH TICKLING?!
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>>38762606
Because it's a common fetish. And a third of the population literally has a pair of ticklers integrated.
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>>38762623
>And a third of the population literally has a pair of ticklers integrated.
For one moment I thought this was related to it being a common fetish and that you were talking about humans.
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Recommend me some good comics
https://www.canterlotcomics.com/comic/en/the_origins_of_hollow_shades-102
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>>38762659
Humans? Why would I be talking about those retarded bald chimps?
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>>38762687
YWNBAP
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>>38762694
Too late for that.
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If you ever get bored to pony pony pony a pony through a bone you should try writing for the autism that is South Park. There's an entirely new AU of it except it's set in the same time line. Kinda like the bat/moth pony autism.
https://north-park-creations.fandom.com/wiki/North_Park_Creations_Wiki
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Have it ever occured to you that you got burnt out on writing a longfic, and just felt like writing something else? Or do you always finish your current project first?
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>>38762795
>get bored of pony
>ever
Anon...

>>38762964
Less burned out, more distracted until I got out of the rhythm and now struggle to even try to get back.
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>>38762286
Oh get over yourself. Dunning-Kruger applies to you too.
Stop shitting on others and create what you want to see instead.
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>>38763035
>t. autist
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>>38762286
>Dunning-Kruger syndrome, anon. They unironically believe they're the greatest, surrounded by sycophants who reinforce that delusion.
>38763035
>Dunning-Kruger applies to you too.

Threadly reminder that Dunning-Kruger applies to everyone. It doesn't mean "shit people thing they're the greatest", it means most people think they're slightly above average.
So people who suck people think they're somewhat better than they are, but people who are amazing also think they're less good than they really are.
It doesn't mean bad people think they're amazing.
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>>38763047
You literally responded to an image of people who suck and think they're amazing, most of it occupied by a diatribe by the hack who puts ribs over wing bones, can't be bothered to draw a whisk and thus grabs first picture from google images, and can't be bothered to look up WHAT CHARACTERS IN THE BRAND HE IS DRAWING FOR LOOK LIKE.
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>>38763073
>You literally responded to an image of people who suck and think they're amazing, most of it occupied
Ya and that's fine, but it's got nothing to do with the 1999 research paper by Dunning and Kruger
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>>38763074
Yeah but that implies reading
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>>38762964
The last time I wrote anything long, the desire to maintain quality and the pressure of all the attention I was getting got to be too much. For longfics, it's easy to feel like you're repeating some formula from the core idea that started it and that grated at me. I haven't written in over a year because I haven't figured out how to overcome that while pursuing my original goal (exploring & fleshing out alien perspectives).
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>>38763128
Do drugs.
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>>38763147
But which?
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>>38763176
I'll have uhhh 1 majiruana please, and some of that pure uncut sugar cube for my horse marefriend
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>>38763176
Given your situation I'd say one of weed, Molly, 2C-B or maybe LSD. The usual stuff. Maybe shrooms but I'm not an expert there.
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>>38763176
Chug calpol
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>>38763147
But why?
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>>38763223
Because I want you to tell us about it, and you might discover an entertaining, relatively not too harmful habit.
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>>38763231
>Because I want you to tell us about it
What in particular do you want me to elaborate about, anon?
>and you might discover an entertaining, relatively not too harmful habit.
Maybe if I ever go to one of those cunts where it's legal; I'm terrified of getting shit that's been cut with something dangerous.
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>>38763184
Going to recommend you don't just randomly start doing drugs while knowing nothing about them.

Weed has some medical uses, but it also chronically makes people incredibly lazy. Everyone reacts a little differently because it's the hardest drug to categorize (it's sort of in every category at once..), but in general it's not going to make you more productive.
Molly pills generally contain MDMA or MDA. It's fun for partying and making cuddle piles. Unlikely to help your longfic very much.
If you take it too often, you get terrible brainfog for a long time. Turns people into vegetables.

Psychedelics are great for introspection, or fun, of thinking about a lot of 'deep' stuff that will sound not all that deep when you sober up.
A small % of people get HPPD and it fucks up their perception of reality for years. Or get into nightmare trips because it digs up their trauma and forces them to deal with it. Or go into psychosis because some grandparent in their family tree had a latent schizo gene. Or they take too much and start to believe they're the divine messiah.

The mind is an incredibly fine machine, and we have no goddamned clue of any of it works in the details, beyond poking at it and seeing what happens.
It's all chemistry inside, but flooding your brain receptors with chemicals is about as subtle as trying to fix a swiss watch with a jackhammer, so take it easy and make sure you know what you're in for.

tl;dr: don't just do drugs at random. read a book, motherfucker.
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>>38763237
Molly also helps with treating ADHD.
>>38763236
>weed
>cut
Anon, just grow your own you dumbass.
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>>38763237
t. Believed their lies
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>>38763254
>Molly also helps with treating ADHD.
MDMA is being investigated to treat PTSD and depression, but it's definitely not approved for ADHD.
For ADHD you take normal, boring amphetamine-class stimulants, and they're shockingly good. One of the most effective intervention in all of medecine. Like giving insulin to diabetics.
(There's also metilphenidate, but it's not quite as good)

>>38763259
I mean I'm partly talking from experience, I'm a shameless hedonist. But you still should be aware of what you're taking, otherwise the fun doesn't last very long.
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Did you know you can cut cocaine with sugar?
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>>38763274
You can also cut levamisole with more levamisole, and you'll get about the same purity as street cocaine.
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>>38763264
>One of the most effective intervention in all of medecine. Like giving insulin to diabetics.
Or giving lead capsules to subhumans?
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>>38763279
>giving lead capsules to subhumans?
That's the cancer treatment.
Grow cancer cells in a petri dish. Shoot them with lead bullets.
100% rate of remission. Best cancer treatment.
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>>38763277
But what about the cocaine Rarity does? Does she cut it with sugar or with caffeine?
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>>38763288
Did you think you can make a living selling apples to a village in the middle of nowhere, with a potential addressable market of maybe 200 souls?
That earth pony magic is going to good use.
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>>38763293
She cuts it with Big Mac's cum?
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>>38763303
That might increases the value
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>>38763304
No, value is in some form inversely proportional to the level of production you have, and Mac surely isn't short on cum. Unless the family is deliberately withholding it (possibly for personal use), the amount of semen produced would be too great to justify a particularly high price tag.
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>>38763312
>Mac surely isn't short on cum
Well, that all depends on demand. You have to keep in mind Braeburn is a major apple seed connoisseur, and could prop up the market just by himself.
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>>38763315
Mac doesn't stop being a cum faucet just because his cousin is getting his prostate milked. Those balls need to be emptied either way.
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>>38763315
>tfw the reason why AJ has to work so much is because Mac is constantly exhausted due to needing to provide enough 'supply' for Braeburn
I'm surprised one of you haven't written this yet.
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>>38763335
Well do it yourself then, faggot.
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>>38763335
>Mac spending the day getting cockmilked
Whew, anyone wanna write this please?
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This thread quickly devolved from "getting burned out on writing longfics" to "which drugs to use/don't use", ultimately culminating in the usual literal faggotry.
Just par for /mlp/, I guess. I wouldn't be surprised if we had more actual faggots on this board than on /lgbt/
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>>38763555
/fimfic/ is the only druggie thread I know of.
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>>38763555
hownew.ru

Are there things/herbs horses actually get drunk on? Like how there's catnip and valeriana root for cats.
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>>38763748
>the virgin nohooves manlet vs the chad horsehusband boomer
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>>38763555
I can confirm there are at least two guys who've given blowjobs ITT, one being me.
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>>38763746
Salt. Anything salty. Including human sweat. That's a lot more than just horses though. If a hooved animal licks you it's probably just trying to get a hit.
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>>38763757
>ywn be licked all over by an alpaca trying to get high
Why live?
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>>38763237
Weed really kicks my creativity and focus into high gear (it made it easier not just to sit down and write, but also brainstorm interesting what ifs and visualize interesting sensory details while writing) but I had to stop as I started developing CHS and feeling sick to my stomach every morning. Also I wanted to stop as it's kind of a matter of personal pride; it felt like a crutch I was relying on too much and it made me resentful of constantly feeling like my sober brain wasn't good enough.
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>>38763746
>catnip
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>>38763746
they go mad for overripe and fallen apples.
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>>38763885
bitch that's just alcohol everyone is over alcohol
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>>38763890
nobody said "except alcohol"
but if it makes you happy, they also go nuts for locoweed (which is anything that produces swainsonine). It's not good for them.
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>>38763797
>it made me resentful of constantly feeling like my sober brain wasn't good enough
So you hated the way it showed you the truth? You shunned its revelation to live a comfortable lie, pretending you don't know of your weakness?
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>38763960
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>>38763797
Man, it's illegal. Or should I go to Netherlands on week? Don't wanna do crime
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>>38764233
Not by that much. If you zoom back, the numbers say the world has gotten a lot better every decade.
There's a human bug that makes it seem like things are getting worse. Plato thought the kids were becoming good-for-nothing rebels who would be the downfall of society. People just always think it was better before and everything's going to shit now, that's the nostalgia bug.

I'll admit the last few years don't feel great up close. But on a slightly larger scale, things keep getting a little better every decade.
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>>38764242
>Plato thought the kids were becoming good-for-nothing rebels who would be the downfall of society.
But they did cause the downfall of that particular society.
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>>38759468
Meds
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>>38764273
?
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>>38764251
He was talking about Alexander the greats generation. They literally took over the world and are possibly the most influential generation in history.
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>Letters From A Disgruntled Friendship Student updates
There is just no escape. Current events everywhere you turn.
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>>38764311
Yep, and guess what happened once Alexander died?
That's right, purity spiral!
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>>38764326
I don't think you even know what that word means anymore.
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>>38764346
maybe he meant purrity.
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Starting TWOLOT tonight. Not sure if I like how the author describes things. They seem to use 40 words where 5 would've done.
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>>38764394
Would you say the prose is purple?
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Remember when Twilight created life in season 3?
Also are there any fics about the shopkeeper at the start of Magic Duel?
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>>38764621
It was probably just some kind of magically animated golem, not True Life With Real Living Bits Inside.
Cats sometimes think the birds in videos are real birds in front of them. They're just pictures of birds.
My headcanon is that she just made a projection.
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>>38764630
It ate the fucking cakes and reproduced.
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>>38764273
No, I don't have your daily dose. Ask your mom.
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>>38764394
>They seem to use 40 words where 5 would've done.
Sounds like something's going over your head.
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>>38764684
>TWOLOT
>going over anyone's head
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>>38764689
It will go over many people's heads when I chuck it towards the stage after setting it on fire.
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>>38764689
Purple prose is real but 90% of the time when a reader invokes it it's because they're just dumb.
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>>38764664
Look... it's magic, I don't have to explain shit!
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I waited until the middle of the thread to say this.
For everyone who writes boring dramady, melodrama, detective stories, stories that are 90% dramatic exposition dialogue and 10% garbage action and meh ideas you should honestly go join /tv/ writers and sign yourselves up to the psychiatric ward because you suffer from numerous mental conditions if you think and believe what you see in soap operas is not only real, not only interesting but an ideal to be achieved and admired. You are fucking insane and need to take your meds. Writing is all about ideas and execution and what do you do? the equivalent of something lesser than masturbation because at least when you schlick or jack it off it's satisfying, but with your melodrama stories it's the complete opposite, it leaves you hanging, stressed, pissed off, makes you wanna kill yourself
Writing about your life as a cubicle worker without actually being funny and sarcastic about it like Dilbert is fucking disgusting. I don't give a shit about your tedious life, I don't give a shit that you are a bullied loser, that's on you, honestly 90% of horror and melodrama stories could be written better if an intelligent person with GUTS handled them, but you don't have any.

How fucked in the head are you to write fiction where you're the cuck of your own story, the beta of your own story. You are in a dream, the fiction world, all possibilities open up, you can let out your wildest dreams come true in your head through your imagination and what do you decide to do with that freedom? You write a soap opera story where your waifu is a total fucking autistic unaccomplished loser getting stomped on by even a mouse just like you because "muh realism" no in fact realistically I would stomp your fucking balls and live your life better than you ever did if you put me in your life conditions because unlike you I don't suck dick neither in real life neither in my dreams. Unlike you my brain isn't NPC tier, at this point an AI can do a better job at living your life for you to tell a better story.
/tv/-tier soap opera writers like you are honestly the most pitiful fucking mammalian beings I have ever seen in my life. Imagine telling your shitty life story as a beta at the campfire or for kindergarten stories or through puppets. People make all sorts of interesting legends, myths, folktales, gossips, stories and you decide to talk how much your life sucks and project it onto your waifu ... are you dense? are you real? are you even a real person? are you a literal fucking NPC? your own pet bunny, dog or cat or parrot has more BALLS than you and all your pets are female. What the actual fuck is wrong with you? Honestly take this handbook about this suicide religion where you revive as a better person if you kill yourself as quickly as possible without dragging someone into your blackhole of emptiness and GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY FACE. YOUR LIFE IS NOT SET ON HARDMODE, YOU JUST SUCK DICK AT THE GAME, NPC.
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>>38764826
Put your Luna flag back on.
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>>38764848
Fuck you and fuck your marker.
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>>38765039
Fuck you gon' do 'bout it, bitch?
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>>38765053
I'm gonna hire 7 thugs to fuck you, that's right, 7!!! 4 to hold each of your members while the other 3 fuck your holes, you marshmallow bitch.
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>>38765061
Dope, send 'em.
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>>38762286
>three (You)s in one
Sweet.

>They unironically believe they're the greatest, surrounded by sycophants who reinforce that delusion.
But like, do they not have the ability to reflect on their work? I thought every creative type has that voice that keeps telling them they're not good enough, at least until they get decent.
>Remember, retarded people think that children will gobble any shit up
True, it's crazy how many people still think children's media is immune to all criticism because hurr it's for kids.

>Just look at how many people went back to derpi and rescinded their DNPs despite derpi not changing one iota.
Yeah, because altboorus kinda suck. For me personally, a booru is utterly useless if there's no way to filter out trash using the score system.
>it takes hilarious amount of sustained abuse for something to lose the reputation.
I agree when it comes to IPs that have been known to produce quality things. Everyone knows even the greats can produce stinkers sometimes. But you have to hook people in with good products from the start if you hope to maintain a consumerbase after said stinkers.
That being said I don't have any real facts to back this up, I'm just not high enough on my own farts yet to think that everyone else is dumber than me. Only about 60% of the world population, a fair assumption I'd say. Kidding.

>Yes, but the point is despite being sold, it STILL SOLD.
Hey, I finished Andromeda. I pirated a version with all the patches. There are some big flaws, especially the animations, but honestly it does a lot of things well, and brings back some quality mechanics that were removed from ME2 and 3. I enjoyed it well enough, I'm not surprised there are fans.
>Yes, he's a woketard.
I don't know what you're implying here, I can't think of any woke shit in Andromeda.
>that's where you're wrong bucko
How in the fuck does some stupid PR drama affect the actual quality of a game? I would enjoy Stalin's music if he made some bangers, and he was a despicable human being.
>It helps that capeshitters have sabotaged themselves
I mean, what else is new?
>For brainless popcorn entertainment, sure.
Well... yeah. You'd have to be a real retard to think they try to be anything else. Even then, they weren't all shallow stories.
>Retarded subversive arguments 101.
Lack of counter-arguments 101.
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>ch4 of contraptionology
>only contraption so far is an apple
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>>38766030
Well, now I won't!
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>>38765252
>But like, do they not have the ability to reflect on their work?
No. Or rather, they either literally don't (clinical narcissistic disorder) or they're deluded enough that they never will so it's indistinguishable in the end.
>Yeah, because altboorus kinda suck.
>altboorus are kinda bad and it makes it worth it to go back to a radioactive dumpster fire
>For me personally, a booru is utterly useless if there's no way to filter out trash using the score system.
Change your habits or use ponerpics's bulk-import derpi score.
Also, your definition of "trash" clearly differs a lot from mine, because a lot of absolutely garbage pics on derpi have extremely high score, because its userbase's taste is shit and will only get shitter over time as the pet retards and furfags drive out real users.
>with all the patches
now try release version, it's like F76 release vs F76 now (and you have to regard the outside-the-game drama too)
>I enjoyed it well enough, I'm not surprised there are fans.
"There's some good mechanics but the game is hugely flawed" isn't his opinion. His opinion is "THE GAME IS AMAZING YOU CHUD".
>I don't know what you're implying here, I can't think of any woke shit in Andromeda.
Woketards are typically the ones supporting big-name garbage like this, since in the end it's all just consumerism taken to its logical extreme and extended onto non-physical things.
>How in the fuck does some stupid PR drama affect the actual quality of a game?
Do I have to spell it out for you? OK.
It's indicative of management/HR fuckups, which are NEVER limited to just public relations department. Cretins in PR means cretins were likely hired for development too, or it's managed by cretins sabotaging actually good devs' efforts.
So the drama itself would not affect the game if it was independent... but its never independent, drama and shit quality have the same source.
>if he made some bangers
If.
While the comparison isn't entirely valid (he's one person, not a company), just look at how people's art degrades if they swear allegiance to politishit. Look at daf, amarynceus, viwrastupr, etc etc in 2018 and today. Or at all the "black twilight"/"alternate means cookie-cutter detailspam" """artworks""" on twitter and instagram.
>and he was a despicable human being
Let's see your opinion on that in five more years.
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>>38764314
This faggot should just let it die a while ago...
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>>38764826
Is this pasta?
>>38765053
Wow, this reaction image is OLD. Like, 2011 old
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>>38766420
Old?
Pony is full of fuck, Anon.
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kek
Finally someone said it
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>>38766420
>Wow, this reaction image is OLD. Like, 2011 old
It's like some of us have been around since the start. Where else would we go?
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Can't make my mind up about TWOLOT. It's unapologeticly steampunk and I'm not sure if I like that. The Pinkie thing being almost explicitly an Edison/Tesla reference was just fucking stupid.
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Some Leech here

I don't really come on /mlp/ often, but I figure I'd try to get some input from y'all.

Is there anything y'all would like to see from me more often? Considering I write all sorts of stuff, I figured I'd try and get some feedback from everyone.
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>>38766536
More long-form stuff. To Ne'er Come Down Again was one of those "Came for the porn, stayed for the plot" things, and I kind of ended up skipping the smut just to see where the story went. You're good at non-porn stuff. Do more of that.
If that's a no-deal then for the love of God stop doing anthro commissions at least.
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>>38766536
Stop writing smut and shitting up the featured box.
Write some decent long story.
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>>38766536
>>38766551
Also this about anthro. More actual fucking pone if you're gonna do smut.
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>>38766551
I have gotten a bunch of non-anthro commissions recently, so look forward to that - in fact, I don't think I've gotten an anthro commission in 2-3 months! Also I have a rated-T novella involving some OCs that should be coming out in a month or so.

>>38766555
The issue with writing longer, SFW stuff is that they take a lot of time. The Next Chapter took me the better part of a year to pound out and, unfortunately, the reception of it was tepid at best. It's kinda discouraging if/when I spend months working on something only for people to gloss over it or ignore it outright.
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>>38766564
So what?
Write a longfic you take time to develop. Smut is the path of least resistance that mostly anyone can do even half-baked and still be well liked enough if the fetish hits right.
Writing a longfic with an interesting premise and world that gets people into it takes far more creativity.
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>>38766566
I've actually written two non-pony novels that are completely SFW - well aside from some violence. Trust me, I know it takes more work - on the other hand, commissions help me keep the ship afloat.
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>>38766568
See I didn't even know that, because your smut drowns out everything else.
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>>38766570
What can I say ~ folks like smut. It's a decent side hustle for me, I enjoy working with artists on collabs/trades, and there's some satisfaction to be had from making stuff folks go bananas over. If I didn't work >40hrs a week, I'd be making a LOT more long-form SFW stuff - sadly, given time constraints, it's not as easy to pull off.
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>>38766566
>>38766558
>(Anthro) Smut is the path of least resistance that mostly anyone can do even half-baked
Can confirm for artworks, most of my smut has higher scores than my non-smut.
>>38766566
>Writing a longfic with an interesting premise and world that gets people into it takes far more creativity.
Don't tell that to FoE-haters.
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>>38766578
>Don't tell that to FoE-haters.
Nah, it's fine. Note that he said
>Interesting premise
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>>38766601
How many of your "interesting premises" spawned an entire sub-genre of fiction?
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>>38766613
Not enough. Most people have shit taste, more news at 11
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>>38766578
>most of my smut has higher scores than my non-smut
How many times do people need to be told that porn does better than non porn because it's the only genre that's actually searched for?
>>38766536
I want more noncon/hardcore/bad end kinda stuff. Mind break or mind control, that sort of jazz. And none of that "actually it was just roleplay" twists.
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>>38766536
Write what you enjoy now and then.
And enjoy princess dongs
And I'm anti-anthro, but if you're going to do anthro do the stuff you can do well in anthro that doesn't really work as pony, by which I mean panty sniffing/panty worship.
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>>38766717
>I want more noncon/hardcore/bad end kinda stuff. Mind break or mind control, that sort of jazz. And none of that "actually it was just roleplay" twists.
I kinda want this too, although not necessarily the bad end part. But more mind-break and the struggle to resist as the mind is breaking and the point after the mind is broken when the character is convinced they beat the mind breaking and the diligence with which they suck this stallion's cock proves it!
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>>38766733
Do you read a lot of hentai?
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>>38766733
Eheheh... hentai? Wh-wh-what's that?
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>>38766717
Well I've got some mind-break/corruption stuff in the pipe. As for non-con/rapey stuff, that's not my cup of tea.

>>38766724
Duly noted. I'll freely admit, the inclusion of hands and a bipedal form does lend some fun to lewd shenanigans.
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>>38766745
>corruption
Kino.
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>>38766745
Do you do fic trades / collaborations?
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>>38766753
Mostly art trades with artists, but I'm open to the idea of fic trades. Weirdly enough, I don't really associate with many other authors or involve myself with the FIM Fiction community. I mostly just haunt discord servers and fuck around with small groups of friends/associates.
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>>38766745
I just want some mare to hand over her sopping wet panties to a stud who masturbates into them while she teases him, and then for her to put them back on, shiver at the feel of his cum oozing against her pussy, and then walk around in a lust-filled haze in public for a while. Or something.
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>>38766760
I might hyu on fimfic once my own commissions schedule clears up a bit.
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>>38766613
>How many of your "interesting premises" spawned an entire sub-genre of fiction?
>"sub-genre" is just a crossover of one game and MLP
Groundbreaking sutff, totes.
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>>38766768
By all means, fee free - that goes for the rest of y'all as well. If you ever wanted to hit me up, just shoot me a DM on FIM Fiction.
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>>38766717
>And none of that "actually it was just roleplay" twists.
Too bad you're getting those.
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>>38766858
"Surprise, it was roleplay!" feels like a cheat, but knowing it's roleplay in advance robs a lot of erotic tension from the scenario. So I dunno any good way to handle it, unless maybe sow some doubt of the "he's so deep in it I bet he wouldn't even hear the safeword (what a turn-on!)" variety, I guess.
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>>38766919
>feels like a cheat
So what?
Remember, mind magic exists, it's possible to arrange it ahead of time and then literally forget it was.
And considering Twilarina's existence, it's also possible to do literal noncon AND bad end with no danger to the actual pony (besides mental trauma).
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>>38766919
>>38766858
Just don't make it roleplay. It's already fiction. If you want to write roleplay, make it clear from the get go that it is and lean into it and explore that, that has its own fun. If you want to write something dark, just fucking write something dark. You don't need a shitty 'actually merely pretending' save because it's already saved by being fiction you cowards, it doesn't need any extra layers of protection and it especially doesn't need reader deception.
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>>38766930
It's only fiction relative to real world. And people who like hurting ponies are dumb and stupid.
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>>38766937
It's fiction relatively to the hyperreal world too.
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>>38766930
Ahh, but it would hurt my heart to *really* abuse the ponies. So it's an author preference to find some way to draw the worst of the poison, while still exploring the enticing taste of that poison.
We can't all be Whitekitten.
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>>38766942
It's non-fiction relative to itself and ponies are for pets and cuddles and adventures and evenings together, not for torture or rape or murder.
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>>38766949
>>38766948
Okay hear me out, what if we mind break Chrysalis and Ember instead?
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>>38766948
>Ahh, but it would hurt my heart to *really* abuse the ponies.
So if that happens but you get "actually it's not serious, jk" cop out ending it's suddenly all fine? You clicked on the story for the poison as you called it. YOu *wanted* to read about ponies being hurt or raped or whatever.
I love ponies and I've had non-con fetish in the past but it never even occurred to me to try mixing those two things. Ponies are too good for that shit.
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>>38766955
>fix whatever is wrong with Chrysalis that makes her refuse to accept fault
>get her to mindbreak herself in self-reflection
Yaks are a better target for mindbreaking, given they break others' stuff and turnabout is fair play.
>>38766959
>it's suddenly all fine
Yes, because no permanent damage was done to the ponies.
The thing with it is that some stories, especially fetish ones, cannot be told with it being fully consensual, but they can still be with roleplayed non-con. Like bad ends. And good ends don't need the roleplaying excuse to have non-con since it'll turn out alright in the end.
You can also leave it ambiguous - much harder to do in text, mind you, but easy to do with art - which is why I despise artists like dombrus who seem to revel in being shitty to characters and specifically forcing bad ends in descriptions.
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>>38766959
>So if that happens but you get "actually it's not serious, jk" cop out ending it's suddenly all fine?
I've literally said I agree that's a cop-out and not satisfying. But I don't like straight-up rape, even as I find the progression from resistance/involuntary arousal to full on eager participation hot.
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>>38767029
Have you read this yet?
https://www.fimfiction.net/story/337932/flitter-gets-caught
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>>38766479
I've been in this godforsaken fandom since 2011. That's sort of why I pointed out that image, it took me back a bit. I tried to quit multiple times, but at this point I'm just here out of habit.
Too bad recently the horsewords mindworm just infected me, so now I need to get those story ideas out of my system before I could have any semblance of inner peace.
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Which one of you fags made the Decpost in the Antithology
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>>38767228
Timestamp?
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>>38767241
https://pony.tube/download/videos/424cb6cd-52df-4203-b222-43eae5efb86d-720.mp4
1:08:50
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>>38766536
agree with >>38766724 do more princess dong preferably Luna's.
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>>38767183
I've never really thought about quitting ponies, it just hasn't come up for me. Maybe that's influenced by there not being anything else to get into, or because MLP offered something wholesome that can't be found elsewhere. At this point, I'm never getting off the ride.
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>>38767183
Been into ponies since I was a kid in the 80s
Pastel equines are just as important to me now as they were back then.
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>>38763237
The other junkie ITT here.
>but in general it's not going to make you more productive.
Unless you're one of the lucky few who can use it to actually enjoy the boring chores.
I've noticed that whatever you were doing before/during smoking, will be what you feel like doing after. And most of the time, you're going to be smoking out of boredom, or when hanging out shooting the shit with a friend. Those obviously don't lead to anything productive, and with extended usage it's very easy to fall into a loop of doing nothing and being bored -> smoking -> doing nothing and enjoying it. That being said, not everyone ends up like this, but different people are affected by drugs differently.
I'd imagine an experienced writer might get a few good ideas, if he smokes during writing, but then you're running the risk of just getting distracted by something trivial.
>It's fun for partying and making cuddle piles.
It's also amazing for conversations. Makes you more empathetic and likely to share more info. I could see it being good for fics if you're writing about something personal to you.
>Psychedelics are great for introspection, or fun, of thinking about a lot of 'deep' stuff that will sound not all that deep when you sober up.
Arguable. If you're an already intelligent person, you might reach some new interesting conclusions you hadn't thought of before. Psychedelics make your brain connect things and create patterns in ways you normally don't. I feel like taking one of our resident autists, giving them a healthy dose of acid, and telling them to do some worldbuilding would be fascinating.
The risk of a bad trip isn't insignificant, but I think you're overplaying it here. As long as you don't let yourself freak out about something random, you'll be fine. Just needs some mental prep, and preferably someone knowledgeable to babysit you. Unless you lost the lottery and it unlocks your latent schizophrenia.

>>38763254
>Molly also helps with treating ADHD.
You're thinking of speed. They're both stimulants, but they work differently.

>>38763564
>druggie thread
Some people on this board will go apeshit the moment someone mentions drugs, but this thread is usually much less retarded than the board.

>>38763746
Apple cider and mind control spells, DYEWTS?

>>38763753
I'm the other one.

>>38763797
That's like the opposite of me. I abused weed, and never got any physical symptoms or lasting effects, but I always felt incredibly retarded whenever I was high. It was easier to write, but not to actually properly think.
I guess that would be good for fimfiction though, wouldn't it? High output of horsewords with little logical sense behind them.

>>38764162
You go to Netherlands for the shrooms, silly. Just do the crime or I'm pulling the trigger.

>>38764154
>falling for a joke, not even bait
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>>38768257
>hey rationalfag, have some acid
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>>38768260
Me neither. Choosing to do it during the con was a bad decision
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>>38768260
Neither have I.
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>>38768260
Have some stimulants and read as fast as you can.
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>>38768257
>I'm the other one.
That makes 3 then.
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>>38766179
>Change your habits or use ponerpics's bulk-import derpi score.
Or I could just use what works better to begin with.
>Also, your definition of "trash" clearly differs a lot from mine, because a lot of absolutely garbage pics on derpi have extremely high score
Doesn't change the fact that I can ignore 20% of the art being trash as long as they filter out hundreds of even worse pictures. Unfiltered boorus are an absolute nightmare.
>now try release version, it's like F76 release vs F76 now
But why would I? Why would anyone?
>and you have to regard the outside-the-game drama too
Once again though: you really don't.
>His opinion is "THE GAME IS AMAZING YOU CHUD".
Well that's just retarded. Has he not played any other video games?
>Woketards are typically the ones supporting big-name garbage like this
The fuck? What a bizarre statement. I think you're just lumping in all the people you don't like into a single group.
>It's indicative of management/HR fuckups
Behind-the-scenes fuckups don't make a good (released) game shit. That's what I was talking about.
>just look at how people's art degrades if they swear allegiance to politishit
I've seen a few examples, but I feel like that was just cherrypicking. Artstyles change, and not always for the better. Sometimes what people find more appealing will not be what you find more appealing. Subject matter changing to politishit though, now that's a crime.
>Let's see your opinion on that in five more years.
What did he mean by this?
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>>38768257
>Unless you're one of the lucky few who can use it to actually enjoy the boring chores.
Yeah. I hear it's great for tedious non-office work like retail or kitchen work. But I think everyone responds a little differently. Personally half the time I just get anxiety more than a real high.

>That being said, not everyone ends up like this, but different people are affected by drugs differently.
Definitely. If it works for you, all the power to you.

>If you're an already intelligent person, you might reach some new interesting conclusions you hadn't thought of before
I relate to that a lot, but I think it's mostly at lower doses. At some point it becomes hard to form words or to follow any complicated train of thought. But yeah I love how they make me think and develop ideas in ways I'd never have done sober.

>The risk of a bad trip isn't insignificant, but I think you're overplaying it here
I think it's really a function of two things: how prepared you are (set & setting), and the dose (studies show bad trips are very dose dependent).
Personally I've never had a bad trip, but I also don't really have any trauma, and I always over prepare.
When I see people recommend taking random substances knowing nothing about them, that sounds like the polar opposite of the right setting for a good trip, you know?

But I don't mean to be all negative. I've had nothing but great experiences and personal development, so don't take my post as an anti-drug sentiment. Just very pro harm reduction

I'd actually be extremely curious to see what kind of fics people would come up with on different things. As a sucker for interesting worldbuilding and original concepts, yes please.
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>>38768260
There's always next week. Just gotta catch up.
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>>38768260
I've only done 3 chapters. No way I can catch up during the con. I guess I'll post some loose thoughts related to the stuff that I did read but that's not optimal.
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okay, I think its time we destroy RGRE, who's with me?
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>>38768362
Is there even any good RGRE? Any fic at all that redeems the genre?
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>>38768368
I can only think of one but its still in the early stages of being published so I'm hesitant to vouch for it until at least the 3/4ths point.
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>>38768370
Eh. I mean I've enjoyed Empty Horizons and it all but died at the 2/3 mark
I'm not above dropping a fic the moment it gets bad. I used to be unable to drop anything, but not anymore
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>>38768260
>>38768269
>>38768270
>>38768336
Maybe we should postpone it by a little bit? I don't think I'm gonna get to read any during the con either.
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>>38768429
Well, I haven't read any of it because I'm not in the book club, so don't ask me.
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>>38768429
I've done the reading. I guess if nobody else has we can wait until next week and do chapters 1-14.

Has anyone besides myself gotten the reading done?
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>>38768436
Join the club.
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>>38768429
I mean, as long as people don't lose momentum ("I'm already behind..."), there's always next week. Contraptionology is pretty long, I was more worried there'd be nothing to talk about in the second week.
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How am I supposed to get any reading or writing done when the Steam summer sale is going on?
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>>38768473
Just pirate the games later. Cheaper and lets you read/write anytime.
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>>38768473
>Implying the steam sale is for playing games
I thought most people just bought them and never play. Plenty of time for fics!
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>>38768481
Imagine not laundering money through steam.
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>>38768268
I would pay to see this.

>>38768298
>I hear it's great for tedious non-office work like retail or kitchen work.
In fact I hear most kitchens have employees high throughout the shift. Sounds like a miserable existence to me, tbd.
>At some point it becomes hard to form words or to follow any complicated train of thought.
But that's part of the fun. Your mind races so quickly and forms so many connections that your tongue cannot keep up with it all. But now that I think about it, this could make writing near-impossible.
>studies show bad trips are very dose dependent
I'd argue that's because high doses are just more likely to scare you with their intensity, and once you get scared, it's game over.
>When I see people recommend taking random substances knowing nothing about them, that sounds like the polar opposite of the right setting for a good trip, you know?
For sure. Some people are fucking crazy, I don't understand how one can just randomly decide to mix a bunch of drugs and go on an extended trip without having planned it. It took me years before I felt "ready" to try.
>I've had nothing but great experiences and personal development
I feel the same way, it's nice to meet another relatively well-adjusted druggie.

>I'd actually be extremely curious to see what kind of fics people would come up with on different things. As a sucker for interesting worldbuilding and original concepts, yes please.
I've been thinking about this while writing the post. It would be entertaining as fuck to see how different substances would affect the quality of prose, worldbuilding, dialogue, etc. Sounds like a great experiment. How do we get this done?
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>>38768464
Yeah, and I wouldn't suggest it if it was just me, but if half of the book club won't catch up in time, the discussion won't last long.
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>>38768514
I'm still gauging the power level of everyone else here. I'm really having no problem with the amount of reading so far. That said, if most people can't handle it maybe I'l llower it to one book a month after Contraptionoloy.
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I think I'm going to read Frankenstein.
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>>38768440
I'm with this anon >>38768336 and there's no contraptions yet, just weird Twilight jealously
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>>38768506
>I'd argue that's because high doses are just more likely to scare you with their intensity, and once you get scared, it's game over.
Probably. Also things like thought loops are more likely, and I feel like it's just harder to notice consciously that something is bothering you and take an action to correct that.
Sometimes I just realize I feel bad, and I've been in a bad mood for the last 2 minutes, and then I realize it's the music that has completely shifted the vibe into a negative athmosphere.
You'd think it would take 5s to realize you want to skip a song, but sometimes I've been too hot or too cold or doing something that doesn't feel good and I only notice after it's already been simmering for a while.

So there's also something about how fact you can react to things. I had the bad idea to take way too much edibles on the comedown once, but I was able to realize it was the thc making me afraid/anxious.
I feel like if I'd been at the peak I would have felt all of the fear, but it would have taken me forever to realize why and calm myself down.
For me there's something in general about being slower to run my feel-evaluate-act conscious loop at higher doses, so there's a lot more passive qualia than ego and action. Or something like that, idk.

>In fact I hear most kitchens have employees high throughout the shift. Sounds like a miserable existence to me, tbd.
I wouldn't do it either, but on the plus side I guess they have strong companionship. You probably make a lot stronger bonds a lot quicker with your mates than in a big corp setting.

>Your mind races so quickly and forms so many connections that your tongue cannot keep up with it all
I love that, I really do.

>It would be entertaining as fuck to see how different substances would affect the quality of prose, worldbuilding, dialogue, etc. Sounds like a great experiment. How do we get this done?
Do you actually want to go through with it? I'd be in, that sounds like fun.
Couple possibilities could be a common writing prompt (sort of like writeoff.me events), but everyone tries something different and we compare results. (If you do that with a real writeoff prompt, you even get the control group for free!)
Or maybe something else. Could be completely free form to not limit creativity.
Did you have something in mind for how you'd run it?
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>>38768590
Franken hold the stein
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>>38768543
The amount of reading isn't the problem (for me at least), I just work and procrastinate. This week is also kind of bad timing, what with the 3-day /mlp/con stream.
I speedread the last 5 chapters of Mendacity on the day of the discussion, and I'm definitely not the biggest reader here.
Let's just see what other people say, worst case scenario the rest of us will just join in next week.
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>>38768445
It's not for me. As small an obligation as it might seem to some, it would still weigh on me and stress me about meeting it. You guys have it in hand.
>inb4 nohooves
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Continuing The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon tonight. Hoping for the best but I'm having doubts.
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>>38768543
The reading amount per week isn't a problem. Really it's just that I'm a lazy faggot and don't start anything right until the deadline. This week /mlp/con (the unexpected event we knew about for months, kek) ruined this plan.
Apparently I'm not the only one who's terrible at getting shit done.
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>>38768602
You could always just read the fic at your own pace and bring up your thoughts anytime after we finish discussing it. It will still be fresh in people's minds, and there'd be no pressure for you to meet a deadline.
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>>38768704
But that'd just be one anon bringing it up at random, when there's already a weekly event for discussing it planned. At that point I'd probably have discussed it somewhat in the comments of its chapters as I was reading it, and not feel any drive to bring it up later. It's just not for me.
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>>38768736
>would rather post in dead comment sections than share thoughts with us
I see how it is...
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>>38768629
it's a mediocre story that only gets praise because of the ship
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>>38768759
Do you have the slightest idea how many fics you're describing?
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>>38768748
I share thoughts with everyone here quite regularly, and even shared some thots now and then too. I don't need to be in everything that happens, and anons don't need me to be either.
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>>38768764
how many of those fics are uncritically praised on the basis of their author's clout?
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>>38768781
At least half of them.
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>>38768440
I still haven't finished Mendacity.
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>>38768764
That only further damns it.
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>>38768368
>>38768374
Preunification Anon is set in, you guessed it, the preunification era and has a fairly unique worldbuilding.
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>>38768877
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXsQAXx_ao0
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>>38768046
Hello fellow old fuck. I remember watching Escape from Midnight Castle on TV after school.
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>>38769325
Any particular reason you linked this?
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>>38769332
It was an entertaining and unusual story I found browsing through Kibana.
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>>38769325
Important question: Man or woman?
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>>38769456
yes
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>>38769456
Neither, Lunaflag is a dickless eunuch.
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>>38769468
>Big Mac breaks into your house and fucks you in the ass while you're trying to impregnate your wife
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>>38769472
>The sudden demolition of your prostate by his equine shaft causes you to bust a nut so hard it floods your wife's womb in seed
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>>38769456
There need to be more stallion x woman stories.
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Can we do another collaboration? I'll get it started if anybody wants to.
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>>38768592
>Do you actually want to go through with it? I'd be in, that sounds like fun.
I'd be in too, the problem is I don't write anymore. I think me trying my best fully sober could be indistuinguishable from a fic written black out drunk.
>Did you have something in mind for how you'd run it?
Absolutely none, and I'd wager there's all of 2 people in this thread who partake anyway. Maybe it would be easier to find some participants in the larger fimfiction/greentext community, but that's already too large of a scope for me.
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>>38763746
Salt has been the canon equivalent to alcohol since S1 and I'm still mad fanfics never use it.

>>38768046
>Been into ponies since I was a kid in the 80s
Based and Bonniepilled

>>38769756
Good luck. Last time we tried, we couldn't even pick a genre for the anthology before it died. We'd also have to cheat the system by having everyone be "co-authors" since full anthologies are apparently banned now. This also means there'd have to be some sort of framing device to anchor each "story" to so the excuse of it being co-authored seems more plausible.
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>>38769994
>This also means there'd have to be some sort of framing device to anchor each "story" to so the excuse of it being co-authored seems more plausible.
Just create a new -verse
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>>38769994
>Salt has been the canon equivalent to alcohol since S1 and I'm still mad fanfics never use it.
Why is that? It absolutely seems like that should've become a big thing and a staple of horsewords and horseworlds.
Tangentially related, but I wonder how "realistic"—for lack of a better word—an interpretation of Equestria you could have while still being true to canon (specifically hard canon like season one, mainly).
>full anthologies are apparently banned now.
Wait what?
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>>38770052
>Why is that?
because eating salt is retarded
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>>38770081
No it isn't. Salt was already a very valuable commodity to humans. Horses love salt just as is. Why wouldn't they place an extremely high value on salt due to how useful it is and how good it tastes to them? Why wouldn't they just sometimes lick it as-is?
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>>38770090
>Why wouldn't they place an extremely high value on salt due to how useful it is and how good it tastes to them?
I think it comes down to how easy it is to acquire and transport it. Also if for ponies it is strictly for enjoyment (aside from of course biological needs) or if they also use it to preserve foods.
I'm no economist, but I think if it's both fairly easy to make more salt and has high practical demand (i.e. it's not a luxury thing) then it probably wouldn't be priced high.
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>>38770090
>>38770174
Salt was very valuable commodity because of inability to easily move it in bulk from salt mines and sea evaporation to settlements.
Pegasi exist.
Salt would be as cheap as it is in modern world.
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I meant eating salt was retarded because it would dehydrate the fuck out of you even more than alcohol and wouldn't get you drunk or anything.
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>>38770231
Ah, thanks for telling us you're autistic and unable to comprehend the concept of "salt does get ponies drunk".
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>>38770248
It's an utterly silly idea and that's why nobody has used it in the show since a 3-second gag in S1, in any of the officially licensed media, in any fan comics, in any fan music, or in almost any fanfic (I can think of 1).
12 years of pony history support my point. Can you say the same, Imperial?
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>>38770231
>Imagine no Margarita's

I'm fairly certain they used salt as a way to bypass alchol. (Family friendly and all that fun stuff).
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>>38770262
Yes, we know. Scroll up a couple posts.
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So, While we're off topic. Anyone have any recommendations for stories to read? (I keep running out...)
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>>38770270
Sure thing.
http://mlpficreviews.org.uk/starter/
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Fun fact: an average horse (~600kg) requires 50 grams of salt daily.
This is roughly twice as much as "recommended human maximum" (6g table salt for 100kg human, daily), and horses get sodium deficiency if they don't get the salt.
>>38770231
See above.
>>38770259
How many of these portray specifically getting drunk? Most fanfics, comics, etc etc aren't about that.
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>>38770273
Alright, I'll mess with this for a while. Thank you for showing me this. (I already recognize a few stories recommended)
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While we're on topic, are you still planning to replace the shitty short descriptions that don't describe anything, Anonfilly? >>38770174
I was serious when I said I'll do it for you, just tell me if you just need a pastebin with the descriptions compiled, or if you want me to put them in myself (in which case, send code).
I've been wanting to send the starter kit to my friend, but it's near useless in its current state.
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>>38770279
Funny thing about that though: MLP ponies aren't horses.
>How many of these portray specifically getting drunk?
A fucking ton, believe me.

>>38770280
Read the OP first next time, newfag.
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>>38770284
Eh.... If I am to be honest, I just got off of work, and may have indulged too much in the subject being discussed. So... Ignore me for now (or, in future cases too).

[I'll eventually find the balance of interacting and lurking, until then, I apolgize for fucking up things]
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>>38770282
I'll try to find an automatized way myself. If that doesn't work, I'll ask for your help. I'd rather not make anyone do lumberjack work, if we can make the computer slave away at it.
Sorry, for not being horribly active recently, I've been on vacation.
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>>38770279
Wait, I just re-read this post. How is this biological need an argument for ponies being able to get drunk off of salt?
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>>38770284
>Funny thing about that though: MLP ponies aren't horses.
They are inspired by horses enough to be endearing specifically through taking behavioral cues from them, and when the show stopped doing that it immediately became much less appealing.
So yes, salt is a staple of pony culture and their food would likely taste overly salty for a human, and they'd love stuff like smoked cheese or modern fast food (see: Twiggy Piggy).
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>>38770304
It's not, it's an argument for "all those things that DON'T PORTRAY SALT CONSUMPTION AT ALL are retarded".
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>>38770300
Can I just, like, try it? It's been a while, and honestly I don't think it's worth devving a script for the sake of 48 stories.
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>>38770305
>They are inspired by horses enough to be endearing specifically through taking behavioral cues from them
How does that translate to you assigning a real life horse's biological need to anthropomorphised pastel ponies? Horses don't eat tons of cupcakes and cake.
>and when the show stopped doing that it immediately became much less appealing.
Pic related. It just wasn't as big a part of a show as you think, and holding things with their mouths was the only actual horsey thing they dropped for ease of animation and dialogue.
I'm so fucking sick of horse autists copypasting all horse attributes to the ponies and acting like it's the objective truth.
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>>38770307
That's like complaining about shows and books not accurately describing/showing every single time the characters shit or piss.
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>>38770311
Invalid comparison, all you need to integrate required salt intake is make your food mentions, if any, include high-sodium foods.
>>38770310
What fruit do humans eat the most?
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>>38770319
>Invalid comparison, all you need to integrate required salt intake is make your food mentions, if any, include high-sodium foods.
All you need to integrate required defecating is make your day activity mentions, if any, include defecating. Cool argument.

>>38770319
>What fruit do humans eat the most?
Just make your point.
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>>38770308
Anon, I'm a programmer, I like a good challenge. I'm already done ripping the long descriptions and now I'll just need to strip away the formatting (or implement it, we'll see how hard that'd be and it's done.)
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>>38770300
>I've been on vacation.
>not spending every free second of yours lurking here
Filthy normie, get out of my 4chinz reeeeeee
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Continued reading The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon. The writing style is obviously mimicking a steampunk style that I'm unfamiliar with. Aside from that it seems a clear 5/10. I wouldn't call it bland but it seems to only just do enough to hold my interest.

I think the chapter that I'm about to read is Rarity's.
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>>38770305
>They are inspired by horses
They are inspired by ponies you retard. Ponies aren't small horses.
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>>38770329
>or implement it
Well this was actually shockingly easy. Now I'll just need to figure out how to fix the grid. Man, if I knew it'd be this simple, I would've done it before the vacation, sorry Anon.
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>>38770404
Anon...
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>>38770571
>the second entry
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>>38770404
>Ponies are inspired by ponies
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>>38770592
Yes.
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Alright, I updated the site and trust it in your capable hands, Reviewanon:
https://u.smutty.horse/mhwmdfxsucr.zip
>What's new?
- I made it so that the list itself loads even if you don't have jS enabled. Obviously the site has little to no interactivity this way, but hey, at least you can read it under Lynx, if you're so inclined.
- I removed the "?." that caused issues for an Anon and replaced it with a more traditional null check. I hope this might solve the issue for you, though I still don't really understand why the issue is present in the first place.
- The short descriptions were replaced with long ones, along with - what I hope to be - proper formatting and clickable links.

As usual feedback and all that is welcome and I hope this will resolve most issues people had with the page.

>>38770571
>a pony of vodka
Berryfags... I kneel.

>>38770349
I even spent most of the day active, walking the city and climbing sights.
Truly I don't belong.
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>>38770571
>A pony of vodka
That's amazing. I'll have to remember that for future writings.
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Awe... Its basically a shot... I thought it was going to be like a pint or stine.
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>>38770645
Remember that drink ponies exist, too.
>>38770636
>though I still don't really understand why the issue is present in the first place
Likely because null-conditional in JS is a 2020 addition to the standard and the browsers it fails on don't adhere to that for whatever reason.
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It's where the term 'pony up' comes from, no?
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>>38770660
no
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>>38770052
It's silly. IRL horses don't get drunk on salt. It came out of nowhere (or was riffing on salt licks, which horses don't get drunk on, and use in moderation to supplement their diet with certain minerals.)

Just use alcohol. IRL horses like alcohol.
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>>38770698
>Just use alcohol. IRL horses like alcohol.
So do FiM ponies. Cider already exists.
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>>38770722
USA calls mulled apple juice "cider", and the fermented variety "hard cider".
>>38770698
All animals like alcohol, only monkeys were smart enough to intentionally seek out funny fruit, and only humans were smart enough to figure out how to make more on demand.
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>>38770733
>only monkeys were smart enough to intentionally seek out funny fruit
horses will seek out fermenting fruit as well. they love to kick down overripe apples from trees and get drunk on whatever falls. where else do you think they got the idea for G1 applejack?
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>>38770733
Does Equestria look like the USA to you? That episode was literally banned in some countries.
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>>38770743
It was made in North America, so a whole bunch of commonalities is present even in the real seasons, and Haberverse is very much literally USA.
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>>38770743
Seasons 8 and 9 do.
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>>38770743
Let's take a look at the map.
Hmmmm... massive land mass. West and East Coast. Frozen wasteland to the north, desert 'badlans' to the south.
Major city 'Manehattan' on a long island on the east coast... northeast of Fillydelphia. West coast has Las Pegasus and Vanhoover.


Yeah! Yeah, that looks like North America to me.
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>>38770733
>USA calls mulled apple juice "cider", and the fermented variety "hard cider".
But the ponies pour it into mugs which, as far as I'm aware, isn't done for apple juice.
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>>38770777
Mugs are the normal way to drink things for hydration in howitscalled rural/pre-industrial style the show is in.
You don't make fucking cups or plates until you're extremely posh, it's all bowls and mugs.
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I know most people said they were going to skip tihs one, but I'll post a few brief thoughts on Contraptionology so far.

/FSBC/

The plot is a bit slow to get started. Even at the end of the seventh chapter I'm still not 100% sure the direction this is going to go. I suppose the science fair could be the bulk of the story but I'm still not 100% sure, especially since AJ's desired invention is a potion rather than a contraption.

For a little while, I was expecting this to go in a completely different direction. We have Applejack, jealous of how much Twilight is helping and wanting to do more, and the sudden revelation that Pinkie has advanced 'contraption' abilities. Applejack is shown being annoyed by the neccesarry evil of hailstorms. Sooooooo.... she's gonna try using contraptionlogy to fix the hail problem, but actually she's dealing with her own insecurity, right? I could see a whole Save the Cat plot being set up here.

But apparently not. Instead, Applejack drinks some Mad Science juice that compells her to do mad science. And her desired invention is distilled honesty.

I struggle to think how this would connect to her feelings of inferiority set up in the first few chapters. Anything she does from here until it wears off isn't her 'fault' so that kinda undercuts anything that happened before. It probably would have been better if Applejack was the one driving the plot but I guess I don't know how things are going ot go just yet.
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>>38770788
Well I've only read up to chapter 4 but I understand everything in this post (which is worrying). After reading the prologue, this is certainly not what I expected from this story. I could also say the same for the tags. I think so far (chapter 3) it's been going for a drama tag since the only thing happening is Twilight is best pony jealousy. And I guess trying to earn it's comedy tag with nightmare scootaloo and flashbacks to nightmare everyone else. Also the only contraption is an apple. So far I have yet to see any indication that Applejack as protag is the right choice. Twilight would make since based on the prologue and pinkie would make sense based on the contraptionology, so we'll see where this whole AJ thing ends up going. I actually can't even remember what happened in the first 3 chapters beside NMM shit and the science fair. I mean that might have been everything but that seems like not enough to fill 15k words. The story so far gives off 'A Witch in Broad Daylight' vibes but just all around at a lower level. None of the jokes hit and instead of being fun to read about the crazy world it just isn't.
Also I have stuff to do all day so I won't be able to participate anymore than my already extremely limited participation till much later. So good luck.
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>author adds in the fics description that he will take the mlp out of his story and write a stand alone book and hopes it will be used for a tv/movie some day
Bold
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>>38770833
Sabotaging your work before it's even started 101.
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>>38770823
I'm the other anon who's read up to ch.4 and unfortunately I agree with most of this.
The jokes just didn't do it for me. Whether short "funny" situations like the unprompted conversation about 'safe' asbestos (the joke being that they're lethaly poisoning themselves, I guess?) or longer ones like the parody of Celestia&Luna's reunion from S1E02, they felt really forced. It's better when the humorous elements come up naturally in fics, as a result of characters' actions or their beliefs, which this fic didn't do nearly enough of [thus far].
Speaking of "thus far", I have to mention that three full chapters of setup is too much for a fic that's only ~20 chapters long. Where are the contraptions?

I don't like how AJ has been portrayed so far, jealousy doesn't suit her at all. She's outright lying to Twilight because of it, right from the start of the story. Not to mention that I'm not really sure what the author is going for with that plot point.
Also, where is the Adventure? Again, I've only read the first three chapters but nothing has been happening yet. The Nightmare is played entirely for laughs (and - in my subjective opinion - fails at that), there's no sense of urgency, no threat, no nothing. Hopefully it was just a bad opening act and the story improves now that this Professor Danger arrived in town.

My initial impression is not great but I'm not writing the story off quite yet. The writing isn't terrible and I haven't seen noticed any glaring errors. Perhaps more importantly, Infernal Machines was much, much better than the first three chapters of Contraptionology so here's to hoping that the former wasn't just a fluke.
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>>38770833
It will be a miracle if he even gets a publisher that takes his job
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>>38770833
The only one at the top of my head (probably because it was a decent fic) is the one where discord gets banished to the human world and ends up being a office worker
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>>38770857
I agree, as my last note before I leave I should point out I really enjoyed Infernal Machines and that is essentially fueling my disappointment for the actual story since it is in no way living up to Infernal Machines. Hopefully something starts happening with contraption man arriving. Whether that be actual contraptions or an actual plot.
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>>38770833
every fic writer i've seen attempt that has ended up failing. it turns out, taking the pony out of pony fiction often removes the only thing that made the story interesting
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>>38770857
It does swing a little too hard at some of its jokes. I haven't laughed at any of them yet, but it's generally rare for me to actually laugh at a joke. I did acknowledge a few of them as good on a intellectual level, though.

I would have been fine with the setup if it weren't for things that happen in chapter 6-7. Nightmaremoon, i thought, was clearly being set up to posssess Applejack later on. Her jealousy was what woudl motivate her to build contraptions. It could have been done in 1-3 chapter easily instead of the first 6, but it was a setup.

But then Applejack (unwittingly) drinks some madness juice and now I have no idea where this is going.

>>38770823
I think one difference between this and Broad Daylight can be seen through the asbestos joke.

>"A lizard in an asbestos bag," said Twilight, cutting in again, "but we're not going to talk about that right now, right, Pinkie?"
>"Right!" said Pinkie. "Totally not gonna talk about that."
>"Are you sure you're going to be okay?" said Fluttershy. "Um, whatever it is you're doing. It just all sounds really… unsafe."
>"Don't worry, Fluttershy," said Twilight. >"Science has proven time and time again that asbestos is absolutely harmless."

See, right there. It doesn't commit to the world in the same way. If asbestos were harmless in this world, Twilight wouldn't have thought that's what Fluttershy was talking about when she said the plan was dangerous. It kind of brings our mindset into the world, rather than the ponies just unironically living in a strange world.
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>>38770881
Not the only, but pony is a load-bearing element. For example, Mono is a very good writer, but take MLP out of Enchanted Library and it will fall apart at the seams - there will be no foreknowledge to contrast the story's AU with, so it will have to in itself justify the not-Everfree, the not-demigods all getting trapped, not-Discord doing it, not-Rarity venturing into not-Everfree, etc etc, and all the horsey interactions will be gone unless you replace ponies with similar quadrupeds.
Something similar can be written for an original universe, and with Mono's skill might even succeed, but it will be a very different story.
So the story has to either avoid relying on anything from the show or the fandom (like H'ven Sent, which allegedly was originally nonpony before having ponies ADDED to it, so the irreplaceable load-bearing elements are "spellcasting", "racial specialization", and a species of mimics to kick off the conflict rather than "everything to do with ponies"), or it will have to be completely rewritten to deponify it.

And it doesn't just apply to ponies, either. Pretty much anything that relies on specific culture and tropes, whether real or imagined, will need a rewrite from the ground up to work with a different one. Stand Still, Stay Silent comes to mind: it won't work without the setting being "postapocalyptic Earth, specifically Norse countries". You could technically change names and the characters' looks, but that would just be erzatz-Earth and erzatz-Norse rather than something original or even different.
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>>38770913
This doesn't apply to the more AU stories. If you take a very popular fic like Fo:E and carefully cut out ponies from it, you get a video game that sold 12 million copies.
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>>38770913
>Stand Still, Stay Silent
my man. shame it ended, incidentally, but at least it went out on a high note, instead of just trailing away into anguished nothingness.
wasn't mono planning to release TEL as a stand-alone work? i'm sure i heard that somewhere. but yes, i agree with everything you said. fanfiction, no matter how good and original, or how competent the writer, requires some level of reference to its source to function.

>>38770927
>If you take a very popular fic like Fo:E and carefully cut out ponies from it, you get a video game that sold 12 million copies.
dohoh
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>>38770927
How to say you've never read FO:E without saying you've never read FO:E.
The things in it are still not interchangeable with what they originally were; can't replace SPP hub with Jefferson memorial, for example, since the latter doesn't require continuous control.
>>38770932
All SSSS needs now is a "setting guidebook" so other people can make stories in the same setting without violating its canon too much. It has plenty of potential, since surely Norse isn't the only place where people survived.
>wasn't mono planning to release TEL as a stand-alone work? i'm sure i heard that somewhere.
Haha not happening without a rewrite, as I've said.
>fanfiction
Unless you consider SSSS to be fanfiction relative to reality, it's more of "anything that doesn't have its own setting already".
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>>38770960
>All SSSS needs now is a "setting guidebook" so other people can make stories in the same setting without violating its canon too much. It has plenty of potential, since surely Norse isn't the only place where people survived.
that would be awesome.
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>>38770932
Mono is also working on original stuff, but while the characters are kind of Rarity and Twilight riffs the whole setting is original. Or well, you know, 'original'. There's also the fact that Mono's job involves getting annoyed at other people's shitty writing, which is generally part of what makes her so surprisingly decent at it herself.
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>>38770833
Unwhole Hole mentioned replacing the ponies with an oc race in Elrod, a story where you totally could remove MLP from and keep it the same. Shame he gave up on it
>>38770868
>What Remains Of The Chaos King
I really liked that portrayal of Discord. I'd read more of it but I'm glad he kept it short.
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>not making your original setting a ripoff of Equestria
ngmi
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>>38771016
Based and Shawn Kellerpilled
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>>38771016
>Implying I'm not already doing that for an unrelated novel
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Also, an example of a thing that has very little load-bearing elements of the setting is actually Lord of the Rings. Pretty much nothing in it relies on setting being Arda or characters being specifically hobbits, elves, dwarves, or a literal angel (unlike Silmarillion), and can be easily made generic - and that's why it had so many copycats. IIRC one had a sword instead of the ring.
Same applies to The Hobbit, which was, in fact, canon-welded to Arda after it got written.
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>>38756910
or it's the OP
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>>38758346
but we're not americans
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>>38770788
Y'all want any spoilers? I'm assuming not.
It's been a long time since I read Contraptionology but I know for certain I'd re-read Mendacity over it any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Frankly, the voters for Contraptionlogy over Cute Bug Fic are ignorant fools, I imagine they only picked it because it's old fandom cachet.
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>>38771136
It's not like you can know which one is better until you've read them both.
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>>38771144
Learned biases can help you make a pretty good guess, though. The content on each story's description page makes a strong case favoring A Bug on a Stick.
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>>38770960
You're missing the point. While saying that Fo:E could just be swapped back to regular Fallout is an oversimplification, Fo:E could absolutely have everything that's in any way pony-related completely swapped out for other things and it wouldn't make a difference.
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>>38771166
>How to say you've never read FO:E without saying you've never read FO:E.
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>>38771062
Which is actually kind of fascinating considering the unparalleled amount of worldbuilding Tolkien did. That might actually be the reason though. Nothing about the story needs to be specifically tied to one crux that sets it apart from the rest because the entire world it's in is so deeply fleshed out that the story's atmosphere alone is enough to set it apart. It needs no single thing that makes you recognise it because you can breathe the setting in its entirety and feel its identity in every inch of the world.
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What if we make our own decentralized pony IP like what Dink Doink did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6iv4HVH2S8

Logan Paul made millions off this.
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>>38771195
Get your head out of your ass. There's nothing that makes Fo:E need to be specifically a pony story.
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>>38771204
Let me know when you find the bottom of that hole, you're really digging it at quite a pace so it should be soon.
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>>38771209
Ah, right, I almost forgot the tunafag was also a foefag.
Will you ever gain any degree of self-awareness? No.
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>>38771197
It's also because the worldbuilding is in the "fluff", so to speak, rather than the "crunch". The evil artifact is a ring, but the only thing in the entire story that relies on it being a ring is Gollum biting the finger it's on off - it could easily be something else with something different being lost. The wizard is an angel, but only his resurrection fun fact: the entire sequence mirrors the OTHER instance of someone 1v1ing a balrog in the lore, namely, Glorfindel the elf, who also got grabbed and fell into depths, died, and then was resurrected by the Valar. The lesson is I guess "you shouldn't fight balrogs near drops unless you really want to use a 1UP" relies on that, and it could easily be from a different source. The elves give the Brotherhood gifts, but it could easily have been dwarves of someone else entirely, as it only relies on them being enlightened magical craftsmen rather than specifically immortal spirits intimately tied to the world itself. Merry and Pippin get unlikely allies whose enchanted nature bestows strength upon them, but nothing says those allies have to be Ents, or that they have to share their grief over the lost Ent-wives.
All the exposition isn't only natural, but it isn't intimately tied into the events; pretty much the only thing that IS is Tom Bombadil, and even he is dropped entirely from all non-plays.
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>>38771204
>immediately goes for insults
You could be spending that time reading FO:E instead of further proving you didn't, you know.
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>>38771307
>immediately
It's the tunafag, you can't not insult him.
And why should I read Fo:E?
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>>38771265
What is Tom anyway?
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>>38771401
A star spirit who lost his world and wants to help another one survive by destroying the corrupt star that landed on it.
Oh wait, you mean Bombadil. Nobody fucking knows for that one. Might be a joke by Eru, might be Eru Himself.
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>>38756859
>>Important Links
>New Starter Kit - http://mlpficreviews.org.uk/starter/
>Old Starter Kit - http://i.imgur.com/vuTA7EN.png
I came to this thread to read quality stories. Thanks for posting links so I don't have to ask.

Also, using FFmpeg I basically restored the first 1.833 seconds of "Spikeman [PMV]" by TommyXe:
"00_00_00_000-00_00_01_833_part_1.mp4":
https://u.smutty.horse/mhwosyoermh.mp4

144p upload, now only a small amount of it is in 540p:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqGFiomhuxA
https://u.smutty.horse/mhwouubdnbo.mp4

In the first 1.833 seconds of the "Spikeman!!!!!" (music: I'm a Scatman) video it looks like Twilight gets angry and tosses her books away from her. Does anyone know which episode that scene is from? What timestamp in that episode?

(Should I just use kdenlive?)
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>>38771493
>Might be a joke by Eru
This possibility is deeply amusing to me.
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>>38771307
>simping for Lunaflag of all things
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>>38771506
The first episode, about three and a half minutes in.
kdenlive is torment, but less so than just bare ffmpeg.
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Convince me to drop The Mare Who Once Lived on the Moon.

Hard mode: Don't mention his politics.
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>>38771669
You could be reading my fics instead
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>>38771669
There's not really enough Luna in it. I mean there's some, but there really could've been more.
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>>38771669
it has nearly no relationship to pony, beyond the names of the characters and some superficial character traits. several of them are wildly ooc in order to progress the plot. take away the pony and all you're left with is a mediocre, steampunk-adjacent story, with very little depth to it, which tries to make up for that lack of depth by the overuse of flowery prose and clichés.
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>>38771711
I thought we were talking about WOLOT, not BP.
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>>38771711
Fuck me. That's EXACTLY how I've been feeling about it so far. You've done a great job of putting what's been bothering me in to words.
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>>38771724
Steampunk?
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>>38771743
Adjacent.
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Fuck steampunk, where's the dieselpunk pony stories?
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>>38771265
>Tom Bombadil, and even he is dropped entirely from all non-plays.
So Tom was not in any of the movies? I thought he was in "The Hobbit" movies or something, maybe I am mistaken.

I was watching this video which mentioned Tom and didn't really remember that part being in any of the films:

Lecture 1 on Tolkien's "The Silmarillion":
https://archive.org/details/youtube-3hTnPV4ObSA

(That part about the Elves being recycled: so that means Elves reincarnate but are not particularly spiritual beings. Interesting spin on it I guess.)

>>38771570
Thanks. I found a pretty good workflow with ffmpeg, but maybe I will try kdenlive. One of the things in that video is the cropping offset is different for the same clip but in different rectangles.
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>>38771766
Save early, save often. It's not as bad as it used to be, but it's still bad.
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>>38771766
No, he wasn't in any LoTR movies, though there are recordings of the plays.
>That part about the Elves being recycled: so that means Elves reincarnate but are not particularly spiritual beings.
Elves don't really reincarnate, it's pretty explicit that they can "die", after which they're stuck as spirits in the Halls of Mandos (just like dwarves, but those don't get the next part), and can be re-embodied by the Valar. And it's also explicit that they're bound to Arda, hence why they're immortal.

Speaking of stupid ideas, having Arda be the past of real Earth was pretty high on the stupid scale.
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This might be an odd question, but are there any good fics that are like a classic sports movie? Not just another wonderbolts story, but like, the main six play baseball or something where the main character is bad at a sport, learns to get better, then plays against the worlds best team?
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>>38771765
Fuck dieselpunk, where's my Sovietpunk?
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>>38771993
In STALKER obviously.
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>>38771948
>having Arda be the past of real Earth was pretty high on the stupid scale.
Excuse me?
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>>38772030
Arda is the past of Earth, Aman (where the Valinor is) is Americas, Crown of Durin is the dipper part of the Ursa Major, Earendil with his ship is Venus and only two of the named "stars" don't correspond to real celestial bodies (if elves had sharp enough eyesight to see all the actual planets, they'd also see A LOT more things in the sky).
Incidentally this means China/India is Mordor and Siberia is Rhun.
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>>38772065
Uh, based?
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>>38772072
No, not based on ponies. Based on Earth. Not sure how you missed that.
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>>38772065
>Aman (where the Valinor is) is Americas
Aman is no longer part of the world after the first age, so there's no way it can be the americas. None of the geography of middle earth maps to anything of the modern world.
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>>38772150
>Implying America exists and isn't just an elaborate fiction held up by the lizard overlords
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>>38772150
>Aman is no longer part of the world after the first age
Depends on the version of the lore.
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Finished another major arc in my Rainbow Dash story. It's almost time to move onto the biggest arc in the whole story. Where I'll finally get to introduce a character I first mentioned all the way back in my Rarity fic. Super looking forward to finally writing him.
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>>38771993
tf is that game?
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>>38772239
https://store.steampowered.com/app/824600/HROT/
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>>38770636
Thanks for your work, I didn't expect you to do any of this on vacation.
Some feedback:
>most of those fic descriptions contain author notes, like TVtropes pages, edits, credits, etc. that significantly extend the length and end up fucking up the formatting.
>I'd strongly suggest using a div for every row of fics, so you could maintain the same max-height across the row, instead of having too much empty space or inconsistent box sizes. This would make it much less of an eyesore, and save space. Pic related, I'd say this is a significant problem.
>Tags and genre filtering is gone, but this may just be me being a retard and not opening the page properly.

>I even spent most of the day active, walking the city and climbing sights.
What the fuck? Get back inside, loser.
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>>38772223
Off by one
>>38772238
Damn, I really AM jealous of your enthusiasm. I neither can continue my existing fic, or start the new one I'm planning right now. But maybe it would be more accurate to say re-start in the case of the latter. I already wrote around 3k words for it months ago, but now I'm realizing the current prologue won't fit the story as well as I'd like to. And my heart always aches when I have to axe something that doesn't fit, but is otherwise well-written.
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>>38770653
In fact it's almost half the volume of a shot. I guess ponies can't handle their liquor.
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>>38772222
Did you self-delete quads?
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>those Contraptionology posts
I haven't read it since it released, but I can just tell none of you have any idea how it's about to play out.
I'm gonna start on it today, hopefully I can actually read the entire fic in a week...
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>>38772258
>Thanks for your work, I didn't expect you to do any of this on vacation.
Oh after some calamitous plane-delays and whatnot I arrived home safe and sound on Saturday. By "not being around" I mostly meant during the week.
>>most of those fic descriptions contain author notes, like TVtropes pages, edits, credits, etc. that significantly extend the length and end up fucking up the formatting.
Funnily enough I already cut most of the crap. You should've seen 'Redheart's War's. It was like almost an entire page long before I removed most of it.
I'll try to trim it some more.
>>I'd strongly suggest using a div for every row of fics, so you could maintain the same max-height across the row, instead of having too much empty space or inconsistent box sizes. This would make it much less of an eyesore, and save space. Pic related, I'd say this is a significant problem.
Yeah, this has been a massive problem. Actually I finished the whole description swap in one hour and then dicked around three more with the CSS. It just simply doesn't want to work nicely. The issue isn't really with row-wise divs, you can easily set grids to have varied row-heights too, rather that if I do that then when you open the review it fucks up the layout unless you set a minimal height. And unless said minimal height is the height of the tallest element, it looks like shit.
I'm open to ideas what to do about it, but I'll try to bang my head against the wall some more as well.
>>Tags and genre filtering is gone, but this may just be me being a retard and not opening the page properly.
That shouldn't be the case, can you please post console output?
>What the fuck? Get back inside, loser.
You'll never catch me alive since that'd require leaving the room.
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>>38772299
>read the entire fic
Next week is only up to chapter 14
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>>38770259
>or in almost any fanfic (I can think of 1)
Is it Earth&Sky? Because if not, there's two.
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>>38772274
I replied before noticing filly posted again shortly after. I didn't even notice those sick ass repeating digits.
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>>38770636
>Lynx
Cool. I remember using that web browser about a month ago.

There is a program which converts bitmap images into text which can be displayed in a virtual console / tty. However when I used it to try to solve this verification code (pic related) it did not work.

Does Lynx have any built-in plug-in or something which converts images into text?

I was trying to post to this DQN textboard:
https://4-ch.net/dqn/index.html

4-ch / Channel4 is a bit of a dumb website and it is not a free speech platform, but it is funny/interesting sometimes.

Story focused thread that I was reading:
https://4-ch.net/dqn/kareha.pl/1341413503/

Part 2 (unfinished story, I think, write the rest of it if you want/there's enough posters):
https://4-ch.net/dqn/kareha.pl/1413413562/l50
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>>38772300
Ah, welcome back then.
>I'm open to ideas what to do about it, but I'll try to bang my head against the wall some more as well.
You obviously know more about this than I do, my other idea in a deleted post was a "read more" button that could extend the description height, but I have no idea how well that would work with the rest.
>That shouldn't be the case, can you please post console output?
Turns out it's just this https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/CORS/Errors/CORSRequestNotHttp
It should work fine on a server if I'm reading this right.
>You'll never catch me alive since that'd require leaving the room.
Rats! Thwarted again!
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>>38772305
u rite, u rite, I was thinking of Mendacity's chapter count for some reason.

>>38772306
Daring Do and the Hand of Doom, at least according to this thread
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>>38770174
Medeival human peasant: Oi M'lord! Tis too what to transport all this salt with me donkey, m'lord. And what if a witch done casts a spell on me.

Medieval pegasus peasant: LOL. LMAO. ROFL.
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>>38770211
>Pegasi exist?
Your point? Pegasi can't carry that much. It would be fast but in very limited quantities.
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On a related note, is there any fic where a pre-unification peasant comes to modern Equestria for some culture / tech shock? Or do I have to do everything myself?

>>38772613
Pegasi can lift more than their body weight into the air without serious difficulty. They can also make entire mobile cities. Even if they weren't able to do that during their middle ages yet, surely they could use clouds to transport goods. Perhaps even dissolved salt into the clouds and push them around.
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>>38772629
But pegasi have tiny brains.
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>>38772635
Racist.
Don't make Twilight destroy all magic AGAIN.
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>>38772613
DYEWTS?
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>>38772646
>watching the show
>/mlp/
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>>38772613
1000 pounds.
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>>38772663
What if that's 1,000 grams?
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>>38772683
Ponies are american. They don't understand metric.
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>>38772642
But it's true. Look at Rainbow Dash.
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>>38772692
Actually, they are Equestrian. It's 1000 of Equestrian Standard Unit.
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>>38772701
Actually the thread has decided that ponies count in base 4, so it's only 64.
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>>38772629
What could you even make it about? Sounds dumb.
Either the pony's transported into S1, there is no tech difference and the story is only about pony racism -
Or, they're transported into any other season and then it's just "oh my princesses, nothuman tech, wao shiny" and maybe pony racism.

There's more than a few stories about olden pony non-peasants, and they're much better. Usually starswirl for older ones and mix in the pillars for newer ones.
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>>38772711
I want to 1011 Rainbow Dash!
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>>38772719
I'm too fucking tired someone make up a decent 110% cooler joke.
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>>38772701
>>38772663
When Pinkie makes rock candy for Maud she says that she is left with pounds of it. Also in the Smile song she says "smile as wide as a mile".

In non-English localizations "mile" is changed to "kilometer". "Pound" might be changed to "kilogram", I didn't check. (I posted about this in the data sharing thread.)
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>>38772775
Neat chronological facts assuming base 4 was used in the show:
>Nightmare Moon was banished 64 years ago
>so was Sombra
>same for Discord getting stoned
>the EQG crystal mirror opens once a year
>Ponyville was founded thirty to forty years ago
>Granny Smith is not some impractically-old pinnacle of earth pony longevity and endurance, she's only like fifty years old
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>>38770888
>It kind of brings our mindset into the world, rather than the ponies just unironically living in a strange world.
interesting I didn't think of that but that certainly might be the issue or at least part of it
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>>38772836
tripfaggotry not welcome
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>>38772629
>On a related note, is there any fic where a pre-unification peasant comes to modern Equestria for some culture / tech shock?
Literally what is the point when thousands of people have done this exact same concept but with Earth, which gives the culture shock even more of a kick?
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>>38772877
Not having to read HiE?
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>>38772875
I think he just forgot to take off his trip from the data sharing thread
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>>38772883
Then read PiE
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>>38772775
I'm also too lazy but someone make it about Fahrenheit vs Celsius

>>38772851
S-stop, you're starting to make too much sense
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i love how any mention of FO:E inevitably leads to petty conflict
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>>38772891
But the pie is a scam.
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>>38772895
Oh, and ponies are orks from Warhammer 40k.
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>>38772883
>literally the complete opposite of hie
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>>38772938
The cake is a lie
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>>38773017
Best, the Avenues.
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>>38773013
You phrased that wrong.
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Bread mare, rescue me, I am losing mine own sanity.
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Next thread up when we hit 8 (probably) unless another is made before then.
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>>38773089
>>38773208
>page 7 right now
It takes like an hour at the least to slide off the board from here, chill out
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If anything needs to be changed for Book Club let me know, or I'll just leave it as is.

>>38773253
I can wait until 10, it's fine.
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>>38771778
OK, will do. Data saved in RAM/unsaved programs is only as good as the stability of the program and the longevity of the battery or power supply that the computer is connected to.

Might not be clear from my previous posts: that PMV now only exists in very low quality form. The original uploader deleted his 360p/480p/720p video in 2013/2014. TommyXe also said he had it on a hard drive but that HDD broke. (In 2013 and maybe also 2012, YouTube allowed 1080p uploads, but I don't know if that PMV was in 1080p. Or maybe back then you could upload 1080p files but they would only be in 720p downstream unless it was popular enough, at which point it would also be 1080p downstream.)

>>38772836
>>38772875
Vietnamese:
"270
00:14:46.468 --> 00:14:48.429 position:50.00%,middle align:middle size:80.00% line:84.67%
<c.vietnamese><c.bg_transparent>phải làm gì với 90 cân kẹo đá.</c.bg_transparent>"
=
"what to do with 90 pounds of rock candy."
(Google Translate)

https://archive.org/download/68746d6c2f6d616e310a2e2f646f63/My.Little.Pony.Friendship.is.Magic.S04E18.Maud.Pie.NF.WEB-DL.Vietnamese.vtt
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>>38773360
Google Translate is wrong yet again:
cân = kilogram
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/c%C3%A2n

I also suspect that Google Translate was wrong since it said 90, not 200 (90kg = 198.416 lbs). Original:

"If anypony needs me I'll be in
here trying to figure out

346
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what to do with 200
pounds of rock candy"

https://archive.org/download/68746d6c2f6d616e310a2e2f646f63/My.Little.Pony.Friendship.is.Magic.S04E18.Maud.Pie.GP.WEB-DL.English.CC.srt

Rock candy is just crystallized sugar and food coloring. There is probably no type of rock that can be used as an ingredient in candy, unless you count a rock of salt as a rock.
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>>38771136
Skywriter is great, but Contraptionology is kind of rough in places and slow to get rolling. You'd be much better off reading his Cadance of Cloudsdale sequence.
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Gray or grey?

>>38770052
>Why is that?
It was a blink and you'll miss it scene in an episode full of Wild West lore that totally swamped it out. Plus, you'd have to spin up some cool setting stuff to establish salt and why do that when you can just be lazy and use alcohol instead?

>>38770833
RIP Conviction. Still had one of the best TF scenes I've read.
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>>38773679
Derpy is gray, Octavia is grey.
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>>38773745
>>38773745
>>38773745
Whenever you feel like it.
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>>38773750
Well, I don't feel like it.
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>>38773886
Get in there. Now.



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