My Little Pony FiM Community |OT| We will love and tolerate the SHIT outta you!

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“Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria, there were two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land.

To do this, the eldest used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn. The younger brought out the moon to begin the night. Thus, the two sisters maintained balance for their kingdom and their subjects: all the different types of ponies.

But as time went on, the younger sister became resentful. The ponies relished and played in the day her elder sister brought forth, but shunned and slept through her beautiful night. One fateful day, the younger unicorn refused to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. The elder sister tried to reason with her, but the bitterness in the young one's heart had transformed her into a wicked mare of darkness: Nightmare Moon. She vowed that she would shroud the land in eternal night.

Reluctantly, the elder sister harnessed the most powerful magic known to ponydom: The Elements of Harmony. Using the magic of The Elements of Harmony, she defeated her younger sister and banished her permanently in the moon.

The elder sister took on responsibility for both sun and moon, and harmony has been maintained in Equestria for generations since.”
- from Ancient Myths and Tales of Equestria, p.16-21



"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" (MLP:FiM) is the latest animated show based on the "My Little Pony" (MLP) franchise created by toy maker Hasbro. It tells us about the lives and adventures of six pony friends from Ponyville, a small town in the magical land of Equestria.

The show premiered in October 2010, and was initially developed for television by Lauren Faust, creator of "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends", animator for "The Iron Giant", writer for "Powerpuff Girls", and wife of PPG's creator Craig McCracken.

At the time of this writing, the show comprises a full season with 26 episodes. The second season is scheduled to begin airing Fall 2011.

Although Lauren Faust is no longer involved in the production of the show, the rest of the creative team will be kept for season 2, and director Jayson Thiessen has ensured the fans that the spirit that transformed the first season into a popularity phenomenon will be maintained for the new episodes.

Air times:

- United States of America (EST):
--- The Hub
----- Weekdays: 8:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 6:30 PM
----- Saturday: 8:00 AM, 8:30 AM
----- Sunday: 9:30 AM

- United Kingdom (WEST):
--- Boomerang
----- Weekdays: 15:00



PonyGAF is an enthusiastic group of NeoGAF members who have in common their appreciation for this show. It may seem strange to some that a bunch of grown-ups have taken so much after a show geared at young girls, but many different reasons have contributed to the birth of such an unconventional fandom in the midst of a larger community composed primarily of adult gamers. Reasons pointed out by the members of PonyGAF for liking MLP:FiM are:

- Great animation (specially considering it is made using Adobe Flash) and expressions for the characters.
- Excellent voice work.
- Extremely cute and (almost) universally appealing character designs.
- Amazing characterization for the cast, making for surprisingly endearing and relateable characters.
- Very competent writing, with simple but smart dialogue and storytelling that can be interesting even to grown-ups.
- Charming visual and verbal humor that is not based on violence, humiliation or rudeness.
- A quality of innocence that can disarm and soothe even the most jaded hearts - if they're willing to leave that door open.
- An intriguing surrounding universe with just the right amount of exposition, allowing fans to fill in the blanks.
- An emphasis on the virtues and perks of friendship, which is refreshing in a pop culture panorama where violence, cynicism and fierce competition seem to be the prevalent values.
- Great songs and background music.

And above all...

- The sheer rush from the absurdity and cognitive dissonance resulting from the realization that you're a full-grown adult person who is loving a show about magical ponies, geared primarily at young girls, and coming from a franchise with a 25-year history of lowest-common-denominator toy-store-shelf-filling plastic vapidness, and knowing that you are not alone in doing so.

Besides posting in this thread, PonyGAF has a few other hangout places:
- The PonyGAF IRC channel (#ponyGAF at irc.globalgamers.net:6667)
- The PonyGAF Steam group
- A private Team Fortress 2 server set up at 75.102.34.139:27015. The respective password can be found in the above mentioned Steam group.
- For those who would like to talk with the members of PonyGAF on gaming networks, here is a database of gaming ID's.
- The PonyGAF Tinychat room.
- The PonyGAF Facebook group.
- The PonyGAF Synchtube room, with gatherings to watch episodes and new video creations happening at Saturday nights (Sun. 0:00 BST/WEST, Sat. 19:00 EDT, Sat. 16:00 PDT, Sun. 1:00 CEST).

Gaffer Careksims, an extremely talented artist, was kind enough to supply PonyGAF with its own official mascot, Belle Eve, featured in this section's header. Here is a repository of all illustrations featuring Belle created by PonyGAF members.




Twilight Sparkle - The Nerd
Voiced by Tara Strong, singing voice by Rebecca Shoichet
A unicorn originating from the Equestrian capital of Canterlot, Twilight is initially an anti-social pony who would very much rather spend her time reading books alone than hanging out with friends. Her stance shifts dramatically as she discovers about the magic of friendship, even though she still values a certain measure of solitude inside her library. Because of her intelligence, she tends to get somewhat snarky when her opinion clashes with someone else's. Although her great organization skills make her a natural leader, she is prone to breaking under pressure or when reality contradicts her theoretical knowledge. Twilight has amazing magic potential, and is our "point of view pony", a sane counterpoint to all the weird stuff that happens in her world.


Applejack - The Country Pony
Voiced by Ashleigh Ball
Applejack is all about business. This earth pony is in charge of her family's apple orchard, and is a hard-working equine who will do anything to gain an extra (honest) buck. She might not be the most intellectually-inclined of ponies, but she can always find a moment to help her friends, and is the go-to pony in Ponyville for any physical tasks, as she is probably the best athlete in town. Despite this, Applejack is stubborn as a mule, and has trouble admitting when she needs help herself. Her messy, straight-talking, no-frills nature sometimes puts her at odds with other, more prim ponies, but her diligent nature makes her one of the most respected ponies in town.


Rainbow Dash - The Hot-Shot
Voiced by Ashleigh Ball
This pegasus pony has no shame about advertising her love affair with a female pony, and that pony is herself. A full-blown braggart, Rainbow Dash has, nevertheless, the skills to back it up - after all, she is probably the best flier in her town, if not in all of Equestria. Her dream is to belong to famed aerobatics team "The Wonderbolts", but nevertheless, her rock-solid loyalty is devoted to her friends. Despite her bragging, Dash is very insecure when she knows she's being judged, but has little patience for anyone less bold than herself and is quick to judge them as useless. She is extremely brave, even in face of unfavorable odds, but tends to jump into danger without thinking things through.


Rarity - The Diva
Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain, singing voice by Kazumi Evans
Rarity's magic may be nowhere as strong as Twilight's, but this unicorn is all about talent - artistic talent. She's the artist of Ponyville, an eximious fashion designer and dress-maker, being the owner of her own atelier and shop. Rarity prides herself in being the most beautiful pony in Ponyville, and would be hard-pressed to show herself in public with a hair of her mane out of place, but her vanity is only surpassed by her generosity, as she will do anything to make sure that her friends look their best - even if it is against their wishes. Her perfectionism and fussiness are strong to a fault, as she sometimes descends into obsessive-compulsive behavior if things aren't absolutely the way she thinks they should be.


Fluttershy - The Shrinking Violet
Voiced by Andrea Libman
Despite being a pegasus pony, Fluttershy is as much of an opposite to Rainbow Dash as it can be imagined. She is extremely shy, as her name suggests, very sensitive and somewhat of a scaredy-cat, but all who get to know her recognize her enormous gentleness and talent to handle all kinds of animals. In fact, animals are the main trigger to dispel Fluttershy's bashfulness, as she gets very enthusiastic when she gets a chance to interact with them - and they, of course, love her too... or else! Her fear of the unknown can be paralyzing, but she always ends up rising to the occasion, specially when her friends are in danger, causing a hidden protective instinct and a mysterious power of persuasion (“the stare”) to reveal themselves.


Pinkie Pie - The Joker
Voiced by Andrea Libman, singing voice by Shannon Chan-Kent
Pinkie Pie defies all explanation. Everybody knows that she loves to party, and is the most social pony in Ponyville, knowing absolutely everyone. But besides that, Pinkie Pie seems to be permanently possessed by sugar rush, showing constant hyperactivity and engaging in wacky hijinks, impromptu singing and seemingly nonsensical behavior that, nevertheless, ALWAYS has a method to it. She is a skilled baker who loves all kinds of sweets and works at the local candy shop, but she'd much rather break the rules of physics and mystify all of her friends, all the while seeming to KNOW something that everyone else doesn't. Her frantic nature means that she sometimes doesn't get taken seriously, and she seems incapable of (or unwilling to) understanding metaphors and figurative speech. Must be seen to be believed.


Spike - The Token Male
Voiced by Cathy Weseluck
Despite being only a baby dragon, Spike acts as Twilight's able assistant, living with her at the library and helping her with her research. Providing a much needed male point of view to Ponyville's happenings, Spike is pragmatic and sometimes sarcastic, but extremely loyal to her caretaker. He acts as the means of communication between Twilight and Princess Celestia, sending and receiving messages royal messages via his magical breath. Spike holds a poorly disguised crush on Rarity, and there's little that he wouldn't do to please the white unicorn.


Princess Celestia - The Wise Ruler
Voiced by Nicole Oliver
From her throne in the city of Canterlot, Celestia has ruled over Equestria for over 1,000 years, and using her powerful winged unicorn magic, she ensures even the movement of the Sun (and the Moon, in her sister's absence). A kind and dedicated monarch, Celestia is also sometimes seen as being a master manipulator and having a prankster streak. She’s Twilight Sparkle's mentor, and the one who the purple unicorn must send regular reports to, regarding her findings about friendship.


Nightmare Moon / Princess Luna - The Sorrowful Heart
Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain
The younger sister of Celestia, Luna used to rule along with her older sister, managing the nights and the movement of the moon. However, her heart grew bitter with time, because of her feeling that her nights were unappreciated by her pony subjects. Corrupted by hatred, Luna became Nightmare Moon, and vowed to make night become eternal. Banned to the moon by Celestia, she stayed there for 1,000 years, and upon her brutal return, only the use of the Elements of Harmony by Twilight Sparkle and her friends was able to stop her plan. Back to her original form, she accepted her sister's forgiveness, and returned to her side to rule once more.


The Cutie Mark Crusaders (Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom) - The Kids Next Door
Voiced by Madeline Peters, Claire Corlett and Michelle Creber; Sweetie Belle's singing voice by Michelle Creber
A group of three fillies who unite on their quest to earn their cutie marks, which are the reflection of a pony’s special talent and their purpose in life. From the left, they're Scootaloo, a pegasus with a penchant for extreme sports; Sweetie Belle, the younger sister of Rarity and owner of an amazing voice and musical talent; And Apple Bloom, Applejack's sister and a great builder and fixer. With these descriptions, one would think it would be a breeze for the CMC's to get their cutie marks. However, their obliviousness regarding their own talents is a great part of what makes their unnecessarily elaborate efforts funny (and sometimes frustrating).
 

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The first season of MLP:FiM comprises 26 episodes. With the exception of episodes 1 and 2, the remaining episodes tell stand-alone stories and can be watched individually without continuity concerns (there is some continuity between episodes 3, 14, 16 and 26, but knowing about it is not crucial for viewer enjoyment).

Episodes 1.1 & 1.2 - Friendship is Magic
Twilight Sparkle, prized student of Princess Celestia, travels to Ponyville at her teacher’s behest to make friends and oversee preparations for the Summer Sun Celebration, but together with her new acquaintances, she ends up having to deal with the long-awaited return of Nightmare Moon, a powerful, wicked mare of darkness.

Episode 1.3 - The Ticket Master
Princess Celestia sends Twilight two tickets to the coveted Grand Galloping Gala, but can the young unicorn decide which of her friends to take along with her?

Episode 1.4 - Applebuck Season
Applejack takes into her hooves the task of harvesting her whole apple orchard all by herself, with hilarious sleep-deprived consequences.

Episode 1.5 - Griffon the Brush Off
Just as Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash start to get along, the appearance of Gilda, an old friend of Dash’s, throws a wrench into the works.

Episode 1.6 - Boast Busters
Come one, come all! See the Great and Powerful Trixie put everypony in Ponyville to ridicule on her travelling magic show! Watch her vanquish a powerful Ursa Major threatening to destroy town! Or not.

Episode 1.7 - Dragonshy
A dragon’s nap is threatening all of Equestria as the smoke from his snoring covers the land. Surely Fluttershy’s talent with animals can save us all this dark day. Fluttershy? Why are you hiding behind that rock?

Episode 1.8 - Look Before You Sleep
The fight of the century: Applejack vs. Rarity! Tonight, live from the slumber party at Twilight’s Library. Bring your own pillow.

Episode 1.9 - Bridle Gossip
All six ponies, cursed? A mysterious, striped, evil enchantress? Flutterguy? Surely this is a case for Apple Bloom, pony stealth investigator extraordinaire!

Episode 1.10 - Swarm of the Century
What do you mean, Pinkie Pie wants to find a pair of maracas? We ain’t got time for that horsecrap! We‘ve had it with these applebuckin’ Parasprites in our applebuckin’ town!

Episode 1.11 - Winter Wrap Up
Catchiest. Song. Ever. Also, something about Twilight trying to find her place in an ancient Ponyville season-changing tradition, without using her magic. Meh.

Episode 1.12 - Call of the Cutie
Apple Bloom must face full life consequences as she is invited to her schoolmate’s cuteceñera without having a cutie mark of her own. But is she really all alone in this cruel world?

Episode 1.13 - Fall Weather Friends
The episode that divided fans, generated over 5,000 flamewar forum posts and over 30 shipping fanfics! It’s Applejack vs. Rainbow Dash! Wings: yay or neigh? You decide!

Episode 1.14 - Suited for Success
Rarity: “Of coooourse I can create six all-new gala dresses for all of us and put up a fashion show within a few days. What could possibly go wrong, darling?”

Episode 1.15 - Feeling Pinkie Keen
Can Pinkie Pie really predict the future with her tics? Twilight doesn’t buy it, and will try to get to the bottom of the question - even if it kills her.

Episode 1.16 - Sonic Rainboom
Rainbow Dash trained hard to become Equestria’s next “Best Young Flyer”, even if she can’t pull out her signature move, the “Sonic Rainboom”. Of course, she faces stiff competition from... Rarity?!

Episode 1.17 - Stare Master
The CMC is in da house - Fluttershy’s house, that is. For a sleepover. They may be able to go all gangsta on Fluttershy’s chickens, but they’ll find out who the real chickens are when they wander into the Everfree Forest.

Episode 1.18 - The Show Stoppers
In this long-awaited return of the CMC, the witless trio somehow reaches the conclusion that the best way to earn their cutie marks is with a bad 80’s glam pop-rock number. Massive eye-rolling ensues.

Episode 1.19 - A Dog and Pony Show
Oh no, Rarity has been fillynapped by the Diamond Dogs and forced to find gems! Quick, Spike, to the rescue - there’s no telling what Rarity will do to those poor, poor mutts.

Episode 1.20 - Green Isn’t Your Color
Rarity’s dream of fame seems to come true as Photo Finish, big-shot fashion photographer, comes to her boutique for a shoot. Except the designer is not the one he’s interested in - it’s the model, Fluttershy.

Episode 1.21 - Over a Barrel
It’s cowboys vs. indians all over again, as the gang visits a settlement founded by Applejack’s relatives, only to land smack in the middle of a conflict between buffalo natives and pony settlers.

Episode 1.22 - A Bird on the Hoof
Fluttershy has the brilliant idea of birdnapping Princess Celestia’s sickly pet bird to nurse it back to health. Twilight gets involved. That doesn’t feel like a recipe for disaster at all, right?

Episode 1.23 - The Cutie Mark Chronicles
Scootaloo wants to hear about how Rainbow Dash got her cutie mark. Well, she’s going to have to hear everypony else’s lame cutie mark stories first. So there!

Episode 1.24 - Owl’s Well That Ends Well
Spike, don’t you know that jealousy doesn’t get you anywhere? That freaky owl is totally not trying to take your place near Twilight and her friends!

Episode 1.25 - Party of One
Pinkie Pie has a harsh meeting with reality when a series of excuses from her friends lead her to the conclusion that they might not want to attend her parties anymore.

Episode 1.26 - The Best Night Ever
Tonight’s the night! The Grand Galloping Gala is here, and the mane six see this as the chance to make all of their dreams come true. Better hope that the reality doesn’t turn into a nightmare, then...

Episode 2.1 and 2.2 - The Return of Harmony
Weird things are happening in Equestria, and the culprit is Discord, an old enemy of Celestia, freed from his stony prison. Time to clean the dust off those Elements of Harmony... if our heroines can find them in time!

Episode 2.3 - Lesson Zero
Take it easy, Twilight... is not like Princess Celestia is going to put you back in magic kindergarten for being tardy with your friendship research assignment... or is she?

Episode 2.4 - Luna Eclipsed
LUNA! It's LUNA, guys! She's finally here to celebrate Nightmare Night in Ponyville! Also, she doesn't seem to be able to keep her voice down or avoid scaring away everypony around her. Twilight to the rescue!

Episode 2.5 - Sisterhooves Social
After several accidents and misundertandings, Sweetie Belle and Rarity renounce each other as sisters, and the filly runs off to Applejack and Apple Bloom, who suggest participating in the Sisterhooves Social event.

Episode 2.6 - The Cutie Pox
Apple Bloom gets her cutie mark. Cutie marks. Several of them. And she doesn't to be able to stop acting on her newfound talents. Puberty is always an awkward time.



Since it began airing, MLP:FiM has spawned one of the most amazing (and puzzling) popularity phenomena in the Internet ever, with an incredibly dedicated fan community that, after being born in 4chan, spread through the web at an incredible speed. Today, fans count in the thousands, constantly creating an astounding amount of fan works, including illustrations, comics, fiction, videos, music, games and more.

PonyGAF’s Fan Works

The collective of NeoGAF members who are fans of MLP:FiM (PonyGAF) have themselves a good amount of notable fan works under their belts. Here are some of them:

- Ahoyhoy made a batch of funny GIFs, some of which are related to the over reactions that the rest of NeoGAF has towards the show.
- Bufbaf is the author of an awesome mashup album, “My Little Vocaloid”, mixing up Vocaloid songs with songs from the show. Be sure to read the video description for a download link. Oh, and have I mentioned that he is a great artist too? Because he is.
- Careksims, besides having created an extraordinary amount of amazing fan art, has kindly designed Belle Eve, the “official mascot” of PonyGAF.
- Choppasmith’s Youtube Channel has a fair amount of great pony-themed video creations.
- Foxix has created and compiled an enormous amount of avatar pictures, available for use by anyone at this post. Grab yours now!
- ThreeSix created an excellent set of pony-themed movie trailers.

Many other works have achieved such a high degree of quality, that they deserve to be shared in this post. Notable fan works include:

Videos

- Night of Pony is the first step to getting your brain full of pony.
- PONIES, the Anthology - A “AMV Hell” styled compilation.
- Epic (7 Artists) - The first high-quality, high-profile PMV made.
- Equestria Girls - A video made by Hub acknowledging the bronies.
- Corridor of Cupcakes - Hypnotizing PMV using the song from Chrono Trigger.
- Ponycraft 2 - The most popular Pony related video game mashup created based on Starcraft 2
- Applejack & Twilight with Celestia - Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt parody.
- Pony Bebop - Cowboy Bebop parody.

Music

- Super Ponybeat is a fantastic album featuring eurodance remixes of all season one songs - and then some more.
- Youtube user RainbowCrash88 created a set of fantastic 8-bit remixes of almost every song in season 1.
- At the Winter Gala is a great mashup/remix of Winter Wrap Up and At the Gala, by Saltlakrits.

Games

Rainbow Dash Attack - You’ll probably find this familiar.

Fan community links

Equestria Daily - The largest fan blog, gathering the most notable fan creations and fan feedback.
MLP:FiM Wikia - The better source for pure information on the show and its characters.
Ponychan - A -chan purely dedicated to the show, populated by a friendly and dedicated bunch.
Bronibooru - An image repository for fan art, filtered to show only the best the fandom has to offer.
Ponibooru - Same as above, but with very little filtering for crap. Prepare to avert your eyes.
MLP:FiM at KnowYourMeme - The barometer for the subculture’s popularity on the web. Lots of interesting facts and figures about the fandom, as well as a repository of pictures and video links.



Fans should not fool themselves: this show was primarily created to help sell toys to little girls. Toys based on the show designs now cover toy shop shelves all over the world. These designs are the 4th generation of My Little Pony toys, and fans willing to buy them shouldn’t confuse them with leftovers from previous generations.

Unfortunately, Hasbro hasn’t yet picked up on the potential grown-up market for MLP:FiM related merchandise, and therefore it is currently impossible to find official items geared at adult fans. Several fans, however, have taken into their hands to fix this omission by creating all kinds of MLP-themed craftworks, including customized figures, plushies, clothing, and much more.

These creators are spread all over the web, and their work can be found at outlets such as Etsy, DeviantArt, ArtFire and many more.



Q: I’m seeing these ponies all over the Internet, is this some sort of meme that has gotten way out of hand?
A: Not at all. Most of those people you see posting in other forums and everyone in this particular thread truly care about the show and the fan-base that has formed around it.

Q: Isn’t this show for little girls? I remember seeing some old My Little Pony shows in the 80s that had tea and slumber parties that gave me nightmares.
A: I can assure you that those old My Little Pony television shows and movies have almost no relation to FiM aside from the name. Creator Lauren Faust pitched the new show idea as a radical change to the MLP formula that would interest more of the entire family as well as provide a better quality show for those young female viewers.

Q: What do the fans of the show do to express their love for the show?
A: Besides the typical fan fiction and fan art that are common with large fan bases of a fiction, “pony music videos”, or PMV for short, seem to be the most popular. Others make stuffed animals, hats, 2D sidescrollers, custom t-shirts, and many other things. Although I only mentioned that fans create fiction and art, I can guarantee there is no shortage of either of those in the slightest.

Q: All right, fine. I’ll watch an episode. I haven’t got anything else to do for the next 20 minutes. What should I watch?
A: The best place to start is really going to be the first episode. When you start watching you may be rolling your eyes at the beginning, but I can almost assure you that you won’t be for very long after that.

Q: Are there any DVD or Bluray releases of this show?
A: As of the last edition of this post, there aren't any disk releases for MLP:FiM. A tweet from the official My Little Pony account seems to hint towards a future disk release.

Q: Since the first episode ends in a cliffhanger, is there any sort of chronological order as the series progresses?
A: Other than the first two and last episode, the series has a very loose episode order. For some, the first two episodes may not be the best starting point because they have a completely different theme to them than the rest of the series. Since there is no huge reason to watch chronologically, some of the universally agreed upon best overall episodes are “Dragonshy”, “Bridle Gossip”, and “Swarm of the Century”. They give screen time to all the characters and give you an idea of what each one is about.

Q: So, I watched an episode... and oh my gosh, this show is awesome! Rainbow Dash is a bad-ass and Fluttershy is so adorable. Pinkie Pie is f***ing crazy and Rarity is so fabulous. Thanks for telling me about this show!
A: Welcome to the herd.
 
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Won't old threads remain in GAF anyway so we can visit the avatars?



I <3 cartoons and certain anime.
Well a handy post with all of them, or a link to a post with all of them would be cool to have in the OP. I just thought it'd be cool to make a new post, he would just need to get the text from Foxix (I think).
 
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Ellis Kim said:
Phoenix here, the "webcomic" server.

90 DRG, huh? Dang. I stopped playing years ago. I can't believe they raised the level cap to 95 or whatever it is right now. Doesn't that kind of just break the game?
It's not 95 yet, but it's going up to 99. I haven't really played since the last patch, but apparently in that one they raised the level of a lot of enemies in areas including Dangruf Wadi to be tough for higher level players.
Old content and story missions are much much easier. A lot of missions are soloable/duoable not only because of the higher cap, but because no story missions (ie CoP, 5-1, 2-3) are level capped anymore. Personally, that's the only reason I've been able to get as far as I have. So while older content is much easier to accomplish, the new expansion, Abyssea, adds content for the higher levels.
Abyssea is pretty much what every body does now. EXP flies. I saw a LS member take a 75 job to 90 in one day. Merit cap has been raised to 20, and merits have been expanded a little.
 
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Is it just me, or is Rainbow Dash's wing a little odd in the OP banner?

Whogie said:
It's not 95 yet, but it's going up to 99. I haven't really played since the last patch, but apparently in that one they raised the level of a lot of enemies in areas including Dangruf Wadi to be tough for higher level players.
Old content and story missions are much much easier. A lot of missions are soloable/duoable not only because of the higher cap, but because no story missions (ie CoP, 5-1, 2-3) are level capped anymore. Personally, that's the only reason I've been able to get as far as I have. So while older content is much easier to accomplish, the new expansion, Abyssea, adds content for the higher levels.
Abyssea is pretty much what every body does now. EXP flies. I saw a LS member take a 75 job to 90 in one day. Merit cap has been raised to 20, and merits have been expanded a little.
Jeez.
 

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Myke, I just feel like I have to state on the record that I feel the OP is missing a very key element in explaining this show to newcomers. Namely, that despite the show being as good as it is, that is not the only reason Pony-GAF exists. It's not why a large fanbase of bronies exist. There are other extremely good cartoons for kids out there right now, like Regular Show or Adventure Time, and they don't get the same kind of following.

And the main reason for that is that this is a part of the MY LITTLE PONY franchise. This is a franchise that, prior to this show, was an utterly vapid, soulless commercial enterprise that was created solely to sell plastic toys to little girls. That anything good can spring from it is extremely surprisingly, bewildering, and it is a tremendous source of humor and amusement.

http://i.imgur.com/lOTvH.jpg

This rather famous MLP image macro perfectly encapsulates this humor. It's a (presumably wealthy) grown man in a business suit, strutting his stuff, excited for the next episode of MY LITTLE PONY.

Ignoring this pretty key element explaining this show's popularity is a mistake. For the skeptics, it's a much easier sell the show to them if there's something else they can grab onto except "it's good". You've seen the video about the MLP physics presentation, right? The student in the video wins the respect and attention of his classmates by acknowledging the absurdity of the whole situation. If not for his "why" slide, his classmates might have just assumed he was crazy and would have written off the show immediately. But his use of humor breaks any awkwardness and he might have recruited a few new bronies that day.

Perhaps you and some others in the thread are past the stage where the humorous absurdity is needed anymore. That you've legitimately become fans of the show and you don't need to continue thinking about gender expectations or the history of the franchise to enjoy it. And that's fine. But you can't sell that experience to everyone. Right now, all you've got in terms of pointng out the absurdity is the "love and tolerate the SHIT outta you" line, and I don't think that's enough. I would definitely recommend either making an addition to the "Pony-GAF" section or even adding a whole new section entirely.
 

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ZealousD said:
Myke, I just feel like I have to state on the record that I feel the OP is missing a very key element in explaining this show to newcomers. Namely, that despite the show being as good as it is, that is not the only reason Pony-GAF exists. It's not why a large fanbase of bronies exist. There are other extremely good cartoons for kids out there right now, like Regular Show or Adventure Time, and they don't get the same kind of following.

And the main reason for that is that this is a part of the MY LITTLE PONY franchise. This is a franchise that, prior to this show, was an utterly vapid, soulless commercial enterprise that was created solely to sell plastic toys to little girls. That anything good can spring from it is extremely surprisingly, bewildering, and it is a tremendous source of humor and amusement.

http://i.imgur.com/lOTvH.jpg

This rather famous MLP image macro perfectly encapsulates this humor. It's a (presumably wealthy) grown man in a business suit, strutting his stuff, excited for the next episode of MY LITTLE PONY.

Ignoring this pretty key element explaining this show's popularity is a mistake. For the skeptics, it's a much easier sell the show to them if there's something else they can grab onto except "it's good". You've seen the video about the MLP physics presentation, right? The student in the video wins the respect and attention of his classmates by acknowledging the absurdity of the whole situation. If not for his "why" slide, his classmates might have just assumed he was crazy and would have written off the show immediately. But his use of humor breaks any awkwardness and he might have recruited a few new bronies that day.

Perhaps you and some others in the thread are past the stage where the humorous absurdity is needed anymore. That you've legitimately become fans of the show and you don't need to continue thinking about gender expectations or the history of the franchise to enjoy it. And that's fine. But you can't sell that experience to everyone. Right now, all you've got in terms of pointng out the absurdity is the "love and tolerate the SHIT outta you" line, and I don't think that's enough. I would definitely recommend either making an addition to the "Pony-GAF" section or even adding a whole new section entirely.
You are right, of course. I will be sure to integrate that important aspect into the OP:

And above all...

- The sheer rush derived from the absurdity and cognitive dissonance resulting from being a full-grown adult person realizing that he/she loves a show about magical ponies, geared primarily at young girls, and coming from a franchise with a 25-year history of lowest-common-denominator toy-store-shelf-filling plastic vapidness.
How does that sound?

All of you, be sure to tell me if you think of something that should be integrated into the OP. :)
 
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I can't believe how strong the community thread remained even after the season ended AND NeoGAF decided to ghettoize the official thread down here. Truly remarkable, you guys even surpassed the Community thread by a country mile.
 

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Ultimoo said:
http://belleeve.imgur.com/all#1

Should this be in the OP, or some samples of it maybe? :p
Linked to it under the PonyGAF section, thank you!

Ookami-kun said:
Just a question - why is Belle Eve a unicorn? Why not a pegasus or earth pony?
Guess which one of these game controllers would be the only one Belle would be able to handle, if she wasn't a unicorn.
 
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