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Here you go, guys! This is a first draft of a simple RPG I made for people who want to play as ponies with actual stats and dice. Hopefully I've described the rules well enough and given everyone enough for a good jumping-off point. I'll add more material as time allows and I'm sure other writers could make some supplements as well. I avoided using actual character and setting info from the show to keep from making something that clearly violates copyrights. Please give me any questions or comments you have!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Shouldn't this thing be updated?
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
In theory, but it didn't really get enough of a response to justify it.
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xXLostInsideDreamsXx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Artist
Wow, this will REALLY help when I'm trying to make new ponies. I'll read this every time I need help with personalities and stuff. Thanks, I really need help on new ponies sometimes so I'll stick with this if I need help. It has a few stats and stuff that'll really inspire me. Thank you again. :iconpinkie-bopplz:
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Rarity42 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Are Unicorns and Pegasi still able to take Lucky or Prodigy from the Earth pony abilities. Those two seem like and type of pony could take them so just wondering. Other than that it looks amazing.
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Not right now.
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Riaden234 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
how do Even a make a rpg in this kind of format?
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
You mean a pencil and paper RPG? They're the first kind that was created, based on tactical miniatures games which are essentially historical battle-based upgrades on old war games like Chess or Go. You use dice to determine the outcome of random events and tell stories manually.
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Riaden234 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was talking more on how you actually make it look all like a real R.P.G book would look like. Like how you typed it it all up and formatted it the way you did.
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I just did that in openoffice.
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Brandonloyal2 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
I hope this includes charts for criticals and fumbles because the comedy and awesomeness are endless , btw will there be expansions for Crystal Ponies, because Ithink any defensive abilities would be high
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
There would be if many people liked this.
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Brandonloyal2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
interesting, I hope there is a Fallout Equestria expansion as well, btw is it possible to have help in creating D20 style races from MSHF?
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
There's already an MSF High RPG that I wrote, the leveling races from MSFH don't match with d20.
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Brandonloyal2 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
If I could see it, I could translate it to D20 standards
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
No, thanks. Trying to convert everything to the d20 system killed the RPG industry in 2000.
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Brandonloyal2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Well sorry, I guess I love d&d 3.5/ Pathfinder so much, I wanted to try and share that with others , though if you need constructive critism or ideas for pen and paper roleplay games, I am all eyes and ears, btw thanks for taking the time to read these comments
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kwr2k11 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I guess players earn bits by doing work (like a Pegasi who works in the weather control), or an Earth Pony who manages a farm and harvests crops to feed others. Unicorns can learn magic from older unicorn mentors.

One campaign would be similar to the Grand Galloping Gala, where formal attire and tickets are required. Your PC has just received tickets, and you want to invite your friends. Bad news is you only received enough tickets for 3 or less.
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Nyctomancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've read through it, and I have a few thoughts on this.
1) Awesome. Great idea, and the mechanics seem solid. Using only regular dice was a nice plan, that way anyone who isn't much into tabletop games can play easily.
2) For the next draft, you might want to change how you explain the game. The way it was written is a little confusing. Some of the mechanics for all the ponies were explained either too early or too late. Maybe organize it into different sections or chapters? (If you want a detailed suggestion, message me, I would be super glad to help)
3) For the next edition, some templates for NPCs and monsters would be useful, that way each storyteller/dm/etc doesn't have to make up new sets for every game, and then they would all be streamlined, so the mechanics would work if you played this with another group.
4) Could you let us know the stats of the main characters? That way everyone could use them in their games, and like with the monsters and npcs, it would be easy for a player to game from one group to another. Also, kind of wondering what Twilight's stats are... Does she have everything maxed with the Elements of Harmony, or is she a house-ruled-in case to have max magic?

I think the game is great, and I really want to play it with my friends... as soon as I know more Bronys near me. I look forward to more of your work!
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Thank you for the help, I hope to get some more work done on it, though it looks like the new season is going to add even more stuff that I'll have to add to the book. I could probably use some help from othersw, and the fact that no one seems to have paid attention to the book is disheartening. I submitted it to equestria daily, but they never even answered me.
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Nyctomancer Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would totally be glad to help playtest for you! Some friends of mine tried it out for a quick session, and we found where some things were great and where some things needed improvement/clarification. Like... where is the willpower check? I think the most confusing part as the person running the game was setting the difficulty roll. With the different dice, what is about average difficulty? Unless you ask what die they are using each time, it's kinda confusing. I guess it's 2?
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
An average difficulty for most tasks should be about a 3 or 4, Which is difficult for those with a d4, middling for those with a d6, and easy for those with higher dice. I THINK willpower is covered as a specialty of toughness, but I can't be certain.
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ywywag299 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
yes...YES...YEESSSS!!!
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ultimatic2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Artist
dude it won't load at all!
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Do you have adobe acrobat reader installed?
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ultimatic2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Artist
? don't know, my laptop came bundled with the newest stuff when i got it
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Try the download link. If it won't open after you download it, go to adobe.com and get the acrobat reader, it's free.
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ultimatic2 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Artist
got it. thanks
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AgentXY14 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, that's it, I want in. I wanna join Team MSF just for overall awesomeness points.
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Insheba Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
....Omg... the bronies that exist at my strategy club at school will love this. I CAN'T WAIT! X3
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Insheba Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey wraith I'm drawing everyone in comic relief as ponies but I'm stumped on you and Akashi's designs. Suggestions?
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
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Insheba Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD nm I'll just link to your pic when I post everyone else's
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Vtraxis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Interesting. Not sure if I'll try it, but interesting.
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TsawlaEltuTsamsiyu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a WHOLE lot simpler than going and hand-creating everything based on Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition criteria and standards! I don't think I'm going to finish that project... At least for a while.
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CommanderWolffe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
All I could think of when I read the attribute "Medic", All I could think of was the TF2 guys all calling out for Herr Doktor all at once........ *shot*
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:clap: Fine work and very intricately composed!
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thank you! I hope people play with it and enjoy it.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd love to if I could find people interested.
Heck, I keep trying to play IronClaw with a similar style XD
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DontAskForCookies Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I know of one person in RL that would probably play this with me, maybe another If I can really convince him, but otherwise I am in the same boat as you.

Odds are I will probably have to form some sort of online group, at least at first anyway. I am not giving up on converting as many friends of mine to Bronies as I possibly can just yet, AS GOD AS MY WITNESS THEY WILL ALL JOIN THE HERD!
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dechopyre Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You made an entire DND inspired RPG game based off the concept of My Little Pony? I must say I'm impressed.
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
It's not D&D inspired. It's just an RPG game system.
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dechopyre Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Fooled me.
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DontAskForCookies Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Every time I try and explain role playing games to my family, co-workers, or strangers on the buss that are curious about why I am lugging around a about to burst at the seems from all the books inside,I always end up just giving up after a while and just say "Its like D&D"

Its annoying to have to use one game to sum-up a whole huge universe of other systems (most of which are nothing like D&D)but it is by far the most simplistic way to impart the idea behind it all to someone who dose not have a clue.

Its like I could go on for hours and hours and get nothing but looks of confusion, but I just say its like D&D and they nod their heads like they now know exactly what I am talking about...
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ShaD-23 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I second that
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dechopyre Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yes.
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Kingofsouls Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I took a look. Sounds a lot like the Savage Worlds system.
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Thespurgin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Artist
A wise choice, but may I point out that there are other races in the equestria-verse than simply ponies? dragons... zebra, and likely a countless number more aside from the cannon races should be factored in as playable shouldn't they? it's not like you will only have groups of ponies, unicorns, and pegasi.

Aside from that, this seems like a very reasonable and well thought out draft. I might add an expansion system, such as templates for the creation of other abilities, and perhaps the selection of a particular map?

For instance, Hlissner's made an incredible map for example, and while it is based on a number of assumptions, it's hard to argue against the extensiveness of it. [link]

Perhaps ask him for permission to use it, or make your own? Just a suggestion.
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MSFHWraith Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
yes, there's lots I'd like to add, especially rules for playing non-pony characters.
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Thespurgin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Artist
Then I hope that map helps give you ideas of other races to start. I can't take credit for it, just for finding it on the internet.

Excellent work so far Wraith. I can't wait for more.
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Angela999 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Yay! It's done. And I'm in it. Double yay! :aww:
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