Page 626 - Experimental Success

28th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM
Experimental Success
Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)
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Newbiespud 28th Jul 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
July 28th, 2011. That's when Friendship is Dragons launched. It's been four straight years, everybody!

Later today, around 4pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7), I'll be livestreaming a special behind-the-scenes/retrospective/creator's-commentary kind of show, where I talk about whatever comes to mind as we browse through the archives and take callers via Skype. Nothing too fancy, but it should definitely be interesting. We'll be streaming for a couple of hours at least, but if you can't make it, the recording will probably go up on YouTube within the next two days, if it all works out. Hope to see you there, though!

The url to visit at showtime is
Notice: It's the comic's birthday!
Later today, at 4pm PDT (UTC-7): A live retrospective of Friendship is Dragons thus far, via!


Toric 28th Jul 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
I like this smug "I won" Twilight smile so much more than what happened in the episode. This is a beautiful moment right here.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
It really is. The wizard beating out the two athletic martial characters. Second best moment of the day!
Atarlost 28th Jul 2015, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
A wizard should excel at running. It's basic self preservation for the squishy.
Alice 28th Jul 2015, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Twilight should took some important lessons for the great and powerful Maggus Rincewind, didn't she?
Someone 28th Jul 2015, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
RD and AJ were focusing on running TO THE FINISH. Twilight however, focused on running AS FAR FROM THE START as she could.
Unicorn Expert 28th Jul 2015, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
See, here's the thing. Twilight can teleport.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Wouldn't that be noticeably cheating by the NPCs?
The Old One 28th Jul 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Pffft. Expeditious retreat for the win, plus you don't have to move your full speed, just go fast enough to stay a square ahead of the competition
ANW 28th Jul 2015, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
Before I do the poll, I've got something to say.
4 years, great comic, never missing a day,(as far as I know), yet this isn't a have to do thing.
Most don't get this far, and those that do ends up missing a couple of updates.
You didn't.
And so I think everyone here can agree with me on this.
You are one of the best.
Good job, and let's power through another year of great MLP D&D.
XandZero2 28th Jul 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
^I don't have much to add besides the fact that I agree with ANW's sentiment. I don't post much in the comments for this comic, but it's been fun following it for however many years it's been now (I got started a little late).

Keep the comics coming though Spud, and I'll keep coming back to enjoy them every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (:
Specter 28th Jul 2015, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
The winner is Twilight, the racer with #42 as her identifier. Who could have seen this coming?

... Oh.
CCC 28th Jul 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
It makes a lot of sense. Fluttershy, Pinkie and Rarity were probably all applying their "small bonuses" for cheering to her - in order to remain neutral in the AJ/Rainbow rivalry - and of course nopony was sabotaging her, that counts for a lot.

And while the other two were arguing, she was quietly using her stamina points in a nice, neat, optimised way...
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
Or maybe the GM just gave it to her because it'll sting like irony for Dash and AJ.
RinaldoLuke 28th Jul 2015, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
She probably noticed that she was always just "in last place" (the GM using a simplified system of "order and location" rather than an actual racetrack where she could fall too far behind) noted that she had just enough Fatigue points to where she could get to the front from the back once, and did that at the very end. It'd fit her M.O., and somewhat mirror the show.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Sort of like saving all your skip cards for the end in a two-player game of Uno.
ANW 28th Jul 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
Now for daily poll.
Search for Harmony
Dragon Mountain
The Everfree Shaman
Adventure of the PM
Ambush of the Diamond Dogs
The Rouge's Downfall
The Return of the Princess
Race for the Ticket
Which one was your favorite?
Me: Search for Harmony
Specter 28th Jul 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Hm... I hate choices, but for the need for simplicity, I choose The return of the Princess.
Disloyal Subject 28th Jul 2015, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I don't recall anyone dropping any rouge. Were you perhaps referring to the Rogue's Downfall?
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
I don't think I could choose just one. Even a lot of the guest comics are a lot of fun. What I love about Friendship is Dragons is the consistency of goodness.
j-eagle12212012 28th Jul 2015, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Dragon mountain is good but the Guest DM arc was going when I found the comic... I like all of the story arcs so far but if I have to pick one it's Downfall of the ROGUE...

@Disloyal subject
It is an easy word to misspell, I did it on the last update
silvadel 28th Jul 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Hot dice, a sympathetic DM, and copious modifiers.
Digo 28th Jul 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
Or an aggravated DM. Player vs. player can get on some nerves and I suspect Spud's experience might be in the background here. :D
kiapet 28th Jul 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
So now we wait to see if this is because of clever choices and lucky rolls, or if the DM was feeling particularly ironic
Toric 28th Jul 2015, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
JEEZ! JUST GOT THE TITLE JOKE! It seems painfully obvious in retrospect, but I applaud you for getting it right past me. Another series I kinda miss from Disney.
Thud 28th Jul 2015, 7:55 AM edit delete reply
Huh? Care to enlightened this unwashed mass?
Toric 28th Jul 2015, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Experiment 626: Illegal experiment capable of lifting 3000 times its own weight...
FanOfMostEverything 28th Jul 2015, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
Alternately, it could be a metareferential joke: Four years of comics sure seem like an experimental success to me.

Or it could just refer to the academic winning the race. :P
Desparil 28th Jul 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
There was a joke about "When nobody's looking I use Dimension Door" at the beginning of the race... Twilight does know that spell. She's nothing if not pragmatic, so there's always the possibility that she bent the rules a little bit to ensure that at least SOMEONE in the party won - thus staving off the shitstorm that would result if an NPC won and expected a Gala ticket as the prize, only to find out that the party couldn't pony up (since they weren't actually competing for a physical ticket, but rather for who gets to take credit for the whole Commander Hurricane's Tomb thing).
Thud 28th Jul 2015, 7:53 AM edit delete reply
Congratulations on reaching the 4 year mark, and thank you for putting in the effort.
Bronymous 28th Jul 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
Haven't posted here in a while, glad I decided to get caught up today. And I'm glad to see my veeeery early fears of this dying out prematurely were completely wrong.
Joe the Rat 28th Jul 2015, 9:04 AM edit delete reply
Expeditious Retreat for the win?
Raxon 28th Jul 2015, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Haste is also available at her level, I think.
Jennifer 28th Jul 2015, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
"Hell no, we ain't retreating. We're advancing to the rear."

She'd have to use that justification in order to "retreat" TOWARDS the finish line...
Raxon 28th Jul 2015, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
"I am being chased by a lynch mob. I need to escape to the safety of the finish line!"
A ninnie mouse 28th Jul 2015, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
If you beat this with her explanation, I'll give you a cookie:
DallyDaydream 28th Jul 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Go Twilight go! ^_^ ('Four years on a webcomic, *and* I just placed first in a race. Oh yeah. I rock.')

Congratulations on four years, Spud. That's certainly no mean feat.
Jphyper 28th Jul 2015, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Dangit, I'm gonna miss that livestream because I'll be at work then.