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Hello people,

Just a heads-up that I will be attending Everfree Northwest in less than a month in beautiful Seattle, WA. Anyone who is attending, I welcome you to drop by the game room and play in the game I'll be running there (time and date TBA), or at least stop in for a meet 'n' greet. 

Rodger Marsh

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IronBrony Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for favouriting my Apple Cider goes tribal!
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lilappleblossom Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Hey, before I start with a question about the system I just want to thank you for your amazing hard work on this setting and everything you do for the community. It's completely awesome.

I do have a question though, I'm about to start a campaign with your system with my group and one of my players has asked if he can be a dragon. Obviously he'd be a juvenile at the very most but I'm wondering if you had any opinions on the option and how you would build it? I've only ever played one other game in SW and this will be my first time GMing in it, so I really don't want to make the game unbalanced by messing up making a new race in your system. Just a few ideas for a newbie GM, you don't have to go into crazy detail, I know you're busy but I just want to be sure the game stays balanced.

Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication to the hobby and community! I look forward to more projects from you.
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Giftkrieg23 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Adding races is always a huge can of worms, and one that I've sort of avoided because of the balance and focus problem.  I've had this discussion numerous times, and my philosophy is that because the three pony breeds are so distinct and with their own strengths and weaknesses (especially in the show), I'd have to put an equal amount of time developing any other playable races that I would add: I find 're-skinning' (ie just using the rules for an existing race and changing the names around) to be sort of lazy from a game design perspective. On a personal level I don't care for players who are focused on novelty/special snowflake characters ('I want to be an alicorn/changeling/etc!') because as the game designer, it makes me think "What are the three pony types? Chopped liver?", especially since they're so integral to the show.  

To design another race, they'd have to be unique and with strengths/weaknesses comparable with the three existing breeds, and neither replace or be overshadowed by any of them or be interchangeable with them (for example: adding griffins without stepping on the toes of pegasi).  Because of all the Edges/Feats/Magic I've designed for the three existing breeds, it would be a lot of work and fine-tuning and getting into big arguments with playtesters with for something I'm not that keen on myself, so I've sort of avoided it.

Anyway, to answer your question: given what I've said above, I don't like to make any really 'official' suggestions.  If you want to try and design something yourself, I recommend checking out the 'Making Races' section of the Deluxe Edition and use what the SW core rules say, and maybe look to the dragon entry in the Bestiary for ideas of things to incorporate.  I think you could come up with something fairly balanced and workable.
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lilappleblossom Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
You're attitude matches mine exactly, not to worry. I just figured I'd ask on behalf of my player that wants to be something different, he's always tried to be the special snowflake, like you say and it's slightly annoyed me every time. Thank you for your time and advice, I greatly appreciate it.
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Giftkrieg23 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I did see this; interesting!
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Jinashi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
A new Playtest Kit - Breed with vamp ... bat pony ? :D
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Giftkrieg23 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
It's a possibility, but basically they can just be played as a regular pegasus.  I'd have to add a secondary breed for Earth ponies and Unicorns as well, to maintain the balance.
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spectacles-ak Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Just wanted to pop by and thank you very much for the game you ran at everfree! Playing Anise Star was a hoot.
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Giftkrieg23 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Aha! Thanks for playing, too.  Next year I plan on making more of an event of it; this year was unofficial and very much last-minute.
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