Magical ponies casting magical spells to solve their magical problems. It's magic! It's perfect fodder for tabletop RPG systems and other kinds of Saturday Night Fun. We've got a pair of such things sitting in our inbox right now and it's my job to share the gaming goodness with all of you (because Seth and Cereal don't "get" it), so let's not waste time.
These are rather wildly different games with totally different goals in mind, so I daresay if you are any kind of gamer you will find something for everypony below the page break. Today's page break sponsored by Princess Celestia. You've tried the Restia, now try the Bestia!
Our first offering is a traditional RPG system. The creator has an image and an advertisement all ready to go, so I'm just going to get out of is way and give those to you:
Pony Tales: A Role-Playing Game for Ages Twelve and Older
Pony Tales is a role-playing game for ages twelve and older based loosely on the Open D6 open-source rules set. Rewritten from the ground up in a straightforward conversational style, the rules have been streamlined for ease of play and heavily customized for a better fit to the unique characters and setting. A chief feature of the game is its differentiation between "literal" games, which take the show’s anachronisms and inconsistencies at face value, and "figurative" games, which assume those elements are exaggerations or simplifications for effect. Where possible the rules make allowances for both kinds of games, offering suggestions and alternatives to suit the different styles of play. Pony Tales is available as a free PDF file for download in two sizes, US letter and A4, and in two formats, twenty loose-leaf pages or a forty-page half-size booklet. A version formatted for tablet or e-reader also is available.
A companion booklet, The Magical Land, contains background information and educated guesses to suggest ways of filling in certain blanks. It explores pony physiology, useful historical parallels from the real world, and possible technological and societal connections that might not be obvious. The Magical Land is available as a free PDF file for download in two sizes, US letter and A4, and in two formats, twelve loose-leaf pages or a twenty-four-page half-size booklet. A version formatted for tablet or e-reader also is available.
An eight-panel narrator's (game-master's) screen also is available, containing quick-reference tables and a "Pony Form" (character sheet). It is designed to be printed on or glued to four sheets of card stock, then assembled into a foldable screen to shield the narrator's notes and story-spoilers from the view of the players. It too is a free PDF file for download in two sizes, US letter and A4.
Materials may be revised periodically as rules are updated or new information becomes available. All files now are available for download on DeviantART.
Our second offering is slightly less fancy, so let me be the one to talk it up a bit. It's a pony variant on Mafia (which is itself a Chicago variant on Werewolf; I don't quite know why the 'Mafia' name is so popular among bronies), meaning it's a game where a bunch of people try to figure out who the bad guys are before the whole town gets taken out. It tests your ability to bluff and perform deductive reasoning, and it's absurdly fun at parties or late night gatherings of friends. This version boasts a pony flavor, where shapeshifters from the Everfree Forest have come to abduct innocent ponies in the night! It's up to one player to take on the role of Twilight Sparkle and, with the help of the ponies of Ponyville, weed out the imposters before it's too late.
The document itself is written under the assumption that you're looking to play online but personally I find the live version is much more exhilarating. However you choose to play, I'm sure you'll have a blast!
Invasion of the Pony Snatchers