• April Friend-Off!

    April Foals delayed this one a bit, but it's time for some FRIEND OFF!

    For those newfoals showing up from Vgcats/ect.  Every month, we run an event where Artists draw something from their favorite fic, and Writers write something from their favorite pic. It's not a contest! All are welcome to participate!

    Here are the last 3 events.
    Friend off Janruary
    Friend off February (Valentines Day Edition)
    Friend off March


    This one will be a bit different for fanfictions.   I'm not going to be assigning every single fic it's own post like the last one. They will chill here with everything else in the same format as the April Foals stuff did.  We might do some voting to give the top 5 their own posts, but friend-offs are about fun, not competition!

    As always: No Full on Clopfic

    The Deadline will be on May 1st at 11:59 PM Pacific (6:59 GMT I think? Derp), meaning the actual posting of the event will happen on May 2!

    Anyway, send your entries to [email protected] with the words FRIEND OFF somewhere in the title. 

    Preferably in this template...

    1) The Great and Powerful Trixie Strikes Back! 
    Description: The Great and Powerful Trixie!
    [Normal] The Great and Powerful Trixie, Twilight Sparkle, Author: (G&P) Trixie

    50 comments:

    1. Okie-dokie, artichokie! You already got my entry earlier, so I'm good to go (until I update it, anyways).

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    2. Now I have to find an image, because I actually want to be involved this time.

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    3. Dare I ask what a clopfic is?

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    4. yay! been hoping for the friendoff to come soon. gonna peruse the pics and choose one soon ^_^

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    5. @Anonymous

      It's, uh...pervy fic.

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    6. I give the linked story a thumbs down. It's far too short for my tastes, the characterization is overly simplistic, and the plot is nonexistent.

      ;)

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    7. @Anonymous

      But you gotta admit that plot twist at the end was pretty sweet.

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    8. Well. I haven't participated in any of the other friend-off. I think its time for a change.

      Imma participate this time, even though I never wrote a fic before. I guess this will be a great first experience?

      Now to find me a pic.

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    9. This is such a great, creative idea.

      Is... is it okay if I pretend to be one of you guys and write a song about the fic or pic I like the most instead?

      There's probably not a lot of music ponies, not to mention it messes with the categories for the voting part..

      oh I know, what if we few musicians remix each other or something?

      ._. I'm just trying to fit in.

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    10. People seemed to enjoy the last thing I wrote...so maybe I'll try it again.

      Friends, prepare yourself.

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    11. I'm a little confused about the submitting of the fan fiction. Is the template that you give how it's going to show up in the post, or how you want to have it submitted? Or do you want us to submit it in the usual format? Either way, I would think that the fics would have some link to the picture that inspired them, similar as to how in the past the pictures had links to the fics that inspired them. If that is the case, then I think a link to the picture that inspired the fic would be required in the submission. I'm just a tad confluttershuzzled is all.

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    12. Is there a word limit to a fan fiction entered in this? Because I whipped up a short story and I'm wondering if I need to add more to it.

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    13. Ironically, the big-ass epic I'm currently writing is already sort of based on my favorite MLP image.

      Good thing my second favorite MLP image is just begging to have a oneshot written about it.

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    14. I've actually already written something that someone then made a picture of, and somehow that picture got featured in a Drawfriend before the actual story was complete.

      So I think it's only fair that I expand that small story "part" into a full-fledged story for this event. B)

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    15. @Prince Shadari

      IIRC, it's a bit easier on Sethisto to post stuff if it gets submitted to him in a format matching the one he'll be putting it up in.

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    16. I was just thinking of asking for another Friend-off. Totally plan to participate this time.

      *shoots off to drawfriend posts*

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    17. @Anonymous

      Makes sense, but it still doesn't answer my question on how we'll know which pictures inspired which stories. I just think that if we're going to write stories based off of pictures then the pictures should be featured in some form. If not then what stops people from just writing anything willy-nilly and claiming they got it off a picture but conveniently forgot which one it was. Plus I think it'd make a nice touch for people to see the visual aid of what inspired the story. If each story was going to get its own post then I would say the blog picture would easily suffice, but since it's clear that all the fics are going to be in one post, likely the same post as the art, then how are we going to see what art inspired the story? I just want a little clarification on this is all.

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    18. yes! :D I love the great and powerful friend-off!
      better start working on this nao

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    19. I think I might give this a shot. I've already written a story based on a picture, and I wouldn't mind doing it again.

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    20. BRB gonna go write a picture about Cupcakes

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    21. What we need to have is a Clop-off. Just host it at Equestria After Dark, but spread the word about it at all the fansites. The first (and best) Friendoff was just organized by /co/ copy pasta

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    22. Hm, this could work for me, I have no original ideas of my own, but using a pic for a story? That could work.

      Hm, if my scanner was working I might be tempted to do both sides of the contest.

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    23. @Anonymous And with that my drink has successfully departed from my mouth onto my monitor. Click here to find out why. NSFW. Kinda.

      Also, why are there NO pictures of Rarity and Fluttershy adventuring, let alone just being together in a picture? Am I honestly the only person who thinks that they are the most adorable pair of ponypals to ever grace a children's television program? Apparently Mrs. Faust agrees; they are, THE BEST OF FRIENDS, are they not?! Grr!

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    24. is it permitted to do a fic for a combination of two pics? i just got an idea to link two pics into a single fic.

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    25. I would participate in a clop-off. I've always wanted to write a clopfic.

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    26. @Anonymous
      I'd participate too ^_^

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    27. I think I'll join in on this myself. Good chance to toss out my own story I've been working on.

      Now to actually finish with the draft and editing phases...

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    28. @Twinkletail

      Of course. Stories inspired by pictures and pictures inspired by stories. Anything in the spirit of the Friend-Off.

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    29. As someone who isn't too keen on fanfiction, I always feel disappointed I can't join in.

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    30. What can musicians do to participate?

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    31. @Anonymous

      Write/perform a song based on a certain pic or fic?



      OOOO! People could dramatic readings of certain fics.

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    32. @Anonymous
      Then Imma sign up for "cupcakes" dramatic reading...

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    33. Do we need to have permission from the artist to write the fanfic about it?

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    34. @Narwhals' Bend
      As far as I understand, no. The whole point of the friendoff is basically just taking inspiration from something. And also getting closer as a community.

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    35. I wrote a story which is only two pages long. Is this acceptable? It's in a diary format so there isn't any dialogue, just walls of text. It's pretty good though...

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    36. I just submitted a story for the first time. I hope it turned out well, I love sharing my work =D

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    37. Hmmm. I actually have had an idea in the works for a one-off based on a pic. Maybe I'll actually get around to writing it and submit it.

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    38. @Anonymous
      +10 internets good sir

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    39. submitted my first fic!
      *yay*

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    40. If there are any drawfriends who want a story done for one of their images, please let me know here or shoot me an e-mail with the image attached at

      [email protected]

      I'd really like to join in on this one since I'm pretty sure I missed the last one.

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    41. 90 minutesish!

      So freakin' excited for some reason

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    42. so the deadline is tonight, correct?

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    43. i've missed the deadline havent i? dangit!

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