• Story Updates September 18

    The release of Season Two sort of trumped the story update queue again, so It's time for a quick compilation! Complete stories will not fall into this post, but stories updating with planned future updates will.  All of them can be found below.

    Please leave comments on their respective story posts (Linked with their entries) 



    [Crossover] [Comedy]
    Description: Pinkie Pie is visited by a strange customer whilst working at Sugarcube Corner.
    Binky Pie (Updated Chapter 4!)


    [Grimdark][Shipping][Comedy]
    Description: A horrible accident lands a pony on the crossroads between life and death. Can she bargain with the pony of Death to get her life back?

    Near Death Experience (New Chapter 11!)


    [Adventure][Comedy][Dark]
    Description: On an expedition to the extreme north of Everfree Forest, Twilight and the CMC accidentally set an ancient being free from a slumber of over 4000 years. Who was he, why was he sealed, and what forces are set in motion by his release?
    A Crack of Thunder (New Part 5)

    [Human In Equestria] [Comedy][Adventure]
    Description:
    "So yeah, I'm a human.  And now I'm a pony.  No, that's not a joke, though I would laugh if it were.  All I did was party at my place and pass out, only to wake up in Ponyville.  Now you must be thinking I had one too many, and I'm right there with you.  But no drunken hallucination lasts this long and whatever the case, The Nightmare seems to have a problem with me.  A big one.

    So now, armed with my cigarettes and some cool unicorn magic, I have to fight off The Nightmare, my own Fanbronyism, and try to find the time to let the ponies give me a name.  I know, I suggested getting a pony name first, but they're pretty excited about that.  Not sure why.  All of the ponies in this town are crazy."
    Through The Eyes of Another Pony (Update Part 7!)

    [Normal]
    Description: No matter how hard ponies try to make friends, sometimes they can't help but make enemies. Now, the Great and Powerful Trixie is gathering allies to defeat Twilight and the rest of the Elements of Harmony once and for all...
    The Elements of Anarchy (New 2+3!)




    [Comedy][Normal] Hey! Finally someone wrote some other form of fanon for the dude with the hourglass!
    Description: Sepia Tock is an artisan, friend, and citizen of Ponyville. He is not, however, Doctor Whoof.
    Sepia Tock: Adventures of the Ponyville Clockmaker (New Part 7)



    [Normal] Luna! Instant-five-stars, more like.

    Author: Mr. Jack
    Description: The evil force that created Nightmare Moon was purified by the Elements of Harmony, but dark magic is not so easily erased. A tiny fragment still remains, banished within the Everfree Forest, and it will do whatever it takes to get Princess Luna back.

    The Lingering Nightmare (New Part 10)

    [Normal][Sad
    Description: When Scootaloo moves to Ponyville, she meets a certain cyan pegasus who becomes her idol. Things go well for the filly until a pivotal moment in her life causes her hopes and dreams to come crashing down around her. Broken and betrayed, Scootaloo must learn to accept her reality and embrace her inner strength with the help of her father and two best friends.
    Transcendence (New Part 2!)


    [Noir-mal][Dramedy][Wth are these tags?] "This is one of the only, if not THE only, ponies-in-a-realistically-" dark"-world stories I've had almost nothing but pleasure reading and want to read more of....It certainly sets a high standard for character-driven first person pony noir."- Pre Reader #2
    Description: If this were a normal case, I wouldn't be chasing after a foalnapper who keeps mailing me riddles that he expects me to solve. I wouldn't be living with an alcoholic perfume salesmare who can't hardly remember her own name, let alone mine. And I certainly wouldn't be turning the fair town of Ponyville upside-down looking for somepony I didn't really want to find in the first place.

    Then again, if this were a normal case, they probably wouldn't have hired me to crack it.
    Breaking Bricks (New Chapter 3!)


    [Grimdark][Shipping][Sad][Sci-Fi][Adventure] Sci-Fi that isn't a crossover?! Amazing!
    Description: A simple delivery mission leads to an all out fight for survival and the fate of the galaxy as a series of strangely coincidental events leads Twilight Sparkle to acquire the knowledge and friends she will need to try and save the day. But with the reemergence of an ancient evil and the formation of a new sinister army will friends and knowledge be enough?
    O 42 (New Part 3) 

    [Comedy] Fully revised and updated, with more chapters.
    Description: A old Stallion relives his past, telling the tall tail of how he saved Ponyville with a strange metal carriage. What is it? And more importantly, how did it come to exist in Equestria? Time for another Human in Equestira story! I'm sure you all just love OC's.
     Divergent Days (New 11+12)

    [Grimdark] [Crossover] [Comedy] How in the world do you expect me to find an image for this?

    Author: BillyColt
    Description: Twilight Sparkle sent many letters to Princess Celestia detailing what she learned about the magic of friendship. These letters, along with many other writings, were collected into a book. The "Book of Friendship," as it was called, contained many teachings of love and tolerance, sharing and caring.

    And an organization based around this book sprang up, called the Fraternity of the Joyous Friends of Princess Celestia. And whenever a Brother (or Sister) comes of age, it is their task to spread the word of the magic of friendship across Equestria and beyond.

    This is the story of Brother White and Brother Scroll, two young stallions who have been tasked with spreading the word to Earthquake Island. Unfortunately, Earthquake Island is not particularly interested in party games.
    The Book of Friendship (New Chapter 8)


    [Dark][Adventure]

    Author: Kuroi Tsubasa Tenshi
    Description: When unforeseen weather disrupts the Winter Wrap Up effort, Twilight is left to fend for herself. She stumbles upon a once in a lifetime experience, but everything has a price to pay.
    Evil's Twilight (New Part 3!)


    [Normal]

    Author: Livi-Love
    Description: After being tricked into thinking she has earned her cutie mark, Applebloom questions whether it has set in stone the path in life she must now take. Is she destined for evil, or does she have a choice in what she does?
    Choosing Fate (New Part 2!)


    [Comedy][¿Satire?]
    Description: On June 28, 2011, Michael Bay released Transformers: Dark of the Moon, his third feature film based on the HASBRO toy line Transformers. The next day, Bay and HASBRO entered into talks over another of the toy company’s properties, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The only concrete evidence of the new film to emerge so far is a tattered screenplay, presented here, which was found in a dumpster outside Bay’s production house, Platinum Dunes
    Michael Bay Presents: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Revenge of the Unicorn God Slayer (Story 3!)



    [Crossover][Normal]
    Description: A warning sounds through Canterlot--an undead sorceress, a lich, unknown in Equestria for centuries, has arisen. Now, Princess Luna and a rather famous band of six ponies must band together to defeat the evil spirit. Luna will need her newfound friends as much as they do her, because should they fail...
    The Sun's Song (Update Part 17!)

    41 comments:

    1. I like this set-up. Although, I only started using ED in June/July, so this might be an old set-up.

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    2. I am confued as to what happens to stories that move from incomplete to complete as a result of these updates - will they still be mentioned here.

      Fortunately, such events occur so rarely that we needn't worry too much :P

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    4. Dang it. Still no sign of the fanfic I have been wanting to see updated.

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    5. This setup should be used when there are a ton of updates, not something like ten.

      This is a ton of updates. How am I supposed to read them all? D:

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    6. this does strike me as a better way to handle these updates.

      so, will new, incomplete, stories still get their own posts, or do they have to wait until they are completed?

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    7. I'd rather brand new stories get their own standalone post, so they're not overshadowed.

      Have this format for fics not completed but are still updating, while leaving new and just completed for a single mane page post.

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    8. Aww...My Story didn't get into this compilation. Oh well, I'll just wait.

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    9. @OminousBrony Which one would that be?
      I am indifferent to this style of updates. Nice to not have to trawl through lots of stories, but I do that anyway to find me some Brony related comics/music/art/whatever. It also makes commenting a bit more of a fuss than normal

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    10. I prefer this style of fic update to the nightly roundup.

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    11. Trough the eyes of Another pony.
      Part 8

      Yay!

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    12. I sent a story yesterday, about how long will it be before I'm told whether or not my story's been accepted? Not trying to sound ungrateful, but I'm really just curious.

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    13. @Spell Nexus

      It's Duties by Denim Blue. I've been wanting to see an update of it for weeks now.

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    14. Seems my fic (A Crack of Thunder) still hasn't been given a new image. It's going to get confusing having another story written by a well-known author using the same image as me.

      At least this explains why it took like 2 days for an update after I called in my new chapter.

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    15. Sweet, more Michael Bay Presents: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Revenge of the Unicorn God Slayer!

      Awesome.

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    16. I'm really disappointed to see it done like this. I'd much rather see updates bump their original post, rather than all be crammed into a single update post. It really makes it easier on us.

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    17. Oh my god I hope this is a regular thing. @[email protected] I really missed when Seth stopped putting the updates in the nightly roundups. It's easy enough to bookmark something and check it until it's finished, but not when you aren't expecting sequels!

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    18. I really like this setup from time to time when there are so many updates. We still see the updates in the post (I easily found the two stories here that I follow) and the front page gets less cramped and stays more tidy.

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    19. I agree with other people that this is probably a better way to do updates. Bumping the original post when an update happens is not only exploitable, it incentivizes that sort of behavior in a bad way.

      (Also I think Seth needs more mods simply to handle the fic influx)

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    20. Actually, this is a really cool way to update the story queue!

      I wouldn't mind having this :)

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    21. Aw man. No fics I'm waiting on have updated. Sadfaec.

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    22. I imagine this would be the best plan.

      When you publish a new story, it gets a new post at low-time. When it gets an update, it goes into the fic compilation (you can do one a day or something like that). When it completes, it's story post gets bumped. That way, occasional fic readers like myself can identify a completed story or something new to get a taste of.

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    23. @Tim Steele
      That's exactly what I was thinking of.

      That way every story gets a post and a place to update.

      Only problem, what about updates that happen in the middle of the day, I imagine Seth would do this kind of update at night.

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    24. Oh, wow, the Michael Bay fic is still updating... dear god, here we go.

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    25. I personally am opposed to this style update and hope it doesn't become a regular thing. I do however understand the need to occasionally do so if things get significantly backed up in the fic queue.

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    26. What happened to "The Night That Never Ended"? It hasn't updated in like FOREVER!!!

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    27. Hmmm... I don't see my fic here, even though Seth said it was in que.

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    28. The lack of Fallout Equestria
      Makes me punch walls in anger
      Seriously I hate these fluxes they both have
      Like 2 weeks ago Somber was throwing out Project Horizens updates like every 3 days.
      I'm sure there busy, but this is my addiction we are talking about here
      I NEED MY FIX

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    29. Yeesh, and so we go from 'basically caught up' to 'I'll be still reading Tuesday, yeesh'.

      At least there's descriptions this time, so it's basically the same as looking at the 'fics' links

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    30. Awww, why don't my favorites update? I seem to have a habit of finding fics that never update :(

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    31. man, seeing these all side by side reminds me how dull my fic's art is compared the the more dynamic ones...

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    32. @Timber

      The author started prereading. Kind of a timesuck, that. XD

      And to be what appears to be one of the few dissenting opinions: I'd much rather we avoid using this kind of fic update format if at all possible. Granted, the inundation of new stuff on season premiere day is a reasonable excuse for using it this time, but speaking as an author published on this site, I'd hate it if Seth moved to this format permanently, mostly because it completely defeats what I believe to be the purpose of EqD posting fanfics: namely, to highlight the best of the best.

      Stories like FO:E, Past Sins, and Dangerous Business got the attention they rightfully (depending on who you ask, in some cases) deserved because they had individual posts on a very popular blog site devoted to them. Take that away and lump them in with a bunch of other stories like this, and this site essentially becomes a high-class version of FFN, where everything's lumped together on the same page and therefore much less noticeable. Maybe if Seth tagged this post at the top of the page, it might work better, but in its current format, I have a bad feeling that a lot of the updates in this post won't get as much readership as usual...or at the very least, not as many comments and/or ratings.

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    33. @Aquaman52

      I agree with you. As a reader, I like to see each fic with the star rating. I am glad the tags are still in with the description, but it does make it difficult to find the titles. Especially since the title with the link to said description is at the BOTTOM. I hope there isn't too many days with this format, and I don't mind if it is to update a lot of stories at once to lessen the queue.

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    34. I have to throw my vote against this format. It just looks sloppy. It would be more appealing if, as Ice Storm said, you could see the star rating for each fic and the titles were at the top of each section.

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    35. @Ice Storm

      Of course, at that point the problem is still that the stories are inevitably grouped together into a single mass, and not given the individual spotlight that I thought this site was designed for.

      And in case anyone wanted a bit of empirical data: the first two chapters of "Breaking Bricks" each got about 300 to 350 hits the first day they were posted on EqD, and my old stories received about the same number of hits for each update. Chapter 3 of BB was part of this compilation post, and the total number of hits for the day of posting is less than 100. When I pair that with the single comment and maybe ten ratings I received (when the story previously got at least 12 to 15 comments from unique posters on its first day of posting) as well, I think it's safe to say that these numbers paint a pretty damning picture as far as this format goes.

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    36. Hoping that Divergence gets some more chapters i've been following that one for a while, plus I like the badass Dashie Shadowbolt art for it <3.

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    37. Darn it! No update on the Hangover (I can hope can't I?)

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    38. @Snow
      Haha, yeah, the hayngover and brotherhood of the moon are the only ones I'm reading right now

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