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  1. Hey everypony! So I thought we could talk hobbies! What are some things that you love to do in your spare time? Why/when did you start doing that thing? I'll start! I have many hobbies. The one that I do the most that does not involve my computer is knitting! I just started making all of my Yule gifts. You might say that it is too early to be thinking of Yule, but I think of giving gifts all the time! And when you make your gifts by hand, you need to start early or you will miss the deadline! I taught myself how to knit one day when I was on vacation in San Fransisco a few years ago. I was wandering down Divisadero and found this AWESOME little knitting shop. A lady there understood my frustration of never being able to knit and pointed me to a wonderful book (that I can't say here because there is a curse word in the title) and gave me some great needles to start on. Three hours later, history was made as I made THE worst scarf. Ever. Just...ever. Now I am really great at it though!
  2. hello people i was just wondering what do u do when er bored cause i just finished reading all my books and need something to do until i get a new one before i go CRAZY and im all out of really sad and joyful music to listen to so what do u do when ur bored
  3. I don't know if there's a thread for this or not but I'm wondering if there's anyone else who's big into toy collecting as a hobby. I used to fancy myself a big time 1/6 (GI Joe size) figure collector until the market got too expensive. I have a pretty extensive collection of GI Joe size figures (although now they're all sitting in boxes) from various companies like Sideshow, Hasbro, Dragon etc. I've also got a pretty decent collection of those fancy MLP "fan series" sculptures like Discord and Chrysalis (as well as a few decent plushies). Anyone else here a toy collector?
  4. Unless you literally just sit in one position, thinking about nothing all day, we all have hobbies, and as we all know, our hobbies can evolve and change. What interests us as young adults most likely won't interest us when we reach our middle age, the same way that our interest differ from when we were children and now. With all of this said, sometimes we just move on from hobbies, whether it's on a positive or negative note. Unfortunately... we'll be talking about one of the more negative exits here. With all of this said... have you ever burned out on a hobby of yours? One day, you were enjoying the hell out of a hobby you were participating in, but the next thing you knew... you just weren't. If anything, you were starting to hate it. For me, I ended up being burned out on video games to the point where I barely play them anymore. Sure, I might be looking forward to the next Smash game on the Switch... but other than that, I really couldn't care less about gaming as a whole anymore. I don't know why, but not too long after I bought a Nintendo Switch, I just couldn't bring myself to play many of the games. No joke: of the 10 Switch games that I own, I only finished 4 of them. Even worse, of the aforementioned 10, I haven't even played 3 of them; I literally have not touched them yet (except for one, but it barely counts). So that means that I own 10 Switch games; Super Mario Odyssey, which I beat. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which I beat. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Which I beat. Skyrim, which I barely played. DOOM, which I played a little bit (great game, though; you should check it out). Sonic Forces, which I beat, but didn't like. Bayonetta 1 + 2, which I haven't touched yet. Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which I haven't touched yet. Scribblenauts Showdown, which I played for 10 minutes and nearly threw in the garbage. And Pokken Tournament, which I played a little bit. Oh, and do I need to mention the 50$ that I wasted on a Pro Controller? With my little rant out of the way, have you ever been involved in a hobby so much... and then, over the passage of time, just stopped caring? I'm honestly wondering if anyone else has gone through what I have at this point.
  5. Hello I am not completely sure if this topic has already been discussed, but I thought I would see what all of you think I myself am a collector and have spent a lot of money on my collection generation 1 Mimic and generation 1 pony friend Cutesaurus being my most expensive additions to my collection so what do you guys think? is it an expensive hobby and what is your most expensive pony merchandise you have purchased?
  6. (Do not know if Sugarcube corner is the right place for this, mods, use your modly powers to solve this problem if it's not) As the question says, have you ever had a keen interest in riding/looking after a horse because of MLP. Has the program made you think of taking up equestrian as a hobby? Personally it has on me. I'm trying really hard to learn how to ride horses and if possible i'll try to enter races or shows when I'm good enough. I have to master the fundamentals first before I can try to learn more advanced types of riding (like cantering and galloping) Same apply's for Ponies...
  7. SaraEH

    Interests & hobbies

    Hello everyone, I am a curious one! So i would really like to know more about you guys (besides the mlp community) 1. What kinds of interests do you have? 2. Do you have any fun hobbies besides internet ^^? 3. What do you do for fun? 4. do you have a job? if yes, what kind? I would just in general want to know more about ya'll But ill start by answering my own questions .. and i'll give a bit more information. Btw my name is Sara, i live in a teny tiny country called denmark, i am 22 years old and engaged. Well Aswers: 1. I am very interested in ice skating and love to do it, i am also taking drama classes with is tons of fun! I am also a social gamer, i dont really play alone. 2. I am an artist, both digitally, traditionally and with paint, i am a very creative person 3. That depends on my mood, i dont really "party" like other young people at my age, i like to skype with my friends or chill with a good book and a cup of tea. 4. No i dont have a job, because of reasons. but my goal is to one day become a bioanalyst! Now your turn! And i would be more than happy to know about other things in your non mlp life
  8. icyfire

    Icyfire888's Pony Art!

    Hi there! So I finally got up the guts to put up my art instead of just you know hiding it under a rock or something like usual. I am only putting up a few of my favorite works from my Deviantart account. I just started drawing Poines alot this year so I have a lot of growing to do still. I am totally open to constructive criticism! Thank you for taking the time to look at my art!! Sunburst Artwork! Derpy Hooves Cheese Sandwich (traditional art version) Chesse Sandwich (Digital version) Applejack Mylilpegasister's OC Autum Rose (Art Trade) Big Mac Royal Guard Coco Pommel
  9. This will be short and sweet. I wanted to love MLP:CCG, and the overall concept of the game - achieving goals and helping people (rather than slaughtering your opponent) - appealed to me. I'm a huge Euro board game player, so I'm very comfortable around victory points. The problem was the fit. Simply put, everything works, but doesn't work well together. Once I discerned how to actually play the game, more by reading guides online than the rules, I found the problem. The clunkiness of the mechanics and the poor book drains the hopeful joy of the source material. The basic concept was simple - have enough power with friends and buffs, confront a problem, solve it, get points. But you also get points for solving it first......what? Solved is solved, right? Nope....because of reasons. Honestly, and this can be seen as a cop-out, the problems of the game are hard to describe. It's very similar to trying to explain why a video game controls poorly. Relating the problem is sterile, as control is an experiential concept. Other CCGs can be explained easily why they fail - bad concept, broken mechanics, boring gameplay. MLP:CCG doesn't really suffer from these. Taken individually, the basics seem to work, and are very similar to modern tabletop games. It's hard to explain why it doesn't work, it just simply....doesn't. The concept fits (somewhat) with the show. The mechanics, once learned, are functional-ish. The gameplay is somewhat slow, but syncs with the bright, bubbly feel of the universe.....kind of. The core problem is, MLP is a great show and setting - it just doesn't fit into a CCG well. A devoted fan, capable of tweaking the setting just a bit (put your torches and pitchforks away - sometimes it's ok to sacrifice a bit of authenticity for gameplay) could make a phenomenal co-operative board game based in Equestria. I would buy it in a heartbeat. Direct competition, in the MLP universe, just feels off, and leads to problems that shouldn't be present in an MLP game.
  10. I can also do it for free. I have experience in Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum, CyberLink PowerDirector 12, and VideoPad Editor. I have made many PMV's, AMV's, parodies, and gaming videos. Not much of a resume, but this is the best I can give you. I do other things in life, but I just wanted to have a way to use my hobby. I currently run a gaming channel for myself without any profit involved.
  11. There are some jobs certain people shouldn't have. I shouldn't be a lot of things, but one thing I DEFINITELY should not be is a rulebook writer for games - they would each weigh 16 lbs, fall off shelves, injure innocent children, and I would be in court 9 days a week being sued. I would want to cover every concept in depth to make sure what has happened to me in my gaming life never happens to others. I stand by what I said in my first impression - the rulebook is concise and covers the necessary mechanics well. When playing, however, using the rulebook needs to be a quick affair - find the necessary concept or term, get the definition, and get back to the game. Generally, this is accomplished by gameplay examples or a faux-playthrough included in the text, along with a helpful glossary in the back. The examples given are far from all that helpful, and the glossary has about 10 words in it. There was one major flaw, which now that I know of it I can work around it, but if one isn't aware, it can be frustrating. The layout of the rulebook is a mess. It gets the basic flow - card structure, mechanics, turn order. The problem is that it break down concepts in a weird way. It points out the different parts of the card (the first section, card structure), but doesn't define their function fully until they come up in play (section 3, turn order). As a cover to cover read, this works fine - it doesn't overwhelm the player looking to get the basics. When trying to find something when teaching another player, however, it's a hassle to find what you need on the spot. I attempted the first game with my wife - a very intelligent woman, we play a variety of table top and card games, and she does well with all of them - and it quickly became frustrating trying to find answers to questions. We eventually called it, and decided to come back to it after we both had thoroughly read the rulebook (this will be my third time doing so). As I've played many games, I can see the potential in this, but the rulebook needs a major overhaul. This may simply be the Canterlot Nights rulebook issue, as this is the set I have. I will be buying starters from the other sets, and comparing the books. You win this round, you inanimate object, but I'll be back........
  12. Welcome to Rogue's Refuge! As I have been a brony for a long time, and an avid CCG player for even longer (yes, I had first edition Magic the Gathering cards - dating myself), it's crazy to me that it took me so long to get into the card game. Now, however, that little oversight is resolved, so let's saddle up! As the title says, this is a complete and unbiased first impression. I have seen a little bit of the game, but never owned any or played a hand before. For anyone unfamiliar, I hope this gives a good intro. For veteran players, forgive any beginner's ignorance. I have not yet played a full game yet. That will come later. First off, the cards are nice, durable, and well detailed. My most extensive experience with a CCG I have is Redemption, as I have been playing for 14 years now. That is the gold standard of material - a tad thicker, a good coating so finger prints stay where they should (elsewhere!), but without the feeling of industrial cardstock. MLP isn't up to that level, but is far beyond other games - Yu-Gi-Oh is a tad thinner and collects prints like none other. The worst offender is the horrendous Inuyasha CCG - exceedingly cheap. I was worried a bit about MLP, but for the most part my fears were unfounded. The cards are above average in material quality, so they can be played without sleeves, though I wouldn't recommend that. Properly sleeved, they'll last a long time - much longer than other games. Stored unsleeved, they seem like they will survive. Starter deck construction, however, leaves a tad to be desired. I understand the mechanics of the game, and can see that the starters are not chock full of power cards. This is understandable, as the goal is buying more (I get it - business is business) and building one's own deck, but other games have done better. Redemption, again, is phenomenal, as each starter comes with mega-power cards. MLP certainly has a good mix of higher grade cards, and a base to build on, but also has a few too many low power cards. One or two is ok, as sometimes LPs can work to a strategy, but I can tell when I build a lot of original are going to end up in the scrap heap and will more than likely not be used again. A shame, but this is common in all CCGs. The extras are nice, but unnecessary. I would have preferred a MLP Theme D20 to keep track of action points, but that's just me being excessively nerdy. The included action counters are good, and will easily fit in a deck box. The playmay is enormous, and unfortunately my uncoordinated self already ripped it in the unfolding. I'm a terror with roadmaps. I can definitely see it being helpful for younger players, so I like how detailed it is. The rulebook, though small, covers the necessary concepts well - it even answered a few questions I had while reading about the game that I figured I would need an online reference for. All in all, I'm pleased with it thus far, and will be getting some more starters and packs soon. I hope this has, at the very least, been interesting, and I will add (much) more after a few preliminary games. Thank you for reading!
  13. Fluttershyfan94

    Remote control hobby thread

    This is a thread dedicated to remote controlled objects. Whether it is a drone, rc car, boat, helicopter, plane and etc. It can be hobby grade or toys, doesn't matter. Personally I have a couple of remote controlled boats. I feel they're the most durable, I also have ordered a drone which has yet to come though will be fun as well. Here's a picture of one of my boats, it's a Ft009. Good boat and a lot of fun, feel free to share pictures of yours as well. Whether it's your own picture or really just any discussion regarding the hobby.
  14. Hello all. Always had a hobby you wanted to try but couldn't for a particular reason; whether it be family, money, time or anything else? I've been wanting to take up smiting as a hobby but I can't because of both family and the lack of equipment to try it with. Maybe when I get a job I'll rent out a garage to turn into a small workshop. But of course I'm too young to do so. *sigh* Can't have everything though can we? So, anyone else want to add to the thread?
  15. Philosopher Pone

    Any model makers here?

    I didn't notice topic like this here, so... Is there somebody intrested in a hobby of modelmaking? What kind of models do you build? Military models, aircraft, ships, figures? Maybe models dedicated to wargaming? What kind of material do you use: plastic, paper, or maybe something else? Do you assembly models from kits or maybe you build them from scratch? In this topic you can discuss everything about models and show what you've created. Personally I'm rather a type of a "casual" model maker. I assembly plastic models of WW2 military vehicles "out of a box". Though I've been into this hobby for about 5 years I've created only about ten models so far I don't consider myself as very experienced or "proffesional". Here are some photos of my models:
  16. I have officially finished writing my new, original short story. I put a lot of work and editing into writing this. I know that there are tons of ways that I could have made this better, but it is what it is. One thing that I must admit though, Rarrian (one of the characters in the story) is heavily inspired from Rarity's personality, so this is, I guess, somewhat MLP related, but completely original. Enjoy. The Rarr Event of a Life Time I sat down on the large, red couch in the school lounge with Rarrian. Her eyelids were covering half of her beautiful, cyan eyes. I could empathize with her; I got six hours of sleep the previous night due to an overload of homework from my science class. But she seemed like she got no more than four hours. Obviously in much worse condition than I am. “Tired?” I asked, trying to start a conversation. “Just a little bit,” she rolled her eyes at me. She laid her head on the back of the couch, and closed her eyes, probably trying to get a little more sleep before class started. “Why do classes start so early?” I checked my Timex watch; it was 6:30. Class started in fourty-five minutes. We were only there because they take attendance one hour early. “I know it sucks, but complaining about it won’t make it any better.” “Easy for you to say. Some of us have a little more to do in their lives. I haven’t gotten a decent sleep for two months! I have to wake up at 5:00 just to brush my hair.” I held back a laugh, but the temptation subsided when I took a look at her head. I didn’t even notice how messy her hair was before, but now that she pointed it out, there were blond strands curling upward. But other than that, it really wasn’t that bad. But to her, every strand counts. I dared not try to convince her, though, in the fear that she would go on a rant on how wrong I was. I respect her opinion, but I think she’s beautiful no matter what condition she’s in. “But that seems to be the least of your issues at the moment. You look like you haven’t gotten a minute more than four hours of sleep. What’s going on?” “Oh, nothing,” she began as she opened her eyes. “It’s just… oh, you don’t need to know. It’s a lady’s problem. “What is it, tell me?” I kind of just said it instinctively. For a moment, I got the feeling I was going down a dark road, and every wrong action from this point on could lead to terrible consequences. “Belachrome, please, this doesn’t concern you.” Despite Rarrian’s reluctance to tell me, I felt that this actually did concern me. But I knew that it wouldn’t be easy. “Okay, well, what else has been going on with you?” Rarrian turned towards me. “I spent my time yesterday hanging out with friends after school.” “Did you hang out with Clenauria again?” “Clen? No, she’s been hanging out with Squiphler again. I don’t understand why she would enjoy hanging out with such a fool after school hours.” I grew a subtle look of insult on my face. Squiphler is a nice guy… despite his silly ways. “What about Syneria?” “With Drakenor yesterday. That boy needs to get his life out of his head and be social.” I was so confused. These were Rarrian’s friends that she was complaining about. Has she been having boy issues lately? “Rarrian, I couldn’t help but notice that you are complaining about other guys at the moment. Is something bothering you?” “Belachrome, I told you, I don’t wish to talk about this.” “Why don’t you… wait a minute, is this what you didn’t want to tell me?” Rarrian jumped a little bit. “Belachrome, I’m done talking.” “Come on, Rarrian. I’m your friend.” Rarrian gave me an intimidating look. I was a little scared. “Can you not trust me?” I said weakly. “I can’t trust boys at all these days.” I think I hit the gold mine. I began my questioning in a calm voice. “Rarrian, why can’t you trust other guys?” “Belachrome, give a girl some personal privacy!” Her voice was cold, and it seemed unwise to press further. I feel bad getting Rarrian this mad just to get some information out of her, but as a friend, I feel like it’s my duty to take the initiative. “Please, Rarrian. Tell me.” She gave me a menacing frown. “Belachrome, stay out of my business!” she raised her voice at me. I was starting to feel like this wasn’t such a great idea, but for the sake of helping my friend, I wasn’t going to give up. “Rarrian, why don’t you want to tell me?” “Why?! Isn’t the answer obvious?” “Actually, no Rarrian. I haven’t a clue why you don’t want to tell me. “You know the reason!” she started breathing harshly in my direction. Her teeth were clenched with a strong grip. “No, Rarrian, I don’t know, and it clearly isn’t as obvious as you think. How about you tell me?” I couldn’t help myself. I was starting to speak in a harsher tone. I know it’s not helping my case, but my patience was wearing thin. Rarrian’s breathing calmed down minimally, but enough to start speaking. “Well, obviously, it’s because… because…” She started to grow a nervous look on her face. I was starting to feel that she was just talking without thinking, so I just had to wait this out. “Yes, Rarrian? You have my undivided attention.” “Because… I… I can’t… I don’t… I just can’t trust other guys! A-and…” “…Is there another reason?” “Y-yes! It’s… i-it’s… uh…” “Are you sure there’s another reason?” I wasn’t even talking with a sharp tone anymore, I knew I was breaking through, and all I had to do at this point was remain calm and collective. “…No, I-I just… can’t trust other guys! Not even you! She went back to shouting at me. “Why can’t you trust me?” Her anger went down again. But instead, she seemed like she was on the verge of tears. “Because… because I… you… I can’t…” I lowered the volume of my voice; “Why can’t you trust me?” It seemed to be helping. Hers lowered as well. “Because I… I… just can’t!” Now tears were officially sparkling in her eyes. Now was the moment to act. “Yes you can.” “No, I can’t trust you!” Rarrian said in a slightly quieter voice. The first tear escaped her left eye. “Yes you can.” I lowered my voice to almost a whisper. “No, Belachrome, I can’t trust… I just can’t.” “Yes you can,” my voice was nothing more than a whisper. “Belachrome, you don’t…” She sniffled, as a couple more tears escaped from her eyes. “You don’t understand! Please stop!” She wiped the tears from her face, probably hoping I somehow still haven’t noticed her crying. “You can trust me.” “Belachrome, please, I…” she closed her eyes as a last, desperate attempt to prevent her tears. “Trust me, I’m your friend.” I still spoke in a whisper. “B-Belachrome…” “I’m your friend.” “But…” Rarrian’s eyes started flowing freely with tears. Her voice had no power left for anger. “I can’t trust you.” She was speaking no louder than an average conversational voice. “Yes, you can. Yes you can. You can trust me,” I stated without ever leaving a whisper. “I…” Rarrian lost all courage to keep herself contained, and started openly crying. She buried her face into her hands, and cried without preventing any aspect. That was the final straw. I couldn’t stand seeing her so upset for any longer; I moved towards her, and wrapped my arms around her. My embrace firmly encased her body, and I could feel every bodily shake that came from her crying. I started patting her backside, and she continued to let out her tears. “It’s okay. I’ve got you, don’t worry.” Rarrian continued to cry for the next minute, and I kept my embrace around her. “Everything’s going to be alright, Rarrian,” I stated in just over a whisper. “Do you think you can uncover your eyes?” Rarrian breathed in through her nose with a big sniffle, and weakly shook her head. “Come on, Rarr, we’re friends, I don’t think of you any differently just because you’re in tears. Just show me your beautiful eyes.” Rarrian started to uncover her eyes. It was a painful sight; they were red, and very puffy. It was such a mess, and yet, so beautiful at the same time. She looked shy to uncover them any further than half way, probably feeling ashamed to look into my purely natural eyes, but I didn’t think any differently of her. She covered them up again, and the bittersweet sight of her eyes was gone. “I’ve got you.” I patted her back softly. “I know you’re a strong, young lady, Rarrian. Just please uncover your eyes for me.” Rarrian didn’t move. She almost started shaking up, and would probably start shedding tears again. “Come on, Rarr. I know you can look me in the eyes.” I took my right hand, and placed it on her left wrist. “I gave the minimalist force of a tug that could be managed. She pulled back, but I didn’t increase the force of my pull. It was only an incentive. In the end, she will have to be the one to reveal her face. “Rarrian, I can’t do this for you. Take all the time you need, but this isn’t the Rarrian I know. The Rarrian I know is very outspoken, and is never afraid to share her thoughts. But please at least uncover your beautiful eyes. I’m not going to pull any harder than this, so no pressure.” Her body started shaking less heavily and her silent tears and sniffles cleared up for a moment. She seemed to be in a moment of thought, possibly debating on exposing her face. Her arm was shaking in my hand, and she seemed ready to start crying again, but when I expected the return of her tears, she sighed, and slowly started uncovering her eyes. I could start to see the white, or in this case, red of her eyes. Eventually, her face was completely exposed. Her eyes were puffed up, her face soaked, and her blond hair was, I’ll admit, a complete and utter mess. But she was somehow so beautiful. The redness was starting to clear. But I could tell that she was very unstable at the moment, and could start crying again at any moment. I looked directly into her eyes. “What’s up, Rarrian? How’s your day going?” Rarrian grew the weakest smile that one could manage. Of course, I wasn’t expecting a laugh from her, but that one smile was enough for me at the moment. She couldn’t hold the smile for long, which was completely understandable. I just couldn’t bear to see her wallow in pain for another second, but just as she looked like she was going to burst into a flood of tears again, she swiftly returned the embrace that I had around her for the past ten minutes. She made no attempt to prevent her tears, and instead buried her face into my chest. I tightened my grip on her body, and made sure that she was as secure as a mother bird protecting her young. “I’ve got you.” I patted her backside once again. I let her cry into my shirt for however long she needed. My priorities were without a doubt on comforting her, but to be frank, I just can’t express how great it felt to be in her arms mutually with her head nestled on my chest. I used to help Rarrian in the past, but never did we come anywhere close to this magnitude of emotion. It felt good to know that I was helping her. It felt good to give her comfort. It felt good to be a friend for her to go to for her problems. It felt good to know that she now trusts me despite a problem in her life. But, I’m not going to lie, it felt good for her to be embraced with me while letting her tears out into my chest. I was somehow able to count the tears that dampened my shirt. I guess when you are focused on an individual, every bit of the situation matters to you, and you remember things that you normally can’t remember, or just don’t pay attention to. After about five minutes of letting out her tears, at a grand total of 257 tears released into my shirt, (no doubt completely soaked from her crying) she lifted her head to look into my eyes. She smiled for a moment and said her first words after fifteen minutes of not talking; “T-thank you Belachrome.” Those three words touched a very soft part of me. As I said, it felt good to know that I was helping, but I had no confirmation from her, verbally. But I didn’t show it in my expression, because not only would it be overwhelming for her, but I needed to focus on her at the moment. “No problem, Rarrian. It was nothing, really.” She inhaled through her nose again. “Nothing? How could you possibly say such a thing? You put up with me, and my anger, and my stubbornness, and showed nothing more than compassion!” After the completion of her statement, she tightened her grip around me. I was quite surprised by this statement; Rarrian has never admitted her arrogance in the past, but at the same time, I wasn’t completely surprised. Either she was growing as a person, or this was just the right moment for her to reflect on her actions. “Alright, I’m glad you think so, but if that’s the case, I ask for a favour in return. What’s going on in your life right now?” Now was the time to get to the bottom of her problem. Rarrian’s smile faded. “Oh… right. I guess it’s only right that I tell you…” “Yes… go on.” She was very hesitant to say a word about it, clearly thinking about every detail and every possibility of what I would think of her and the issue, and probably even some girl things that I don’t even know about. But eventually, she sighed and began. “…For the past month, a group of guys in the school next door were inviting me to hangouts during lunch time and after school. They gave me lots of beautiful jewelry, and treated me like a true lady… or so I thought… they would also demand things from me, such as getting me to do things I didn’t want to do… I don’t want to talk about what I did…” “What did you do, Rarrian?” Everything I’ve said up to this point was calm and as friendly as humanly possible, but this question came out a little sharply. “Tell me what you did.” She grew a desperate look on her face, and almost looked like she wanted to cry again. “Please, Belachrome. Don’t make me. It’s completely unlike me.” “That’s why I want to know.” Rarrian started tearing up again, and that’s when I realized I was being a little bit harsh. I took a deep breath before making my next statement. “Listen, Rarrian, I’m not trying to force information from you that you don’t feel comfortable telling me about, but I need to know this if I want to help you. I mean, it’s not like I’m going to tell anyone. I swear to you that I will not say a word about this to anyone else.” Rarrian seemed to heed my words, and also seemed to gain the courage to tell me her shameful acts. “Alright, they asked me to be an accomplice in horrible schemes against younger kids, and stealing food from the cafeteria. I never directly got involved in the main scheme, of course, but they asked me to pick the locks of gates with my hairpins so they can get inside the playground and steal the little kids’ toys, or pick the locks of the cafeteria so they can take the food. They promised me rewards, but they never did. Their excuse was that the jewelry was the reward, and that it was enough of a reward for all schemes.” She closed her eyes with a sigh. “But it wasn’t at all. I figured out the hard way that it was stolen from one of the kids at their school. I happened to pass by the girl whom it belonged to. She saw my bracelet, and screamed at me that it was hers. I told her that a group of boys had given it to me as a gift, and that I could prove it. But when she asked them, they said that I stole it from her. They made up so many details about how I snuck into her locker. I wanted to argue with them, but I was just too shocked to say anything. The little girl ripped it off my wrist violently, not caring how much it hurt, and threatened that if she ever saw me again she would kill me. I didn’t mind since it was a little girl, but I was madder at the group of boys. I screamed at them and demanded answers as to why the hell they had done such a thing, but they just laughed at me, and commented that I sounded just like the little girl. They admitted proudly that they were never my friends, and that I was so dumb to have actually fallen for their feeble trick. They laughed, pushed me into the grass, and walked away.” “I felt so horrible afterwards. Despite my hatred for those guys… they had a point. It’s very difficult for me to admit such a thing, but… they did have a point. I was foolish to listen to them. And ever since then, I’ve been extremely cautious around other guys.” My mouth started gaping near the end of the story. Not only was I starting to understand what Rarrian has been going through, but I’ve also started to realize just how Rarrian was feeling when I asked her profusely what was going on in her life; insecure; her dark secret was getting chipped away at, attacked, slowly escaping the secure barrier of her mind. If I were in her position, I wouldn’t have dreamed of telling this to anyone, ever. I am absolutely amazed at how much information she volunteered, and with no struggle in between. Now I feel like an invader. I feel terrible. But I have to convince myself that this is the right thing… but it’s hard. But now it all makes sense. It’s no wonder she holds a grudge against guys. But now I’m ready to talk; “M-my God, Rarrian, I never knew… now it’s my turn to admit my faults; I can’t believe you co-operated with me at all in telling me all these things after pestering you about such a serious issue. I was only trying to help. I’d understand if you never wanted to speak to me again, but…” Rarrian looked up at me with utter shock and bewilderment. “Never want to speak to you again? Never want to speak to you again?!! Are you kidding? You’ve done nothing but try to help me, you’ve focused solely on me, my feelings, stayed calm, stayed friendly, no matter what crap I’ve given you, you hugged me through all of my nonstop tears, you let me use your chest to cry into, you said nothing but comforting words, you helped me find my courage, sworn to keep everything confidential… HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY THINK I WOULD NEVER WANT TO TALK TO YOU AGAIN???!!!” “You’re so silly, Belichrome!” she said as she lightly wacked me on the head. I was so disoriented. My mind was racing with hundreds of thoughts. All of them were revolving around the inside of my head, all shouting at once. There were so many things that were happening at the moment that just… couldn’t be happening. I’ve never had such a headache in my life. But despite the overload of thoughts, everything Rarrian had just said was jammed right in the center of them, never fading vividly, or emotionally. Rarrian kept repeating it in my head at perfect intervals between words, over the loud thoughts attempting to drown it out. It kept getting louder and louder, and I felt like I was going to pass out. But all of a sudden, my mind went completely blank of all of the thoughts twisting and turning. The first new thought entered my head with a realization; did Rarrian just make a joke about me? I felt inside that I was completely in the wrong throughout this entire half an hour, but that joke that she made… when she wacked me on the head… somehow gave me a feeling of authenticity… a lack of ability to argue with her. Well, if she thinks it’s okay… then she’s right! “Well I think you’re wrong!” Rarrian looked up at me. Wait, did that just come out of me right? “Yes, you heard me right, I think you’re wrong. I’m not silly at all; in fact, I think I’m an arrogant person who doesn’t listen when one’s trying to help them.” I thought she was going to get really mad when… I said that. But to my surprise, she took it in very good humor. “Oh, are you talking about me? At least I’m not one who tries to invade someone’s personal privacy!” We giggled over the jokes together. “Thank you so much Belachrome for taking this moment to help me get through this problem. You have no idea how much this means to me,” she said as she wrapped her arms around me again. “Oh, lay off of me, you little shit, you’ve gotten enough hugs from me today. I even gave you my own stomach as a tear pillow!” “It’s your fault I needed a tear pillow, you invading bastard! Learn to stay out of a girl’s life!” We glared into each other’s eyes intently, and profusely, until we finally shouted out in unison, “Fuck you!” We fell on the floor laughing… Rarrian and I continued to jokingly insult each other for the next ten minutes, and we were having so much fun! But to be honest… I wasn’t really coming up with the insults; in fact it almost felt like an instinct; my mind just selected different insults to say, and I just said it without thinking. If I were thinking in my real head, I wouldn’t have even thought to take this kind of approach towards Rarrian. I never had an insult relationship with her. In fact, whenever I did this kind of behavior with her, she would get offended… horribly. I tried to gain control of myself a few times, but I was just having so much fun, that my will power was failing me. I have never had so much fun with Rarrian in my life. But unfortunately, it didn’t last. As soon as the last minute had gone by, my Timex started beeping, and I knew exactly what that meant… “Uh… Rarrian, it’s 7:10. Class starts in five minutes. I think it’s best that we head over to first period right now.” Knowing Rarrian as well as I did, I thought she would be reluctant to leave, but like she had the entire rest of the morning, she surprised me yet again; “You’re right, let’s go.” I lifted myself up to my legs, and then helped Rarrian get up. There were no signs of tears in her eyes now, or on her face. In fact, she seemed happier than I felt at the moment. I usually try to get to class as fast as I can, despite the “no running in the halls” rule, but I didn’t do that today, because this time, I had a friend with me. We walked to class together, holding each other’s hand, I, standing to her left, and she, to my right. In the most emotional moment of my life so far, I have reached an entirely new level of connection with one of my friends. I was very unsure of myself as to whether I was being helpful or detrimental throughout those fourty-five minutes, but now, I’ve never been surer of anything. I helped someone get through a very hard time in their life, and I helped her regain her trust of the opposite sex, after losing it in a horrible incident. It feels good to be that kind of person. I said that nothing that Rarrian did would change any of my thoughts about her, but at an ultimate irony… I will never think of Rarrian, even minimally, the same way again…
  17. So there might be already a topic like this but I'd still like to know, Is anypony else gaming to and what game and/or genre do you like to play. I really like strategy games such as: Starcraft II, the Total War series and right now I'm playing a bit of Planetary Annihilation. I like some of the fps games, but I don't really play them that much. Also I really like the metroid and the zelda series, I especially love the 3d games of those but I like the 2d ones as well. Right now I'm playing a bit of Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
  18. The question's straightforward as it can be, but let me reiterate. What inspires you to do what you do? Rephrased, why do you do the things you do? When I was about 9-10, I read the Harry Potter series and fell in love with it. I was fascinated at how such an amazing thing could be expressed solely through writing. I started trying to write shortly afterwards; the result wasn't exactly... It wasn't bad, but I wasn't contented. Without any bias, though (okay, maybe a little ), I think I improved over the years. This one's a bit more personal, but another time, a year ago, there was this really cute guy in my class who was also a wicked artist. His art was amazing and I couldn't help but stare at his works. So, I really liked him (still do), so I tried to do what he was doing and drew my heart out. Horrible, and still is, but hey, I still do it for his sake, and it's fun too. Win-win. But this isn't about me, it's about you! So, please, think back to AAAAALLLLLLLLLLL the hobbies you've done and think about why you've done them. Doing these kinds of things kinda bring some enlightenment to me, so probably, it'll help you too! TL;DR Check the title. This smiley's adorable. Put it in your replies for my sake. So cute.
  19. Shadow Chaser

    Enjoying my new hobby

    So a while back I picked up vectoring as a hobby because ponies. So in all that time I started with my OC and another character for use in the cover art of a story but I've recently gotten back into the artwork and found myself having a lot of fun. So I've done quite a few new pieces and I figured I'd gather them all up and share with everyone. So here we go. The first two are my OC, in different poses. The second is a character I created solely for a story and the 4th is the two of them on the Las Pegasus sign where the story took place. 5th is Shadow looking bored and grumpy. (By far my favorite one.) 6th is one I did, at random, for Megalink55. Last is a random idea from SweetieBelle Excel, who just said to draw one doing a one handed hand stand, which ended up being his own character. That's all I have for now but I imagine I'll keep doing these for some time. Might even live stream some. (By no means do I consider myself a pro at this. I'm still very much an amateur but I'm having fun, and that's the important part, right?)
  20. Ever Since I Got Team Fortress 2, I Been Really Busy, By Playing... And The Cause Of That Made My Hobby Into A Rare Activity, Well To Be Honest I Haven't Thought Of Anything Good To Draw, The Last Thing I've Drawn Is A Crossover With MLP And TF2 Like This... http://fav.me/d5j2f3a (Honestly I Just Want To Post Something)
  21. NewCalamity

    Craft Scale Military Models

    Well then, I figured I would showcase the military models I've forged over the years. For me it is a primarily passive hobby which is only done on rainy afternoons or evenings, sometimes with the assistance of my father. The parts are so small it is often rage-inducing and frequent breaks are... recommended to say the least. Here's a few that I have done in chronological order! Since I have had more practice and taken more time to improve my hand stability as well as patience levels I am most happy with the Bf-109 xD Here's a pair I got from the Winter Holidays this past year which I have not gotten around to doing quite yet, super excited to do the Jagdtiger model though. 1:35 scale and it is Otto Carius' specific tank!~ Now then, enough about me I can't stand the spotlight, as it were. What are your experiences with models, if any? Comments are appreciated~