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Tamara Henson
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Ponyfinder Inspirational Reading

Postby Tamara Henson » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:15 pm

At the end of the 5th edition Players Handbook (Appendix E) there is a list of books and stories that a player or game master can use to get inspired to create a fantasy character and campaign. I was thinking of books that one could use for inspiration for playing in a Ponyfinder campaign other than the obvious My Little Pony. These are the ones I came up with...

* R. A. MacAvoy The Grey Horse (the main character is a pooka, set in modern times)

* Jennifer Alvarez The Guardian Herd Series ( Pegasi main characters)

* C. S. Lewis The Horse and his Boy (Narnia book #5 features talking horses as main characters)

* Robin McKinley Pegasus series (features pegasi, of course)

* Meredith Ann Pierce The Firebringer Trilogy (This book is highly recommended and I have heard it described as "My Little Pony for Grownups", mostly unicorn characters)

* Mary Stanton: The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West and it's sequel Piper at the Gate ( Watership Down with Horses instead of Rabbits)

Unicorns of Balinor Series (a children's series featuring unicorns)

* Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels (One of the places he visits is populated by intelligent equines)[/list]

And a 1980's cartoon

* Hanna Barbara Wildfire https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1PLPqseUHbfLicQPrxV5CQ

There is also these blog post on sentient equines from Tor Books http://www.tor.com/tags/sff-equines/

Can anyone think of anymore?

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Re: Ponyfinder Inspirational Reading

Postby Xinef » Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:08 am

If we don't limit ourselves to equines, there was this animated series called The Dreamstone
It's a great parallel to how Luna vs Nightmare Moon struggle might look like, so of course it can also work for the Moon Princess vs the Night Mare.

A great inspiration for adventures taking place in dreamscapes, fighting against nightmares, and if you're tired of goblins, orcs, kobolds and similar overused enemies... why not use Urpneys for a change? :P

And I'm sure Wuts and pegasi would make great friends and rivals... let's see if a tree can be faster than a winged horse :D

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Re: Ponyfinder Inspirational Reading

Postby Arolli » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:39 pm

Oh this list is a great idea. Finding published stories with sentient equine main characters is hard.
+1 for The Guardian Herd series.
The Firebringer Trilogy is great too but sadly only the first 2 books are available on kindle.

I only vaguely remember The Unicorns of Balinor, I'll have to reread them.

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Re: Ponyfinder Inspirational Reading

Postby Tamara Henson » Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:20 pm

Found another one when looking for Public domain fantasy horse art. This one is really old (1891) so is in the public domain.

The Greymare Romance by Edwin John Ellis. You can find it here...
https://ia802607.us.archive.org/25/item ... 00elli.pdf[/url]

and check out some of the illustrations. I can so see some of these as Ponyfinder characters. :laugh:


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