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So here we are, hooves deep into April and nothing much has been going on in LoE.  Well here's something that will maybe brighten your day.

First birthdays.

April 15 is Lens Flare's birthday so there will be an exciting party for that one.

April 16 if Fluffy Flyff Cloudls's Birthday

April 22 is Twist's Birthday

April 23 is Third's Birthday

April 28 is Fire Blaster's Birthday


In other news, this month is National Poetry Month.  So in celebration, this Saturday, April 13 at 8PM GMT we will be holding a Poetry Slam at the Ponydale Schoolhouse.  Please come and read a poem or two that you've written or just listen to the poetry shared by others.  We hope this can be a fun and exciting event for all! X3
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This isn't a PONI sanctioned event but this will be occurring very soon. 

Your Princesses need you to join up (because they've fired all of their other guards).  Please come to the Cantermore training area (near the Castle) this Sunday, March 24 at 8PM GMT to participate in a series of contests sponsored by the Royals.  The winner(s) will be made honorary members of the Royal Guard and will be given the glorious duty of serving their royal princesses.



IMPORTANT: All participants must bring a suit of bronze armor.  The Royals don't have the budget to buy your training armor (more important things must be paid for, like cakes).

This promises to be fun and we hope to see you there! :D
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Video / Re: Life In Ponydale
2019 Mar 10, 11:46:37
I apologize that the fourth Episode never made it here yet.  So here it is in all it's glory (and incorrect thumbnail) and here is the amazing FIFTH EPISODE.



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Just an update on upcoming events and birthdays.

Friday March 1st is Jet Black's birthday and there will be a party in SCC.  This may be held fairly late but be sure to hang around SCC as there will likely be festivities all evening.

Other upcoming birthdays are:

March 5th: Cheshire Cat
March 6th: Scoots

Please come out and say happy birthday to these ponies if you see them

On Saturday, March 2 starting at 9PM GMT, meet at the Cantermore Unicorn School grounds and bring a costume to celebrate CARNIVAL (US Mardi Gras).  We'll be celebrating with a parade through Cantermore and a dance party at the Gala Hall.  Prizes will be given for best costume!
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THE EQUESTRIA WINTER GAMES ARE OFFICIALLY WRAPPED UP. 

I would like to thank all of the participants especially those those devoted weeks of their lives to working hard at training for the Games or planning the rules and other activities for the Games.

I would like to thank the members of PONI, especially Berry Shade and Even Tide who single hoofedly ran most of the events for the Games and without who we would not have had this amazing event.

I would like to thank our trafficorn volunteers: Optic Rainfall, Ivory Nightfall, Pumpkin Glow, Healing Lavender, Aurora Gem, and Shoo De Boop who helped keep the rules on track during the events.

I would like to thank the ponies who threw the afterparties between the Games days, ponies like Random Fandom and Flutter Fly.

And lastly I would like to thank our winners:

4th: Cantermore 25 overall points
3rd: Tartarus 27 overall points
2nd: Cloudopolis 45 overall points
1st: Ponydale 50 overall points

These points are calculated from the medals earned for 1, 2, 3, and 4 place with 1st being worth 4, 2nd being worth 3, 3rd being worth 2, and 4th being worth 1.  Points were calculated for teams and not individuals as there were some events where one team technically won multiple places.

Everypony who participated is a winner and I sincerely hope that we will continue to have all of you in our lives as the months go by and more exciting events happen in LoE! :D
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Big News.  We have officially settled on the Event Schedule and Times for the Equestria Winter Games.


As shown in our beautiful promotional graphic (courtesy of Gloomy Feathers  :P ), the Opening Ceremony will be held Thursday, February 21 at 10PM GMT.  This will begin at the Crystal Kingdom Stadium and will feature a parade to Ponydale the Official Host of the Winter Games.

Then the following three days (Feb 22 - 24), there will be a earlier session and a later session for all events.  This does not mean you need to attend both.  This means the same events will be repeated at these times so more ponies can attend and participate.

Early Sessions will be held at 7PM GMT/2PM EST/1PM CST/12PM MST/11AM PST
Late Sessions will be held at 10PM GMT/5PM EST/4PM CST/3PM MST/2PM PST

There are some slight changes to the previously announced event schedule:

Friday, February 22:
Flight Race
Scavenger Hunt Race

Saturday, February 23:
Foal Ice Curling
Stacking Race

Sunday, February 24:
Ice Skating Races (separate races for Pegasi, Earth Ponies, and Unicorns.  Full race if time permits)
Closing Ceremonies (will be following the late session this day)


We hope to see as many ponies at the Games as possible and wish the best of luck to all teams!
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ATTENTION EVERYPONY!

The Winter Equestria Games need your help.  We need to be able to hold the Games, but in order to do that we need to know what times will be the best for the ponies who want to participate and watch the Games.  Please vote in the following poll for the best times to hold the earlier and later session.  Please vote ASAP so we can set these times up!

Equestria Winter Games Event Times!
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EVERYPONY LISTEN UP!  THERE ARE TWO HUGE EVENTS COMING SOON!

Hearts N Hooves Day Celebration!




and...

The Equestria Winter Games!



This event will take place from February 21 - February 24 and will feature the following events on each day:

Thursday, February 21:
Opening Ceremony

Friday, February 22:
Flight Race
Scavenger Hunt Race

Saturday, February 23:
Foal Ice Curling
Stacking Race

Sunday, February 24:
Ice Skating Races
Closing Ceremonies

Starting times for these events have not been determined yet.  There will be an early and a later session for most and you will be given the chance to vote on the times that work best for you and your team!  See below for the rules and routes for each events.

The Current Teams are as follows (updated Team Rosters coming soon):

Team Cloudopolis (currently full):
Captain: Sunny Skies

Team Ponydale:
Captains: Third Edit
Melody Sweetheart-Cheer

Team Cantermore:
Captain: Leadmare

Team Tartarus:
Captain: Random Fandom

Inquire with these ponies about joining one of their teams or feel free to start your own.  The more healthy competition the better!

And now the information about each event.  Please ask a member of PONI if you have any questions or would like to see any changes made.

Ice Skating Races:
1. Divide groups by race, so only earth ponies race earth ponies, etc.
2. Racers start at Evershade, race to mines, turn, and come back.
3. Can use either type of skates, teams can share enchanted skates if they have them available.
4. No flight, teleportation, or running on the banks.  Ponies will be stationed along the river to prevent cheating.
5. Trafficcorns will be stationed to keep ponies from going down side path.
6. Ponies will earn 1, 2, 3 place by race (pony type).
7. Can do a race with everypony at the end if there is time available.



Flight Race:
1. Race will begin and end by a Ponydale train station.
2. Participants must be Pegasi.
3. Racers must fly for the whole route, taking energy breaks as needed.
4. Trafficorns will be stationed along route to observe.



Scavenger Hunt Race:
1. Event will begin/end at Ponydale Town Hall.
2. Teams will be given a list of items to find and must obtain them either from battling mobs or buying from vendors (npc or pc) within the time limit.
3. Teams can divide their resources to efficiently gather items.
4. The theme of the hunt will be objects needed to build a snow pony.
5. Getting stored items from banks is not allowed.  Trafficorns will be stationed at each bank to prevent the use of them.  If a pony is caught using the bank they will be disqualified.
6. To finish the race, teams will trade their gathered items to a designated snow pony who will wear the wearable items.  The snow pony will be a volunteer from the crowd or a member of PONI.
7. Extra points will be given for bonus items within the theme.

Foal Curling:
1. All participants must be foals, can make a foal version of your adult pony to participate.
2. Event will take place on Ponydale river by fishing pier.  Ponies must start on the ice and run towards pier, sitting as they pass the pier.
3. A referee will stand on the pier, anypony who does not sit in time will be told to start over.  There will be some leniency with this so don't worry.
4. Judges will be on hoof to judge the participants by how far they slide and how cute their costumes are so be sure to wear your cutest foal costumes.
5. If skates are needed they will be supplied either by event officials or by your team.

Stacking Race:
1. Teams must consist of two Pegasi and a third pony of any race.  There can be multiple teams from one larger team participating.
2. Race will be held at the Cloudopolis Cloudoseum.  The racers need to get from the bottom to the top of the stadium.
3. The goal is for the Pegasi to create platforms to get the third pony up to the platform from the ground.
4. Teams that reach the platform 1, 2, 3 will receive points.
5. If the pony falls, the team starts over from the ground.

THESE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE> PLEASE ASK IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.


Finally, PONI needs your help.  If you don't plan on participating in the Games consider volunteering to be a Trafficorn and help enforce the rules or be a volunteer judge and help judge some events.  Please let a member of PONI know if you're interested. 

We hope everypony will enjoy these exciting upcoming events!  X3
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This is just a bump so ponies won't forget about events under the pile of 'how to fix this bug with the new update' topics  :]


However there are big things in the works.  Very soon, there will be an official announcement for the EQUESTRIA WINTER GAMES.


Also there are some birthday parties coming up.

December 28th at 9PM GMT - Starline Infinity
December 29th time TBD - Spring Strudel/Frisktaker
January 1st at 11PM GMT - Pumpkin Glow
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Ok sorry answering these questions took so long.  First of all Mint, yes I think it's fine to just hunt the pony down and give them their gift.  I can work with you to help you find them and possibly to even make the event so no worries ^_^ 

Starry, the current members of P.O.N.I. as I know them are:

Berry Shade
Melody Sweetheart
Third Edit
Lens Flare
Even Tide
Sunny Skies
Wordsmith
Blue Cloud
LeadMare

Though Even and Word I think would consider themselves more 'helpers' than actual event organizers.


Now also regarding the Hearthswarming Helper.  Tomorrow is the day I will be handing out your names so please please please if you want to be included let me or one of the ponies above know somehow.  I will either Discord message or PM you on here with your pony.  Then the actual gift exchange party will be held on the 22nd at a time TBD.  Thanks.  ^-^
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I want to thank all of the participants in Worldwide LoE Day who showed up and told their stories and just spent the time in fellowship with other ponies.  The event was a ton of fun and you all made my day.  :D

I'd like to post the top three places for our polls here.  If you're curious how you or a friend of yours placed overall, please feel free to ask here or DM me or another member of PONI on Discord. 

Favorite Party Pony:

1: Random Fandom 19 votes
2: Berry Shade 10 votes
3: Aurora Skies 6 votes
(I got 8 votes but wasn't really a choice so sorry)

Best Roleplay Event:

1: Sweet and Elite Roleplay 26 votes
2: The Witchmaster's Key 12 votes
3: The Hidden Nights 10 votes

Best Youtube Pony:

1: Jet Black 20 votes
2: Lens Flare 14 votes
3: Nova Sparkle/Black Orichalcos 12 votes

Favorite Artist Pony:

1: Downvote Pone (Arifproject) 14 votes
2: Nina Dark Luna 11 votes
3: Amethyst Crust 10 votes

Favorite LoE Staff Member:

1: Flying Rattletrap 21 votes
2: Night Storm 13 votes
3: Galapagois 11 votes

Most Creative Event Ideas:

1: Berry Shade 19 votes
2: Sunny Skies 12 votes
3: Melody Sweetheart 8 votes

Overall Best LoE Player:

1: Jet Black 18 votes
2: Third Edit (Marshmallow Cactus) 11 votes
3: Melody Sweetheart 7 votes


Please take time to congratulate the winners if you see them.  Now on to other things!


INTRODUCING THE FIRST ANNUNAL LOE HEARTHSWARMING HELPER

Oddly enough this idea was pitched before the MLP Holiday Special aired.  We just didn't have a name other than 'secret Santa'.  But anyway, here's how this works.  Ponies will be given the name of another pony who they need to get a gift for, any gift will do but you could always try to get to know the pony and get them something special that they will appreciate.  You can also trade names if you want but you can't reveal who you have to anypony.  ;)   Near Hearthswarming we will have a party where we will exchange our gifts with one another.  :D

So what I need from everypony is to know if you want to participate in this so we can put your name in the pool.  Then we'll randomly draw the names on December 15th and hand them out to everypony so they know who to buy a gift for.  Let me or another member of PONI know here, on Discord, on any server I'm in, or in game.  Thanks and I look forward to a fun holiday season with you.
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Hey everypony.  Got some big things coming up that I wanted to make you aware of.



Tomorrow is Amareican Thanksgiving and while that's pretty exciting for some, there are many of our player base who either don't celebrate the day or don't have anypony to celebrate it with.  So you are cordially invited to an Equestria Friendship gathering at the Ponydale Schoolhouse on Thursday November 22 at 10PM GMT/4PM CST to spend time with your pony family just hanging out and gathering to show each other that we care and that there is always a place for anypony who needs us.


On Friday, November 23 there is a birthday party for Sunny Skies.  Please gather at SCC at 9PM GMT.  You won't want to miss out on this one.  Sunny is a valued member of the community and is responsible for planning most of the Wonderbolts shows you see at events.  This will be a very special birthday.


And don't forget that Worldwide LoE Day is November 24.  If you haven't voted in our polls yet, please do so at the link above. This event will take place at the Heartlands Stage at 8PM GMT (time subject to change).  Please come and share/listen to stories about pony's adventures in LoE as we celebrate what we are thankful for most in this community.


Also see the front page about the rebranding of this topic.  I am not the only pony who plans and runs these events and it's important that the community recognize that.  So from now on, I am part of an organization called P.O.N.I.
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So a few updates on some things that are upcoming and you need to know about.

First of all today starting at 5:30 PM CST/ 11:30 PM GMT there will be an event in Cantermore Fountain Plaza that is meant to be a celebration of the United States baseball all stars playing in Japan.  There will be a parade, hide and seek, and some other fun events and snacks.  This is brought to you by Sapphire Moonlight and Pegafilly Twilight.  Please come and enjoy.


Tomorrow, Friday at 5:00 PM CST/ 11:00 PM GMT will be the aforementioned season finale of The Witchmaster's Key.  Come and enjoy.


And Saturday, November 17th please join us in the Heartlands PVP zone for a fun event and party.  If you want to know more about this event, please contact me via PM or on Discord.  I'll have the time up very soon.
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The date/time of the RP event is subject to change now.  Probably won't be tomorrow.  I'll keep you updated when I know more.
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Hey all.  I know I've been spamming a lot of events lately, but I wanted to mention something because it would be really cool if any ponies who like roleplaying were able to come.  I've been trying to get a more involved and active roleplaying community going on LoE for a while now, with a more action oriented focus.  As I know we have the Sweet & Elite Roleplay which is amazing and Toot Sweet does such a great job with but (and I have never been to one due to time constraints) from what I understand these are more often than not slice of life and very casual one time events that sometime have a little longer plot. 

So you've probably all heard of The Witchmaster by now and you might be sick of him.  But if you're curious at all, there will be a very large RP event on Friday November 9th at 930PM CDT (230AM GMT) which will begin in Ponydale outside of SCC.  It's sort of a 'season finale' type event.

This is in no way an attempt to overshadow Sweet & Elite.  Please help them celebrate their anniversary.  These ponies have done so much for LoE and making it a fun place with an active community.  X3
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This is a good point, thanks Frisktaker.  I did forget that.  I also had to fix the Best Artist poll, so anypony who voted earlier will have to revote on that on. 

The WorldWide LoE Day Celebration will take place at the Heartlands Ruined City Stage.  The time will be announced later.


And one more event to note!  On November 11 at 11:30 PM GMT please come to the Cloudopolis Blimp area to help us in celebrating Old Autumn's Eve (based on the irl holiday St. Martin's Day).  Bring a lantern/torch and some snacks to trade.  We will parade through Cloudopolis and trade some treats with each other before having a nice party to end the evening.  This is sure to be a fun event for all ages!  :D
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Ponies of Equestria!  The time has come for a celebration of all the players who make Legends of Equestria a great place to be.  On November 24, 2018 we will be hosting WorldWide LoE Day.  This event will allow you, the ponies of Equestria, to tell your stories about your time in Equestria and what that has meant to you. 

It will also feature an exciting voting contest.  Nominations have been taken for the following categories and now it is time to vote for your favorites in each category, with the winners receiving special honors at the event!  So please vote now before November 24, so we can celebrate the ponies who make this place amazing!

UPDATE: Lens Flare was kind enough to remake the polls so we could include write in votes because apparently Strawpoll requires you to log in with Facebook.  Please use the link in his post below to vote!  Thank you all so much!

Favorite Party Pony in LoE

Favorite In Game Roleplay Event

Favorite Youtube Pony

Favorite Artist Pony

Favorite LoE Staff Pony

Most Creative Event Ideas

Overall Best LoE Player

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Video / Re: Life In Ponydale
2018 Oct 21, 22:28:03
I wanted to say that I really appreciate this feedback I've gotten from the community on these.  Please if anypony has anything they want to contribute please let me know so I can include your contributions. 

And with further ado, here's the special Nightmare Night episode which contains the full list of upcoming events:


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Just a bump because I updated all the times for the Nightmare Night events.  We'll have a promo coming soon.

I don't know the details for the treasure hunt or hide and seek games (or most of the events for that matter), but ask Berry Shade, Even Tide (Goomie), LeadMare (Pegafilly Twilight), or Melody Sweetheart.  They've been involved in most of the planning for these wonderful events!  X3
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Again I want to thank everypony that took the time to review this and to respond.  I just want to give a few thoughts on what I observed through this whole process and then if whoever's in charge here wants to lock this and sweep it under the rug by all means do so.


Personally I joined this movement because I care about Legends of Equestria and it is my firm belief that every single player who joins the game and who wants to play it should be entitled to a fun experience in a world that richly reflects the canon world of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.  I am trying to make it my life's mission to create that world through fun events, building lasting friendships for myself and others, and helping others with their personal problems.


I believed in this cause because I felt that some ponies had not been given that chance to have that experience.  They were singled out by a vindictive person or were the victim of a failed system.  And that is truly a shame.  But what I have seen come out of this letter and the following discussion is saddening.


There is no real sense of community here.  There are ponies on one side pointing hooves and shouting that the moderation community and other LoE staff never listen and give them what they want.  And there are some very bitter people who have tried to make this entire process personal and drag down people with whom they have personal grievances.  But there are some very real and useful points being made as well.  And on the other side there has been nothing but denial and refusal to cooperate from the majority of the LoE staff to the point of absurdity.  I know there have been some promises of changes and discussions and that is great, if it actually does come to pass.  And hopefully it will.  But there were some very harsh and uncalled for things said here by the Staff as well.  And these are the people who are supposed to be looking out for our world and have its best interest at heart.


In the end I think what we have here was very beneficial.  It has demonstrated that there was a problem in Legends of Equestria.  And whether that problem will continue to exist is up to both the players and the Staff.  I can only hope that things will improve to a point where both sides of this can work together to create the experience we all deserve.


 <3 Holiday Cheer