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Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:33 pm

The day is July fourth, 20XX. The sky is a brilliant blue overlayed by a pale pink and there are explosions of red and orange just beyond. And today is the day.

The STBLE beta is delivered.

Throngs of pegasi and griffon mail carriers are in the air, each with at least two disks on them. A delivery straight from the princesses themselves. Across Equestria today, thousands of ponies will receive their new game, advertised for months as the next step of magitech.

Six young ponies in particular have just gotten their betas in the mail.

The day feels odd. Across Equestria, there's a palpable sense of forboding, a sort of anxiety for something that's yet to be. Even so, the world is very still. Almost

STBLEstuck


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Post  Crystalite on Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:28 pm

Skynight sat on top of the roof as she waited. So far everything was going according to plan; Dad was at the plant, as per the norm, and Mom was off with her friends planning some sort of fireworks display. What they were doing with fireworks was beyond her; Not that Skynight particularly cared. What did matter was that school had canceled for the sake of the STBLE Beta Release; she personally suspected it had more to do with teachers wanting tonplay than students. Not that she cared about that either. What mattered was she was alone, waiting for her copy of the Beta.

A copy her parents didn't know she had bought. On a day they didn't realize she had off. (She had told them. But they never listened.)

It took forever (Actually only twenty minutes after she picked a perch) for the package to land on her roof. She snatched it up, slipping her Cloudwalker Boots off long enough to fall through the cloudy roof into the sturdier living room. Slipping them back on, she ran into her room and opened it.

"Two disks," she said as shenpulled them out. "Server and client. I guess we want client first?" she decided, gently nudging the Client disk into her computer and waiting for it to load...

((Not sure how many liberties I'm allowed at this point.))
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Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:35 pm

On the screen, Skynight sees this:



Rather abruptly, it all comes to a halt and the screen goes black. Big red letters appear in the middle:

Connect to Server please.
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Post  mjh6 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:40 pm

Bright Future had suppose this day was coming.

Pegasi controlled the weather.

Earth ponies controlled the plants and animals.

The princesses controlled the night and day.

Cutie marks controlled a pony's destiny.

It was only a matter of time before the average pony could control the world around them

Normally, she might wait for the hacked version that would give lots more options, but Bright wanted to see exactly what it was the program did, before she pushed it to its limits in what could be done with it. After considering, she put in the server disk first.
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Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:46 pm

You see the same loading sequence as above before a message of your own appears on your screen:

Connect to Client, please.

Well, this was advertised as being highly multiplayer, but no pony mentioned the single player was nonfunctional. It seems to be able to connect disks over the Telekinet, but both parties have to agree to the affair.


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Post  TheCavalry on Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:57 pm

Sea Spray sat in the middle of her room, waiting for the game to load.

It was a pretty simple set-up, really, particularly for a mare who moonlit as Equestrias foremost Conspiracy theorist. A simply computer monitor in front of her, with two keyboards (or, rather, one split in half) on either side of her wings, ready for feather-typing.

She wasn't paying attention to the bar on the screen. Her attention was focused on the PDA she held in her hooves. Displayed on the small screen was a blog belonging to the mysterious 'Ocean Breeze'.

Sea Spray focused in her typing.

STBLE Beta

Followers of the Breeze:
My copy of STBLE just arrived. Regular followers will know How skeptical I was when the Princesses announced they were funding production of a video game.

I remain skeptical. I have been waiting for the server disc to install for the past ten minutes. If it does not do so soon, I may be forced to concede this as a waste of my time... not that any game produced by the princesses could be anything but.

Update: After waiting nearly twenty minutes, I've been met with a screen telling me to use the 'other' disc. Were this any other game, I would throw it away this instant; how dare it tell me how to enjoy myself. Still, I promised an in-depth look at her majesty's latest piece of narcissism.

Installing client disc. Hopefully this time it will take less time to rise than the sun does.
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Re: STBLEstuck

Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:14 pm

As you install the Client disk, essentially the same thing happens. This time, however, another message in purple appears:

Hello there, Player. I'm glad to see you've taken such an interest in STBLE. However, this is not a game that can be played single player. To enjoy STBLE to the fullest, you have to connect your server disk with the client disk of another player or vice versa. Have fun, and remember that friendship is magic. Princess Twilight Sparkle.
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Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:50 pm

> Rise and shine, sleepyhead!

You'd really rather not, to be honest. And no, you don't care that it's almost noon on your FOURTEENTH BIRTHDAY. You don't care that STBLE finally came out we all the RIGAMAROLE one would expect. You don't care that you convinced all your FRIENDS to play and now you have to CHECK ON THEM to make sure they're doing WHAT YOU TELL THEM TO. Like you always have to. Honestly, what would those guys do without you?

Possibly have independent thoughts, and we can't have that, now can we? You are simply TOO GRUMPY and TOO CONTROLLING and WAY TOO SURE OF YOURSELF to let that happen.

Anyway, maybe for once you could delude yourself into believing that they in turn believed you when you said that it was VERY IMPORTANT that they play STBLE? You suppose it's possible, but then you've always believed that ANYTHING is possible. Then again maybe none of that even matters because your STOMACH is growling. Cripes. Alright, already, you're getting up. So much for FORTY WINKS. That was more like TWENTY WINKS, really.


> Get up and look around.

You're up, you're up, you're up. Sheesh. You wish the URGES TO DO IMPORTANT THINGS would be less insistent about things they think are so GOSH DARN IMPORTANT sometimes, and as you do that the sheer IRONY inherent in that desire escapes you.

Anyway, your room's a mess, but what else is new? There's not much in terms of physical disarray, but there is PAINT everywhere, which you suppose anyone who knows you even moderately well would expect. The only items with notable PHYSICAL MASS in your room are one (1) RECORD PLAYER, one (1) COLLECTION of fourteen (14) RECORDS nearby, one (1) COMFY CHAIR, one (1) EASEL, and one (1) COMPUTER. Though GLOW PAINT has covered the walls, floor, ceiling, and windows since TIME IMMEMORIAL, which is to say about three years ago, you have been very careful not to get it on any of your STUFF. Except, of course, the EASEL. One would think that would be obvious, but...

There. You've described your room. any other COMMANDS, oh strange URGES?


> Go get some breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day, after all!

The thought of getting breakfast briefly crosses your mind, but you shove the thought out of your head like pushing a pushing any annoying and very persistent dog off of your bed. You can't get BREAKFAST yet, idiot, you berate yourself. BREAKFAST is NOT IMPORTANT. Making sure your FRIENDS are PLAYING THE GAME is VERY IMPORTANT! You need to contact them immediately and...

...you suppose you're laying it on a BIT THICK in terms of self-directed GRUMPINESS and in terms of CAPITAL LETTERS. Not to mention terms of overstating the necessity of a particular action, but that's something you do a lot and nothing new. Anyway, it really is unimaginably IMPORTANT this time that you and your friends start playing STBLE today. Soon. Really soon.

Besides, laying it on THICK is what any GOOD PAINTER does, you've always believed. Somewhere beneath all that PAINT you're wearing.

With that in mind, you suppose the next thing to do would be to contact your FRIENDSs, see if they're PLAYING, and see if they're needing any HELP. They tend to need HELP more often than not by your RECKONING, which of course is completely free of bias.


> Get on Pesterchum and talk with your friends.

Didn't you just get done saying you were going to do that? Geeze, the URGES just don't pay attention sometimes.

Anyway, you spend the requisite eternity in front of your ANICENT COMPUTER for it to boot up, and then you connect the NET. Another eternity to wait for Pesterchum to boot up, making sure to set the emotion indicator or whatever it's called to RANKLED, and...

liquidFloresence has opened a group chat

LF: Alright, chums, or whatever.
LF: Have you all managed to look past this week's latest dumb theory and started playing like I said you should?


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Do not think that just because Palette, or rather the second-person narration describing him, thinks your character never listens to him if you believe your character would frequently listen to him. Palette is irritable and slightly opinionated, and thus prone to remembering unimportant details wrong.
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Re: STBLEstuck

Post  Crystalite on Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:58 pm

Elacular wrote:Connect to Server please.

Skynight leaned back. Why didn't have an auto search? Most MMOs did. She tried to think of who else...

...Didn't diamondWitch sign up for Beta? She opened up ponychum and began to pester.

queenPegasuarus [QP] began pestering diamondWitch [DW]

QP: Please tell me you loaded the server disk first - I did the client and it took FOREVER
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Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:01 pm

diamondWitch isn't on, but you are being pestered by another chum, who seems to have set up a group chat.

All the PCs are getting the pester memo in fact.
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Post  Crystalite on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:08 pm

Skynight raised an eyebrow. Who was this? Once again, some quirk in her labtop prevented it from telling her. She joined the chat, setting her emotion indicator to "Excited/Frustrated".

QP: Computer's being witchy, who all is here?
QP: Also, did anyone install the Server disc
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Post  mjh6 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:08 pm

It was typical really. Should have expected them taking away the single player options

She was about to loadd the client disk when she reiceived the memo. Quickly, she opened it up and started ranting.

destinyParadox joins the group chat

DP:wHAT IS UP WITH THIS GAME? nO SINGLE PLAYER AT ALL? sOMEONE NEEDS TO FIX THIS asap!
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Post  Crystalite on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:13 pm

QP: Or at least player search
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Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:16 pm

It seems like, with a bit of fernangling, a player search could be jury rigged through ponychum.
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Post  Colter Bolt on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:25 pm

Blank, who hadn't slept for over a day and had spent most of that time trying to get new hats for free in Team Friendship 2, and had a second screen for tracking his copy of the game, was ready to recieve it the moment it arrived. He boots up the client and finds sleep tugging at his eyes as it loads. About 20 minutes later he wakes up to the sound of a Ponychum alert. Giving his computer commands verbally, he joins in.
gamingGenious [GG] joined the memo.
GG: i installed the client version sorry
Blank takes a quick glance at the files shown under the disk in the Computer Explorer.
GG: it doesnt even have Vapor support. I wonder what thats about.


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Post  Crystalite on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:29 pm

QP: Why does the universe hate me
QP: Did nopony install the Server?
QP: I guess one of us could, but who?
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Post  Colter Bolt on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:38 pm

GG: i can do that now if you want. Shouldnt take me too long
With far more flourish than it required, Blank places the server disk into the disk drive.
GG: alright its installing now
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Post  Crystalite on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:41 pm

QP: Okay! I'll come back in a century :P
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Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:47 pm

When your server disk finishes installing and you connect it through Ponychum, you get the option to act as server to the following:

queenPegasuarus [QP]
truthChaser [TC]
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Post  mjh6 on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:52 pm

dp: i INSTALLED THE SERVER. iT TOLD ME TO PUT IN THE CLIENT DISK

Bright Future paused her pestering to put in the Client disk
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Post  Elacular on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:55 pm

After much loading, you get the Twilight Sparkle message. This game really is in beta. You'd think the princess of friendship would be better at communicating.
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Post  Colter Bolt on Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:58 pm

GG: alright Pegasaurus century is over. Im connecting to you now
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Post  mjh6 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:07 am

DP:i GOT A SPECIAL MESSAGE WRITTEN BY pRINCESS tWILIGHT sPARKLE HERSELF ENCOURAGING ME TO ENJOY THE MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP. aPPARENTLY THIS GAME LITERALLY CANNOT BE PLAYED OUTSIDE OF mULTIPLAYER
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Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:30 am

LF: Yeah, well, I could've sworn I told you that already, DP, but whatever.
LF: Gah. Sorry, just woke up. Anyway, glad to see you're all getting into the spirit of the thing. Honestly surpassing some expectations here, not gonna lie.
LF: Details on exactly why are sketchy, but I know we kind of have to get in the spirit of the thing or else. It's "Important".
LF: Anyway, I'm gonna go get breakfast, so I guess I'll be the last petal in this daisy-chain we're working up towards, whatever. Back in a sec. I'm thinking waffles.
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Post  mjh6 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:41 am

DP: iMPORTANT, YEAH. jUST ANOTHER WAY OF TAKING OUR CHOICES AWAY FROM US. sOMEPONY NEEDS TO LOOK INTO THE POSSIBILTY OF pUPPETMASTER tWILIGHT sPARKLE.
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