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Started watching midway through the first season. Started writing not long before the beginning of the last.

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  • 6 weeks
    All sorts of ponies are awesome

    (Reposted from an old thread on another forum asking about one's favourite kind of pony.)

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  • 8 weeks
    Transport and travel, part 2!

    Water
    Just going to cover this part quickly, because it's rather under-served on the show.

    • Riverboats/barges - not seen much, but presumably a thing. Note that before trains, canals were the most efficient form of overland shipping - not sure if this holds up with widespread flight though.

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  • 8 weeks
    Transport and travel in Equestria

    What modes of locomotion are available play a massive role in shaping both society and everyday life. Just consider where you've gone in the past year and how, or from how far afield some of the things you bought at your local store originated.

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  • 13 weeks
    Season 3 - Short Reviews and Ratings

    Well I have to admit, these haven't turned out as popular as I'd hoped - but I might as well at least post the last set I did.

    (NOTE: while the first half of these (up to Sleepless in Ponyville) were written last March, the latter half dates to last October and therefore takes into account Season 9.)

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  • 15 weeks
    Season 2 - Short Reviews and Ratings

    Well, not so much response on mi first set, but if at first you don't succeed... Once again, these date back to last March and were orignallu posted to the comments of SuperPinkBrony12's blog.

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Jun
9th
2020

Transport and travel, part 2! · 9:06pm June 9th

Water
Just going to cover this part quickly, because it's rather under-served on the show.

  • Riverboats/barges - not seen much, but presumably a thing. Note that before trains, canals were the most efficient form of overland shipping - not sure if this holds up with widespread flight though.
  • Sea craft - we've seen both old-fashioned sailing ships (which become a lot more efficient if the crew can whip up a wind on demand - I'd bet sailing is a big pegasus profession) and bigger more modern looking vessels. Of course, their usefullness for more than cruises depends on geography.
  • Underwater vessels - I don't think we've seen any, although diving gear is defintly a thing.

Air

  • Flight - the normal mode of travel for pegasi, griffons and the like, allowing them to cover much greater distances casually. It also might change their approach to things like buildings - I expect a lot of the upper floors of Manehattan skyscrapers are cheap pegasus housing, perhaps even wothout any direct acess to the bulidings lower half.
  • Sky carriage/wagon - as well as lifting themselves off the ground, pegasi can extend their magic to pull small vehicles. It's not clear how well this scales up, but even on the level seen in the show it's probably one of the fastest, most flexible modes of travel. Likely a common blue-collar pegasus job. May be regulated in busy areas.
  • Balloon - as on Earth, this bag of hot air can allow those without wings to leave the ground, but it's slow speed and difficulty navigating prevent it from being the most efficient mode of travel. Add a pegasus or two, though, and it suddenly becomes a respectable personal craft.
  • Airship - a baloon writ large, the epitome of luxury travel in modern Equestria even if it can't quite beat a train for speed without pegasus assistance. And as the recent invasion of Canterlot proved, quite an asset in warfare as well.
  • Cloudcraft- a pegasus can push a small cloud along with them as they move, and Cloudsdale moves around due to presumably the effort of hundreds. We haven't seen any in-between uses of this capacity, but they must exist.
  • Helicraft - an experimental field not currently suited for mass production. Test models seem mostly pedal powered, but long-lasting rotor enchantments are known to exist - if they could be scaled up then the skies will be opened to non-pegasi in an unprecedented fashion. Because of this challenge to their aerial dominance, nature as an aerial hazard and general ungainliness, many pegasi look on these craft disparagingly - some hardcore groups even oppose balloons and airships, claiming that the sky is for the winged races and not "landwalkers".

Other

  • Teleportation - a neat trick, but only accesible to a handful of high-level mages, and only the best of them can go a substantial distance or bring much extra mass. No doubt some unicorns do earn quite a lot ferrying small, high-value cargoes from city to city - although perhaps not as much since trains arose as a competitor.
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I can see you’ve put a lot of thought into this, good stuff!:pinkiesmile:

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