In yesterday’s blog post, I explained how I want this comic to have a serious tone, and yet I’m fine with an evil carrot saying the words, “Squash them, my squash!” For some reason my creative approach is often to take seemingly-dumb things seriously.

Take, for example, Laser Ponies. Years ago my friends in Hex Games and I were joking around about a game called Laser Ponies, in which players take on the roles of adorable ponies who could shoot lasers out of their eyes. We imagined this being like an 80’s toy-based cartoon for girls, only with a lot more violence. Like many of our dumb ideas, this came up late at night at a convention. The next day, though, when we were driving home, I had a sudden inspiration, and told the others that I wanted to write the Laser Ponies game.

So I did. It’s gone on to be one of the more successful things I’ve written; you can order it at DrivethruRPG, if you want, and if you act now, you can get it for 25% off. And it’s crazy cheap to begin with.

Laser Ponies
But anyway, I wrote my first draft, and when my friends saw what I had written, they were surprised by the approach I took. I entirely avoided irony and played it straight. It might seem tempting, to make your game about laser-shooting ponies into a a parody, but it’s also too easy. I realized I would rather try to make something sincere, something that kids could enjoy. Also my daughter had recently been born, and I was starting to realize that there were not enough kid-friendly female action heroes out there (this is a theme we will return to in future blog posts, don’t worry.)

Over the years, I’ve explained the concept of Laser Ponies to children on many occasions, and none of them ever thought it was dumb. They seemed to think it was a perfectly reasonable idea.

Why am I thinking about all this? I’m going to GenCon in Indianapolis this weekend, and running a Laser Ponies game on Saturday. Should be big fun.