The fourth thread is approaching lock, so I've started the fifth one. Please remember to use the misc loops thread for discussion of misc loops. Thread one Thread two Thread three Thread four The MLP Time Loops fic started as a dozen or so silly vignettes I wrote on the concept of Twilight Sparkle, and others, time looping (see the full description of mechanics below). Since then, I’ve just kept being inspired to write more, and others have also contributed (about a third of the compiled Loops so far have been contributions by other authors). The compiled version is on all three of the accounts linked in my sig. See below for useful link. http://www.fimfiction.net/story/98568/mlp-time-loops Loop mechanics (general): One person in a Loop, often the main character, is an Anchor. They are the person who first starts time looping. There is always at least one Anchor present in a given Time Loop snippet, though it may not be the local one. The standard pattern for a loop is that the Anchor (and whoever else is Looping there) come to awareness in a loop at a particular point in the story. From there, events will play out as influenced by the Loopers present, acting with the benefit of their foreknowledge, until either a predetermined end point is reached or all the Loopers have copped it. To be Awake is to be aware of the time loops (that is, to have gone back in time this time.) The Anchor is the only character guaranteed to be Awake. Even after others have started looping, it is mostly random as to whether they will be Awake this particular loop. Crossovers, fusions, and alternate pasts can also take place. It is perfectly possible, for example, to have the characters Awaken into a loop which conforms to a fanfic universe rather than reality. Loops do not have to be in chronological order, but it is strongly preferred that they not require a mutually contradictory order (where A must be before B and B must be before A.) Just about every Looper is very, very stir crazy. Loop mechanics (specific) Twilight is the Anchor. MLPverse Loopers tend to be very sane by Looper standards, and to aim to avoid unnecessary death – even though it’s temporary. I assume that the MLP Loops are about five years long, although they have recently started to expand into series 4. As of the point at which this thread is being started, the confirmed Loopers are: The Mane Six Spike All three Princesses Shining Armor The CMC Diamond Tiara Big Macintosh Gilda Trixie Angel Bunny Discord Nyx Chrysalis Magical object versions of the Founders (it's complicated) Berry Punch Mayor Mare Silver Spoon Cheerilee Zecora And possibly a couple more. (I may have missed one or two.) That’s about as much as can be covered without massive spoilers, I think.