Manly Challenge: The Covenant House

This week’s challenge, given to us by Vincent Tong, is to support the Covenant House of Vancouver. Support asked, support given!

manly challenge - covenant house

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Being out on the street is a nightmare at any age, but when you’re young it’s even worse. There’s no need to list the horrible things that happen every day to young men and women who, for whatever reason, are without a home and who are outside of the protections that the rest of us enjoy. It’s foul, it’s wrong and it’s got to stop.

How does the saying go… “there but for the grace of god go I”… yeah.

The Covenant House of Vancouver is a shelter for young adults who have nowhere else to go. Protection, food, medical help, education and offering a path out of the streets are what they are all about. The Covenant House makes no judgements about why they are on the streets, or what they had to do to survive… it’s all about helping people have a future worth living for.

Your donations go straight to helping people come in from the cold. As always, your donations are matched one dollar per five from Caerdwyn up to 100 matching, so your help goes even farther.

This is real, this is hardcore, and this is what we’re all about.

Pitchforks and torches for everyone! It’s a holiday!

On Monday January 26, at 5pm Pacific, Stay Brony My Friends will be hosting voice actor Vincent Tong. And boy, are we ready for him…


YOU. We have our eyes on you.

That’s right, we have the greatest single threat to the fandom, that waifu-stealing Twilight-bumping-into knave, Vincent Tong!

Vincent plays more than the Ultimate Villains of Equestria (Flash Sentry and Brad). Other roles, more lovable, like Prince Blueblood… no, wait, how about the Twilight-excluding Duke of Maretonia… hmm. Donut Joe! Everybody loves Donut Joe!

Vince, you gotta help us out here.

And remember, the live show is hosted at Canterlot Hill, and the recorded show at Dusty’s Youtube site now.

Manly Challenge: Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

This week’s Manly Challenge, issued by Andy Price and Katie Cook, is to support the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta. This one is a must.

manly challenge - golden retriever rescue

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Golden retrievers are gentle, loving dogs who want only to be with a caring family. However, all too often they lose their homes for reasons that have nothing to do with the dog. Families forced to move, owners who fall sick and can no longer care for their pets, medical bills for the dog which the owners cannot afford, and many other reasons often result in a good dog in an overcrowded, understaffed public animal shelter. And with large dogs like golden retrievers, finding a new home sometimes comes too late.

The Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta, like other breed rescues, intervenes by claiming the animals from the pound before they are euthanized. Volunteers provide foster homes, and the dogs’ medical needs are taken care of. The dogs are evaluated by those who know the breed best, and permanent homes are found with carefully screened new owners. By supporting breed rescues like the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta, wonderful dogs are saved from a certain bad fate.

This is one place where even a modest donation goes a long, long way. Your donations are further stretched by a one-for-five match by Caerdwyn (up to 100 in matching funds). Don’t wait – for far too many dogs, a few days is the difference between life and death.


Yes, this is an emotional cheap shot. So what, it’s real.


Stand-up comics

This Monday, January 12th at 5pm Pacific, Stay Brony My Friends welcomes Andy Price and Katie Cook, comic geniuses! PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE STREAM.


yeah, it’s kinda like that

These two are responsible for many of the MLP comic books (the “mane series” 1-18 and 25-28, Micro Series 3 “Rarity” and 10 “Luna”, and Friends Forever 8 “Rarijack”). So very very responsible.

Join us at the madhouse!

Where is the madhouse, you may ask? The new location for the live showing of Stay Brony My Friends is at bookmark it for the future.

Manly Challenge – 826 National – Student Writing Workshops

This week’s challenge, from the folks behind Twilight Sparkle’s Secret Shipfic Folder, is to support 826 National’s Student Writing Wprkshops project. Strike a blow for literacy!

manly challenge - 826 National

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Every day we see the failure of public schools’ attempts to teach the most basic of skills: literacy. Not only are students not being taught how to read, they also are not shown how to write. Go take a look at the comments being left on gaming and pop culture websites sometime. LRN 2 GRAMMAR.

Being the smartest kid in the class doesn’t mean a thing if every time you write something you come across as a drop-out.

That’s where 826 National comes in. In partnership with the Global Giving Foundation, they will be hosting workshops at 100 schools around the country to teach written literacy. This is the difference between “you’ll be leading this project” and “do u want fries with dat”. Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of that.

Your donations (matched one-for-five by Caerdwyn, up to a hundred dollars in matching funds) will make this possible.

Strike a blow for a slightly-less-dumb internet and a much better future for a whole lot of students!

LIVE EVENT: Pop them champagne corks

The Christmas Eve informal goof-off stream proved to be a great success, so we’re going to do another on New Year’s Eve! Watch Dusty’s Twitter for exact times, etc., but a good guess will be around 8pm Pacific.

The stream will be right over here.


Your host, Calvados

So what’s on the menu?

  • Our good friend Baron Engel will be back, sketching for charity like he did Christmas Eve
  • A “flash charity” event, with giveaway drawings for donors (including the sketch that Baron will be doing). Always awesome, so set aside a few dollars for a good cause
  • We’ll also have SnowflakeIRL hanging about being his silly self
  • A brief live game stream to show you all how terrible we are
  • Mmmmaybe a call-in VIP if we can arrange it (we had some good fortune Christmas Eve and scored ourselves an Ingrid Nilsen/Maud Pie).
  • Depending upon whether folks are into it or not, we might also turn the camera on a Cards Against Humanity game, or Twilight Sparkle’s Secret Shipfic Folder. Silly guaranteed! (Of course, the freely-flowing cider might have something to do with that)
  • Our dogs barking at every little weird noise

Yeah, it gets busy.

Our flash charity will be the Wounded Warriors Project.

manly challenge - wounded warriors 2014

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Whatever else you might think of the wars that we have become involved in, there is no question the devotion to duty and courage of the soldiers who answer the call. Unfortunately, many of them pay a terrible price as the cost of that devotion, and their governments do not support them or their families nearly enough.

It’s therefore up to us to take up the slack. Your donation to the Wounded Warriors Project provides medical, psychological and financial support for gravely wounded soldiers and their families.

To hell with anyone’s politics. This is about doing the right thing, and that transcends all else.

That Ship Has Sailed

On Monday, December 29 at 5pm Pacific, Horrible People Productions, the people responsible for the notorious card game Twilight Sparkle’s Secret Shipfic Folder, will be here to answer for their many sins. Or to drink cider and ship ponies. We’re not sure which.



Twilight Sparkle’s Secret Shipfic Folder (TSSSF from now on, thankyouverymuch) is a bizarre card game (which can also be played online) about Twilight’s secret shame: she is the worst fanfic author in Ponyville. It’s all about forcing senseless relationships. And ponies.

This game has become a cult classic, a guilty pleasure, and is one of the funniest things to come out of this fandom since Derpy. The occasional outraged squawk makes it all the more hilarious.

Best of all, you can download and print out the cards for free. Woot!

Come meet the lunatics responsible. THEY DID THIS.

Hearth’s Warming Eve stream!

Join us at our special events page for an informal Hearth’s Warming Eve stream! Hang out, chat, whatevers.

There will be cider. Oh yes there will.

We also are having a flash charity event: the Second Harvest Food Bank.

manly challenge - second harvest

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As wonderful as our holidays are, there are those for whom this is just another cold, wet hungry winter’s night. It’s Christmas Eve, yet there are people who won’t be able to eat.


Please. Donate.

Manly Challenge – ASPCA

This week’s manly challenge, courtesy of Silverslinger, is a continuation of Tommy Oliver’s challenge: Support the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. GO OVER HERE. Then click on a bunch of stuff!

We didn’t quite make it last week, but this is the holiday season. We understand. But the animals in need of support, especially in the winter season, won’t have much of a holiday without donations to make it happen. Let’s do it!

Hi ho Silverslinger!

At 5pm PST on Monday December 15, Stay Brony My Friends will welcome Silverslinger to the show. And no, we do not regret the title of this post one bit.



Silverslinger is a master jeweler whose creations adorn the lapels of many of the show’s voice actors. Those of you who attend ponycons have seen his work up-close and personal in the dealer’s room, and also know him as a consummate gentleman. Best of all, he is crazy-generous, donating many of his most elaborate designs to charity auction, resulting in many thousands of dollars of good old-fashioned brony goodwill helping the finest causes.

Rumors around Canterlot also claim that he is the one who crafted the Alicorn Amulet, so we’d best keep an eye on him and interrogate him mercilessly. That’s where YOU come in, we need those questions!

(and it’s not too late to get some Silverslinger jewelry for your Special Somepony for holiday gift-giving… HINT HINT)