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About this blog

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Every month or so, we'll come out with an update on the game. Sometimes progress is super showy & eventful, sometimes it's boring behind the scenes stuff, but they're always kept interesting and have a hopeful message about determination.

The blog is separated into parts to flow consistently. There's a summary/introduction/teaser linking to the full blog post on my website, then from there you'll get screenshot highlights, a list of tasks completed that week, a list of lessons learned, at least one paragraph of an interesting thought/idea/feature, then either a Patreon thank you, articles/videos my stuff has been featured in, or download counts for all my released games so far. Then the blog post ends with a paragraph or two about next steps and my thoughts going into the new week.

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The aim with all this is to inspire other developers the way teams like Mane6 inspired us. To show game development is possible, and even though it takes forever, the progress is visible, the results are tangible, and the process is rewarding.

And for the more casual fan, this monthly blog shows that the devs are not dead, the project is still being worked on, and you'll get to play new content very soon.

So saddle up and come along for the ride!

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Progress Report: Final Crunchdown [Part 3/5]

The pieces are coming together one-by-one as each map gets fleshed out. But it'll still be a little while before it's considered to be in a "playable" state. Check it all out in the latest BGP Progress Report! https://www.patreon.com/posts/progress-report-99080476   Really looking forward to seeing people run around all these maps! I wonder what things will captivate people's exploration instincts most... There's going to be branching paths to let you do things "out of order", diffe

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Progress Report: Final Crunchdown [Part 2/5]​

The latest and greatest progress report has arrived! As of the 15th of January, it's officially the end of Map Month! That means ALL the maps are IN the game! Well, the 1st draft unconfigured foundations at least. But you can SEE them! (All that's left now is to polish them up, replace the placeholders, sprinkle some characters around, put the story together with cutscenes...)   Foundations are set for all 600+ rooms you'll be exploring once the game comes out. Take a pee

Unity Fees Won't Stop Us

We've been getting messages from Battle Gem Ponies backers with worries that the Unity Per-Install Fee could delay or even cancel the project. Here to say now, that won't happen. ❌ Not only are we expecting to not come close to the 1M downloads & dollars a year mark to trigger it, but this project's been through way worse hardships than an engine change over the years. We'll do what we've gotta do to make BGP a reality and not allow a greedy company to bankrupt us with poorly thought ou

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August 2023 Progress Report (Battle Gem Ponies LITE 💡📱)

BGP Progress Report Time! New maps, bug squashin', giant vehicles, conventions, & overworld effects. Got 11 headlines for ya, so come see how things are going in gamedev as Summer comes to a close, over on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/YotesMark The next Progress Report will be at the end of September. And hopefully with tons of exciting news! (Like when the Alpha will finally arrive)

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Back From TrotCon 2023!

Back From TrotCon 2023! Tons of new people are now interested in the game, our Discord numbers have shot up 15%, over a hundred people downloaded the demo, and we gathered lots of feedback to further improve the game and booth setups! 🎮📱 Plus, we caught the eye of some pretty large streamers, finally met some BGP community members face-to-face, and we met several cool folks to collab with someday. 🤝📈

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June Progress Report (Sprites, Camera... ACTION!)

Our biggest accomplishments this past month have been an improved animation pipeline and a functioning cutscene system. 2 ENORMOUS steps forward (despite the Great Zelda Distraction 😅 ) The June BGP Progress Report has just landed!  (So you can read all about it)  Get ready for "Sprites, Camera... ACTION!  📽️🦄" https://www.patreon.com/YotesMark

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March 2023 Progress Report (Ponies Under Construction)

An exciting new Progress Report is here! March 2023 Progress Report (Ponies Under Construction 👷) Gearing up to animate some new ponies for you to catch and battle with! 🐎 Check it out on the YotesMark Patreon! patreon.com/YotesMark Sprites are under construction this month, so a lot more characters can be added to the playable Battle Gem Ponies roster come April and beyond! 👷 🚧 🏗️

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Backer Rewards (Wave 1): Complete! [New Merch Shop on RedBubble]

Everyone who ordered Add-Ons from the BGP Kickstarter should've gotten some special stuff  in the mail recently, or can at least expect it to show up before March 1st. (If not, double check your address listed on Kickstarter and let ol' Tony Yotes know if there's been a mixup.) It's been so nice to see the posts of people opening up their packages and we can't wait for the next wave with all the international ones and the PILE of T-Shirts to come!   With this stage of order fulf

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