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Battle Gem Ponies - A Pony Tamer RPG


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One of the main priorities of the game is making each pony character expressive and visually interesting. We want people to connect with them. 🐴💖
Each pony is meant to be someone's favorite for multiple reasons, gameplay related or otherwise.

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It took about a month and a half, but ALL the pony sprite pieces have finally been drawn and as of right now I can begin the frame-by-frame animation process!

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Should be done and in-game by April's end (we'll see how that goes 👀)

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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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Gears have shifted towards the tasks weighing us down. Luckily, we've made great headway and both the story and the tools to make it are really coming together!💡

Come read the July 2023 Progress Report (The Makings of a Story 📖), now Live on Patreon!🗞️
https://patreon.com/YotesMark

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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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BGP Progress Report Time!

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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

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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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The Big Fat Kickstarter 2nd Anniversary Writeup! 🎊

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It's officially been 2 years since the Kickstarter now and the Battle Gem Ponies dev team is happy to see things finally taking shape!
There's a celebration/progress report post on our Patreon blog to commemorate the occasion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/big-fat-2nd-88688631

 

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One of the main design goals for Battle Gem Ponies is making the choice between these three for your first transformation an excruciating decision. 

Very early on in your adventure, you'll come across a strange old woman beckoning you to take one of 3 mysterious, colorful, vision-inducing stones that your buddy Ponatina will have an interesting reaction to... 

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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 out monetization schemes. 💸

Especially in order for us to keep the promises made to every person who supported this Pony RPG dream with their own hard-earned money! 🦄

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This is it... this is the year #BattleGemPonies comes out... My entire #gamedev life has led to the number 2024 being on the title screen of my high school #ponymon dream game 🦄🎮

- Got 120 days left to make it happen! 😤🚀
#NewYearsResolution

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Progress Report: Final Crunchdown [Part 2/5]

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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...)
 

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Foundations are set for all 600+ rooms you'll be exploring once the game comes out. Take a peek at what's going into them with the Patreon Update below:

Patreon.com/YotesMark

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Progress Report: Final Crunchdown [Part 3/5]

r/BattleGemPonies - Really looking forward to seeing people run around all these maps! I wonder what things will captivate people's exploration instincts most...

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", different ways to get certain ponies on your roster early, countless customizations by the time you reach the end of Act 1 of 3 and (if I do my job right) lots of fun and memorable moments around every corner.

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Never appreciated the true tedious chaos of labeling and connecting doors together until this week. 😵‍💫
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Every city is like this and the mountains are worse.

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But then there's those simple little linear paths. Those are a treat

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