Released Battle Gem Ponies [Unity Engine]

This project has a release available. The full version is still a work in progress.
Project Status
Demo
Project Version
0.5.6
ETA Next Version
Mar 31, 2023

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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 fulfillment complete we're also free to let the ol' Shopify site hibernate for a while. It's currently been burning fuel in the company wallet for a while, we'd basically need to sell at least 2 shirts a month to keep it sustained, but that's not been happening for at least a year now. So we're changing things up to a more sustainable model where folks who really want it can still get it, without any extra cost to the YotesMark studio!



Our New RedBubble Shop is where you can get BGP merch from now on!

(Which is nice because they handle all the orders, inventory, and shipping stuff so we don't have to pay up and reach out to different websites every time an order is placed. 😁)

Just pop over there and see all the crazy stuff they've got with our ponies' faces on 'em. It's a greater variety of stuff than we could ever manage by ourselves!




And you can expect a lot more where that came from once the other T-Shirt designs are done and the game is finally out there.

In the meantime, thanks for making all this possible by following the development of Battle Gem Ponies!
 

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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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An exciting new Progress Report is here!
March 2023 Progress Report (Ponies Under Construction)
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Gearing up to animate some new ponies for you to catch and battle with!
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Check it out on the YotesMark Patreon!
https://www.patreon.com/YotesMark
 

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Wrapping up the weekend with progress on this guy 💀
With 10 left to go, I should be done with ALL Pony Sprite Pieces by Thursday (for reference, just showing this dude's head at 3 different angles took 40 mins)

How long it takes completely depends on how perfectionist you wanna be. I have to balance "It MUST be done by month's end!" and "These character designs & animations are arguably the most important aspect of the game, marketing wise."
I need these ponies to look INCREDIBLE lined up next to the likes of Coromon, EvoCreo, Nexomon, Monster Sanctuary, Cassette Beasts, & TemTem. And unlike with those art, design, & animation teams, I'm just one guy.
 

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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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Nice! I once saw a game that was out on consoles and PC but only the console version supported controllers. A lot of people chose to emulate the console version on PC instead of buying the PC version.
 

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Nice! I once saw a game that was out on consoles and PC but only the console version supported controllers. A lot of people chose to emulate the console version on PC instead of buying the PC version.
Guess I'm one of those people too. 👀

Can't imagine going through the trouble of making a controller friendly interface ON a PC and not letting that version be playable on PC.
 

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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!
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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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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Unity has counteroffered this new (far less awful) fee structure:
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