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  1. Kickstarter for the BGP RPG in 2 Weeks! (Everything on the Line!)

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    The excitement is boiling over here at Yotes Games! The Kickstarter Preview is up and there's no going back now! In exactly 7 days we lock-in the numbers and content, submit for final review, then go nuts trying to get as many backers as possible within 30 days.

     

    And we certainly hope you'll be one of them!

  2. The Battle Gem Ponies Combat Demo is Here!!

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    If you aren't incredibly hyped right now, you really should be. This is a monumental occasion after all! After YEARS of behind-the-scenes struggle, TENS of THOUSANDS of dollars drained from life savings, MONTHS of delays, and an incomprehensible amount of time sitting in front of computers yelling "WHHHYYYYY"... Yotes Games is proud to present...

     

    The Battle Gem Ponies Combat Demo

     

    Our first public upload in 3 or 4 years after starting this entire project over after tragically losing every project file for the 2017 build. Since then this game has gone from a solo-indie project to a team-powered labor of love and it's looking all the better for it!

    We truly cannot wait to hear what you think of this battle system we're creating.

     

    Go ahead and give it a try!

    (It's playable on Android, Windows, Mac, and even Linux)

     

    Bugs are being noted as we march toward our Kickstarter in August. We'll be diving headfirst into remaking overworld gameplay for the next couple months, so your feedback on this half of the game will fuel us til then. Feel free to share BGP around with anyone you know that could be into this sorta thing. It's the start of something very fun over here...

     

    More updates to come!

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  3. We Have a New Instagram Account! Come check us out and leave a like: https://www.instagram.com/yotesgames/
  4. The Battle Gem Ponies Combat Demo is Here!! If you aren't incredibly hyped right now, you really should be. This is a monumental occasion after all! After YEARS of behind-the-scenes struggle, TENS of THOUSANDS of dollars drained from life savings, MONTHS of delays, and an incomprehensible amount of time sitting in front of computers yelling "WHHHYYYYY"... Yotes Games is proud to present... The Battle Gem Ponies Combat Demo Our first public upload in 3 or 4 years after starting this entire project over after tragically losing every project file for the 2017 build. Since then this game has gone from a solo-indie project to a team-powered labor of love and it's looking all the better for it! We truly cannot wait to hear what you think of this battle system we're creating. Go ahead and give it a try! (It's playable on Android, Windows, Mac, and even Linux) Bugs are being noted as we march toward our Kickstarter in August. We'll be diving headfirst into remaking overworld gameplay for the next couple months, so your feedback on this half of the game will fuel us til then. Feel free to share BGP around with anyone you know that could be into this sorta thing. It's the start of something very fun over here... More updates to come!
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    Can't believe after about a MILLION years, the all-new remade-from-scratch Battle Gem Ponies Combat Demo has been uploaded here on Itch.io...

    Feels Good, Man

  6. Battle Gem Ponies (May DevLog): Demo Drop Date! Ohhh, it's coming... FINALLY after months of delays, the Combat Demo is nearly complete! You'll be playing the new and improved #BattleGemPonies within a week! Come bask in the pre-launch hype with us on this month's #gamedev Blog! ~
  7. Battle Gem Ponies (April DevLog): Bug Hunters 2021 This is it! The home stretch! We're basically in like, the Beta of our Pre-Alpha if that inception makes sense. The biggest mysteries and implementation challenges are behind us as far as the scope of this demo is concerned. All that's left is to fix an incredibly long list of minor & major bugs we've been taking note of this whole time and make sure 99% of this game works (and looks) exactly as intended. Graphics. Pacing. Space-time Placing. All these things must be in near-perfect harmony before we put it out there to be judged enjoyed by the masses. Check the Yotes Blog for details on our bug hunting adventures!
  8. April Progress Report (Growth & Prep) A new Graphic Designer is gonna help us make trailers, menus, n' stuff starting in May once he's all set to pursue his #streaming & #gamedev dreams. Check out what we've been up to lately on the Yotes Games Blog! https://www.yotesgames.com/2021/04/april-progress-report-growth-prep.html
  9. A Major Change of Plans... After some heartbreak, debate, accounting, re-planning, and interviewing new potential team members, we have officially decided to delay Battle Gem Ponies one more time. Stretching our personal budgets to the absolute limit and holding off until September while we build up the game in a more reasonable timeframe. We wanted a public demo out weeks ago and finally got to a state where we have all the features we want in, but we haven't had time to clean up the bugs and make sure it can make a good first impression. We can't re-announce the game after a 3-4 year silence and have new players immediately run into game-breaking issues. After everything we've been through to get here, we're not gonna let things play out like that. We're here to blow minds. We hope you can stay with us long enough to see this through. Some really exciting stuff is on the way for you guys. Get some new deadlines/goals for the project on the official blog.
  10. BGP February DevLog: Animating Attacks We're in the final stages of development for the Combat Demo! We're implementing as many attack & effect animations as possible to make a good first impression, and we're balancing the more complex gameplay mechanics we've finally got working. More on the main blog: yotesgames.com
  11. Battle Gem Ponies (January DevLog): Headfirst Into a the New Year! Battle Gem Ponies is gearing up for making a HUGE commotion all year long! We have some cleanup to do, but afterwards we're off to the races polishing things up. Kickstarter Drafts, Patreon makeovers, YouTuber contacts, battle engine redesigns, and more all get covered in this month's update! So come take a gander at the latest #GameDev Log: www.yotesgames.com
  12. Battle Gem Ponies (December DevLog): Sayonara, 2020! This year sure has been one big heck... But looking back, I'm proud of what we've managed to build since January. This game is miles further along than I ever could've reached on my own trying to solo dev. It's exciting to think about how much can be accomplished in the next 365 days with the full power of a development team and, if we succeed in May, thousands of dollars in crowdfunding support to hire a ton more helping hands and guarantee we finish the rest of development by year's end. Here at Yotes Games, spirits are high as we march right into 2021 like we own the place. (And with your continued support, we actually might!) Get some of the very last gamedev of 2020 over on the blog.
  13. Battle Gem Ponies Christmas Demo! (Available Now!!)

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    Merry Christmas, everypony! We've been cooking up a treat for everyone supporting this game throughout this rough spot of a year.
     

    The time has come! Download the Battle Gem Ponies Christmas Demo on Itch.io using your Patreon login to get a download key for Windows, Mac, and Android!  The download page will only appear if you use the link above to get your key.

     

    Now before you dive in, let's reel back expectations once more. This is a super buggy work in progress that we're still polishing up for February

    Many features are still unfinished so you're likely to run into rough looking animation, strange audio issues, moves that don't work as expected, buttons that were supposed to be hidden, and crazy-looking placeholder text.

     

    We aim to release an update to this Patreon build on a bi-weekly basis next year, and begin releasing a public demo updated with new content every month starting February 2021.

     

    The Patreon exclusive demos will include prototype mechanics (sometimes with debug controls) and half-implemented ideas being worked on for upcoming public releases way down the line. So consider this an early-access pass to the same game build the devs are using for testing.

     

    Main additions this time around are the Pony Customization & Battle Setup Menus!

     

    The complete version of this game is coming (eventually) to the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, Itch.io, and other PC platforms. In May we'll be launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to ensure we finish development in a timely manner (by hiring a lot more help). We truly have our hearts set on finally being finished by the end of the coming year.

     

    We thank you for understanding that this is a sneak peek at the tangled web we're currently attempting to turn into a quilted masterpiece. Now, as a Christmas gift straight from our hearts to yours, enjoy the newest playable build of Battle Gem Ponies!

     

    - Tony Yotes, on behalf of the Yotes Games Team

  14. BGP (November DevLog):

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    You're looking at an all-new Yotes Games as of this month. A full-time indie team speeding ahead towards one milestone after the other!
     
    Progress is super speedy compared to how it was before and every day we cross off multiple things on our big To-Do Lists.
     
    Get a peek at what we've been cooking up for our new menus, pony sprites, and crazy crowdfunding plans for 2021 on the official Yotes Games Blog!
  15. Battle Gem Ponies (November DevLog): The New Order You're looking at an all-new Yotes Games as of this month. A full-time indie team speeding ahead towards one milestone after the other! Progress is super speedy compared to how it was before and every day we cross off multiple things on our big To-Do Lists. Get a peek at what we've been cooking up for our new menus, pony sprites, and crazy crowdfunding plans for 2021 on the official Yotes Games Blog!
  16. Battle Gem Ponies (October DevLog): A New Frontier! We're entering November with an all-new team setup, changed plans (for the better), a miles long checklist of finished tasks, a new potential source of funding, and cute little pony sprites you have to come see! Time to show off what a couple weeks of hardcore indie development will getcha in this spooky good October devlog!
  17. Battle Gem Ponies (September DevLog): Major Buildup Wild leaps in progress and productivity as we're settling into the flow of being a team. All just in time for the biggest game dev session yet. Next month is going to feel like half a year's worth of work done in just a couple weeks compared to rate we've been going so far. There's been all kinds of improvements in terms of art, menus, and code architecture. It's really shaping up beautifully and we're excited about what we'll be able to deliver in just a couple months. Get the details on this month's gamedev adventures on the Yotes Blog!
  18. Battle Gem Ponies (August DevLog): Gettin' Stuff DONE!! Been quite the busy month over here at Yotes Games. A whole feast of features to show to you about this fine August of progress. Talkin' about overworld animations, palette swaps, engine setup fixes, team collaboration improvements, new menus, and new mechanics. So let's get right to it, over on the main blog!
  19. Battle Gem Ponies (July DevLog): Yotes Games Team Nice to have a crunchy month to work on this day after day. Things are really starting to shape up around here. Visions of running a full-fledged indie studio get clearer all the time now that I'm enjoying a taste. This month's major milestones include training a new programmer, adding a menu to the playable build, putting over a hundred working moves into the game, and creating a huge cast of human characters to meet in the overworld. If you're curious about this past month's comradery and happenings in #GameDev, take a peek on the Yotes Games Blog!
  20. BGP (June DevLog): Spare No Spritework Setup! It's been a colorful month of new discoveries and a bunch of mouse-hand cramps. Gearing up the BGP cast for more efficient animating and coloring as well as crossing off some long-procrastinated tasks like "DESIGN THE LEGENDARY PONIES ON THE TITLE SCREEN". Which was fun! Along with a million other tiny things (gamedev or otherwise) that made this month... Interesting? Yeah, interesting. Get the full deets on the main blog if you're curious.
  21. Battle Gem Ponies (May DevLog): The Starting Point

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     With the first release of a playable build (still Patreon Exclusive until a June update) comes the bold new start of BGP. Playable updates as we make them, growing this game up from sprout to giant tree. Documenting everything along the way.

     

    Take a gander below the break to see the development shenanigans we've gotten up to over the past month here at Yotes Games.

  22. First New Build of BGP in Over 2 Years! Available to the patrons out there keeping development going for so long. We're opening the curtains a bit and letting some of you inside to get a better look at what we're working on. this here is the very beginning of a very fun project. Download the Battle Gem Ponies Combat Demo on Itch.io using your Patreon login to get a download key for Windows and/or Android. The old demo will still be available on the same page as before until the public Combat Demo release. More details on this Patreon Exclusive preview release and future public releases here.
  23. BGP April DevLog: The World is on FIRE!! We're mid-apocalypse as showtime approaches! I'm sure April 2020 has been rough for pretty much everyone. And the team here at Yotes Games is no exception. Spritework, cut budgets, major losses, and hard lessons finally learned. It's been pretty busy. Get a full update on the new decade's most destructive month yet as it relates to Battle Gem Ponies and see how we plan to rise from the ashes, developers reborn!
  24. March DevLog: Corona Con Cancellation Craze Some crazy new decade we're having, huh? Should come as no surprise now that delays and scrapped plans are happening left and right, even here at little ol' Yotes Games, thanks to ya homeboy COVID-19. Get some details on how we're handling the situation on the main blog.
  25. Babscon 2020 is Cancelled, but the Show MUST Go On!

     

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    Unfortunately, the Babscon Arcade Showcase won't be happening this year. But we're going to make the most of this and take some extra time to get an even more polished Battle Gem Ponies combat demo out to everyone over the convention season!

    Hope you can look forward to it with us!

     

    - Yotes Games Dev Team