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Friday, December 31, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies (DevLog #4): Hotfix TARTARUS!

Newest Devlog is now on YouTube!

After chipping away at development tools and setup behind the scenes, the Yotes Games team is back with an (admittedly late) update on what we've been up to! 

In short, things like new scenery, a debugged overworld, and more videos breaking down specific mechanics can be expected as we charge full-speed ahead into the next year. 

The team is thankful for how far we've been able to get this year with the help of the Kickstarter, and we're looking forward to fulfilling the promise of a truly awesome video game experience!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies: Breakdown | Making Our Own RPG Combat Formula


See what's up with the numbers behind our Combat System in our new Breakdown series video! ⭐ (Making Our Own RPG Combat Formula)

The team has been slaving away on this one. Trying to level up the quality of our videos going forward!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies (DevLog #3): Combat Update & Crowdfunding Surveys!


The 3rd Devlog summing up October's Development progress has been up for a while now, and marks the moment of "getting the hang of this verbal video update" stuff.

Check it out if you haven't yet and see how the game's coming along!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

BGP October Update: Now on GameJolt!

BGP just got a second home over on GameJolt! Give it a look, play the newest October build, and maybe even join our little community forming over there.

And if you wanna see what's new, just check out the patch notes on the latest build below!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Patreon Update! (Kickstarter Latecomers, Welcome!)

Updated our Patreon Description, Goals, Rewards! A 2nd chance for anyone who missed out on the Kickstarter Hype 🚂

We now have the funds to make the game, but let's see if we can grow the studio over time and make bigger/better things. 📈

Join in on the journey (or maybe just grab yourself a T-Shirt on the house) on our Patreon.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Here's a Nice, Shorter Version of the Kickstarter Livestream

In case 75 minutes is a bit much and you just want the news and celebration! 🎊

Friday, September 3, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies Kickstarter: COMPLETE!! 🎊🥳 (138% Funded!)

The Battle Gem Ponies Kickstarter has ended with 414 Backers that pledged $34,695.50!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies (June/July DevLog): Pre-Kickstarter Madness!

The long overdue June/July Devlog is here! (And in video form!)

From now on we'll be doing these instead of the usual monthly writeups on the Yotes Games blog since its more fun & easy to watch/listen than navigate to a particular website and read. So subscribing to our YouTube channel will keep you up to speed on everything!
Plus you get to hear all our voices on this rotating cast of devs in these short podcast style updates.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies is LIVE on KICKSTARTER!! 🦄

Hopefully anyone who's been keeping an eye on BGP's development will at least give it a look. We're offering all kinds of rewards like getting your own pony drawn, creating a canon character, and all kinds of other stuff only the earliest Patrons ever got.

And this crowdfunding campaign comes with a New Free Demo too, so pretty sweet deal all around.

Check Us Out on Kickstarter


Download the Newest Demo

Thanks for following the development of Battle Gem Ponies, btw. One of the best parts of making this game is knowing we won't be the only ones who get to play it.

Friday, July 30, 2021

What IS Battle Gem Ponies About?

It's an old-school inspired RPG featuring a cast of awesome and adorable collectible pony characters jam-packed with personality!

A several-years-in-the-making love letter to the Monster Tamer genre.

Take a look at a nice summary (copypasta'd from the LONG draft of the Kickstarter Page) after the page break!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Kickstarter in 2 Weeks! (Everything on the Line!)

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!

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies Combat Demo Tour


Made a walkthrough video going over the game's development history and unique mechanics. (Timestamps included)

Showing how a Pokemon Uranium inspired MLP mashup turned into a fully-fledged commercial indie effort. As well as all the special little touches that makes BGP an interesting take on the Monster Tamer genre. Check it out and give our YouTube channel a Subscribe while you're at it.

We're gonna start posting a lot more content very soon.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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!

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies (May DevLog): Demo Drop Date!

Ohhh, it's coming... FINALLY after months of delays, the Combat Demo is nearly complete! We're taking the next couple days to review the whole thing one last time, but we finally scrubbed it clean of all the terrible game-breaking bugs that would've made such a bad first impression. 

You'll be playing the new and improved Battle Gem Ponies within a week! So long as no nuclear disaster strikes central Florida within the next couple days, we should be able to keep that promise. Come bask in the pre-launch hype with us below the break! ~

Sunday, May 2, 2021

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 below the break for details on our bug hunting adventures!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

April Progress Report (Growth & Prep)


This past week we've welcomed a new member to the scrappy Yotes Games team! 

ConfidentCow will be helping us with graphic design work to take some things off the overwhelming plate that is making this game look nicer.

He's an old friend who's been at this professionally for a few years now, ready to take on something new and exciting in his spare time. A pandemic side-hustle!

@Confident_Cow's gonna help us make trailers, YouTube content, promotional artwork, capture game footage, make a press-friendly website, redesign interfaces, plan out interfaces we haven't made yet, and polish up the attack graphics starting in May once he's all set to pursue his streaming & game development dreams. So give him some love and wish him luck!

Check out more of what we've been up to lately after the break.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

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 below the break.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Combat Demo is Late!!


Be assured, we're working hard on this to make the best first-impression possible. We thought it'd be done by March 31st, but new issues keep coming up both in-engine and in real-life. The team has been hopping over these hurdles one at a time, and we're making smooth progress towards the Combat Demo release goal that's ignited the flames within each of us.

You can expect to see the anticipated March DevLog in video form.

But beyond that, something BIG is under construction and we hope to explode on every platform with great news very soon.

(Trust. We'll all be better off if we iron these last few bugs out.)

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies (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.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Battle Gem Ponies (January DevLog): Headfirst Into a the New Year!

We're on our way to Kickstarter Glory and nothin' (short of unfortunate circumstance) is gonna get in our waaayy...

Battle Gem Ponies is gearing up for making a HUGE commotion all year long starting in March. We have some cleanup behind the scenes to take care of for another month, but afterwards we're off to the races polishing up things way easier to implement than this complex battle system.

Get some new info on our progress, setbacks, Kickstarter plans, and Patreon makeover below.