Embers Fall

The road to Euphorius continues! Embers Fall has backtracked a little to focus on things that occured directly after the implied events of TM III. Today, our hero begins to piece together a mystery, and meets a not-exactly-mysterious pegasus. As always, you can read it all on FiMFiction. Feel free to check them out! Plus, check out the reference sheets and character bios to learn a bit more about the cast of Embers Fall and Euphorius

Blast Furnace

(Ever get that feeling of deja vu? The contest was briefly taken down for some minor retooling, and to get reference sheets of all the TM4 characters up to give you ideas.)

The Flames of Stone’s Throw have once again, called upon everypony to consider making a trip to its annual Gathering of Embers in the Duskgem Basin just a few hours west of Reino. It’s always an interesting event; it is held in tribute to a famous mare who helped a nearby village escape to shelter in the desert when a tyrant threatened to “bring fire” to them. It has since evolved into an annual event celebrating freedom, self-expression, survival, spirituality, and community, where the light of the flame(s) apparently brings everypony together, and a gigantic effigy representing the Tyrant is set on fire as a grand finale (their logic? Why bring fire to us when we can just bring it to him instead?). The actual tale’s a bit more long-winded, though, and there are many conspiracy theories about what really happened and why this gathering occurs. Of course, the organizers actively deny them.

Everyone else (well, especially the younger crowd), however, considers the Gathering to just be a gigantic camping party in a makeshift city in the middle of nowhere, filled with eclectic “art”, everyone dressed up like they’re going to a rave or an Enraged Equines film (or a rave during an Enraged Equines film!), live music of all kinds, and things being set on or able to blast fire, or otherwise lit up at night, because symbolism. A mare named Blast Furnace, who is the sister of the Gathering’s current leader, enjoys these misconceptions, but has been trying to help educate others on what the event is really about, and how to survive the unpredictable conditions out there. But much like everyone else, she likes a good party!

Her resources may be beneficial to somepony else, who’s dealing with a rare case of something that happened in Las Pegasus not staying in Las Pegasus…

Enough with the backstory! Get to the contest!

We’re getting closer and closer to the release of TrotMania Euphorius, which means that it’s time for the part where you get to join in on the fun! In TrotMania III, I began to build a dedicated “universe”, housing mascot characters and plot elements that justify certain design/song choices, and so on. For Euphorius, I’ve been running with the idea and taking it even further – there will be a full-on companion story to go along with Euphorius Its first chapter will be posted very soon, so stay tuned!

But now, it’s time to get to the real purpose of this post? You remember that call for OC artwork we did on TM3 for stuff to be featured in its theme (the menu graphics, the results screen backgrounds, etc.)? It was a small, but successful endeavour, so it’s only fair that we’re doing it again! This time, the rewards will be a bit more manageable: all entries will be featured somewhere in TrotMania Euphorius, and the creators of the best artwork submitted as judged by the TrotMania team will receive additional prizes (most likely free pony art from one or more people. Definitely including me, of course).

Just like last time, we need art of original characters (either existing ones if you wanna be Horse Famous™, or something new), but this time, given that we actually have a suite of TrotMania characters now too, you’re free to incorporate them as well. The Gathering is, if you haven’t figured it out yet, an homage to a real-life event known as Burning Man (much like the Summer Sun Celebration, in our universe, is a parody of EDC), and how you dress up for something like that is widely-documented (either rave-ish, or more industrial/Borderlands/Mad Max-ish, goggles and masks for sandstorms, etc.). This article can also provide some ideas on what you may need.

We prefer for the art to be done in the show/vector style, but we had a new non-show-style entries last time and we managed to make it look good regardless (you’re more likely to get into menus if its show-style). The only rigid requirement is that it has to be a transparent PNG.

Official rules

  • The art must feature either an OC of your own, one of the TrotMania characters (you can see them all here, including normal appearances, their Gathering costumes, as well as background information on them), or the PonyvilleFM mascot Aerial Soundwaves (you’ll get bonus points if you use her! Of course our affiliate’s adorable mascot has to be there somewhere!)
  • Entries must be in a transparent PNG format.
  • Art theft will not be tolerated. You may not use bases.
  • Collaborations with a second artist are allowed; if a collab wins, the prizes will be awarded to both of the contributors at once.
  • There can be one or more characters in a single artwork
  • No Alicorns allowed.
  • Keep entries appropriate and safe for work; i.e. no drug use, nothing that would warrant a Questionable tag or higher on Derpibooru, etc.
  • You may enter up to three times per person (of course, if you want to contribute additional art, you sure can! But only your first three entries will count for the contest judging)
  • By submitting art in this contest, you allow it to be used within the TrotMania project (either within posts on the site or artwork within the TrotMania Euphorius theme). You will definitely receive credit for your art, don’t worry. The whole point is that you’ll receive notoriety and be showcased here,

How to submit

Post the artwork on your preferred outlet (DA, Tumblr, etc.) and link it in the TrotMania character art thread on the forum or in a comment on this post. I will also watch the tag #denizensofduskgem on DA and Tumblr too.


The deadline will be November 25, 2016.

If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask! Feel free to spread the word (we can also take prize donations)!

The basin of Duskgem awaits your presence…

Given my position in the StepMania community, this was bound to happen eventually. The canon is now “Cannon”; a real-working noteskin that immortalizes the proof that dance games exist in the MLP universe

Cannon noteskin screenshot

Featuring real-working X signs for misses! I tried to keep it faithful, but with some adjustments to that it actually is somewhat playable (but do note, this is basically intended to be a novelty).

It’s so ridiculously awesome that it requires a version of StepMania which is not even out yet; specifically, StepMania 5.1 – the version which Euphorius is being built in mind for. Though, there is an official alpha build, StepMania 5.1.-3 (pronounced “5.1 minus 3”. It’s a negative release, basically.). The noteskin system on 5.1 was re-written, and has some new capabilities that were leveraged to create this. I am not yet sure if this could be ported to 5.0 without compromising the authenticity.

tl;dr I made an emulation of the dance game from the new episode for StepMania. You’ll need the new unstable version to use it though cause it’s just that awesome. If you’re willing to adventure into the magical realm that is SM 5.1, be forewarned that while your songs will still work, existing themes and noteskins from 5.0 won’t without modifications due to its internal changes (But does it even matter? You’re most likely downloading it just so you can try this particular one out). Cannon will be bundled with Euphorius as well.

Before we get to the download link, however, we must also address the implications of this specific screenshot. Yes, the TM III theme is being ported to SM 5.1, and will be publicly released when 5.1 is closer to a final release (but we are seeking testers, inquire in the linked forum thread). Also, hold on… is that a new song too?

TrotMania Euphorius Preview 1

Right now, over 60,000 people are congregating for the real-life event that inspired the theme of TrotMania Euphorius. Given this occasion, it’s only appropriate that we bring you something sufficiently celebratory: this is the first preview pack for it! This preview contains five of the songs we have completed so far, with a relatively balanced difficulty spread to give you a feel for how things are coming.

TrotMania Euphorius Preview 1 songs

Note, these are beta charts. If you have any comments or concerns regarding them or other aspects (including, but not limited to, timing, flow, difficulty ratings, etc.), please let us know! The only way we can truly evaluate our work so far is to get it in the hands of others!

If you’ve come here from elsewhere, we’d also like to point out that we have ways you can join us and contribute. We’re always looking for new step artists, composers, artists, etc. to contribute. Plus, we are having an OC art contest based on the themes of Euphorius; besides other prizes, you could be featured in TrotMania Euphorius itself!

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