This Will End in Fire (TMIV RELEASE!)

They look like they want to kill you, but are actually cinnamon rolls.

“Brought to you by Sand: It’s everywhere! Get used to it.
Excellent art by cereal-water

As you waited patiently for a 15-minute bus ride back to Las Pegasus after three straight nights of partying alternated with being a stagehand, you couldn’t help but wonder what this ‘Gathering of Embers’ event being advertised at the truck stop was all about. On your way out, however, you wound up bumping into a mysterious pegasus that called herself “Blast Furnace”. She recognized you from over the weekend, and was all but interested in explaining what this Gathering thing was about. Her enthusiasm over this event you’ve never heard of was no surprise, given that her extended family has direct involvement in it. As if your career as a lighting technician hasn’t dragged you into interesting subcultures already.

All the stuff she was talking about was intriguing; camping out in a temporary city in the middle of a desert near Reino that disappears entirely when it’s all done, weird experimental art, campsites hosting DJs you’ve never heard of before, everyone dressing up like they’re an extra in that Project Horizons movie (everypony loved it, although the critics thought it was a bit too long), and a gigantic bonfire involving some form of ‘wicker mare’ that represented a mythical being of evil that has long been banished to a different realm. She even offered to provide you with orientation to deal with the “finer points” of the event, although the mere fact that there are finer points alone are a tad odd.

One thing you do know for sure, is that this may be a good way to get your mind off a certain pony that clearly has a grudge on you for trying to reveal something that not even you are quite sure about. But If this Gathering were such an obscure event, surely Obscurus wouldn’t even even try to seek you out in the middle of nowhere, right? You’d think…

FINALLY.

This is it, everypony! TrotMania Euphorius is finally here. There was a time back when I didn’t even think that TrotMania would be more than just a one-and-done fan project. But, clearly, that wasn’t the case, given that we’ve now done this four times in a row! If you’ve been following us since the beginning, you should know exactly what to expect.

We have a brand new StepMania 5 theme, over 60 new songs – including selections from the Ponies at Dawn and Pinkamena Party albums (and still more to come), a slew of new challenges, and a number of things that we have never done before. One of these new challenges (also a thing that we’ve never done before) is, appropriately, experimental art. Although if you’ve been following the general StepMania/ITG community, you can probably figure out what it is by this description alone.

Rather than keep you waiting with five more paragraphs full of exposition and explanation, let’s just cut to the chase and get on with the show, shall we!

Also, as I mentioned before, we’re still having an OC art contest inspired by Euphorius; your art could be featured within the TMIV theme on future updates and patches. The logic behind extending it was one of sensibility, now that you have your hooves on the final product for influence to see how its done. Several of the entries are already in it, so check it out!

Eratta:

An update has been released to the theme that fixes a few minor oversights. It is available on the downloads page.

Comments
  1. RhythmPixel

    Woo!

  2. Diskette

    Nazo’s intro on the PVFM show gave me the biggest internal squeel i have ever felt in my chest, which made me EVER more excited for the release of this.

    Abandoning sleep just for exploring this event as far as i can, before morning comes!

    Thank you TM team for the continued effort on the project as a whole, and i will keep continuing supporting it!

  3. LunaticHell

    I think Princess Luna from the second episode of the first season of Ultra Fast Pony made a good point in context of the article. She said, and I quote, “Saaaaaaand!”.
    I think this speaks for itself.

  4. Nazo

    @Diskette Aww, shucks! <3 glad you enjoyed that! figured some nostalgia would be nice!

  5. SR Foxley

    Hey folks— I’m having trouble with the download link for this. Specifically, I’m getting an unresolable SSL error. Is the download link working for y’all?

  6. SR Foxley

    Haha! Ok, of course I would write the above comment and then the download link magically starts working immediately thereafter. Never mind folks! I look forward to trying out the new release! :D

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