We are pleased to announce that we have collaborated with TAITOAT to bring some of our favorite songs from the HOOVES COASTER franchise to TrotMania! In return, several popular songs from TrotMania will also make appearances on Hooves Coaster 4+ MAGIC MYSTERY, as well as other unlockable cosmetics inspired by the series.

This project was months in the making, so we are obviously quite excited to see it all in action! It’s a deceptively simple game, we must add. Meanwhile, the songs provided for our side of the collaboration are just as technical in TrotMania as they are in Hooves Coaster, so we’re pretty sure you’ll be in for a challenge.

There’s also going to be side content, such as an Obscurus navigator and in-game avatars. The event runs from April 2 to May 15, so don’t miss it! We’ll be sharing more information, including chart previews, later today.

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It’s been a few months since the TrotMania V release (which I think went pretty good), so I’d like to provide some updates on things that are going on within the community, and how they apply to us, and more importantly — you.

StepMania development

During the TM V release post, you might have heard me mention that there was a new version of StepMania in development. StepMania 5.3 development is being headed by a new team, which includes various prominent members of the current StepMania community, as well as a few faces you may recognize from here (in particular, I have been involved in user experience design). Every new alpha milestone has seen the engine grow smoother over time, and there are some future changes (including mouse/touchscreen support) that are really going to be cool.

In terms of TrotMania, I do have a preview version of the TM V theme that has optimizations/integration with some of 5.3’s new theme features (i.e. judgment fonts, alternative timing windows), but I want to get a few more optimizations (now that I know how memory-intensive a few of my design decisions were) out of the way before we release it publicly.

Our future

Even though we’ve been past “peak brony” for a while now, and the fandom overall has been in a state of flux and uncertainty since the series finale, I’ve kept the possibility of another TrotMania edition open because there’s still quite a lot of new music being put out, there’s other songs we haven’t even considered yet, and, of course, we want to build something on 5.3 since it is shaping up to be a transformative moment for the entire SM community.

But yeah, the next TrotMania: I’m just going to say that you should expect more information on that very soon!

Once again, we are still open for new members to join our team; visit the #trotmania-n-rhythm-games channel on the PVFM Discord server (linked on the main navbar) and inquire with us for more information.

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You have been cordially invited to our little royal dance party. Our fifth little dance party, to be exact.

It’s finally time for a new edition of TrotMania, everypony, and I personally think this might be one of our best yet! 106 songs, including five brand-new songs that are making their official public debut in this very pack. Unlike previous editions, we’ve decided against doing a larger series of update patches over time, and focused on having everything pretty much final on-launch. That doesn’t mean we’re not doing any post-release content before the next main installment, however!

While you’re here, I’d also like to address the future of the project. While the show may be ending, it’s not the end for us … yet (there’s still a ton of songs out there with potential!). StepMania is currently undergoing one of its most significant transformations ever, and we want to be there when it happens. If you are interested in joining the TrotMania team, inquire in our channel on the PonyvilleFM Discord! We always welcome new contributors (and we, in fact, welcomed a new step artist to our team on TM V).

But now that we’re done talking about the future, it’s time to start talking about the present! We would like to, once again, thank everyone who has ever been involved in the TrotMania project, from steppers, to artists, to musicians, to supporters, to the members of the StepMania community that have assisted and supported us over the years.

And with that, here’s the links!

Edit: Theme version 1.0.1 has been released. It fixes a major stability issue.

As a side note, in collaboration with the DanceDanceRevolution XX fangame, our tracklists have brought over 3 songs from our backcatalog along with both games getting one of the brand new bosses simultaneously! Check it out on Zenius-i-Vanisher if you get the chance!

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Posted Feb. 26

Is everyone hyped for BlipCon? I sure am! So much so that I arrived in New Oreins early! know the con’s not until the weekend after next, but there’s this peculiar regional holiday going on, and my friends from Duskgem kind of sort of dragged me and @the_chaotic_kisol into it, basically.

From what I’ve gathered, the “lore” of this holiday is that they focus more on celebrating the arrival of Spring here, since they don’t need to “wrap up” Winter due to the climate. But at the same time, the “bringers of Winter” try to “migrate” south when they’ve been ceremonially pushed out of the North, and apparently they hate it when everypony dresses up and puts on formal balls and parades. It culminates on something called “Renaissance Day”, which happens on the Tuesday right before the con.

In practice, they seem to either reuse their Nightmare Night costumes, or otherwise dress up like they’re some sort of royal/medieval figure, or they’re going to a masquerade ball. I’ve found it pretty easy to fit in among this crowd: for all I know, a comic con and a medieval fair spilling out into the streets all at once is considered a normal occurrence around here!

All of these festivities are played either straight or tongue-and-cheek, depending on how serious the “guild” who runs them are. Some really do adhere to the “royal traditions” of the city, some err, not so much. And then you have Kisol, who’s on a quest to collect these coin things that you can redeem to become an unofficial official royal or something like that.

I’m not really aiming to get too into it, I’m just here to loosen up and have some fun before I focus on preparing for the Hooves of Fury tournament at BlipCon. Expect me to spam my Ponyhoof scroll with highlights of our antics over the next few weeks or so, and especially during BlipCon. I got a new Otoha cosplay to go with Kisol’s Captain Wretch, and it’s gonna be wicked. Very wicked.

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