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TrotMania Euphorius

The Gathering of Embers is an event filled with art and music, yet almost nopony has ever heard of it. Thankfully, learning about its existence became a worthwhile experience.

Category: Euphorius

In case it wasn’t obvious, the thing about Train Spot and Wave Rider’s new EP was our official April Fool’s joke.

However, the egg hunt thing posted alongside it is legitimate; there just so happen to be hints towards upcoming content, as well as some newly-released content for Euphorius that plays upon one of our previous April Fools Day gags.

In addition, Embers Fall is inching closer to its endgame, which also means that something else is almost ready as well…

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With our partners at PonyvilleFM celebrating their 7th anniversary, we thought it would be cool to give you guys the penultimate patch for our fourth title, loaded to the brim with tons of content!

New Songs

  • Music to My Ears and Unleash the Magic hail from the Equestria Girls series
  • We continue work with our partners from Zenius-I-Vanisher in getting crossovers from the indie electro scene. Up first is BVG, a eurobeat artist whose rearrangement of a piece by former pony artist eXtaticus appears in the game with All We Can Do. Then there’s Quick Man, whose Talking to the Mirror provides some tense breakbeats to get your groove on to!
  • Pound 131, bank pain, R3CTIFIER with Phoxi, and Silver Note all make their debuts in the series with Chaos Within, Empire Past, overwrite_deity, and Run respectively.
  • PonyMania porting continues as DashStep by Baasik makes its debut in the TrotMania series. It is one of the harder standard bosses in the series, with a wicked level 17 Challenge chart to contend with!
  • The final Pyrosentric bosses, Mutate and NIGHTWING STIMUL8R, along with the OMES YANDANCER, are now available for normal play!

However, that’s not even close to the end, as there is a second Pyrosentric that begins now. Where the first had bosses in the moderate 15-16 range, this set pulls no punches, with several charts going hard into the 17 range. 4 existing tracks (Do You Love Me (Crystal Mix), Entropy (Sim Gretina Remix), In Our Town (Eurotopia Mix), and Return) have received new charts for this mode, and 4 other songs remain shrouded in mystery, perhaps more if you do well…

Changelog

  • Almost all applicable songs in Euphorius now have lyric files which will display timed in-game, courtesy of newly appointed TM dev “\\”.
  • The following new charts have been added: In Our Town (Challenge 15), J2R (Expert 14), Come Alive (Challenge 14), To the Sky (Challenge 11 (SA)), Entropy (Sim Gretina Remix) (Challenge 16 (SA)), Return (Challenge 17), In Our Town (Eurotopia Mix) (Challenge 16), Do You Love Me (Crystal Mix) (Challenge 14).
  • Basashi has been altered significantly in terms of its cut and steps.
  • Vinylicious is now credited to Scraton and its graphic set has been changed to reflect this.
  • Spirit of Fire’s background script from the Mod Lab pack is now part of its normal version.
  • Cloudsdale EVOLVED (all versions) has been cleaned up on Expert.
  • Good Girl (Sub.Sound Remix) is now Good Girl (JoinedTheHerd Remix) and its graphics have been redone (in higher resolution!) to reflect this.
  • Other minor improvements have been made across the board.

Regarding the Mod Lab

The Mod Lab pack is now part of the main patches! Note that they have received minor enhancements since their individual appearance with the last patch, along with new previews to help differentiate them from their normal counterparts.

Not to be outdone

The theme has also received its 1.5 update, which includes some fit and finish tweaks, the changes necessary to use the new Pyrosentric set correctly, as well as some, ahem, plot-related … things. The previous NoteSkin download has also been merged into the Theme bundle, and also has some new additions in the form of Equality2 (finally updated to match the appearance of the other noteskins as of TM4), and Horsemaniax.

Note to those who have older versions of the TM4 theme; due to the changes and optimizations in this release, it is highly recommended that you not overwrite an older version of the theme with this one, and that you just delete the older version and replace it with 1.5.

Download

These are temporary mirrors; the Downloads page will be updated with these downloads once our standard mirrors are up:

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Euphorius is slowly, but surely reaching the home stretch; Payload 5 will be the final major update to this edition of TrotMania. After that, we will be focusing our efforts on something else that will be the fifth in a row. Speaking of things involving the number “5”, we are also approaching the fifth anniversary of the release of our first pack! It’s insane to see how far we’ve come since then; it started off as just a simple pack and theme. Now look at all the content that is associated with Euphorius alone; more songs than ever. A boss system. An actual storyline. Ponifying something that has not been ponified much before (I still must admit that this theme was very fun to work with), etc.

Oh, and Trials

There is one more thing on that list which is also getting closer to completion – slowly, but surely, and that is Trials of the Embers – which will serve as the “official” finale of the Euphorius storyline. This is something that we’ve never done before; it builds upon things that we had only started doing on Euphorius to begin with, and is influenced heavily by the “sightreading” competitions that have gained traction within the In the Groove community.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it will work like this: there will be a set of stages, designed to be played in sequential order. We will not reveal what their songs are beforehand; only the staff knows, and you will only learn what they are when the stage begins (we will be using our best efforts to all but ensure this, and are not going to give you spoilers). In case playing unknown songs wasn’t bad enough, the arrows will also be twisted and contorted to the music in various ways. Contrast this to the “Lab” songs that have also been done on Euphorius; they have the same overall idea, except that you know what the songs are, and have likely played them before. At the same time, they will also be harder and more intense.

Despite the secrecy, there is one thing about Trials that I will spoil, however. It is actually incompatible with the current “stable” version of StepMania (which is the one that we also distribute, 5.0.12), because these songs actually use new features and effects that are not in the current version. In particular, StepMania 5.1 supports a subset of modifiers first introduced in the NotITG fork of OpenITG, while maintaining compatibility with content (such as themes) designed for use with the current 5.0.12 version (5.1 is not to be confused with that is now known as “5.2”; this is referring to the “5.1-new” branch. I must add that 5.2 supports these features too).

Thankfully, we have solutions. The first is one you may already be familiar with, given that it’s something we already do with the main pack; there will be a standalone package with everything included, and some special surprises too! Secondly, since it’s being used in our development process to begin with, all of the Trials songs will support NotITG, and we are aiming to provide visual parity between the SM5 and NotITG versions of each song.

Either way, Trials will be ready when it’s done; we have no specific timeframe beyond that a goal for it to be finished before the end of the year.

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Edit: If you downloaded the Mod Lab Tier II files before September 7, 2017, please redownload. There was code missing from a song.

This past week, the real event that inspired TrotMania Euphorius has been going on in the real Nevada,. Plus, tonight is the night (Pacific Time) of its culmination and namesake (i.e. the part where they actually set their Literal Wicker Man on fire. Don’t worry, no actual men were harmed, or burned for that matter, it’s just made of wood). Given that we have a lot of news and new content today too, it needs a good, fitting, blanket title. So, how about…

That’ll work.

Payload 4


In the new songs department;

  • I’ll Fly and The Pony I Want to Be
  • µThunder remixes Say Goodbye to The Holiday into the perfect soundtrack for destroying a holiday, but still having a good time whilst doing so.
  • Silva Hound and Eurobeat Brony want you to Come Alive
  • lia;quo has inflicted us with some Crystal Corruption
  • Awkward Marina’s Entropy gets a remix by Sim Gretina
  • Lenich & Kirya give a classic love song some Russian flair, Eh Chirli! Chirli!
  • Mandopony takes on Music to My Ears
  • fractilx’s J2R

In the extra stage department;

  • Kapow! and Welcome to My Lullaby have graduated out of Pyrosentric!
  • New Fluttershy (Monster Mix) has graduated to standard extra stage; you know what that means? There is a new OMES song, one that has already been dubbed “a piece of ‘let’s be harder then Over the ‘Period’‘” (if you are familiar with the subject matter, you will know exactly what to expect.)

In the new Iron Pony charts department;

  • Spitfire (CDPP Remix) (lv. 13)
  • *The Super Duper Party Pony (lv. 15)
  • Yak Funk (lv. 12)
  • Hooves Up High (lv. 14, TM III)

In the Quality of Life department;

  • There have been some difficulty rating adjustments from songs on all versions, and chart adjustments on I, Chrystalize, and Euphorius,
  • Other miscellaneous adjustments across I, Chrystalize, and Euphorius

Embers Fall

The TrotMania Euphorius lore story Embers Fall is slowly approaching its climax! There have been a slew of new chapters, so feel free to catch up on Fimfiction. Among the new developments, you say? A brand new character, meet this fellow DJ! Few know her real name, but everypony else knows her as the Diamond Diablo. What does she have in store? Stay tuned…

Mod Lab

The TrotMania Mod Lab is back! Just as the Gathering is full of weird experimental art, this takes existing TrotMania songs and turns them into experimental art that others tend to refer to as a “mod file”, “scripted modifiers”, “those things Taro makes”, etc.. TrotMania Euphorius Mod Lab Tier 2 features three new songs, representing three different TrotMania versions;

  • Boooring!
  • Spirit of Fire
  • Spin That Record Vinyl Scratch (Assertive Fluttershy Mix)

QoL tweaks have also been made to the original four.

Theme update

Theme version 1.1.1 is now on the Downloads page. It features some minor bugfixes and enhancements.

Trials of the Embers

Some colts want to watch the world burn.

So, you’re probably wondering what this is. Tonight, I partially spill the beans: it’s something very wicked, which will heavily tie into the finale of the TrotMania Euphorius storyline.

You might have noticed that, so far, all of the Mod Lab stuff has used songs that are already in TrotMania. This setlist, however, is going to be very different; if you have heard of the “sightreading tournaments” that are being held from time to time, it’s going to be a little something like that. Basically, these are all-new songs and charts, that you have never seen yet. Add the gimmicks and effects we’re concocting, and it’s going to be a musical thrill ride unlike anything you’ve ever seen in TrotMania (but less like those made by TaroNuke within the last two years. Those are just insane. They may be more WinDEU-esque, to be honest, if you’ve ever heard of him. Does anypony here know how to use splines in StepMania 5?).

Trials will likely be released by the end of the year. This is highly technical stuff we are dealing with here, and we want to make sure it all works perfectly before we stroke the match and light this place on fire.

Downloads

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New Songs

After a couple of months, we’re proud to announce the latest update to TrotMania is now available! Loaded with a baker’s dozen of songs along with a bunch of other goodies, this one’s quite meaty. Let’s look into our main entree…

New Tracks

New Showtunes

Equestria Girls

  • Starting off our show tunes set for this update is Equestria Girls, from promotional Hub material. Remember those? The station went all out with original material like songs and exclusive animation to advertise their repertoire. In this case, they pulled from Katy Perry’s massive hit (that was pretty recent when this cover came out) and incidentally tipped their hat to the bronies explicitly for the first time with a lyrical shoutout. This set of charts comes to us from the Zenius-I-vanisher community, written by Suko and adapted for this game with permission: certain elements like mines and 3+ note jumps have been written out, and there is both a brand new Beginner and Challenge chart, courtesy of resident stepper InklingBear!

The Super Duper Party Pony

  • Hailing from the Season 4 musical episode Pinkie Pride is The Super Duper Party Pony. This episode has been represented in the previous game with the Goof Off, and like that track, once again the vocal talent of Weird Al Yankovic graces the game, as the manic rhythms and pace goad you on to getting that new high score! These charts were written by InklingBear.

Welcome To The Show (Music In Me, The Battle, The Music Survives)

  • Getting us one step (or rather, three steps) closer to finishing Rainbow Rocks’ musical repertoire is Welcome to the Show, presented in-game through 3 parts. This crazy piece runs the gamut of genres, starting off with a post-grunge-esque waltz, moving to more standard 00’s-style pop-rock, then to symphonic metal, finally bringing the house down with some 10’s-style anthem pop! It’s a feast to experience as a whole, and there is something there to help you that shall be elaborated later on. All the charts of these 3 songs were written by RIME.

New Brony Songs

do you love me? & do you love me? (Crystal Mix) / Dynamite Grizzly

  • New from Dynamite Grizzly are two variants on a track: the original do you love me?, and do you love me (Crystal Mix). These techno tracks have that certain 90s underground feel to them that’s rare to hear in the mainstream, even in Europe where more conventional 90s dance styles have been resurging. These charts were all prepared by InklingBear.

FluttERR (feat. Rina-chan) / Aoshi

  • One of the biggest brony hits of 2016, and one of the biggest brony-related videos ever produced by the fandom, finally gets representation in the game as FluttERR by Aoshi makes it to the game. After getting repped earlier with Kick Back (a PonyMania port), now the rapper finally has a newly crafted simfile in the series. Originally released in 2013 and featuring the vocals of Rina-chan, this trap-flavored track provides a fair challenge. RIME wrote the Beginner, and InklingBear wrote the rest.

SPIKEY WIKEY WOO (HUM & DRUM MIX) / アイスベア

  • A new contribution from InklingBear herself comes to the game as SPIKEY WIKEY WOO (HUM & DRUM MIX) arrives to the game. From InklingBear’s album under this alias called “A bear joins the herd…” and a standout appearance on a tournament lineout called “Ponies Play DDR”, it’s definitely gonna leave you with more than just a mystery to solve with Spikey-Woo on your side. With charts written by the composer herself, they do pack quite a punch. Now go load up on some Scooby snacks and start solving those mysteries!

A Summer In The Stars (Aftermath Remix) / Forest Rain

  • Continuing our trend started with this game’s launch, another song from the defunct PonyMania steppack has been adapted to TrotMania’s standards. This time it’s A Summer in the Stars (Aftermath Remix) by Forest Rain. This EDM remix is quite the unique take on the rollicking rock style of the original. These charts were originally written by Calena and were adapted by RIME.

Pyrosentric Songs

pinki! fun!! / Spott & Preamble / YourEnigma

  • 2 tracks from the Pyrosentric Extra Stage system are now available for regular play! pinki! fun!! is a manic little hyper track that will trip you up with jump streams all written by InklingBear. Preamble is all about the streams, draining your stamina as bursts come in in the second half, written by InklingBear (Beginner/Basic) and C. Wiggers (Difficult-Challenge).

Extra Stage Song

Robot Pony / Progressive Element

  • The new normal Encore Extra Stage from last version has been both moved down to Extra Stage and made available for normal play. Robot Pony by Progressive Element throws every trick in the book to sap you of your lives from speed tricks, spins, and loads and loads of jumps! The charts were written by InklingBear and Woona❤ (Challenge) Of course this means there’s a new Encore in town…I wonder what it is…

New Course

  • To help you enjoy Welcome to the Show at its fullest, try out the new Welcome to the Show medley! It…kinda speaks for itself.

Alterations

  • The following songs have had charts and/or sync changed: FOREVER, Miles, To the Sky [VIP Rework], Until the Sun
  • Friends are Always There for You (Remix) now has a new banner.
  • Concrete Temples (Club Mix) and Infrared now correctly display their background images when played.
  • The Extra Stages have been shifted for TrotMania Euphorius. Robot Pony is now ES and there is a new song as the Encore Extra Stage…

Check out the download for the update in the Downloads page on this site! Heads up: unlike last game, if you have not yet obtained Payload #2, you will need to download it before Payload #3: these patches are heavy!

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