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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TrotMania at Galacon

To those Europeans heading to Galacon this weekend, I have received word that their StepMania rig (conflicting reports over whether it will be SM5 or OpenITG, but I may have steered them towards SM5 for once, yay!) (Yes, its going to be SM5 and Chrystalize!) will have both TrotMania packs available for play, along with some other popular packs. But, only from 3pm to 6pm on the Sunday in the Music Room; what you lose, time-wise, you gain from getting your own room! They're also bringing My Little Karaoke for some periods in there as well.

Oh, and by the way, there will be a special preview song from a future Chrystalize update too. But why? It's because this particular song has relevance to something special that will be occuring during Galacon. But what is it? You'll have to see and find out...!

One more thing: There will also be a new boss song. I hope their soft pads can handle the kind of nightmare this will be.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chrystalize: Extra Lv. 2

We are proud to announce the release of [Extra 2], and what a big release it is! 8 new songs out of the box, 1 re-canonized track, 1 unlocked track, and 5 tracks released in our sister mix are out as well! Of note is the crossover event with My Little Karaoke: Singing is Magic, which brought us in 3 songs for now. We also have a new Extra Stage exclusive, and it is vicious! Full details are past the page break.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Golden Notes, Golden Moves - Event #1

We here in the TrotMania crew are proud to introduce the first event for this game, a crossover with the recently released second version of My Little Karaoke: Singing is Magic! We've actually worked with them before, sharing resources for show tunes and having some users there act as beta testers, but now we actually have some more public involvement. As it stands, the current plan is for both games to bring over 3 songs from the other to enjoy in a different playstyle. The 3 that we have picked aren't being revealed just yet, so you know what that means...hint post!

Aloe Aloe (Radio Edit) / Underpony
You might figure out the title if you think about one aspect of DDR S+ DLC that was sort of odd. Something about this DLC is also related to early DLC of jubeat plus.

Explanation: plazma was one of the first licensed artists in both games. In DDR S+, a 3 pack was released along with 2 single-only tracks. (Now 5-packs could be sold at a lower price per track, so this is odd because of either weird licensing or just plain old money-grubbing) One of those 2 tracks was "Aloe Dreams", connection being Aloe.

Cerulean Blue / Replacer
I don't know...my hint-making skills lately have been hazy and misty lately, so I...have made it for you already! This one is a multi-step connection to make.

Explanation: My word choice was key here. Catch on to "Misty" and you may think of the gym leader of the early Pokemon games. What gym did she lead? Cerulean Gym! Connection of course being Cerulean in this case.

Take My Hand / Tara Strong
You know, Berry Punch, our videographer, is named Berrylicious on ZIV. Now, what was the (pony) origin of all this -licious stuff?

Explanation: Yes this one was simple, but was also deceptively easy to miss the mark on. Starter of the -licious meme was indeed Twilightlicious, but who was it again who did that? Tara Strong, which is what I really meant by origin. The one Tara Strong song we could've crossed over from the public setlist was this one.

The My Little Karaoke crew is also planning to do this event of course, but has stated that track creation is on hold until after Galacon 2013, which is August 4th. So, this event may take a while on their end, but we're proud to announce that these 3 tracks will be part of [Extra 2], which is coming *very* soon.

[UPDATE: Phase 1 of the event has now transpired on the My Little Karaoke side, with AgainSpin That Record Vinyl Scratch, Ultimate Sweetie Belle crossing over in a massive megapack! (Daring Do was also added, but it was part of the Ponybox event for both games) Expect news on Phase 2 on our side sometime soon!]

If you can't wait to find out the tracks, take a shot at guessing from these hints! Remember all 3 songs are on the My Little Karaoke tracklist currently.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

TrotMania at Everfree Northwest

Alongside My Little Karaoke (which has also recently been released), a StepMania setup (On Linux with Cobalt Fluxes too!) with Chrystalize was present at the recent Everfree Northwest convention, and it looked like it was quite a hit in the game room!

Thank you to SR Foxley for the pictures!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Chrystalize: Extra Lv. 1

Well, here we go, the first update for Chrystalize. Four new songs, plus five new Marathon courses featuring songs from the new pack. The update is distributed in two parts; the four individual new songs are now available in the ZIV category, while a second ZIP file contains the courses and other minor patches as described below.

So, what's new exactly?

New Songs

  • MAKE IT SPECIAL (Reflection MIX) / Foozogz
  • Pinkie's Lie / WoodenToaster
  • The Perfect Stallion
  • Trixie the Pony Troll [VIP] / Alex S.

New Courses

  • Apple! Apple! Apple!
  • A tribute to the GREATEST unicorn who EVER lived!
  • Flutter
  • RE:Wind
  • Six for Six


  • D.A.N.C.E. is now in the Preferred sort along with the new songs
  • Background fixed for Call Upon The Seaponies
  • Starry Eyed (Jakwob Remix) and I'm Going Slightly Mad have been removed from the canonical song list.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The time has come to ... Chrystalize.

Some of you thought it was silly
Some of you thought it was a bad idea
But others thought it was a great idea
Many of you enjoyed making it
And many more are enjoying to play it
But now, it's time to make this 20% cooler.

The highly anticipated sequel to TrotMania: Rhythm is Magic, the MLP-themed simfile pack (which not even I expected would become that well-received) is FINALLY here! I must admit, my vision for the project was blurred due to the contributions of a certain person (No offense, but it was this same person who really helped me get off the ground, plus he actually did agree with me about this), so my #1 goal for Chrystalize was to ensure it stayed within the scope of songs from the series, plus remixes and original songs by its fans (AND A LOT MORE TRIXIE TOO.).

And well, that's a goal we met! Now, just so you're aware, what we are releasing tonight is the base pack, which I'm calling "Extra Lv. 0" (totally ripped that idea from GF/DM). We got 30 songs to start, plus one designated Extra Stage song (If you want to access it "properly", enable Hidden Songs and Extra Stage, and disable Event Mode).

Now, there will, of course, be more where that came from! Every 2 to 3 weeks, we will release an update to add a few more songs to the pack. Every other update will add boss songs. You're okay with this, right?

So, what are you waiting for? Go to the Downloads page now, get your hooves all polished up, upgrade to StepMania 5 Beta 2, unzip the two ZIP files (simfiles and theme) into their respective locations, and get ready to trot! The full base songlist is after the break...

Also, Happy Canada Day, everyone!