All November and December community horses have been distributed to VIPs of our racing games . Every VIP should have received a private message (if our new mass private message system worked). You simply have to download them from the Files tab of your Profile Page in the community. Michelle (BarebackRider) again apologizes for the delay.
If you haven't checked out the new video in our Horse Racing Fantasy TV, I suggest you do so. Joe does a great job in interviewing the fans prior to one of the Breeders' Cup races. Yes, it's true that he'll probably never get a job on Entertainment Tonight, but we're all proud of him.
It's been really hard for me since my job is all about the tournaments, and because the tournaments have been on hold while we get the new game distributed, I've been focused on writing up the various tournament structures and qualification requirements for the house tournaments. I've come up with some pretty fun ones. Mike, Gary and Joe have already given me permission to launch these tournaments with some really big prizes. There will be one specifically for VIPs that's absolutely, well, let's just say eye-popping!
I'm having a blast testing the new game including the shared race feature (you'll notice the link in the top navigation menu here in the community) where I can run races as a jockey, bettor or spectator, post them in the community and other players, once the new version of our game is released, can simply click on the race they want to view and watch them in full 3D right inside their game. If you love horses, racing and games and love the social aspect of our community, you'll love this new feature.
I'm just wrapping up, putting together all of the new names for the pool horses (you'll learn more about that shortly) that are associated with the trainer game. I've really had a blast coming up with some pretty clever names. Living on the edge like I do, some of the horse names, well, let's just say had to be taken off the list! I'm really looking forward to a new year of racing both here in our game and, of course, in live racing. There are a lot of promising 2-year-olds that only raced one or two times during 2008 that won't really get recognized by racing fans until they start their 3-year-old racing season. I have a feeling that the 3-year-olds pointing toward the Kentucky Derby are going to produce some superstars and we're going to realize that by sometime early this Spring. All of my jockey and trainer friends are telling me about some of the special horses in their barns or where they ride or work out that are just starting to mature.
Because Michelle's not here, I'm the one making the sales pitch today, and since it's New Year's Eve, why not treat yourself? Take a look at our VIP program. Check out all the great benefits the VIP program already offers or will offer once the new version of our game is released - extra community bonus points with every game play, 25,000 free community bonus points whether you play or not, special VIP tournaments with huge prizes (and I should know, I'm the one putting those together), that special VIP badge that lets everyone in our community know that you're serious about this game and racing, VIP members will have access, starting January 15, to the new VIP Lounge with special content not available to our general audience, VIP members get 99,500 bonus community points just for signing up. Use those points for a race file, horse file or save them for tournaments where you can parlay them and then redeem them for big prizes in our store.
The list of VIP advantages goes on, but the one I'm most excited about is - starting in January, every pre-built race we send out to the VIP members will act as a one-race tournament and each VIP member will get the opportunity to ride the horse of their choice in these special pre-built races, which, by the way, are normally focused around real upcoming major stake races. The VIP member who jockeys and wins that pre-built race in the fastest time, will get special recognition in the community and earn big bonus community points. I suggest everyone click on the Get Help tab from the top navigation menu and watch the video on the VIP subscription program. Being a VIP really does have its advantages and as the stakes get higher, those advantages can pay big dividends. That, you can bet on!
Tomorrow I'm going to be riding my horse and enjoying my day off. I wish everyone in our community a safe and happy holiday. I'll talk to you guys soon.