The next game feature that will be released is tied to the tournament search platform. This feature will allow players to find tournaments a lot easier, specifically restricted tournaments. I’m hoping this is released by the end of this week.
We have also started the last round of testing for the Horse Challenge Program. This is the program that allows you to race your horse head-to-head against another player’s horse (match races). This is another exciting new feature and is another way to keep horses in your Stable active between tournaments. I was testing the system today and it’s working great.
I also got another peak at the desktop client. It’s really coming together. The functionality is so much smoother than the current client. This will probably be one of the biggest enhancements we have seen in our game yet.
The Puzzle Program is off to a huge start. Since we’ve changed the qualifications for the Puzzle Program, specifically associated with Yellow Tournaments, we’ve noticed a large drop of players just running their horses through Yellows to access the puzzle. But, we are now starting to see a couple of Yellow races run with more horses slowly starting to be entered into the other types of trainer tournaments we offer. As of right now, we’re not going to make any additional changes, but it is possible that if the Yellows continue to draw away from the other tournaments because of the Puzzzle Program, we will only allow one or two puzzles from the Yellow Tournaments per horse. In other words, we will further tighten the qualifications to drive players to other tournaments to access the puzzle.
There is a very exciting bonus program that is more than 50% complete. I’ve mentioned it before and will mention it again. Players with horses in active trainer tournaments, excluding Yellow and Insta, will be given opportunities to make fictitious wagers on championship simulated races. The amount of wagering opportunities for each player is based upon the size of his stable and how many of those horses are in active tournaments. Winning these fictitious bets will reward players with big prizes. Again, Yellows and Instas will not count. I truly believe that this in itself will drive more players to be active in tournaments, probably more than the Puzzle Program.
Finally, I want to say that I’m sorry to any of the players who were offended by my actions in the forums these last few weeks. Normally, the forums are not for me, but there are times when the company or the company’s staff or myself have our integrity questioned. When that happens, we must respond. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of these actions by certain players and then responses by me. There is a lot of player turn going on right now. I’m looking at the statistics and more of the larger stables are newer stables, while some of the past larger stables are cutting down or have left. This is typical in gaming. The good news is, overall active horses in the game are at an all-time high. With the introduction of a very aggressive marketing program that we are rolling out in two to three weeks, I believe the overall site activity will continue to increase and the number of completed tournaments will continue to grow. Please understand that I respect any and every player who has played at this site, and I thank every player for their business. I try to answer as many private messages as I can, even with a 15-hour-a-day workload. I know the customer is first, but I also know that my integrity is as important as anything else. The original players of this game are the heart and soul of Horse Racing Fantasy. They helped launch the dream and I will never forget or can I thank you enough. At the same time, the company has to grow, and that means change as well as accommodations for new players as well. Without growth, we cannot succeed. I’m looking forward to providing everyone new opportunities, new features and more fun. To the new players, enjoy the ride – to the older players, hopefully you will stick around and continue to enjoy what you have helped create.