Today we launched a new feature that will help people navigate upcoming restricted tournaments a lot easier. The feature works from your stable page and your stable summary page. When searching for Green or Blue Restricted Trainer Tournaments, it will automatically bring back by birth speed rating the tournaments most applicable for your horse. You will no longer have to scroll through literally hundreds of tournaments. With that said, if you want to expand the options in the Blue or Green Restricted Tournaments, there is a radio button that allows you to bring back all results, like we currently do now. Personally, for Green and Blue Restricted Tournaments, why would you want to go beyond your horse’s capability? This new feature will save players a lot of time when entering Green and Blue Restricted Tournaments. This horse racing game feature was published live this morning.
Next week, could be as early as Tuesday, we are releasing the new Horse Challenge Program. This program allows players to actually race their horses against other players’ horses in one-on-one match races for game points with those races occurring instantly when the challenge is accepted. All horses will be categorized in birth speed rating range and players can challenge their friends or any player in the community to compete head-to-head. This process has no effect on your horse’s aging process, it does not interfere with his tournament schedule – it’s just an exciting racing opportunity while you’re waiting for that perfect tournament to come available. Please keep in mind that only horses not entered in trainer tournaments are eligible for this feature. So, again, it helps fill the void between tournaments.
All the statistics, including wins, game points earned, etc., are kept separately from your other trainer game statistics that you earn in tournaments. In other words, every horse will have three sets of racing statistics on your stable page - those associated with our tournaments where you compete against a bunch of other players, those associated with Yellow Tournaments where you race against computer horses (non-player horses), and those statistics from Challenge Races where you go head-to-head with other players as one-on-one horse racing competition. This new feature also introduces an entire set of new badges. Players will be able to challenge other players with game points so they can put their points where their mouth is.
Another new feature that we have just started developing will help fill the Blue and Green Restricted Tournaments. Once this feature is released, Blue and Green Restricted Tournaments that require up to three additional horses in order to run, instead of being canceled, will automatically be filled with community horses. The community horses will only be entered in the Green and Blue Restricted Tournaments when a minimum number of horses is not met so the tournament runs instead of being canceled. The community horses will be entered right before the tournament cancels, preventing tournaments from cancelling. Again, we will only fill these tournaments with up to three community horses. In other words, there still must be a minimum of five horses entered in order for the tournament to run. But, if players know that community horses can be entered, they might find themselves entering tournaments with just a few entries knowing that this program is in place. Please keep in mind that community horses cannot win the game points associated with the tournament. They will just fill the preliminary races and will not be part of the final.
We’re still tweaking the frequency of the Puzzle Program with Yellow Trainer Tournaments. It currently requires seven Yellow Tournaments for each puzzle play, but we’re going to reverse it back to six. This way, a player is guaranteed two puzzle plays if a horse is only entered in Yellow Tournaments for his entire career. Even if you send the horse for a vet visit, turning the number of Yellow Tournaments back to six, will ensure that you get two puzzle plays during a horse’s career that is strictly tied to Yellow Tournaments. Of course, if you want to run a lot of puzzle plays with your horse, enter your horse in Blue, Green and Red Restricted tournaments, where you earn at least one puzzle play for each completed tournament and multiple puzzle plays with each completed General tournament, especially the General Trainer tournaments that consist of Grade 1 or Grade 2 preliminary races.
The new desktop client is coming along. I plan to show a video of it in the community by the second week of February. In addition, we’re working on the championship fictitious wagering platform where players can win thousands of dollars by wagering on fictitious races filled with champion horses. You earn entries by the size of your active stable and the number of active tournaments you’re in. In other words, the bigger your stable and the more tournaments you’re actively participating, the more plays you will earn in this new program with chances to win big prizes. I actually expect this program to be much more successful than the Puzzle Program.