I joined this site several months ago and I am not a VIP member. The impression given when you sign up is that help is easily available, the game ie easily understandable, and you can be competitive all while being a non-VIP member. At this point, I would assess all three claims as inaccurate. I signed up for the mentoring program. No response whatsoever other than auto-generated junk messages. I have learned most things about the game via trial and error which has taken a long time and caused me to waste what points I can earn. I continue to make what I suspect are poor decisions as I try to build up some points through racing. I can appreciate the capitilistic part of it and I get that as a non-VIP member I am always going to be at a disadvantage. However, the deck seems stacked to the point that even trying to have a reasonable one or two horse stable requires YEARS of working to build up points in advance of beginning a race stable, or some incredible stroke of luck to win big points. The small player is priced out of running 1 horse more than apporoximately 3 times every 2 months. I don't have enough resources to put too much into a game like this, but I would have considered a one-time purchase to make it easier to become competitive quicker. After the way its gone here, thats not going to happen. It would be overstated to say I feel cheated. I haven't spent a dime, but I have wasted time. I guess I feel mislead. I won't give up, but I will continue to be frustrated until I can at least try to run a reasonably competetive race stable. I am open to suggestions.
P.S. Please understand that I do not "blame" members...VIP or otherwise.