Horse Race Game Update – We’re Getting Closer

Horse Race Game Update – We’re Getting Closer

All of the development related to the changes, updates and modifications that have been discussed in my blog going back to August are pretty much done. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the workload went far beyond what we anticipated and the changes impacted almost every aspect of the game. With this said, we will start testing this week, but will want to do two-three weeks of solid testing before we update the game onto the live server. Just about every single email and private message had to be updated, not just from a content standpoint but from a functional standpoint, as well. A good part of the Help section was rewritten.

I was walking through the updated site this afternoon and though I found a few bugs, for the most part today was the first day I truly realized how beneficial and positive these changes are going to be. From a new player’s perspective, signing up for the game, breeding your horses and entering them in races/tournaments has been dramatically simplified. The entire game opens up in levels and the player is guided step-by-step until he breeds his third free horse. All of the Unity modules have been duplicated in Flash. This way, if a person doesn’t want to install Unity, he can simply play the game in Flash, which resides on over 95% of all computers. The graphics aren’t as good, but at least the player gets to experience the game, build trust in the game and then hopefully install Unity. As I said on numerous occasions, almost 75% of all new players who sign up never breed a horse because they don’t want to install Unity. We believe we will soon be retaining a lot more players.

Green and Insta Tournaments will never cancel. The entire system has been modified in such a way that they are extended one day at a time until they run. To make sure they run, we’ve developed a system when searching through tournaments that drives eligible horses to the events that start soonest. Also, Greens, which are now basically allowance races, and Instas no longer have a complex signup process. Everything is done right from your stable page. No more going back and forth between the tournament search tool on your stable page and the tournament detail page.

Even the Blue and General Tournaments are now much easier to enter. We’ve added all the details for Blues and Generals right on the stable page as well, also eliminating the back-and-forth.

The desktop client has been modified with new features, a new look, improved jockey intelligence and a much more streamlined presentation that ties the desktop client into the community. In fact, performance reports and advanced performance reports (new feature) can both be viewed through your desktop client as well as your stable page.

No more low birth speed rating horses. We’ve consolidated the range and this eliminated any horse under 110 BSR.

Yellow tournaments will only be available for new players and only for their first three horses and only as 2-year-olds. In other words, we're driving players out of Yellows into other events. In fact, we force them into Greens and Blues as we take them through the game tutorials.

Other things that have been modified are no stable fees for VIPs, faster tournament turnarounds, much faster game play in all areas (everything has been streamlined), larger percentage payouts and less management hold on races, a new mobile version of our game, Facebook connect for easy signup for Facebook users and lots and lots more - so much more I cant even list it all.

The only thing that will not be released with the new update are the new jockey and horse animations. This will run an additional 30 to 45 days because the modifications are so dramatic.

Finally, we’ve added trophies and plaques to our Rewards section as well as opportunities to attend major thoroughbred horse racing events. Just some nice added value to further enhance your game enjoyment.

Please be a little patient with us. The team has worked so hard on making these changes and upgrades, working six days a week since the ed of August. Like I said, it was way more work than we anticipated. Let’s give them the two to three weeks for testing so we get a release that’s solid and avoid some of the issues we had last time.

One final note, we’ve added a management feature on your stable page that now allows you to sort your horses alphabetically or by activity (in tournaments or not in tournaments). Players with 50, 100 or 200 horses will find it much easier to manage their stables. I’m suspecting with no stable fees for VIPs and much faster game play (in other words, a player that used to manage 15 horses can now manage 100 horses in the same amount of time), and with tournaments filling more consistently and the game itself being more economical, there is going to be a lot of action.

I’ll publish another update next week. If you haven’t already, please ‘like’ us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/horseracingisfun. We’re working very hard to build our Facebook presence in anticipation of this new launch.

Puddles



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dustyla2's picture

Sounds good! Dusty

Sounds good!
Dusty

vikinggod28's picture

low BSR

I may be in the minority on this issue but i would hate to lose the 103,108 and 110 tournies. If the goal is to build stables up then taking away the 103-110 tournies is not the answer, it will only create a "logjam" affect. what i mean by that is if a person has 50 horses in a stable and wants to expand to 100 there will be less tournaments to enter and hence more horses just sitting in the barn. if you keep all of the lower level tournies in (103-110) then a person will be more willing to expand a stable knowing there are more "options" to enter....i would reconsider the "110" minimum BSR breedings....

dustyrider's picture

I am patient...

... but could someone pass me a napkin, please? I seem to be drooling. :)

superpunk's picture

question??

When you say "No more low birth speed rating horses. We’ve consolidated the range and this eliminated any horse under 110 BSR."
Does this mean that 110 bsr is the lowest possible bsr a horse will recieve?

kochkj's picture

How high will BSR go

We used to have a 60 or so point range, will we now see 160 plus BSR horses? Consolidating the range should help fill the tourneys which is good because I hate the small field tourneys that have become the norm.

mysongforyou's picture

Good to hear.

Great news BSR's need to be in the mentioned range. That will give Everyone a chance to Breed a decent horse.
As for the increase in BSR's , i never heard you say anything about doing another increase. The range should be from 110 to 145 at the max. That's what caused the problems the first time was "High BSR Monsters" most of which could not run.
Kudos for doing the 3 to 4 weeks of testing,(you see where NOT testing got Pres. Dum Dum). I think most here are willing to wait , so as not to have the updates, zap out like last time.
Some will cry about the update not being on Time, but I myself would rather have , a update that works than one that does not.

GREAT JOB! Keep it up , your dream is getting closer to reality.

softballgirl's picture

This makes me very happy!

This makes me very happy! Especially the no stable fees for VIP. Thank you HRF team!

vikinggod28's picture

UNDER 110S

Will the under 110 tournies currently in place be wiped out completely when everything is in place or will they die a slow death?

jaycat's picture

Our New And Happy Life

The Ministry Of Plenty announced today that there will be no reduction in the chocolate ration. Also there was an over fulfillment of boots from an estimated 57 million pairs to 62 million pairs actually being produced.

We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia.

doughboy47's picture

low bsr

I agree with vikinggod that the low bsr cutoff should be at 100. some of my best horses are in the 100-110 range. keep the 103 and 108 tours. most of us need them.

aladar's picture

will the auction roll out

will the auction roll out with new updates ???
Vik to answer your question ..all below 110 bsr will be fazed out unless they can run with 110's..your friend Robert

aladar's picture

Doughboy...being as it's

Doughboy...being as it's impossible to bred a horse below 110 bsr why would you want a 100-110 range.. beyond my understanding..unless you want to keep your 103 until they can no longer run ?????????????

schipgal's picture

Low BSR horses?

I am waiting on a bed of nails for the new changes. All will be greeted with great anticipation except the minimum BSR of 110. What will happen to all my horses with BSR's between 95 and 110. Do I have to replace all of them immediately? I, like some of the above players have good horses within that racing range. Please consider a range starting at 95. I won't be sorry to not get any more 80.8 s; but I like my horses between 95 and 110 if they are good racers. Please reconsider the bottom level. 95 or 100 would be, in my view, a much better point for a cutoff. Along with that cutoff level, the same payoff for blues and greens should be made clear to all players. Also what happens to that 1/3 of my stable that consists of those horses? I really do not want my stable suddenly reduced 1/3 or more. Freddie

starzagazin's picture

Below 110 or low BSR horses

Great, well since 17% of my stable is below 110 that means that these horses won't have much chance of winning the future tourneys that are above their BSR. That said, after I "retire" these horses that will create new LOWs of below 116. These new below 116 group would be 29.8% of my stable after the below 110s are retired. So then 30% of my new stable would be "stable pony dogs" that run for the lowest value in points. All said and done 40% of my current stable would be eliminated from the best chances of earning points. Smart move HRF to consolidate those under 110s because that means you will have a huge rush of people breeding new horses to try and get good tournament winners. Plenty of money to be made there to make up for all the money you will be losing by not charging stable fees. HOWEVER, I think you should compensate these people who lose such opportunities due to this smart consolidation action with "gift horses" to replace these now incapable of winning below 110 horses with an equal number that are fully capable of COMPETING and WINNING in GENERAL TOURNEYS. Right now, after purchasing enough horses that odds of receiving one of these should have been met, there hasn't been one in my stable. Yeah, it may seem like sniveling but I think your faithful business clients have been done a disservice with this action and should be compensated with better quality horses if you are taking away part of their capabilities and then putting additional horses in their current stables into the "NEW" lowest of the low racing catgeory.

yowdvm's picture

New Vet ?

Yes, I have a 109 that has won a quarter of a million points that I hate to see go. I am hoping that HRF will fire their evidently alcoholic vet. Then they can hire a new one that will vet the under 110s into horses that are in the "new normal" of over 110s and have at least equal if not better ability to compete. I think it is about time for new update to put some of these fears of decimated stables to rest, Puddles.

Am I the only one that is concerned that there have been less than 20 responses to the latest blog?

starzagazin's picture

To be honest

I thought those 20 were the only ones here? I recognize most of the names, lol!

21burns's picture

Silence?

Has the SILENT MAJORITY expressed their feelings by being silent?How many members are in the SILENT MAJORITY?Hopefully there are hundreds of SILENT MAJORITY members and all are content with the game and the expected future changes and their silence is showing approval and support for HRF.

lynchd75's picture

I agree with the others, we

I agree with the others, we should keep 99 to 110 BSR horses as many of us by the looks of it have handy horses in that range and most have above average ability. Their lots of fun, there is no difference watching these guys win races and tourneys than a general horse. I like most will lose quite a few horses if they discontinue this BSR range.

modgraphix's picture

I say

Get rid of them all :)

aladar's picture

lmao..In my little over one

lmao..In my little over one year here..I have heard much bitching about people breeding low BSR horses..I say for players that like the low BSR horses let them keep them..and the Tournaments associated with these below 110 horses..and when they breed a new horse make sure that it's below 110 even after vetting..I can't stop laughing at some of this crap I read..

aladar's picture

Where's the 96 BSR and under..

My biggest win came from 94 bsr horse $25.00 gift card..lol lets have some 96 and under supporters..I retired this horse because no races filled..

modgraphix's picture

LOL

Can't believe i agree with Aladar but i do...think it's so funny that some are complaining about removing the low bsr and on another hand others are complaining about the crappy breeding...hahahahaha...are these the same trainers (dat players) complaining about both?

aladar's picture

vikinggod28's picture

The difference

I dont think Mod "gets it", The people complaining abt bad breeding are people getting low BSR horses with nowhere to run, for example, 92s, 87s, 82,s 78s etc....The people are not complaining about the 106s and 108s of the world.103, 108 and 110 tournaments were easier to fill than the 112 and 121 tournies, there is a difference between the two "complaints" as you say....

starzagazin's picture

ALADAR and MOD

What is it about LOW BSRs going away that you do not understand they will NOT GO AWAY. Their REMOVAL will just create a new CLASS of LOW BSRs, say 110-120 is the NEW CRAPPY BSR!! I am LMAO that you are so slow to figure out that you will have a new group of low BSRs and that for some players these horses that go away will have to be replaced, their new LOW BSR group will not please them because they will probably be running in GREEN tourneys. So it will create a rash of sales of new horses, e.g., we are all going to breed horses to replace these low point earners!! KACHING HRF!!! HRF has just spent a fortune upgrading the game; do you think they would do that and not have a business plan strategy IN THE GAME to replace these funds and earn more?? What is so hard to understand about that?

modgraphix's picture

Actually

I could care less about these donkeys...and yes i'm that slow. Could you please mentor me so i can finally figure out this game?

21burns's picture

the future game.

Mods,you do not need a mentor to understand this game.You need to consult a fortune teller who specialises in fantasy horseracing games.Then you might have a chance to finally figure out the game.The now game is not the new game.


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