1st qualifying round of the Melbourne Cup (Flat), the Liverpool Cup (Hurdles), the Stockholm Cup (Trot.)
Early this morning (as from 8:00 a.m GMT) were held the first qualifying rounds of the Melbourne Cup (Flat), the Liverpool Cup (Hurdles) and the Stockholm Cup (Trotting), with each
of these 3 Cups having and impact on the rankings of the World Championship. The title of World Champion is awarded to the stable which scores the most points during the finals of the 3 Cups (the finals are held each month on the 27th).
Main Trotting event of the evening:
The Quick Williams Derby is a Golden Race in the Trot discipline with the following peculiarity: it is run over a new distance of 2600m. So it is a race where the talent and experience of the "drivers" are clearly in the spotlight.
It is for horses aged 6, having less than €20 of net earnings. The NewTurf's sponsorship for the race amounts to €14.
Changes whose date of implementation is not decided yet
May 2012 :
Implementation of a new HV calculation system in Hurdling.
May 2012 :
Implementation of the Fighting Spirit into the 1000m race algorithm.
The goal of the new Sprint Algo (decided and announced in September 2011) was to cautiously introduce more unpredictability and strategy into sprint.
This new algorithm differs from the former one only on the last 200 meters. It makes the Fighting Spirit and the Fitness Value (which oscillates over time and is affected by blinkers) the additional variables of influence. Combination of both variables over the last 200 meters impacts the speed of the horse, without requesting an additional demand of stamina.
The Fighting Spirit is genetically transmitted like all other abilities (it has been already the case for 8 months now). It is improved only through the participation in races (excluding Team races). Each horse has 4 squares improvement potential in Fighting Spirit. Such a total increase is achieved in 20 public courses (1 square up in 5 races, 2 squares up in 10 races, 3 squares up in 15 races, 4 squares up in 20 races).
This new algorithm is fully compliant with the existing hierarchies in Speed. It adds a little spice to the races, brings a bit of variability in results, and a little more uncertainty.
The goal of the game is to get closer to reality, where the parameters that define the outcome of a race are so numerous, that there is some uncertainty before each race. Our difficult challenge in the coming years is to increase this amount of uncertainty, while maintaining the chance factor (random) to 0.
Players can now propose to the other stables their own Handicap Races. The race manager is in charge of giving an handicap value to each nominated horse.
New breeding rules associated with inbreeding:
Following breeding will be progressively forbidden:
FATHER – DAUGHTER
MOTHER – SON
HALF BROTHER - HALF SISTER (having the same mother or the same father).
GRAND FATHER – GRAND DAUGHTER
GRAND MOTHER – GRAND SON
SAME PATERNAL GRANDFATHER
SAME MATERNAL GRANDFATHER
SAME MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER
SAME PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER
Flat Racing: change in the calculation of the Handicap Values according to each type of race (claiming race, Golden race, Grade Races etc...).
Nominal stud fee in Trotting is increaded by half a Euro. It now costs a minimum of €4 to breed a new trotting foal.
Each Team has now an account that is managed by Team Admins.
Nominal stud fee in Flat Racing is increaded by €1. It now costs a minimum of €6 to breed a new flat racing foal.
Setting up of regional races. Now each owner can demote his horse to a regional career (this choice is irreversible). The earnings and the HV (handicap value) are set to 0 and the stallion or the mare can't breed. The horse with a regional career is only allow to participate in regional races where only 80% of the registration fee is used to sponsor the race.
It is now possible to validate a breeding for a birth on the 1st of next month, UP TO THE 15th OF EACH MONTH AT MIDNIGHT.
Cancellation of the small penalty on the speed of mares which exists since the game launched in May 2006.
The Random Number Generator (RNG), scaling, and mapping algorithms used (in small proportion) in the transmission from one generation to another of genetic factors (heredity and breeding algorithms) have been independantly evaluated as fair and not predictable.