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Exciting Transformation Coming to ZED RUN this February!

Throughout February we’re implementing updates to fees, breeding and how the Player Treasury is used in ZED RUN. The changes aim to reduce racing costs, make Class 1 more accessible, and empower you to breed top-tier horses.

What’s Changing?

Racing Fees

  • Reduced entry fees to 5% for all paid races (including Sit and Gos)
  • 100% of fees are directed to the Player Treasury

Breeding

  • Adjusted level formula, rebalancing levels in Classes 1 and 6
  • Increased Distance Preference and Variance ranges
  • Increased potential to breed higher traits than parents
  • Expanded starting level ranges, including Super Breeds up to level 700
  • Allowing all racehorses to Class up to Class 1 by removing EVO
  • Reduced negative impact of extreme Distance Preference on starting level

Treasury Utilisation

  • All racing fees now contribute to the Player Treasury
  • Each week, tournament prize pools will match the amount generated in the Treasury during the previous week (or the previous Maiden breeding period for Maidens)
  • As the Treasury balance increases, so will prize pools directly
  • Tournament prize pools will use the same currency as used for participation (e.g., if you race using ZED Token to qualify, tournament prizes will also be paid out in ZED Token)
  • To kick things off, the first week of tournaments will have a fixed ZED Token prize pool
  • Weekly prize pool management will begin after the first week

Proposed Timeline

Date
Key Milestone
February 19
Racing fees adjusted
February 26
Breeding updates and Class 1 levels rebalanced
March 1
EVO removed
March 4
First week of tournaments under the new system

FAQs

Why are these updates happening?

We’re making these updates to lower fees, reduce the grind, and focus more on breeding. The goal is to return multiple dimensions to breeding, creating a more fun and engaging experience throughout all levels of the game, all with transparency into fees and the treasury.

What specific changes have been made to breeding?

Class 1 and Class 6 have been rebalanced to be similar in ability range to Classes 2-5. Essentially, ability now tracks 1:1 with level throughout the game.
Offspring now have the potential to inherit wider ranges of variance and distance preference, even exceeding those in Breeding 1.0, plus the ability to breed traits higher than those of their parents.
Potential maximum starting level ranges for offspring have been expanded. Super Breed legendaries, for example, can potentially now be born at max Level 700, then as the breed type decreases, the maximum level range decreases accordingly.

How will these updates impact Class 1 racing?

The updates make racing in Class 1 more attainable and competitive. They also offer real opportunities for success at the top levels of the game by increasing the range of Distance Preference and Variance in offspring.
For owners at Level 700, it will significantly increase race opportunities. Previously limited to racing against each other, now they can compete against the entire class for bigger prize pools.

Why is it important to breed Class 1 again? Why not just remove Levels?

These changes allow us to better reward players who achieve max level and create a more inclusive environment where any horse can reach the top. Breeding higher starting level horses also helps counteract the effects of ageing in the game's progression system. Additionally, these changes aim to make XP NFTs more accessible, transitioning them from a necessity to an optional aspect of progression.

How do the changes to racing fees affect me?

Racing entry fees have been reduced to 5% for all races, and 100% of these fees now go to the Player Treasury, creating a more rewarding experience for everyone.

What modifications have been made to the Treasury utilisation?

Each week, total tournament prize pools will match the amount generated in the Treasury during the previous week (or the previous Maiden breeding period for Maidens).
As the Treasury balance rises, so will prize pools directly. Tournament prize pools will be denominated in the same currency used for participation. For example, if you race using ZED Token to qualify, tournament prizes will also be paid out in ZED Token.
To kick off this new setup, the first week of tournaments will have a fixed ZED Token prize pool. Weekly prize pool management will begin after the first week. The prize pool will be announced following the February Paid Maiden.

What happens to horses at Level 700?

If you've reached Level 700, congratulations! You're among the elite few, and we want to celebrate your achievement. As a token of appreciation, we're inviting you to join the exclusive Max Level Club. Be the proud recipient of a Level 700 skin and entry into an exclusive tournament. Check your email for more details on the impact of changes and feel free to reach out with any questions. We value your commitment to ZED RUN and look forward to seeing you in the club!
Note: Stable owners close to reaching Level 700 have until the end of March to qualify for membership.

Are these changes part of the final product direction for ZED RUN?

No, these changes represent short-term adjustments to create a more strategic and fun environment while we build and are just the beginning, the final product direction will be revealed in Q2 2024. While we can’t spill all the beans just yet, one thing’s for sure: ZED RUN will always be about breeding champion racehorses and discovery. We are buzzing for what’s ahead!

Where can I leave feedback or ask additional questions?

Head to the Discord #proposed-changes channel to share your feedback and get answers to any additional questions you may have.