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    Posted: 21 Aug 2013 at 9:44am
Heya guys!

Tomorrow is our 15 year anniversary of running multiplayer online races... and a couple of weeks after that is our 1 year anniversary for the new site.   The race entry and traffic logs imply that we have more players now than we have had since the early 2000's, and we’re closing in on those numbers quickly.  Moreover, the new back-end keeps me from having to babysit the game daily (and allows me to spend a bit more time with the family - a happy wife is a happy Mike ;).    Look for a "thank you" or two coming down over the next few weeks to celebrate!

Also - My contract coding load is currently light, and my kids are back in school.  What does that mean, you ask?  More time for me to work on the game!   Look for some changes and mods coming soon.  I posted my shortlist recently, but a few more things came up so I wanted to be sure and include them.

* Try to hunt down a bug in the Unity browser that pops up about 1 : 5000 or so races that renders the race wrong, including the wrong winner.  I’m not unity expert, and this is a weird one, so this one could be a challenge. :)

* Reconsider how to better incorporate the BTB.  The current BTB is still based on my old version of the game, and my practice attempts to hook it into the new game destroyed site performance.  Tracy, Roys, and I are investigating a WordPress hybrid.   And yes - we should be able to keep the historical articles.

* Jockey silks for the unity browser!  New billboards too!

* Some more badges, most notably a HOF badge
* HOF page and HOF watchlist

* Maybe a new front page for the site.. not 100% sure...

* Figuring out an automated way to determine yearly HOY and division awards

* Look into location restricted grade races (again, similar to restricted stakes, these will not be worth as much as open grade races)

Thanks again to everyone (new and old) that has been along for the ride!   Being primarily a one-man-band is tricky at times, but it does allow me the luxury of staying true to the game’s long-term vision : offer a fun yet mostly realistic horse racing game.    That being said, there’s no way I could have done it without you guys.   Having such a loyal and understanding player base had made this ride not only possible but (mostly) a pleasure!    

Here’s to 15 more years (and the grooming of Ben and Mia to take over for their old man)!


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