Post by Kenren on Mar 26, 2019 21:16:04 GMT -5
With the influx of horses coming through the game, Valkyrie is no exception to the massive retirement waves that will be coming from here on out every year. In order to combat this wave and keep from being overwhelmed with breeding horses, we are implementing a new policy:
Once a same-gender 'replacement' child of one of our breeding horses retires to our breeding program, the parent will retire after that child's first breeding season. For some horses, this can be the fifth year after their first foal, given that foal is the same gender and is owned by VS. For others it will be much longer, just depending on when that 'replacement' breeding horse is born.
What does this mean for you?
Basically, we will announce about mid-year which breeding horses will be retired the following year. If that horse has outstanding reserves still at that point, they may be used the following breeding season, and then the horse will be pensioned. If you don't have room, you're out of luck - unless you've pre-arranged a year when you want to use the horse. Those will be honored, even if the horse is otherwise pensioned. Reserves-at-large with no planned breeding year will go unused, and may not be called upon later. If it's possible, we will try to offer a reserve to the replacement horse, but that will be on a case-by-case basis and isn't a guarantee.
So! If you don't want to use your reserves early, you can get around it by planning what year you DO want to use it. If you don't, this'll be a 'you snooze, you lose' situation. This is the only way I can think to keep horses moving smoothly through my barn, keeping my pedigrees fresh and current.
If, for some reason, I were to leave the game (not likely), reserves may be used at any time. Since I won't actually be pensioning anything. Just to cover all of my bases.
I will say there's no reason to rush or panic this year - the only horse retiring under this new policy next year is Eclipse, who has no outstanding reserves.