- You must be at least 13 years of age to play. Sorry but its the law!
- Treat other players with common courtesy and respect at all times.
- Please do not used chatspeak on the community forums. Other people need to be able to understand you!
- Remember that the community forums are where most of the action happens, so keep active and involved in the community forums to get the most out of the game.
- If you fail to enter any races for two weeks without an explanation, on the third week you are considered inactive and your horses will be auctioned off.
- On that note, if you are going somewhere, vactioning, ect, let us know so this doesn't happen!
- Never hesitate to contact your president, Leah, with any questions or concerns you have. I'm always up for a chat :)
- After you joining form has been recieved you will recieve a reply within 24 to 48 hours. If you do not recieve a reply within that timeframe, please e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
- After you have been approved as a member you will need to go directly to the community boards where you will set up a thread in the stables section, this is where you will be keeping track of your stable, your horses and your banking information.
- After setting up your stable thread on the community boards you will need to make a post in the introduction section on the community boards :)
- Everyone starts out with $150,000 and 8 horses. Your 8 horses are as follows: 2 two year olds, 2 three year olds, 2 four year olds, 1 yearling and 1 broodmare.
- Everyone also starts out the game with a farm. On your "starter" farm you have 25 acres, 1 small home, 8 12x12 stalls and 2 12x24 stalls (10 stall total). You also have two 5 acre pastures and one 10 acre pasture. You will need to buy more stalls and/or paddocks and pastures to house more horses.
- Keep track of your facilities on your stable thread on the community boards.
- If your stable thread is kept up to date regularly, you will be rewarded with a $3,000 salary on the 1st of every month.
Game Time & Aging
- At Wire to Wire we run on accelerated time ot keep the game interesting. Therefore one real week = one month of W2W time.
- Some game months will be stretched to two real weeks to allow certain races to be run.
- One W2W year = approximately 14 real weeks.
- There is no speed aging in W2W. Every horse will age on year in the game month of January.
- All horses are considered deceased at the age of 25 in the new year.
- All horses must be at least three years of age to begin breeding. They must also be retired (permanently) from racing.
- Once a stallion or mare begins is breeding career they may not return to racing.
- Stallions and mares must retire from breeding at age 20.
- Breeding season is from February to July. Foaling season is from January to June.
- You may choose a stallion from the studbook to breed your mare to. To do so follow the instructions on the breeding board on the community forums.
- You may also choose a stallion owned by a member of the game. First ask them for permission and then follow the instructions on the breeding board in the community forums.
- You must pay the stud fee for the stallion for each mare you breed.
- Mares may be immediately be re-bred after foaling.
- Each stallion in the studbook has been entered into Stretch Drive to as realistically as possible represent that real life stallion. However, just as in real life, there is no guarantees of a successful foal just because you bred to a high priced stallion.
- If you want tot stand your own stallion at stud he must have won or placed second or third in at least three stakes or handicap races. OR he must have won or placed second in at least 6 allowance races.
- If you breed your stallion to outside mares (mares owned by other members) try to keep the total number of mares he covers per season low (Say for example: 6-15). This will ensure that there will always be a demand for his offspring.
- Horses MUST be at least two years of age to race, no exceptions.
- Horses may not race beyond the age of 13 years old.
- Enter races by going to the community boards and finding the racing sections.
- Entry fees are 5% of the purse and are listed beside the race for ease of payement. Don't forget to keep track of entry fees in your banking!
- Race entries will be posted on Monday every week. Entries CLOSE on Saturday at 12 PM Pacific Time. Races will be run and posted on Sunday.
There is one race meet per real week (one W2W month). You can race each horse ONCE per W2W race meet. You may not race your horse more than once in a race meet.
- Be mindful of how often you race your two year olds. Injuries can and will happen to over raced two year olds.
- "Mature" horses 3 years of age and older are at average risk for race injuries even if they race every month.
- Pay VERY close attention when entering races. Some races are only for certain age groups, say 2 year olds only, or 4 year olds and up. Some races are for colts & geldings only, and some are only for fillies & mares. So make sure you PAY ATTENTION when entering.
- If you enter a horse in a race it is not eligible for (ex: a 2 y/o in a race for 3 y/o's) you will be fined $3,000.
- If you don't know too much about racing, don't worry here is a helpful guide:
- There are a few different types of races. There are many different types of races in real life racing, but in W2W we only deal with a few. The first type of race is a maiden race.
Maiden races are for horses who have NEVER won a race. The second type of race is the Allowance race. The allowance race is the bread and butter of the Thoroughbred racing world. Most horses
start their careers here, and a great many of them never leave the allowance ranks. Claiming Races are the third type of race. A claiming race is run at the same level of competition as an allowance except that other members may
"claim" your horse, or purchase it for the claiming price before the race is won. If someone claims your horse in a claiming race, you no longer own that horse and the buyer gets any of the prize money the horse earned. Stakes & Handicap races are the last type of race. They are the pinnacle of Thoroughbred racing and
every trainer hopes for goos stakes and handicap horses. The best horses race in stakes and handicaps for big purses. Stakes and handicaps come in three grades of competition. GI attracts the highest level of competition (ex: Kentucky Derby), GII attracts a mide-range of competiton and GIII attracts a slightly lower level of compeition than GII.
- It is important to note that not all horses are cut out for stakes compeition. Most will spend their careers in the allowance ranks, and there is nothing wrong with that!
- Races can be run at several distances. Races are measured in furlongs. One furlong equals one eighth of a mile.
- Sprints are races run at 5-7 furlongs. For horses with lots of speed and little staminia.
- 8 furlongs is a mile
- 9-12 furlongs is considered the "classic" distance as most stakes and handicaps are run at these distances. These races suit horses with more staying power than sprinters.
- Races in W2W are run on either dirt or turf. There is no polytrack option (yet).
How to Read Trainer's Notes
- When you get your horses, each will have their own set of trainer's notes. This is an overview of each horse's abilities.
- The trainer's notes will give you a general idea of each horses breaking speed, running speed, top running speed, stamina and heart, among other things.
- Keep in mind that this is only a general idea of your horse's abilties, and you will have to do some experimenting to find out where your horse performs best.
- The "trainer" seems to think that all horses will be good a turf for some reason, when not all of them are and some can run on each surface equally well. You will have to experiment to find out. You will
really know you have a turf performer if the trainer says something like "train this one for turf immediately!".
- Still confused by the trainers notes? Ask another member for help!
- Virtual Realty is the real estate company in W2W.
- You start out the game with 25 acres, 1 small house, 8 12x12 stalls, 2 12x24 stalls, 2 five acre pastures and 1 ten acre pasture.
- You will need to buy more stalls and/or paddocks or pastures to house more horses.
- Each horse needs either one 12x12 stall or one 1/2 acre paddock, or both.
- Any mare on your property who is in foal MUST have a minimum of a 12x24 stall.
- To buy more stalls, property or other facilities go to the Virtual Realty page for more instructions.
- Members are encourages to build their own websites for their stables and W2W will link them on the stables page.
- Please no Piczo sites or anything along that line. There are many good free website hosts out there.
- The only two requirements for creating a stable webpage is: #1 that you absolutely DO NOT use any pictures of horses that you did not take yourself without express written permission from the copyright holder. And #2 that you provide a link back to W2W and provide a disclaimer that your website is part of a game.
- W2W will NOT be responsible for any copyright infringement its members may do.