So my current Track King season JUST ENDED. That means that in the next couple of weeks Obsidian Farm will be ROCKIN AND ROLLIN! (Finally!). Right now it is the off season on Track King, which means my horses get a break (and I have a few horses that are retiring, one horse I've had since I started Track King and I'm really sad to lose him). I updated the journal here about Obsidian Farm itself, and gave the Farm a complete make over. It's no longer located in Oregon, but where I currently live, North Dakota. It has an entirely new staff (except for the owner Dara Black, aka me).
As some of you already know, I have some new ponies!!! They are two year olds so they won't be starting until the season AFTER the new one has begun (six real months from now!). My two El Diablo grandbabies are set to start in a couple of weeks, Abaddon and Fallen Angel have Track King counterparts, and whatever race results occur there will also show on Abaddon and Fallen Angel's racing career for their "Maiden Season". My "plan" is to do a partial RP story BEFORE the race runs (once a week for 11 weeks), but the REST of the RP story will not be finished until AFTER the race (that way I can include the race results IN the story!). Picture-art may or may not be detailed...depends on how busy I am at the time. I am going to TRY to add people in the pictures, but I absolutely SUCK at drawing people -_-
Okay, well I just wanted to update you all on what's rollin in my head. I dearly HOPE this works...
Hello everyone, Dara here.
So, I have been planning a complete renewal on my Obsidian Farm racing account. Everything that has been done with my race horses is being restarted.
My new plan (which has been rolling around in my head for a year now) is to mimic Obsidian Farm off of a racing game online that I play, called Track King. I will be using Track King as a reference for my new racing idea for the farm. Basically what I do on Track King I will be doing here on harpg.
For those of you who do not know what Track King is, it is a web based racing game that is flipping AMAZING. Track King is set up into 6 League Classes (each league has 25 positions, those that finish in the top 5 can advance to the next League Class which has more purse money, and those that finish in the bottom 5 are demoted). The objective of the game is to finish in the top 5 and move up each class until you are at Class 1. Each week there are two League races, and where your horse finishes in the race determines whether or not you will be top of your Class, average, or in the bottom half. There are stakes races with various purses on offer, and Cup races. Each week your horse has training to do, and each day there is veterinary care. The game is as real as you can get without it being real. In the game you have to learn to manage your finances wisely, train your horses well, hire jockeys and apprentice jockeys, breed a good stallion to a good mare, or offer your stallion for stud services. It is based on this game that I will be running Obsidian Farm. (this way I have an idea of what i'm doing and I have inspiration to do artwork!)
Each season is three months long-12 weeks. Each week, I will be uploading at least ONE image-this will include a story that documents the week's events-training, events, vet care, and of course the races. At each season's end, the horses will age and move on to better, bigger races.
In the Game, horses can race in League races from age 3 to 10 years (for mares and geldings) and 3-11 years (for stallions). A stud career can start anytime for a stallion after 4 years of age and ends at the end of year 12 for the stallion. But, for Obsidian Farm, my plan is to train 2 year olds until their 3rd year starts their career, then race them for two to five seasons. Mares will be put to brood, geldings will be sold, and my good stallions will be retired to stud (so anyone in the harpg community can access them for their mares and make racing babies xD).
So, Obsidian Farm is going under renovations until the next season starts on Track King (I'm currently half way through this current season). This will give me time to catalog all my current race horses and determine what I'm doing with all of them (aka which ones I'm keeping and which ones I'm getting rid of).
But...anyway! That is my plan. Sorry for those of you who are following my racehorses for their current careers, but hopefully this renewal will make things better.
Thanks for your patience!