Starters Orders 6 features
This is a list of the new primary features added since SO5. This list may be updated before release.
3D RACE SEQUENCE:
- Realistic 3D courses simulated with undulations and weather effects.
- Oculus Rift VR support coming soon.
- New horse and jockey models and animations.
- Slow-motion finishes.
- Fast-forward option (replaces TAB skip).
- New jockey control modes.
- Rag doll physics.
- A number of useful camera options for altering the race view. Classic view tracks the field from the (raised) side.
- Improved in race horse and jockey movements. Smoother and more realistic.
- Feature race progression help (on feature race summary screen).
- Improved full screen support.
- Jockeys may advise races to target with winning horses (in jockey feedback).
- Ring-fenced save game showcase databases. Helps stop crashes caused by changing or modding schedule or showcase data after a game has started. Games now retain the original data for their lifetime.
- Horse names databases are now separated into male and female gender specific databases.
- Horse database age/category spread code rewritten and improved. Should help avoid walk-overs and very low fields while keeping down the main horse database to a minimum.
- In game active horse database now set from within the schedule file. More horses are allocated to combined schedule games. Great care should be taken changing this.
- Emails now added to trainer game for auto entry notifications, gallop feedback, followed horses etc. You may choose to interrupt auto days by changing the settings in the DIARY screen.
- Players may now FOLLOW game horses. Click the follow button (on any horse data screen) to follow that horse. Followed horses are displayed on the players MY DATA (trainer) screen. Your staff will email you when a followed horse is declared for a race, due to race, entered in the weekly auction or leaving the game etc.
- Maximum horses per trainer now 150 (from 100). Maximum horses per owner now 300 (from 200).
- Option to specify feature race entries for horses before races open (via the Feature race history screen, via the Diary). When the race opens for entries a staff member will attempt to make the entry automatically. The head lad will email the trainer confirmation once the entry is made. It is possible to specify a race in future seasons by selecting a race that the horse will only be eligible for in that season. Eg. Entering a 2yo in a 3yo race. These entries are also listed on the horse data screen in the decs table where you also have the option of removing entry requests.
- Head lad feedback following gallops may now be given in certain circumstances.
- Previous Champion Trainers listed on Trainer ranking screen (up to 10 years).
- Previous Champion Jockeys listed on Jockey ranking screen (up to 10 years).
- Jockey AI improvements.
- Horses ‘out to grass’ can be returned to the main stable at any time.
- Dead Heats.
- Breeding. Auto naming of yearlings using parents name(s) where possible. The name may not be gender appropriate or desirable so you may still name 2yo’s on the first day of the season.
- Going visual indicator on some tables to indicate going at a glance.
- Possible to max out stables or add blocks of 5 (rather than one at a time). It is cheaper to buy stable housings in multiples.
- New backup game options. From the load/save screen you can choose to backup a save or restore the backup.
- Full HD screen mode layout enhancements (only 1920 x 1080 mode!): Extra horse data and horse form displayed on declarations screen. Stats on horse data screen.
- Handicapping improvements including for novice, juveniles.
- The silks database can be expanded (new silks may be released). In theory up to around 450 different silks could be added.
- Shirts and caps can now be mixed creating many new combinations. Trainers/Owners have a reserve cap colour for races where they have more than one runner.
- User mods: For those with the required art skills, silks can now be changed or new ones added by editing two small texture files (per silk) and a small silk menu icon.
- Every stable and racecourse now has a location on the world map. Some stats/data is available for each location including feature races and trainer rankings.
- World map screen available with region zoom. Displays locations of stables and racecourses and also specific route details (such as the route from a stable to a selected racecourse.
- The GLOBE icon that was inactive in previous games now links to the main Map screen.
- Players may choose their desired stable location within the local country at start (within the MAP screen).
- Depending on the location the players stable will have a location expenses band. This higher this band number the higher wages and other local expenses may be.
- Horse transport vehicles available for purchase in the Stable menu. You must now have sufficient transport to get your horses to and from the racecourse(s) on a given race day.
- You must buy a vehicle at the start of the game. Owned Vehicles are shown on the Stable graphic. Additional vehicles can be purchased via the STABLE menu. Some vehicles require a CAR PARK at your stables.
- There are three transport options available each having a different capacity and purchase price and you may own a total of three vehicles (of any type).
- on selecting a race for your horse your vehicle inventory is checked and re-organized by your staff. If no vehicles are free or no room on a vehicle exists you will be notified before booking.
- Clicking on the allocated vehicle icon (on the declarations menu) reveals the correct map with route and travel details and costs displayed.
- Vehicles that are replaced by higher capacity options are automatically sold by your staff and the sale price is refunded.
- Transport costs depend on distance to racecourse (see LOCATIONS new feature) and the vehicles MPG rating.
- Transport to foreign locations will incur the extra cost of air travel.
(Legendary horses in the game will not have real names. Players may edit legend names before a game begins. Players may not own or breed from legends)
- Option to include one or a number of legendary horses in your game. It is possible to have Legends running over any code (flat, hurdles or fences) irrespective of the horses specified code.
- Legends follow realistic career paths unless specified.
- Legends may be linked to specific trainer/jockey combinations and may run in specified silks.
- The player can modify the game year a legend enters the game.
Notes: For game play related reasons a legend is intended to reflect a genetic copy of a specific horse rather than any real life horse. That is to say legends are likely to perform to a similar level as their namesakes and follow a similar career path but may not always perform to the exact level and win (or take part in) the same races. A legend may dominate in one game and under perform in the next however, legends are never going to be bad horses. Bookmaker’s are aware of legends and shorten odds accordingly.
Owner mode improvements:
- Evictions. It is now possible to evict one or all an owners horses from your stables (button on the selected owners or individual horse data screen). Care. This will likely have a negative impact on the Owners opinion of you! You must give the owner 7 days notice in all cases.
- AI Improvements.
- A number of possible achievements are available for each game mode.
- As players progress they should aim to collect as many achievement medals as possible.
- The medals are displayed next to the players name on the main trainer/home menu. Clicking on this area opens up an achievements screen containing details of all possible achievements.
- Enhancements to the kit will be carried out after release but are expected to eliminate the need to upload, download and manipulate files.
General Starters Orders features:
- Over 16 000 horses and hundreds of trainers and jockeys!
- Feature race history/stats screen detailing up to 50 years of past results!
- All time greats (horses) table.
- Detailed and daily newspaper articles.
- Enhanced trainer and jockey AI.
- End of season awards.
- Horse temperament and paddock state indicator.
- Horse handicap progression/strike rate chart.
- Improved staff/finance options.
- Improved help options with rollovers and tooltips.
- Lower handicap categories included.
- Improved racecourse database and records.
- Accurate and detailed form (past performance) cards and race cards.
- Export horse option. Players may export any of their own horses at any point during the game. The resulting horse file is saved to the hard drive and may be emailed to others.
- Race Construction Kit. Create your own ‘user defined’ races with the race construction kit using previously exported horses. Great for creating leagues or simply racing your best horses against your friends horses.
- Sectional timing (Fractional timing but displayed in decimals) for every horse in every race.
- Splits (position at posts) for every horse in every race.
- Pacifiers. Blinkers, visors and cheek pieces available.
- Geld option. Male horses may be gelded.
- Replays. View past races as replays! Replay option available from formcards.
- 2yo Pre-Season Auction.
- Top 100 horse table.
- Tipsters. Tipsters can now be consulted before each race.
- Multi player trainer game (local machine only). In addition to the Punter Match mode, 1-4 players may now compete in Trainer mode.
- Head Lad summary. The horses Fitness and Condition are assessed by the stables head lad.
- Jockey Feedback. Due to popular demand jockey feedback is now given following each race.
- Apprentice Jockeys. Each trainer may hire an apprentice Jockey.
- Change Trainer and Jockey names.
- Massive form book detailing past performances. The last 7000 race formcards stored along with replays!
- Owner/Trainer/Jockey horse racing game modes.
- Train and take the reins, plan betting coups and compete in Trainers Championship table.
- Multi-player Punter competition mode (on local machine)
- First to a million £ wins ‘Punter match’ mode!
- Unique rhythmic Jockey control system to simulate real race riding.
- Fields of up to 40 runners.
- Intelligent jockeys. Watch the subtle animation changes as jockeys restrain, ride, coax along and whip their mounts to obtain the best finishing position.
- Detailed and realistic training methods.
- Approximately 100 Racecourses (including Turf and Dirt) simulated complete with stats and course information. Draw effect and other factors influence jockey tactics such as which rail to go for and what ‘pace’ to ride.
- Vast dynamic game world with thousands of horses.
- Hundreds of jockeys and computer controlled Trainers.
- Realistic race calendar featuring many UK feature races and key foreign races from: Flemington, Arlington, Tokyo and Nad al sheba etc. Race on Derby Day, Arc day and compete in many other feature races.
- All major race types accurately simulated including Handicaps, Group races, selling/Claiming races, Maidens etc.
- Select either furlongs/fraction odds (UK) or Metric/decimal odds (rest of the world}.
- Dynamic Note book – store player notes on any horse at any point for future reference.
- Advance Declarations complete with filters for browsing upcoming races.
- Realistic and statistically accurate betting model and strategy.
- Detailed horse stats include horses performance over every distance and going.
- Dynamic race world with new 2 year old horses joining and older horses retiring every season.
- Non-triers, Stewards enquiries and fines.
- Detailed and accurate Racecards for every race.
- Well presented and content rich menu screens with intuitive interface.