ZED.RUN; the next evolution in online gaming, Part III — breeding
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ZED.RUN; the next evolution in online gaming, Part III — breeding

By McKayStevenson | McKay Stevenson | 3 Aug 2021

Part I: https://www.publish0x.com/mckay-stevenson/zedrun-is-the-next-evolution-in-online-gaming-xwwwkzn

Part II: https://www.publish0x.com/mckay-stevenson/zedrun-the-next-evolution-in-gaming-part-ii-xjooxkm


If you’re going to play the game and have any sense of success, you’ll have to have at least some idea of what goes into the breeding of horses. But just like in real life, not everything goes as planned.

There are four(4) designated types of horses: a colt, a stallion, a filly, and a mare.

  • A colt is a male horse that has not yet produced any offspring.
  • A stallion is also a male horse, but one that has produced at least one offspring.
  • a filly is a female horse that has not yet produced any offspring.
  • a mare is a female horse that has produced at least one offspring.

A female horse’s owner will be required to pay a ‘stud fee’ in order to breed. The amount of the fee is established by the male horse’s owner, although there is a minimum fee you must charge, and the fee is split among the male horse owner, the prize pool, and ZED itself (see breakdown below). The owner of the female horse then keeps the offspring.

Currently, a male horse can have up to three offspring per month, while a female horse can have only one per month.

No horse can be entered in races while in the breeding process.

Also, note that a young horse is not physically mature enough to breed and must wait 28 days after it was born to be bred. Your new horse can however be entered into races immediately.

Horses are not allowed to breed with brothers, sisters, parents, or grandparents.

The above diagram shows the breakdown of which breeding pairs are capable of producing which offspring. Genesis horses cannot be bred, as they are first-generation horses in the ZED ecosystem. There will only ever be 38,000 Genesis horses and are acquired via ZED airdrops, and/or via their marketplace (which is currently sold out).

Owning a Genesis racehorse gives you an edge over non-Genesis racehorses, however, the gene pool provides a horse with the potential for greatness, it does not guarantee that greatness. The opposite is true as well, being a non-Genesis racehorse does not exclude you from greatness.

The process of breeding occurs in the ‘Stud Farm’, where you place your male or female horse, determine the price (either you’re willing to pay, or you’re charging), and select the number of days. For the time being, the process is required even if you’re breeding within your own stable, but there are plans to introduce ‘private breeding’ in the future.

The above chart shows the breakdown of the stud fee distribution. If you’re breeding within your own stable, you still must pay the minimum fee, however, you get a 35% discount.

Currently the minimum base breeding fee is 0.075 ETH. This does not mean the minimum breeding price is 0.075 ETH, rather it acts as the base to determine what the final breeding price will be depending on bloodline, breed type, and the duration that sire is in the stud farm for. Minimum breeding prices will vary well below and well above the base breeding price of 0.075 ETH.

The breeding formula is as follows:

Base Price (0.075) x { (Bloodline Weighting x 80%) + (Breed Type Weighting x 20%) } x Breeding With Your Own Stable (if applicable).

Example: Sire is a Buterin, Z20 breeds from your own stable with an Exclusive and is in the Stud for 7 days.

= 0.075 ETH x { (15% x 80%) + (120% x 20%) } x 65%

= 0.075 ETH x { .12 + .24 } x .65

= 0.075 ETH x .234

= 0.0176 ETH

The fee allocation would then be as follows:

  • Prize Pool: 70%
  • Stud Owner: 0%
  • ZED Fee: 30%

Each racehorse has its own unique DNA profile that determines the horse’s overall characteristics and abilities. The four (4) traits a horse carries are:

  1. Bloodline- plays the biggest role in contributing to a racehorse’s overall ability rating and contributes 80% of the overall weighting.
  • Nakamoto: 180%
  • Szabo: 120%
  • Finney: 40%
  • Buterin: 15%

2. Genotype — refers to the Z number of a horse indicating how far down the lineage (or family tree) a racehorse is from its original ancestors. A Z1 is the rarest and provides the highest chance of becoming a top-performing racehorse. Genotype maxes out at Z268. When breeding, the offspring’s new genotype is calculated by adding the two parents Z numbers together. For example, a Z12 and a Z35 will produce an offspring with a Z47.

3. Breed Type — is the hierarchy system used to help identify genotype and accounts for 20% of a horses total weighting. There are six (6) breed types in total:

  • Genesis: 180%
  • Legendary: 150%
  • Exclusive: 120%
  • Elite: 90%
  • Cross: 80%
  • Pacer: 60%

The closer the breed type to the Genesis breed, the more likely it is your horse will be a winner, and you’ll be able to charge a higher premium for breeding.

4. Coat Color — Classifications of the different groups identify a hors’es coat color uniqueness, broken up into Coat Color Groups and Rarity Tiers. Newborns are assigned a coat color via a complex process that involves the following equation: Breeding Pairs (bp) x Breeding Rarity (br), each of which have their own complex formula we won’t get into here, but you are free to read more about here: Colour Pairs and Colour Rarity — ZED RUN Guide

NOTE: the gender of an offspring is calculated randomly.

A horse’s ability is broken down into three(3) characteristics: Ability Score, Distance Preference, and Fatigue Factor. As of this writing, only ability score and distance preference are activated, while fatigue factor will be introduced in the future. ZED also reportedly has intentions to include a weather preference and surface preference down the road.

A racehorse’s ability will deviate from race to race, some more than others. The best way to gain an understanding of your horse’s abilities is to race it! The more races, the more data you can gather and the more insight you will gain. Your horse will likely perform better at some distances more than others. You may find it to have a gate preference as well. But you can’t figure these details out without racing.

So let’s get to it!

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