Equine First Pioneer Pass and Sale FAQ: Everything You Need to Know!
April, 18 2023
The Equine First Pioneer Pass is a new Game Pass component on the Equine platform. It is designed to provide holders with additional perks that will augment their overall experience on the Equine platform, covering the whole spectrum of platform activities. The First Pioneer Pass is a utility token that unlocks perks for players who purchase it. This article aims to provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the First Pioneer Pass and Equine Utility Points ahead of the sale on April 21st. The main article can be read here.
First Pioneer Pass
Q: What is the First Pioneer Pass?
A: The First Pioneer Pass is the inaugural edition of a Game Pass component on the Equine platform, which will later be extended into annual pass and season pass variants. The pass is designed to provide holders with additional perks that will augment their overall experience on the Equine platform, covering the whole spectrum of platform activities. These perks include Equine pass-exclusive free race entries, breeding fee discounts, stud voucher allowances, and Equine pass skin redemptions. The First Pioneer Pass is a utility token that unlocks perks for players who purchase it. It is a limited-time offer and is only available for purchase during a specific sale period.
Q: When is the sale for the First Pioneer Pass?
A: The first Pioneer Pass sale will take place on April 21st and April 22nd, exclusively for Equine Horse Holders. If you don’t own an Equine Horse NFT, you can purchase the first Pioneer Pass during the public sale period from April 23rd to May 31st.
Q: How long will the First Pioneer Pass be valid?
A: The pass will be valid for a total duration of 16 months. After the 16-month period, the pass will expire, and any unused Equine Utility Points will be forfeited.
Q: When does the First Pioneer Pass get activated?
A: The First Pioneer Pass will be automatically activated when the first season of racing is launched on the Equine platform. This launch will coincide with the enabling of Pioneer Horse activation and ageing. Once the racing feature is live, the First Pioneer Pass holders will gain access to the various perks associated with it, such as game pass exclusive free race entries, breeding fee discounts, stud voucher allowances, and skin redemptions.
Q: How many First Pioneer Passes will be made, and how much will they be sold for?
A: A maximum of 14,125 First Pioneer Passes will be available for purchase during the sale period or until the maximum limit is reached, whichever comes first. The sale price for each pass will be 250 ADA. Once the maximum number of passes have been sold or the sale period has ended, no additional First Pioneer Passes will be available for minting.
Q: Is there a First Pioneer Pass Bundle?
A: Yes, First Pioneer Passes will come bundled with Racing Silks NFTs of different patterns and colours, which shall be used as an optional differentiator between stables when equipped, and will be free to be traded such that Stables can find and trade for their preferred Racing Silks, and they may be treated as a collectible. Some owners may also prefer to have as many passes as they will need to perform perk-eligible activities with their owned horses. Note: The Racing Silks NFT will be included in the bundle only until the 30th of April.
Equine Utility Points
Q: What are Equine Utility Points?
A: Equine Utility Points is a points system that allows First Pioneer Pass holders to redeem various perks related to horse breeding and racing, such as free race entry, breeding discounts, exclusive skins, or stud vouchers. Each perk has a specific value in points.
Q: How are Equine Utility Points allocated?
A: Equine Utility Points are allocated to First Pioneer Pass holders at the start of each month. Each pass is replenished with 10 Equine Utility Points to be used throughout the duration of the month.
Q: Do my Equine Utility Points expire?
A: Yes, any unused Equine Utility Points will expire at the end of each month. You will receive a new set of 10 points at the beginning of each month.
First Pioneer Passes will only be possible to obtain from third-party marketplaces or through peer-to-peer trade.
Q: What perks can I redeem using Equine Utility Points?
A: You can use Equine Utility Points to redeem various perks, including:
- 3 points: Pass-Holder Exclusive Free Race Entry
- 4 points: Breeding Discount
- 6 points: Stud Voucher
- 6 points: Pass Exclusive Skins
Q: Will Equine Utility Points stack from one month to another?
A: Equine Pass Utility Points will not carry over from one month to another. However, people who own multiple pioneer passes will be able to stack their utility points for certain perks, such as breeding discounts, subject to practical limits.
Q: Can I share my Equine Utility Points with other players?
A: No, however, Equine Utility Points are tied to their respective pass NFTs, which their respective holders will own and freely possible to be transferred, traded with other players or sold in third-party marketplaces at any point throughout its utility cycle.
Racing Silks NFT
Q: Can I choose my own silk colours with the First Pioneer Pass?
A: No, the colours are already allocated for each minted Racing Silks NFT and cannot be changed unless traded for a different NFT.
Q: Are the silk colours included with the First Pioneer Pass transferable?
A: Yes, the silk colours are included as a separate NFT in the pass and can be traded on the marketplace if desired.
Q: Is the Racing Silks NFT included in all First Pioneer Passes?
A: No, the Racing Silks NFT will be offered with the First Pioneer Pass until April 31st. To get the NFT for free, it is recommended to purchase the pass before the end of April.
Q: Why would someone want to acquire the Racing Silks NFT?
A: The Racing Silks NFT is unique to each stable and represents your own set of one-of-a-kind silk colours for your Equine collection. This offers a prestigious look and practical use during races, making it easier to track your horse’s progress and allowing spectators to identify your horse quickly. Additionally, if you don’t like your set of silk colours, you can always trade them for another in the marketplace.
Q: Will I be able to purchase the Racing Silks NFT separately from the First Pioneer Pass?
A: Yes, the Racing Silks NFT will be available for purchase separately from the First Pioneer Pass in the future. However, until the end of April, the NFT will be bundled together with the pass as a complimentary package, so it’s recommended to take advantage of this offer and purchase the pass early to get the NFT for free.
Q: Do I need to use Equine Utility Points to access the Racing Silks NFT?
A: No, the Racing Silks NFT IS included as a separate NFT in the pass and does not require any Equine Utility Points to access.
Q: How will players apply silks?
A: Once Racing Silks NFTs are functionality enabled, players will be able to equip their desired silks from their Stable Profile Settings page, and the silks will be applied to jockeys (and accessories, when applicable) in any race they enter while those silks are equipped, and be visualised in racing UI as an icon next to the Stable’s name.
Q: Will the silk and cap colours be visible on the horses’ accessories while racing with a specific jockey in the game?
A: Yes, depending on the jockey you are racing with, the silk and cap colours will sometimes also be displayed on the horses’ accessories. This attention to detail enhances the immersive experience of the game and creates a sense of being fully immersed in the world of horse racing.
Q: How will existing jockey colours be affected by silks?
A: Legacy Pioneer Jockey colours will remain visible in a few portions of the jockey accessories, such as the helmet and the top of the boots. Furthermore, stable owners will be able to select, at the time of equipping silks in their stable, whether they would like their original jockey silk colours to override the Racing Silks NFT when entering races. The stable silks icon shown in the different UI elements (both in and out of race) will still reflect the equipped silks.
Q: What will happen to stables that do not own or equip any Racing Silks NFT?
A: Stables that do not own or equip any silks will have their Pioneer jockeys display their original colours by default, and in case of using a default jockey, the jockey will wear the default track silks.
Q: Can I still use the Racings Silk NFT even if my horse is not racing?
A: Yes, the Racing Silk NFT can be used whenever desired, whether your horse is racing or not.
Q: What are some practical reasons for having my own racing silk colours?
A: Having your own set of silk colours can make it easier to track your horse’s progress during races and allow spectators and jockeys to easily identify your horse. It also adds a prestigious look to your ownership.
Q: How do I trade my Racing Silks NFTs on marketplaces?
A: You can trade your Racing Silks NFTs by buying or listing them for sale on any supporting third-party Cardano NFT marketplaces.
Free Race Entries
Q: How many pass-holder free races can I participate in with the First Pioneer Pass?
A: With each First Pioneer Pass coming with 10 Utility Points per month, and as players will need to spend three utility points to enter each pass-holder free race, pass holders can participate in up to three free races per month per pass, unless they stack multiple passes where they will get an additional entry per three passes (3 spare Utility Points remaining after 27/30 points are spent on three races per pass). The maximum races per horse per day will still apply.
Q: Does spending the Utility Points on free race entry guarantee race entry?
A: Once Utility Points are used for a pass-holder free race, it will mean that the participant has already successfully registered their horse for the race.
Q: Does this perk imply guaranteed entry of pass-holder free races?
A: No, usage of this perk is subject to the availability of pass-holder free races and the ability for the interested participant to successfully register their horse in any of the available pass-holder free races. As these races will also be on a first-come-first-serve basis, they are prone to filling up before some players can register successfully. However, pass-holder free races will offer more opportunities for such free races to pass-holders compared to non-holders.
Q: Are the pass-holder free races exclusive to First Pioneer Pass holders?
A: No, the pass-free races will be exclusive to pass holders of different pass types (which will include month-long season passes and annual passes) who have enough Utility Points to use this perk. Furthermore, standard free races will also be held, which will be open to all horse holders.
Q: Can I use my First Pioneer Pass to enter regular races?
A: No, the First Pioneer Pass is specifically designed to provide free entry to Equine pass-exclusive free races. It cannot be used to enter regular races.
Q: Why could it be good to participate in free races?
A: First, it allows you to experiment with different racing strategies and gain a deeper understanding of your horses’ strengths and weaknesses. Second, it helps players gain the experience they need for their horses to become top performers. Finally, it enables you to develop a deeper connection with your horses and jockeys. We will also have some prizes for the top horses.
Q: How do I use my First Pioneer Pass to enter a pass-holder free race?
A: To use your First Pioneer Pass to enter a pass-holder free race, you will need to find in the upcoming race schedule a pass-holder free race that is available for registration and use three utility points in the pass to register for the race. Once the steps are completed to register for the race successfully, the horse will be entered into the race and Utility Points will be deducted from the pass.
Q: Can I save my free race entries for later?
A: No, the free race entries do not roll over. They must be used at the end of each month or they will be forfeited.
Breeding Discounts & Stud Vouchers
Q: How much will the breeding fee be?
A: The exact formula for breeding fees has not been announced, but it has been built to cater to different ecosystem supply and demand states and adjust based on different situations of over and undersupply, with significant input factors being active horse population, active user count and respective growth rates. Given the current Pioneer horse population and distribution, and assuming a similar distribution would pass into the game at the time of activation, the estimated breeding fee would be between 100-200 ADA per breeding.
Q: What is the Stud Voucher perk in the First Pioneer Pass?
A: The Stud Voucher perk in the First Pioneer Pass allows horse owners to obtain one additional cover from one of their stallions per month by exchanging 6 utility points. This is an exciting feature for horse owners who are passionate about breeding.
Q: Can horse owners sell their Stud Voucher to a breeder?
A: Yes, horse owners can sell their Stud Voucher to a breeder who is interested in the cover. Keep in mind that stud vouchers expire at the end of the month.
Q: How is the Breeding Discount interesting for breeders?
A: The Breeding Discount perk in the First Pioneer Pass offers a 10% discount on breeding fees to its holders. By exchanging 4 utility points, horse owners can take advantage of the discount. The discount can be stacked by using multiples of 4 utility points, up to 40 points for free breeding.
Q: Is the Breeding Fee Discount a fixed amount?
A: No, the Breeding Fee Discount is not a fixed amount, and it will evolve with the number of horses and users that are active on the platform. The fee will be updated once a month to ensure that it remains fair and reflects the current ecosystem population conditions.
First Pioneer Pass NFT Skins
Q: What perks does the First Pioneer Pass NFT offer with regard to skins?
A: The Equine Pioneer Pass allows holders to redeem pass-exclusive NFT skins as a perk. These skins can be added to their Equine NFT collection to differentiate their horses and jockeys from others. Furthermore, once skins are offered for public sale on the platform, pass-held Utility Points may be used to redeem skins instead of direct purchase.
Q: How can I redeem a pass-exclusive NFT Skin with my First Pioneer Pass?
A: To redeem a pass-exclusive NFT Skin with your Equine Pioneer Pass, you will need to use 6 utility points from your First Pioneer Pass in the respective section, which will be enabled on the Equine platform.
Q: Are the pass-exclusive NFT Skins exclusive to Equine First Pioneer Pass holders?
A: No, in addition to First Pioneer Pass holders, the pass-exclusive NFT Skins will be available to game holders of different Equine game passes, such as seasonal and annual passes.
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