ZED RUN Roadmap 2.0.... and So It Begins!

Zed Run has officially sent out Roadmap 2.0 for the impending year 2022. Full blog can be read here https://community.zed.run/2021/12/31/zed-run-the-future-2022/. I wanted to basically break it down point by point and then have quite a few questions and thoughts interspersed in BOLD throughout. Let's get down to it.

  • Racing Q1
    • Revamped Class System Base on ELO
      • “Race horse class determined by calculating a racehorse’s rating according to it’s position at the end of any given race…relative to the field of competition”. This portion will purportedly be updated in the section on the Zed Run Guide.
    • More Classes
      • A revamp of the class system has been asked for, for a minimum, of 8 months now. Hopefully this will encourage further racing in the ecosystem.

 

  • Tokenomics Q1
    • Republic Crypto
      • Star Atlas, Avalanche, Polygon
      • “will help finalize the execution and development of a sustainable ZED RUN token & token ecosystem”.
    • Critical Role (token) in:
      • Racing
      • Breeding
      • Lending
      • Guilds***Will this be a faction like system, syndicates, temporary formations for certain tournaments? Lots of questions here.
    • Token Distribution
      • In game activities
      • Growth incentives??? Possible early adoption incentives.
      • Existing Users
    • Token Drop in 4 Phases
      • 1.  Initial Airdrop Q1
        • # of racehorses owned
        • Type of racehorses owned (DNA)
          • Questions exist here regarding the structure or amount of distribution based on horse type ie Bloodline, Breed and Genotype. The original assumption for a long time was that only Genesis holders would be rewarded with a token drop but this makes it unclear if that still holds true. Especially if referring to point one in taking into account the # of racehorses owned with no distinction again on Genesis vs Bred.
        • Length of NFT Ownership
          • This benefits active stable owners and rewards long term holders. A snapshot will be taken with notice beforehand.
          • Several questions here: What happens if you have owned your horses for months but are in the habit of moving them in between more than one stable? Will it only record the length of time in that stable or will it assess amount of time held by that original owner that moves the horse around? This is an important consideration for those with multiple stables that have held the horses since purchase but move them for breeding, racing or organizational purposes.
      • 2.  Racing Q1
        • Early incentives will be available to those who participate in racing through P2E (theoretically to encourage early mass adoption of the token)
        • Token rewards correlate to:
          • Race Class
          • Tournament Type
          • Tournament Length
          • Special Conditional Events
        • Race pools will initially continue to have eth/weth prizes alongside the ZED RUN token. This is an obvious segue into not using weth at all in the game whether due to possible regulation purposes or future pari mutuel betting sites. Since the token has no intrinsic value I expect this to be a point of contention for some people.
        • Pointedly stated as well “The way tokens are used in racing will change alongside the communities expectations and input.
      • 3.  Racehorse Retirement Q2
        • Deletion OR Addition to the VHS Racehorse Treasury of NON genesis
          • I underscore this point of adding to the VHS Treasury as it’s not 100% clear if you put a horse up to be burned it absolutely will be. The way this is worded leaves it open for that horse to be kept in the VHS treasury to be then used for its discretionary purposes as when you burn your horse in exchange for whatever token amount you are then giving up all rights to that horse. If it is not burned but used by VHS for some other purpose ie renting or breeding then that is not in fact deflationary in regards to those horses.
        • The tokens will correspond to the activity of that racehorse throughout its life.
          • Deflationary influence on population
          • Helps “salvage back” from initial purchase ***what amount will be salvaged back will most likely remain a fraction of breed or purchase cost so some may rather hold their horses than burn them depending on token return
          • ***horse “activity” as a measure of token return encourages further discovery of horses in the ecosystem which may otherwise have been ran a handful of times and then pushed aside as we saw before when odds were in place.
      • 4.  Renting Q2
        • Zed sees the price of horses as a barrier to entry
        • There will be an Official ZED RUN Stable
          • People will be able to “rent many of the unsold Genesis horses”
            • There are very few Genesis Nakamoto and Szabo horses left held by ZED. In the past those have been used for partnership promotional purposes ie Stella Artois, etc. Foreseeably the horses to be rented will then primarily be the remaining Finney and Buterin Genesis. It also says “many” not all. Therefore some Finney and Buterin Genesis may be held by ZED RUN for other purposes.
            • That being said the ZED RUN Stable will be setting the floor for Rental pricing. If that floor pricing is not inline with what individual stable owners feel is reasonable this may also be a point of contention.
            • Currently the plan is rental for racing purposes only, there is no immediate plan for rental for breeding purposes according to information given in General discord.
          • Rewards from the ZED RUN Stable will be “shared”
        • Renting enables:
          • A better onboarding experience ***I believe this will help grow the game and encourage more people to enter ZED RUN. It allows people to dip their foot in for a much lower risk level and $$ amount. It will hopefully also lead to a better “First Experience” with the game and increase retention.
          • Wider distribution of tokens
          • Existing stable owners generate rewards
            • To this point there has been no information regarding if stable owners will be able to keep 100% of their rental profits. Currently the breeding fees are broken down with a certain % going to ZED RUN which is entirely feasible with a rental system as well. It’s my belief those profits will also see a % share going to ZED RUN but that is strictly my own opinion and not fact. This “rental” system also opens up the way for a “scholar type” system as seen with Axie if executed correctly. 
  • Tournament/Racing Experience Q1
    • Prize pool variety
      • Will prize pools remain in Weth/Eth rewards or will those also segue into token only prize pools…or will it be tournament dependent and vary?
    • Eligibility Conditions
      • Conditional based racing (this will actually promote a more diverse group of horses winning in future tournaments hopefully)
        • Bloodline/Breed Type/Genotype Specific
        • Racehorses with 0% place record
        • Color Group
        • Inclusive of Skin Type/Pass Type
          • We currently have skins and the Nascar Pass, etc. Will there be Pass sales in the future as part of other marketing/partnership deals
    • Party Mode
      • A necessity imo for growing the game to a wider scale of people. Friday night Poker night can become Race night with your friends. Twitch streamers and other content providers can construct races for their audiences, etc. This is a big positive for the space once implemented.
    • Seasons – opt in – 2 different game modes
      • Daily Leaderboard
      • Seasons Leaderboard
  • Mainstream Growth/Marketing Q3
    • Advisory Team:
      • David Van Egmond, formerly of Barstool Sports and Fan Duel
      • Henrik Andersson, Chief Investment Officer at Apollo Capital
      • Matt Restivo, Former Chief Product Officer at Action Network
    • New Chief Marketing Officer: Shannon Dix
    • No doubt there are some heavy hitters currently advising and heading the Marketing aspect of ZED RUN. Pushing this back to Quarter 3 on their Road Map indicates they want to have everything else on the roadmap running smoothly before making a big marketing push and going mainstream. We can probably expect to remain “in beta” until this point. If there are bumps along the road that push back certain aspects of the game we can probably expect the marketing engine to be pushed back as well. Hopefully the team has left a lot of margin for fixing issues and bugs as they arise so that does not happen.
  • Misc Ongoing, January:
    • Smart contract development beginnings with Republic Crypto
    • Finalization of smart contract audit by Quantstamp

 

I know the Roadmap from Zed contained a lot of information….but it has also left a lot of questions for many of us. Hopefully as we move into Quarter 1 we start to see more of the outline from them fleshed out and details emerge. If there are any glaring ideas, thoughts, questions, etc that I missed or didn’t cover. Please feel free to reach out to me via email: welcome@glueracing.com or Twitter: https://twitter.com/RacingGlue. I also have a new Twitch channel started so come give me a follow https://www.twitch.tv/lacyafterdark. I will be doing a lot more tutorials as we head into 2022 and want to promote a space where we can all feel free to discuss our love for all things ZED RUN and what we would like to see happen in this space.

As always, stay safe my friends and see you on the track!

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