I am against any kind of required aging system. I have times during my life where my work completely consumes my life and I have not time for my pixel horses at all. If I was forced to follow an aging system most of them would age out of usefulness before I had time to enjoy them and I would probably just leave Equus.
I'm also against an enforced aging system. I think it's really important to let people play the game they want to play. I love my foundies, and I take long breaks from the game and like to pick up where I left off. My aging system is very complicated.
If you wanted to do something like this for your own enjoyment and realism, maybe you could make random rolls for your own horses. Older horses have more penalties on the roll. If they fail the roll they can't enter the show, e.g. due to coming up lame on the morning and failing the vet check or something.
It was just an idea after talking in a group chat with a few people and we were talking about the aging system some time back.
Thanks for everyone input
I'm all for an aging system, but I think it should be on a player to player basis, not enforced. Like, I keep my horses on the standard 4 months = 1 year aging system and once they hit about 20 years old I tend to slowly retire/kill them off.
I use Equus to tell stories, not play a numbers game. So to me, my horses are characters. They exist within a timeline whose bounds I have set myself, and I leapfrog between those limits to show you what I want to show you. Naturally, they will age a few years, but there's a cap: the end of the timeline.
Enforced aging would kill off my cast. And frankly, my personal interest in continuing with Equus as a whole.
But I think it could be a cool thing for people who are interested in the numbers side of things to think about! As some have pointed out, it probably can't be applied directly in the sheets... perhaps you could practise self-implementation by having them miss the occasional R-show, saying progress was impeded by age issues, or show them having those issues in RP phases? And you know, conversely- as Isaiah mentioned- you can also point out in the RP phase how age and experience has helped them to be successful? There's something there.
I for one am more for incorporating age from story point of view than as a strictly number-based system (and the way I interpreted it, OP wasn't even talking about an age system per se but about taking the age of the horses more into account). I could see that happening for example with challenges specifically targeting young horses/foals/older horses, or perhaps founding a stable/service/other platform for retired horses. And not just as a Retired category on main site where they're stored but as a leasing kind of service where some kind soul takes in retired horses and gives us updates about them. Since we're only allowed one blog/person, perhaps with this particular thing there could be an exception and there would be that one blog dedicated to old horses (either completely managed by the service provider, or a dedicated blog to older horses where everyone can share stories and pictures about their retired champs). Respectively, there could be one for foals. In my opinion it'd be much more motivating to keep them young longer and build a life history for them.
I like the idea especially for a community Blog where everyone could post sort of as an Equus Retirement Paradise and just let it be one of those places that everyone could post not just the creator. That way retired horses don't just disappear but a legacy built around them. I could see this being an awesome way for people to keep track of horses that have been retired as well now that the retired account on the main site is gone and we can't either just toss them there or lease them there. It could act as a retired horse catalog.
I do understand everyones view points and respect that. I'm natorious myself for having so many horses and focusing on certain ones when I go in game so I guess this wouldn't effect me very well either now that I think about it lol
Maybe this could be done in the RP section? Like make a thread specifically for showing of retired horses? I haven't read the rules for the RP section yet, so don't quote me on that just yet But that is something that could be looked into maybe
I like the idea of having a thread / long-time challenge dedicated to our older retired pixels, definitely much more than having an implemented age system to follow. I'm forever changing the DOBs on my own horses because I get too attached and want them to stay younger for longer, or if they reach their last title earlier than what I personally deem realistic for them.