The mentoring program

  • Last round, I got a bunch of folks to mentor. And I enjoyed it.


    This round, I was going to follow the lead of some folks whose game skills surpassed mine, so I wasn't planning on mentoring. Sure I was going to feel a little guilty saying, NO, GIT GUD NOOB, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make.


    But the game never asked me if I wanted to be a mentor.


    After fully protecting my thoughts with an aluminum coating, I realized the game was not in fact reading my thoughts and that the game operators merely disabled the mentoring program while it undergoes some tweaking.


    But then one of my first time players from last game asked me to help her mentor a passel of folks she took on and I immediately put the tinfoil hat back on my head where it still sits as I write this.


    If that weren't scary enough,

    • The game somehow managed to take all the folks I wanted to watch in their native habitat, and convinced them not to play this round.
    • The game just morphed the team captain from bright sunny rabbit into some sickly green on black Goth Scale of Justice
    • The game just accused me of being selfish because I posted about shedding a tear every time someone runs up wait time on an RG immediately preceding the hour that rg will be needed for a competition
    • All of a sudden I am building to a new city to help a bunch of new player learn how to play the game.


    So, please heed my warning. Get out! Get out now!!!!! Before the game permanently traps you into a mentoring role via some really twisted next gen singularity stuff. Roko's Basilik is HERE, run, RUN!!!!.



    In all seriousness, I was surprised the algorithm did not identify me as a potential mentor this round.



    The rest... its all true, Flee Fleance Flee.

  • ., and today I wake up, and the game is asking me if I want to be a mentor. Its just messing with me to prove that it owns me now.


    (p.s. I think I worked out that you need to be connected to the city you have mentoring candidates in. makes sense)

  • Being in our own city with none of the stronger egos that normally play this game has enabled the little band of noobs to learn at their own pace and ... actually... do quite well. We are in era 3 . we dropped to 12th city, and rose to 6th association last I checked.

    This is effectively what I've done but without the mentor. I turned down the mentor when the system offered it to me. As a newbie I was put in a quiet corner with no high flyers ... I read, read, read ... and I try things out. Other newbies left the city as too pottering but I'm learning and having fun - career level 2 and a city that is no longer on the bottom run of the ladder. We won't win but by the next time I'll have gained a whole lot more experience without the agro of getting in other people's way.

  • update: I now have mentors on both of the servers that I am playing on. Thanks to those volunteers! :)
    They seemed to arrive quite late though, (Era 2 for the server that I started on day 1 Era 1. ...and (end of)-Era 4 for the server that I started on mid-Era2)


    I'm quite comfortable with the game by now. So hopefully my mentors can help me understand more advanced concepts! ;)
    I guess it would have been overwhelming to get a mentor on day 1, when you haven't even done the tutorial yet...so I see there needs to be a wait until the tutorial is done at least, but ideally (IMO) the mentor should get assigned straight after the tutorial is completed.


    I found these forums to be the best source of info for a newbie. I agree with the suggestions to add something in the tutorial for a) Link to Forums - make the player go there & register.* b) Happy Hour & Wait times. c) Integrated vs straight deliveries.


    *I landed into this game from the App store.I was playing solely on a tablet for the starting days, until I realised that the game was also a browser game. Since this discovery I now play much more on a laptop/browser as there are some small but useful features such as mouse over info. and better zoom control. I still play on mobile devices especially if/when I am mobile! :)


    I already feel like Ive been here ages, and I haven't seen an end game yet! haha.

  • Greetings, I am a new player who has figured out quite a bit and made it to career level 3, but I would really enjoy a mentor. Since the program appears to have failed and there isn't any benefit to veterans, is there anything I can do as your protege that would interest you in mentoring? I wash trains and am not opposed to mopping station floors.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Hammyr

  • Greetings, I am a new player who has figured out quite a bit and made it to career level 3, but I would really enjoy a mentor. Since the program appears to have failed and there isn't any benefit to veterans, is there anything I can do as your protege that would interest you in mentoring? I wash trains and am not opposed to mopping station floors.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Hammyr

    Congratulations on reaching level 3. The mentor program is for players on level 1, and from there you have many ways to learn how the game goes.


    You could start from here if you like: Newbie Guides


    And then what many players suggest is join an association and let the whole association mentor you. Rail Nation players can be very helpful and many are building long lasting associations. Ask in the game chat or in-game forums who would take you in, or create an association of your own and start recruiting :)

  • Congratulations on reaching level 3. The mentor program is for players on level 1, and from there you have many ways to learn how the game goes.


    You could start from here if you like: Newbie Guides


    And then what many players suggest is join an association and let the whole association mentor you. Rail Nation players can be very helpful and many are building long lasting associations. Ask in the game chat or in-game forums who would take you in, or create an association of your own and start recruiting :)

    Thank you Samisu, That's kind of what I was doing with the post. I realize it's an old thread and people might not read it, but I hoped a veteran might invite me to there next server start if they have room in their association. This seems easier in a forum than a game world where I am starting blind with my neighbors.

  • Thank you Samisu, That's kind of what I was doing with the post. I realize it's an old thread and people might not read it, but I hoped a veteran might invite me to there next server start if they have room in their association. This seems easier in a forum than a game world where I am starting blind with my neighbors.

    If you want to try to apply with an association through this medium it would be helpfull if you mention which scenario and the server you play on.

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  • If you want to try to apply with an association through this medium it would be helpfull if you mention which scenario and the server you play on.

    Thank you for the feedback naike. I started on US101 Crankshaft, but quickly realized that losing multiple days is a rough start. I only log in a few times each day just to update routes. I then joined FR202 Arc De Triomphe on day 1 and have learned the most there. I'm in Sarajevo, in S SE region and we are number 4, but Sarajevo is still level 3 with a level 3 landmark.

    My thought was that I would accommodate a group that was interested in teaching me and try to become valuable somehow on whichever server they were on. If that means joining an older server because there is something I can do that is useful to the team, I would do that. I can also wait until the group starts new. Due to building the career engine, I am interested in trying to juggle multiple games.

  • I've been active on the french servers, I'll ask around if my old teammates are in the same region as you on 202 Hammyr


    Okay, the people I know are mostly in the East, South West and North West sadly. I've seen 2 people from your region on other servers and they know the game pretty well. We are not in especially good terms and I don't know if they speak english, but you can give it a shot : Jon Doe and tytyzee. They might give you a few tips.


    Else you can contact me (here, by message on the forum, or there on the server). I won't be online often on that server, but I could answer any (almost) of your questions. You will have to ask what you wanna know though, since I don't really know what you are interested in, and telling you everything I learned the past 2 years on Steam over Europe would take 40 pages, most of it useless to 99% of the people :P


    Last option : join us on FR-201 in Moscow. Sadly, the server is in era 3, and is not an express. But otherwise, you could be part of an active corp and we are always looking for active members. You might have a difficult time catching up though, and it might not be very fun for you. Your call.

    Fr-201 Bad Wolf

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  • Last option : join us on FR-201 in Moscow. Sadly, the server is in era 3, and is not an express. But otherwise, you could be part of an active corp and we are always looking for active members. You might have a difficult time catching up though, and it might not be very fun for you. Your call.

    Hello sacroima,

    Thank you for the invitation. I think joining in era 3 sounds like a great way to meet the group and see if I fit in well. I'm a US player, but the French server I joined was the first one starting after I discovered the game. I plan to start day one on the July 5th launch, so I'll still be looking for more immediate groups. One thing I can help with is watching videos and collecting bonuses which must be quite profound in era 3, so I might not be entirely useless.