It's time to speak out loud and clear about the New End Game Targets and the fact that Rail Nation has been applying formulas willy nilly to servers going into the End Game without any official notification to players as to what they can expect to be dealing with and plan ahead for their End Game.
There were some rumblings on the Rail Nation forum about this, but rumblings on the forum aren't the same as an official notification from Rail Nation - which we didn't get.
We just had an End Game on Loch Ness without any notific ation from Rail Nation, that they had changed their minds and changed the formulas again!
We had been told with the server restart that the new End Game Targets would be applied and for regular servers this would be:
(City level tones) * 3 * (active players / 100) ^ 0.5
Our team planned accordingly to handle the much higher tonnage and should have gone into the End Game with a target of 213k tonnes.
As soon as the End Game started, it was apparent that the goalposts had been moved; the target to get goods green in the first city was 170k tonnes not 238k!
The first city into the End Game was level 43 with 139 people connected and should have had a target of 238k tonnes, not the 170k tonnes we saw.
On looking at the excellent information on the New End Game Tonnage thread, it seems that Rail Nation has willy nilly decided to apply the Speed Server to all servers, which is:
(City level tones) * 2 * (active players / 100) ^ 0.7
So instead of having a target which would be much higher than anything you've ever seen before, the chances are your target will be much lower than anything you've ever seen before (it's still population based, so do check for your own city).
***So watch out any other servers who are going into the End Game in the next few weeks - Rail Nation has moved the goal posts again!***
While it is Rail Nation's prerogative to change the targets as they think best works for the game, IT IS NOT OK TO NOT TELL PEOPLE THAT THE TARGETS HAVE CHANGED AND NEVER WILL BE.