This guide is mostly for new players playing RN for the first time. I welcome experienced players to pour in their wisdom as well.
So where do we start ??? - There are 3 types people in Rail Nation
1. The ones invest everywhere
2. The ones invest only where they haul
3. The ones who never invests
Most of the arguments between associations happens only on this. Investments and majority.
So why should one invest on industries - The easiest and simplest answer is to reduce wait times when you are hauling that good.
Is it only for that? Does it make sense to spent a a few K $ just for a second or two reduction of wait time?
The next answer is our association needs the majority to get 50% wait time reduction as well. We also wanted to give 25% wait time reduction for our friendly association. This is a good amount of reduction which helps growth of our city as well as our hourly income. So make sense to invest a few $ in each industry we haul.
If majority and 50% WT reduction is the reason, why every one is investing? Isn't it good to have one player invest in one industry to keep the majority. Why every one is wasting money for just a few seconds while we already have majority and 50% wait time reduction.
Here comes the most important part - We invest to level the industry up. Like cities, each industry also need to grow. An industry at level 1 may give only 2000 tonnes per hour while an industry at level 50 will easily provide may be 20 times tonnes per hour (I am not sure of the formula, if anyone can help with the tonnage at each level, its greatly appreciated). The higher the hourly capacity, the lower the utilization per hour even when so many people are hauling and the lower the wait time for all helping each one to get higher hourly income and faster city growth. An additional advantage is the delivery price into these industries itself. (Say price for delivering coal to an iron factory). If the Iron factory can hold 20000K coal, it takes time to fill and the price for coal remains steady for a longer delivery duration there by increasing the incoming of integrated deliveries.
What is the best investment strategy - There is nothing like a best investment strategy. But for faster growth of city and increase all the association members income, it will be good that every association member invests on every open factory nearby (where they have majority) irrespective of whether you haul that good currently or not. Upon each recalc, when an industry grows, reinvest for one click. This keeps it growing fast. You can also invest on factories owned by your friendly association in your same city as long as you dont break their majority. The money gets paid of eventually when city levels faster and you get chance to haul new goods with higher income. If all invest and haul new goods, we can even see the new goods factories levels up every alternate hours with high investments and high utilization.
So why do some players go around and invest everywhere in the map.
These players are looking for prestige. Every time a factory levels, you get some prestige for your investments. If you want to be in the top 100 players, one easy way to get prestige is to connect to as many factories as possible and do a one click investment without breaking majority of the Corp hauling from that factory. You get small amount of prestige from each factory without actually hauling from it which finally adds up into a reasonable amount of prestige.
What if i do not invest
No problem. You can still enjoy your game with a slightly higher wait time and a smaller growth. You may also receive less prestige.
I have observed 2 top corporations in broadway with 2 different strategies I do not name them, but the first one has lot of players who explore the map, invest wherever possible, haul to multiple cities. The second one focuses on a single city, but everyone keeps investing in all factories around that city to grow the factories, the city and their own income and prestige faster. They used to work as a pair during EG. The first corp comes and play EG in the city developed by the second corp. This is such a deadly combination
Thank you for reading this. I would like to hear more tips and tricks and opinions from experienced players on this topic, may be some of your interesting experiences with investments and majorities etc. Looking forward to hear from you.