Posts by Balibar

    Also, the value of the Lotto Ticket goes up when your Lottery Level increases such that you are eligible for the 40Gold prize. That prize is not, as far as I know, available at the start of the round.

    The update includes the chances to win prizes in the Lotto. The figures given agree pretty much with my experience. According to the posted odds, the expected rate of Gold Return for Gold prizes, alone, is 4G per ticket. If you include the 24 Hour Plus award and factor it as 150G/7, then the expected rate of Gold Return for Lotto tickets increases to between 4.4G and 4.5G per ticket.


    Considering the chances for other prizes, such as Bonus Engines, Instant Upgrade Vouchers, Instant Dispatch Vouchers, etc, then the 5G discount ticket seems a pretty good deal even though it will not, on average, increase your Gold stash.

    Era 4 Lottery Tickets


    58 Tickets to Cargo Bonus Engine

    67 More Tickets to PAX Bonus Engine


    5x Boost: 7

    3x Mechanic: 8

    Engine Upgrade: 4

    Engine Voucher: 4

    Production Series Voucher: 1 (I didn't use it, so more were blocked)

    20% Building Discount: 0

    Instant Upgrade: 0

    10x Instant Dispatch: 4

    1/2 Wait Time: 3

    Headquarters Donation: 0 (Corp full size)

    Investment Voucher: 7

    License Voucher: 11

    Track Voucher: 12

    Bonus Engine Upgrade: 5


    1x Cash: 11

    2x Cash: 19

    3x Cash: 17

    4x Cash: 18

    5x Cash: 13

    30 Gold: 10

    35 Gold: 11

    40 Gold: 7

    24 Hour Plus: 3

    Research Points: 8

    Rail Cars: 7

    Coin: 3


    Total Tickets 195

    Average Gold/Ticket (Counting Plus): 5.3

    Era 3 evened things out quite a bit. I don't know whether an adjustment was made to drop rate, or I was just unlucky earlier, or I got luck at the end.


    48 Tickets to 1st Cargo Bonus Engine.

    82 Tickets to Cargo Bonus Engine from Era 2

    11 Tickets to PAX Bonus Engine for Era 3

    2 Tickets to Cargo Bonus Engine from Era 1


    Totals for Era

    5x Boost: 9

    3x Mechanic: 5

    Engine Upgrade: 2

    Engine Voucher: 2

    20% Building Cost Discount: 5

    Instant Upgrade: 3

    10x Instant Dispatch: 4

    1/2 Wait Time: 0

    Headquarters Donation (Corp was full size): 0

    Investment Voucher: 7

    License Voucher 6

    Bonus Engine Upgrade: 3


    1x Cash: 14

    2x Cash: 17

    3x Cash: 22

    4x Cash: 17

    30 Gold: 10

    35 Gold: 5

    40 Gold: 1

    24 Hour Plus: 4

    Research Points: 6

    Rail Cars: 7

    Coin: 3


    Total Tickets 151

    Average Gold/Ticket (Counting Plus) 3.21

    Crankshaft is unplayable again, just like yesterday morning about the same time.


    You cannot reload the page. Server hangs trying to reload the page.

    I reloaded the game just before the end of an auction. It didn't help. The server got stuck on my bid. I even got an alert that I made the bid, but it didn't get counted for the auction.


    Every button click is a crap shoot as to whether or not the server will acknowledge it.

    I am reaching my limit of frustration with the servers hanging. Videos hang. The scheduler hangs. I try to type a message and the server cuts me out of the message losing it.


    It is getting to the point where you have to reload every 5 minutes to do anything.

    Most of the videos are working on Crankshaft.


    Darlene GoDaddy is a problem. The video runs, but the transition following the video frequently hangs on a handshake to media.oadts.com. This is a 50 sec video, so it is a real nuisance when this video hangs and has to be reloaded. I give it a try each day to see if it is working, but after the first hang, I cancel it every time I see it.


    You might keep track of videos to count how often the reward is granted and how often it is cancelled. Those counts should tell you where the problems are.

    Are there any peculiar rules about getting Lotto Tickets from collecting Station Bonuses from corp mates? After I got my Cargo Bonus Engine, I decided to save Lotto Tickets for the next Era. I have gotten Lotto Tickets by other means (daily ticket, watching videos), but I have not gotten a single Lotto Ticket in over 24 hours from Station Bonuses. I have probably collected over 200 Station Bonuses. Is this coincidence?

    I finally got a Bonus Cargo Engine on Ticket 48 of Era 3. I started counting tickets after I got a PAX Bonus Engine on Day 4 of Era 1. It took 325 tickets + how ever many (most likely about 40) I got before I started counting. My internet is down at home. I will post a full accounting of Lotto awards in Era 3 when I get my internet back up at home.

    Here are Stats on Lotto Tickets from Era 2. I collected 158 Tickets.


    5xBoost: 9

    3xMechanic: 6

    Upgrade Voucher: 2

    Engine Voucher: 5

    20% Building Upgrade Voucher: 8

    Instant Upgrade Voucher: 6

    10xInstant Dispatch: 3

    1/2 Wait Time Voucher: 2

    Investment Voucher: 1

    Bonus Engine Upgrade Voucher: 1

    PAX Bonus Engine won on Ticket 17

    No Cargo Bonus Engine

    No Primus


    1x Cash: 14

    2x Cash: 18

    3x Cash: 23

    4x Cash: 17


    30 Gold: 10

    35 Gold: 6

    40 Gold: 1

    24 Hour Plus: 7


    Research Points: 2 (# of awards which were for 2 or more RP each)

    Rail Cars: 12 (# of awards which were for 2 or 4 cars each)

    Coins: 3


    Factoring in the 24 Hour Plus winnings at 150/7 Gold, the average gold earned per ticket was 4.43.

    The game is becoming unplayable. I have had the server hang 3 times in a row attempting to watch a video. The videos are so long that the server loses contact with the client page and does not respond to the request sent during the transition video. The game is hanging on 20% or more of the videos.


    Are we supposed to reload the game before every mouse click?

    In my opinion, this crash was just an extension of an ongoing problem of poor server responsiveness.


    The servers hang all the time. Several months ago, it was an occasional problem. Now, the server cannot maintain contact with the client page for 30 seconds at a time. Here are the problems encountered EVERY DAY.


    City levels, so try to change train schedules. The scheduler hangs on the "Let's Go" button.


    Collecting station bonuses: scrolling through teammates stops working or you do not get the correct page displayed.


    Watching videos: You watch a 49 second video (Darlene Go Daddy). The video works, but the transition video #17224 hangs. You have to start over at best (1st video), or lose the bonus for collecting the video (2nd video) at worst.


    End Game: The scheduler hangs at least half the time after a new call. This is really frustrating.


    Login or Logout


    I am now reloading the page before every important button click, because it is more likely than not to hang if I don't reload.


    This game requires a steady stream of communication between the game client pages and the servers. Your servers cannot keep up with the flow.

    I am now 200 Lottery tickets into this round without a Cargo Bonus Engine drop. I am either very unlucky, or the drop rate has been lowered. I have gotten both PAX Bonus Engines so far.


    For a 1% drop rate, you have less than 37% chance of missing 100 times in a row,

    less than 17% chance of missing 200 times in a row,

    less than 5% chance of missing 300 times in a row.

    You can get titles for hauling the most of a single good during a game day. There are titles for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. I am not sure if there is a title for every good or not.


    There is also the money grubber title for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for something related to money earned by hauling. I win this one a lot, but I have not been able to find out exactly what I did to get it. I hope someone can explain money grubber.


    Titles are awarded at the same time that the prestige is awarded each day.

    The vast majority of tickets came from collecting Station Bonuses from teammates. I am guessing that I get 1 ticket for every 50 bonus collection. I dabbled in buying the 5 Gold tickets offered as a video prize, but I quit after 18 tickets when it became clear that it was a gold losing proposition.