Posts by Toots

    We've been chatting together on Loch Ness again today to share our experiences and try to figure out just why Rail Nation has got so unstable lately.

    We've come up with their being two sources for the problems:

    1. The Bad Gateway issues which I started this ticket about, it's frustrating to spend ages getting thrown out and logging back in every evening. This is bad enough and may be cause by excess pressure on the RN system because of other issues.

    2. The other source of the problems appear to be stemming from a BAD PATCH which was recently applied, where the Train Interface was partially patched and when we try to move trains, all kinds of exception errors and functions fail until all you can do is refresh to get going again.

    We've had a look at all the exception errors ourselves and respectfully ask that someone from Rail Nation listens to us and looks at the problem please!

    We're at the bad gateway time of day again.

    I've just had a member complain to me that it's taken him 3 attempts to move his trains.

    I hope he does, else he's just one of the silent ones who suffer along until the day comes when they just stop playing, we've had a few of those this round.

    Rail Nation, I hope you're listening -- there are times when people are so fed up and frustrated that they stop talking and just quit!

    If you ain't hearing about this from Support it's because they're too fond of sending template letter replies and burying the issues.

    It's that time of day again, Bad Gateway on Loch Ness, don't refresh or you won't get back in any time soon!

    Disappointing that there has been no response from Support, we've got several members saying they are at the point of taking a break for a while because the game is so unstable at the moment.

    This is serious Rail Nation, people are really fed up with the lag and constant refreshing, so please take this on board and don't ignore us!

    So far we've had a couple of "bad gateways" this afternoon.

    One of our teammates had a thought that perhaps because players need to refresh so often these days it's putting extra strain on the servers?

    There's clearly a DoS issue at the moment.

    Hello everyone

    It's that time of the evening when we have to alert all our members on Loch Ness not to refresh if they are in game as they won't get back in.

    As we need to refresh almost once an hour anyways, this is a problem.

    (and yes, I clean my cache several times a day, and reboot the computer once a day too)

    Just thought I'd take a moment from the constant browser refreshes and cache clearing to post a note here and see if other servers are having the same experience.

    Recent patches seem to have exacerbated the issue rather than helped.


    Well I just got asked about being part of the mentoring programme and I'm writing to you to provide some feedback that it was a total and utter waste of my time last round so I'm not doing it this round.

    I sent a nice friendly note along the lines of:

    "Hello X

    Welcome to Rail Nation, it's a good game and I hope you enjoy it.

    If you have any questions about the game, please ask and I'll do my best to help.

    Best wishes



    Some people just deleted me as mentor right away.

    I can't see the point of doing it again in its present format anyways.

    One Lottery ticket is not enough of a reward anyways and to be honest it's several rounds since I saw one of those - from a player who asked LOADS of questions!!!

    Some thoughts on how to get people to engage more and open dialog with their mentors:

    • Make it so the people who sign up for mentors have to at least engage with them. Bribe them or whatever, but it's not right that mentors don't even get a reply to a friendly greeting.
    • Increase the rewards according to the number of questions asked and answered. Figure out a way that the both sides have to mark the other's mail as worthy of a reward (or not - so it doesn't get abused by stupid time wasting messages (on either side)).

    Food for thought, I don't plan to be a mentor again until something changes. I may as well send them a regular mail in my role as Mayor/President...

    That's a pity you're not enjoying your server, have you tried talking to the people in the other association? This game is all about teamwork and working together to be the best team.

    The Steam over Europe version of the game is the most complex version of Rail Nation, as you have the Landmarks to deal with as well as the cities.

    It can be difficult to get people who haven't played before to come together and agree on a plan to grow the Landmark and City together, but that's part of the challenge.

    If things really aren't working out in Barcelona on your server, then try to join up with a good team in a different city and get back to enjoying the game again.

    I thought the definition of "active" players connected to the megacity meant they have to be online in the past 3 days and over 20,000 prestige to be counted?

    There was no official posting about the formula change before the End Game.

    The posting about the initial changes to the End Game formulae were in a Change Log.

    When these were changed again, they should have been in a Change Log too.

    What I would suggest everyone does is mail Support asking them to confirm which formula applies to your server.

    And mail them again in era 6, just in case someone in Rail Nation decides to change the formula and not tell anyone.

    That's what I'll be doing until there is an official confirmation message.

    ♏︎ Naike's reply is correct, just Rail Nation haven't got around to updating the notes in any official capacity!

    Incredible, but the changelog still refers to the formula of *3 and ^.7 that they silently (and deadly) changed in another update so our cities used the *2 and ^.5 formulae in our End Game.

    There still has been no official notification of this change...

    That's a good suggestion andyb!

    They ran into problems with the videos on android a while ago and the initial workaround was to have a blank screen for 5 seconds.

    This was nice for those on Android (if you're not worried about the battery life of your device), but with the recent "bugfix" to prevent sharing movies it often led to app users being able to get through all the movies and browser users weren't getting a look in.

    The fix to this was to lengthen the timer countdown to 30s, which is too long - most videos are (thankfully!) less than 30s these days.

    Could you please make the time random between say 5 and 30 seconds - not all adverts are the same length elsewhere...

    That's a great suggestion to balance things out a bit

    Hi Loekie

    Noted about mid-week server restarts being handier for RN.

    However, can you explain why when we had urgent questions about the changed targets in the End Game on Loch Ness there was no one to be found from RN at the time?

    No replies that first afternoon, no mods in the in game chat and nothing on the RN forum.