Posts by Ghoti

    I love understanding the origin of words. The English language has been influenced by many other languages and this has resulted in some very bizarre and random spelling rules. "Ghoti" is a word that was made up (not by me!) to make fun of English spelling. It is pronounced "fish" .


    Gh is pronounced F as in enouGH

    o is pronounced I as in wOmen

    ti is pronounced SH as in staTIon


    I would have gone for ghoughpteighbteau (potato) but it's a bit tricky to spell!

    Oh wow - this was such fun. Except for challenge 5 which was a total pig!!! Are you going to give us the actual answers? I'd love to know whether I was on the right track!!!

    Surely the trains here never break down!


    So (and excuse me chatting to you - but hey - the life of a community manager is never easy!) there are a few issues here.


    1) A broken down train is of no use to the company. It is going to have to be repaired or replaced at some point, otherwise this is a capital investment down the drain

    2) The company needs to keep the passengers happy, 'so they use the company for future travel.

    3) And then there is the maths.....


    The Jupiter, travelling at an average of 300 km/hr will travel the 620km distance in 2 hours and 4 mins, arriving at 8:34 pm


    Option 1 - Emergency fix - 4 hour delay. Train will arrive at 00:34. Too late for connection. Cost = $30,000 in compensation and the passengers will be unhappy. And, the train will need a more durable fix. Bad choice


    Option 2 - Complete cancellation. Unhappy passengers. Train still needs fixing. Reimbursement costs of $16,000. Bad choice


    Option 3 - Exchange motor - 90 minute delay. Train will arrive at 10:04pm. Passengers get their connection. Train is fixed. Cost $12,000. Good choice. Passengers will need to hang around for an hour and a half so consider throwing in tea and biscuits to keep them happy - go on - you know us passengers are worth it!


    Option 4 - Napping Neptune. Speed is 40% of the Jupiter. Speed is 120 km/hr. It will take 5 hours 10 mins to travel 620 km. Passengers will make their connection in time, but it will be a tight run thing. And they will spend over 5 hours on the train. That's a looooong time. Travelling at this time of the evening with a late arrival will leave no time for dinner at the other end - so I hope there is food on the train. And, the Jupiter still needs fixing. Not a good choice.


    Options 1 and 2 are not appropriate.

    Option 3 is the one to go for

    But, if it is a summer evening with a journey through beautiful country side and if there is a dinning car on the Neptune, some passengers may like the sound of option 4.


    So - the company should take option 3, but if circumstances are favourable, the company could also advise passengers that they have the choice of taking the Neptune instead. You never know, the company may make a killing with cash purchases in the dinning car!!!!


    Champagne and canapes anyone?

    Use a decision matrix


    Relative importance:

    Punctuality is least important score 1

    Price is twice as important as punctuality score 2

    Quality is twice as important as price score 4


    Rate each company from 1 – 3 in each category then multiply rating score by importance factor

    company

    Price

    Punctuality

    Durability


    Total score

    Importance

    factor

    2

    1

    4


    Mecha-heads

    $20 per unit

    Rating score 3

    Total score 3x2=6

    3/5 stars

    Rating score 2

    Total score 2x1=2

    Low

    Rating score 1

    Total score 1x4=4

    6+2+4=12

    Swiss metal

    $60 per unit

    Rating score 1

    Total score 1x2=2

    4/5 stars

    Rating score 3

    Total score 3x1=3

    High

    Rating score 3

    Total score 3x4=12

    2+3+12=17

    General machines

    $40 per unit

    Rating score 2

    Total score 2x2=4

    4/5 stars

    Rating score 3

    Total score 3x1=3

    Average

    Rating score 2

    Total score 2x4=8


    4+3+8=15


    Outcome: I would recommend Swiss Metal as the decision matrix, based on the boss’s priorities, indicates that that this best meets the company’s needs.


    Besides which, as a lover or cheese and chocolate, a quick visit to Switzerland (by train of course) to have a proper assessment of the product, would be very welcome!

    Oh my... I actually went to the kitchen and checked that a banana floated! WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME!!!!!!


    I didn't do physics or mechanics ever, so this answer is the result of personal investigation (see above) and an exploration of google.


    Q1) 2 (couldn't track this answer down - going with common sense)

    Q2) 4 (my banana floated - who'd have thought it!)

    Q3) 1 (gotta love boats)

    Q4) 2 (youtube vid on pendulum - learned about potential and kinetic energy - wow!)

    Q5) 1 (knew my beach holidays would come in useful)

    Q6) 3 (I now have finger marks on my computer screen... thanks :/)

    Q7) 4 (you tube and pivots and balances... cool)

    Q8) 4 (pullies! So by the look of things you have 3 single fixed pullies - which won't do anything sensible. I'm assuming that you are not using elastic as your connecting material, otherwise it won't move at all!!!)

    Q9) 1 (youtube again - says acceleration isn't affected by mass - go blame them if this is wrong!)

    Q10) 1(Fluid dynamics??? What even is this stuff - I don't follow this at all, but it looks like the pressure of water stays the same… huh? Maybe?


    I am now late for the dentist.....

    I haven't done much on forums. I have to say that I found the titles confusing when I first visited - especially when trying to work out Travian team vs "forumers" so having some info for new visitors here would be good.


    Having too many levels of titles would make things more confusing. So (sorry, Hear Me Roar) I'm not keen on multiple levels of each title.


    I like the idea of points being awarded on quality rather than quantity of posts.

    Stupid question - don't judge me! I'd like to play, just to be part of it. But I work (as do many) and have limited play time and. So a) is it even worth me signing up and b) am I going to drag my friends down with me?

    And the answer,,,, yes - it was a stupid question,,,, and no - not worth it...one needs time or cash or preferably both. But hey - we learn we grow :|

    So.... any chance of a "gold free" or "gold limited" masters qualification server next time you run a challenge like this? Then we could see who the real star players are? Or is there a reason why this isn't possible?


    Please don't get me wrong - I don't have an issue with the idea of purchasing gold. I understand the business model of in game purchases enabling "free to play" games to get the technical and player support that makes a game worth playing, and I happily purchase gold myself (I find playing without a plus account annoying!); but in the context of a skill based challenge, high gold expenditure makes a big difference to peoples' potential result.

    Stupid question - don't judge me! I'd like to play, just to be part of it. But I work (as do many) and have limited play time and. So a) is it even worth me signing up and b) am I going to drag my friends down with me?

    How long have you played Rail Nation?
    2 rounds


    Favourite goods to transport?
    Whatever pays well at the time


    Favourite Rail Nation scenario?
    USA. May think about Europe - but not sure my train driving skills are up to managing passengers


    Strangest/ Coolest place I’ve ever player Rail Nation?
    Only ever play in my living room (all games sites blocked at work - heck - you'd think they pay you to have fun at work sometimes!)


    Favourite Rail Nation era?
    3 - more trains, more goods, more fun


    Favourite end game snack or treat?
    Anything that can be prepped in 15 mins flat


    Anyother railway themed hobbies?
    Travelled most of the English and Welsh steam railways... gotta love that smell


    Pick local goods from your home country, that you would like to see in Rail Nation?
    Cider :)


    Favourite railway-related movie?
    Railway Children


    Favourite railway-related song?
    No. Just no.


    Caption this image
    Shut my thumb in the door and now look at it!

    I'm playing the USA Rocky Mountain scenario, and just getting used to the up-grade. Nice to see the career engine in use at last!


    But (and I'm probably being really thick here...) I'm struggling to see who's station I am visiting when picking up bonuses for other players. Where is the player name hidden?