Posts by Loekie

    Hello all,


    In this thread you can find a complete list of all the servers that will have the Winter Event and those

    that don’t because of conflict with the endgame or the regular server downtime.


    We made sure that every region has at least one server with the Winter Event.

    You can find more info about the event in our blog.


    Servers WITH the Winter Event: Servers WITHOUT the Winter Event:
    DE01 DE07
    DE03 DE18
    DE04 DE107
    DE05 COM02
    DE08 COM05
    DE09 M01
    DE11 PT02
    DE101 RU05
    DE201 PL01
    DE204, DE205 PL11
    COM01 NL02
    COM03 NL201
    COM101 RO02
    COM201 US01
    COM202, COM203 ES02
    FR01 TR02
    FR03 -
    FR101 -
    FR201, FR202 -
    M1.101 -
    M1.201 -
    ES01 -
    ES201 -
    PT01 -
    GR01 -
    RU01 -
    RU02, RU03 -
    RU06 -
    RU07 -
    RU08 -
    RU15 -
    RU101 -
    RU103 -
    RU105 -
    RU201 -
    RU203 -
    TR01 -
    IT01 -
    IT03 -
    IT101 -
    IT201 -
    UA01 -
    UA02 -
    PL03 -
    PL05 -
    PL101 --
    PL201 -
    NL01 -
    RO01 -
    CZ01 -
    CZ03 -
    CZ07 -
    CZ101 -
    CZ201 -
    US101 -
    US102 -
    US103 -


    19 April 2019


    Last week, our CEO announced her retirement and the company is now looking for a successor. She was a great leader and did a fantastic job. Her retirement was quite discouraging for many employees. Some of them resigned and I also consider doing the same. I shared my thoughts with some colleagues but surprisingly, instead of confirming my thoughts of quitting, they encourage me to do the opposite. They say I should apply for the CEO position and that they think I'm fit for the role. On the one hand, the thought of being the CEO of a large company like that excites me a lot. On the other, my life will become even more challenging if I do. I'm not sure if it would be the right decision. As far as I know, there's a really tough test I have to pass in order to prove my cognitive abilities. I'm unsure. Should I go for it?


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    Here is the tough <test> Adam needs to pass. Can you help him? After the test is over we will post the top 10 participants wordwide here in this thread.


    Task: Try to answer as many questions as possible in 15 minutes

    • For each 10% of correct answers, you will get 1 point (70% correct=7 points)
    • Questions that are more difficult than others also have a higher weight
    • Only 1 attempt per person. Multiple attempts will lead to disqualification

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    7 April 2009


    Today, mum and dad dropped by for dinner at my apartment. Dad's shop is doing great. We had a nice conversation about the past. Back when I was young, they often criticised my choices but now it feels so good to hear that they're proud of how I've mastered my career path and tough times at university. I told them a bit about my current work at Apex Trains, a leading train operating company. I work in the middle management and I'm highly valued among my co-workers. However, this role is very demanding at times. I have to make fast decisions under high pressure all the time, and small mistakes can result in big losses. It can be really exhausting, and I wonder if I want to be doing this forever. Another stressful situation occurred today, but I think I handled it well.



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    The plan:

    • The express train Jumbo Jupiter with an average travelling speed of 300 km/h was supposed to depart from Stroudford to Hicksburg at 6:30 pm.
    • The travelling distance between those two cities is 620 km, without any stops in between.
    • Almost all the passengers plan to take a connecting train once they arrive in Hicksburg. This connecting train is also the last train of the day in Hicksburg and it always departs at midnight. The passengers need to arrive in Hicksburg before midnight, otherwise they will be stuck there overnight.

    The incident:

    • Unfortunately, a part of the Jumbo Jupiter's train engine turned out to be defective, so the train can't start.
    • It's important that the passengers arrive before midnight in Hicksburg. If they miss their connecting train in Hicksburg, they'll have to spend the night there and your company will have to cover the costs of hotels. Estimated cost: $30,000

    The options:


    1. A mechanic is ready to perform an emergency fix. This fix would cause a 4-hour delay and as compensation, the passengers would be reimbursed 50% of the price for their train tickets. Estimated cost: $8,000
    2. In the event of a complete cancellation, you'd need to reimburse the full ticket price.
    3. Alternatively, the entire motor could be exchanged. This would cause a 90-minute delay, but the estimated cost of the new motor would be $12,000.
    4. As the last option, instead of fixing the express train Jumbo Jupiter, you could move the passengers onto a different train. The train Napping Neptune would depart on time (at 6:30 pm), but its speed is only 40% of Jumbo Jupiter's.


    What would you decide in this situation and why?


    Task: Solve the conflict choosing the best of the 4 options.

    • 3 points for the correct answer
    • 7 points for the correct explanation



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    27 November 2002


    Sometimes I wonder whether I made the right decision back then. Over the last six years, I became the best mechanic in the company. I had a great boss, a good salary, a secure future and awesome colleagues. I didn't really want to give up all of this, and yet I did. I just feel that this job can no longer teach me anything new, nor is it challenging enough for me.

    I remember my old childhood dream of becoming a top manager, but is it worth giving up what I have, only to chase dreams, not knowing whether I'll ever make it anywhere? I don't know, but the decision is made now. And here I am, back with the books again, studying business administration at university. Who knows where this will end. Anyway, I need to focus right now. I'm preparing for my first exam. Let's see if I can solve this exercise:


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    Excercise:

    Imagine you work in the middle management of a mechanical engineering company.

    The general manager asked you to present a purchasing plan for machine components for the upcoming year. For the procurement of several machine components, you can choose between three suppliers:

    • The supplier 'Mecha-Heads' sells their components for only $20 per unit, but the components have a relatively low durability. Also, after some online research, you find that many customers rated the supplier's punctuality with 3 out of 5 stars.
    • The supplier 'Swiss Metal' is quite expensive and sells their components for $60 per unit, but their components have the greatest durability. Customers rate their punctuality with 4 out of 5 stars.
    • The supplier 'General Machines' offers components with average durability and their pricing is $40 per unit. Their punctuality is also rated with 4 out of 5 stars.

    Your general manager would like to purchase components of great quality that are cheap and are delivered punctually. But if it's not possible to have it all, he'd consider a low price to be twice as important as punctuality, and the quality twice as important as the price.


    You have to make a rational decision. Based on this information, which supplier would you choose and why?



    Task: Solve the exercise

    • 3 points for the correct answer
    • 7 points for the correct analysis


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    13 September 1996


    The last two years at school felt really long. But now it's finally over. After so many years of studying, I've made up my mind: I've had enough of books! It's time for me to earn some money and become financially independent. Mum and dad aren't happy with my decision at all! They insist that I sign up for university, but I'm tired of being a financial burden. I need to stand on my own two feet from now on. They asked me to think it over, but I've decided to follow my intuition and already applied for a job as a mechanic. And my first interview went really well! They seem to like me and they've now sent me a mechanical comprehension test to see if I'm suited for the job. I could ask dad for help, but I won't. It was my choice to pursue this path, so I'll handle the difficulties it brings on my own as well.


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    Mechanical comprehension test:



    Q1: Which wire is carrying the most weight?

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    1. A
    2. B
    3. No difference
    4. Depends on the time of day



    Q2: Which object will not float on water?

    1. Empty plastic bottle
    2. Wooden pencil
    3. Banana
    4. Scissors


    Q3: Which way will the boat go through the water?

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    1. A
    2. B
    3. It will continue moving unchanged
    4. It will slow down but without changing direction


    Q4: At which position will the moving pendulum travel the fastest?

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    1. A
    2. B
    3. C
    4. No difference


    Q5: Where is the temperature change highest throughout the day?

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    1. A
    2. B
    3. Where both meet
    4. No difference


    Q6: If cog A turns clockwise by 20 rotations, how will cog B turn?

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    1. 20 rotations anticlockwise
    2. 20 rotations clockwise
    3. 10 rotations anticlockwise
    4. 10 rotations clockwise


    Q7: To balance the bar, how much weight should be positioned on the left side?

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    1. 25 kg
    2. 10 kg
    3. 5 kg
    4. 2.5 kg


    Q8: If block B is moved to the right by 20 cm, by how many centimetres will block A move upwards?

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    1. 5 cm
    2. 10 cm
    3. 20÷3 cm
    4. 20 cm


    Q9: A block slides down an inclined plane with an acceleration of A. If the mass of the block is doubled, how will this affect its acceleration?

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    1. Acceleration will still be A
    2. 2 x A
    3. 0.5 x A


    Q10: If the right plunger is moved down by 5 cm, how much will the left plunger move up?

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    1. Exactly 5 cm
    2. Less than 5 cm
    3. More than 5 cm
    4. It won't move


    Task: Solve the math exercise.

    • 1 point for each correct answer


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    Dear players,


    Our community is full of great contributions, valuable members, helping hands, game experts and veterans. In the last weeks, we were thinking how we could highlight them more appropriately. We realized that one of the flaws in our current forum setup is the way titles are currently given to our members and how activity points are distributed.


    Right now, activity points are received for any kind of posts or threads, regardless of their content. This means that members achieve a high rank based on the quantity of posts, even if its content offers little value to the community. This will be changed in the next weeks, and together with this change, we will also introduce new titles in the community.


    What does this mean for you?

    As a consequence of this change all current titles and activity points will be reset, but of course the post-count will remain untouched. As a token of appreciation for our veterans who added a lot of value to the community in the last years, we will award them with a higher rank from the beginning.

    This will be based on judgment of the CM team.


    Points distribution:

    Below you see how the distribution of points will be awarded in the future:

    • 1 point for each Like received
    • Up to 20 points for each victory in a community event
    • An additional amount of points can awarded as a sign of appreciation for special contributions/merits. This is up to judgement of the Rail Nation team.


    We have come up with two variations of titles and we would like you to vote for the one you prefer. Please note the titles will be in English.



    So, after have read all this, please vote. Let us know what list of forum titles you prefer.

    We are looking forward to your reactions.


    Your team


    2 May 1994


    I can't wait until school is over. Only two more years and I can finally begin a new chapter of my life. Today, dad helped me out with my homework again. This maths exercise was really confusing, but he helped me figure out how to solve it. He's really good with numbers. No wonder he's so successful with his shop. Yesterday, he asked me again if I wanted to take over his shop. I know it'd make him happy, but I have my own plans and dreams. Once I graduate from school, I'm going to become a top manager and create my own business. I can't wait! Time to sleep now. But first I'll review this maths exercise once again, just to make sure I can present the right answers in class tomorrow.



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    Maths task:

    Due to a technical error, two trains were accidently assigned to the same rail track and are now approaching each other. The communication system of both trains is broken and the conductors don't know about the imminent danger they're in.


    By the time a supervisor at one of the offices notices the problem, the trains are only 140 km away from each other. The speed of train A is 160 km/h; the speed of train B is 120 km/h.


    There's a manual switch that could stop both trains from colliding, but the supervisor is 6,300 metres away from it and he needs to get there first. If he runs at an average speed of 14 km/h, will he be in time to save the trains?


    Task: Solve the math exercise.

    • 3 points for the correct answer
    • 7 points for the correct explanation

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    Dear challengers,


    A new unique character will soon become part of our community. Who's it going to be? What will be his role? We're not going to tell you quite yet. Instead, we'd like to share a part of his story with you.

    In the next few days, we'll reveal six interesting diary entries of his, one by one, and invite you to be part of the challenges he faces in his life.


    Event description:

    For each of the five challenges, you'll be able to post your submissions and tell us how you would have solved the task and why. Your submission will only be visible to the Rail Nation Team. At the end of the event, the best contributions for each challenge and language will be published (together with the sixth and final chapter, which will not include another challenge).


    Scoring and prizes:

    For each challenge, you'll be able to collect up to 10 points. At the end of the event, your points will be accumulated and the top 30 members with the highest number of points will win a merchandise package, containing four Rail Nation-branded items, shipped to their home address:


    The first part of the event starts right now in

    -->This Thread<--


    Good luck, everyone!


    Your Rail Nation team


    Four friends went for trick or treating on Halloween, and each of them collected their preferred candy type. Who got more?


    1. Greg collected Lollipops or Taffies.
    2. Lucas collected 2 ounces more than a girl.
    3. Exactly one kid has the same initial in its name and costume name.
    4. The zombie collected 4 ounces more than the kid who collected lollipops.
    5. The ghost and the vampire collected 26 ounces.
    6. Lucas collected bubble gums or was the skeleton. However, he didn't collect jellies.
    7. The jellies were collected by the zombie, or they weighted 10 ounces.
    8. Samantha was the skeleton or the vampire. She collected 2 ounces more than Greg.
    9. The skeleton collected taffies or jellies.

    10. The vampire didn't collect 14 ounces. The bubble gums weren't 16 ounces.
    11. Zoe wasn't the ghost.


    You can participate from 29.10.2019 until 31.10.2019 23:59 GMT+1 via a post in this thread. Please note your entry will be moderated.

    We will reward randomly 5 x 250 Gold among all participants that have given the correct the answer.


    Please remember to add the name of your game world (e.g. M1.201 Scandinavia) with your answer if you wish to participate in the prize draw.


    Note: if needed you can use following grid.

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    Dear Challengers,


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    Task: Once you manage to find the right password, enter the website and make a screenshot of your success.


    ►The first player to post the screenshot in this event thread together with the correct password, will be titled the Master Of Secrets and win this challenge.


    Good luck,


    Your Rail Nation team

    Chapter 7: The Engine


    Please read the rules for this challenge HERE

    Submission thread will be opened once all Chapters are out



    The chest unlocked with a quiet "click". Never before had such a simple clicking sound triggered so many emotions in me. Joy, fear and hope all at the same time rushed through my body and mind as I opened the box with a trembling hand. There it was: the red key. The key to the cockpit. The key to stop this damned train. The key to my salvation. With the red key in my hand I rushed back to the waggon where my quest began and, one minute later, I was standing in front of the red lock that separated me from the cockpit.


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    I held my breath as I put the key into the lock and turned it. The lock opened and fell on the floor. I pushed the red door and walked inside. I was in the engine room. For the first time, I could see right ahead, to the direction the train was heading. And yet, all I saw was darkness. Darkness and the strange white fog which the train was rushing through.



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    "It's time to stop this train of doom," I said to myself. But how? This was not how a normal engine from 1911 looked like. Once again it seemed to be some kind of advanced technology. I looked at the notes on the control panel in front of me:



    “Congratulations, Master of Secrets! You have made it all the way to the control panel.

    But only the real Master of Secrets will be able to stop this train. If you are a true Master, enter the following codes on the panel, all in a row, and the train will stop:”



    - 1st part of the code: Digit sum of the numbers on the abacus

    - 2nd part of the code: Last two letters of the company name the train belongs to (capital letters)

    - 3rd part of the code: Number of differences in the messy wagon

    - 4th part of the code: Number of the key for the green door

    - 5th part of the code: Code that opened the light-blue door

    - 6th part of the code: Numbers of the 3 cables to open the indigo blue door (smallest to largest)

    - 7th part of the code: The Permit ID to enter the control panel


    "Wait..." I said to myself, "I answered all those questions before... this task should not be a problem for me".

    Quickly I grabbed a pen, wrote down the full code and typed it on the panel.


    I stopped my breath and hit the green button...



    Task: Once you manage to find the right password, enter the website and make a screenshot of your success.


    The first player to post the screenshot in this event thread together with the correct password, will be titled the Master Of Secrets and win this challenge.

    Chapter 6: The final wagon


    Please read the rules for this challenge HERE

    Submission thread will be opened once all Chapters are out



    I combined the correct 3 cables. The Indigo blue door opened, and I stepped into a small, comfortable wagon which seemed to be a VIP bedroom. It was the last wagon! At last! At last, I reached the other side of the train! A pleasing feeling of relief overcame me. But it did not last for long... only a moment later, my smile faded, and I collapsed, as I realized that this last room was also empty. Just as empty as the other wagons. As empty as the whole bloody train. It seemed the "Master of Secrets" was a farce. There was no Master. There was no other passenger on the train. Not a single soul. I was all by myself. Was this the end? Would I starve to death on this never-ending journey?


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    I looked around me. Some red flowers on the table, a piece of paper, a purple pen, an empty bag. And... a purple chest on the bed.


    I grabbed the chest and tried to open it. Locked. No keyhole, no lever, no buttons, no nothing. And nothing else in the room seemed to be of any help for me. Except...


    I took a step back and grabbed the document on the table. I read the notes:

    - Name of the company this train belongs to: __________

    - Number of people who boarded this train at the day when it started the journey: __________

    - Name of the region where this tunnel is located: __________

    - Name of the town where the train started: __________

    - In which year does this journey end for most people: __________


    I took the purple pen. I had no idea what the answers to these questions were... But maybe my inner voice would guide me once again.


    I began to write


    Task: Find the correct answers to all 5 questions to unlock the chest

    Chapter 5: The electric door



    Please read the rules for this challenge HERE

    Submission thread will be opened once all Chapters are out



    It was like a miracle. As if I was guided by a greater intelligence. I typed the numbers that first came into my mind. A green light appeared on the metallic device and the door opened. This wagon was bigger than the other ones and it was filled with multiple private passenger cabins. When I arrived at the next wagon door and saw that it was locked again, I saw there was a diary lying on the floor. I picked it up and read the last entry:


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    "Perché mi sono dovuto sedere nella cabina con il numero sfortunato? Da quando il treno è entrato nel tunnel sono successe cose strane e la gente ha iniziato a perdere la testa. Ho paura. Mi nasconderò nel prossimo vagone. Se qualcuno lo trova: se vuoi aprire la porta elettrica al prossimo vagone, devi combinare i 3 cavi corretti. Lascerò un suggerimento segreto per te nella mia cabina. Se trovi il suggerimento, saprai quali sono i cavi corretti."


    There were some cables at the wagon door:


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    I had to investigate the cabin of this mysterious passenger. But which one was his cabin? I looked in all cabins, but they were all empty except of 4: Cabin 8, cabin 13, cabin 17 and cabin 21.


    Investigate Cabine 8

    Investigate Cabin 13

    Investigate Cabin 17

    Investigate Cabin 21


    Task: Find the secret hint from the passenger to identify which 3 cables need to be combined.

    Chapter 4: A message from the future



    Please read the rules for this challenge HERE

    Submission thread will be opened once all Chapters are out



    As I entered the next wagon, a shock overcame me. In this short moment of confusion and irritation, I stopped my breath as I didn't understand what I was seeing. This wagon looked strange. Everything was different, even the material the wagon was made of. The whole interior design had a style that I have never seen before. Probably nobody has ever seen anything like that before.


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    Also, there was a strange metallic device with numbers attached to the next door. It seemed that once again, some sort of code was needed.


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    What kind of silly game was this? How many more doors would I need to open to reach the end? And would the Master of Secrets be waiting for me on the other side and give me the key to the cockpit? I walked a few steps back to pick up the only thing that was lying on a table: a very strangely shaped cookie. I grabbed it. Something seemed to be inside, so I broke it open. And indeed, there was a piece of paper inside:

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    The message was supposedly from the year 2018. But the current year was 1911... This did not make any sense. Or was this a message from the future? An absurd thought. What a nightmare! I walked over to the metallic device next to the door and tried to enter a code. Since I had no clues, I had to rely on my intuition and gut instinct.


    Task: Use the information from this waggon to find the correct code. Act as the inner voice of the passenger and help to enter the right numbers.

    Chapter 3: Antonella's package



    Please read the rules for this challenge HERE

    Submission thread will be opened once all Chapters are out



    After hours of searching, the hidden switch was found and the door to the next wagon was opened. The next wagon was very similar to the one where I awoke: Clean, fancy, but with nothing but empty seats and tables in it. A smell of tobacco lied in the air, but no trace of cigarettes or cigars. Arriving on the other side of the wagon, I pushed the door (which this time was green), to see if it would open. But no. Of course, this door was locked as well. However, this time, something was different. This door had a keyhole. But where was the key? As I walked back, past the seats, looking for any object that may indicate how the door can be opened, I stopped at table #14, where I found a package on the floor, right under the seat. The package had the inscription "Roma" and right below the name "Antonella Viteli". I knew it was not appropriate to take other people's property, but given the situation of being in a seemingly cursed train without passengers on it (god knows what happened to them) and without knowing if I would ever make it out alive, I decided to make an exception. I sat down and opened the package. A bunch of keys dropped out and landed right on my lap... Each key had a different color and number on it.

    • A brown key with the number 9
    • A black key with the number 14
    • A white key with the number 40
    • A pink key with the number 59
    • A grey key with the number 77

    Nothing more was inside the package. Just those keys. How bizarre... maybe one of those keys would open the green door? I looked at the door again. I went to the door with the keys in my hands. Which key number is the right one?


    Task: Identify the color and number of the correct key


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    And after I saw that none of the keys worked, I looked around in the wagon once again, and there... right under the seat where I sat, I found a green key, with the number 29 on it. It must have fallen on the floor the moment I opened the package. I tried this key, and finally opened the green door.

    Chapter 2: Order and Chaos


    Please read the rules for this challenge HERE

    Submission thread will be opened once all Chapters are out



    I moved the stones in the correct order and suddenly... a dull sounding "clack" appeared from within the wagon door. I walked to the door and pushed the handle. The door opened. And as I walked into the second wagon, I found myself in a chamber of chaos... There were no better words to describe what I was seeing. "Hello?!", I shouted hoping that whoever this "Master of Secrets" was, would be there. My shout was answered by nothing but the rattling noise of the train, as it continued its seemingly endless trip through the darkness. Desperation overcame me. "Is anybody here?!" I shouted even louder hoping that there would be someone in any of the other wagons. Hell, or anywhere. I walked straight through the mess towards the next wagon door of yellow color. And again... locked. This time there were no indications on the door. However, it looked like it had the same mechanism as the previous door. Just like the abacus served as a switch to open the previous door, this door also must have a switch. I looked at the garbage all over the wagon again and noticed something interesting: Despite all the chaos around me, there was some sort of order... Both sides of the room looked perfectly symmetric... Apart from some small details. Maybe those small details would help me find the switch, in order to unlock the yellow door to the next wagon...


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    Task: Identify how many differences there are between the left and the right side of the room

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    Dear players,

    Clash! is over and after checking the rankings to assure that all participants were playing fair, we are now finally ready to share the TOP 5000 ranking!

    Congratulations to the winner sacroima , who already won the title Master of Knowledge! Winning two exciting challenges, what an amazing achievement!
    If you want to check out your own rank, have a look at this PDF file:
    Clash Ranking.pdf

    What we also find interesting is the distribution between the ranks and scores of all Clash! participants. The distribution is very remarkable.

    Do you have an idea what could have caused this distribution? We hope you liked Clash! as much as we did and would love to hear your feedback, opinions and stories about it!

    Your Rail Nation team

    Chapter 1: Locked out!


    Please read the rules for this challenge HERE

    Submission thread will be opened once all Chapters are out



    Once again, I read the text on the lock: "Only the Master of Secrets has the key to this lock".

    I didn’t know who this Master of Secrets was, but I had to find him. Hopefully, he was on this train. I looked around the empty wagon where I woke up. The seats were fancy and clean, but empty. All but one... Something was lying on one of the seats. As I got closer, I saw that it was a train ticket. It appeared that coffee was spilled all over it, so it was impossible to read the origin and the destination, but the ticket was issued not too long ago: On June 14th, 1911. On the little table, next to the seat, there were two empty teacups. On the table next to it, an old, dusty wooden abacus was standing.

    It looked like nobody has touched it for years. There was a tiny inscription on it "Fatto In Italia". I tried to lift the abacus, but the object didn't move, as if someone glued it to the table. It appeared that nothing in the wagon was of any use for me. Confused I walked through the wagon until I got to the orange door on the other side. The door would lead to the second wagon. I pushed it but it didn't move... I was locked out!


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    Both, the door to the engine and the door to the rest of the train were locked. Staring at the orange door, I noticed that the door and the abacus were of the same color, maybe even of the same material. It seemed that there was some kind of connection between the door and the abacus. Maybe, if I moved the stones on the abacus in a certain order, the door would open...


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    Task: Identify, how the stones on the abacus have to be moved

    Prologue: A bad awakening


    I, the passenger on seat number 4, opened my eyes. The unbearable pain in my head interrupted my rest. How long did I sleep? I couldn't tell. Could have been 3 minutes or 3 days... Or maybe even longer? The last thing I remembered was that I boarded this train. But then... What happened then? My mind was clouded. I couldn't remember anything. Not even my name. I looked around and realized that all the other seats around me were empty. However, I was sure that there were lots of other passengers when I boarded the train. What happened to them? I looked outside the window... The train was moving with high velocity through some kind of tunnel. And based on the screeching and wheezing sounds of the machinery, it was running full speed! I stared outside, trying to get an idea where I was. But all I saw was darkness and white fog everywhere. It was a terrifying sight.


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    The door to the engine was just a few meters away. The conductor was probably in there, so I walked over to the door and tried to open it. But the door was locked. A big, massive iron lock of red color was hanging at the door. There was an inscription on the lock:


    "Only the Master of Secrets has the key to this lock".


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    How bizarre. What was going on? I knocked on the door 'bam bam bam'. "Hey! ... Is anybody in there?", no answer. Either the conductor wasn't in there or he refused to reply.


    I had a bad feeling about this situation. A very... bad... feeling.


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