The Learning curve for Rail Nation is extremely difficult IF you don't have a few good mentors to help, and to get that help you have to "Luck" into a good association.
Why do i say that? simple: there is no decent in-game guide for even basic function and strategy, Lucy's quests are vague at best.
i spent 2 rounds stumbling around, asking questions and sometimes getting answers, mostly getting the "don't bother me newbie" reply, until i finally found a group willing to teach to learn from.
and yes, i would love to see a scenario that placed far less importance on Personal Prestige, somehow tying personal ranking in with team / city / LM / region / east v west ect..standings. so the better you do working WITH a team, the better you do individually.