For me, the day endgame starts is a crapshoot whether I'll be working or not. The hours I work 1 week will be the hours I'm off the next week. Invariably I'll have a whole day off to play eg followed by a whole day unvailable to play eg. I got lucky with the last SteamBoiler01 endgame. I was off the day it started, worked the full next day then had sat/sun off. Sometimes I don't get so lucky. Also an early european fri can be a late US thurs. You can't please everyone due to various work schedules of players and time differences.
Why do you have exclamation marks all over the page with words in between?
I don't understand this at all!
They don't cross the bridge at the same time. One train stops before the bridge allowing the second one to cross then the first train starts up again and crosses after the second one crosses. COM02 Steamboiler and US102 Grand Central
Great answer Ron
@gregrph There are several styles of player in this game and several types of game on the different servers. However, one thing you will find is that it offerrs a very different challenge to RRT2 or 3 [two of my all time favourite games]
When you eventually learn how to do it [it varies oon the different servers] you can search for people you have found helpful in the Forum. Then if they are close enough they may help you more specifically in the game. If you post the details of which Server you are playing on, anyone willing ot help you may find you and offer help. When players are on the same server they can view each others stations and trains. This can make giving help a lot easier.
Assuming youare on teh PC or Mac interface if you look to the left of this post youwill see a heading Gameworlds. Any servers you are on will show there, and that is the info we need to see if we can find you. Another helpful bit of info will be the name of your City and teh name of your current Association.
Thank you! I am playing on a pc. I don't know what server I am on. How do I find it? I know the city in the center of my screen is Hartlefield and I am in the corporation "Feed Sped". One other thing that I don't particularly care for, and it's not just this game but on my phone too and other programs, is the use of tiny "pictures" to represent things that don't words underneath to describe what they are. I've gone so far as to take a magifying glass to look at some of them but I just can't decpher what they are. My eye's are not so good! Anyway, I'm enjoying learning a bit each day. Thank you for your help!
Maybe I can shed some light on some of your questions. You have a few options with regard to learning the game: Ask here in the forum or chat, start another round (server) and run through the tutorial again, taking notes, or go to any of the online resources such as:
Engines - Two general types (cargo and passenger (PAX)). You buy cars (waggons) as you need them, except with PAX trains, they're fixed and increased only via upgrades. Focus on cash flow or prestige determines what you want to haul. Once you buy cars, you should not sell them. You'll need them until the end game (EG). You can easily end up with a few hundred of each type of car. They are tempting to sell when you need money, but you lose a LOT.
I assume you are playing the browser-based version on PC or MAC. You will find a couple of different layouts depending upon the playing of either classic, USA, or Europe scenarios. They are essentially the same. Messages are accessed via the envelope icon. When you say "all over the place", I assume you refer to the System, City, Association (Corporation), or personal messages. When you connect to a new city, it is added to the list. You can turn off the notifications for new cities, if you like. I do, unless I'm gathering intel and planning on working that area.
A competition takes place within a city typically. You register beforehand for 10 gold or wait until it starts when registering is free. Simply race against others for prizes. Whoever hauls the most of what is required whens. Prizes decrease as you rank lower in the results. Sometimes you race by yourself and you take first place by default - unless you do not haul the requested amount (no soup for you - come back one year!).
There are also City Competitions (CC) where 5 cities compete against each other to haul the most of their weakest RG (Required Good). When you look at what the city requires (ex. Cattle, Wood, Iron, Grain), whichever item the city has the least of is what you will be required to haul (if you take part). If you win (as a city), then all players that have that city set as their home get the benefit/prize.
Servers are another name for world or rounds. COM101 Rocky Mountains is an example.
Auctions are where you bid on licenses (bonus for a type of good), or workers. A license might add $35/ton for any given item. A worker is a historical figure that offers various bonuses to a corporation/association. Some are really great, especially for larger teams, some...meh.
The engines are modeled after historical engines throughout the history of railroads. One of the server types actually gives you a little snipet about where the engine was built and when, along with some key characteristics.
Don't worry - you'll get the hang of it. It takes a while...I've been playing for nearly four months. Some have been here since the begging (5 years I think).
Thank you Ron! I'm slowly learning, I guess that's typical for anything new! A lot of poking around to see "what's what".
The mentoring program is allocating students as soon as they sign up - not when their engine shed reaches level 4 as indicated in the introduction.
This means that we (as mentors) will get all all the "sign on and are never seen again" players, and questions which should have been answered by the student completing the tutorial (or at least starting it!).
Not a great start to the new system.
Hi, so I'm a new player who has a mentor and so far I've been getting some good advice. Thank you Kinnick! Now, here's what my experience is so far playing this game. I did not know the object of the game initially. I thought it might be something like the old Railroad Tycoon 2. I went through the tutorials but don't remember all of the advice. I would like to go back and READ (not necessarily do) the tutorials again. Are they available? I still don't fully understand how I choose where to place my engine, choose what (and how many) (and what type) of cars to attach to the engine, where the supply of goods and demand of goods are. There's a LOT of things that I find just by clicking around that are not explained. For instance, I just found out a couple of days ago that people have been sending me messages but I never knew I had them and they seem to be all over the place. Thing is, I can't remember where I see them and have to go hunting again until I fin them! I see a lot of tiny pictures but no words to tell what those pictures are. I see the words "licenses", "comptetions", "servers", "auction", "workers" and no idea what they refer to. Also, NONE of the engines are like anything I've ever seen before. Are they supposed to be real? Also, I just discovered these forums as I always just logged into the game. Didn't know I could be on Railnation but not logged into the game. It's all still VERY confusing! Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth of input from a newbie!