Friday January 26th, 2018

Masters, Gold and Playtime

Dear Railroaders,

Rail Nation Masters is starting in a few days and we are really looking forward to the event. We hope you are, too!

A lot of planning and resources have gone into providing you a superlative competition. Part of that, of course, involved considering ​​which game content should be blocked to make the competition as fair as possible.

Rail Nation Masters

Some controversial discussions are currently being held in the Rail Nation forums. For instance, should the Gold Shop be available? Is the use of Gold unfair? And what about limiting the playtime?

From a technical standpoint, deactivating Gold would have been possible. However, this represents an essential part of the game and its suspension would have a significant impact on the balancing and game mechanics of Rail Nation. Just as much as restricting playtime would affect the gaming experience. Basically, we would almost create an entirely different game with changes like these.

Although the focus of Rail Nation Masters is clearly on competition, we still want to give you exactly the kind of gaming experience that you like about Rail Nation. And that’s not the same for everybody! While one railroader makes the most of their time each day, maybe even setting an alarm clock in the middle of the night, the next railway tycoon compensates for this advantage by devising the right tactics or even using Gold as part of their highly tuned strategy. In the end, the most attentive train drivers who perfected their own style of play will win the competition by rolling their locomotives at the right time and making sure that for six weeks no opportunity is lost.

We hope we have been able to clarify the way we have configured the event. Otherwise, write to us in the comments if you have any further questions!

The Rail Nation Team


  • Scotty La Rox says:

    RN Masters is very boring, too many people, huge communication flaws & Gold should not have been used. Hopefully they can have separate RN Masters for each country with no Gold next time.
    I guess you cant always get it right the first time.

  • Parsha says:

    I think it would have been good to set gold to everyone to be same, something like 20k or something, no more to buy, you need to manage with that 20k, but there should not be point to put playtimes lock, yet I feel now as the server is going, theres way too many people on same server, it should be made limit, and make it more like travian tournament is, some rounds with fixed max players, for example 1.5k players per server and make 3 servers, top 500 would go to final round.
    Or make the map larger, theres no way to balance or manage city with 200 player from start, its just impossible.
    I hope this can be looked in and thinked on for later competitions coming!


  • Larry J Leffel says:

    Should have the name changed to Gold Masters!!!

    Not even 24 hours in and the top player has 11000 prestige, and that’s not the worst part. The player also has both bonus engine, and they are both fully upgraded. 2900 gold a piece. Maybe he won the lottery?

    Player #2 10900ish prestige, and both bonus trains fully upgraded.

    Yep I am calling BS on this whole competition. Rail Nation is still pay to win even in there “Masters” round where the playing field is leveled…

  • MaRHINO says:

    HAHA! This is the reasoning?? really?? It is a Masters game with prizes, I am pretty sure that those who are going to break their banks are ALSO going to put time in. The same thing on normal servers as well…. so this reasoning above ^. Is just hogwash. My two cents. The gold makes the game automatically unbalanced, from my personal experience – I can sit here 24 hours a day and play the game non-stop on one server and never, and I mean NEVER make it to first place without buying gold. And that is the honest truth, we ALL know it.

  • Scotty La Rox says:

    I would like to see this style game (No Gold) Basically, we would almost create an entirely different game with changes like these.
    Thanks for your time.

  • naike says:

    with the unlimited chance of buying gold it isn’t a Masters game on knowledge but on real money spend in the game. Everything can bought with gold. To make it a fair masters and to come to a winner with the best knowlegde of the game the use of gold should be blocked.

  • wolo84 says:

    using gold (purchased) will result in a two-class competition. it would then be only fair to split the Masters into
    2 sparate groups.

  • mmmcheesywaffles says:

    Well the answer is easy!

    Limit those who use Gold to a lot less time in the day.

    Limit those who use time to a lot less Gold in a day.

    Or have two versions of the Masters balanced to ensure neither Gold rich nor Time rich can steal the game.

    The dsicussion of Gold is not as simple as you have put it. Many of us feel the victories in teh game can be bought by Gold. That shows the game is inheranlty unbalanced right NOW. But like many others I put up with that and several other important problmes in order to enjoy ‘something’ about the game.

    Far too many decent players are going to ignore this game simply becasue of that imbalance. Pretending it is not there will not help.

    You need to deal with this and several other issues if you want to claim the game is finely balanced. Without sucxh action teh Masters will be tainted and even if teh winners win by exhibiting skills they will not have earned the resp[ect of many simply becausae of this perceived imbalance.

    • Cletus ™ ® says:

      Here, here!!! There is Zero skill in buying the victory. I’m glad Rail Nation is getting it’s pay day from the MasterCard Championship, perhaps they will spend it wisely on fixing the rest of the patched over servers. On a side note, I don’t think the server was prepared for 3,000 players online @ once or the absolute confusion of so many languages being used.

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