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Author Topic: Business Simulation for Railways?  (Read 1208 times)

Offline motthew

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Business Simulation for Railways?
« on: February 03, 2014, 11:17:26 PM »
Does anyone know of a business simulation similar to AirwaySim for railway companies? Everything I've found seems to either be about driving trains or building rail lines (Railway Tycoon, Cities in Motion, etc), but nothing where you build a business on existing infrastructure.

I suppose my ultimate hope is that something like that could be added to AirwaySim, though I know that it's not realistically possible. But imagine the possibilities of a rail company competing with the airlines on, for example, the New York to Washington DC route.

Offline ezzeqiel

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2014, 11:45:45 PM »
Railway tycoon and cities in motion are both nothing compared to OpenTTD...


In openttd you create railway, air, sea and land transport... All competing each other...

You also have to crate the infra, but I usually play with several companies, one owning all the infra (govt like) and the others running lines...

Offline motthew

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 12:07:57 AM »
Interesting. I'll have to take a closer look at OpenTTD. It still doesn't have anything like a realistic scale and scheduling, does it? Nor is it modeled on actual cities and routes.

Offline LemonButt

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 12:28:39 AM »
Interesting. I'll have to take a closer look at OpenTTD. It still doesn't have anything like a realistic scale and scheduling, does it? Nor is it modeled on actual cities and routes.

OpenTTD is a "hacked" version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe (a 15-20 year old game now) and you can customize the options to whatever you want.  There are actual cities/maps you can download.  It is really only challenging though until you get to the Maglev era and then you can just print money as freight rates are based on how long it takes to transit (same with supersonic aircraft).  There is a bit of skill involved with scheduling as I've overwhelmed more than one airport (and rail station) before, causing big losses since aircraft can't land and end up flying forever and never delivering their payload.  The skill is more in developing appropriate infrastructure for traffic levels versus traffic for the infrastructure if that makes any sense (IMO).

Offline ezzeqiel

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 01:11:45 AM »
OpenTTD is a "hacked" version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe

It's not a hacked version... It's an open one...

And believe me, there's a lot of skill involved... you just have to download some patches and some GRFs...

You can take a look to this guys games:

http://blog.openttdcoop.org/2013/08/06/dont-try-this-at-home-prozone-game-2013/

Interesting. I'll have to take a closer look at OpenTTD. It still doesn't have anything like a realistic scale and scheduling, does it? Nor is it modeled on actual cities and routes.

No. Scales are not realistic, and scheduling can be made thru patches, but it's also not realistic.


As of real cities modeled, you have this guy work (among others):

http://www.tt-forums.net/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=69669

But again, scales are not realistic...
« Last Edit: February 04, 2014, 01:15:27 AM by ezzeqiel »

Offline LemonButt

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 01:36:55 AM »
http://blog.openttdcoop.org/2013/08/06/dont-try-this-at-home-prozone-game-2013/

Way too much time on his hands LOL.  I put "hacked" in quotes because most laypeople won't understand what it means :)  I just googled it and apparently it is a complete remake from the ground up with graphics etc. and is technically a completely separate game to avoid copyright issues.  I remember playing the original TTD back in the day on Win95/98.  It is a DOS based game and once Windows XP came out based on NT (not DOS) you had to do some ridiculous tweaks to make it run properly.

IMO the best part about OpenTTD (and other games such as SimCity) is that computers are so powerful that you can do some serious gaming without your computer slowing to a crawl due to the massive amount of calculations required :)

Offline ezzeqiel

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014, 02:01:24 AM »
Way too much time on his hands LOL. 

jaja, I know... I joined a few games with those guys (not the pro, but some regular ones), and I remember messing up almost everything I touched :P


New computers and old games are a perfect combination.. Simcity 4 is now actually playable without lagging much...





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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014, 02:16:36 AM »
http://blog.openttdcoop.org/2013/08/06/dont-try-this-at-home-prozone-game-2013/
The guy who did this must design circuit boards for a living.  :laugh:

That game seems more like a solo game vs AWS.

Offline Infinity

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2014, 07:07:29 AM »
I love to play OpenTTD on the train/plane when I have nothing else to do :)

It is a great game for optimizers (designing train routes/intersections/stations becomes a real challenge once you reach a critical mass), not so much if you are looking for realism.

Offline Jona L.

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 12:38:05 AM »
The first computer game I ever played (TT back then), and still my all time favorite :)

When I don't want to play ANY of my games OTTD is always fun. Always something to work on (especially for someone with a little OCD like me), always something new to make, etc. IMO one of the best games ever designed.

And with OpenTTD you also have nearly unlimited options of "NewGRFs", that can modd the game, or just add new vehicles, etc.

I still have my old savegames from the mid-late 1990s... somewhere ;D . I usually have so massive savegames with OTTD, that even my computer (a high end gaming system) gets to it's edges ;D .
« Last Edit: March 09, 2014, 03:16:13 AM by [SC] Jona L. »

Offline Jona L.

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Re: Business Simulation for Railways?
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2014, 03:17:49 AM »
OTTD 1.4.0 is in Beta 5 state so far. (--> http://www.openttd.org/en/ )

Most important change: maximum map size increased from 2048x2048 tiles to 4096x4096 tiles.

I so need a new computer by the time I filled that map ;D

 

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