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Amazing Train Layouts

A user made layout in A-Train 9

From time to time we like to showcase some of the most amazing layouts we’ve seen in A-Train. This video shows an awesome layout.

Tom.io on Youtube has created some fantastic layouts, often based on real life locations. Using a mixture of gameplay and editor features. You can watch more of this on his channel .

 

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Video Tutorial Part One: Introducing The Game

Making in game cash

Reading a PDF file or blog post is all well and good,  translating what is written to how a game functions on screen can sometimes present a little bit of a disconnect, so let me introduce Degica’s first video tutorial.

You might have noticed that the general quality is somewhat better than the videos I do, that’s because these are done by our in house multimedia guru Jacob. Hi Jacob.

Over the coming weeks and month’s we’ll be adding more content here explaining the more specific parts of the game.

Why Two Video Series?

Good question, and I have, (what I hope is) a good answer.

Jacob’s tutorial videos will show specific gameplay elements and UI mechanics in details. Allowing any player to grasp the concepts of the game no matter how advanced they are.

First tutorial image

From explaining the UI, creating maps, setting scenarios’ looking through the menu options and explaining them, we hope the tutorials answer just about every gameplay question you guys can think of.

The “Let’s Play” series will concentrate on the scope and playability of the game. Looking at the possibilities and hopefully tweaking your imagination. We hope to inspire our users to create maps, scenarios and layouts far better than we can. Just think of the Let’s Play series as a jumping off point for your own creations.

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Competition Time

3 Copies Of A-train Railway Simulator To Give Away

Competition Now Closed – Winners To Be Drawn And Informed Tonight (9th October 2014 GMT)
Please Stay Tuned To This Blog For More Chances To Win In The Future

Thanks For The FANTASTIC Response!

Firstly, thanks to everyone who entered. Dozens of you made the effort and added real value to the competition with some great comments – and even poems.

There have to be winners though, and the draw in now complete: The winners are

  • Christopher Cooper
  • Baadrix
  • Jesse Rosen

Congratulations all three of you. Your steam keys will be emailed to you tonight.

The rest of you stay tuned. We will have more offers and give-aways over time, don’t forget A-Train 9 Railway Simulator is released on the 10th October.


 

Some competitions are simple – in fact some are so simple to enter you might even think there’s some trick to it.

There’s not!

To win one of three copies of A-train Railway Simulator, simply share this website on either Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment below with your name and a short few words on why you want to win A-Train Railway simulator.

Competition

It doesn’t have to be “War and Peace” 5 or 10 words will do just fine, but if you want to elaborate and tell us about your plans for the most intricate and fair system of road and rail transport the world has ever seen , and how you plan to prototype it with A-Train  – well, hey – be our guest. Smile

On the 9th of October 2014, we will pick 3 names at random and award them the Steam Keys to the game which they will be able to download and play immediately!

Terms And Stuff

No members of Degica or Artdink are permitted to take part. The judges decision is final. Please remember to leave your name and email address in the box provided in the comments section so we can contact you!

Finally, the bit every power mad-web admin loves… the judges decision is final

Paul Rone-Clarke (A-Train Railway Simulator Product Manager)

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Let’s Play A-Train Railway Simulator Part One

The first line is laid in Mytown

Getting Started

Town Planning In A-Train Railway Simulator.

Another day in sunny “Mytown”, and it’s pretty clear from the start that things could be better.

Sure the weather is good, the night and day cycle sometimes brings rain, and in the Winter sometimes snow with it, but today is bright and sunny. It’s a good day for planning a railway.

First things first. While I don’t actually get angry phone calls from the residents of Mytown, I’m pretty sure that, if I could, some of them would be pretty mad.

Why? Well, the transport isn’t all it should be, and that’s a problem.

Due to socio-economic factors in the dim distant past, Mytown has grown up in several distinct areas, often several miles apart, and the public transport network between them is pretty much none existent.

Imagine the problems this causes. Getting to work, seeing your friends and relations, even just getting out of town for a vacation.

Maybe the reason no-one complains is because no-one ever sees me around in this disjointed town to give me a piece of their mind. That’s one advantage I suppose. The life of a town planner.

Of course, I need to fix this, and, while I wish I could just join everything up straight away, that isn’t possible. I have to work to a budget, and the thing about Mytown is – it’s enormous. Connecting it all up in a way that would also allow for sustainable growth would take my entire town budget many times over. So planning is important.

Starting Small

Let’s start by joining two of the biggest areas together with sensible road and rail networks.

Starting Small

If I’m lucky that will keep the people happy, earn some more cash which in turn will fund more projects to connect more areas and allow for more growth. I can see this being a long term project.

Hang on, the phone is ringing. “Hello”. Sorry, I’ll have to go now, it’s my stock-broker, he wants to know if I’d be interested in investing some of the capital I have in a “sure fire” share deal he’s got. I could certainly do with some more money, this work is going to cost serious cash.