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    I like to design cunning scenarios!

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  1. I too have a 64-bit PC and RT2 ran OK - until I uninstalled it, hoping that a re-install might fix the missing file. Still no solution to the InstallShield problem. It's the Platinum version on CD. What is meant by the "Steam" version? Steve
  2. Thank you all kindly. Spurred by suggestions to hunt in unexpected quarters such as Users, I think I have found the folder in two places: C:\Users\Default\Saved Games C:\Users\(my name)\Saved Games The first is old and seems to have come via my external back-up hard drive; the other is recent. Both are empty, which may be because I uninstalled RT2 and tried to re-install it. Whereupon I am now hitting InstallShield failure and nothing I've done so far has fixed it. My life was so happy until I got Win7! Steve
  3. Ah yes, I looked there (and here, there and everywhere) and that folder ain't showing. Steve
  4. I've never stopped playing RT2 Platinum (but only the really hard scenarios) ;) Good to see that The Terminal is still active. Now I'm on Windows 7 everything is fine - except that I cannot find the folder of SAVED GAMES in order to delete old saves, that are now filling the display - grr! I've looked everywhere and it doesn't seem to be showing: where's it gone, please? Steve
  5. Always up for a challenge, I've just tried this one and got the Gold on the hardest level with 5yrs to go. How? Using fairly conventional tactics, really: (a) Connect major cities with long straight tracks. (b) Double track with concrete bridges. © Add food/goods to passenger services where convenient. (d) Electrify QUICKLY and get the GG1. (e) Hire Pullman as soon as possible. Hence the dosh pours in
  6. The first sentence I understand. The second I don't. Re the third, I haven't read every word of what's been discussed and it shouldn't be a prerequisite for techniques which are outside the box of running a railroad. For the record, despite the inherent problems with this scenario (poor distribution of most of the industries and poor pathing through built-up areas), I had already done a dozen restarts in order to cherry-pick a favourable starting position, and restricted the AIs by observing previous starts and planting lots of unconnected stations - which is, frankly, nothing to do with RR
  7. Well, Gwizz, I have to say that poor distribution of industries (and there are several other problems, like lots of canneries and hardly any produce) is down to the designer and the player shouldn't be having to do multiple starts in order to cherry-pick a good distribution, which can only be learned after playing the thing several times anyway. I'm not familiar with the kind of techniques you describe re manipulating the AI RRs, not least the need to bulldoze their stations or cut their lines. This is not RT2 as I know it, or frankly, want to know. In my latest attempt, I was doing prett
  8. Well, I've had a couple of unfinished goes of the "extra hard" version. I'm finding the placement of industries idiosyncratic. In go no.1, for example, there was only one refinery in the south and it was VERY FAR away from any of the oil.... In the second attempt the oil/refinery situation was better, but both coal and iron was miles away from the steel works.... This isn't realistic and I always find such set-ups irksome. Most of all, however, I'm finding this scenario requires huge micro-management, at many levels, which personally I also dislike: it gets tedious and the game long-winded
  9. Thanks, Gwizz. Got the ex-hard version. Steve
  10. Hey Gwizz, I seem to be missing something - like what this scenario is actually called? I've been out of the loop for a while so your descriptiom of "my new map" in the opening to this strand has defeated me! ::)
  11. Hi Gwizz, I've been away playing other games for a change and will cheerfully look at your map if you like. :)
  12. I was intrigued by Loco_motive's tactic in this game where there is no shares-related requirement to sell his starting shares; set the dividend to zero; and then ignore that part of the game completely. (I'm less keen on his cheat of building stations and then demolishing them in order to prevent AI access. Because I believe that scenarios are designed to be winnable without cheats and their use makes a game artificial). Nevertheless, I tried them both, after first replaying to make sure that I could get the Gold requirement in 10 years (end 1889). Also, ref my previous message, I chose
  13. Scud, you are not alone with this problem. If we set aside the problem of play slowing on a full-size scenario and around 100 trains (that many is never necessary!), I too have always encountered random crashes in modest games, and on two PCs using Win98 and WinXP. It's been commented on before. Let me begin by saying that while setting up the Israel scenario, one of the events was complex but technically correct and in one outcome, it always crashed the game. Several friends on this Forum had a look and we all went away puzzled. My only solution was to find a different way of dealing w
  14. Well, well, this scenario I had never discovered before! My first attempt was not very successful, largely because the three A1s started on my patch and Boom conditions refused to come. My second attempt was utterly different because the AIs were out of the way, manager Ames Oakes (who gives a higher credit rating and thus easier borrowing was available - crucial in this game with its simple objective and for allowing massive lending early on), and then, just at the right time, Pullman turned up. By keeping a decent cash reserve initially and laying track regularly, the Economy prospered t
  15. Really, loco-motive, you must stop showing off! Mind you, 10/25yrs for the Gold is pretty hot stuff, and choosing 3 AIs is bold, even if some of the tricks you tried early on are beyond my ken! Mind if I join in and see if I can do better?! I fear I may not, but who can resist a challenge?
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