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In general, Sid Meier's Railroads is relatively simple. What makes it more difficult, are the KI competitors. The trouble I always have is: after a pretty short period of time, I either have to buy their company or they buy mine.

Say the scenario runs for 80 years. After 20 years I'm either bought or out of competition. Without competition it is boring. So I never have any challenge in late game and I'd love to play a full scenario "under pressure".

Do you know of any way to extend that phase where there is competition? Can I somehow prevent that I can be bought? If not, any hints how to come to late game without the game becoming too simple even on highest difficulty level?
If this is not possible generally, is there maybe a map which might provide this?

  • I've heard of Sid Meier's Civilization, but never knew there were OTHER GAMES! Can you link where I can download "Sid Meier's Railroads?" – James Of Da Peach Feb 10 '14 at 23:38
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    I'd try Steam (store.steampowered.com). But there is not just Railroads. Sid Meier created many games. Pirates, Civilization, Railroad Tycoon, Railroads, Alpha Centauri, Colonization (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Meier) just to name a few. – StampedeXV Feb 11 '14 at 7:17
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You do the equivalent of 'social engineering' in that game.

1) Build tracks that wrap around the competitor's tracks, early on. That causes the competitors to build lengthly railway tracks to avoid your tracks.

2) Build signals or a cross-road at the competitors tracks. Put a 1 train that goes around in circles that may cause a collision, against the competitors.

3) Build tracks nearby your competitors. That will cause them to lose business.

4) Bid for exclusive contracts. That will cause your competitor's revenue to drop to zero.

  • Hi buttercup, 1) and 2) feels wrong, as I want to build up a railway mostly and not explicitly play to destroy the computer. 3) I do already. Problem is mostly, all the ideas are very difficult to do on higher difficulty levels. There the AI still has the advantage and will quickly buy you out. 4) what is that? exclusive contracts? – StampedeXV Mar 24 '14 at 8:05
  • For 4) From time to time, there are exclusive contracts to move things. You could bid higher for exclusive contracts. It has been long time since I last played it. – buttercup Mar 24 '14 at 8:38
  • For 1) and 2), what I did, was stifle the competition early on, then have some form of competition. That is - become powerful in the first 10 years, then undo the damage in 1) and 2) to allow them to become more powerful. – buttercup Mar 24 '14 at 8:41

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