A 128x128 map played for 200 years. I took this on as a challenge, as well as being small it's mountainous and fairly heavily populated both with industries and towns. I also attempt to transport everything, including all the results of 200 years of industrial growth. Between the two factors it has perhaps the highest rail density of any of my games.
Mostly I played it on my Zaurus with its 640x480 screen. On a 1080p screen it comes alive with movement, especially in the center of the map here. The screenshot doesn't do it justice in that sense, there appears to be about twice as many trains when it's unpaused, perhaps because the trains aren't hidden for long in tunnels and under bridges.
Edit #2: Got rid of the ancient test GRFs for OpenGFX, made new screenshot. Also added second screenshot showing the whole island because the big picture looks a little bit more orderly.
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- central everything-happening mess
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2050 Transport Co.
This is my longest-running game, I think I must have started it in 2004, IRL. The in-game date is a lie, back then OTTD kept compatibility with original TTD save games, so the date could never advance beyond 2090. I guess I played for 200 or 300 game years at that time. This game has seen a lot of my personal development, to the point where I look back and wonder if I could add 2+2 when I started. It's not that I didn't know what I was doing, it's that I hadn't learned to reason and to think clearly back then. I was inventive, but once something got even a teeny bit complicated I couldn't handle it. Things are much better now, although complexity always will be an open-ended challenge.
This game is also a good deal prettier than Hindingworth. Many of the towns still have room to grow, and with the possible exception of the strip between the western cities there is a lot more room for track-work, as dramatically illustrated in the first screenshot.
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- Upper Stanstow, serving THE factory on this map. Those 5 input lines coming in from the North-East are not adequate.
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- Just to the East of the previous screenshot, the tunnels here merge into the 5 lines I described as inadequate in the previous screenshot. The tailback extends literally half way across the 256x256 map.
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- Ninningville. I love this city, but as I'm preparing this screenshot I see the station exit is a bit clunky. Perhaps that will be the next thing I fix.
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- In a way, Bradnor sits at the hub of my network. The junction to the Southeast of the city is the busiest in the game, carrying materials from a map-spanning diagonal trunk route through to Upper Stanstead which lies to the West. To the Northeast is one end of the trunk route between the Western cities.
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- An overview. I struggled to make money early in this game, so as soon as I made my first million I funded a lumber mill and replanted trees when it cut them down. I added a few more, and was soon making so much money it looked like an exploit! Replanting got terribly boring, so now the mountains are permanently denuded. Perhaps I will stop serving the lumber mills and hope they shut down.
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That reminds me I admire OpenTTD's programmers. I could compile OpenTTD on the 64MB Zaurus itself with no trouble at all. I also wanted to build Wesnoth, which is a much simpler game. It doesn't have anything like bridges over everything, it moves one piece at a time where OpenTTD has to update dozens of train cars and other vehicles in real time, but I couldn't build it on the Zaurus at all.
Today's screenshots show "progress". I found a screenshot of 2050 Transport Co. in 2008, and took a pic of the same area today. It's hard for me to believe it's the same game. After taking today's screenshot I found Lower Nanstock Heath needed upgrading again. It's been extended to the bridge and a 4th train added. Upper Dunway didn't need all 7 tracks so I took two off and routed the input to Lower Nanstock Heath through the space. Next up for revision are two junctions, one by Dunway Waypoint and a similarly primitive one just off-screen.
Edit: to indicate the quantities of goods being handled on this map, Upper Dunway handles 54% of 4 million litres of water and 67% of 2.3 thousand bags of diamonds every month, but by this map's standards it's something of a backwater. Well, it probably handles more water than any other station, but it's off the lines which take most of my time. Nothing short of maglevs could handle the quantity of stuff.
- Poor Bradnor!
- I don't even remember when Seedwich station was that small.
- Nor the lines south of Bradnor that sparse.
- It was less than two years of real time? I haven't played it that much, have I?
- Year 3000! The year should probably be nearer 4000 or even 5000 than 3000, considering how heavily I played it when it didn't advance the year beyond 2090.
Most of the extra tracks predate the CargoDist switch. I think it dates from the time I did a lot of work on getting more materials into and out of Lower Stanstow. I've no plans to enable CargoDist on that lot!
Attachments 2 & 3 show Lindean before and after abuse expansion, also for the needs of CargoDist passengers. It was a very pretty city before the expansion. I hope it gets some of that back, but it doesn't seem to want to fill those holes, of which I made more than turned out to be needed. I was going to take it to 5 tracks, but it didn't need that many.
Lindean is rare in having room for station buildings. I can only assume the facilities are underground in most of 2050 Transport Co's stations.
A little update on my game, because something dramatic happened. I never clearly understood the importance of the square beneath a town's name. I was starting to wonder why the important towns weren't growing while some outliers were, when Overningleigh (a sort of semi-outlying town) collapsed! It went from 4th or 5th biggest all the way down to less than 1000 inhabitants. I moved the station back two squares, added road directly under the town name and made sure it was well linked up, and it started recovering quite fast. Lindean also didn't grow after my changes. I moved its station two squares to the right and it positively exploded.
Bradnor also doesn't have ordinary road beneath its town name, but it does have a road bridge there. It is capable of forming new buildings on empty tiles, but not as fast as I'd like. Stanstow similarly lacks road beneath its name, but is capable of gaining new buildings; it has a road bridge adjacent to the square under its name. Although it has placed new buildings, its population isn't growing, it's just fluctuating around 13,500. Ninningville has road adjacent to the square under its name and is behaving much the same as Stanstow. I have work to do to fix this!
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- Overningleigh ghost town! The last time I looked at this town, skyscrapers surrounded the station. Now this!
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- 10 years after moving the station back, the nucleus of new Overningleigh is developing.
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- Lindean formed a new building a fraction of a second after road was laid under its town name! Rapid growth continues.
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- I am my own network design slave, apparently. Good thing I'm not a harsh master. Note: many signals are the wrong way around to empty the junction for work.
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- Further out, with Win10 scaling turned off.
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